December 26th, 2007
11:04 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton campaign highlights former Obama supporter

Both the Clinton and Obama camps are highlighting defecting supporters.

(CNN) - The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that a labor steering committee member for Barack Obama was now backing Hillary Clinton in Iowa, the latest skirmish in a battle between the two Democratic rivals over supporters who have decided to switch sides.

In a statement released by the Clinton campaign, Bob McFadden of Muscatine County said he made the jump because “Hillary Clinton won’t just talk the talk – she cares about the issues important to all of us and will work to change the direction of our country.”

The two candidates have been highlighting turncoat supporters for the past few weeks. The Obama campaign had a hit two weeks ago with a much-viewed Web video of Susan Klopfer, a former Clinton volunteer in Iowa who switched her allegiance to the Illinois senator. Shortly afterwards, the Clinton campaign released its own Web video featuring several Iowa Democrats who’d supported other candidates, including Obama, but were now behind the New York senator.

The Democratic race in Iowa has been too close to call in most recent polls, with three candidates – Clinton, Obama, and John Edwards – in a dead heat for first place, although one survey released over the holidays seemed to show Clinton breaking away from her presidential rivals.

UPDATE: Just a few hours after the Clinton campaign's announcement, the Obama campaign announced that Kent Sovern, who was named Iowa co-chair of the Clinton campaign’s Veterans Committee last week, was now an Obama supporter.

“I believe Sen. Obama has the judgment and courage to stand up for America’s veterans and find a responsible way to get our combat troops out of Iraq,” said Sovern, in a statement released by the campaign. “We can trust him to tell us the truth on the tough issues – even when it’s not convenient.”

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
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  1. Doug Reamis NH

    Senator Clinton understands the problems we face after Bush leaves and she has the experience and connections to get things done. She isn’t using oprah, or race card or lying about her up bringing or religious beliefs. I think IOWANS are much much smarter than obama and oprah gave them credit for. Also Michelle Obama said to Iowa voters, she can see if she lived in Iowa she would need to carry a gun! Nice ay fellow Iowans. Its time to send these two back to harpo productions and let them continue to divide the country with oprah. Obama has single handedly divided the country with his bogus race covered campaign. Just listen to his wife the one who causes hundreds of minority workers in Chicago to loose their jobs so she can get corporate experience. A vote for obama is a Hugh mistake!

    December 27, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. shir

    Questions about Senator Obama's shocking dearth of international experience: doubts over Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials were expressed, after it emerged he had made only one brief official visit to London – and none elsewhere in Western Europe or Latin America. Obama failed to convene a single policy meeting of the Senate European subcommittee, of which he is chairman."These facts are a sobering counterpoint to a Boston Globe editorial that endorsed Obama for having "an intuitive sense of the wider world with all its perils and opportunities." Intuition may be a laudable quality among psychics and palm readers, but for a professional American diplomat it has no relevance to serious discussion of foreign policy. In fact, Obama's supposed "intuitive sense" is no different from George W. Bush's "instincts" and "gut feeling" describing his own foreign policy decision-making. We have been down this road before.

    Senator Clinton understands the problems we face after Bush leaves and she has the experience and connections to get things done. She isn’t using oprah, or race card or lying about her up bringing or religious beliefs. I think IOWANS are much much smarter than obama and oprah gave them credit for. Also Michelle Obama said to Iowa voters, she can see if she lived in Iowa she would need to carry a gun! Nice ay fellow Iowans. Its time to send these two back to harpo productions and let them continue to divide the country with oprah. Obama has single handedly divided the country with his bogus race covered campaign. Just listen to his wife the one who causes hundreds of minority workers in Chicago to loose their jobs so she can get corporate experience. A vote for obama is a Hugh mistake!

    The Politico - Obama's "rookie mistakes:" Sen. Barack Obama's Democratic senator from Illinois "has also shown a tendency toward seemingly minor contradictions and rhetorical slips that serve as reminders that he is still a newcomer to national politics." we originally found ourselves a bit miffed that Sen. Obama has improved his fortunes so much. After all, as far as we can determine, the junior Senator from Illinois has distinguished himself for only two things: Uttering mind-numbing platitudes that would make the average politician blush and speaking ill-advisedly on matters of foreign policy.This, for example, was the guy who claimed he would blithely chat up Iran with no preconditions, right after he bombed Pakistan into the Stone Age. Well, that sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Tell us more about your deep-seated political wisdom, Sen. Obama.
    A foul-up again by the Obama campaign in South Carolina causing bad publicity in the home stretch. ministers have come forward and said they did not endorse Obama, despite their inclusion on his list of endorsements that the campaign had put out, .It could be that on a list of over 100 endorsements. Associated Press

    December 27, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Anom cal

    That sign said it all, Obama needs all the HOPE he can get to win!
    Sorry Obama, but I believe you and Hillary lost your votes to Ron Paul!

    December 28, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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