Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden for president

Former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind Joe Biden in the race to replace Donald Trump in the White House.

Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden for president

Former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind Joe Biden in the race to replace Donald Trump in the White House.

Mrs Clinton is among the last major Democrats to endorse Mr Biden, and did so in a video chat with him from their respective homes.

"So I've been not only a colleague of Joe Biden's, I've been a friend," she said.

"And I can tell you that I wish you were president right now, but I can't wait until he is."

Mrs Clinton included a swipe at Mr Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 despite receiving millions fewer votes than her.

"Think of what it would mean if we had a real president, not just someone who plays one on TV," she said.

"Joe Biden has been preparing for this moment his entire life."

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Introducing her in his video-chat posted online, Mr Biden referred to Mrs Clinton as "a woman who should be President of the United States right now".

It is not unusual for major Democratic figures to hold out an endorsement until after the nominee is settled.

And after Bernie Sanders dropped his presidential bid and endorsed Mr Biden, other top Democrats are following suit.

Barack Obama also threw his weight behind his former Vice President, as did former candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Earlier this week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed Mr Biden.

Mr Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale was scathing of the endorsement.

"There's no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton together," Mr Parscale tweeted.

"Both carry baggage of decades in the DC swamp and both schemed to keep the Dem nomination from Bernie Sanders.

"Donald Trump beat her once and now he'll beat her chosen candidate."

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the special forces raid on Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011 during a Navy SEAL operation, after the US intelligence services had tracked down the then most wanted man in the world.

Mrs Clinton and Mr Biden served together in the United States Senate, and when she was Secretary of State and he the Vice President, they would have breakfast together once a week.

The presidential primary process is yet to be completed, with many states delaying their votes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Sanders has endorsed Mr Biden, but remains on the ballot in the hopes accumulating delegates will give him greater clout at the convention.

But in today's Ohio primary, conducted largely by postal vote, Mr Biden currently holds a 73-15 lead.

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Royal Melbourne Show axed for 2020 amid coronavirus crisis

The 2020 Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled for the first time in 75 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Melbourne Show axed for 2020 amid coronavirus crisis

The 2020 Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled for the first time in 75 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) announced the decision to cancel the show today, as the event would not be able to heed the state's social distancing and mass gathering restrictions.

The show has only been called off on two occasions in its 165-year history - when Melbourne Showgrounds was requisitioned for the war effort in 1915 and again in WWII between 1940-1945.

RASV CEO Brad Jenkins said the organisation was disappointed about cancelling the annual show, but stresed the health and safety of the community was paramount.

"The COVID-19 health crisis is unprecedented and the ongoing social distancing measures and mass gathering restrictions mean that in the best interest of public health, we are unable to plan and deliver the 2020 Royal Melbourne Show," he said.

"It was important to decide on the Royal Melbourne Show now, as many sponsors, exhibitors and competitors spend months preparing for the Show.

"We also rely on hundreds of volunteers including committees, judges, stewards and more, who give their time so generously each year for the Royal Melbourne Show, many of whom take annual leave or time away from their farm.

"We are fortunate to have an incredibly passionate and supportive community involved in the Royal Melbourne Show each year and during these uncertain times we wanted to give everyone as much notice as possible."

The announcement follows the cancellation of the Adelaide Royal, Brisbane Ekka and Sydney Royal Easter Show earlier this year, all due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria's largest and most iconic annual community event, attracting around 450,000 visitors over 11 days each year and contributing more than $244 million to the state's economy.

The RASV confirmed it was exploring alternative opportunities to present some of the traditional and much-loved elements of the show online in an all-new virtual experience, along with creating new events and celebrations to support food and agricultural producers.

"We thank the Victorian community for their support and look forward to bringing everyone together to celebrate the Royal Melbourne Show when it returns bigger and better in 2021 from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 3 October at Melbourne Showgrounds," Mr Jenkins said.

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