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. Christine

    I just removed my name and no more money or volunteering for MoveOn. org

    They should not endorse any primary candidate.

    February 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. mgleaso3

    As I posted on another thread, a new national poll just reported on Potus '08 XM radio has Obama handily beating either McCain or Romney, the two Repub front-runners. Same poll has Hillary barely beating Romney and losing by a good bit to McCain. Makes sense, since many, many independents and moderate Republicans will vote for McCain over Clinton if Obama is not an option.

    Hillary Clinton's nomination is the only hope for the Republican party to hang on to the White House.

    February 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. gord wheadon

    i would love to see a obama, clinton team or a clinton ,obama team in the white house and i am a canadian and obama remines me of jfk. a man for the comman people

    February 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. hugh

    OBAMA '08
    the JFK/RFK of our era

    February 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. ki houston

    all you have to do is look at the ridiculas arguments the clinton supporters use . the choice is simple . obama

    and all the hate speach from the clinton supporters only helps obama.

    fired up and ready to go!

    February 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. James

    Where would Hillary be without her last name......thats right nowhere.
    Obama is a self made candidate and will have my vote......IN NOVEMBER!!!!

    February 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. frank101


    February 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Jose E. Guzzardi

    MoveOn.org was wrong in endorsing a candidate in the primaries.

    Less than 1% of its "over 3 millon members" voted in the online "primaries" and this decision will divide their own base. I have personally unsubscribed from MoveOn, and know many peope that have done the same.

    Too bad MoveOn is not using its resources and power to fight against the Republicans and bring Democrats together... too much for a "change!"

    February 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. keepitreal128

    Yes , in this country we do have smart people and name calling is not going to change that . Thank God for the free country that we live. We do have are own minds and choices .So what time is it ? It's time for a change for me.
    OBAMA 2008

    February 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Romie

    A couple of points–

    (in response to Anton) MoveOn never endorsed Edwards. MoveOn has never endorsed anyone in the primaries until now. Maybe they would have chosen him, but it's irrelevant now. Point is that Obama was not their second choice.

    While it's true that there was no "neither" option on the MoveOn ballot, they had a separate vote a couple of days before the endorsement vote to ask members whether they wished to endorse anyone at all. People who support neither Obama nor Clinton had their chance to vote not to endorse anyone.

    For those who are MoveOn members and now vow to stop supporting them, I ask one question - do you believe in the democratic process or not? At least MoveOn asks their members to vote on something like this, rather than simply imposing the choice of the organization's leaders.

    February 1, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Joe, Oregon

    Get MoveOn.org maybe a mixed bag for Obama.
    Sometimes, moveon.org did some pin head move that could hurt their candidate.

    February 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Arizona Latino Voter

    Shame. Shame. Shame on Moveon.org for their endorsement. When the time came for a vote on a resolution in the U.S. Senate against Moveon.org with their controversial ad, Hillary Clinton stood with them and voted against it. Obama voted present. Hmm. This is an example, a clear example, of how they pay back those that come to their side in their hour of need.

    February 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Carolina Dood

    SHE's the abomination & WE are the Obama-nation !

    YES WE CAN !!!

    February 1, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. pd

    This is bad news for Obama in the general election. The Republicans will pound him with this, along with Teddy's endorsement and his most recent title as the #1 most liberal Senator in the Senate. Afterall they used the same thing against Kerry. By the way, true Democrats know that Gore won in 2000, so the Clintons didn't cost him anything. What did make it a struggle was the media's unquestioning bias for Bush. The guy who lacked substance, but supposedly had ideas. How is that working out for us?

    February 1, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    Move on . org should not have endorsed any candidate. They should just back the Democratic party. I for one, won't support them and don't want any of their email.

    February 1, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    By the way, endorsements aren't that important. I think the American people can make up their minds without the likes of ophra or Ted Kennedy telling us who to vote for.

    February 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. Jessica

    You know, its funny that when you see an article reporting the endorsement of Obama or something showing that Obama is giving Hilary a run for her money, all you see in response is either Obama supporters voicing their support or Hilary supporters bashing and name calling. That just goes to show how "grown up" the grown ups are that are voting for her.

    February 1, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |

    Wow, all these ultra-liberal, left wing endorsements are more the reason the vote for HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!

    CLINTON 2008!!!!

    February 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Pam

    I am tired of seeing statements like "I am voting for Hillary because it is time for a women to be president". These statements are just plainly ignorant and blatently stupid. Support your candidate for well informed, lucid and well researched reasons. Don't be idiotic enough to vote blindly just because of race or sex. How stupid does it sound to say "I am voting for McCain because he is a man!" Yeah, well that is how stupid you sound for supporting Clinton solely because she is a women. I know it hurts, but please, think. Lastly, look up Hillary's "experience". Many years working at a law firm in Arkansas representing large companies and coorporations. Where is all the "35 years policy making experience" coming from? Her failed attempt under her husband to reform health care in the 90's? There is some good experience to vote for. Once again, people, think and inform yourselves...

    February 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Allison

    Who is Barack Obama you knew him from where and he has done what ??? Thats right never heard of him and you put your faith in some one who is not experienced and is only serving his first term in the senate and much of that spent on running for president HMMMM don't see that as being to smart. And Hillary you ask where she would be well I believe she was working on things like healthcare before you even knew her name so check your facts do you know what your saying.

    Hillary 2008

    February 1, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. KB


    Are u from baton rouge?

    February 1, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. veronica lynne

    Why isn't Obama listing this endorsement on his website? Too bad that the GOP already knows about ir and will hang it around his neck if he's the nominee. The overwhelming majority in this country DO NOT like what MoveOn stands for! "General Betray-us" anyone?

    February 2, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Schroeder

    Moveon writes "In 2002 and 2003, MoveOn.org Civic Action conducted a campaign to stop the Iraq war, as well as campaigns to keep the federal courts moderate, support campaign finance reform, oppose the repeal of the estate tax, and reduce America’s dependence on oil." Wow, Real Change. Where have I heard that?

    February 2, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. Peak

    Why would anyone stop supporting moveon just because they endorsed Obama?? The numbers speak for themselves... Hillary is a smart woman but is just as malicious and back stabbing as the republicans. We need something different. Just because young people follow Obama does not mean that we are "wide eyed and without worldly knowledge". We are smart enough to know that he stands by what he says without wavering.

    Obama 08!

    February 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. SamW, TX

    I support Obama and I've donated to him not because I don't like Hillary, she would still get my vote in a general and I don't support him because hes more inspiring (though he is).

    The reason I support Barack Obama is because he has as I see it the best policies and he has the best chances of winning in a general election. Look at both of them and make up your mind, not based upon what you've heard about them.

    Do what they've both said..do what you believe is best for the country.

    February 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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