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Governor Endorses Obama in Presidential Race


Jan. 2, 2008 — Gov. John deJongh Jr. has endorsed democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for president, calling him "the best candidate for change."
"Each of the leading democratic candidates have the skills and experience to lead the country, but Barack Obama is the best candidate for change when change is most needed in this world," deJongh said Wednesday, the day before the Iowa caucuses, according to a Government House news release. "Obama's entire political career has been focused on building bridges between people. I have been impressed with his consistent focus on healing class and racial divides, and restoring America's prestige in the world."
The governor met with Obama during a campaign stop in the territory in November. They discussed a range of key issues facing the territory, including SCHIP and other federal programs affecting families and children, Medicaid, drug interdiction, regional security and the challenges of economic development, the release said. Following a fund-raising event, Obama joined the governor for a meeting with young V.I. Students.
"Senator Obama and I share a strong commitment to reforming education so that our children can meet the various difficult challenges of this century," deJongh said.
The release praises "Obama's impressive intellect, his knowledge of our problems, his commitment to change, openness to new ideas and his commitment to supporting our economic-development agenda."
"I am confident that the Virgin Islands will have a stronger voice in an Obama White House," deJongh said. "And I plan to work as hard as I can to support his candidacy and a democratic victory next November."
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