In 2000, Barack Obama, then a state senator, sat down with his two Democratic opponents in a race for the 1st Congressional District in Illinois and described himself as a "progressive urban Democrat."
In an appearance on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight," clipped above via BuzzFeed, Obama debated his two rivals, incumbent Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush -- who would go on to win re-election and hand Obama his lone electoral loss -- and fellow state Sen. Donne Trotter, and claimed he shared "most views" with them.
It's interesting to see Obama's political metamorphosis from proud, progressive "community organizer" -- a term that has since been adopted by his opposition as an insult -- to a president who has led the country, as political scientist Keith Poole calculates, as "the most moderate Democratic president since the end of World War II."
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