December 14th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton gets backing from Iowa congressman

WASHINGTON (CNN) Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Friday that she had picked up the support of Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell, who pointed to her “strength and experience.”

“The country cannot afford for the Democrats to lose another election. There’s too much at stake,” the six-term congressman said in a statement. “She’s the most qualified candidate and has the best chance at winning back the White House.”

Half of Iowa’s Democratic congressional delegation has now publicly endorsed a candidate. Freshman Rep. Bruce Braley endorsed John Edwards earlier this month. Fellow freshman Rep. Dave Loebsack and Sen. Tom Harkin have yet to come out in favor of a presidential contender.

Harkin’s wife Ruth announced earlier this year that she is supporting Clinton.

– CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Andy, New York, New York

    One thing we can expect to see a lot over the next few weeks are outpourings of support for Hillary Clinton from white Democrats in congress. The Democratic party, though it draws more Blacks and other minorities than the Republican party, is still a 'white-controlled' political machinery that, at the end of the day, is far more amenable to a white politician being its candidate against a white candidate from the Republican party. White Dems know that white America (Republicans or Democrats) will never vote a black person as president, so white Dems will not waste time openly backing a black candidate. White Dems quietly are not even comfortable with a white female as a candidate, fearing America also is not ready for a female President at a time when the pressures from global changes are challenging America's status as lone superpower and defender/leader of the free world.

    December 14, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Darrel @Lone Rock Iowa

    Hey, let me tell you a little bit about Leonard Boswell. Hillarys new supporter!
    He is behind a push to either weaken or remove Iowas right to work laws that been serving Iowa so well since the forty's. Looks like she is for more and bigger Goverment and sideing with unions that is going to take mandatory deducts From Working Iowa Familys to support the UNION that 66% of Iowans don't want and don't need. This is a Democrat Adgena IN IOWA!!

    December 14, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. Josey

    If obamawinphrey gets the nom WE KNOW VERY WELL, HE CANT WIN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION, THIS COUNTRY WILL FALTER UNDER A NEW 2008 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENCY... OBAMA IS HUGH MISTAKE FOR THIS COUNTRY, HE CANNOT BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER, AND HE AND OPRAH HAVE DIVIDED US MORE THAN ANY OTHER CANDIDATE. AND NOW, EVEN MOVE DIVIDED AS A COUNTRY AFTER LAST WEEKENDS DOG AND PONY SHOW Yes Oprah has power, look what she did with it! She put women, black or white back 50 years! She makes it difficult for any other educated BLACK WOMAN TO SUCCEED NOW! I would never watch, read or use a product Oprah endorses. DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMAWINPHREY, YOU’RE SELLING YOUR CHILDS FUTURE!

    December 15, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. RuthieM

    If the country cannot afford for the Democrats to lose another election, as Rep. Boswell has stated here, then he'd better withdraw his endorsement of Hillary Clinton because with her we'll lose, she will not get my vote and I've voted every election since I was voting age and that was not yesterday.

    December 15, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. scott, lithonia, georgia

    Hillary, this is going to be your winter of discontent and I am truly sorry because you were MY CANDIDATE until.

    December 15, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Tom Field, Chicago, IL.

    Where is the Senator from Illinois while the Chicago Mass transit system falls into collapse? Probably on Oprah's private jet... just when you thought someone represented change you get them same old bull!

    December 17, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Jan Villarreal, Bakersfield, Ca

    Clearly we would not hire an inexperienced person to be CEO of our business. Why would we elect an inexperienced person to be President?

    December 17, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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