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Friday, November 10, 2006
Durbin: Obama is a "political phenomena'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Richard Durbin, the number two Democrat in the chamber, calls his Illinois Democratic colleague Sen. Barack Obama "a political phenomena" and told CNN Friday he is urging him to run for president.

"I'm encouraging him," Durbin told Wolf Blitzer on 'The Situation Room.' "Anybody who's watched Barack Obama campaign in 30 states, red and blue states, Republican and Democratic states, 50 different cities, knows that he's an impact player. He's a political phenomena. He draws crowds, the likes of which we've not seen, people who are anxious to hear his message and are inspired by it."

Durbin declined to comment on whether he thinks Obama can beat potential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, D-New York, but did say it's fair to characterize his comments on Obama as an endorsement of his candidacy.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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