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Congresswoman Maxine Waters poses during a post-Grammy party in 2005.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a Democratic superdelegate, has switched her support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Waters offered this explanation in a written statement:
"Senator Hillary Clinton has run a superb campaign and has proven to be a hard worker while gaining the support of many key constituencies that will be essential for Democratic success in November.
Despite that, Senator Obama's delegate numbers more than describe the enthusiasm for his candidacy and I believe that by the end of the day, he will have the necessary numbers to become the Democratic Party nominee for President.
It is now time to close ranks and time for all remaining delegates to put their support behind the presumptive nominee, Senator Obama. Senator Obama has run an effective campaign and has overcome many obstacles to create an energy that has brought many new Democrats into the party. Together, both of these candidates have generated an unprecedented involvement in Democratic Party politics. This is something that all Democrats can be proud of.
Today, I salute Hillary Clinton for her strength and perseverance, and I embrace Barack Obama for his courage and consistency. It is my hope that Democrats can bring our nomination process to a close and come together to win the White House in November."
Here's what Waters told Farai Chideya in January — when she was supporting Hillary Clinton:
"I have been through a lot in my political career, and I'm looking for concrete proposals ... and people who are credible in being able to implement them. I think that, for me, Hillary is a policy wonk. And I am focused on public policy. And I'm thinking about action, and thinking about what people say, how they present themselves, and whether or not they sound really credible on hardcore, concrete ideas and proposals. And she just emerges as that one for me."
Flashback: Waters Cites 'Proposals' in Clinton Backing