FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2007
Contact: Iowa Press Office
Congressman Boswell Endorses Hillary Clinton
Senior Iowa Democratic House Member Announces His Support for Hillary Clinton
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Des Moines, IA – Citing her strength and experience, and calling her the Democrats’ best chance to win the White House, Congressman Leonard Boswell today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
Boswell, who has served in Congress for the past decade and is a Vietnam veteran, praised Clinton for her 35 years of experience fighting for change. “Our next leader must have the vision and the know-how to make our country energy independent, bring healthcare to the uninsured and end the war in Iraq,” he said. “We need someone with the strength and experience to take on the toughest challenges. We need someone who's got a lifetime record of getting results. I know just the person: my friend, Hillary Clinton.”
Boswell also called Clinton the most electable candidate in the race. “The country cannot afford for the Democrats to lose another election. There’s too much at stake. She’s the most qualified candidate and has the best chance at winning back the White House.”
Boswell made his endorsement this morning at a news conference with Clinton in Des Moines. A video announcement was also e-mailed to supporters across Iowa.
“I honored and thrilled to have Congressman Boswell’s support,” Hillary Clinton said. “As the longest serving Iowa Democratic Member of the House, he understands what is most important to Iowans and their families. We share many of the same values and goals for our country; such as restoring America’s standing around the world, ending the war in Iraq and ensuring that every American has health care.”
Proud to support Hillary
I am proud to announce my support for Hillary for president.
I've served for a decade in Congress, 12 years in the Iowa State Senate, and 20 years in the U.S. Army, including two tours of duty in Vietnam -- I love this country. And I'm not happy about what the current president has done to it. Between the war, the economy, and the healthcare and energy crises, he's left behind quite a mess.
Over the course of my career, I, like many others, have spent time abroad building relationships and risking our lives in defense of freedom. Many of those relationships have been severely damaged by the current administration -- allies question our leadership and their trust for us is in question. This must change.
We need a president who's ready on day one to start cleaning it up. Our next leader must have the vision and the know-how to make our country energy independent, bring healthcare to the uninsured and end the war in Iraq. We need someone with the strength and experience to take on the toughest challenges. We need someone who's got a lifetime record of getting results.
I know just the person: my friend, Hillary Clinton.
Hillary knows a thing or two about fighting the tough fights -- it's what she's been doing her whole life. From fighting for abused and neglected kids as a young lawyer, to reforming the schools in Arkansas, to fighting for healthcare as First Lady, she has taken on big challenges and been an agent of change who doesn't give up. When healthcare didn't pass back then, she kept right on fighting -- and helped get healthcare for six million children. She's been delivering for us her whole life -- and that's exactly what she'll do as president.
In the Senate, she's stood up for veterans, soldiers and workers, first responders, the uninsured, family farmers, and all those who've gotten the short end of the stick these past seven years. She never backs down, she never gives up -- and she never hesitates to show those special interests who's boss.
She's been fighting for change for 35 years. Even when it was hard. Especially when it was hard. And when she says she's going to do something -- she does it.
I can't think of any presidential candidate in history who has been more tested for the challenges we face. As First Lady and a candidate for office, Hillary Clinton has been a target of Republican attacks for 15 years and their attacks have just made her stronger. She is not a new face, she is a proven champion. For those reasons, my wife, Dody and I and our family are standing up for Hillary this January.
I hope you'll join us and caucus with me for Hillary. If we stand up for her for one night, she'll stand up for us every day as president. She'll make the new beginning this country needs.
Rep. Leonard Boswell