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The former President handed out some coveted endorsements of certain Democrats running for office in elections next month. Notably missing from his endorsements were Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison.
“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas,” Obama said in a statement. “Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before.”
This time around, Obama seemed to snub Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate running against Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for his Senate seat, and Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general of Minnesota. Ellison is currently facing allegations of domestic abuse, which he denies.
Of course Obama didn’t endorse O’Rourke and Ellison. He doesn’t want his word or reputation tainted by candidates who were once darlings of the Democratic party before their individual falls from grace.
Ellison is a no-brainer. He has credible accusations of abuse against him. If Obama endorsed him, he’d look like an enabler.
O’Rourke is a bit more surprising. Perhaps it’s an indicator that Obama doesn’t think he’ll be able to defeat Senator Ted Cruz in Texas. While it may have something to do with his recent embarrassments surrounding his DUI, it’s more likely a calculated move based on O’Rourke’s sinking chances.
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