Obama congratulates Biden on formal nomination

Obama congratulates Biden on formal nomination
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Former President Obama congratulated Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE on being formally nominated as the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nominee.

“Congrats, Joe. I’m proud of you,” Obama tweeted Tuesday night.

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Biden, who served as Obama’s vice president for eight years, officially clinched the nomination on Tuesday after delegates formally cast their votes.

“Thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart,” Biden said at the Democratic Party’s convention Tuesday. “It means the world to me and my family.” 

Obama will speak before a virtual crowd on Wednesday night, the third night of the convention, while Biden will give his acceptance speech on Thursday. 

Obama has praised Biden as a close partner during his time in the White House and officially endorsed him in April. However, he reportedly played a role in helping Biden secure the nomination earlier this year, talking with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vt.), Biden’s last primary rival, about leaving the race.

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The former vice president appears to be in a strong position in the battle against President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE as he accepts his party’s nomination, leading by 7.7 points nationally in the RealClearPolitics average, although that is down from his largest lead of 10.2 points, held in late June.

Biden is also ahead by 5 points or more in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, and is up by 2 points in Arizona and deadlocked with Trump in North Carolina, according to the polling index.

Surveys have also shown tight contests in historically Republican states like Texas and Georgia and states Trump easily won in 2016 such as Ohio and Iowa.