WASHINGTON, May 30 : US Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton could have President Barack Obama, who remains popular at end of his eight-year presidency, as a secret weapon in her presidential run, a report said on Sunday.
There is no one better positioned to unify the party behind Hillary as her long and sometimes bitter struggle with primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders draws to a close, Xinhua news agency cited the report.
Indeed, Obama retains immense popularity with the Democratic base, including vital groups such as young people, with whom Hillary has struggled, the report noted.
Obama`s approval ratings have been marching upward since the start of the year, and the latest Gallup` s daily tracking poll showed 52 percent of adults approving of Obama`s job performance and 44 percent disapproving.
Obama can play "a huge role" in bringing the Democratic base and independents together to unite behind Hillary`s candidacy, Democratic strategist Jonathan Rosen was quoted as saying.
That could be particularly important as the primary season has shown that Hillary has failed to thrill some parts of the Obama coalition, such as younger voters, the report said. Though Hillary tried to keep distance from Obama at the early months of her campaign, she shifted the position as the challenge from Sanders became more serious.
Meanwhile, illegal immigrants in the US often get better care than the nation's military veterans, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said.
White House hopeful Donald Trump received a warm welcome Sunday as he addressed a motorcycle rally that attracted many military veterans to the US capital on Sunday.
"I will protect every bit of the Second Amendment" right to bear arms, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told several thousand people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, traditionally a favoured spot for major political demonstrations in Washington.
"We have to rebuild our military" and "we are going to take care of our veterans" the billionaire said in a brief speech as the crowd -- consisting of leather-clad bikers, tourists and other spectators -- cheered him on. Trump asked during his address why other countries, nodding at Japan, aren't asked to pay "100 percent" of the cost of deploying US troops to overseas bases. "Because we are stupid," responded a voice in the crowd. ?IANS, AFP