Patrick Murphy, Congressman, Endorses Obama
by iamready, Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 08:09:24 AM EDT
This is a good endorsement. Murphy is the only congressman who fought in Iraq. He also was the main character in Hillary Clinton's speech to the VFW National Convention.
When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention here yesterday, she told the story of how she met a "bright, young captain" in the 82nd Airborne Division named Patrick Murphy in 2003 during her first trip to Baghdad.
This is an endorsement that both camps have been working on, but Murphy decided to endorse Senator Obama. This will come one houre before Obama addresses the VFW in Kansas City.
Today, Mr. Murphy is announcing his support for Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential race. The endorsement, which has been in the works for a while, comes one hour before Mr. Obama speaks to hundreds of war veterans gathered here.
This announcement does come as Obama will attempt remind the audience you can be for the troops and against this war.
The well-timed announcement will be used as a reminder - which Mr. Obama hopes will work - that one can be supportive of military veterans and still be opposed to the war.
Mr. Murphy, 33, is the only member of Congress who served in combat in Iraq. He has played a prominent role in this year's Congressional debate over the war, delivering the closing argument over whether to set a timetable to withdraw troops from Iraq.