PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America


December 10, 2007


Josh Earnest

Tommy Vietor

Former Iowa Lt. Governor Bob Anderson Endorses Obama

DES MOINES – Today, former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Bob Anderson announced his support for Barack Obama’s campaign for President, citing his commitment to moving past the failed politics in Washington D.C. to bring about change we can believe in.  

“Senator Obama is running a campaign that focuses on attacking the problems facing America’s families – not fellow Democrats.  He is a leader with the vision to turn away from the failed foreign policies of past decades,” said former Lieutenant Governor Bob Anderson.  “Barack showed wisdom and courage when he spoke out against the war in Iraq before it began and when it wasn’t popular to do so, and has stood against the Bush administrations march towards war with Iran.  As president, he will challenge conventional foreign policy thinking in Washington D.C. to set us on a new course and restore America’s moral authority in the world.”

Bob Anderson served as Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1983 to 1987 after serving in the Iowa legislature.  Since then, he has traveled internationally as a founder and first executive director of the Iowa Peace Institute and as the president and founder of the Iowa Resource for International Service.  He has managed several State Department and United States Information Agency programs in countries which include Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, China and Korea.  He holds BA and MA degrees in journalism from the University of Iowa.

“I am proud to have the support of Lieutenant Governor Anderson for my campaign to change the politics of Washington D.C.,” Senator Obama said.  “He will play an instrumental role in building support for my campaign in across Iowa.”

To date, Senator Obama has received 19 endorsements from Iowa state legislators, bringing him even with Senator Hillary Clinton in terms of the number of state legislators who have endorsed their campaigns.   Senator Obama also has the support of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald and former Iowa Democratic Party chair Gordon Fischer.