Obama Won’t Formally Endorse Clinton Until After Sanders Meeting
President Barack Obama will not officially endorse Hillary Clinton until after his meeting with Bernie Sanders on Thursday.
The Hill reports:
Earnest said the Vermont senator “has more than earned the right” to decide the future of his campaign “based on his own thinking and based on his own schedule.”Obama “deeply respects what Sen. Sanders has accomplished” in energizing the party and highlighting issues like income inequality and big money in politics, the press secretary said.Obama is resisting the urge to immediately jump off the sidelines and into the 2016 campaign after Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee this week.Earnest stressed that Obama will eventually “support the Democratic nominee” and said that “we are getting very close to the end of the nomination process.”But the president wants to avoid provoking supporters of Sanders, who has vowed to carry on his campaign until the Democratic National Convention in late July.Obama and other top Democrats plan to play the role of peacemaker between the Clinton and Sanders camps once the Vermont senator decides to end his campaign and bring the party together before the general election.Vice President Biden, who is also expected to join that effort, said Wednesday that it’s Sanders’s call on how long he wants to keep his campaign going.The president is in New York City Wednesday to speak at two Democratic fundraisers and tape an appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” when he’s expected to weigh in on the 2016 race. He will meet with Sanders the next day.
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