Primary elections

Obama cautions 2020 candidates against going too far left

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit
Former President Barack Obama. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama warned 2020 Democrats to avoid moving too far to the left and tearing down the system at a meeting for the Democracy Alliance on Friday, the Washington Post reports.

“This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement. They like seeing things improved. But the average American doesn’t think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that.”

Tom Steyer's aide resigns amid accusations of offering money for endorsements

2020 Presidential candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Tom Steyer's Iowa political director, Pat Murphy, has resigned after allegedly offering campaign contributions to Iowa politicians if they agreed to endorse the billionaire candidate, ABC News reports. Murphy has denied the claims.

Why it matters: Undisclosed payments in exchange for endorsements would violate campaign finance laws. There is no record of any Iowans accepting funds from Steyer’s campaign in such a deal, and his press secretary has denied knowledge of the offer.