January 11th, 2008
07:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Conservative Democratic senator to endorse Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat, will endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president, two Democratic sources tell CNN.

One of the sources, a Nebraska Democrat, said Nelson decided to back Obama because he “agrees with Obama’s philosophy of ending the partisan divide in Washington.”

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson endorsed Obama on Thursday.

Nelson’s fellow Nebraskan, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, previously announced his support for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Nebraska Democrats hold their caucuses on February 9, a potentially important presidential contest if Democrats do not choose their nominee by February 5, otherwise known as “Super Tuesday.”

The sources said the announcement could happen as early as Saturday.

–CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Nebraska
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Conservative Democrats are endorsing Obama because they know that the only people red states will vote for are Obama or a Republican. The number of conservatives who will get out and vote against Hillary is tremendous, so Democrats know they will have a better shot if she doesn't run. Hillary's biggest problem in terms of unfavorability is being related to Bill, which is a disadvantage that Obama lacks.

    January 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. James Brown ( Independent )

    Hillary Clinton is a lightening rod for all that is wrong in Washington. Obama has a track record of crossing party lines and bringing people together to find solutions , and "SOLUTIONS" is what this country needs badly right now.

    OBAMA 08

    January 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Al

    Hey Bimmer,

    Is it true that your MOMA has endorsed Obama?

    January 12, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Jon

    This just makes me laugh, I'm a born republican but been voting democrat in the past years. The Republicans won't ever always agree with the Democrats. The endorsements is a joke. This is about the canidates not the endorsements. This is all kiss ups to get into being a staff of the presidents administration. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Jon

    It amazes me that everyone are listening to these comments. I was a republican and changed over to Democrat, now that there is a battle regarding Obama and Clinton, it's ashame that the Democrats are making a spectavle of themselves. People should stop hating and start uniting. This is a race that is going to be a long hard battle.

    January 13, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. John S. Maine

    Mitt Romney for a great America for our youth in 2008!

    January 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Reggy

    I hear some of the Republicans can beat him; think again.He is the real fear to them do your research and stop voting for your peculiar reasons he is getting votes from all races.she is the one that's not.He is going to be your new president in 2008.obama will have a clean sweep,he is the real nightmare that's why he got you all hot.Its so about time we see new politics.oh about coverage she won 3%and they made is seem like she won by 99%.I really know whats going on she has nobody on her side but bill.weak people get shaken by anything and that's what she is,bill should have done a better job.she cannot watch bill let alone America give me a brake obama 2008 victory speech.

    January 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Denise, Nebraska

    Will you people please stop calling Sen. Nelson a "Republican"? If your gonna comment, have a clue.

    January 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. CLARE PALMER

    I LOVE OBAMA HE COMES OVER AS VERY HONEST and sinsere .I WAS A BIT SUPRISED HOW THE CARIBBEAN YOUTH ARE FACINATED WITH OBAMA,IF HE WAS RUNNING IN THE CARIBBEAN HE WOULD HAVE A LAND SLIDE VICTORY.theguy can walks with all classes and races.his family is like the united nations.I enjoy the guys at c n n.keep up the good work.

    January 20, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Sara

    What is frustrating for me, as a long time democrat, is the unwillingness of people to actually compare the platforms of these two candidates. If you examine their voting records, these two candidates are very similar. The primary difference between the two of them is their experience in highly contested elections. Simply put- Obama has none. Clinton has had millions of dollars invested in slandering her for over fifteen years- first as a First Lady of Arkansas and most recently as a presidential candidate. When you "feel good" about Obama, when you feel like you can trust him, realize that all you are doing is giving credence to the Republican smear campaign against Hillary Clinton. Look at conservative talk radio- all that's being talked about is how awful Hillary Clinton is. It would seem some of Obama's biggest supporters are Rush Limbaugh and the Christian Coalition.

    Both campaigns have used tactics I'm unhappy with. When Obama acts as though he has not used negative campaign tactics, pretends that he has never accepted money from PACS and corporate influences, and acts as though he is an honest man of the people, I get incredibly frustrated.

    I also get frustrated when Obama attempts to legitimize himself by delegitimizing the public policy legacy left by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Even if he, or his supporters, believe that he will be a great president, to undermine the considerable work done by a great policy team is beneath him. I understand that he is in a tooth and nail fight for what he believes is best for America. If he is such an honorable man- is above the divisiveness of politics, why doesn't he shut down the negative tactics that he and his campaign engage in on a daily basis? Because he, like Clinton, believes that there is no better way to show how effective they can be in a general election by showing how ineffective their opponent can be.

    It is not a change for a rich son of people with advanced academic degrees and a whole lot of privilege to be in a position of political influence. It is also not a change for a rich political candidate to pretend to be a "man of the people". Unfortunately for the Democratic party, it is also not a change for voters to be taken in by pretty rhetoric rather than actual strength of policy.

    January 28, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  11. PDC

    On The Job Training for U.S. Presidency... it's not the right time for Obama. He'll be President someday I hope, but just not now. Please don't gamble with this primary.

    February 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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