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Onorato, Ravenstahl endorse Clinton

| Friday, March 14, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In a statement, Onorato said Clinton has "the experience and the determination to clean up the mess in Washington and deliver results."

"For too long this country has been adrift without the leadership or the vision we need to put us back on track," Onorato said. "For Allegheny County and for Pennsylvania, we need her in the White House. I am proud to support her and I'll do whatever it takes to make Hillary Clinton the next president."

Clinton released a statement saying she is "honored to have these two incredible Pennsylvania leaders in my corner."

"In one of her speeches, Sen. Clinton said something that had particular meaning for me: she said 'wait a minute, Wall Street; you've had your president. Now we need a president for Main Street,'" Ravenstahl said earlier today in a statement.

"That statement reflects my approach to governing: putting neighborhoods first, bolstering job opportunities, ensuring that residents can thrive and grow families in Pittsburgh and other cities like ours. With Sen. Clinton in the White House we will have a partner who will champion programs that will help Pittsburgh thrive," the mayor said.

Clinton said Ravenstahl's and Onorato's "leadership and efforts to revitalize Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are commendable."

"The people of this state need a plan they can count on, results that can rely on, and a champion they can depend on. I will be that president for them," she said.

Asked Thursday if Clinton had talked to him regarding his endorsement, Ravenstahl said: "Not personally, she hasn't, no. I talked to the president (Bill Clinton) last week and Senator Obama this week, and their campaigns, respectively, but I haven't spoken with her."

Ravenstahl yesterday described his conversation with Obama last week as "just very vanilla."

Clinton and Obama of Illinois are in a tight contest for the Democratic nomination, including a battle for delegate-rich Pennsylvania in the April 22 primary.

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