January 11th, 2008
07:17 PM ET
6 years 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. Bob, Florida (RFO)

    Chloe January 11, 2008 8:52 pm ET


    Oligarchy: a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society (whether distinguished by wealth, family or military powers).

    Help take back American, Vote Barack Obama '08!

    January 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Alison

    I was trying to figure out why all of a sudden Obama Lost in New Hampshire, and suddenly everyone is endorsing him out of the blue, to the point where its obvious and weird. I just figured out why.... Because if he gets into office all these politicans will still beable to benefit from lobbyist, so long as they are standing up when they eat. They want him in the white house to ensure all their goodies dont get taken away from them. Its funny hope most every politcian has a ulterrior motive.

    January 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Dora

    Barack Obama is America's FUTURE, .....Hillary is HISTORY.

    Yes We Can !!! ......Obama'08

    January 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Bob, Florida (RFO)

    Chloe January 11, 2008 8:52 pm ET


    Oligarchy: a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society (whether distinguished by wealth, family or military powers).

    Help take back America, Vote Barack Obama '08!

    January 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Utrena


    I respect your views to support Senator Clinton, but please honestly acknowledge she is not lacking in news coverage. At least lets agree on that...

    January 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Andrew Kaizer

    Congratulations to Obama. His campaign to unite appears to be much more attractive compared to others petty politics.

    January 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Susan

    Why do Clinton supporters freak out in every obama thread?

    They're just reinforcing the fact that Hillary is a polarizing figure

    January 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Matt


    Are you joking? The fastest way to put the GOP in the White House for another four years would be to nominate Hillary. Nothing would get the Republican base more energized, and if the Republican candidate is anywhere near moderate they will have an advantage with independents. Hillary is by far the most divisive legitimate contender, and that's simply not what we need after the past eight years.

    January 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Sara

    Kenneth, Hillary got coverage about being proposed to, how is she not getting coverage?

    January 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Hop


    Hilliary Clinton is opposed by 60% of her own party, never mind the entire country. She is such a polarizing political figure that even some Democrats will vote against her. In a general election match up John McCain will crush Clinton with the independent and swing voters. This is why the Dems MUST nominate Obama to ensure a victory in November. The support he is getting from the established members of the party just shows that he does have the judgment and leadership abilities to be President. Nominate Barack and he will do great things for our country in the next EIGHT years.

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    January 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Here are candidate comparisons


    January 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Bimmer

    Kerry's endorsement is a bad omen for Obama.

    January 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Bimmer

    Is it true that Osama has endorsed Obama?

    January 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Frank

    Kenneth – It is either your view is blurred hence you can see the images on TV or you are suffering from NH hangover party. How dare you say crying Hillary is not getting coverage?

    January 11, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I wonder it the white house is for whites only

    January 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. chien Ng

    John Kerry he lost the election 4 years ago. Now he want his soul mate to loose this fitgh again by his endorsment. Because his no reality check.

    January 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Margarita, Los Angeles


    January 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Willy

    Nepotism is a taint on the presidency. Democrats should be ashamed to vote for Hillary.

    January 11, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. hectoracuna

    Arizona Governors has also endorsed Obama.

    But Arizona has produced a slew of candidates for the highest office in the nation. That's right, more candidates to choose from. While the country and its political pundits are focused on tiny East Coast states, some ten Republicans and fifteen new Democratic candidates will appear in the Arizona Primary ballot this February. An effort sponsored by The Tucson Weekly, an Arizona alternative newspaper, has opened the gates for a stable of dark-horse candidates.


    Which candidate cut a hole in the America flag while illegal aliens cross our border in the background?

    Which candidate wears an eye-patch like a pirate?

    And, did you know there are THREE women in Arizona's Primary ballot?


    All at Project White House 08

    January 11, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. Yo

    I agree with Kenneth's comments. It appears that the press and television networks are pro-Obama. They even announced that Obama won New Hampshire before the votes were counted. Go figure! Do they know something that we do not know?

    Mr. Mark Preston - are you being paid by the Obama's campaign to write an article about him? Just wondering!

    January 11, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Bimmer

    How can Hillary be a bad role model for children:

    1. When she did not do cocaine while she was in Wellesly college and at Yale and did not confess about in the book "It Takes a Village...".

    2. Has been elected twice as a senator from NY, which was not her home state, winning counties where conservatives ued to win

    3. Is now contesting the primary to be the first president of the largest democracy in the world, and

    3. In the process wining all the deabtes against male opponents (some of whom are clearly ganging up on her) with knowledge, intellect, sense of humour , compassion and command of the issues?

    January 11, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. veronica

    January 11, 2008 9:21 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    As I've stated before, these endorsements are really only that person's opinion, just like any one of us. They mean no more than that.
    Hillary has some, Edwards has some, Obama has some, etc.

    I've never seen it make a difference one way or the other to voters..
    Would it make a difference to you, or do you make your own choices?

    (CNN moderator–plz post my comment from 2 hours ago. Is this too objectionable??)

    January 11, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. John S. Maine

    I urge alll conservative and moderate Democrats to take a closer look at Governor Mitt Romney he can bring our Country back together. He is honest hardwworking and compassionate!

    January 11, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Patricia

    Kenneth, with Bill campaigning for Hillary, there is already an unfair advantage. To his credit, Obama has come a long way compared to what the Clintons have. Common, even when they were still at the WH, she has started campaigning already. I can understand why she became emotional – she has so much on becoming a president. I can only see raw greed for power.

    Look at how unifying Obama is. People are gravitated to his rallies. People are casting their votes. Obama can harness the potential power that is America, power that lies in stupor because of this deplorable current state we are in.

    Hillary will further polarize not only the democratic party but the country as well. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hillary Clinton is an embodiment of this dictum.

    January 11, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Jack, Greenville, SC

    Obama pulls conservative, liberal, and moderate endorsements. That is worth noting

    January 11, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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