DNC - REID: Obama is a Once in a Generation Leader Who Will Deliver the Changes this Country Needs

Washington D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today formally endorsing the candidacy of U.S. Senator Barack Obama:

"Over the past 16 months, tens of millions of Americans from all walks of life have been inspired to support Barack Obama's historic campaign for President, and with good reason: he is a once-in-a-generation leader who connects with the hopes and dreams of the American people and will deliver the long-overdue change that our country desperately needs.  I could not be more excited to have Senator Obama lead a united Democratic Party to victory in November and I am committed to doing everything I can to help.

"I also congratulate Hillary Clinton for her tremendous contributions in this campaign and for our country.  She is a wonderful Senator and friend whose vision and determination have made our party stronger. There is no question that she will continue to be a force for change.

"As we turn to the general election, it is obvious that John McCain will try to rewrite his record and divorce himself from the disastrous Bush-Cheney policies he supports.  But his record is clear.  John McCain has the wrong judgment and temperament to be President, and we cannot afford any more of the same mistakes that have weakened our country and made us less secure.

"As our next President, Barack Obama will responsibly end the war in Iraq, make the American Dream affordable for working families once again, and deliver a government as good and honest as the people it represents.  I look forward to working with him - and an expanded Democratic majority in Congress - to deliver this promise of change to the American people."