INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indianaendorsed Wednesday, praising his ability to transcend partisan division and calling his foreign policy outlook “pragmatic, visionary, and tough.”
In a file photo former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton delivers remarks during a luncheon forum at the National Press Club, Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, in Washington. Hamilton is backing Barack Obama in an endorsement Wednesday April 2, 2008, that could boost the presidential hopeful’s national security standing, The Associated Press has learned.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta/file)
Hamilton, who during a three-decade House career rose to be chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees, also was vice chairman of the Sept. 11 commission. His endorsement could boost the Democratic hopeful’s national security standing.
“has the best opportunity to create a new sense of national unity and to transcend divisions within this country, not by ignoring them or smoothing them over, but by working together with candor and civility to meet our challenges,” Hamilton said in a statement released by Obama’s campaign.
On Obama’s foreign policy stance, Hamilton said: “He will work with our friends and allies. Obama will strengthen our ability to use all the tools of American power, and relentlessly promote the American values of freedom and justice for all people.”
Obama praised Hamilton for his leadership on theand the .
“Few public servants have done more to advance American foreign policy or to serve the people of, and I look forward to drawing on his counsel in the months ahead,” Obama said in a statement.
Hamilton is best known as the top Democrat on the panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also was co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan commission that assessed U.S. policy in.