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Tags: Trump Administration | Hillary Clinton | Jeb Bush | Hillary Clinton | Barack Obama | Democrat coalition

Hillary Will Have to Build Her Own Coalition, Obama Says

Hillary Will Have to Build Her Own Coalition, Obama Says
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By    |   Wednesday, 11 February 2015 04:36 PM

When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president she won't necessarily be able to count on President Barack Obama's coalition he built during his presidential campaigns.

"I don't think any president inherits a coalition," Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief Ben Smith Tuesday when asked if the "coalition of young people, people of color, women" will be something that the next Democrat candidate for president will inherit. 

"I think any candidate has to win over people based on what they stand for, what their message is, what their vision is for the future," he explained. 

"I think what's true is that I've done very well among younger Americans, and that's always been something I've been very proud of: our ability to reach out to get people involved who traditionally have not always gotten involved or have been skeptical about politics," the president said.

"I think the fact that we got a lot of support from African-Americans or Latinos or Asian-Americans is just reflective of the shifts in the country," he added.

When asked if he was disappointed that the two leading candidates, Clinton and former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida were both from the previous generation, Obama said that "they're both obviously highly-qualified candidates.

"Hillary Clinton I know much better than I know Jeb Bush, and I think she'd be an outstanding president," he said.

"But ultimately what people are going to be looking for in the next president is what they always look for in a president and that is somebody who is attuned to the hopes and dreams of the American people at a particular moment in time," the president added.

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When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president she won't necessarily be able to count on President Barack Obama's coalition he built during his presidential campaigns.
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