- The Washington Times
Monday, July 8, 2019

The Obamas don’t plan on making any endorsements prior to the Democratic presidential primary, Michelle Obama said Saturday, even though front-runner Joseph Biden served as vice president to her husband.

Mrs. Obama made the comments during a wide-ranging sit-down with Gayle King at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where Ms. King asked the former first lady to weigh in on the 2020 race.

“Barack and I will support whoever wins the primary,” she said. “Our primary focus is on letting the process plays out. It is early and things will change. The general election is so important and we have to get behind whoever comes out of that primary, so we’re watching everyone, we’re supporting everyone, we’re giving advice to whoever seeks it.

“That’s one of the things that we learned in the campaign. It is early,” she added. “It’s like trying to figure out who’s winning the World Series on the first seven games. I mean that’s where we are right now, it is so early.”

Mr. Biden, the clear front-runner among more than two dozen other Democratic candidates, claimed shortly after he announced his candidacy in April that he asked former President Barack Obama not to endorse him prior to the party’s nomination.

Mrs. Obama wouldn’t comment Saturday on the spat Mr. Biden had recently with Democratic rival Sen. Kamala Harris over his remarks about working with hard-line segregationists during his time in Congress and his former stance on busing.

“I do not,” the former first lady said when asked to comment. “I’ve been doing this rodeo far too long. It’s like, uh, no comment.”

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