December 2nd, 2007
03:11 PM ET
7 years ago

Iowa Mayor Backs Obama

Obama picked up the endorsment from Mayor Cownie in Des Moines, IA on Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama gained the support of Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie on Sunday.

Appearing together at a press conference at the State Historical Society in Des Moines, Cownie praised Obama for his efforts to combat climate change and commitment to invest in renewable energies.

“Barack Obama will put an end to the bitter partisanship that’s stopped us from making progress on the urgent challenge of global warming. He’ll tell the American people what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear," said Cownie.

"As President, he’ll restore America’s standing in the world and lead a global effort to meet this challenge once and for all,” added Cownie.

Obama, who has a plan to make America 50% more energy efficient by 2030, commended Cownie for his environmental achievements.

"Mayor Cownie has shown real leadership on environmental issues, and all Americans – not just the people of Des Moines – have benefited from it," said Obama.

Before elected mayor, Crownie was on the Des Moines City Council where he led Des Moines' long-term economic growth strategy, the “2020 Plan.”

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Fair,Washington DC

    Obama has done or said anything that has made me even consider changing my vote, that being said I am very worried about him as the Democratic nominee. He's gonna take a pounding from the Republicans and all we will be able to do is sit back and hope it doesn't resonate. That "I was against the war" and his vote against the Iran measure which are positives now in the primary are going to turn into negatives in the general with the surge supposedly working. Also if people think the few shots Hillary has taken at his experience is something wait till the Republican nominee goes in on it ad nauseum. Democrats are gonna wish the word didn't exist. My point is Democrats are acting like this primary as if its general election. You can get excited about polls having him winning against the repubs all you want, John Kerry was beating Bush well into the pre-election period. Its all gonna come down to Obama being able to withstand everything that is going to be thrown at him. He is already gonna get hammered on National Security and his experience or lack thereof. Don't know what else yet, but you can bet the Republicans are strategizing as we speak. Hillary is much more prepared to challenge any of them, yes she voted for the war,yes she attacked Bush handling of her vote, but she wouldn't apologize. At first I was even saying why don't you just apologize and not give your Dems anything to go on about, then I realized why she's the smart politician and I'm not, she knew how that would play out in the general election. Some will call that playing politics, I call it being a smart politician thats thinking ahead, Obama should have just sat this one out and learned and maybe he wouldn't be in a position that if National Security becomes a top issue and the Republicans start playing on peoples fears a tactic they have mastered he wouldn't be the punching bag they are gonna make him out to be when the National Security debate comes up.

    December 3, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  2. JED, des moine, IA

    The mayor bets a wrong horse. Obama will lose.

    December 3, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Oh please! Obama is just another G.W. Bush. He's an arrogant empty suit. I'm so happy all these Clinton haters feel they are so much better off now than they were when the Clinton's where in the white house. As for Obama, if he wins the nomination (which is highly unlikely) I will vote for the Republican candidate. I have never voted republican in my life, I loathe republicans. But I loathe this lying demagouge more. At least if we got a republican in office, we KNOW that that are hate filled Bible banging bigoted crooks.

    December 3, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Elizabeth, Vero Bch, Fl.

    It is judgment and decisive nature that our candidate's are going to be picked on. Not any other factors. By setting the American environmental emissions reduction plan, at the year he did, I think he is just being realistic. The point is this, we did not accumulate such an emission rate overnight. We have accumulated this pollution rate over at least such a time frame. We can stop entirely all pollution emissions today, and our sky's & sea's will still not be clean, until probably 2050. However, if we cut down now,(in significant, but not unrealistic, measures) we can drastically reduce the rate of current emissions, and therefore pare down the total standing units of pollution previously emitted. Making it a 100% clean vision of the future, for our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to see.

    December 3, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Hillary is about 3 months too late to attack Obama on his character. While opting to do a FALSE inevitability Media driven Campaign, which had Hillary basically smiling waving and Cackling all the way to the General Election. Obama was at that same time letting people get to know who he was. His decent character is now already established. This makes Hillary look desperate and there is NO disclaiming that.

    So either Hillary IS in a desperate situation in the Primary or someone in her advisory camp is totally out of touch. Running a General Campaign in a Primary is like Playing the Super bowl Game through out the entire NFL season. Discarding a simple fact. YOU MUST FIRST BEAT THE OTHER TEAMS. !!

    December 3, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Ike Woodbridge , VA.

