A week and a half before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton has finally solidified her Democratic “dream team” with a unifying purpose—to defeat Donald Trump in the election in November.
The team includes President Obama, Vice President Biden, former President Bill Clinton, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and now Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Each member of the dream team has a specific purpose, with certain strengths and weaknesses—and while not all of these surrogates agree on every issue—they all serve as authoritative voices against her Republican counterpart.
President Obama has been campaigning from the White House as the levelheaded contrast to Trump’s brashness. He’s a relatively popular president, with an approval rating around 50 percent since February according to Gallup, and Clinton has not been afraid to tie herself to most of his policies.
Vice President Biden has been charged with rallying the Rust Belt, set to appear this week with Clinton at a rally in Pennsylvania, which was postponed on July 8 after the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.
He has also laughed at Donald Trump calling himself the “Law and Order” candidate when asked about it on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Former President Bill Clinton has been one of Hillary’s most supportive surrogates, stumping for her on the campaign trail. Hillary has signaled that he will be taking an active role in the administration, and will be in charge of the economy.
However, while he’s generally a respected former president, he got Hillary into trouble recently after an impromptu meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in her plane on a tarmac in a Phoenix Airport.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has proven to be the fiercest critic of Donald Trump, and her scathing Twitter feud with the presumptive Republican nominee has provided the Clinton campaign with one-liners to go after Trump.
Warren is also a darling of the more liberal faction of the Democratic party—a section of the party that aligned itself more to Sanders’s ideas about big financial institutions, trade, and wage increases.
With an endorsement from Sanders, Hillary Clinton has completed the dream team of surrogates. Sanders’s role for the Clinton campaign is going to be bringing out and energizing the younger voters that were brought into the process by the Sanders campaign.
The dream team combines and unifies two visions of the past and future. The two most prominent members of the last administration—Obama and Biden—the most prominent member of the last Democratic administration—Bill Clinton—and Warren and Sanders, who appeal to the younger generation.