Republicans Carlson, McClellan Announce Support for Obama

By Lee Speigel

Oct 23, 2008 8:14pm

In Minneapolis today, former GOP Governor Arne Carlson announced his support for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Writing in the Star-Tribune, Carlson –- governor from 1991 to 1999 -– said he’d hoped Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would have embraced the challenges of the war in Iraq, the national debt, energy, and the economy “an opportunity to redefine the Republican Party as Presidents Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Eisenhower had done. This would require a global vision, financial discipline and a sense of confidence reflecting the best in American idealism.”

However, Carlson writes, “The choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, and the resultant shallow campaign based on fear and suspicion, looks frighteningly similar to the politics of Karl Rove. Sen. Barack Obama arrived on the political scene as a wind of freshness, unity and idealism. He saw America as it could be if we reached across all divides. This long, grueling campaign has revealed a remarkably disciplined and focused leader who has the potential to become a truly great president.”

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, meanwhile, tells CNN that he, too, will vote for Obama.

In an episode of D.L. Hughley’s new show, to air Saturday, McClellan said, "From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama."

- jpt

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