Former Senator George Mitchell '54 has come out in support of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

Mitchell endorsed Obama in an interview with the editorial board of the Kennebec Journal, an Augusta paper. In the interview, Mitchell said that if Obama were elected, his policies would reverse those of the Bush administration that have led the nation into the current financial crisis.

While Senator John McCain is one of his good friends, Mitchell said that Obama is "the right guy to be president."

In the interview, Mitchell also added that Obama's proposed programs for higher education were the best that he's seen in his lifetime, and that they have special relevance to the state of Maine.

"We are a state of relatively low incomes and relatively low aspirations, and we've got to raise those," he said.