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Hannemann Endorses Obama

Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Senator Barack Obama Senator Barack Obama

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann has endorsed the presidential campaign of Hawaii-born Illinois senator Barack Obama.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, Hannemann said:

"With the Democratic Party's state convention a little more than a week away, I wanted to let the delegates know where I stand on the Presidential contest.

"While I had said earlier that Hawaii and the nation would be well-served by either Mr. Obama or Senator Hillary Clinton, the substance and style of Mr. Obama have had very strong appeal to me. Senator Clinton has great aloha for the people of Hawaii, and would make a fine President.  But I feel that Barack Obama offers the best hope for our nation during these troubling times.

"I also feel a kinship for this man who grew up in Hawaii and whose heart is still in the islands.  Barry, as he was called then, played basketball for Punahou while I was coaching the same sport for Iolani. I have met personally with him and come away impressed with his intellect, strength, and character."

In response senator Obama said "Mahalo to Mayor Hannemann for endorsing my candidacy for President.  I have known Mufi since my basketball playing days in high school, and I appreciate all of his efforts to make Honolulu a better place to live."

Senator Obama was born in Hawaii and attended Punahou School in Honolulu. In the last week he has received the endorsements of US Representative Mazie Hirono and US Senator Daniel Akaka.

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