February 1st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
10 years ago

MoveOn.org backs Obama

MoveOn.org endorsed Obama Friday.

MoveOn.org endorsed Obama Friday.

(CNN) - MoveOn.org, the liberal political action committee that claims over 3 million members, endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Friday - the first time the group has made a primary endorsement.

The endorsement came after the group allowed its members to vote over the last two days on either Obama or rival Hillary Clinton. Obama overwhelmingly beat the New York Democrat, 70 percent to 30 percent.

“Our members’ endorsement of Sen. Obama is a clear call for a new America at this critical moment in history," MoveOn.org's Executive Director Eli Pariser said. "Seven years of the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration have left the country desperate for change. We need a president who will bring to bear the strong leadership and vision required to end the war in Iraq, provide health care to every American, deal with our climate crisis, and restore America’s standing in the world."

The group says it has 1.7 million members across the 22 states set to weigh in on Super Tuesday, and it is now actively recruiting volunteers on Obama's behalf. It also boast an impressive Get out the Vote campaign - in 2006 its members made 7 million calls on behalf of Democratic candidates.

"We’ll be able to immediately jump into action in support of Sen. Obama’s candidacy," Pariser said. "We’ve learned that the key to achieving change in Washington without compromising core values is having a galvanized electorate to back you up. And Barack Obama has our members ‘fired up and ready to go’ on that front."

The group previously made waves last September when it ran a full-page ad in the New York Times that asked of the top U.S. General in Iraq, "Gen. Petraeus Gen. "Betray Us?" The ad immediately drew outrage from members of both parties.

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. AnnAloha, Independent Thinker. PA

    and to think I almost contributed to MoveOn.org....
    It pays to be patient.
    Sadly MoveOn decide to go with the sexist and anti-feminist group members...pity.
    They used to stand for something and I feel they just lost their credibility and integrity by this.

    February 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Adarrah for Obama

    Obama 08'

    February 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. joe

    Wow - the republicans are going to go CRAZY on that one!

    There are so many Obama skeletons that the CULT OBAMANITES are oblivious to because they have been drinking too much kool-aid to know better. All of Obama's skeletons are going to come back and haunt the democrats during the general election - and the Mesiah is not going to know how to cope.

    Send him on.....he's going down!

    February 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. gshell

    Makes sense that a strongly disillusioned outfit would back Obama.........

    February 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Matt

    Yes We Can! Obama 08

    February 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Sue

    YOU DISAPPOINT ME MOVEON.ORG. I will not be donating to you anymore. Obama is a candidate with very little substance. His health care plan is just another bureaucracy that leaves millions uninsured. I WAS DISILLUSIONED WITH HIM WHEN HE FAILED TO TAKE THAT IMPORTANT SENATE VOTE THAT LISTED IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD A TERRORIST GROUP. Thus, giving Bush more power to go to war with Iran. His excuse that he "was away on the campaign trail" is bogus! Biden, Dodd and Clinton took time away from their campaigns to vote. Although, I strongly disagreed with Clinton's vote at least she had the backbone to vote!

    February 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Michael J

    Moveon.org is a dispicable organization. This will hurt Obama in the end. He might win the nomination, but will lose to McCain. So sad.

    February 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. James D.

    And this...just in!

    LA Times endorses Obama !!!!

    February 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. JAMES


    February 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Laura

    I left moveon.org the minute I saw the headline.

    February 1, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Ben, Los Angeles


    He got the most important issue of our time right, we should have never invaded Iraq. He took a stand when it was political suicide to do so yet he did it anyways. I love Hillary and will vote for her if she wins the nomination, however as a soldier who is getting ready to go to Iraq and leaving my family for a whole year, her vote is the reason my daughter will face a year without her father.

    February 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Sundowner

    Hillary is a corporate panderer, she'll continue to let Exxon Mobil rape America, Pfizer pillage our seniors, and she won't stop Petraeus' killing of Iraqis either. Vote Obama or I'm moving to Canada.

    February 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Oblahblah

    From my heart:

    Senator Oblahblah is simply far too left for this country.

    I am a liberal. But, I a relatively a moderate in many other issues.

