Former President Barack Obama endorsed U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California on Friday. His endorsement will likely discourage State Senator Sen. Kevin de León, who is seeking to unseat the veteran senator.
In a statement, Obama said, “I’m proud to give Dianne Feinstein my strong endorsement for her reelection to the United States Senate. She’s always been an indispensable leader for California.”
The former President added, “We became dear friends and partners in the fight to guarantee affordable healthcare and economic opportunity for everybody; to protect our planet from climate change, and our kids from gun violence. I ask Californians to join me in supporting Dianne Feinstein’s re-election and returning one of America’s most effective champions for progress to the Senate.”
Obama’s endorsement is a “great deal”
On the other hand, Sen. Feinstein said expressed gratitude to Obama. She said the former President’s endorsement “means a great deal” and felt “honored for his trust.”