Bingaman said, “Our nation faces a daunting number of critical challenges: reasserting America’s leadership in the world, meeting our needs for energy independence, addressing global warming, making healthcare accessible and affordable, positioning our economy to effectively compete globally, and extricating ourselves from the war in Iraq, to name a few.”
The New Mexico Senator continued, “To make progress, we must rise above the partisanship and the issues that divide us to find common ground. We must move the country in a dramatically new direction. I strongly believe Barack Obama is best positioned to lead the nation in that new direction.”
Obama thanked Bingaman for his support, and praised his work on environmental and energy policy, “I’m grateful today to have Senator Bingaman’s support. Senator Bingaman has been speaking out in the United States Senate on some of the most pressing issues of our time – saving our environment, fighting global warming, and making America energy independent. Senator Bingaman has been an important advocate in the energy debate, and has served the people of New Mexico for decades, giving voice to the issues that matter to families across the state. We are proud to have his support as we fight to bring about real change for families in New Mexico and across the country.”
Bingaman isn’t a high profile senator, in fact he is the longest serving junior senator, but he has been a strong advocate for a new energy policy, cutting subsidies to big oil, and he has been a real leader and shaper of the Democratic Senate’s environmental positions. Not only is he a popular senator in a swing state, but he is someone whose support Obama will find valuable in the fall against John McCain.