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Teri Finneman, Published January 29 2008

Presidential supporters in North Dakota tout candidates

UPDATED 11:54 a.m.

FARGO - Supporters for three Democratic presidential candidates cranked up the cheerleading here today in the final days before “Super Tuesday.”

Former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner and fellow Hillary Clinton endorsers had a news conference this morning to tout the New York senator.

The country must elect a new president who is prepared to make the tough decisions needed to deal immediately with the nation’s burgeoning problems, Sinner said.

“We know that Sen. Clinton has the commitment, the experience, the ability to face this historic challenge of the nation,” he said.

Other supporters also took turns highlighting Clinton’s views on health care and her experience.

“There is no one in my mind who is more capable of being president of this world today than Hillary,” said former North Dakota first lady Jane Sinner.

Meanwhile, presidential candidate Barack Obama supporters also are publicizing his campaign today.

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is having a conference call with the media this afternoon to discuss the Obama campaign efforts and the role North Dakota will play in the presidential nominating process.

“The West Wing” actor Dule Hill will visit North Dakota State University’s student union at 7:45 tonight to encourage students to turnout and caucus for Obama.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota will be in Grand Forks and Fargo on Wednesday to support Obama’s campaign.

Daschle will discuss his endorsement from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Babb’s Coffee House, 604 Main Ave., in Fargo.

On the John Edwards front, his campaign announced today the addition of North Dakota senior staff to work with the state leadership team.

Due to a schedule change, Edwards will no longer be in Fargo on Wednesday. Campaign officials say Edwards will come to North Dakota later in the week. Further details are pending.

For more on this story, read tomorrow’s Forum.