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Obama, Sanders get behind Biden

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/14/20, 12:24 pm

The Democratic Party continues to line up behind its presumptive nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November. Former President Barack Obama released a video on Tuesday announcing his endorsement of his former vice president. He called Joe Biden his “close friend” and praised him for his perseverance and compassion, adding, “I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now.” Obama joins Biden’s former top rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, who announced his support on Monday.

How important are these endorsements? Obama remains extremely popular among Democrats and could boost Biden’s fundraising efforts, especially during the pandemic. Sanders’ support could help Biden attract members of the progressive faction of the party. “I think people will be surprised we’re actually a lot closer on many issues,” Biden told Sanders during their livestream, split-screen video message on Monday. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is the only remaining holdout among Biden’s former 2020 opponents, but she is expected to announce her support soon. Bill and Hillary Clinton also have not formally endorsed him.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about how the coronavirus pandemic affected the presidential race.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Mickey McLean

Mickey is WORLD’s executive editor for audience engagement. He previously was the executive editor for WORLD Digital. Mickey resides in Greensboro, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @MickeyMcLean.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 04/13/2020 08:00 pm

    I’m definitely in favor of Biden moving farther to the left and pandering to more of those who think government should be their nanny or sugar-daddy. 

    Especially I'm in favor of Joe making ever more radical statements supporting abortion right up to the moment of birth and even beyond an infant’s live birth. 

    There are still a lot of decent people in this Nation who have not caught on to how truly great the gulf is between left and right. They need to be slapped into awareness!

  •  SleeperSRT10's picture
    Posted: Tue, 04/14/2020 12:37 pm

    I would like to encourage everyone to vote to relect Donald Trump.

    Posted: Tue, 04/14/2020 03:35 pm

    It is telling that Obama waited until Biden appears to be the last candidate standing before offering his endorsement. I would not be suprised to see the DNC pull something to replace Biden with a more preferred option...