(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
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the democrats tend to pick the losers (john kerry), they wouldn't know a winner if it bit them. hillarys ahead double digits in PA, and obama can not carry big states. the publicity stunts of the democrats for obama are pathetic. hang in there hillary, keep on fighting, hillary 08
I want April 23, sometime around noon
Thank you Senator Klobuchar! You make an incredible point standing for change rather than gender. Thank you!
Hillary...Please see the writing on the wall.
People are in denial of who this man is!
Obama: Disgrace to America and all who live and have served her.
Even the women are beginning to realise that Obama is better than Hilary.
Obama will win. Hillary is dodging sniper fore in Bosnia, and she is delusional.
Thanks Sen. Amy Klobuchar !
I am so tired of Obama supporters saying that Hillary is going negative. What, like Obama is a perfect angel? Obama has gone negative!! He says that he is change, but he has shown that he is just like every politician. Stop acting like Obama is holier-than-thou, because he is not.
Madam, you've made the right decision. Others should emulate you and help to elect Obama, the next President of the United States of America.
Way to go Senator!!!
I participated in our state's caucus for the first time because I am so inspired by Barack Obama! He will be a GREAT President!
Obama '08 !!!!!
Thank you Senator!!!!
Who cares Amy just gained my vote so its a win win for her.
Some days ya just hate living in MN!
If Obama wins, the dems won't carry big states except Cali and NY... after that, doesn't matter.. republicans will win every small state plus most of the bigger ones
keep it up... I have a republican, but i'm also a realist... Obama shouldn't be president because he's a socialist... not a liberal...
I will vote for Senator Obama if he can change Brett Favre's mind.
If Obama is the nominee, he will be beat up Miserably and will fail deadly in general election.
Obama supporters, You got get real !!
CNN please post my message.
Obama is phony, He will be beat up Miserably and will fail deadly in general election.
YAY!!! Another superdelegate bites the dust for OBAMA... YES WE CAN! Get lost Hllary... It's over baby...
Did the Obama haters ever bother to think why he has so much support from so many credible, upstanding people? And from such vast backgrounds? Ask yourself why, seriously? There just might be something to him...
Is that you, Hillary? Quit posting here. You should be out campaigning, you're way behind.
Thank you Senator
This is the time for Americans to stand up to the true, obama has done what nobody in the history of America could do. unite people all around the world not just America, people around the world are interested in America politics just because of the awareness of obama. I think he deserve to be the next president of the united state of America.
People, Democrats or Republicans or Independents, are tired of old politics and Obama brings fresh air in to inspire people for the good of the country. The argument that he wil lose the general election is bogus.