A top Clinton confidante and Democrat pollster believes Michelle Obama is the leading choice to run for president in 2020.
Doug Schoen wrote a column in The Hill saying “Obama outshines all Democratic prospects for 2020.”
With Hillary Clinton touring the countryside, causing divisions that festered during the previous election cycle to rear their ugly heads once more, Schoen believes the party must select a popular candidate that can actually unite people.
“This alternative plan requires a new, united opposition, led by a political leader with widespread popularity,” Schoen writes. “The only person I can see accomplishing this would be none other than the party’s most popular political figure: Michelle Obama.”
— The Hill (@thehill) September 8, 2017
The former First Lady is one of the few possible choices that could be seen as popular among both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters.
It should be noted, however, that she is not a voice of unity in America, having been coupled with Barack Obama’s legacy that saw racial tensions worsen exponentially during his two terms in office.
A poll one month prior to the 2016 election showed a majority of Americans believed race relations had worsened under President Obama. Fifty-four percent said the racial divide had grown worse, while a very low 16% said it had gotten better.
By contrast, in May of 2009, mere months into President Obama’s first term, 32% of all Americans believed race relations had improved, while only 6% said they had gotten worse.
That is a 64-point turnaround in how America viewed race relations under Obama. Why would they get any better under another President Obama?
Still, Vegas oddsmakers put Michelle at the top of the list when they revealed their odds for Democrat candidates just weeks after the last election.
The online sports gambling website Bovada listed Obama at 12/1 odds, ahead of former vice-presidential candidate and Joker body double, Tim Kaine, and fake Native American Elizabeth Warren, who were both sitting at 14/1 odds.
There was another female Democrat listed in those odds as well – Hillary Clinton at 20/1.
Schoen has previously predicted that Hillary will make another presidential run in 2020.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 1, 2017
Can you imagine Hillary vs. Michelle for the nomination?
“In plain terms, Michelle Obama would be a far superior candidate to Hillary Clinton,” Schoen writes. “I opposed Hillary Clinton because she faced ethical issues that could very well have initiated a constitutional crisis had she been elected. Michelle Obama does not face such controversy.”
Still, the Democrat pollster says he’s not endorsing Michelle, simply opining that she would be the best choice.
“Michelle Obama would not be my candidate, and I do not agree with many of the positions I believe she would advance,” he said.
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