Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has received a new endorsement. This one endorsement could be deemed a very interesting one. William Ruckelshaus, a Watergate-era Republican, has given his endorsement to Barack Obama. Ruckelshaus said that he wants to help Obama defeat Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Hillary Clinton of New York in the Indiana primary on May 6.
William Ruckelshaus is a native of the state of Indiana. Also, this state is primarily a Republican State. In a statement, Ruckelshaus has given his reason for giving his endorsement to Barack Obama.
“Senator Obama’s ability to attract not only Democrats, but also Republicans and Independents, makes him uniquely qualified to build the broad coalitions needed to address our nation’s challenges,” he explained.
In Indiana, Obama has a five-point lead over Clinton by 40 to 35.
Ruckelshaus is the former FBI director under then-President Richard Nixon. He also served as the deputy attorney general in 1973 during the Saturday Night Massacre. Also, Ruckelshaus served as secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency.
An endorsement from a figure such as Ruckelshaus could mean more trouble for Clinton. Recently, a poll released by Washington Post/ABC News showed that Democratic voters are losing trust in Clinton.
In regards to what Ruckelshaus’ statement, a recent poll by Associated Press/Yahoo revealed that McCain is getting those same people back. Independents, Republicans, and moderate Democrats that were most likely to support Obama have moved towards McCain.