2018-08-05 08:40:49 UTC
Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday endorsed dozens of
Democrats in races across the country, flexing his political
muscle in the midterms and vowing to hit the stump for some of
them before November.
Notably, the former president did not endorse liberal darling
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her New York House race. The
'democratic socialist' has teamed up on the campaign trail with
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., but her high profile after defeating
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in the primary has
raised concerns in some corners of the party.
In New York, Obama endorsed two candidatesHouse hopeful Antonio
Delgado and Anna Kaplan for a state Senate seat.
Among his most prominent endorsements were for Gavin Newsom for
governor of California, Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia
and Jacky Rosen, the Democrat running against incumbent
Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada.
I am proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of
Democratic candidatesleaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-
hearted as the America theyre running to represent, Obama said
in a statement on Wednesday. Im confident that, together,
theyll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity
thats broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in
the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice,
fairness, responsibility and the rule of law.
His list of 81 endorsements includes more than a half-dozen
former administration and campaign officials.
Obama also weighed in on home state races in Illinois, offering
endorsements for gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker (brother
of his former Commerce secretary Penny Pritzker) and several
House candidates, as well as candidate for Illinois attorney
general Kwame Raoul.
Obama earlier this year endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-
Calif., who is in a tight Democrat-vs.-Democrat race against
Kevin de Leon in November.
After the Wednesday release, Obama tweeted the endorsements, as
his office said another round would be coming before November.
Today Im proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of
Democratic candidates leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-
hearted as the America theyre running to represent:
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Republicans, though, suggested the endorsements could do more
harm than good.
"No one's more to blame for how weak today's Democratic Party is
than President Obama," Republican National Committee spokesman
Michael Ahrens told Fox News. "He cost them over 1,000
legislative seats, decimated their state parties and voters
rejected his policies at the ballot box less than two years ago."
According to Obamas office, the former presidents endorsements
were made in an effort to help current and aspiring Democratic
leaders establish themselves, build their profiles, and lead
His office noted that some of the endorsements were given to
several promising Obama Administration and campaign alumni who
heeded the Presidents call in his farewell speech to 'grab a
clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.'