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McGovern Explains His Switch to Obama

By Matthew Mosk
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Sen. Barack Obama was introduced to a packed arena here last night by one of the 2008 presidential campaign's earliest supporters of Obama's chief rival for the Democratic nomination.

George McGovern, the former senator and presidential candidate, addressed head on his recent decision to turn his support from Sen. Hillary Clinton -- who once volunteered on McGovern's presidential campaign -- to Obama.

"Let me make clear, while I have endorsed Senator Obama, the Clintons have been my treasured friends for many years and that will continue when we're all gathered behind Senator Obama," McGovern said.

"He now has an insurmountable lead," McGovern continued. "We Democrats recognize the need to be gathering in a united way and I hope that will occur soon."

McGovern went on to tell a story about how his family influenced his change of heart.

"I've got to confess there's one other reason for my decision and that is that I have three daughters and one son and 10 grandchildren," he said. "Right after I endorsed Senator Clinton, all 14 of them enlisted in the Obama campaign. That's some measure of the influence I have at home."

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 17, 2008; 10:46 AM ET
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