White House: Obama won't endorse in primary
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White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough on Sunday said President Obama will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary race.

“We’ll do exactly what has been done in the past,” McDonough said in an interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press."

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He added that Obama will be “out there” campaigning after the primary to support the eventual nominee.

The president previously said he would vote in the Illinois primary coming on March 15. Front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Committee subpoenas FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts Clapper: Trump was serious when he said he wants citizens to act like North Koreans do for Kim Hillary Clinton: Fundamental rights are 'under assault like never before' MORE, as an administration alumna, has been considered a virtual lock for Obama’s vote since Vice President Biden announced last year he would not be running.

Leading primary candidates Clinton and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSen. Sanders: 'Hypocrite' Trump rants against undocumented immigrants, but hires them at his properties On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Nikki Haley: 'Ridiculous' for UN to analyze poverty in America MORE have both distanced themselves from Obama's record in certain respects.

They both oppose his Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement and have said his signature healthcare legislation does not go far enough.

Clinton, who served as secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, has also criticized his foreign policy in Syria.