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Sen. Hagel's wife to back Obama

October 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The wife of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska plans to endorse Democrat Barack Obama. Lilibet Hagel has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference in Alexandria today with Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Republican President Eisenhower.

Lilibet Hagel told the Associated Press that her decision was independent of her husband and that she didn't know if he would endorse anyone.

She said that it would be her first endorsement of a Democrat and that perilous world conditions were a factor.

The Hagels live in Washington's Virginia suburbs.

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