Obama has been pretty quiet on the endorsement front. Maybe he’s embarrassed because he doesn’t want to admit that he actually supports Trump. Or maybe he just wants the candidates to be able to run their own campaigns without the voting public being influenced by their opinion of him as a President.
Saying that, Jay Carney, former press secretary for President Obama thinks he knows who The President is endorsing, and it’s none other than once Democratic frontrunner but now clear second choice, Hillary Clinton. In an interview with CNN, Carney said:
“I don’t think there is any doubt that he wants Hillary to win the nomination and believes that she would be the best candidate in the fall and the most effective as president in carrying forward what he’s achieved.”
“I think the President has signaled, while still remaining neutral, that he supports Secretary Clinton’s candidacy and would prefer to see her as the nominee. He won’t officially embrace her unless and until it’s clear that she’s going to be the nominee. I think he is maintaining that tradition of not intervening in a party primary.”
Obama hasn’t said anything about Carney’s statement, and until he does we won’t know for sure who he officially supports, but it’s a good bet that Carney is a pretty reliable source. The closest Obama has come to officially endorsing anyone was at The Summit of Americas back in 2015 when he gave the following response in a question about Hillary.
Even if Obama does come out in support of Clinton, it’s doubtful that his support will have that much of an effect on the presidential race at the moment. It’s pretty clear that Hillary is the candidate closest to Obama’s style of Presidency, and that a lot of Obama’s policies would be safer in her hands than in Sanders’. But maybe the American public feel that, with Hillary, they’d essentially get another four years of the Obama administration. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but with a candidate like Sanders, who is promising a new and different style of governance, regardless of what Obama says now, it’s going to be difficult for Clinton to slow the Bern train down.
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