Everyone expects Michelle Obama to play a major role in the 2020 presidential campaign.
But Obama is about to disappoint some Democrats.
And that’s because Michelle Obama is about to turn down one offer that is bad news for Joe Biden.
There is no doubt Michelle Obama is Joe Biden’s number one choice to be vice president.
During the primary, Biden repeatedly floated her name as the first person he would ask to serve as his running mate should Biden secure the Democrat Party nomination.
Michelle Obama is going to turn down that job.
The former First Lady hates the nitty-gritty parts of politics such as asking for money or rallying supporters.
“She hates campaigning and fundraising with a passion,” one Biden associate told The Hill. “She hates dealing with donors, hates the bullshit political side of things and how fake it all is, and she thinks of it as a time suck. It’s the single number one reason she won’t run for office, even though no matter what office she’d run for, she’d win.”
However, the news is not all bad for Biden.
Michelle Obama is in talks with Biden’s team to endorse the presumptive Democrat Party nominee for president.
The Hill exclusively reports:
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is planning a rollout for Michelle Obama’s endorsement, although there are questions around just how public a role the enormously popular former first lady will play in his campaign.
Sources tell The Hill that the Biden campaign’s early plans include a focus on remote fundraising and voter registration efforts.
An Obama aide confirmed to The Hill that Michelle Obama was only waiting to endorse Biden because the campaign wanted former President Barack Obama to have the stage to himself this week.
“This week was President Obama’s moment to enter the campaign. Of course Mrs. Obama supports Joe Biden and we will keep you posted on her plans,” the aide told The Hill.
The Biden campaign also laid out how they planned to utilize the former First Lady’s endorsement.
The Hill also reports:
Sources tell The Hill that Obama is expected to lend her name to an email fundraiser, potentially as early as next week. She may also lend her image to a direct mail campaign, while continuing the voter registration efforts she has spearheaded as the founder of a nonpartisan nonprofit group.
In addition, there are talks about the former first lady potentially filming a short online video in support of Biden that has a lighter tone than the one former President Obama filmed for his endorsement earlier this week.
Michelle Obama’s endorsement will help with fundraising.
But it will not move votes.
Both Barack and Michelle Obama campaigned hard for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
And black voter turnout still did not reach the levels it did in 2012.
The one surefire way Michelle Obama could help Joe Biden win the election is by accepting the position of vice presidential running mate.
That is not in the cards.
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