January 11th, 2008
10:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Arizona governor to back Obama

Napolitano’s nod could help Obama in western states.

Napolitano’s nod could help Obama in western states.

(CNN) - CNN has confirmed that Arizona’s popular Democratic governor, Janet Napolitano, will endorse Barack Obama. The endorsement could prove useful in the upcoming caucuses in Nevada, where Napolitano is expected to join Obama on the trail this evening.

Napolitano is the most prominent Democrat in Arizona, which is one of more than 20 states holding a Democratic presidential primary on "Super Tuesday," Febuary 5. Her backing, especially as a female elected official, is considered a big boost for his campaign in the state.

Napolitano plans to join Obama as he campaigns in neighboring Nevada, the sources said.

Obama received another big boost in South Carolina on Thursday when Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate four years ago, announced he's endorsing the U.S. senator from Illinois.

UPDATE: In a conference call with reporters, Napolitano praised Obama for his "leadership and
vision" and said she was endorsing him because "we need a new message of hope and solidarity of coming together in Washington."

–CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley

Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • Nevada
soundoff (463 Responses)
  1. v.ananthan

    Hillary doesn`t need endorsements.She can win by herself..

    January 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Genius

    It doesn't matter who Janet supports, Arizona always goes to the Republican.

    January 13, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Black Republican

    This country needs a change! Clinton is one of the THEM! It is time to turn the page! And with the support of Republicans....YES WE CAN!

    GO OBAMA!! GO OBAMA! REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Ginger

    Guess what middle class and poor folks. We all have been fooled by the" America Dream". It was just a dream for us, so we do need a change. Hello,Hello put your thinking cap on.

    January 13, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Jim

    1. America needs and wants change. Hillary is NOT IT.
    2. America is ready for a female President. Hillary is NOT IT.

    Obama 2008!! Let's bring real change to Washington.

    January 13, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Erick

    If I was Obama I wouldn't be gloating about this endorsements. For my fellow hispanics, please remember this is the governor that signed into law the E-Verification Program in Arizona into law, making it harder for hardworking immigrants to find jobs or be able to live in that state. By the way please don't attack this post like I don't know what I'm talking about, I work for a national company as the HR Manager and unfortunately am in charge of the E-Verification process, if you also want to read up on this and see I'm not lying, therei s an article in the January maganize of SHRM talking about this and mentions this governor as having signed this into law.

    An endorsement from someone that is contributing into so much pain really says a lot. I am behind hillary clinton all the way, I hope everyone out there reads up on the candidates, its not about words of hope, its about actually having done something.

    January 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. Geoff

    And by the way seaswell great speeches are only a fraction of what a good leader should be. It's just pop culture. This is not the #1 rock star or music interest this is for the United States presidency. And, can we trust the people that will work under him? Know who i mean? I like Barack Obama but am having issues with who will be under him and will there be exclusions from his fold?

    G.M

    January 14, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  8. Joseph Thang

    Some people think Barack Obama is all talking no action. Don't be surprise when he become the next President of the United States of America in November 2008, he will have a chance to work hard for the American people in action like he did in south side of Chicago as a Community Organizer. Infact, the all talking is Hillary Clinton with no action. "She think s too." As Dr. King had said " The fear urgency of now", Barack Obama is the right man for the Oval Office who will lead the American people in to the most Fundamental way. He will prevail on "Super Tuesday" to be the nominee for the Democratic Party. Eventuallly in to the White House.We pray for him ,and God bless him and Speed him all the way. Once again we will prevail. Then we all can say thank God Almighty we made it.

    January 14, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  9. Shjtyu

    How soon we forget! Isn't it the clinton's who were caught up in the white water scandal? And, didn't several people who were witnesses against them came up dead, murdered?

    January 14, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  10. Benjamin Lawson, FRANCE

    WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? REWRITING THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT!

    The lashing furiously out by Bill Clinton at Obama before the NH caucuses in labeling him Obama too green, could send people back to his vicious attack prior to the Iowa caucuses was nothing but openly racist attack from a person who twice was consecutive USA president. At the time many people did not discover the hidden racist and heinous nature of the Clintons couple. With the NH caucuses It took no long for reporters and the Nation’s and the world media to finally uncover who this couple, ready to do anything just to satiate their ambitions. Now it is compelling to briefly expatiate on such behavior. Prior to the Iowa caucuses, by saying that Obama is green, Bill Clinton did not mean that Obama is not ready, unripe or too young, incompetent to become president, but he used the metaphoric racist bigotry, a glass ceiling for black person who would never be allowed to confidently stride toward a promising future in the United States of America.

    The Clinton couple had, from the start been engaging political campaigns that are long on sleaze and short on substance. Today, the Clintons called him the ‘kid’ and described the Obama’s policy praised throughout the world as a ‘fairy tale’ while continuing to pretend publicly to be “blacker than the Blacks (African Americans) themselves”, as if before the 1960s and 1970s they were portraying themselves Negroes.

    This call to memory the time when in Hollywood’s film industry, for racist reasons white US’ citizens daubed their faces and bodies with soot for playing black characters in lieu and place of skilled Blacks. Curiously, some of today’s African Americans, descendents of the mentally enslaved Negroes are wholeheartedly are not only supporting but also applauding and claiming that the Clintons are their choices because they “are” black? All along Clinton’s campaign it was from the archetypal black drug dealer to the derogatory labeling “kid”. Here, again is the climax of the perpetual derision! Who better than Bill Clinton knows about telling fairy tale. In their desire to re-write the history of the African Americans’ achievements, now is all the civil rights achievements to LBJ, little to MLK!

    January 14, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. PS

    LOOK WE'VE BEEN TO WAR AND LOST A LOTOF GOOD FATHERS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, MOTHERS, ETC, OH YAH THE HEAD OF STATE WAS WA WHITE MAN. OIL PRICES HAVE GONE UP, UP, UP, OH YAH THE HEAD OF STATE WAS A WHITE MAN, UNEMPLOYMENT, POVERTY, HAS GONE UP, AND OUR MONEY GOES TO OTHER COUNTRIES, WHILE HERE AT HOME WE'RE HURTING, OH YAH THE HEAD OF STATE WAS A WHITE MAN. AND NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, WITH ECONOMY THE WAY IT IS , EVERYBODY GET'S LEFT BEHIND, SO LEARN NOT TO HATE THE PLAYER, OPEN YOUR EYES.

    YOU GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. don and carolyn

    well thank god hillary won nevada i guess janets endorsement did not do a lot for obama in the west and neither did the unions as az residents we told you so. he cant win here and he cant win in november so lets get real do you allwant 4 more years of republican rule or do you want a democrat in the white house? the country will not elect a very liberal candiate period so unless you want a repeate of 1972 and a republican landslide,stop thats right a lot of you either arnt old enough or you have selective memory. its middle of the road or we get 4 more years of crap and the countrys done if thats what you want go ahead nominate obama.

    January 19, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. LLD

    I believe its a big mistake not to vote for Hilary,Because all she has been doing and all the experience she has. We feel a big time for a big change,
    What better then a Woman to clean up this countries mess? A woman who is strong and convicted to the beliefs of her country and after all havent men been running things for to long lets get the new movement for a strong woman who can and will be the better president .DONT YOU THINK ITS TIME

    January 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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