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  Vilsack to endorse Clinton for president
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Mar 23, 2007 11:18am
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News DateFriday, March 23, 2007 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDemocratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a major political coup, captured the endorsement of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who recently abandoned his own presidential bid, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

Vilsack and his wife, Christie, planned to make the endorsement on Monday when the New York senator will be in the state, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the planned formal statement next week.

Clinton spokesman Mark Daley would not confirm Vilsack's endorsement, but did say the campaign had a major announcement planned for Monday in Des Moines.

Iowa is the first test in the presidential primary with caucuses on Jan. 14, 2008, and backing from both Vilsacks is certain to boost the Democratic front-runner. A win in Iowa provides critical momentum, especially with a spate of primaries and caucuses early in the nomination calendar.

In 2004, Christie Vilsack backed Democratic Sen. John Kerry, support that helped the eventual nominee win the Iowa caucuses.

Vilsack, who served two terms as Iowa governor, launched his own bid for president in November, but dropped out of the race on Feb. 23. He said his campaign could not raise enough money to continue.

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