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Colorado’s Gary Hart backs Obama

DENVER, Colorado ” Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of former Sen. Gary Hart, a Colorado Democrat and two-time presidential candidate.

Hart called the Illinois senator “the embodiment of what is best about our nation” and disputed criticism that Obama is inexperienced or lacks national security credentials.

“Sen. Obama’s personal history uniquely qualifies him to restore America’s standing in the world,” Hart said in a written release.

Hart lost the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination to former Vice President Walter Mondale. He sought the 1988 nomination before his candidacy was derailed by allegations of an extramarital affair.

He has a remained an influential political figure with Western Democrats.

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