The Colombian singer joined the list of celebrities who are supporting the Democratic candidate for president

By People Staff
Updated October 06, 2008 02:00 PM

Less than a month away from the elections, Shakira announced that she supports Barack Obama, assuring that he is the best option for the presidency.

“I support Barack Obama because I think he's the person who can truly represent what the U.S. is to other countries. I feel in my heart that he can restore peace and confidence in the U.S.,” said the 31-year-old singer in a campaign to get Hispanics to vote.

“I'd like to invite the Latino community to go out and vote, because they can make a huge difference. This country is incredibly important to me, as it is for the rest of the world, because the U.S. economy is crucial to other world economies. And world peace depends largely on the who is driving the politics of this country,” said the “Hips Don't Lie” singer.

Obama seemed very pleased and honored by Shakira's endorsement, and recognized her achievements in trying to champion education for young Latinos.

“I feel honored to receive such support from a talented and generous artist, who has received global acclaim thanks to her fight for social justice,” said Obama, 47.