Praising his former Vice-President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama endorsed his White House bid through a YouTube video message on Tuesday. The endorsement comes as Biden has all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) withdrew from the race last week. Sanders endorsed Biden on Monday.
Obama noted Biden’s leadership on health care, climate change, and the 2008 recovery, and said that he believes that Biden is the person who can heal the country in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch below:
President Trump has tried to take advantage of Obama’s silence last seek. “And I don’t know why President Obama hasn’t supported Joe Biden a long time ago,’ Trump said from White House podium Wednesday, several hours after Sanders announced he was suspending his campaign. ‘There’s something he feels is wrong,” Trump claimed.
Always smart and calculating, Obama has long spoken of his affinity for his former vice president, he maintained that he would not endorse in the Democratic primary until a clear nominee had emerged.
In the video. Obama does attempt to pull the fractured Democratic Party together calling Bernie Sanders an “American original” and said Sanders’ “bold ideas” would be needed in order to fix the American economy for the second time in 12 years.
He went onto say Biden and Sanders have in common is that they agree that change needs to occur. “And that only happens if we win this election,” Obama warned.
“Because one thing everybody has learned right now is the Republicans occupying the White House and running the U.S. Senate are not interested in progress, they’re interested in power,” the former president said.
While Obama was in office Trump – then the host of NBC’s The Apprentice – was a constant Twitter critic and fueled the so-called ‘birther’ conspiracy theory, which suggested the Democratic president wasn’t legitimate because he was born in Africa, not Hawaii.
Obama, the country’s first black president, was born in Hawaii to a white American mother and an African father.
Biden has frequently tied himself to Obama during the campaign, and he has maintained strong support among African American voters, who propelled him to victory in key primary states like South Carolina.
The endorsement plans were first reported by CBS News.
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