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.
Jun. 9, 2016, 7:22 p.m.
I think Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a position of jeopardy in terms of hanging on to the chair. There's a lot of dissatisfaction, and it's not just in the Sanders ranks.
Steve Cobble, political director of Progressive Democrats of America, on Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The group is backing Bernie Sanders, who has battled with Wasserman Schultz.
If things had gone differently, it could have been an early look at the Democratic presidential ticket.
But instead, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Vice President Joe Biden acted as independent players as they delivered stinging rebukes Thursday of Donald Trump and the GOP as a whole in back-to-back speeches before a left-leaning law group.
Speaking first, Warren tore into Trump as a fraud who sought to manipulate the legal system by going after the judge presiding over the Trump University case.
Did Vice President Joe Biden just endorse Hillary Clinton?
In what was for him a typical rhetorical roller coaster of a speech Thursday evening, it seems that he did.
His apparent endorsement, on the heels of President Obama's earlier in the day, came more than 35 minutes into remarks to the American Constitution Society about the consequences of a long-term vacancy on the Supreme Court, as the Senate idles over Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose populist messages about income inequality and the abuses of Wall Street earn her great admiration among liberals, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Thursday, citing the former secretary of State's experience in government as a key asset to Democrats this fall.
"I'm ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States," the Massachusetts senator said in an exclusive interview on the "The Rachel Maddow Show."
Warren, who had remained on the sidelines in the battle between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, said the primary is now over and that the party must unite to defeat Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
There was no mention of fighting on until July. No blistering critique of the Democratic Party establishment. Not even a word was uttered about Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders used what will likely be one of his last campaign rallies to go back to where he began: delivering an hourlong policy sermon about economic and racial injustice, the scourge of big money in politics and the need for a political revolution. Sanders did not follow the lead of the celebrity speaker who took the stage before him, Cornel West, who urged the crowd in Washington -- the site of next week's final Democratic primary -- to resist pressure from the corporate media to vote for “milquetoast neoliberal” Hillary Clinton.
Sanders did not get into his intraparty rivalry at all. The only moment that he seemed to deviate from his standard stump was when he made a pitch for D.C. statehood, something Clinton also supports. The tone of the speech, and the absence of defiance toward Democratic Party leaders, suggested the Vermont insurgent is not positioning to dig in for the duration, as he had earlier suggested he might. He did not even give much of a hint about how he might help Democrats defeat Donald Trump, should the party successfully unify over the next several weeks.