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Colombian Singer Shakira Endorses Obama

October 5, 2008 12:05 AM EST | AP

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves to supporters as he arrives at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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.

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