WASHINGTON (CNN) - Calling him “our next American president,” Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president Tuesday at an event in the nation’s capital.
“Too often we’ve seen a government that is run by special interests and lobbyists who roam the halls of Congress, while average Americans are struggling to fill up their gas tanks or save for their child’s college education or save for their own retirement,” Obama said at the endorsement event that was attended by more than 100 people. “And, I’m running to change that kind of politics.”
While he is considered a frontrunner, Obama dismissed criticism that he is not seeing progress in national political polls.
“It’s because we haven’t been running national T.V. ads,” he said. When a reporter asked Obama how he could compete on a national level against New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is much more well-known and leading in national polling, Obama responded, “Well, to know me is to love me.”
Obama also said the latest National Intelligence Estimate released today by the Bush administration “confirms what I’ve said consistently, which is that we are not more safe than we were. That our decision to go into Iraq was a profound distraction from a legitimate and necessary war that we were waging against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and along the Pakistan border.”
- CNN’s Martina Stewart