Report: Obama Privately Urges Dems To Rally Around Clinton
Reports are suggesting that President Obama, who is publicly neutral in the primary race, has been privately campaigning for his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton amongst donors and party insiders.
The report say that the President is pointing out that despite George W. Bush’s appearance as “authentic,” he was able to successfully run against his actual record, something he apparently fears might happen to Sanders.
“President Obama made a case that would be familiar to all of you, which is that as Democrats move through this competitive primary process, we need to be mindful of the fact that our success in November in electing a Democratic president is dependent on the commitment and ability of the Democratic Party to come together behind our nominee,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
The Hill reports:
Trump solidified his standing as the GOP’s standard-bearer by winning last Tuesday’s Florida primary, handily defeating his fellow candidates — including Marco Rubio, who promptly dropped out of the race after losing his home state.
Obama has not always done a good job of hiding his opinions, suggesting in a January podcastinterview that he believes Clinton best understands what it takes to occupy the Oval Office.
The president’s comments to donors came days after Sanders pulled off an upset victory over Clinton in Michigan but before she defeated him Tuesday in four primary states, expanding her delegate lead.
Mindful about keeping the party united going into November, Obama was careful not to officially endorse a candidate in front of the donors.
Earnest said he “did not indicate or specify a preference in the race.”
The president voted absentee in Tuesday’s Illinois Democratic presidential primary, but the White House has not publicly revealed which candidate he cast a ballot for.
While Obama recognized both candidates have strengths, he once again praised Clinton as tough and qualified and said she would carry on the legacy of his administration.