December 31st, 2007
09:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Superman swoops in to defend Obama

 Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh (aka Superman) stumped for Obama Sunday.

Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh (aka Superman) stumped for Obama Sunday.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (CNN) - He may be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Superman can’t caucus.

Actor and Iowa native Brandon Routh is better-known for his role as Superman, but Sunday night he made a cameo appearance on the campaign trail, speaking on behalf of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Indianola, Iowa.

Routh says he is "sad" that he can't caucus any more because he no longer lives in the Hawkeye State, but he says he's "excited" by Obama's ability to unite the country. He also says he likes that Obama is not taking money from lobbyists or special interests.

Routh says he hopes his visit will empower people to caucus for Obama.

Routh is a former fashion model turned actor. He appeared on several television series before being cast as the title hero in the 2006 film Superman Returns.

–CNN Political Producer Matt Hoye

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. sandra boudreau

    you better pause for the cause America: do you really want a president by the name of OBAMA??????????????????????????????????????
    haven't you had enough trouble????????????????

    December 31, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. Deja Grant

    Now it’s time for the Clinton spin... Routh’s only supporting Obama because he’s black… oh I guess it wouldn’t be wise for HRC supporters to use that one (the infamous Oprah spin)…but true to form some may try. He’s only supporting him because he’s a man… yippee that one will do. Now let’s summarise:

    1) Oprah’s support of a gracious friend who also happens to be a brilliant, upstanding, competent senator of her home state, with in actuality more EXPERIENCE in public office than his notoriously deceptive, experience-feigning counterpart (10 versus 6 years) qualifies her as a racist and;
    2) Routh’s support of an articulate, inspirational, prudent, honest individual, who in all likelihood can unite the nation makes Routh a sexist pig.

    D. Grant, FL

    December 31, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. greg,new york

    anthony induisi sounds like an idiot.
    please just shut up if you have nothing remotly constructive to say.
    all these people believe in what there doing.
    Some of us think some are better but we do not have to belittle the rest.

    December 31, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. julianbook

    Obama has shown greater wisdom and judgement on the critical foreign policy issues than all the other candidates combined. Hillary, Edwards and Biden voted for the Iraq war – simply parroting what Bush told them. Obama not only spoke out against it, but was able to see exactly where it would take us. He alone accurately identified in 2002 the quagmire and costs that would result – both in lives and finances. Again, when it came to Iran, Hillary rushed to vote for an unnecessary hostile saber-rattling bill – something that George Bush himself admitted could be pushing us into World War III. Note that Bush's WW III is no joke. It would mean destruction of the planet earth – as it would be nuclear, and Russia would not be on our side. Putin has said that. We need a brilliant president who can guide us through unprecedented danger. Obama's the man. Nobody else even comes close.

    December 31, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. ba

    Guiliani likes to shoot innocent Black boys. May God return the cancer that didn't finish him off int he first place.

    December 31, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Truth – Justice – and the American way!!!
    Up – Up and away !!!

    Fired up and ready to go !

    You go, Barak and Michelle, the Daily Planet Needs your help!

    Obama 08

    December 31, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. michael guinn

    Hearing the same old "but he doesn't have any experience" is getting so old- but not as old as the same old Washington politician! CHANGE & HOPE! OBAMA 08!

    December 31, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  8. politico

    I love so much about Obama, but I hated the divisive figurative rhetoric used on "Meet the Press" this morning:

    1.) Clinton is the "master in charge of a broken system;"

    2.) Voters are "lifting the hoods" of the other candidates - "checking the tires" was lost.

    Whether intentional or not, these expressions are racially charged, and no candidate who expresses such has ever, or will ever, get my vote.

    December 31, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  9. Connie, Richmond, CA

    Xtina, Obama is a black man in American who has the nerve to run for president: that is grace under pressure.

    He is the most intelligent, has the best judgment, and the best experience. And cami, no one is going to "give a black man a chance." Obama has earned everything that he has, the very hard way. He and all black men before him, who defy the odds, simply have more courage and fortitude then most people can imagine.

    December 31, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Alexis Carrington Colby

    Obama, you are going to lose.

    December 31, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  11. J.Murphy, CA.

