Klobuchar Backs Obama

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told reporters this morning she is supporting presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.

"He is a new kind of leader," the freshman Democratic senator said during a telephone conference call. "He speaks with a different voice, he brings a new perspective and inspires a real excitement from the American people."

Klobuchar’s endorsement is important because she is a "superdelegate." Both Obama and fellow presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton are trying to secure support from top Democratic lawmakers and party officials who are superdelegates, because the race could be decided by them.

Klobuchar called Obama and Clinton friends, but said she has worked with Obama on ethics reform, toy safety and other issues.

Klobuchar had been mum for months on which candidate she supports, saying today she did so out of respect to both.

"Continuing to stay silent," Klobuchar said, "would be as my 12-year-old daughter Abigail likes to say, ‘Awkward, Mom, awkward.’"

Minnesota’s other U.S. senator, Republican Norm Coleman, has endorsed likely GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.