More on how Miami Mayor Manny Diaz refused to endorse Democrat Barack Obama today:
At the begininning of his speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Intercontinental Hotel, Obama gave Diaz a shout-out: "Not only is he leading one of our most international cities, he is also a national leader on how to make sure that those locked out of opportunity are able to access the education and the housing they need to live out the American dream...I'm very thankful to him for his hospitality."
Certainly, that at-home feeling would have been enhanced by an endorsement from the host and newly installed president of the conference.
"I'll just endorse on my own schedule,'' said Diaz, a former Hillary Clinton supporter. (Note his exact quote, a slight variation on our hasty earlier post.) But Diaz did offer a few kind words.
"He was right on message,'' he said, explaining that he would support the candidate who would do the most for America's cities. "He said everything I wanted to hear."