President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

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President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton in Video

President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Thursday afternoon, congratulating her on "making history" by becoming the Democratic party's presumptive nominee.

In a video shared on the candidate's website, the president said, "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

"I'm with her, I'm fired up and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary."

According to The Washington Post, Obama will join the former secretary of state on the campaign trail in Green Bay, Wisconsin next week.

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In an interview with Reuters Clinton said, "It is absolutely a joy and an honor that President Obama and I, over the years, have gone from fierce competitors to true friends."

Obama beat out Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary. Clinton went on to serve as his secretary of state during his first term in office.

Who will Clinton's running mate be? See a list of potential options below:

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President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Tim Kaine

The junior Democratic Senator from the swing state of Virginia could be a strategic selection for Hillary. Kaine also served as the governor of Virginia from 2006- 2010.

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Elizabeth Warren

The current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts is popular among progressive Democrats, and some even tried to draft her to run for president herself in 2016. 

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Sherrod Brown

Insiders believe that the senior U.S. Senator from Ohio could help Clinton increase her popularity with working-class voters, a group she has yet to win in a big way so far in primary contests.  

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Cory Booker

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey is both youthful and charismatic and would add racial diversity to a Clinton ticket. 

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Tom Perez

The current U.S. Secretary of Labor is considered a sleeper pick by many Democrats because he is not well known outside of D.C., but some believe his strength and popularity among union workers and other progressive groups could be an asset to Clinton's ticket. 

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Julian Castro

The former mayor of San Antonio and current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has been rumored as a possible running mate for Clinton for months, but in May he said in an interview that the Clinton campaign hasn't talked to him about the role.

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Amy Klobuchar

Insiders confirmed that Clinton is definitely considering a woman as her vice presidential pick, and as U.S. Senator from Minnesota, Klobuchar has a seat Democrats would likely maintain. She's also been described as "by far" the most popular politician in her state. 

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Bernie Sanders

The Independent from Vermont has become Hillary Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination, garnering a surprising amount of support. Bringing Sanders onto the ticket could help to unite both sets of supporters who have been split in Democratic primaries.

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Martin O'Malley

A former 2016 rival of Hillary Clinton, and former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley could help bring some executive experience, along with a slight youthful boost to the ticket.

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Tom Vilsack

The Secretary of Agriculture since 2009, Tom Vilsack also served as the governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Vilsack could bring some governing experience along with swing state influence.  

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Hickenlooper called upon Republicans and Democrats to return to an era of civility and compromise in his address to the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-led House. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Evan Bayh 

Evan Bayh could bring a more right leaning brand of politics to the ticket. Bayh previously served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011, and also as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.  

Joe Biden

While the likelihood of him agreeing to take on the veep job again might be low, Biden's popularity among Democrats would likely boost Clinton's chances. 

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Bill Clinton

Hillary's husband is technically allowed to serve in the job, and some legal experts even think he'd be able to take office if necessary. Unfortunately for the diehard Clinton supporters, a Clinton-Clinton ticket will probably be a dream that never comes true. 

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday in his daily press briefing Clinton's rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, would not be taken off guard by the endorsement.

"The president has had the opportunity to speak to Senator Sanders now three times in the last week, and as a result of those conversations, I think it's fair to say that Senator Sanders was not at all surprised by today's announcement," Earnest said.

Obama met with Sanders at the White House Thursday morning to discuss the Vermont senator's future plans. Clinton declared victory over Sanders on Tuesday after securing a majority of pledged delegates. Sanders vowed to work with his Democratic rival to defeat Republican Donald Trump.

While the move puts increasing pressure on Sanders to concede the nomination so the party can unify behind Clinton, Earnest said Sanders had "earned the right to make his own decision" on when to end his campaign. Sanders said earlier Thursday he would stay in the race to compete in the final Democratic primary vote in Washington, D.C., on June 14.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Thursday that Sanders had accepted that Clinton is the Democratic Party's nominee, but "needs a little time" to decide his next step.

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