Obama withholding endorsing Hillary: ‘Other friends’ may decide to run

Obama withholding endorsing Hillary: ‘Other friends’ may decide to run

[Ed. – Clinton proved to be a very effective secretary?]

One person who might not be ready for Hillary yet is President Barack Obama.

One day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her long-awaited announcement about running for president in 2016, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said she doesn’t automatically have Obama’s support.

“Does Hillary Clinton automatically get President Obama’s support no matter what Democrat comes into the race?” a reporter asked.

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Earnest responded, “The answer to that question is no.”

Earnest said the president obviously knows Clinton well, going back to their 2008 campaign rivalry.

“The fact is, the president obviously had the opportunity to see up close how effective of a campaigner she could be. She was obviously a very formidable opponent in the 2008 contest for the Democratic nomination,” Earnest said. “During the general election in 2008, Secretary Clinton was a very effective advocate for President Obama’s general election campaign. Over the course of the president’s first term in office, Secretary Clinton proved to be a very effective secretary…”

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