By Newsweek. . .Obama’s endorsement of his former vice president emulated the one he gave former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her 2016 bid for the White House.
While Obama’s video speech about Biden was nearly four times the length—just shy of 12 minutes—of the one he gave for Clinton, both messages centered on each candidate’s achievements, a call for unity and praise for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who failed to clinch the nomination in both primary contests.
Obama’s endorsement comes the day after Sanders announced his endorsement of Biden. In 2016, Obama’s endorsement of Clinton came in June two days after she secured enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee but more than a month before Sanders offered his. . .
Much like he did in 2016, Obama used his endorsement of Biden to acknowledge Sanders, a democratic-socialist who’s transformed the party by pushing for more progressive policies on economic inequality that nudged the party further to the left. Obama again credited Sanders with igniting enthusiasm within young voters, a crucial cohort for Democrats who “will be critical in moving America in a direction of progress and hope.”
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Trump Campaign Slams Obama’s Biden Endorsement: ‘Even Bernie Sanders Beat Him to It’
By Fox News. The Trump campaign argued Tuesday that former President Barack Obama was forced to endorse Joe Biden after sitting on the sidelines for the entirety of the 2020 Democratic primary cycle, noting even Bernie Sanders “beat him to it.”
Obama formally endorsed Biden on Tuesday after withholding support for any candidate for months.
But Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale blasted the move, saying the former president was left with “no other choice.”
“Barack Obama spent much of the last five years urging Joe Biden not to run for president out of fear that he would embarrass himself,” Parscale said Tuesday. “Now that Biden is the only candidate left in the Democrat field, Obama has no other choice but to support him.”
He added: “Even Bernie Sanders beat him to it. Obama was right in the first place: Biden is a bad candidate who will embarrass himself and his party. President Trump will destroy him.” (Read more from “Trump Campaign Slams Obama’s Biden Endorsement: ‘Even Bernie Sanders Beat Him to It’” HERE)