US Elections 2016: Obama Says ‘No’ To Hillary Clinton

US Elections 2016: Obama Says ‘No’ To Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton will not get President Barack Obama’s support automatically, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Monday.


Obama is friends to other Democrats, more than to Clinton

“The answer to that question is no,” Earnest responded when asked if Clinton has Mr Obama’s support.

“There are other people who are friends of the President, who may at some point decide to get into the race,” Earnest told press.

“This will be the responsibility of Democratic voters to decide who should be the Democratic nominee for president. I think that Democratic nominee can be confident that they’ll enjoy the support of President Obama in their campaign.”

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Donors for Hillary Clinton

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is not asking for big amounts of money from donors, nor does she have immediate plans of conducting events, people familiar with the matter have revealed. Her political strategy in terms of raising money will have a “flat fundraising structure” and a “merit-based finance organization.”

According to unnamed sources who have spoken with Politico, Clinton is not asking for big checks, at least not for the meantime. Donors who were asked to participate in a recently held finance conference call were just asked to raise $27,000 in the next 30 days, according to the report. The amount was small considering that Clinton is trying to raise a total of $2.5 billion.

According to the sources, the strategy is the best way to identify which donors can actually convert pledges to campaign checks as early as today. The strategy would also see new donors coming. It will also open doors to people who are known to have supported president Barack Obama during his campaign trail.

“The whole thing is very flat. There is no finance chair. The finance committee and makeup of any finance leadership is going to be entirely merit based. I think the biggest reason is if you are going to broaden the fundraising base, you broaden it in April of 2015, not in October 2016,” a source told Politico.

“The campaign will have the resources needed to compete, but it will be built with a flat fundraising structure, a key grassroots donor base and a merit-based finance organization. Initially fundraising will be a challenge — with lower limits and a smaller list than Obama in 2011,” according to internal documents obtained by Politico.

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