Barack Obama has Oprah. Mike Huckabee has Chuck Norris. And now Hillary Clinton has Babs.
In the competition for celebrity endorsers, Clinton has plucked award-winning actress and singer Barbra Streisand.
Streisand, who has campaigned for Democratic candidates for years and who sang at Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural gala, was effusive in her praise of Clinton in a statement issued today by her campaign.
"Madame President of the United States...It's an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman's potential has no limitations," said Streisand. "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable, and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
"Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care, and rebuilding a strong economy. After eight long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.
"Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, 'In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.' More than 50 years later 'that day' is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women."
But earlier this year, Streisand appeared to be hedging her bets. Within a month of giving Clinton the maximum $2,300 contribution on Feb. 14, she also gave the same amount to Obama and John Edwards, according to Federal Election Commission records.
The Clinton campaign statement does not say how actively Streisand will campaign for Clinton. She would have to go a long way to match the star power of Oprah Winfrey, whom the Obama campaign announced Monday will hit the campaign trail in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire next weekend.
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