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. Tony

    I can't see myself voting for Hillary. She reminds me of the female bully in school who like to play tough but then wants to cry when folks stand up to her. It's either Barack or McCain. This woman is unstable and bi-polar. She lambasts others for the the same playbook plays she picks her audibles from. Can you imagine her telling other leaders "Shame on you, and then cry when the blast her back".

    February 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Joel Lacc

    This is really good!! More and more people are giving more credibility to Sen Obama! This means that people are really starting to believe in change!! GOBAMA 08

    February 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. JC

    Oh yes! This will make me vote Obama. Not!

    February 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. jp

    I heard that clinton is trying out yet another campaign slogan:
    I never would have voted for the war if I knew it was going to be so unpopular 6 years later.

    February 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Ben

    Clinton's strategist should be fired!! Americans aren't stupid..

    February 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. William O.

    She's behind in Texas, Obama is gaining in Ohio, and all the endorsements are going Obama's way. I wonder how Clinton will spin this one? Maybe she'll reference SNL or simply say she 'expected this to happen'. Just because you expect it to happen, doesn't mean it didn't happen.

    February 29, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Manuel TX

    If it goes that far, I would expect Hillary to carry West Virginia regardless.

    February 29, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. GJ

    Just a few more days and the end will start ... although she will fight to stay tooth and nail.

    February 29, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. zig

    That's right! 8 years at the WH is enough, it's time to let somebody else do the job too....

    February 29, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. andrew jones

    OBAMA IS THE MAN 4 THE WHITE HOUSE!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    February 29, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Eith

    Who could have said it better? The Chairman's choice of words speak his knowledge of the nation's needs. I am impressed with his exact needs of the nation, in his choice of words.

    February 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Phil

    TY.. Let more of them support Obama. Hillary will say and do anything to get elected. She is power hungry, divisive and secrative.

    February 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. norisha

    Hillary is done, she's goin on ego right now, she feels like she's being embarrased. She is.....lol

    February 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. ethan

    Obama wants to meet with all world leaders..even the enemy.iran,syria,..perhaps he will invite osama bin laden to the white house for a sleep over.how cute will that be.
    wake up america !!

    February 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. ross

    Yes, we can!

    February 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Rick in Boynton Beach

    Its a vast left wing conspirasy I tell you!

    February 29, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Dustin

    I guess he is just another "Obamabot" who is under a dilusional spell right? I am sure someone will question Jay Rockefeller's experience...because Sentate Intelligence Committee does not qualify you to make a smart choice right? Come on people..quit attacking the supporters and attack the candidate...if you don't like Obama, fine..but don't question my intelligence as a supporter......

    February 29, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Rachel

    Thanks Senator! Great endorsement and good timing!

    February 29, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Dee

    Is he another "superdelegate"?
    But – ya Rockfeller- known for his philanthropy- must have meant well for the country.

    February 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. David

    Thank you Sen. Rockefeller for your strong endorsement for Sen. Barack Obama. We hope the other undecided-delegates will now step forward now and join you in the supporting of Sen. Obama for the next President of the United States. Again, thank you so much.

    February 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Paul, San Diego

    Rockefeller may praise the chicago senator for his initial opposition to the Iraq war when he was not the US senator but the questions is: what has done to stop this war since he came to the US senate.

    Can you name one thing differently in the US senate that this anti-war senator from chicago than Iraq war supporters like Kerry, Dodd and Rockefeller?

    Three thousands of our brave men and women have died in Iraq since Obama came to US senate. This senator from Chicago has no record of bravery in his DNA to stop this Iraq.

    Please Weirdo-Bama supporters, you have plenty of other things to praise him on but not Iraq war.

    February 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. California Voter

    Now that is a face of change if I ever saw one . . .wake up America learn about the real Obama at Trinity United Church of Christ.

    February 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Pearl

    Senator Rockefeller, if you were considering hiring an individual for the prestigious position of President of the U.S., would you review the individuals experience as vital towards your decision or would you base your decision on the indviduals rhetoric and ability to arose emotional support?.

    February 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. MAC

    The endorsements that Senator Obama is receiving are impressive, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters are the people who vote. Obama supports (like me) better not get complacent.

    February 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. DWL in MA

    Go Obama!!! It's amazing how many endorsements Obama has been getting. Thanks to all the people who support the campaign!!! OBAMA 08!!

    February 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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