Dodd Endorses Obama
Conn. senator is 1st ex-Democratic candidate to take sides
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 11:40 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, accompanied by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., makes remarks during a news conference in Cleveland, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, where Dodd...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chris Dodd endorsed Barack Obama today in Cleveland, praising his ex-opponent for his "ability to reach and touch the hearts and souls of Americans," the Plain Dealer reports. The first former candidate to make an endorsement in the race, Dodd told the Hartford Courant he was "back and forth" between Obama and Hillary Clinton ahead of Connecticut's February 5 primary.

If Obama does become the nominee, Dodd will find himself opposing his fellow Connecticut senator, Joe Lieberman, who is one of John McCain's most prominent supporters. Dodd is a fluent Spanish speaker, and his backing could help Obama among Hispanic voters, but he said, "I've never been quite convinced that endorsements mean much anyway."