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Ellsworth says he'll vote the way the people voted

Congressman Brad Ellsworth Congressman Brad Ellsworth

Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Mike Mardis

Indiana super delegate Congressman Brad Ellsworth continues to say he'll vote the way his constituents in the 8th district voted if the Democratic nominee for president is decided at convention.

The 8th district voted in favor of Senator Hillary Clinton. However, he's revealed he's personally pulling for Senator Barack Obama.

Some groups are still putting Ellsworth down as undecided when it comes to his super delegate vote. He doesn't see it that way. He said he's been clear all along.

Ellsworth was in the district Friday to present an award to a high school senior. As for his position, Ellsworth said he'll vote for Clinton unless there's a compelling reason not to.

One reason would be that she is no longer in the race. He said another would be if some unforeseen "shocking" event happens before convention.

Ellsworth said he doesn't feel conflicted because his own vote in the primary went to Obama and he isn't worried about critics who said he should keep quiet about his personal views so he doesn't irritate constituents with opposing ones.

"I don't know how it would make people mad," Ellsworth said, "I don't understand how that would make people mad. Everybody's entitled to their one man one vote and for their own personal reasons. When they're in the voting booth, that's their decision on how they vote and that's the way it should be, and that's the way it should remain."

Ellsworth said if it were up to him, he would do away with the super delegate system all together and let the next president be decided by the American people. Ellsworth said because he established a position early on his super delegate status, he's been able to stay focused on what really matters: gas prices, the slow economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the No Child Left Behind Act.

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