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Clooney backs Obama; Moore coy on Clinton

world Updated: Feb 05, 2008 10:59 IST

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Hollywood star George Clooney has said he was backing Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Beverly Hills as Hollywood gathered for a pre-Oscars bash on the eve of "Super Tuesday".

Speaking to reporters at the annual Oscars nominees luncheon on Monday, Michael Clayton and Ocean's 13 star Clooney said he had been a long-time backer of Obama and was impressed by the Illinois senator's increased momentum.

"I've been an Obama guy for a year and a half and I'm very excited by his campaign," Clooney said. "It just seems that the more time he's out there, his numbers keep growing. So I'm very, very encouraged."

Clooney, one of a growing list of celebrities who have endorsed Obama, also said he believes the Democratic contest may extend well beyond Super Tuesday. "I don't think anything will be decided tomorrow. I think it could come down to Ohio," Clooney added, referring to the March 4 primary in the state.

Meanwhile, controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore said he had refrained from endorsing a candidate even though he was an admirer of New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

"All I can say is that I like Senator Clinton very much -- there's a chapter I wrote in my first book titled My Forbidden Love for Hillary," Moore said, noting however that Clinton's 2002 vote to authorise military force in Iraq was "morally indefensible".