Ryan Chartrand

Local congresswoman and superdelegate Lois Capps is endorsing Barack Obama for president.

Capps, the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and the Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, found it difficult to choose between Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton. However, his “unmatched ability to motivate millions of Americans eager for change” ultimately led to her choice, she said in a press release.

Capps’ press secretary Emily Kryder said the congresswoman was “particularly impressed” with Obama’s judgment back in 2002. Capps voted against the war and so did the senator.

“She really respected the courage of his convictions at that time when it was a much more difficult thing to be opposed to the Iraq war,” Kryder added.

“He was right on Iraq when so many were wrong,” Capps said in a press release. “He speaks with an eloquence that most public officials can only dream of and is inspiring millions of Americans to reconnect with politics or connect for the first time.”

Capps also mentioned negative aspects in the recent campaigns in her statements about how politics can sometimes be “less about meeting our country’s challenges and more about demonizing your political opponents.”

Kryder explained that the congresswoman’s statement was in reference to the “personal and major attacks that have plagued Washington politics and just politics in general across the country.” She said that the congresswoman respects Obama for rising above that level.

Unlike Capps, the Cal Poly Democrats don’t plan on endorsing a particular candidate yet.

“The club is split on who supports who,” said Erica Janoff, the president of the Cal Poly Democrats and an industral engineering junior. “The majority probably supports Obama, but we’re going to wait until the elections in November to start to endorse anyone.”

After the recent primaries, Janoff said that the results in general are encouraging. “It just goes to show that with the amount of people going out to primaries that we have many new votes,” she said. “It’s nice to see that there’s so much talk about the elections going on.”

Janoff went on to say that because there is so much coverage about the Democratic primaries, she believes the media coverage “will carry over to the elections.”

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