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Sen. Conrad Endorses Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta
North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, who in 2002 was one of the 23 senators who voted against giving President Bush the authority to use military force against Iraq, today endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and announced that he would campaign on his behalf in Iowa Sunday.

"I believe that events really require all of us to stand up and be counted," he said Saturday during a telephone conference call, according to an AP report. "He is somebody that brings people together. He unites rather than divides, and I think that's very important for the country right now," Conrad said. "He has the unusual ability to inspire and to lift people to be better ... That is a rare skill, and I think something that's much needed."

Conrad chairs the Senate Budget Committee and is the second senator to endorse the Illinois Democrat, the first being the other member of the Illinois delegation, Sen. Dick Durbin -- who also voted against the Iraq War. This is the first time Conrad, who was elected to the Senate in 1986, has endorsed in a presidential primary contest, he said today.

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Looks like some dirty trick slimebag, julieds. Of course we are listening, even if we support another Democrat.


Posted by: ralphdaugherty | December 30, 2007 1:49 AM | Report abuse

julieds you have proven yourself beyond a doubt to be a "sista/bro" so let the majority DECIDE will ya and stop whining like obama has, consistently. Or keep whining. Nobody is listening.

Posted by: lindafranke1952 | December 30, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

No more Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. It's time this country came together and elected a leader we can all be proud of. It's up to you Iowa, don't let us down.

Good for you Senator Conrad and the next POTUS, Barack Obama.

Posted by: GraceMN | December 30, 2007 12:08 AM | Report abuse

America is a Democracy - We are not a Monarchy.
Wiser folks than us - saw to it long ago, that we be fortunate enough to realize this life blessing.
Nepotism may be fine for the old-corner-store but it will only serve to fail us again -as it has, most resoundingly, for the entirety of this millennium.

Voting for the worst policy decision in our life times does not make one 'experienced'. It -IS- high time America elected a woman as commander-in-chief. When a self made woman of conviction and talent stands up and demonstrates the character that can stand as an example for us all - we should stand behind her - with conviction and fortitude. Hillary Clinton is not that woman. She is the spouse of a former and popular President. In a nation, 300 million strong, are we to believe that the person most suited to be the President just happens to be related to the last President ?!
Are we really to believe this is the case ?
Will we make this mistake, again ?

Barack Obama has the strength and certitude to take America in a new and positive direction - a direction that our evolving nation - being formed all around us all as we pass through our daily lives - very much is in need of. There really is an immediacy of the 'now' that we all share. We truly must begin to think big again and to face the immense challenges before us in brave and selfless ways again - like those people in the old faded photographs on our walls did - for us. It really is time to wake up again America. The time is, most certainly, now.

Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

It's time for America to Rise and Shine again.

Posted by: PulSamsara | December 29, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama SHOULD win the nomination...unless Dems want to throw away another election.

Posted by: julieds | December 29, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama is gonna win.

Posted by: vbalfour | December 29, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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