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. Anonymous

    The other day when I was talking to a cab driver, he said that he would rather vote for a black man, than for a woman! When I asked why, he said because she might go running/crying to her husband at the first sign of trouble !!!
    On hearing this, I thought, "What a JERK", and secondly that people (even women) would rather like a man as our president that an woman.
    At the end of the day it does not matter whehter your black, white or brown, just Man or Woman. So, I am not suprised that all these people are endorsing Obama.

    January 11, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. Al, San Francisco, CA

    ken,
    Hillary has no chance to win in general election. She is very divisive, arrogant and petty. Obama has the chance and that's why I am supporting him. Hillary will fare almost same as Al Gore and John Kerry. Obama is new and energetic. Democrat needs new blood. Yes Republican machine will try to say Obama did this, Obama did that. But he already wrote about all these in his book. Just take a hard look at both of them, and you will feel that Obama feels more honest. And that feeling is important. When I looked at John Kerry and Bush, somehow Bush appeared as simple, honest and down to earth. Perhaps Kerry was more fit to be president. But it did not matter. The simple and honest looking guy got elected.

    January 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. Delbert Hawkins

    Well lets see Hillary has recieved the backing of almost all of Richardsons people?Did we hear about that on the news?Then she recieved the backing of the Lt.Governor of California today did we hear about that on the news NO!!!! Vote Hillary!!!

    January 11, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Marsha

    Could also be because of Obamas conservative views himself. Look up his position on guns and school vouchers.

    January 11, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Mello

    I'm thinking Obama/Richardson would be unbeatable.

    January 11, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. the truth

    The name is obama not osama.
    We have a vision of the future. Yes we can. The Truth is written in the books of old. Also told by Michel de Nostredame
    The three Anti-Christs – of the past visions are clear and we see three powerful leaders that are the embodiment of the anti-Christs. They lead all people through reigns of terror but first seducing them with false promises of change. The costume is convincing for he is born from the devils womb as a charming and charismatic icon for the hopeless of the world.

    The vision was first obscured as Osama, but became clear it is Obama. The third and final Anti-christ.

    The visions of the past aligned with the assassinations of the president who freed the Africans and JFK. So it follows that the final anti Christ is the black man in the white house. For his forefathers came out of Africa to take the chair of the president. But there is no end of suffering that will surface the reign of terror that befalls the final anti Christ as he rains down hell on the people of the world. The name is obama not osama.

    But one protagonist will take it on their head to remove this danger and prevent the opportunity gaced upon the anti Christ will turn the tool banned by the Geneva converntion on to the manifestation of the devil, who is the third anti Christ. And the name of the protagonist shall be simon.

    January 12, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  7. Maris

    The good 'ol boys are shaking in their boots at the AUDACITY of a WOMAN president. My friends, sexism IS alive and well! Men can't handle a woman telling them what to do...get over it. A woman can deliberate issues far more extensively than a man for very biological reasons...they have larger corpus callosums which help them better associate their right and left hemispheres and that's what we need in this very complex world; someone with the capacity to see matters from all angles, not some tunneled view. GO HILLARY!!!

    January 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  8. Donne

    I wonder while people who has no hearts at all woke up some day and write without searching for their opinions.They are hell bent to destroy Obama. Wow.

    Ulalala, may be they are paid by Mrs Clinton. who knows.

    The reflection of Obama"s ENDORSEMENT by the political giants reminds all of us that their is great potential in Obama. that Americans embrace change. They want good leaders.

    For so long Americans have been divided , For so long Americans have always see themselfs along color lines, For so long they world has been looking upon America to bring change and write off racism. For so long Americans have been teaching the world on change but has never embrace it at home. For so long Americans have been assisting nations but have not done so at home.Now the great history is at home, now change is happing in American soil., now Family Clinton is hindering the great history of change . I admire America and would always like to be an American.if given the opportunity to do so.

    Still yet family Clinton and their supporters remained adamant to embrace this wave of change which has touch Americans of nations.

    The credibility of Obama has been clearly defined, his qualified , he has all that it takes to be president. he is a great American son.

    I want to make it clear to all that we are not blind and no river can again make Americans blind .

    Americans are one people , one nation.

    N:H votes should be recounted , I agreed that something was wrong.

    Obama won and will continue to win.But recounting N:H votes will help to counter future rigging whicht happed in N:H

    Obama for 2008 presidency. long live Obama.

    Donne is a family man living in Germany and can be contacted at any time.

    January 12, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. Wilhemina

    The "Times Newspaper" in London, England has an article on Hillary's thinking, it refers to her statement about the Civil Rights Act only happening because a President LBJ was able to push it through to pass; therefore, with Hillary's thinking Nelson Mandela wouldn't have gotten anywhere without FW de Klerk, India owes its' independence to Ernest Bevin, not Ghandi, and of course AMERICA is free today thanks largely to the politically experienced Lord Shelborne, rather than dreamers like George Washington and his friends. The reply to this article was that it is better to have the "dreamer" than someone who goes along with the status quo! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT! Se si puede! Let's Go Change America! HOORAY!!!!

    January 12, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  10. victor vikasin

    America needs change,make peace with the world,unite americans and be strong as they are beforeand who will do it is obama,may God be with you and we all ......Amen.

    January 12, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  11. JohnS

    Kenneth, this is not about strength and resilience, it is all about "common sense." We do not dependent on Presidents to solve ALL our problems. But we depend on a President to UNITE people, Senators, Congressfolks, the Country when BIG decisions have to be made, and to get the BEST pieces of advice. With good judgement and the preceeding qualities, we can even elect you to become an EFFECTIVE President of this diverse nation. Unfortunately, as mcuh as I like and adore Hillary, I am afraid she lacks the basic quality of bringing GREAT people together. To date, I do not see her fellow Senators rushing to support her years of tauted experience. I think we should let go of the Clinton dynasty, especially after the long history of scandals both inside and outside the White House. God Bless.

