Just as Hillary Clinton seemed to be gaining momentum in Indiana in the wake of the Jeremiah Wright controversy, U.S. Rep. Baron Hill endorsed Barack Obama for President today, citing his strength of character and ability to change the tone of Washington. "Some have advised me to be cautious, to wait and see which way the electoral winds may blow.  I confess that I have listened to those voices and been tempted by their reasoning.  But, the stakes are just too high. We cannot continue to pursue the same politics of personal destruction we have engaged in for a generation, some never-ending “groundhog day” endlessly playing out the cultural wars of forty years ago. If we are going to develop real solutions for Hoosier families, for America’s families, we have to move past the partisan gridlock. I believe both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama want to do that and I believe both are formidable candidates.  But, I also believe that only one of them truly can. I am proud of Senator Obama’s call for change in Washington – change I have been advocating since I first sought public office. I am truly hopeful that his campaign and election will help unify our nation and ultimately change our politics. I am pleased that Senator Obama clearly and unequivocally denounced Reverend Wright’s remarks.  Hoosiers don’t feel that way about our country, I don’t feel that way about our country and Senator Obama made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t feel that way either." Hill added, "His comments regarding statements made by Reverend Wright showed me another aspect of Senator Obama’s leadership – a strength of character and commitment to our nation that transcends the personal.  One of the tests of a true leader is his ability and willingness to come to a new conclusion based on new events.  Senator Obama did just that yesterday. I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with both Senators Clinton and Obama.  Choosing between two worthy candidates was very difficult, but in the end, after much discussion with people in Southern Indiana, as well as mentors of mine such as Lee Hamilton, I have decided to support Senator Obama." Rep. Hill becomes the second of five Indiana super delegates to endorse Obama. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson endorsed Obama. Hill and Carson followed two mentors - former congressmen Lee Hamilton and Andy Jacobs Jr., in endorsing Obama. U.S. Reps. Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth and Pete Visclosky are uncommitted. U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh is backing HIllary Clinton. Obama is shown here at an October 2006 press conference where he endorsed Hill, Ellsworth and Donnelly. (HPI Photo by Brian A. Howey)