Wisconsin Governor Endorses Obama

With just a few weeks to go until the Wisconsin Primary, Barack Obama gets a state wide endorsement.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I see in Barack Obama an incredibly unifying candidate,"

Gov. Jim Doyle hopped aboard the Barack Obama presidential bandwagon today and endorsed the Illinois senator in the race for the White House.

"I see in Barack Obama an incredibly unifying candidate," Doyle said during a conference call this afternoon.

Doyle wasn't even the first one in his family to back Obama. He said his two sons, Gus, 32, and Gabe, 29, both adopted and African-American, already supported Obama's bid for the Democratic Party nomination. Gus Doyle hosted Obama's visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison late last year.

"We obviously are a family that talks a lot about this," the governor said. "And it's very clear to me they helped me understand how a younger person sees the world. And you can see this in the votes ... when a younger person looks at Barack what they really see is the country moving into the future and the future can be a good one."

Wisconsin's primary will be held Feb. 19 but by then the race for the Democratic Party nomination could be clinched. The state is expected to be a fierce battleground during the general election.

Obama had already secured several other notable endorsements in Wisconsin in previous months. In April he was endorsed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines.

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton has endorsed New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton while Joe Wineke, the state Democratic Party chairman, has given a personal endorsement to former North Carolina Senator John Edwards.

Doyle said he had been thinking about the endorsement "for some time," and that he had "regular conversations" with Obama and members of the campaign.

He said he also had good friends in the race, including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, while holding in high regard both Hillary Clinton and Edwards.

"Out of loyalty I was not quite ready to make the step," Doyle said. "I've been moving more rapidly in that direction."

The clincher for Doyle appeared to be Obama's victory speech after the Iowa caucuses Thursday.

"When I heard Barack Obama give the speech after the victory in Iowa, I said this is so important I cannot just sit by and not be part of it. I decided this is the time," Doyle said. "The day after I had a chance to talk with Barack and decided this was the time to do it."

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