Former President Barack Obama played shy for months in regard to endorsements for the 2020 election, but he just opened the flood gates with a statement issuing dozens of Democrat endorsements.
Obama just issued an endorsement statement for nearly 120 Democrats candidates currently running for federal, statewide and state legislative offices — but the list conspicuously excluded far-left progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic and highly qualified Democrats,” Obama wrote of Democrat candidates in 17 states including New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska and Nevada.
An Obama endorsement is highly coveted, as both Barack and Michelle Obama are some of the most highly respected figures in the Democrat party today.
Obama endorsed Ocasio-Cortez in her initial campaign to defeat incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowley in 2018, but is curiously silent this time around.
Other candidates that Obama did choose to cast his favor on included former Democratic presidential candidate and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate; former Obama aide and incumbent Rep. Andy Kim from New Jersey; and incumbent members of Congress, Katie Porter of California; Max Rose of New York; Antonio Delgado of New York; and Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, according to Fox News.
Obama added that these candidates makes him “optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November but about our country’s future so long after that.”
“So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall,” he continued. “And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person.”