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Doug Wilder Endorses Obama

Anita Kumar

L. Douglas Wilder, Richmond's mayor and former Virginia governor, announced today 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. Today, Wilder says he plans to campaign for him across the country "to the fullest extent possible that my schedule will allow."

By Anita Kumar  |  January 4, 2008; 12:26 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President  
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