    Hillary speaks to me in that population. It was abundantly clear that although she has charisma and not as much Obama, in a time when our country needs substance, she has far more substance than a Senator who has done nothing – does not know about the Civil Rights movement as he was raised in Hawaii – by 2 white grandparents – and a white mother. I say this because I am a black man who understands that simply being 50% black does not hide your record of not doing anything for the African-American population – the Clintons have and Hardwood shines through – even through gender or race.

    Hillary 2008.
    54 year old African-American.

    February 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. anita

    thankfully Move On has turned it's card. This "org." has been telecast in every media available as a one of Clinton's "MEDIA MYRMIDONS". We can be sure the media love affair with Obama will continue and tout this endorsement over the air waves and print

    February 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Meeral Mughal

    I endorse Hillary Clinton.

    February 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Alonzo Demetrius

    Obama, drop this group if you want to be President. MoveOn.org is a nasty operation that seeks to divide and separate Americans. I had preferred you over Hillary, but not if you are going to be in the business of trying to kill all conservatives in the US, as this group is.

    February 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Bob

    It is scary we might elect the Clintons again. The Far Right is waiting anxiously for this to happen. Not only will they have a field day reporting all the things Obama is so nice not to emphasize about how disgusting so many of their actions have been, but it will also unify and motivate their base like no gay marriage amendment ever could.

    February 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. zk

    I lot of you will be really shocked when you see Obama -Edward for 08.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    February 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Marla

    ObamaNot, I'm with you! It's to bad that the Rah Rah of the Bandwagon over-rides intelligent thinking! I'm afraid the vote was simply that! History has had too many inappropriate leaders because of carismatic speakers who win over the ill-informed. I can't believe MoveOn is contributing to that..their very own "Swiftboat Debacle! Shame on them!!

    February 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. mary jo

    The email I got to vote clearly said they would only endorse if they got 2/3 of members to vote, they claim 3 million, 300,000 voted I would say the math is way off. I cancelled my membership after I tried to call a number that had been on the press release at 1:00 pm and disappeared by 3:00. Maybe they realized we were not being fooled by their empty and disingenuous endorsement. Move On has gotten progressively more inept and slimy as time has gone on.

    February 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Helen

    The moveon.org endorsement was a farce. They sent e-mail to members YESTERDAY giving us 24 hours to vote.

    Well I hate to tell moveon, but the people whom progressive politics are supposed to be helping (certainly the people whom JOHN EDWARDS was devoted to helping) are not logged in around the clock and do not have time to complete online surveys. Unlike the legions of Obama 'moonies' who clearly accounted for the 2/3 majority moveon was seeking.

    Clinton's base, as well as the poor and under-represented inthis country actually WORK for living, come home and cook for their kids, help with homework, and then go to bed. They don't necessarily log on to the internet every day.

    It's a travesty that moveon purports to be progressive. Today I submitted my request to be removed from their roster.

    February 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    People may say that Barack Obama is inexperienced on various issues, but at least he got the most vital foreign policy issue of our time right. IRAQ!

    Obama = Good Judgment
    Hillary = Experience Exercising BAD JUDGEMENT

    Obama is not only in notion a unifier but he has proven throughout his campaign that he is able to bring those from every side of the political spectrum to his corner; young and old, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, black and white, and any of the other groups that divisive politicians and media try to use a tools to divide this great nation. Neither Clinton nor her supporters will ever be able to say, and I do mean ever.

    Obama portrays a different leader for the 21st century. He's not part of the Democratic machine and the past and all that entails. A politician thinks of the next election, while a visionary thinks of the next generation. Hillary is a politician. Barack is a visionary.

    And I believe firmly that America as a whole is tired of politics as usual and want again to see America striving for greatness and doing so thriving on hopeful aspirations and being that great nation leading the world in a positively new direction.

    February 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. emily

    jill: a "poverish" background?

    Poor Hillary . . . not the favorite of the Kennedys, either!

    Obama '08!!

    February 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Bill, Albany, NY

    If Obama is smart he would not accept this endorsement, he should know that the Republicans will crush him with this.

    February 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Joe

    Even without the influence of the Kennedys and the Winfreys, etc. Most Americans have made up our mind and we are on Barack. Move on Obama for change we can belive in. You are the saviour of the new generation. Hang high your banner of good judement, display boldly your signs of honesty, integrity and workable, practical foreign policy. Stay on course on the economy, health care, education. So far, well done Obama.

    February 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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