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Columbus mayor endorses Wesley Clark for president

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has become the first big-city mayor to endorse retired General Wesley Clark for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Coleman, who four months ago urged Clark to enter the race, said Clark is "head and shoulders" above the eight other Democrats seeking the nomination.

Coleman told reporters Monday he will head Clark's campaign in Ohio and will actively campaign for him.

Clark, speaking by phone from Columbia, South Carolina, said Coleman carries what he called "enormous credibility" and said his endorsement will translate into votes in Ohio.

Clark also plans to use Coleman outside the state. Coleman, Columbus' first black mayor, will campaign in South Carolina, where half the Democratic voters are black.

That state holds its primary February fifth.Click the listen icon to hear an interview with Mayor Coleman.