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Former President Barack Obama Is Endorsing Joe Biden




Former U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by former Vice President Joe Biden, gives a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. in June, 2015.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by former Vice President Joe Biden, gives a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. in June, 2015.
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Former President Barack Obama plans to endorse Joe Biden in a video on Tuesday, giving the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee a boost from the party’s biggest fundraiser and one of its most popular figures.

Obama and Biden are known to be close friends from their two terms in the White House, and Biden leaned heavily on his affiliation with the former president throughout the Democratic primary, touting their relationship and framing his pitch as an extension of Obama’s presidency. But Obama stayed above the fray in the primary, rarely speaking out about the intraparty fight. The former president offered his private counsel to any Democratic presidential contender who asked for it, but made no efforts to bolster any one candidate’s campaign — including Biden’s, despite their long history.

Obama Endorses Biden Tweet

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With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

John Harris, founding editor at Politico; author of the book, “The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the While House” (Random House, 2006) ; he tweets @harrispolitico