Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Tuesday that he has not endorsed DeKalb CEO and U.S. Senate candidate Vernon Jones, despite a Jones’ campaign flier that shows the two men’s photos beneath the caption “Yes We Can.”
“I do not endorse him; I have not endorsed him,” Obama said Tuesday in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He put my picture on his literature, without asking me.”
“Now I will tell you in the southside of Chicago, and I’m assuming here in Georgia, those kinds of things aren’t uncommon. It’s a little less common to do when you’re a U.S. Senate candidate when presumably the scrutiny is a little higher.”
Obama, who was in metro Atlanta for two fund-raisers and a town hall meeting in Powder Springs said he thinks he met Jones at a previous campaign event.
“I think he may have come to an event of ours a while back,” Obama said. “The reason I think I may have met him is I know somebody told me as I was shaking his hand that he had taken pride in voting for George Bush twice.”
Jones, through a spokeswoman for his campaign, reiterated his support for Obama’s candidacy after Obama’s remarks.