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Obama 'Weeks Away' From Helping Clinton Make Anti-Trump Case

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:58 AM

President Barack Obama is reportedly "weeks away" from diving into the campaign fray to help Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton make the case against Donald Trump.

His campaigning will test his sway with voters, even as he tries to defend his legacy and fundraise, Real Clear Politics reports.

Though Obama said in March he'd campaign after the primaries to unify the party and win the White House, "in truth, Obama will do more than coax" Clinton and rival Sen. Bernie Sanders to mend fences — and his campaign help will be coming "within weeks," Real Clear Politics writer Alexis Simendinger argues.

"He's going to try to disqualify Trump as unfit for the complex job he seeks."

"Obama's voice, in particular, is important because he is an example of what good Democratic leadership can do," an unnamed Democratic National Committee official tells Real Clear Politics. "Obviously, he's also a powerful speaker."

According to Simendinger, strategists advising Obama, supporting the Clinton campaign and working for the Democratic Party "have been experimenting with anti-Trump messages," including that the GOP presumptive nominee is "ill-prepared for the presidency, a danger to the country, and temperamentally erratic."

He appeared to preview that line of attack in a commencement address at Rutgers last Sunday, when, without mentioning the GOP presumptive nominee by name, he declared: "In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It's not cool to not know what you're talking about.

"That's not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. That's not challenging political correctness. That's just not knowing what you're talking about."

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