Obviously, a perceived lack of patriotism is not a problem for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who becomes the first of the Democratic presidential dropouts to make an endorsement and he endorses former rival Barack Obama. The Connecticut senator says Obama ''has been poked and prodded, analyzed and criticized, called too green, too trusting and for all of that has already won'' more than half the states and millions of votes.
The Dodd endorsement is a natural fit. Dodd and Obama have similar positions on labor and Obama won Connecticut on Super Tuesday.
Dodd and Obama made the announcement this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, the scene of tonight's MSNBC debate. Ohio and Texas are in play a week from today. According to which poll you want to cite, Clinton is either slightly ahead in Ohio, tied in Texas, or, it's a statistical dead heat.
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