Barack Obama US President 'backs' Hillary Clinton's 2016 White House race

Clinton lost the 2008 nomination to President Obama. It appears she is unlikely to face a formidable primary opponent this time around.

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

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US President Barack Obama has somewhat backed US former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton's bid to becoming the US President in 2016; saying she would make "an excellent president".

Reports say Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy in the 2016 White House run on Sunday, April 12 (today) via a video message on social media.

"She was a formidable candidate in 2008. She was a great supporter of mine in the general election. She was an outstanding secretary of state. She is my friend," Obama was quoted to have said at a press conference in Panama after a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders on Saturday, April 11.

Clinton, 67, lost the 2008 nomination to President Obama and, this time around, it appears she is unlikely to face a formidable primary opponent, with only a few low-profile Democrats saying that they would consider contesting the nomination.

Two other potential candidates, including senator Elizabeth Warren and vice-president Joe Biden, are yet to confirm their candidacy.