Praising her experience, Obama boosts Clinton's pitch to Democratic voters

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks to members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Ginger Gibson WAUKEE, Iowa (Reuters) – President Barack Obama praised Hillary Clinton’s political experience, a boost to her campaign as she battles an insurgent Bernie Sanders a week before the Democratic presidential nominating process kicks off. Obama’s kind words for his former secretary of state, in a Politico interview published on Monday, will help Clinton as she tries to link her campaign more closely with the president and so draw in more support from his backers. While never explicitly criticizing Sanders, a senator from Vermont whose campaign is focused on pledges to redress social inequality and contain Wall Street excesses, Obama praised Clinton’s experience and suggested several times that Clinton’s messages are grounded in realism.

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