Sunday, July 21, 2019
Former VP Joe Biden has used Obama's beloved status among Democratic voters to insulate him from criticism from the massive field of candidates jockeying to be the next president but in recent weeks has had that legacy used against him, with his competitors pointing the to shortcomings of the last Democratic administration as evidence that Biden's not up to the task of leading the next one.
"Obama is incredibly popular among Democratic primary voters," Karthik Ganapathy, a progressive consultant said. "And also at the same time, there's a growing recognition that income and wealth inequality got worse under his eight years, the climate crisis got worse during his eight years, deportations went up during his time in office, and so on."
On issues stemming from immigration to health care and foreign policy, the 2020 candidates have been increasingly critical in their public assessments of the Obama administration, ironically echoing GOP criticisms from years past.
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