Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received the endorsement of a fellow Democrat ahead of any formal announcement of her candidacy for president.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) penned an opinion piece for CNN Thursday expressing her support for a potential bid by Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016, touting the former first lady's experience and competence. She called Clinton "the best person to take on the challenges that face our country."
The issues that will dominate the 2016 election are issues that Clinton has been a leader on for years. She has been a champion for middle-class families and for those working hard to get into the middle class. She voted time and again to raise the minimum wage so people working full time would not find themselves still in poverty. She wrote the Student Borrower Bill of Rights and fought for lowering student loan rates by ending giveaways to the big banks. And of course she has fought tirelessly to give all Americans, especially children, the security of quality, affordable health care.
As president, Hillary Clinton will fight for our values day in and day out. I also know Clinton is practical and pragmatic. She understands how to get things done.
Stabenow and Clinton both joined the Senate just after the 2000 election cycle, and the Michigan senator says she's known Clinton for more than 30 years. In the op-ed, Stabenow acknowledges Clinton's accomplishments on health care, the minimum wage and foreign affairs throughout her tenure as first lady, senator and secretary of state.
Clinton has not formally announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for president, but has noted in several public appearances that she's "thinking about" a run.
Read Stabenow's full op-ed here.