Despite securing the endorsements of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, one top Democrat has no intention of endorsing the presumptive Democratic nominee for president anytime soon.
Senator John Tester of Montana, who is the Senate Democrats’ top campaign strategist will not commit to supporting Mrs. Clinton in November, a move that has angered many Democrats.
Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman Jon Tester is not joining the rush to endorse Clinton’s candidacy even after President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi all backed the presumptive Democratic nominee this week.
Asked when he would endorse the former secretary of state, the Montana senator replied: “Sometime between now and …” before cutting himself off with a laugh.
“I will make an endorsement before the convention,” Tester said. “You’ll be the second to know.”
This week the party’s remaining hold outs have rushed to Clinton, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement of Clinton leaves Tester as the only neutral Democrat in the Senate (Independents Angus King and Clinton rival Bernie Sanders have also not endorsed Clinton).
Tester’s stance reflects his role in bringing Democrats from the liberal and centrist wings of the party to the ballot box in November to unite around Democratic candidates and take back the Senate majority. But his counterpart in the House hasn’t seemed as concerned: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico endorsed Clinton in February amid the heat of the primary battle with Sanders.
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