January 6th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 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. s.b.

    I can see the Republican attack ads now. Testimony from LAtin American families who have lost loved ones to the drug wars, then this comment; "Obama calls it, "scoring some blow". We call it supporting drug cartels." Obama is political suicide for the Democrats. The Republicans will eat him alive. Swiftboat mean anything to anyone. That was a character assassination on Kerry for his decorated war service to America, not casual hard drug use. Suicide by 17 year olds and independents. Democrats need to make sure they get to the polls and make the right choice.

    January 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Betty Garofano

    Barack Obama is bringing together catholics and evangelicals with his code word "hope". See Pope Benedict's encyclical "Spe Salvi" (Saved by hope).

    January 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Donna DiPrima Bickel

    Reliable Sources-- I have never before written to comment on a TV program, but I want to commend and thank CNN for deciding to play the democratic and republican face book debates again tonight. This is a terrific public service. Thank you for putting our (small d) democratic needs for information above broadcast network competitive interests!

    Also, today's Reliable Sources program was intelligent and self reflective. I appreciate your report about the media's (I want to believe) 'unintentional' role in swaying public opinion while trying to 'report' the news. I applaud your discussion of the challenges of reaching high professional standards.

    Donna Bickel

    January 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Mike, Owosso, MI

    Is this really any kind of news? Maybe Bradley just wants to get on the "Vice" list?

    January 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Amazing but expected that CNN is the last major network to put this announcement online. Not only last, CNN, but you hid it in the ticker UNDER the old Bill OReilly article. You're like a child with this stuff.
    It's quite pathetic actually and extremely selfish and unprofessional of you.
    You know Bradley's endorsement of Obama hurts Hillary, go ahead, be bold, do what you're supposed to do and put it on the front page of your Online!
    I dare ya!

    January 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    Bradley gets it!

    It's time Democrats get it too. Obama will easily capture the Independent vote. That equates to a victory for Democrats.

    Hillary can't reach Independents, especially young voters with their futures at stake. Wake up! It's time to jump on a new bandwagon. A movement of bipartisan politics.

    Americans need to unite. Sadly, Hillary can never do it.

    January 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Emily, Alberta

    Why is it that whenever someone endorses Obama, it's front and center news on CNN. It would be nice if CNN played catch-up and announced the many endorsements Clinton has also received.

    January 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. jack, ny, ny

    After Bush it is Obama.....US going down hill. Whatever damage bush did is going to be finished off by Obama. After all it is about who you can have beer with...screw the economy, iraq war or healthcare. Lets burn america by own bare hands.

    January 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Mark, Chicago, IL

    Yup, that's right... idealism...that's all it is... idealism (from the right) got us into the mess we are in now... we don't need idealism from the left now....

    January 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Ted

    Wow. A washed up politician from the most corrupt state in the country is giving out endorsements. I guess now he thinks Obama is going to win by a landslide.

    January 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. N Christie

    I think the Democrats have three great candidates. Edwards, Hillary and Obama anyone of which will make a great president. However, Obama is an inspiration and is more likely to get consensus for the change we need in this country; but I also believe that John Edwards is very sincere and will be doing everything in his power to effect change.

    It is also refreshing to hear Mike Huckabee talking about change in the Republican Party. He seems sinsere and trustworthy and is the only republican candidate that I thought was worth giving a chance from day one. However, John McCain is the most consistent candidate on that side of the fence who speaks consistently what he believes. Unfortunenately, his belief is far out of line with today's Americans He obviously is living in the past, and more over, putting another republican back in the white house means that change cannot and will not come regardless of his intention before he goes in. The strong forces of ideology power and corruption that surrounds the presidency of a republican president will only amount to dissasterous evil to this nation and the world.

    January 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. nadeem

    Bradley gets it!

    He so clearly and simply articulated why Obama should be, no needs to be the candidate!

    I am surprised that the Clintons can't see this.

    Bradley will help Obama in NH, he was very popular with independents there when he ran. He also helps some main stream democrats as he was seen as a positive figure.

