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House Majority Whip James Clyburn.

Clyburn won’t endorse in Dem presidential primary

By Nikita Biryukov, February 24 2019 5:08 pm

House Minority Whip James Clyburn said Sunday that he will likely not make an endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary, meaning U.S. Sen. Cory Booker won’t get a boost from U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s longtime friend.

“I’ve always sworn out of those endorsements. You know, South Carolina was given a position in the window, and I made a promise at the time that I would not do anything to jeopardize that standard, therefore I try to stay out of these primaries until late in the day, if I endorse at all,” Clyburn told the New Jersey Globe. “So, my timeline is ‘not at all.’”

Clyburn was in New Jersey at the invitation of Menendez to give a speech at an annual Black History Month event the latter holds. The two have served in Congress together since first taking office in 1993.

South Carolina will be the fourth state to hold a Democratic primary or caucus contest in 2020. The state is increasingly important for those hoping to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

Though he had no endorsement to give, Clyburn did have some advice for Booker and others on how to win over the people of his home state.

“I tell everybody that, if you’re really interested in representing the people, you need to get to know them to get to find out how you can best help them achieve their dreams and aspirations,” Clyburn said. “I think that so often, people make the mistake in politics of trying to be well known. I think it’s best to try to know well.”

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