(CNN) – Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Monday she's backing Barack Obama's bid for the White House.
"I am endorsing Barack Obama because he is a new kind of leader, he speaks with a different voice, he brings a new perspective and inspires a real excitement from the American people," Klobuchar said in a conference call with reporters. "He's able to dissolve the hard cynical edge that has dominated our politics under the Bush administration."
"Barack has inspired an enthusiasm and an idealism that we haven't seen in this country in a long time," she also said.
Klobuchar was elected to the Senate in 2006 - the first woman elected to the Senate from Minnesota.
"When I ran for the senate, I ran to bring change to Washington, not simply to become a woman senator. I am proud to be a woman in the Senate," Klobuchar also said. "My best friends are women in the Senate, but much like Senator Obama, I ran on a platform of change."
(Updates with comments from Klobuchar)
Related video: Watch Sen. Klobuchar discuss her endorsement with John King
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Obama is a Wimp!
She's a smart lady.
She was the head prosecutor in Minneapolis before winning her Senate seat by a wide margin in 2006.
Prosecutors don't like people who lie.
Thank You Senator Klobuchar!
She has more experience than he does...
Awesome! Thank you Sen. Klobuchar!
Yes We Can. Si Se Puede.
Obama 2008 and 2012
They are starting to come out!!!!
WOOHOO! Now let's get Obama to endorse Al Franken and we can get rid of Mayor Quimby (Norm Coleman) ...
Yikes, where on Earth did the story text go?
Still, at least people are making DECISIONS!
people with experience LIKE Obama... guess they see something worthy in him with all that experience they've got.
I just read that seven, count them seven congressperson in N.C. are getting ready to endorse Obama as a group. Looks like people are actually realizing the numbers are against Clinton.
I think we should start a pool for when Obama takes the lead in superdelegates. I get dibs on ten-thirty a.m., May 7th.
The first time I heard Obama speak was in 2006 in Rochester, MN at a rally for Amy Klobuchar and Tim Walz (H of R). There were 5,000 people jammed into the arena to hear him speak back then. It was even clear then that something special was happening.
I know Hillary supporters are frustrated because it appears that Obama just came out of nowhere to steal the nomination away from her. But, good leaders are not annointed. They know how to moblize people and Obama has done that. I always find it interesting when people ask "what has he changed?" If you don't think that is campaign is totally different from all of the other campaigns run over the past 30 years, you have not been paying attention.
Thanks Senator Klobuchar! You're an inspiration to a new generation of voters!
Si Se Puede!
Thank you Senator Klobuchar! You see real vision for American.
Yaeeeeeeeeey!!! You Hillary supporters are the worse you guys are so hateful.
Obama 2008 and 2012
And this GREAT endorsement means just WHAT?
Nobody is a "wimp". Lets respect both Clinton and Obama.Please.
Dave – sign me up for April 30, 6pm. =-)
If she doesn't like people that lie, then why is she backing EITHER Hillary or Obama or ANY political figure at all?! THEY ALL LIE! IT IS IN THEIR NATURE! They all go fishing in the same pond.
Another endorsement, another super delegate in Obama column.
Hillary's politics of negativity and divisiveness along Bill's and James Carville's uttering’s of racism and mean spiritedness are causing more uncommitted party leaders to endorse Obama who continues to take the high road as Hillary crawls in the gutter.
can we get a little backgroung on the senator? lol
Why is there just a headline and no story?
Could it be that they IS no story, and CNN just wants to put up another pro-Obama blog?