    Obama is a good man, but he needs more experience, I think 8 years at V.P. would give him that experience.. Hillary has the experience with her years in the White House as an Advisor to Bill, and her time in the Senate.. You want him to be the President, then tell him to get in line.. We tried the fast track with Jimmy Carter and that didn't work out to well.. My vote goes to Hillary, She can win & will win.

    December 31, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  12. manny

    God help this country, what with actors and talk show hosts swaying voters- Barack Hussein Obama wins and the Islamofacists will rejoice- too bad for the country-tsk tsk.

    December 31, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. oliver

    The young people will help vote Obama in. He seems to identify over race, age, political and sexual boundaries like no other. In a new season!

    December 31, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  14. Jordan

    It's about time someone did the right thing and stopped taking money from special interest groups. Special interest money corrupts politics. Obama is clearly a man of principle and character.

    December 31, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  15. asheto

    That executive experience is exactly the kind of experience that lead us into Iraq. To lead needs life experience and not the that same old Washington experience. If Washington experience is what we need in our politicians, then Senators Biden, Dodd,Richardson have enough of that but lets hope that same old game that is being played in Washington will be over in January,2009 when Barack Obama is inuagurated as the president of the United States who is capable of uniting this nation again. VOTE OBAMA!

    December 31, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  16. JohnC

    I guess we will be seeing him on Oprah next week?

    Obama has offered nothing except vague images of change, and now Superman.

    Yawn.

    I guess I'll go check out Fox now.

    December 31, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  17. Roy, Merrimack, NH

    It's great to have Superman as a sidekick. ;-)

    Seriously though, anybody who can get more people to participate in the democratic process is welcome. Nobody is going to change their mind between different candidates based on this kind of endorsement, but maybe a few more people will take the time needed to caucus.

    The fact that Brandon Routh is insightful enough to support Barack Obama is just gravy.

    December 31, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  18. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Obama will get the nomination and eventually win the Presidency. Hillary supporters get use to it. Hillary is the past and Obama is the future. Come to New Hampshire
    and see how excitement around Obama candidacy.

    Hillary is status quo and Americans are sick of it.

    Bye Bye Hillary it was nice to know you.

    December 31, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  19. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Obama will get the nomination and eventually win the Presidency. Hillary supporters get use to it. Hillary is the past and Obama is the future. Come to New Hampshire
    and see the excitement around Obama's candidacy. He is going to win New Hampshire by more than 10%

    Hillary is status quo and Americans are sick of it.

    Bye Bye Hillary it was nice to know you.

    December 31, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  20. Bill, NY

    What and endorsement, just makes me feel good all a rounded!
    IOWA STAND UP AND CAUCUS FOR OBAMA!

    Obama 08

    December 31, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  21. Joe

    Give the black man a chance to do what? Screw the country up worse than it already is? Obama is a product of affirmative action, plain and simple. He did not make it this far in life on intellect alone..

    December 31, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  22. Cat Woman

    Well if Superman is Obama, McCain is Batman and Huckabee is his sidekick Robin. Hillary is the Ice Lady and she is melting, Bill Clinton is Gadget. Rudy is the Wylie Cyotie and Mitt Romeny is Richie Rich.

    Superman never made any money,

    The Democrats remind me more of the wizard of OZ Hillary the Lion with no heart, Obama the straw man with no brain and John Kerry the Lion with no courage.

    December 31, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  23. Mike

    As entertainers and politicians come together to garner votes for candidates, we'll see this more and more. As the race heats up, Liechtenstein singer Al Walser has been one of the long list of entertainers to meet with Barack Obama. This is particularly interesting because Liechtenstein doesn't play a major role in our foreign policy. Perhaps they're trying to change that.

    Here's a video of this from on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzDimKJnDrw

    December 31, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  24. stanz

    He stands for truth, justice, the American way and Barack Obama.

    December 31, 2007 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  25. ROB, Baltimore MD

    Hell yeah..now we need to find a cure for KRYPTONIITE...Obama rocks..come on Iowa make the case get it right..HiLLBILL are frauds....she will blame the republicans for her failures as President....be smart...Obama 08....

    P.S. Think I'll go watch Superman Returns....thanks Brandon

    December 31, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
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