President Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton as his successor to the White House on Tuesday, saying he doesn’t think anyone has ever been more qualified for the job she seeks as the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“I know how hard this job can be,” he said. “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."
The Clinton campaign tweeted a video of the endorsement, about two hours after Obama met at the White House with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who continues his own candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
Bernie Sanders brought 12 million votes’ worth of political capital to a series of high-level meetings in Washington on Thursday, with Democrats wondering just how he intends to spend it – or squander it.
The Vermont senator spent more than an hour at the White House late Thursday morning for an Oval Office sit-down with President Obama, after which he struck a somewhat conciliatory tone but offered no clarity about his plans to either drop out of the presidential race or back presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
Sanders’ chances of becoming the Democratic nominee are nearly nonexistent, dependent solely on a dramatic swing of support from superdelegates away from Clinton. But he entered Thursday’s meeting with Obama, and a later one with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), with some bargaining chips, aware of Democrats’ desire to avoid any whiff of intraparty dissent.
The Clinton Foundation may have fallen short on disclosing details about a few donations, Hillary Clinton acknowledged, but she downplayed the instances as aberrations rather than a systemic failure of disclosure.
“We had absolutely overwhelming disclosure,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Were there, you know, one or two instances that slipped through the cracks? Yes. But was the overwhelming amount of anything that anybody gave the foundation disclosed? Absolutely.”
Clinton was responding to Donald Trump’s accusations that the foundation accepted money from foreign governments while she served as secretary of State.
Donald Trump uses racism to attack people and cares about no one but himself, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will say Thursday in a harsh attack on the presumptive GOP nominee.
“Donald Trump chose racism as his weapon,” Warren will say in a speech in Washington, according to excerpts released by her office. “But his aim is exactly the same as the rest of the Republicans — pound the courts into submission to the rich and powerful.”
Warren has unleashed several rants against Trump on social media and will defend the federal judge who’s the target of his latest attacks. She will talk about Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s history of receiving death threats from drug cartels and an assassination attempt against him. This man can handle Trump’s “nasty temper tantrums,” Warren will say.
In these final days of Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency, the defiant insurgent has been at his least predictable, shifting continuously from plotting to overturn the will of voters in a convention showdown to assuring he would be a forceful voice for Democratic unity.
These two sides of the Sanders conscience are familiar, at least to obsessive watchers of cable news. They have manifested themselves day after day in the comments of the two top strategists guiding the Sanders effort. The men often come across as out of sync.
Now Sanders is looking to both of them for advice as he plans what to do next. In a campaign famously light on insider political consultants, Sanders relies heavily on the pair: the chairman channeling his revolutionary rage and a seasoned Democratic strategist reflecting the Sanders who is a longtime player of the inside game.