Would Barack Obama back the “progressive” Elizabeth Warren over establishment candidate Hillary Clinton if they both ran in 2016? That’s what Ed Klein, author of Blood Feud, thinks.
In fact, Klein writes that while Obama is publicly noncommittal on 2016, “privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies.” He also writes that there remains animosity between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Why would Obama support Warren instead? Warren is a progressive like Obama, rails against the one percent, and had the support of some big dollar donors when she won her original Massachusetts Senate seat (including Hollywood celebrities.)
How supportive is Obama of a Warren run? According to Klein, whose book “Blood Feud” just premiered at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, Obama is very supportive. Klein says that Obama has sent his chief political advisor, Valerie Jarrett, to talk Elizabeth Warren into running in 2016 during several secret meetings. Warren has shown reluctance to get involved, though.
One Obama administration source said the following:
Barack, Michelle, and Valerie have been talking about Elizabeth Warren for quite some time.
The source added:
Valerie has told Warren that Obama is prepared to throw a great deal of money and organizational support behind her. The Obamas believe that Warren sees things from the same ideological point of view as they do. She is a committed progressive who, like Obama, wants to transform America into a European-style democratic-socialist state.
Klein said that one person who had talked with Jarrett indicated the following:
For the time being, the Obamas have decided not to broadcast the fact that they’ve tapped Warren as their chosen candidate. They are waiting until the moment is right, which will probably be after the midterm elections.
What do you think? Would Obama back Warren over Hillary?
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