On the eve of Hillary Clinton’s anticipated announcement that she is running for President, President Obama used his bully pulpit to give her a huge boost.
Saying she was an excellent Secretary of State, President Obama said the former Secretary and Senator Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent president”.
“She was an outstanding secretary of state. She is my friend. I think she would be an excellent president. And I’m not on the ballot, so I’m not going to step on her lines.”
President Obama refused to play pundit when asked if the Democratic field was wide open. He made sure to shoot a huge hole in the Republican hopes of making 2016 about foreign policy by reminding everyone that Ms. Clinton can run circles around the expected Republican hopefuls.
“The one thing I will say is she is going to be able to handle herself very well in any conversations that are based around foreign policy,” the President said. “And her track record with respect to domestic policies is one that cares about working families.”
“If she decides to run, if she makes an announcement, she’s going to have some strong messages to deliver.”
It’s not an accident that on the eve of her anticipated announcement, the President pointed out what a powerhouse Secretary Clinton is on foreign policy and how she has a long track record of advocating for working families. President Obama won’t endorse anyone from the White House, but it is clear that the former rivals have become powerful allies.
Republicans have foolishly pinned hopes on using foreign policy to hit Sec. Clinton, but of course not one of their candidates has the foreign policy experience that Clinton does. It is no accident that this is was the highlight of Obama’s comments on what Sec. Clinton is bringing to the table.
Secretary Clinton has worked long and hard to be here, on the eve of her announcement, with an impressive resume and vast experience.
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