HONOLULU (KHNL) - Democratic Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, who represents Hawaii's Second Congressional District, has announced her support for Hawaii-born Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential candidacy. As a Democratic superdelegate, Hirono's support brings Obama closer to clinching the Democratic nomination.
In a written statement she said:
"Today I announce my endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. I do so after watching these historic campaigns unfold across our country, where hundreds of thousands of people participated as never before. It is clear that Americans want our country back on a course of hope and opportunity.
"I make my announcement with deep respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton. She is an extraordinary woman. However, it is time to unite the party behind Senator Obama and to use our energy and resources to defeat Senator John McCain. Barack Obama can unite our Party and our country and bring about the positive changes Americans want.
"Of course, all of us are especially proud of Senator Obama's deep roots here in our state, and overwhelmingly embraced his candidacy in our recent caucus. His love for Hawaii and understanding of its diversity have given him a foundation for understanding the diversity of our country.