Obama Won’t Endorse Either Clinton Or Sanders
U.S. president Barack Obama will not endorse any candidate running in the Democrat Party primary to replace him, a White House aide said Sunday.
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough made the announcement on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, adding that once the nominee is set, President Obama will work to make sure that candidate wins.
President Obama issued a stern warning to all Democrat Party candidates in a New York Times op-ed promoting his gun-control agenda; “I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.”
When asked on Sunday if the president’s refusal to back a candidate was related to his gun-control stance, McDonough said it “was not our job” to see who becomes the nominee.
“That’s the job of the party to make those decisions and then they’ll take a look at the agendas and the positions of those candidates, then we’ll make some final decisions,” McDonough said.
Both Clinton and Sanders have appeared to take on President Obama’s stance on gun control.
The Christian Science Monitor notes that it is not uncommon for a sitting president to wait until his party’s nomination process has ended to make an endorsement.
President Obama has given praise to both Clinton and Sanders on separate occasions.