Former GOP Minn. Gov. Carlson endorses Obama


We received a really exciting press release from the Obama campaign: TODAY: Obama Campaign to Announce Major Minnesota Endorsement

Unfortunately the endorsement wasn't as shocking as we would have hoped.

Former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson announced today his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to the Associated Press.

Carlson said Thursday that the Illinois senator's stances on the Iraq war, the economy and green energy goals won him over. Carlson, who served from 1991 to 1998, also cited recent comments by GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann questioning whether politicians have "pro-America or anti-America views."

"Regardless of our party, regardless of our partisan inclinations, there is no interest more compelling than the interest in the well-being of the United States," Carlson said at a gathering of Obama supporters at the state Capitol.

Carlson added, "He has laid out for this nation a vision for a national purpose."


Carlson, who calls himself a "Republican maverick" has endorsed Democrats in the past. Some say he should be called a "former Republican," according to the Pioneer Press.

In 2006, he endorsed Democratic state auditor candidate Rebecca Otto.

Carlson served as Minnesota governor from 1991-1999 and served three terms as state auditor from 1979-1991. He lives with his wife in Plymouth, MN.