MIAMI (CBSMiami) — President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday through a video released online.
“I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” said President Obama in the video posted on Clinton’s campaign website and You Tube.
Clinton took to social media following the endorsement.
The president went on to congratulate Clinton in the video.
“I just want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on making history as the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States,” said the president who ran against her in the 2008 primaries.
The president recounted moments with Clinton – moments he says showed she is capable to be president.
“I have seen her judgement. I have seen her toughness. I’ve seen her commitment to our values up close. I’ve seen her determination to give every American an opportunity no matter how tough the fight was,” said President Obama.
The posted video came out hours after the president met with her opponent Bernie Sanders who has not dropped out of the race amid pressure from the Democratic party to do so. The president mentioned the meeting.
“I had a great meeting with him this week and I thanked him for shining a spotlight on issues like economic inequality and the outsized influence of money in our politics and bringing young people into the process,” said the president.
As a final call, the president asked Sanders and Clinton supporters to unite and make the Democratic party stronger. It’s something the party thinks is necessary in order to take on Donald Trump in the general election.
“Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders may have been rivals during this primary but they’re both patriots who love this country and they share a vision for the America that we all believe in,” said the president.
Less than an hour after the endorsement, Trump took to social media prompting a twitter feud between both presidential hopefuls.
President Obama plans on campaigning with Hillary Clinton in Green Bay, Wisconsin next week. This would be the first appearance between the two since the endorsement.
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