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. Amused, Las Vegas

    Ronald, American living abroad February 29th, 2008 3:07 pm ET

    "Now they will say that Jay Rockefeller joined a cult."

    No, but isn't he the guy who when he bought an election by building the law school at West Virginia University, the opposition came out with a bumper sticker saying "Make him spend it all?"

    February 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Mike

    Rockefeller, isnt that one of the central bank family owners that help cause the depression?

    February 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Xavier, Washington, DC

    This is like Huricane Katrina. The levees have broken and the super delegates are flooding into Obama's camp. Clinton better call FEMA. On second thought, never mind.

    February 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Another scary cat who isn't true to himself, but is following the swallow.

    I wish Bill Richardson and John Edwards would get some ***** and come out and endorse the one they know is the true experienced and ready leader ... Senator Hillary Clinton.

    February 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. TO

    again, so much for "change"? what change? It's going to be a puppet show after 2009.

    February 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Andy

    The moon will open. We shall all together and ......
    at the end nobody shall be behind HRC.

    HRC get up from your wild dream. It is all over

    February 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. clarity

    Thought Rockefeller was kinda' like Kenedy – about the past.
    Oh right, he's looking to put what he wants on the 'blank screen'!
    Hardly indicates much change does it Barak...?! Getting support from old fuddy-duddies. LOL! What old ideas of the past are they going to paint on your blank canvas presidancy?.... Scarey!

    Hillary 08!

    February 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Charles

    Thank You Senator Rockefeller, your wisdom and foresight shall bear fruit soon. Glad you were able to see that Clinton=DIVIDER and OBAMA=UNITER!

    February 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. 4 Obama all the way

    WOW, "Rockeller" Now this what we need going to the white house, sound judgement, good work, I too Sen. Rockerfeller believe Obama can change the US for the better.

    February 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. MIwatch

    I'm looking forward for John Kerry and Ed. Kennedy to change their endorsement s, since MA has overwhelmingly supported Hillary. That is what Obama suggested, that the superdelegates should follow the will of the people. In this case, those two Senators need to change their endorsements to meet the will of people in MA.

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Jenny M

    Dear Texas and Ohio,
    Please vote for OBAMA and let us move on to the election in November.

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. montag

    Before you get too enamored with this endorsement, sheeple, remember that Senator Jay Rockefeller steered the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee to give retroactive immunity to telecoms that helped the government secretly spy on Americans.

    He has also recently benefited from some interesting political contributions.

    Top Verizon executives, including CEO Ivan Seidenberg and President Dennis Strigl, wrote personal checks to Rockefeller totaling $23,500 in March, 2007. Prior to that apparently coordinated flurry of 29 donations, only one of those executives had ever donated to Rockefeller (at least while working for Verizon).

    Who would really seek such a tainted endorsement? Wake up! Obama isn't the solution. He's part of the problem.

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Jim

    Rockefeller, Kennedy, Dodd, Lewis, etc, etc. I wonder how much longer are they going to use this crap about EXPERIENCE with Sen. Obama. Those 4 people have about a hundred years of experience, and there backing Obama.

    And if Sen. Clinton has the Judgment why didn't she read the NIE before she voted for the War? Why does she still not say that her Vote for the War was wrong? And why did she not speak up back in 1999 when husband pardoned terrorists???

    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, FEB 12, '08 -http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120277819085260827.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

    Polled tested politics on day one. Clinton Camps new motto.

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Robert Maseruka

    THE SIGNS ARE VERY CLEAR FOR H. CLINTON I BELIEVE SHE BETTER JUMPS OUT BEFORE MORE JABS LAND ON HER FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
    SHE NOW LOOKS A SPOILER THAT A UNITER OF THE PARTY AND THE COUNTRY WHICH IS SO DIVIDED.

    February 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Reine

    Senator Rockefeller, Well said! Canadians are well-known for enjoying their hockey games on TV but I tell you next Tuesday, we will be watching the results of the primaries. For the first time in a long time, we are hopeful, we are not afraid, and we are hoping for a new era in American politics. With President Obama for President, we will all sleep better.

    February 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Afropolitan

    Thank You Senator Rockefeller.

    Quote From Bill Clinton, October 25, 2004

    "If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is trying to get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you'd better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."

    Hillary, why don't you do all of us a favor and heed the words of your dear husband as quoted above?

    P.S – My 3 year old nephew can answer a phone for God's sake! Its not the ability to answer a phone that is in question! It is what you say after you answer that call at 3am that will count! Hello Hillary, can you hear me?

    Obama 08. Yes We Can!

    February 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Murry

    Thank you, Senator Rockefeller!
    Obama will be making the right decisions on national security

    February 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    ~Good job Senator Rockefeller~

    "Yes We Can"

    February 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Maggie

    When Clinton wins the nomination I hope all these losers will not want to try and get back on her side. We don't need your support because you are not loyal people. You like to jump on the band wagon but we are going to stop it soon.

    We see Obama is again criticizing Clinton's ad. We would be be really scared if someone by the Barack Hussein Obama was answering the phone. Remember that name and what it means to american people.

    Clinton, keep rolling!!!!!!!!! You will be the next president and maybe you can send all of this turncoats to Iraq or Afghanistan.

    February 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Carl

    Sounds good to me. He mirrors many of our voices, over 1 million who have donated to Barack Obama. He is our voice, he is our leader – but he will also make sure each of us will have a voice that is heard while he is in the White house. Hopefully, if people won't listen to Barack, they will listen to those who support him.

    February 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. James Smith

    Sen. Obama made a speech against the war in Iraq. He then has voted yes in the Senate to fund the war. Yes, Sen. Clinton initially voted for the war, but she has said herself that was a mistake. It's so easy to criticize the decisions of others in hindsight, but the decision of the moment is a difficult one. Sen. Obama avoids difficult decisions, as evidenced by his many "present" votes while an Illinois state senator. Sometimes you have to, excuse the expression, "man up" and make a decision. Sen. Clinton will do it, and will be correct more often than she will be wrong. I'm not so sure what Sen. Obama will actually do when a problem arises that a speech can't solve.

    February 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Greg

    Great, another endorsement trying to give validity to a hack.

    Barack Obama has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 96.5% of the time during the current Congress. This percentage does not include votes in which Obama did not vote. In 2007, he voted differently from Clinton 38 times, in each and every instance it was because HE CHOSE NOT TO VOTE!

    February 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Virginia, Independant

    another boring endorsement and for those folks who say they are voting for senator obama because he speaks of change...the actions of the same old drum is beating from the democratic party speaks louder than words.

    February 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Betty

    Obama always critized Hillary did not have good judgement for voting Iraq. But he also did bad judgment on not having hearing as Chairman simply because he was busy in running for president. What is worse judgment? Judgement is evaluated based on all decisions and accomplishments the candidates made, isn't it? At this point, can we say Obama has better judgement than Hillary? I disagree with it.

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. S. Wright

    Senator Rockefeller, no President is going to get crucial national security questions correct each and every time. Those questions come about with what is known as intelligence, and as we have been told by practically every head of each intelligence service for many years, that intelligence that is actionable is at best hit-or-miss.

    Once again, a prominent Democrat party member shows the country why the Democrat Party is ill-suited to handle national security issues.

    We don't need any more Irans, new nuclear powers like N. Korea, or master terrorists like Osama Bin Laden running around because Democrats for the past 40 plus years have proven they cannot make the correct decisions when their administrations, and the country needed it most.

    Inaction, is never the correct modus operandi.

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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