Sen. Christopher Dodd endorsed one-time presidential rival Barack Obama on Tuesday and said it is time for Democrats to join forces to defeat the Republicans in the fall campaign.
''I don't want a campaign that is divisive here, and there's a danger in that,'' Dodd said, although he denied he was nudging Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to end her candidacy.
Dodd said Obama was ''ready to be president and I am ready to support him in this campaign.''
The two men appeared together at a news conference. Dodd is the first of the Democratic campaign dropouts to endorse another candidate.
He said Obama ''has been poked and prodded, analyzed and criticized, called too green, too trusting and for all of that has already won'' more than half the states and millions of votes.
''It's now the hour to come together. ... This is the moment for Democrats and independents and others to come together, to get behind this candidacy,'' he said.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Dodd to Dems: It's Time to Come Together Behind Obama
Chris Dodd endorses Barack Obama, and calls for unity: