Clinton, Obama Back Rival Colorado Candidates

Ex-president endorses underdog Andrew Romanoff
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Guvner
Posted Jun 30, 2010 5:17 AM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks as former President Bill Clinton listens in the Rose Garden at the White House earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The Clinton-Obama faultline that split Democrats in 2008 appears to have reopened in Colorado. Bill Clinton has bucked the Obama administration and given his support to Andrew Romanoff in the state's Democratic primary for the US Senate, the Denver Post reports. Romanoff—who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008—is running against White House favorite Michael Bennet and currently lags nearly 20 points in the polls.

Clinton, who endorsed Romanoff in an email to supporters, has no plans to join him on the campaign trail, a spokesman for the former president says. Political insiders say Clinton's loyalty to supporters of his wife's failed campaign is no surprise and the White House isn't expecting the former president to be as dependable a backer of the administration as his wife. "She is on the team—he is still an independent agent," a White House official tells Politico.

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