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Hillary Clinton steps up as key Biden re-election ally

By Jake Beardslee · December 10, 2023

In brief…

  • Hillary Clinton taking on major fundraising and surrogate role for Biden's 2024 campaign
  • Using foreign policy experience to defend Biden's international decisions
  • Will campaign actively to underscore stakes of election and dangers of third-party candidates
  • Bill Clinton also assisting as surrogate; some Democrats want Obama more involved
As a former nominee and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is emerging as an influential surrogate and fundraiser for President Biden's 2024 re-election bid against Donald Trump.  The White House/Wikimedia

As the 2024 election approaches, Hillary Clinton is emerging as a key surrogate and fundraiser for President Biden’s re-election campaign. Clinton recently hosted a $1 million fundraiser for Biden at her Washington D.C. home and published an Atlantic op-ed staunchly defending his policies.

Clinton’s support comes as Biden faces low approval ratings and a tough race against Donald Trump. Her credentials as Secretary of State allow her to lend credibility to Biden’s foreign policy decisions. As a former nominee herself, she can also caution voters about supporting third-party candidates instead of Biden.

People close to Clinton say she will campaign tirelessly for Biden in 2024, urging Democrats to turn out by underscoring the high stakes of the election, NBC News reported. Her husband Bill is also getting involved, recently meeting with Argentina’s president-elect as a representative of Biden’s administration.

Some Democrats wish Barack Obama would step up his support earlier in the cycle to give Biden a much-needed boost. But sources close to both presidents note that Obama’s impact is greatest when deployed to turn out voters closer to Election Day.