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3 more Colorado superdelegates back Obama

Steven K. Paulson
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado’s three holdout Democratic Party superdelegates threw their support behind Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying he has the party’s blessing for the presidential nomination in August.

Sen. Ken Salazar, his brother, Rep. John Salazar, and Rep. Mark Udall said Obama has the ability to bridge the issues that divide this country and will be the best candidate.

Sen. Ken Salazar said the Democratic National Convention, which will be in Denver in August, will be a good place to showcase the party’s values.

Salazar praised Obama’s rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and said she had “broken barriers that some believed were unbreakable.”

But he said Obama embodies the type of change that he said the country needs.

“I am pledging my full support,” Salazar said.

He also rejected suggestions that Obama was stronger in urban areas than in rural ones, noting that he and Obama worked together to promote biofuels programs to benefit rural communities.

“I have absolutely no doubt that Sen. Obama will reach out and be very much a part of rural America,” Salazar said.

John Salazar said Obama and Clinton had energized the party, getting many new voters to the polls.

“Sen. Obama is the candidate to bridge the divides in our country, between Democrat and Republican, between rich and poor, between the have and the have nots,” he said.

Udall said Obama’s nomination in Denver in August will be a historic achievement.

“I welcome his message of change and renewal at a time when our country is facing so many difficult challenges,” Udall said.

Gov. Bill Ritter endorsed Obama on Tuesday night after the last two primaries in South Dakota and Montana.

Other Colorado superdelegates who support Obama include former Gov. Roy Romer, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, state party chairwoman Pat Waak and Democratic National Committee members J.W. Postal, Dan Slater and Debbie Marquez.

Clinton’s Colorado superdelegates include Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver and National Committee members Ramona Martinez, Maria Handley and Mannie Rodriguez.

Former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald was a superdelegate while in the Legislature but dropped out to run for an open congressional seat.


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