February 29th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Rockefeller gets behind Obama

 Rockefeller endorsed Obama Friday.
Rockefeller endorsed Obama Friday.

(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


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. SLO Bear

    It's nice to see the super delegates showing such "super'b judgement and courage in the timing of their announcement. I hope that Governor Richardson and Senator Edwards will stand with Obama now. It would be a tremendous thing to do for our country.

    February 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. James ( Independent )

    This is a powerful endorsement , and that makes 5 super delegate that have got behind Obama today.

    February 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Wow! Great news, we need more.

    February 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Francesca

    I would like to know who supports whom after the candidates are chosen.

    February 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Kmolin

    Obama is truly an overpriced stock. Hillary is the best person for the job, she has the most experience.

    February 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Tom

    "Now, one of Clinton's laws of politics is this. If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is try get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."
    -Bill Clinton, 2004

    February 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Allison , California

    Lets see if CNN will post this comment since they all seem to get lost if you say anything negative about Obama.

    Why is that we only are hearing about the endorsements for Obama, this goes to show you that CNN is so pro Obama . Today the Warwick City Commitee in Rhode Island endorsed Hillary Clinton. Come on CNN if you are going to report endorsements let be fair about it why so much attention on Obama.

    Go Hillary 08

    February 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Audacity of Hope

    The full quote from The Audacity of Hope:

    "Undoubtedly, some of these views will get me in trouble. I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views. As such, I am bound to disappoint some, if not all, of them. Which perhaps indicates a second, more intimate theme to this book–namely, how I, or anybody in public office, can avoid the pitfalls of fame, the hunger to please, the fear of loss, and thereby retain that kernel of truth, that singular voice within each of us that reminds us of our deepest commitments."

    February 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Obama is the truth

    Time to deal Hilary's camp the death blow so we can get on to the general election...even the repubilcains know he's the winner they haven't addressed Clinton once that should tell you something

    February 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Chuck in Oregon

    Wow, now that is a name that has a face, that has history, that has a strong reputation. Wonder how that will effect the vote in Ohio and Texas or if it will? Either way, wow.

    February 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. BILL HUSSEIN 4CHANGE

    WHY SMART AND WISE PEOPLE ALWAYS ENDORSE OBAMA ? ISN'T WEIRD ?

    February 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Tina in WVa

    Obviously he is looking for his only chance at VP.

    He Hope he gets it because the people of WVa. will end his career.

    Welcome to the real world of Politics Obamanites.

    It is only going to get tougher on your candidate of the PITY PARTY .

    Cant take Hillary's ad wait till you see what the Republicans have as incoming.

    February 29, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. dave

    Hillary could have said "NO!" to the war in Iraq. She didn't; she said, "YES !" and more than 2000 American men & woman have lost their lives; 10's of thousands wounded and maimed for life, for a war that should never have been authorised. that showed real bad judgement and supports the theory that she really can't make the right judgement in a moment of crisis, unless she has Bill's input. Which as we have seen lately hasn't been all that correct.

    February 29, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Sylvia

    Obama is smart, intelligent, bright, articulate, has vision, confidence, competent, good judgment, and on and on. Sounds like qualities of a strong leader. GO OBAMA!!!

    February 29, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Elena

    Is this 1 more super-delegate for Obama?

    CNN – if you're viewing this – could you provide alerts / commentary when the delegate counts change? I see the numbers change periodically, but don't understand why...

    February 29, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Fundamental Question

    Change Question: What has Obama done while in Senate to bring the Democrats and Republicans together?

    February 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Lionel

    There are a lot more Clinton haters than I thought it was possible; but Hilary will prevail. I guess that Americans do not like a successful President, like Bill Clinton.

    February 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. EFabian

    Why does every single endorsement OBAMA gets make national headlines and Hillary's endorsements, and she has received A LOT within the last week is not paid attention to?

    Then again, I am not surprised.

    February 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Helen

    Well, I am so tired of this back and forth stuff, that is not tell ing us the american what is going to happen to us in the furture, please stop the fuss and go on with business, I was all Clinton voter at first, whe she started being low down and try to find every thing negative about Obama just to win, I swithced to Obama, I pray to God that he will let the best one win.

    February 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. john williams san diego, ca.

    this will be a historic election. the names of bush and clinton will be forever an asteric in history books and the WORLD will live on.

    February 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Felly

    Good Job, Senator Rockefeller. You just made the right judgement.
    Obama is the real deal!

    February 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Hungry 4 Change

    That's the way to go! Can't wait for more!

    February 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. amanda

    its time hillary to give up the race for the sake of the party the only thing she does whine all the time

    February 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Randy - Denver

    Another seasoned collegue has,after due consideration, chosen to support Mr. Obama, his reason " 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.”
    He has worked with BOTH of these Senators, longer with Ms. Clinton than with Mr. Obama, and has decided that Mr. Obama is the one most likely to make the sound judgment.
    Okay now the supporters of Ms. Clinton start with the "endorsements don't matter" (His does he is a superdelegate) "he is old I thought Obama was for change" (You cannot change things unless you can get the support of those who can make the policies Congress does that) "another one has drank the kool-aid (no another one has actually researched and not just let the words of a candidate think for them)

    February 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. david

    I wonder how much money he's planning to make off of Obama.?Very fishy.

    February 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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