[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/31/art.klobuchar.gi.jpg caption=" Klobuchar is backing Obama."](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