    January 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. John Tarantino

    We have to rid ourselves of the Bush/Clinton era. They have divided the country. We must change the opinion of the USA from within. I believe Obama provides a fresh, strong and realistic approach towards achieving this objective.

    January 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. jimmy, Iowa

    My teen ager just told me it was ok to smoke pot and snort crank because Obama did. Obama YOU BETTER EXPLAIN TO MY CHILD NOW> I WILL HOLD YOU RESPOINSEABLE> YES I AM ANGRY

    January 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Phil Memphis, TN

    While Clinton seemed to be the only one from either party who really understands that the devil is in the details (except for maybe Ron Paul, but his reasoniong is sometimes flawed) the Obama snowball is continuing to roll downhill. Her 30 second explanation of all the considerations involved in the possible withdrawl of troops was just one glaring example that showed the other candidates can throw out high level ideas, but really have not thought through the consequences. For some reason I still do not understand (other than who her husband is) there are many haters out there...who can never give a valid reason why they hate her. This whole contest is turning out to be very, very scary on both sides, but any of the Democrats are better than the alternatives.

    January 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. James

    January 6, 2008 12:28 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Edwards is right. Clinton is the cadidate of the status quo. She was annointed "front runner" by the media because her husband was president; she had the name recognition. (It is a joke how the media controls our thoughts).

    What has Clinton done to deserve all the attention she has gotten? Where has she distinuished herself? Unfortunately, she will be in for the long haul because she has sooo much money (again, thanks to Bill).

    Obama, on the other hand, is receiving the same free pass Clinton did months ago (didn't we learn our lesson with Bush- remember his free pass in 2000?). He makes the same naive promises that Bush made in 2000. It can't be done. We have a 2 party system that inherently creates competition between the parties. That is how it is, and how it will always be. Change does not happen by wishing for it. Change does not happen by asking those special interests- who have a vested financial incentive to resist change – to cede power. Change does not happen with grandiose oratorical preaching. Change is something that we need actively seek. Change is something we need to spend our entire day working for. Change is something that can be achieved, but only through hard work, struggle, and taking the fight to those who resist it. Edwards understands this, unfortunately, though we Americans are, again, blinded by money, and allow the media to make our choices for us.

    January 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Suzie

    Too bad, this is the final kiss of death for Obama. He is a wonderful orator, but in the e-mails I received from his camp there was no substance at all. Yes every four years someone promises change. I didn't like Bush's changes at all, he did the opposite of what he said he would do during his campaign. But Obama doesn't say what these wonderful changes are to be. Insurance for some does not sound good to me.

    January 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Wow! Obama has locked up the dull and uninteresting bloc's vote. Kudoes!

    January 6, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Mario

    Go Obuma!!

    January 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Kokou

    Thanks Bradley for helping us advance this history. It is time to change. Obama is the only candidate out there who can bring people together for a common purpose. End the war in Irak, fix the healthcare system, and fix the economy, restore our country image toward throughout the world.

    Thanks,

    Kokou

    January 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Mike Ca

    You idiot!

    January 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. B, Atlanta

    Great Endorsement if you look back and see, Obama is running the same kind of campaign as Bradley ran against Gore. Lie to core against your opponent. That cost the election at that time and it will cost us the election this time. This guy lied so much about Gore and may be advising Obama to do the same against HRC.

    January 6, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Paul Vance

    All the remaining candidates (both Replican and Democrat) are wishy-washy. They are only interested and swayed by which group will benefit them the most and this is a day to day occurence.
    Of all those seeking the White House, only one seems to have any true focus and no personal motives in seeking the presidency. And this candidate is none other than Barack Obama.
    His honesty and down to earth approach seems to include the American public. The other remaining candidates focus on their individual ambitions and this is the single most problem the USA faces in their leadership in Washington.
    America needs change...America needs Obama. America needs honesty...America needs Obama. America needs insight...America needs Obama. America needs a focus and leadership...all these come in a package deal from an 'inexperienced' senator from Illinois.

    January 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Mike CA

    Yeah, like that'll make a difference.

    January 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    That's wonderful. Good call to back a winner Bill Bradley.
    No more Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton. They are all the same and we have had more than enough of them to last a life time.

    January 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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