Obama endorses Biden for president

 

Former President Obama endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE’s White House bid through a video message on Tuesday.

The endorsement comes as Biden has all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack trillion tax hike the opposite of 'good investment' Progressive groups call for Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board to be abolished MORE (I-Vt.), his lone remaining rival, withdrew from the race last week. Sanders endorsed Biden on Monday.

While Obama has long spoken of his affinity for his former vice president, he maintained that he would not endorse in the Democratic primary until a clear nominee had emerged.

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Biden has frequently tied himself to Obama during the campaign, and he has maintained strong support among African American voters, who propelled him to victory in key primary states like South Carolina. 

The endorsement plans were first reported by CBS News.

Updated at 11:54 a.m.