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Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson announces Thursday that he supports Barack Obama for president. The two-term Republican was accompanied at his announcement by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has been campaigning for Obama. Photo by Don Davis. St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson backs Obama

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's maverick Republican on Thursday endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.


Two-term Gov. Arne Carlson said he picked Obama in part because of recent comments by GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann indicating she might think Obama is anti-American. Carlson, who has endorsed other Democrats over the years, said such comments do not represent Minnesota.

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