Clinton’s Sec of Labor to Endorse Obama

Following is taken from New York Magazine online 4/18/08. Link follows these two quoted paragraphs:

The endorsement in question is that of Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s first Secretary of Labor and a friend of both the former president and his wife for four decades. Around 1:00pm EST, Reich informs me, he intends formally to declare his support for Obama on his blog.

Now, in one sense, the Reich endorsement comes as no great surprise. For some time, it’s been clear to anyone paying attention that Reich favors Obama. Back in December, in a blog post titled “Why is HRC Stooping So Low?,” Reich loudly and sharply criticized Clinton’s conduct in Iowa and defended Obama’s proposals for health-care and Social Security reform. Two days before the race-charged South Carolina primary, he assailed Bill Clinton’s “ill-tempered and ill-founded attacks” on Obama, arguing that they were “doing no credit to the former president, his legacy, or his wife’s campaign.” And all throughout the primary season, he has spoken and written of Obama’s candidacy with evident admiration and enthusiasm.

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