Former President Barack Obama endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president on Tuesday.
In a video endorsement, Obama announced, “I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2020
“Choosing Joe to be my Vice President was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now,” Obama declared, before claiming “Joe gets stuff done.”
“Joe helped me managed H1N1 and prevent the Ebola epidemic from becoming the type of pandemic we’re seeing now. He helped me restore America’s standing and leadership in the world on the other threats of our time, like nuclear proliferation and climate change,” the former president continued. “Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery, and I know he’ll surround himself with good people.”
Up until now — Biden is the presumptive nominee following the drop out of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — Obama has declined to endorse his former vice president. He even reportedly once attempted to talk him out of the race.
In March, it was reported that Obama “told Mr Biden he would not be endorsing him any time soon, citing worries that he could badly divide the party during a still-messy nominating process,” while in November, Politico reported Obama had told another presidential candidate that Biden “really doesn’t have it” with the voters.
Obama’s former campaign manager and adviser David Plouffe has also expressed skepticism over a Biden victory, predicting that President Trump will receive a “historical” turnout from his supporters in the election and commenting, “That makes him very dangerous if you’re Joe Biden.”
This article has been updated to include former President Barack Obama’s endorsement.
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