    January 12, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  12. jd

    It would be difficult, however, to pull the nation together if you don't pull the lawmakers together and gain their support....as the most recent congress has proven, this is important if anything is ever going to happen on important issues.

    January 12, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  13. Ozair

    If only I could vote!!! I hope all candidates for the democratic election run next election! oh yeah btw I've been on board since november '07. He had me at no more lobbyists.

    January 12, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  14. Robyn

    CNN, once again you are playing favorites. You report Obama's endorsement just like clock work, every day, as his campaign hopes you will.

    I have not seen any coverage of Hillary's endorsements.

    This week, Henry Cisneros, Edward Romero, Rep. Shelley Berkley, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Gov. Warren Hearnes all endorsed Hillary, among others.

    Hillary's endorsements are endless. You can find them on her website at http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/endorsements/

    January 12, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. dee

    The " I've got a dream/vision or hope for change" speeches are all heart warming and impressive but I have not heard one concrete idea or a solid base of what he hopes dreams or has a vision to do. Just uniting ...whatever that means.....does not make me feel safe and secure in Obama's leadership qualities. Next time he speaks, listen to what he saying....a whole lot of pretty words....Stirs a sole from deep within ,BUT, Whats the plan Stan!

    January 12, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  16. Harold

    You people make me laugh. When I see these comments that the republicans want Obama as theyre candidate because "they will make mincemeat out of him" where do you get that. If anything they would want Hilary as the candidate because then republicans could unite against her. We all know that republicans hate Hillary, her being the the democratic nominee would most definitely energize anyone who is conservative or right leaning. Now Obama they don't even know how to deal with him, if you notice he is the ONLY candidate talking about working with both sides which America is screaming for. No more hyper-partisanship and Hillary sorry to say is a symbol of that. The more conservatives that lean toward Obama just strengthens that argument, so why would republicans want him to be the candidate? He also has the ability to reach out to the independents as well, the democratic candidate to do that. I think you all need to stop with conspiracy theories and realize this. Either that or get Hillary to change her campaign slogan and make some appeals to the right as well.

    January 12, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  17. DR IAN WOODS

    Chloe and Kenneth i apprecate your views but please dig deep and think properly before psoing any comment.if you say Obama has been having himself being endorsed by old regime what do you say of Fmr nebraska Guvnor Bob Kerry
    fmr missouri gunor Warren Hearnes who have both endorse Hillary Clinton just to mention a few.my dear you are shivery because he MAn Obam is Gaining momentum eveywhere.and as for Ken please know that Hillary is geing equal if nor more media Attention,.the thing is Obama is more likeable he is electrifying he has the charisma.i am not a fan of Hillary and i have never said anything negative about her

    Chloe and Ken you both know tha we need a change in washigton even your unborn babies knows that.we need change not just change but A CHANGE THAT WE ALL CAN BELIEVE IN.we need new hands,enough of this old brigade,the power seem to be rotating am,ongs few Elite, we need new vision,new hope fresh blood and YES WE CAN.YES WE CAN MAKE THIS CHANGE. i enjoin you to join the change we can believ in campaign but you are not please stop attacking OBAMA thank you

    GOD BLESS AMERICA
    .....IAN WODSS

    January 12, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  18. mads

    Kerry and others are jealous of the Clintons because Bill was the last democrat elected twice after F.D.R . My analysis is that he back Obama because he knows he cannot win in Nov. Now he will run again in 2012. Get it?

    January 12, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  19. Dutchboy52

    All of America is falling in love with Obama, and some are playing hard to get...Obama '08, yes we can. Com'on let unite these states and come together with a leader who is good at it.

    January 12, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  20. Bmax

    Hey People

    I live in NY .. I have mostly voted Democratic all my life...Lately (in the last 4 years) i have been voting for who i believe is best for the Job. REGARLESS OF PARTY . I can't help but be turned off by people who feel they are entitled to something. That's why i will never Vote For My own senator again...Obama has just got it .....I don't know what it is exactly but he has it ....The best way i can decribe it is that he comes across as a man with a paasion to do what he feels will help this country.

    Hillary comes across as someone who feels she etitled to be presdient because she has paid her dues....Good for her...But it just doesn't work that way...

    January 12, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. David from Texas

    Kenneth-you are correct, I wasn't aware that Senator Clinton got any recent endorsements until I looked on her website. I agree with some that Senator Clinton does get air time, but I must say that it is usually negative air time. I agree that everyones record should be laid out for us all to fully examine. This is a very important election as we have many issues facing this country. I think the Republicans fear Hillary more than Barack only because they have been after her for years and will not be able to dig up much new stuff-whereas, Barack's full record is still unknown to many. If Barack wins the nomination and his record has not been fully laid out, the Republicans will present his record in the most negative way to the voters. My best regards to all!

    January 12, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  22. veronica

    I thought Obama wanted to represent "change." It's kinda funny that all he wants is the endorsements of the old-time poiticians!
    I think it's very easy to see through him.

    January 12, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  23. sabrina

    Who cares? This will not help Obama.
    Besides why does Obama even want these endorsements?

    January 12, 2008 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  24. Harry

    I would not vote for Hillary because i do not trust her ,and i did'n like what her husban did with nafta,it was the begining of the end of the middle class as i see it.

    January 12, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  25. Paul

    I agree with Kenneth, republican are eager to face Obama in the general election, because they know that he is easy to beat ! Hillary has a great team and republican worried that they gonna lose the white house if Hillary became the nominee.....

    Go Hillary Go !!!

    It is very clear media conspiring the republican !

    January 12, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
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