Report: Obama Allegedly Told Biden He Won’t Get, And Might Not Want, His Endorsement
After former Vice President Joe Biden won his first primary race in the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contests, his former boss, President Barack Obama, called him up to congratulate him.
But that appears to be all he’s giving Biden at this time.
According to a report from CNN, Obama also explained to his former VP that he would not be making an explicit endorsement of Biden in order to help him become the next Democratic presidential nominee. Doing so might actually hurt Biden’s chances, a source close to Obama said.
“We are skeptical that an endorsement coming from us could truly change the political winds right now…[there is] a very real chance it backfires,” that source told the news network.
Obama is also worried that an endorsement now could hurt his messaging later on. The former president hopes to be a “unifier” for Democrats after a candidate is chosen. Making an endorsement for someone right now, and having them not be the eventual nominee, could hurt the ability of Obama to help Democrats unify behind whoever wins.
“If he were try to put his thumb on the scale now, it would take away his ability to do so when it’s most needed” after the primary races are over, the source added.
Even though he’s only won one of the nominating contests out of four held so far, Biden is within striking distance of first-place standing, just slightly behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The former vice president has 53 delegates so far, while Sanders has 60, NBC News reported as of Monday morning. In third place is former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who exited the race on Sunday.
This week is Super Tuesday, where more than 1,300 delegates will be up for grabs. For a candidate to win outright, they must reach 1,991 delegates.
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