    Wow, I am really impressed that a mayor in Iowa has endorsed Barack Obama. That same mayor and many other Iowa Democrats endorsed, voted and nominated Gore,and Kerry and these two are not presidents today. Iowa Democrats have called it wrong too many times. Those of you that are supporting Obama, you either live in another planet or you just don't understand politics. If Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, the general election will be a sure win for the Republicans. I am a black man and I live in the south, and I understand southern politics very well. Most southern white Democrats will not vote for a black man in either in a senatorial or a Presidential election, they would rather stay at home. Do you remember Harvey Gantt of North Carolina, have you forgotten congressman Ford of Tennesse? My fellow Democrats please don't be fooled. This is America, and if you truly want a Democrat in the White House, our ony hope is Hillary Clinton. Republicans know it and this is why they are afraid of her getting the nomination. THINK DEMOCRATS, THINK.

    December 3, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. shawna, NJ

    The Iowa mayor backing Obama is a postitive step in a direction to combact global warming. Obama has had one of the most forward thinking plans when it comes to protecting our environment. He has planned to make America 50% more energy efficient by 2030 and vowed to bring the country back to the Kyoto Protocol.

    December 3, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Daniel, NY, not so fast, Primary first, I don't think American voters chose Obama who is liar, cheater, devider with race and inept talker as our President, we will have a strong, brilliant, experienced and powerful leader, Hillary Clinton as 44th Madam President.

    December 3, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Jon G. Paris, TX

    "Those of you that are supporting Obama, you either live in another planet or you just don't understand politics. If Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, the general election will be a sure win for the Republicans. I am a black man and I live in the south, and I understand southern politics very well. Most southern white Democrats will not vote for a black man in either in a senatorial or a Presidential election, they would rather stay at home."

    I'm sorry Ike, but I highly doubt you have a grasp on southern politics.

    On another planet? Do you honestly think southern white democrats (or anyone in the south, for that matter) would vote for a woman?!? I think you need a serious reality check, sir. She's absolutely hated in the south, a thousand times more than Obama. Now, it may be true that Obama will have a difficult time in the south, but let's not pretend that Hillary would fair better.

    I mean, heck, Obama has my support...and I'm a white southern...

    December 3, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. dmw, roeland park,ks

    I say Obama may win Iowa. Then I say, so what? Iowa has not picked the person that wins the Democratic nomination over several election cycles. And even if Obama wins Iowa, they have very few delegates to the convention.

    Hillary will take every other state, except for Illinois; but she may take that state as well because she was born and raised in Illinois.

    Final tally: Obama 2 states (maybe), Hillary 48 states (maybe 50). Hillary will be the nominee.

    December 3, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. AJ, IL

    The Democratic Presidential race is really heating up in the cold months! Good news for Obama to get the Des Moines Iowa mayor endorsement. Looks like some Democratic political leaders are starting to choose sides based on similiar ideology and direction like Obama provide, while Hillary is calling in Bill Clinton favors. Let's not be "coy" about it, Hillary's political power and influence flows from Bill Clinton, not Hillary herself.

    December 3, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Jimmy, Cherokee, Okla.

    I used to support him but he flip flops and says what ever the situation fits. He has no goobers. The true women canadate.

    December 3, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. jw arkansas

    the republician will have obama for lunch in the general election so wake up dems.vote for a winner

    December 3, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Oh please! Obama is just another G.W. Bush. He's an arrogant empty suit. I'm so happy all these Clinton haters feel they are so much better off now than they were when the Clinton's where in the white house. As for Obama, if he wins the nomination (which is highly unlikely) I will vote for the Republican candidate. I have never voted republican in my life, I loathe republicans. But I loathe this lying demagouge more. At least if we got a republican in office, we KNOW that that are hate filled Bible banging bigoted crooks.

    Posted By AJ; Montpelier, VT : December 3, 2007 8:23 am

    Please AJ, DO NOT VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN AT ALL.

    I do not want to be have anything in common with a person like you.

    Even as a Conservative, I can see the appeal that Obama has, Hillarity on the other hand, no comment.

    Nobody would even KNOW who she was if she wasn't "married" to Billyboy.

    I do want her to win though, she will be easily defeated in the ugliest campaign in the history of mankind, but it will put an END to the CLINTON/BUSH years as we need new blood and IDEAS.

    December 4, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. RuthieM

    Gee, I wonder why I didn't see this endorsement on the news Sunday, Monday, or - never - like I continued to see the Hillary hostage stuff over and over and over and over again? Or maybe too it was because the only endorsement I kept hearing about was the Union Leader newspaper endorsement of McCain!! The TV and other news HAS GOT TO DO BETTER THAN THIS with the Obama endorsements!
    Congratulations Obama! Obama '08!!

    December 4, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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