President Barack Obama told a room full of powerful Democratic donors in Austin that the time had come to coalesce around Hillary Clinton, reports The New York Times.
According to the Times, “Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Senator Bernie Sanders is nearing the point where his campaign against Hillary Clinton will come to an end, and that the party must soon come together to back her.”
A White House official confirmed that Obama said that he knew some people were not “excited” by the former Secretary of State, and that some saw her as inauthentic with many campaign weaknesses. But Obama told the donors that the unity of the party and winning in November were more important.
Sanders and Obama met at the White House in January for an off-the-record chat. Obama has avoided publicly weighing in on the Democratic primary, saying it was for the people to decide.
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