Former President Barack Obama fancies himself some sort of mentor over the current field of 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates, but Dana Perino isn’t convinced that he should be stepping into the race so early.
BizPac Review reported on November 26 that Obama was allegedly having “wisdom” talks with some of the candidates, and has made it known that he is “available to meet with the field of 2020 contenders.” As of yet, Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard have not taken him up on the offer. It’s also been said that the only candidate Obama would go out of his way to stop would be Bernie Sanders, who he has previously deemed to be too radical to beat Donald Trump.
As a guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Perino said that Obama is something of a “kingmaker,” but warns that “he only has one opportunity” to influence the Democrats.
“He has one opportunity to be a kingmaker, right, at the convention,” she explained. “Or a peacemaker, if there’s a contested convention. Only one opportunity. If he blows it now, it’s a little bit too early.”
Toward the end of the segment, Carlson revisited his theory of Michelle Obama jumping into the presidential race at the last minute and wiping the floor with everyone else. He noted that Perino was “deeply skeptical” about the idea, and asked her to explain why.
“Because I’m right. 100% right. And I want you to go home and ask your wife ‘is Dana Perino right?’ and she will say ‘yes.’ Okay, Michelle Obama, she does not want to run for president, okay? She’s living her best life. And that the Democrats are still thinking ‘wow, we need a savior to come in,” even if that savior needs to come in it’s not going to be Michelle Obama. Several months ago I bet you a month’s salary to the charity of our choice that Michelle Obama will never be a Democratic nominee for president. And you look very heartbroken by that.”
Carlson admitted that he doesn’t “favor her entry into the race” because he believes that she has a very legitimate chance to win against Donald Trump. Perino let him in on a little secret: “She is very popular right now, but the moment she talks about policy or politics, it would evaporate overnight.”
Despite both parties being relatively confident in their opinions on whether the former first lady will enter the presidential race, it was clear that neither has any inkling over who the nominee will be. At this point, it doesn’t look like even the Democratic party is sure of who they want to put up against Trump. While Joe Biden maintains an unstable lead over his running mates, Mayor Pete Buttigieg just saw a shock jump in the polls, and Elizabeth Warren has been steadily creeping her way to the top by promising evermore free stuff.
From the looks of it, it’ll be a race to the very end and nobody knows if Barack Obama will play a role in picking the eventual nominee.
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