President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on California politics with strong endorsements of Attorney General Kamala Harris to replace the state’s retiring Senator, Barbara Boxer.
The president’s endorsement of Harris was not a rebuke of her challenger, longtime California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez; but instead, a confirmation of his friendship with Harris.
The race between Harris and Sanchez is the only one in the nation where two Democrats are battling each other for a seat in the nation’s upper chamber. California rules dictate that the top two vote-getters in the state’ primary election, regardless of party, compete against each other in the general election.
In a written endorsement the President wrote, "Kamala is a lifelong courtroom prosecutor with only one client: the people of the State of California. That's the approach she'll take to the United States Senate."
Sanchez, who has been a staunch supporter of the president, frankly expressed her disappointment. In a written statement and she did not mince words. “I am disappointed that President Obama chose to endorse in an historic Senate race between two Democrats. I would think the Leader of the Democratic Party would be focused on defeating Donald Trump and supporting Democratic Senate candidates against Republicans.”
Also in a written statement, Biden discussed how his relation to Harris was built through his late son and former Attorney General of Delaware, Beau Biden. “I saw them take on big banks, lift up the voices of working people, and protect women and children from abuse and violence. Beau always supported her, and I’m proud to support her candidacy for the United States Senate,” he said.
Harris also has the support of other high profile politicians and political groups including senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker as well as the California Democratic Party and Emily’s List. In addition, she has consistently led in the polls, outraised and has more money on hand than Sanchez.