Former senator and Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern is urging New York Sen. Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Democratic race.
The 1972 Democratic nominee decided to switch his support from Clinton to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, he announced Wednesday, after Obama carried North Carolina by 14 percentage points and came within 3 percentage points of Clinton's victory in Indiana.
"We need to concentrate on a unified party that's capable of winning the White House," he said. Clinton has "made a great valiant race for the nomination. So has Barack Obama. It would appear to me that he has all but won the nomination."
Although McGovern said he had left a message for former President Bill Clinton, he had not yet spoken to either of the Clintons.
McGovern said he planned to tell Sen. Clinton that "she's waged a wonderful race and that I have no regrets about endorsing her. But I am doing what I think in the long run is in her best interests, President Clinton's best interests, Barack Obama's best interests and the country's best interests."
He said he had not spoken with any other key figures in the Democratic Party about his decision.