President Obama said he if could have run for a third term, he would have won.
In a CNN interview with former advisor David Axelrod for "The Axe Files" podcast, Obama insisted the vision he ran on in 2008 had not faded and that the majority of Americans still believed in it.
But in 2016, he argued, failed Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton -- and Obama's former Secretary of State -- ignored too many voting blocs to win.
LISTEN | Obama said if he could have run for a third term, he would have. The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution prevents running for a third presidential term.
LISTEN | Obama said Clinton performed well under adverse circumstances but may have campaigned too safely because she thought she was winning handily.
LISTEN | He also insisted the Democratic Party's agenda was still the best for the nation, even for the groups that voted against it. Many pundits have questioned the future of the party after Clinton's defeat.
LISTEN | He also detailed his plans for the future, including writing a book and self-reflecting.
"I have to be quiet for a while... I have to still myself," he said.
Obama thinks he could have won if he'd run on "hope" again? After 8 years bro, ur still talking "hope"? When do we get the positive change?— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) December 26, 2016
Critics thought he was delusional for thinking he could win again.
And many voters that voted for him in 2008 chose Trump in 2016.
But many supporters agreed they'd miss him. His approval rating is 56 percent per Gallup.
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