White House applauds Clinton for Iowa win

White House applauds Clinton for Iowa win
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President Obama’s top spokesman Tuesday congratulated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE for her narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses, but warned that the race could be a long one.
“Obviously, Secretary Clinton has won. So congratulations to her. I am sure they feel good about that, they should,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. 
Clinton squeaked by rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday night to claim victory in the nation’s first presidential nominating contest. Despite her victory, many political observers pointed to her razor-thin margin of victory as a sign of weakness. 
Earnest also applauded Sanders, saying the self-proclaimed democratic socialist’s “passionate following” fired up liberals and helped make the race close. 
“This is the first contest in what I expect will be a series of competitive ones,” Earnest said. 
“Secretary Clinton knows better than anybody that the path to the Democratic nomination is a long one,” he added, referring to her 2008 upset loss against Obama in Iowa, and subsequent bounce-back win in New Hampshire. 
The spokesman predicted that a lengthy Democratic primary would not hobble Clinton for the general election if she does eventually become the nominee, as is expected. 
“It’s good for the country, it’s good for the Democratic process,” he said.
Clinton, who served four years as Obama’s secretary of State, is widely believed to be the president’s preferred successor. 
Obama made remarks in an interview last week that strongly suggest he supports Clinton over Sanders, but since then  has sought to strike a neutral pose in the Democratic nominating contest.