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The 5 Democrats Obama Thinks ‘Represent the Party’s Future’

A wide-ranging New York Magazine profile of former President Barack Obama reveals the names Obama thinks could lead the Democratic Party into the future.

By NTK Staff | 06.25.2018 @9:15am
The 5 Democrats Obama Thinks ‘Represent the Party’s Future’

On Sunday, New York Magazine published a lengthy profile of former President Barack Obama by Gabriel Debenedetti that examines Obama’s role in Donald Trump’s America.

The profile includes a lot of interesting details about Obama’s post-presidency life – where he’s making money, what he’s thinking about Trump’s actions, and how he’s choosing when to weigh in to American politics.

When Debenedetti turns to 2020, though, he includes an interesting nugget that name-checks five Democrats Obama “believes represent the party’s future.”

They are:

  • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend)
  • Ex-Secretary of State Jason Kander (D-MO)

Three of the five names are not entirely surprising: Kaine was the vice presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 2016, and Harris and Kander are both widely considered to have presidential ambitions (possibly for 2020).

The other two are a touch more surprising. Bennet is a mild-mannered senator with not much of a national profile. Obama’s imprimatur, though, would be valuable if the Colorado senator chooses to make a larger leap to the national stage.

Buttigieg, meanwhile, has been in national headlines before. He ran, unsuccessfully, for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2017. In this sense, Obama’s endorsement of Buttigieg’s potential could also be seen as an implicit rebuke of his former Labor secretary, Tom Perez, who beat Buttigieg in the race for DNC chair.

Though there has not been much reaction to Obama’s informal list of “the party’s future” yet, some in both parties may point out that four of the five people on Obama’s list are white men. Kaine, Kander, and Buttigieg have also all lost major races recently (vice president, U.S. Senate, and DNC chair, respectively).

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