January 6th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Bradley backs Obama

Kucinich is encouraging his supporters to make their second choice Obama.

Bill Bradley is backing Obama for president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama has won the backing of former Sen. and 2000 Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley, the Illinois senator's campaign announced Sunday.

“Barack Obama is building a broad new coalition that brings together Democrats, Independents, and Republicans by once again making idealism a central focus of our politics,” Bradley said in a statement released by Obama's campaign.

“Because of his enormous appeal to Americans of all ages and backgrounds, Obama is the candidate best positioned to win in November," he added. "Barack knows above all that unless people can once again believe in our democracy, we won’t be able to do the things that need to be done on health care and education or to break our dependence on foreign oil."

The endorsement comes two days before the crucial presidential primary in New Hampshire. The latest CNN/WMUR poll shows a dead heat in the Granite State between Obama and Hillary Clinton, each drawing 33 percent among likely Democratic voters there.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Trang, Fremont CA

    Thank you, Mr. Bradley. Let's bring the country together and end the division. Welcome to the Obama family.

    January 6, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Trang, Fremont CA

    We are dispersed energy. Obama can inspire people, harness the energy of the people and focus them like a laser. He might not inspire all people but he inspire sufficient people to bring about productive change. It's not only what he do but what he inspire us to do as well. Get on the Obama train, bring the country together and end the division. United We stand. Divided We Fall.

    January 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Annie

    I am a 57 year old white female that thought that Bill Clinton was a great President, but what I am seeing in this election thrills me. I am a product of the 1960's, just as Bill and Hillary are, and I truly believe it is time to pass the baton on to the next generation. I am so proud that the young people of this United States of America are so involve this year. (Young being under the age of 40) It is so easy to understand why they are backing Barak Obama, because he truly is the candidate for change. Being able to vote for a Black man may make our generation feel good about itself, but these younger adults do not even think about it. He may be inexperienced, but so was Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. We are the generation that taught this new generation to look past the color of one's skin and see who that person really is. We are the generation that lived through the Viet Nam war, Watergate, and segregration. We have accomplished many great things, but I truly believe that what we are witnessing now may be our greatest accomplishment.

    Not only are these younger generations seeing a man that gives them hope for their future, but because of our generations accomplishments, they are able to not only communicate of others across the US with the internet, but they are also able to communicate with their generations with people all across the globe. They see in this man, a man that will be able to reach out to the world.

    January 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Alice, VA

    I LOVE what I'm hearing today in regards to the latest polls coming out of NH. Rasmussen has Obama up by double digits over Hillary. Could we be seeing a ground swell of support for the Illinois Senator? Hope so. Go home Hillary, wherever that might be?

    January 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Jimmy

    I knew a Paul Vance from Blackwell Oklahoma. He used Drugs. I just wonder if Barack Obama will legalize POT. COOL

    January 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Jeffrey

    Um...last time I checked, we were voting for a President, not a Team Spirit cheer leader. I'll go with experience and boring any day.

    January 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. James, Houston,TX.

    Bill Bradley, He's Tall thts All!

    January 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. seg

    Why isn't everyone remembering the budget SURPLUS and not paying attention to the huge W deficit? Sheesh. Hillary has EARNED the right to return to Pennsylvania Ave.

    January 6, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Walt, Belton, TX

    Having someone of such wonderful basketball and a little political expertise come out for someone of limited qualifications because they win one primary is phenomenal! Bradley's basketball credentials speak for themselves; his political credentials rival those of Carter, Mondale and even Mcgovern. What a coup!

    January 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Mitch

    Dollar Bill has not been sgnificant since he left the Knicks/.....

    January 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Harold Bishop, NH


    You'll go with "experience and boring"? Fair enough about the boring part – it doesn't matter.

    But what good is experience, if one's judgement is dreadful on the most important matters? Hillary has very bad judgement, and we should think about that.

    Anyway, I don't mean to be bombastic, but a vote for Barack makes a lot more sense.

    Best wishes!

    January 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Roger

    Hahaha, look at all of these Hillary plants!

    Firstly, "Seg", Hillary Clinton wasn't president when those surpluses were created - BILL Clinton was (in spite of her and her ideas!).

    And "Jeffrey" – Obama has MORE experience as an elected official than Hillary does! Being the President's life partner does NOT equal experience!! As far as "experience" goes, Obama has her beat there as well!

    And this isn't even addressing Hillary's burning desire to invade Iran on behalf of her campaign's backers, or the fact that she's in the pockets of the major insurance companies these days.

    Obama or bust!!!

    January 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Donna

    I am a white, middle class ,middle aged woman. I support Obama and here's why.
    He does have experience to handle the White House on "day one " as Hillary puts it. First he has proven to be a leader. He has taken his campaign from a virtual "who is this guy" to winning in Iowa. It takes commitment ,dedication intelligence, and strength. He has proven this by running a campaign where he was an unknown and comes out of the woodwork to surpass the knowns. He has built this campaign truly from grassroots.

    The change he is trying to inspire is change from the same old politics. I do not dislike Hillary but it seems everyone else does. They will dog her from day one in the White House and once again NOTHING will get done. It will be the same old politics of bipartisnship and fighting beteween Rep and Dems. Red and Blue

    Barack has also proven to be able to work across party lines to get things done. If you listened to the Republicans on the New Hampshire debates they all like and respect him. They also I am sure fear him a little because attacking him makes them look bad because he takes the higher road.

    This country needs real change and voting for those that have been in Washington for ages is voting for the same old song and dance.

    Barack is also intelligent and will surround himself with the same. You can tell he takes this very seriously and I believe he( or anyone else running for this position) would not even attempt to run if they didn't believe they could handle it.

    What I find most interesting about this whole political process is the word or catch prase of this election CHANGE. I have been following Obama since his speech in Ill when he decided to run and no one gave him a chance in hell of winning.
    He is the one that used Change first in his inspiring speech. Now that everyone sees this is what the people really want THE REPUBLICANS and DEMOCRATS alike have all FOLLOWED HIS LEAD all claiming to be the agents of change. If that is not an indication of a leader. I don't know what else is.

    January 6, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. FAIR TAX,LA.


    January 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Jerry Wares

    Your lack of coverage of Ron Paul will surely backfire.

    January 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. endgame

    why is there not a word about Dr. Ron Paul on this whole page?

    January 6, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. endgame

    my mistake, I thought I was posting on the main page, not this single article.

    January 6, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Dale

    liar,lair, all the money sent ??for what ?? do you not think we do not even understand how someone call , a flip flopper,wants to do anything to win,for what they will not do ( IS SELL YOU AND ME TO HELL) there is not one that has not try to make a deal- and it not with the Lord. thanks Dale

    January 6, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Bradley still hasent taken his head out of his rear,,,,

    January 7, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. art

    It is funny when bill clinton said that he smoked pot but did not inhail and also he never had sex with that women and now there are clinton supports that want hillary, we need for sure some one another in the whitehouse instead of another clinton so if hillary gets in that means this country has been under a bush or clinton for the past 20 years trying to make it 28 years, give me a brake there has to be some one another then the two familes. lets wait up america

    January 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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