CHICAGO — Colombian superstar Shakira says Democrat Barack Obama is the best candidate for president, citing his leadership skills.
In a statement Saturday, the Grammy-winning pop artist said Obama can restore peace and the world's confidence in the United States. Obama faces Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the Nov. 4 election.
Obama said he was honored to receive the singer's endorsement. The Illinois senator praised Shakira as a role model for young Latinas in the U.S. and beyond.
Shakira encouraged U.S. Latinos to vote in November.
The United States "has a profound importance to me, and I think to the whole world as well," she said.