President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton
President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton
‘I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,’ Obama says in a video supporting Clinton.
President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, saying, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.” The forceful show of support, which came after Obama met with Sen. Bernie Sanders for more than an hour at the White House, was designed to unite the party ahead of what is expected to be an especially brutal general election against Donald Trump.
The first joint appearance with Clinton and Obama will take place next Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In a phone interview with POLITICO on Thursday, Clinton said Obama “told me specifically Tuesday night” after she claimed the Democratic nomination that he was planning to back her campaign and noted that he “has been very supportive to me throughout this campaign.” She added that “we went from being fierce competitors to true friends and I’m very grateful for this endorsement.”
When asked if the popular President will play the role of attack dog on the campaign trail, she said: “He’s raring to get out there and start campaigning and I really look forward to being with him.”
Obama, Clinton said, “has made it clear he thought his job was to remind the American people that being president is a really serious responsibility, with a lot of hard choices and high stakes. I think he is uniquely able to speak to the American people about the knowledge and experience and temperament that the presidency requires.”Obama for months has signaled his support for Clinton, who spent four years as his secretary of state after losing out to the freshman senator during a bitter primary battle in 2008.
After Clinton amassed the backing of enough delegates on Monday to clinch the nomination, Obama has been more open about his warm feelings for Clinton and his plans to play a major role in unifying the Democratic Party after Sanders mounted a surprisingly strong challenge.The Clinton campaign released a video on Thursday afternoon with Obama expressing why he’s excited to hit the trail for Clinton. “Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama said. “She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done. And I say that as somebody who had to debate her more than 20 times. Even after our own hard-fought campaign, in a testament to her character, she agreed to serve her country as secretary of state.”
Clinton said in the interview with POLITICO that throughout the campaign she has been in contact with Obama, but she demurred when asked if she has long expected the endorsement. “I think he was very even-handed during the campaign,” she said. “I think that was appropriate. Obviously he knows me well, we worked closely together. As he says in his endorsement, he has seen me in action, and I believe that’s the basis for the endorsement that he’s making today. I think he can be helpful in a lot of states. We’re talking about where we will campaign together to begin the general election effort. Stay tuned. We’ll be making those decisions and letting you know.”As for another high-profile politician who is reportedly set to endorse Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the presumptive Democratic nominee said she believes Warren would be qualified to serve as vice president. “I have the highest regard for Sen. Warren,” she said. “I think she is an incredible public servant, eminently qualified for any role. I look forward to working with her on behalf of not only the campaign and her very effective critique of Trump, but also on the issues that she and I both care about.”
She appeared less open to the idea of Sanders on the ticket. “I think he has contributed greatly to the campaign — his passions for the issues that he promoted has been good for the Democratic and for the country. I look forward to talking with him when our campaigns can find a time that works with both of our schedules.” When pressed, she said: “I’m not anywhere near thinking about that.”
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