January 13th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill to endorse Obama

 McCaskill will endorse Obama Sunday.
McCaskill will endorse Obama Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Freshman Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will endorse Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid Sunday morning, according to her spokeswomen Adrianne Marsh.

McCaskill, who considers herself a moderate, won a very tight race in 2006 against incumbent Sen. Jim Talent, helping Democrats take control of the Senate.

Missouri is one of more than two dozen states to hold its presidential primaries February 5.

UPDATE: On a conference call with reporters announcing her endorsement of Obama, McCaskill said the decision between Obama and Hillary Clinton was a difficult one.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I have deep respect for Hillary Clinton," she said. "She’s a smart woman and a strong leader, but at this moment in history it is very important that we look forward with optimism and hope that we’ve not been able to gin up in this country for awhile.”

– CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Mr. DE you have to have a very miniscule understanding of politics to make that statement. These endosements send a clear message of a candidate's electability. These are people the President will have to cooperate with while in office. This type of approval speaks volumes of Obama. The race is just beginning and he is off to a very good start.

    January 13, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. mike

    endorsements show support from his democratic base and gives him foundation and establishment... the votes are indirectly related to these votes if you consider the whole scheme of things. 1) another high ranking women, in the senate this time, endorses obama, 2) after his loss in n.h. his peers still have alot of confidence in him, 3) and most importantly, he is garnishing the advice of these key endorsements and support from the people that they know.

    January 13, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Bruce Taylor

    Hillary Clinton is Walter Mondale is Michael Dukakis is John Kerry is Hillary Clinton. One of the biggest changes Senator Obama would bring would be victory.

    January 13, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. Jeffim, Miami, Fl

    "present vote' = status quo

    January 13, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. jer

    I just got back from a meeting attended by about 28 people in upstate NY. Many had riven hours to get there, some were even from the boader state of Vermont. They range betgween the ages of 18 and 85; blue collar workers, retirees, professors and students, white black and other. None had met before, and all heard of this meeting about a day ago over the net. Their purpose was to organize a grass roots effort to do everything possible to win NY for Obama.

    Some where their becuase he inspired them with his speeches about transforming change. Some simply said they were fed up with the Bush administration and felt Obama was the one person who could attract independents and real Rebublicans (indeed several were Republicans who could not vote in the D%em. primary but were their to work), someone said they were sick of the Clinton soap opera, several pointed out Hillary's "experience" as being the practice of insider politics, situational ethics, and the ability to change positions and persona on cue.

    I left with the feeling that something big as surprsing is at hand. I have not felt that energy since I was in college and worked on my first campaign for JFK.

    A president is not a Senator or a Mayor. He/She must be able to motivate, to create a common vision, and to manage effectivly. Obama has that quality of experience.... Does Hillary?

    January 13, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  6. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Endorsement may not influence how voters vote, but it's an indication that these people like Obama and can work w/ Obama. The more people he gets on board, the easier it is to push policies through. One of the problems we have in the past in gridlock.

    January 13, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  7. The Rocker

    This just keeps on proving that more and more people realize that Barack Obama is the most equip candidate to take over the presidency. He will turn this country back in the right direction. OBAMA IN '08

    January 13, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  8. Walters, A , - MD

    THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL, LET'S END THE BUSH-CLINTON LEGACY AND LET FRESH, INTELLIGENT,JUDGEMENT RULE, HILLARY AND BILL THINK THAT THEY OWN THIS PARTY, DISTORTING OBAMA'S RECORD ON THE WAR IN IRAQ.
    TO ALL THOSE GIVING FLIMPSY EXCUSES ABOUT OBAMA'S EXPERIENCE, MY QUESTION IS THIS WHY WAS THIS SO CALL EXPERIENCE ISSUE NEVER ATTRIBUTED TO EDWARD'S IN 2004 AND NOW- DOUBLE STANDARD, A PIECE OF ADVICE THIS ELECTION IS NOT ABOUT OBAMA BUT WHAT HE WILL DO FOR THIS COUNTRY, HOUSES ARE ON FORECLOSURE , ONE POUND IS NOW EQUAL TO 2 DOLLARS, WE ARE AT WAR, REP MIGHT PREACH THE GREATNESS OF WAR BUT MOST DIDN'T TAKE PART WHEN IT WAS THEIR TURN TO FIGHT.
    DICK CHENEY, BUSH NEVER FOUGHT, MIT ROMNEY's FIVE SONS THINK PATROITISM AND NATIONALISM IS STUGGLING TO CONVINCE VOTERS WITH THEIR MILLIONS, GUILLIANI COMPLAIN OF EYE PROBLEMS INORDERTHAT HE COULD NOT GO TO VIETNAM, IF THIS COUNTRY WAS SO IMPORTANT HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP PAID SPEECHES THAN ABANDON THE 9/11 COMMISION FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL GAINS.
    HILLARY FAILED TO PASS A UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE UNDER HER HUSBAND AS PRESIDENT WITH A DEM CONGRESS AND SENATE, WAS SO EXPERIENCE THAT SHE VOTED TO AUTHORIZE THE IRAQ WAR WITHOUT READING THE REPORT IF CHEALSEA WAS TO FIGHT I BET U SHE WOULD HAVE READ THE REPORT.
    I KNOW HER TEARS IN NH WERE GENIUNED BUT THE MOTIVE TO HER TEARS IS WHAT IS TROUBLING ME. SHE NEVER CRIES EVERYDAY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WHEN SOLDIERS FAMILIES MEET HER WITH THEIR IRAQ WAR LOSSES< KATRINA< PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS OR SUFFERING BUT SHE WILL CRY BECAUSE SHE BADLY WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT FOR HER OWN AGRANDISEMENT OR JUST TO CHALLENGE BILL.. IF SHE WINS I WILL VOTE FOR A MODERATE REPUBLICAN LIKE MCAIN OR HUCKABEE.

    January 13, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  9. reasonable person

    Yeah...like she has much experience either....she is just looking out for herself, hoping she will get a cushy job in his cabinet.....won't work honey....where does she get off thinking that anyone would care if she endorses anyone!!!!

    January 13, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. John

    The endorsements mean that many believe Obama will have longer coattails in a general election and not fire up the republican base that only a Clinton can do

    January 13, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  11. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    You have no idea how bad I want to see a Democratic President, but Obama you're young and you need experiance, you're a babe in the woods when it comes to national politics. You have chraisma but that's not enough to govern a country.
    We'll end up with another Carter. And it took 12 years till another Democrat won the White House.
    As for you making big changes and uniting the country, how are you going to do that? Let's see, the pro-lifers are now going to give up their fight to end Roe v Wade, the NRA are going to go along with gun control, the anti-gay marrige people with now suddenly agree to gay marriges, those against health care for all Americans will now join hands with you? You know that's not going to happen and if your supporters think so then their living in a dream world.

    January 13, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  12. Michael

    I am sorry I am confused – BO keeps running that he is here to change washington – yet he keeps grabbing people who are washington elite... sort of curious...

    And we think we all know how much backbone McCaskill has...

    endorsements do not make a president...

    every democrat will support the nominee whoever she is...

    January 13, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. darrell

    Mike, Oregon

    She is thinking about Who supported her, and can make it happen.

    Most are tire of same old experienced. Noting getting done.

    Our collective Voice can bring Change

    You know

    Politics is overdue for a face-lift.

    Obama and his admin can get it done. or

    maybe we need to be divided as a Country for four more years

    January 13, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  14. twan

    Endorsements mean a lot to independants like myself. The reason the dems took the house and the senate was because of dems like Ms. McClaskill and others...this is impressive to independants!

    Barack has my vote.

    When the HRC and others say he is young, inexperienced and all of that...endorsements gives him creditability.

    The dems are split....older party loyalist are backing Clintons with some exceptiions..but the independant wing of the party....the new wing of the party...the ones that gave the dems victory in 06...is backing Obama.

    The question is who can win a majority and be President...only Barack..even repub's know's this.

    Clinton may win...but the country will be divided...who needs that?

    Besides..i doubt she can even win over any independant..which she needs in order to take the White House.

    If Clinton is the dem nominee..my vote will go for the Repub' nominee..i like McCain, Rudy and Mike.....but not Mitt..or Thompson...they won't win anyways.

    GO OBAMA!....supporter all the way. Do the right thing dem's and vote for OBAMA!

    January 13, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  15. John W

    I like Hillary, she is done good things and we should thank her and her husband but for this country to move forward we need someone who can bring people together.

    Everybody knows that no matter what ideas/experience one has, nothing gets done without democrats and republicans working together. That is just a fact. We have seen it.

