Former President Barack Obama endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, giving the presumptive Democratic nominee a needed boost from one of the partys most popular figures.
Obama made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “Im proud to endorse my friend [Joe Biden] for President of the United States.” In an accompanying video, Obama, who didnt mention President Donald Trump by name, said that Biden has the most “progressive platform of any major-party candidate” in history.
During speeches and debates, Biden has relied heavily on his work in the Obama administration, touting measures that were passed when he served as vice president for eight years. But despite that, Obama appeared to show reluctance toward endorsing Biden during the crowded Democratic primary.
The endorsement comes a day after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who recently dropped out of the 2020 race, lent his support to Bidens campaign ahead of a primary battle with Trump. Biden now has the support of all his former Democratic presidential rivals other than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is reportedly planning to endorse him in the coming days.
In 2016, the former president backed Hillary Clinton during her Democratic primary battle with Sanders.
“We have a field of very accomplished, very serious and passionate and smart people who have a history of public service,” Obama previously said at a private fundraiser in late 2019, CNN reported. “Whoever emerges from the primary process, I will work my tail off to make sure they are the next president.”
And Obama also called on the Democratic candidates to avoid going too far left to not push any moderate voters away.
“My one cautionary note is I think it is very important for all the candidates who are running at every level to pay some attention to where voters actually are,” Obama stated in November, adding that the candidates should not be engaged in “thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters havent heard a bold enough proposal.”
After Sanderss endorsement, Biden—aiming to pull some of the self-described socialists loyal followers over to his side—assured the Vermont senators supporters that Sanders would advise him on health care, the economy, and education.
But despite the high-profile endorsements from Obama and Sanders, it remains to be seen if Biden can continue to stay relevant as the United States grapples with the fallout caused by the CCP (