Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Donnelly pledges to Obama

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly announced Tuesday he is backing Barack Obama for president, saying he believes the Illinois senator can help move the county past the politics of stalemate and gridlock.
As a congressman, Donnelly is a superdelegate and has a vote at the Democratic convention. Donnelly, who had been uncommitted, is seeking re-election this year after winning his first term in Congress in 2006.

His decision, a week after Hillary Rodham Clinton narrowly won the Indiana primary, gives Obama the support of six superdelegates from Indiana, with Sen. Evan Bayh and three others backing Clinton.

"I am looking for a president who can bring this nation together, build bipartisan majorities in Congress, and energize the American people to tackle the tough issues," Donnelly said in a statement. "Senator Clinton is a tenacious fighter for the American people, and particularly for working families, but I believe Barack Obama is the president that we need at this moment in history."

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Donnelly was traveling back to Washington on Tuesday and could not be reached immediately for further comment, spokeswoman Samantha Slater said.

Two Indiana superdelegates — Reps. Peter Visclosky and Brad Ellsworth — remain uncommitted.

More than two dozen superdelegates across the country have endorsed Obama in the week since he routed Clinton in North Carolina and narrowly lost Indiana.

He erased her longtime advantage in superdelegates this weekend. Superdelegates are party leaders who attend the convention as delegates by virtue of their positions, and are not selected in primaries and caucuses.

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