Obama won’t endorse Democratic presidential candidate

White House says US President Barack Obama won’t endorse any one candidate in 2016 presidential race

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US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress in Washington

Updated Jan 11, 2016

The United States President Barack Obama will not publicly endorse a candidate in the 2016 Democratic presidential election, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday.

"We'll do exactly what has been done in the past," McDonough said, adding that Obama will be "out there" campaigning to help support the Democratic candidate.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley are just three people running for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton leads the pack, with Sanders who follows her in second place.

The US President Barack Obama announced new gun control measures on Thursday evening and said that he will not support any US presidential candidate who does not back gun reforms, even if they are from his own Democratic party.

"I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform," Obama wrote in an op-ed column in the New York Times.

"All of us need to demand leaders brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby's lies," Obama wrote.

"All of us need to demand that governors, mayors and our representatives in US Congress do their part," he added.

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