Rep. Jim McDermott became the fourth U.S. House member from Washington to endorse Barack Obama for president. He said, "I am confident as president he will end the war in Iraq and bring our sons and daughters home." McDermott said he has been greatly impressed by Obama's appeal to young people.
McDermott joins at least five other Washington "superdelegates" who have endorsed Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination: Gov. Chris Gregoire; Reps. Rick Larsen, Adam Smith and Brian Baird; and Pat Notter, a member of the Democratic National Committee. Sen. Hillary Clinton has the support of five of the state's superdelegates, including Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Reps. Norm Dicks and Jay Inslee, and King County Executive Ron Sims. Obama won Washington's caucuses earlier this year.
Ex-President Bill Clinton staged a fundraiser in Seattle in the fall of 2006 to help McDermott pay legal bills from his battle with GOP House Minority Leader John Boehner. McDermott said Thursday he had repeatedly tried to reach Hillary Clinton to tell her he was endorsing Obama. McDermott said he's still fearful that the Bush Administration will manufacture a crisis with Iran as a way of reigniting voter fears of the Democrats' ability to handle security issues.