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More Republicans jump ship - Weld, McClellan support Obama

Jake Turcotte

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Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, a Republican, announced this morning his support for the Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama.

Weld's endorsement comes a day after former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan and the former Governor of Minnesota Arne Carlson, also a Republican, announced their support - separately - of Obama's candidacy.

In a statement Weld said, "Sen. Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America's standing in the world."

"We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Sen. Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire. Throughout this campaign I've watched his steady leadership through trying times and I'm confident he is the best candidate to move our country forward," he said.

Scott McClellan

As for McClellan, his preference for Obama was made public through a clip CNN distributed promoting a new TV program the network will debut tomorrow.

Appearing on "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News," McClellan said his vote is all about "change."


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