Obama congratulates Biden on S.C. victory, says he is not yet ready to endorse candidate

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 2nd, 2020 2:17 pm

Former President Barack Obama Saturday night reportedly called Joe Biden to congratulate him on his victory in the South Carolina primary. Despite Obama's encouraging words, he is not ready to formally back any of the Democratic candidates until the general election, according to a source familiar with the matter.

"We are skeptical that an endorsement coming from us could truly change the political winds right now," a source close to Obama told CNN.

The Obama confidant also shared that the former U.S. president is more concerned with unifying the Democratic party in order to defeat Trump in November rather than creating more division.

"So he's prepared to play a vigorous role in coalescing the party around the nominee and working to defeat Trump, but weighing in now likely only divides things worse and weakens his standing for when the party will need it most," the source said.

? Obama plans to avoid being entrenched in the 2020 race for as long as possible, according to his aides.


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