Wife of Republican Senator backing Obama.

The wife of Republican Senator Chuck Hagel plans to endorse Barack Obama.

Lilibet Hagel has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday with Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. Susan Eisenhower is an Obama supporter.

Senator Hagel has made no endorsement.

Lilibet Hagel tells The Associated Press that her decision was independent of her husband. She says it will be her first endorsement of a Democrat and that perilous world conditions were a factor.

The Hagels know John and Cindy McCain, and she says her endorsement was not meant to slam them.

She says "This isn't anti-McCain. This is pro-Obama." She says she's just convinced he's the right person.

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