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February 15, 2008

Congressman Brian Baird Endorses Obama

Chicago, IL – Today, Congressman Brian Baird (WA-03) endorsed Barack Obama, citing his ability to move Americans past the issues that divide us and unite our country for change.

Congressman Baird said, “The Democratic nominating process began with a very strong field of candidates which has since been narrowed to two outstanding individuals.  Both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton would bring new vision, strong leadership and much needed change to the Presidency.  After much thought and consideration, I am announcing today that I am endorsing Senator Barack Obama to be the Democratic Candidate and the next President of the United States of America.

“Our nation faces extraordinary challenges domestically and abroad.  I believe Senator Obama will bring a vision of unity that will rekindle the very best of our society and help all Americans move past the partisanship of the past and into the progressive partnership of the future.  It has been many years since Americans, particularly young Americans, felt the sense of enthusiasm, hope and involvement that Senator Obama has inspired. We need to nurture that enthusiasm for the good of all Americans and I look forward to working closely in Congress with President Obama.”

Senator Obama said, “I am grateful for the support of Congressman Baird.  Congressman Baird has shown real leadership for the people of Washington State – from fighting to improve infrastructure to finding innovative ways to invest in America’s competitiveness and create new opportunities in math and science for our students.  I am proud that Washington State caucused for change on February 9th and look forward to having Congressman Baird on our team as we bring change we can believe in – in Washington State and across the country.”