Time: 10:46 p.m. CEST
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney, who served on the job post from 2011 to 2014 said to CNN on Wednesday that “the President has a preference in the Democratic primary to replace his: Hillary Clinton.”
As CNN reports, Jay Carney told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday that’s no accident — and the President does want Clinton to win. Carney, who is working now for Amazon, but contributes to CNN said Obama would not make an official endorsement until the race is decided.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that he wants Hillary to win the nomination and believes that she would be the best candidate in the fall and the most effective as president in carrying forward what he’s achieved,” said Carney, a CNN contributor, CNN reports.
Obama did not comments until now his choice for a Democratic nominee, but recently he met with not only with Clinton, but as well with the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Carney’s comments are hours after the Clinton lost the vote in New Hampshire primary to Senator Sanders.
On Wednesday, President Obama traveled back to Illinois where he delivered a speech on the day when nine years ago Obama announced his president candidacy.