Obama Excited To Campaign For Democratic Nominee

| by Lauren Briggs
President Barack Obama speaking at Las Vegas Presidential ForumPresident Barack Obama speaking at Las Vegas Presidential Forum

When it comes to campaigning for the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, President Barack Obama is "ready to go," an anonymous White House source said.

The source reportedly told CNN that the president is ready to "explode onto the scene" and "get people fired up" but will wait until the Democratic Party has selected its nominee.

"It's driving him crazy" to have to wait this long to help campaign, the source added.

During a June 1 visit to Elkhart, Indiana, to speak about the progress the city has seen since Obama first spoke there in 2009, the president commented on the general election and the importance of voting for the right candidate.

"One thing I can promise you is if we turn against each other based on divisions of race or religion, if we fall for a bunch of okeedoke just because it sounds funny or the tweets are provocative, then we're not gonna build on the progress we've started," Obama said, according to Politico. "If we get cynical and just vote our fears, or if we don't vote at all, we won't build on the progress we've started."

According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, the president will not comment on individual candidates during this time but is working to draw a clear distinction between Democrats and Republicans, who Obama said would "lower wages, eliminate worker protections, cut investments in things like education" and would "weaken the safety net" while cutting taxes "for the wealthiest Americans to historic lows."

"He understands that his successor will have some important decisions to make about whether or not we are going build on this progress, are we going to build on this momentum, or are we going to tear it down?" Earnest explained, according to CNN. "And there is a pretty clear choice to be made if you take a look at the policies that are being advocated by the two parties."

Sources: CNN, Politico / Photo credit: Center For American Progress Action Fund/Flickr

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