President Obama Expresses Concern For Republican Party During Tonight Show Appearance: 'You Want Somebody Who Could Do the Job If They Win'
President Obama is hoping the Republican Party will make some changes following its last cycle of candidates.
During a Wednesday appearance on The Tonight Show, the Commander in Chief admitted that although there are some “wonderful Republicans” in America, he’s “worried” about their party as a whole and hasn’t “been enjoying over the last seven years, watching some of the things that have happened in the Republican Party.”
“This country works when you have two parties that are serious and trying to solve problems At the end of the day, what you want is a healthy two party system,” Preside Obama told Jimmy Fallon. “And you know, you want the Republican nominee to be somebody who could do the job if they win.
“And you want folks who understand the issues. And where you can sit across the table from ’em and you have a principled argument and ultimately can still move the country forward.”
Although he joked that the Democratic Party is happy with the GOP’s candidate, President Obama got serious when talking about the future of the Republican Party, telling Fallon that he hopes changes will be made.
“What’s happened in that party culminating in this current nomination, I think is not actually good for the country as a whole. It’s not something Democrats should wish for,” he said. “And my hope is, is that maybe once you get through this cycle, there’s some corrective action and they get back to being a center right party. And [the] Democratic Party being a center left party. And we start figuring how to work together.”
On the topic of his own party, Obama also discussed the continued race between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, despite the fact that Clinton recently received the necessary number of delegates to be named the Democratic presumptive nominee.
While the president did not directly answer when Fallon asked if Sanders was “ever” going to drop out, he did say that the Vermont politician will be coming to the White House on Thursday for a face to face.
“I’m gonna be talking to him tomorrow. It was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary,” President Obama added. “I thought that Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas. And he pushed the party and challenged them. My hope is, is that over the next couple of weeks, we’re able to pull things together.”
The full interview airs Thursday night on NBC.