Today, as I suspend my campaign,
I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run.
I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.
And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.
I have served in the Senate with him for four years.
I have been in this campaign with him for 16 months.
I have stood on the stage and gone toe-to-toe with him in 22 debates.
I've had a front-row seat to his candidacy, and I have seen his strength and determination, his grace and his grit.
In his own life, Barack Obama has lived the American dream, as a community organizer.
In the State Senate, as a United States senator, he has dedicated himself to ensuring the dream is realized.
And in this campaign, he has inspired so many to become involved in the democratic process and invested in our common future.
Now, when I started this race,
I intended to win back the White House and make sure we have a president who puts our country back on the path to peace, prosperity and progress.
And that's exactly what we're going to, by ensuring that Barack Obama walks through the doors of the Oval Office on January 20, 2009.