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Doug Wilder Endorses Obama

By Anita Kumar, Virginia Politics
L. Douglas Wilder, Richmond's mayor and former Virginia governor, announced yesterday he is endorsing U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president.

"Our country needs a leader who can unite and inspire our citizens, a leader who can see things with a fresh eye, and a leader who can move beyond the parochialisms of the past. We need a leader whom people want to rally around with the confidence that positive change is on the way,'' Wilder said in a statement. "Sen. Barack Obama brings forth all of these qualities. I am tremendously impressed with him."

Just last month, Wilder, the nation's first black governor, said he had not endorsed Obama even though a magazine reported that he had. Wilder now says he plans to campaign for him across the country "to the fullest extent possible that my schedule will allow."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 5, 2008; 12:04 PM ET
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