    Another fact, the other side of the aisle has seen enough of the Clintons. Hillary and Bill Clinton back in the white house will just divide this country more. Let’s remember all the scandals in the Whites House in the 90s.

    Obama is the best chance to move this country forward by shrinking that aisle in congress that divides and destroying this country.

    January 13, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  16. John W

    like Hillary, she is done good things and we should thank her and her husband but for this country to move forward we need someone who can bring people together.

    Everybody knows that no matter what ideas/experience one has, nothing gets done without democrats and republicans working together. That is just a fact. We have seen it.

    Another fact, the other side of the aisle has seen enough of the Clintons. Hillary and Bill Clinton back in the white house will just divide this country more. Let’s remember all the scandals in the WhitesHouse in the 90s.

    Obama is the best chance to move this country forward by shrinking that aisle in congress that divides and destroying this country.

    January 13, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  17. John W

    like Hillary, she is done good things and we should thank her and her husband but for this country to move forward we need someone who can bring people together.

    Everybody knows that no matter what ideas/experience one has, nothing gets done without democrats and republicans working together. That is just a fact. We have seen it.

    Another fact, the other side of the aisle has seen enough of the Clintons. Hillary and Bill Clinton back in the white house will just divide this country more. Let’s remember all the scandals in the White House in the 90s.

    Obama is the best chance to move this country forward by shrinking that aisle in congress that divides and destroying this country.

    January 13, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  18. James Brown ( Independent )

    McCaskill is making a very smart choice. Hillary Clinton is a lightening rod for all that is wrong with Washington , and brings nothing but more of the same division that results in nothing getting done.

    Obama has a track record of bringing people from all parties together to find solutions , and SOLUTIONS is what this county needs right now.

    OBAMA 08

    January 13, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  19. Elizabeth

    They worked together to improve mental and physical treatment for soldiers at Walter Reed after the reports came out of the conditions there.

    Go Obama!

    January 13, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. Eyzwidopn

    Obama, HRC and Edwards all basically occupy the same space on "intelligence," the issues, relative experience, and grasp of the task at hand, so an "intangible" factor is what comes in to play for me when deciding between the three.

    Who can best bring together and lead this now divided country, galvanize enough public and political support to achieve an ambitious agenda that will finally see head-way on major progressive reforms for our country? Can HRC when she invites Republican attacks and anxiously waits to respond in kind? Can Edwards when his combative rhetoric alienates enough of the key players before anyone can even sit down to discuss point #1? Or can someone who already is attracting first-time voters to the process, bringing aboard Independents and Republicans, moderates, conservatives, and liberals too who may not agree with Obama on all the issues... if any, but recognize that his ability to inspire and lead have invigorated a dormant sense of "pride and togetherness" in our country that may very well help to bring about about a "call to national service" uprising?

    You can hang your hat on perceptual vagueries about "experience" and "substance," but at the end of the day, IMHO, Obama has the proven leadership abilities to inspire folks from a broad cross-section of our nation's political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds to join in to demand and make real differences in our country.

    January 13, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  21. Jay

    Democratic senators and governors are superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention. You win the nomination by having the highest number of delegates + superdelegates. So endorsements, while they may not mean much to the average voter, they mean a lot to whether a candidate becomes the nominee.

    January 13, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  22. Annie Independent

    She came in 2006. Probably looking to further her own political career on the outside chance that Obama might actually get elected. She has nothing to lose anyway – as she doesn't have to run again until 2012.

    Is there an Obama staffer (or MsCaskill's) on here ;) You're not supposed to be leaking endorsements.

    January 13, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  23. MSmsdD

    I think the clintons should take notice of how many of the dems are backing Obama.They don't like her and they seem not to have faith in her. They are the most anxious of all the dems to get the white house back. If they think he's electable, then I and ALL the dems should take notice!!!

    January 13, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  24. KEITH

    FORM SOMEONE WHO SEEMS TO BE RUNNING FROM THE ESTABLISMENT IN WASHINGTON AND CHANGE. IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME THAT HE HAS NO PROBLEM RECIEVING THERE ENDORSEMENTS LEFT AND RIGHT.

    January 13, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  25. Betsy

    My husband is a military veteran and some of our military friends also support Obama and are ready for this war to end. I agree with you, Pfc Mason Andreason!

    January 13, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
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