It’s not an official endorsement, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Hillary Clinton would be an “extraordinary” president. Durbin endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama over Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign, which he admits made their relationship “a bit testy.” This time around, Durbin is more supportive of her bid.
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“The times for official endorsements will come later,” Durbin said. “If she asks for my advice, and she has not, I would tell her ‘roll up your sleeves, Hillary, and head to Iowa.’ That was the turning point for the last presidential campaign that she was involved in, at that moment with President Obama’s victories in the caucuses, that’s what launched his candidacy.” Durbin says Clinton can’t take the nomination for granted, though she’s the only major candidate on the Democratic side so far. The Republican candidates are no strangers to Durbin, either, all three being U.S. Senators: Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Durbin says he’s been able to work with all of them on certain issues.