DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Saturday endorsed fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid, saying the New York senator understands Michigan's manufacturing, farming and Great Lakes needs.
The Michigan lawmaker announced her support for Clinton during an afternoon conference call. Earlier in the day, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who sought the party's nomination in 2004, gave Clinton his support.
"She has the ability, experience, knowledge and understanding that, from day one, we need to make changes in Michigan," Stabenow said. "We in Michigan understand what it's like to be invisible to this president.
"She will make sure the people of Michigan are on her radar screen, visible. I know that she gets it for us."
Clinton and the other Democratic candidates have pledged not to campaign in Michigan after the state moved up its primary, violating party rules. Stabenow and Clinton called the issue a disagreement within the party.
"I'm hopeful the state party in Michigan and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) will work out an agreement that enables Michigan to be compliant with the calendar and play an important role in choosing our nominees," Clinton said.