Wednesday, August 13

Jim Leach's Endorsement of Barack Obama...and a Pitch for Chuck Hagel

Besides Rita Hauser, Lincoln Chafee and a growing number of Republicans and former Republicans, former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach has endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Tuesday saying "I also have no doubt that a lot of Republicans and independents are going to be attracted to his call for a new era of non-ideological, bipartisan decision-making,'' and said he hopes the Illinois senator considers a former GOP ally of rival John McCain as his running mate.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters to announce a new effort among Republicans in support of Obama's candidacy, Leach said he thought Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel should join the Democratic ticket.

"There are a number of impressive potential vice presidential candidates and this is a singular decision for one person, and that is Barack Obama," Leach said. "But personally I'd be hopeful in the list of serious candidates to be considered would be Chuck Hagel, whether it be for the veep position or a serious position in an Obama administration."

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