President Barack Obama endorsed Rep. Cheri Bustos’ re-election bid in Illinois 17th Congressional District Monday.
In his endorsement, Obama called Bustos a “fighter for the middle class” and credited her work to protect Social Security and Medicare.
“I’m proud to endorse Cheri Bustos for the United States House of Representative,” Obama said in a statement. “In Congress, Cheri has had my back as we’ve worked to make the country stronger, safer and fairer for Illinois families — and now I have her back.”
“I’ve counted on Cheri Bustos, and Illinoisans can, too,” the president added.
Bustos, who has also been endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden, called Obama “a fighter for middle class families” and said she was honored by the endorsement.
“As your congresswoman, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, invest in our schools and grow our manufacturing economy so we can create more good-paying jobs for Illinois’ hardworking families,” the congresswoman said in a statement
In an exclusive interview with Ward Room last week, Bustos discussed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s incendiary “nasty woman” comment and criticized her opponent, Republican newcomer Patrick Harlan.