(CNN) –Longtime West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller endorsed Barack Obama’s White House bid Friday, praising the Illinois senator for his initial opposition to the Iraq war.
"I am all too aware that the threats we face are unconventional," Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a statement. "They are sophisticated. They are constantly changing and adapting. And they are very serious. What matters most in the Oval Office is sound judgment and decisive action. It’s about getting it right on crucial national security questions the first time – and every time.”
News of the endorsement comes the same day both Democratic presidential campaigns are engaged in a heated back and forth over which candidate is best equipped to handle national security issues.
In the statement, Rockefeller also said he is supporting Obama because of his "commitment to rebuild America."
"I know Barack Obama will fight and win the battle for health care, good paying jobs, and energy security," Rockefeller wrote.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Now that is scary.
I gotta say, you can't go wrong with that name, "Rockefeller". Ohh yeah, that's cool.
Now they will say that Jay Rockefeller joined a cult. Will those Clinton supporters stop at nothing to make the point they their candidate is simply NOT the best person in this race? I pray (and NOT to Obama) that this race is over on Tuesday!
Wow, how really nice, another great Obama endorsement. Thanks Senator Rockefeller!
the right answer at the right time....c'mon hillary! let it go!!.....if you really care about the democratic party it's time to understand that you already had eight years in the white house ...... enough is enough!
The face that will launch a thousand ships?
Put Obama on one first.
Guess he'd rather have Obama answering the 3:00 a.m. call too just like the rest of us. At least Jay Rockefeller isn't listening to the Clinton's request for supers to hold their endorsement until after March 4. Good for him!
Thank you Sen. Rockefeller.
WOW! Obama all the way! Hope and dreams do matter! A new face & a new approach in Washington is welcoming....
Why is it that Mr. OBama wants to provide Social Security money to all illegals if they never contribute to begin with? Is he out of his mind?
There's a shortage already and he wants to distribute it?
Good decision J-Rock.
It is interesting that all of these life-long politicians are joining togethe for a greenhorn. Obama, if elected will be a puppet president–beholdent to these pathetic pacts he has developed with some of the most prominent (and oddly desparate) people in he DNC. Wow, this sounds an awful lot like old style washington politics....
Hillary Clinton 08', Barack Obama NEVER! Presidents who have records we can count on–PRICELESS!
Thank you Mr. Rockefeller , you picked DIGNITY. OBAMA/08
He probably was harrased to.
John McCain is becoming a figure of ridicule before our eyes. As gaffe prone as Romney. This whole thing is a joke. A man who is 'tongue-tied' and can't think on the spot. I wonder who that remind me of???
Wait till the media gets a hold of the relationship between Senator Obama and Mr. Ayers; the guy who participated in the bombing of the Pentagon, the Capitol and the NYC police headquarters in the early 1970's...then all these guys will be wishing they did not endorse Obama!
Obama 08! A leader with judgment in the crisis time , a uniter heals this nation' divisness and get job done!
mama for Obama!
Awesome and about doing the right thing.
No-one has claimed Rockerfeller join a cult. It's in your own delusional mind. He's backing Obama because it helps McCain win in November. Your the one whose joined a cult. I will continue supporting Hillary, because I want my life to be safe in my own country.
This is the first of many endorsements for Obama that you will see this weekend.
There's always room on the USS Obama.
Welcome aboard Senator Rockfeller.
Clinton, now what are you going to say about this endorsement?
Pull out of the race now and be remembered fondly, carry on and be ridiculed.
Where is the CHANGE, and HOPE for CHANGE with this Endoresment?
Eight years ago, I had "faith" that Geo. Bush would be a "uniter" in Washington although I had a hunch just the opposite would happen. --- I should have listened to that "Inner voice". -- Geo. Bush is the "Great Deceiver" and ranks even below Richard Milhouse Nixon. I frankly don`t care who the Republicans run-- I`ve HAD IT !!!!!! Vote Democratic