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Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson Thursday endorsed Barack Obama for president. The Republican has endorsed other Democrats in the past. staff photo by Don Davis

Arne Carlson backs Obama

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Minnesota's maverick Republican Thursday endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

Two-term Gov. Arne Carlson said he picked Obama in part because of recent comments by GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann indicating Obama may be anti-American. Carlson, who has endorsed other Democrats over the years, said such comments do not represent Minnesota.

"I do not want to be known as the land of strange sentiments," Carlson said.

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