Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Big time Obama endorsements: Not just Richard Moore and Bev Perdue

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Here's a press release from the Obama campaign office:

North Carolina Congressmen Price and Watt Endorse Obama

Superdelegates, Former Edwards Supporters, Join Obama's Movement for Change.

RALEIGH, NC - North Carolina Congressmen David Price of the 4th District and Mel Watt of the 12th District, both Democratic superdelegates and former supporters of John Edwards, today endorsed Barack Obama, citing his ability to bring Americans together and help hard-working North Carolina families who are struggling to keep up.

“With all of the challenges we face – from the war in Iraq to the foreclosure crisis – we desperately need change in the White House. And Barack Obama represents that kind of change," said Congressman Price. “Senator Obama is the candidate best equipped to transcend the conflicts and resentments of the past, while energizing and inspiring the newest generation of American voters. And I believe he is in the strongest position to announce to the world, and execute, a new day in American diplomacy after the meltdown perpetrated by the current President.”

"Barack Obama will work for every American, every day," said Congressman Watt. "He listens to Americans across the country and understands the problems they face - and what it will take to solve those problems. In these difficult economic times, we need a president who will serve regular Americans, not special interests. From affordable health care to restoring our lost manufacturing jobs, Barack Obama has the right ideas and the strength to make change happen."

Congressman David Price was first elected to his congressional seat in North Carolina's 4th District in 1987. As Chairman of the House Democracy Assistance Commission and of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Price is respected by representatives in both parties for his leadership on national security and ethics and lobbying reform. In 2004, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee's Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling, which met throughout 2005 to study and set the 2008 Democratic primary schedule.

Congressman Mel Watt has served North Carolina's 12th District since 1993. A member of the House Financial Services Committee and House Judiciary Committee, Watt is a leader on equality and justice issues, and has been one of the most outspoken members of Congress on issues affecting minority communities. In the 109th Congress, Watt served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"Congressmen Price and Watt are both among the American people's finest representatives. Their leadership is proof that with clear and common purpose, there is no challenge too great for our nation to solve," said Senator Obama. "I look forward to working with them both to ensure America's promise for all Americans and build a better future for North Carolina and our country."

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