Former White House press secretary Jay Carney stated on Wednesday that while President Barack Obama has not endorsed a candidate for president, he does have a preference.
“I think the president has signaled while still remaining neutral that he supports Secretary Clinton’s candidacy and who prefer to see her as the nominee,” Carney said on CNN.
Obama will not “officially embrace her unless and until it’s clear she is going to be the nominee,” Carney said.
“I think he is maintaining that tradition of not intervening in a party primary,” he added. “But I don’t think there is any doubt that he wants Hillary to win the nomination and believes she would be the best candidate in the fall and the most effective as president in carrying forward what he has achieved.”
Carney’s comments come a day after Hillary Clinton took a shellacking in the New Hampshire primary, losing to Democrat socialist Senator Bernie Sanders 60 to 38 percent. The former secretary of state defeated Obama in that primary in 2008.
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Carney, as a former press secretary, almost certainly cleared the president’s sort-of endorsement of Clinton with the White House first, which would indicate that Obama is trying to put his hand on the scale in the Democratic primary.
In the wake of its New Hampshire defeat and Iowa draw, the Clinton campaign has spoken confidently about their candidate’s prospects in the upcoming primaries in more ethnically-diverse states.
“Whereas the electorates in Iowa and New Hampshire are largely rural/suburban and predominantly white, the March states better reflect the true diversity of the Democratic Party and the nation,” campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in a memo on Wednesday.
“Mook specifically named March 1 Super Tuesday-voting states Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Illinois, as well as Florida, which votes March 15,” Boston.com reported.
“The nomination will very likely be won in March, not February,” he wrote, “and we believe that Hillary Clinton is well positioned to build a strong – potentially insurmountable – delegate lead next month.”
“Hillary’s high levels of support in the African American and Hispanic communities are well known,” Mook added.
These two groups fueled Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012. Ninety-three percent of African Americans and 71 percent of Hispanics voted for the president in 2012.