President Obama repeated his claim Tuesday that no candidate has ever been more qualified to be President of the United States than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Obama endorsed his former secretary of state last month, and Tuesday’s rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, marked his first joint appearance with her on the campaign trail. Earlier in the day, FBI Director James Comey gave a scathing statement about Clinton’s private email conduct at the State Department, calling her “extremely careless” with classified material although not recommending charges be brought.
Obama took a shot at Clinton’s prospective opponent, Republican Donald Trump, saying anybody can “tweet” but “nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk.”
“Hillary Clinton has been tested,” Obama said. “She has seen up close what’s involved in making those decisions. She has participated in the meetings in whose decisions have been made. She’s seen the consequences of things working well and things not working well, and there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton. Ever. And that’s the truth. That’s the truth.”
The crowd chanted “Hillary” in approval.
“So the bottom line is I know Hillary can do the job,” Obama said. “And that’s why I am so proud, North Carolina, to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.”