Obama endorses Hillary… Sanders too vows support

RSTV Bureau

FILE: New York : Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from right, waves to the crowd with former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, right, and the first lady of New York City Chirlane McCray during a Women for Hillary event in New York, Monday, April 18, 2016. AP/PTI

US President Barack Obama has endorsed his party colleague and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. Besides President Obama, whose term gets over end of this year, Clinton also earned support of partymen Bernie Sanders who vowed to foster party unity to take on Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“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… I have seen her judgement,” Obama said in an email and a web video circulated by the Clinton campaign.

“I’ve seen her toughness. I’ve seen her commitment to our values up close. And I’ve seen her determination to give every American a fair shot at opportunity, no matter how tough the fight — that’s what’s always driven her, and still does,” Obama further said.

File photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo: AP/PTI

File photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Photo: AP/PTI

The Clinton campaign also announced their first joint appearance with Obama on the campaign trail next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Obama’s endorsement of Clinton came moments after he met Senator Sanders of Vermont at the White House. Although, Sanders stopped short of endorsing Clinton, he vowed to work with Clinton to defeat Trump.

“Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Trump does not become president of the United States,” he said.

In a tough intra-party contest, Hilary Clinton reached the magical figure of having enough delegates thereby clinching the nomination of the Democratic Party. Her party colleague and Senator Bernie Sanders is now been considered out of the race.

In a personalised email to his millions of supporters Obama said he knows how hard the job of president can be.

“That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” said the US President, adding “even after our own hard-fought campaign in 2008, she agreed to serve our country as secretary of state.”

(With inputs from the Agencies)