Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton picked up a trio of important endorsements today, earning the support from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The President went first, endorsing Clinton in a video recorded on Tuesday and released earlier today by Clinton’s campaign.
“Look, I know how hard this job can be,” Obama said in the video. “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. She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done. And I say that as somebody who had to debate her more than twenty times. Even after our own hard-fought campaign, in a testament to her character, she agreed to serve her country as secretary of state.”
Joe Biden informally followed suit hours later at the American Constitution Society, noting that the next President may be filling multiple Supreme Court vacancies. “[W]hoever the next president is, and in my view, God willing, it’ll be Secretary Clinton,” Biden said.
And influential Democrat Elizabeth Warren added her endorsement as the day drew a close, speaking to The Boston Globe and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“I’m ready,” Warren told The Globe. “I’m ready to jump in this fight and make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States and be sure that Donald Trump gets nowhere near the White House.”
“I’m supporting Hillary Clinton because she’s a fighter, a fighter with guts,” Warren added. She told Rachel Maddow that the timing of her decision to endorse was influenced in part by conversations she’d had with Bernie Sanders.
“We need to start thinking about all of us together… Hillary Clinton won,” Warren said, when Maddow asked for her thoughts on Sanders’ exit from the presidential contest. Warren hinted she believes Sanders should bow out and begin helping unify the party. Jon Favreau has suggested that Sanders plans to do so in his own way and at his own speed, tweeting Tuesday night:
If Bernie truly intended on contesting the convention, he would’ve kept attacking Hillary. He didn’t. Just needs time to land the plane.
Asked by Maddow if Clinton had talked to her about being her running mate, Warren said no, adding that she loves the work she’s doing in the Senate.
(Warren previously opted not to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, clearing the way for Sanders to mount his challenge of Clinton.)
Warren has already taken on a high-profile role as Critic-in-Chief of Donald Trump, lambasting him in speech after speech, including from the Senate floor in front of top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, and most recently tonight to the American Constitution Society, where she was enthusiastically received.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made it clear during today’s press briefing that First Lady Michelle Obama also supports Clinton.
“I think it is entirely fair for you to interpret President Obama’s remarks in the video that was released today as consistent with the First Lady’s views of the campaign,” said Earnest. “The First Lady is enthusiastic about Secretary Clinton’s campaign, and you can certainly interpret that video as a joint endorsement.”
“And at some point — I don’t know exactly when that will be — but at some point, I’m confident that the First Lady will have an opportunity to share her own views in her own words about why she believes it’s important for Secretary Clinton to succeed President Obama,” he said.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton are scheduled to jointly appear next week at an event in Green Bay, Wisconsin.