March 14th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton wins backing of Pittsburgh mayor

 Ravenstahl is backing Clinton.

Ravenstahl is backing Clinton.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton will get the endorsement of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at a campaign event Friday, sources close to the campaign confirmed.

The senator from New York will also get the backing of Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the sources said.

Ravenstahl and Onorato are not superdelegates, but their endorsements add to Clinton's strong support among Democratic leaders in the state, where Clinton and Barack Obama will face their next contest on April 22.

Clinton also has the backing of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Mike Nutter, and the party's chairman in the state, T.J. Rooney.

Ravenstahl, 28, is the youngest mayor in Pittsburgh's history, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Roger, AR

    Thank you so much Ravenstahl, Onorato, Rendell, Nutter, and Rooney! I am excited with the hope of real change!

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Carl from Pa

    No matter what happens, at the end of the day, Barack Obama is still way ahead in delegates and popular vote so... this all seems rather moot to me.

    Nevertheless, I will still be voting for Obama come April 22 in hopes that he can finally seal the deal and we can move foward to take on McCain.

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Gabriel

    I think Hillary Clinton has Pennsylvania in the bag (so to speak), but let's face it – it won't be enough.

    What Hillary Clinton has to do now is win in a way that DOESN'T HURT HER PARTY. If she wins and she hurts her party – the way she seems to be doing now – she will lose in November, and then lose ALL the support base of her party. It will be over for the Clintos after the November elections.

    If the superdelegates sense a scorched-earth campaign, they'll abandon her, because they know their boats will not be lifted alongside hers. Take a cue from Nancy Pelosi: the superdelegates are not happy with her.

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Trev

    Good for them (and Hillary)! And the Obama supporter attacks start............

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Lets Get Ready for Change!

    Wow. She is building an allstar endorsement team. If she doesn't win this state by a landslide, it will be disappointing!!!!
    Obama.... continue to campaign and don't get lured into this one state being a must win!!! Campaign in all remaining states as PA is not the only state that counts!!!

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Brian

    Obama will win Pennsylvania. Mark my words.

    March 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. John

    Welcomed news.

    March 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Kenneth

    Good for Hillary. She needs all the help she can get.

    March 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Yeswecan

    Go, Hillary!

    March 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Becky in In.

    Wise men of vision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. CR

    I wonder if Hillary is going to tell him he's doesn't have enough experience to be mayor.

    March 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Deborah Calimese

    I am sad that Pennsylvania officials and the people of this fine state are not open enough to look deeper at both, Clinton, and Obama and make an informed and educated decision on character and worthiness. Maybe someone out there in that state will really want change.

    March 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. HP Boston

    Senator Clinton the only one qualified to be our president.

    March 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Ben

    We love our mayor!!!Thank you for thinking about the people of Pittsburgh!

    March 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. maya

    This is great news for Hillary.

    I do wish that all of the divisive comments btwn Hillary and Obama would stop. And that Pelosi would stop her one woman crusade against the so called "Dream Ticket" I wish that both sides would start coming together... I know, I know...In my dreams....

    March 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    Welcome aboard. Hillary will win Pennsylvania, and be the nominee in Denver and come November, be the President....The Superdelegates will have to look at all the wins, and dertermine who can win in November...

    March 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. bigben

    Obama is going get rolled!

    March 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Dave

    Since they are undeniably smart people who must realize they can’t win the Democratic nomination this year it’s becoming clear what Hillary and Bill Clintons strategy is. They intend to bash Obama to the point where he will be unelectable in the general thus giving the election and the White House to their friend, John McCain. McCain has already stated that he most likely won’t run for re-election in 2012 because of his age setting the stage for a 2nd Hillary run. She will enter the Democratic primary that year saying “see, I told you so, I tried to warn you that Obama was unelectable.”

    The Clintons understand that the typical voter has a poor memory so they are banking on the hope that everyone in the party will have forgotten her campaigns antics this year and the unfortunate consequence for Obama in the general election.

    It’s a sad day when a person, or in this case a couple, is so driven by cynicism and a thirst for power that they are willing to sacrifice the good of the Country for their own ambitions and glory. If McCain is elected and we face another four years of Bush style leadership from the White House, both in foreign relations and the economy, the results will be disastrous. The Clintons undoubtedly understand this and see it as an opportunity for Hillary to ride to the Country’s rescue on a white horse in 2012.

    March 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Anna, SW Missouri

    Well, if we follow Ferraro's line of thinking that the Black super delegates are backing Barack Obama just because he is Black, then it could be said that this white guy is backing Hillary because she is white!

    March 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. tomdavie

    You tell em boy. Its funny because some of what the preacher says is actually true. However, most of it is nonsense, and is inflamatory. Thats ok. The horror for Obama is that this guy has been his pastor for 20 years.

    He isnt some distant 'surrogate' . This guy married Barack and Michele Obama. He was his inspriation for his book. I dont know if Obama can live this one down too well.

    I think Obamas past is a lot more racially motivated than he has suggested as a campaign guy. He was very much slanted towards black issues in his public life in Illinois. While there is nothing wrong with it per se, it again hurts his credibility as he tries to be a compeletly different candidate when running for president.

    March 14, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. GO HILL!


    March 14, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Sam Taveras

    Probably inconsequential. Hillary will probably win Pennsylvania, but it won't mean anything in the delegate math. She is behind 130 at the moment, and at most will gain only single digit more delegates than Obama in Pennsylvania. All this firewall hub bub is just talk. CNN showed that even if Hillary wins the next remaining states 60 to 40 margin she still will not catch up to Obama. Keep in mind, Hillary hasn't won a state with that big of a margin....ever, or a least in a very long time.

    Looks like it is gonna be Obama 08'

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Dave

    All these Pennsylvania backers are the same as the Superdelegates that jumped on the Hillary bandwagon early in the Primary process. Why not give Obama a chance to campaign in your state before backing Hillary? It won't be long and they will see more and more of their constituents pick Obama.

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Jon, PA

    Awesome. So apparently the leaders of my state can be bought.

    This is not going to go well. HRC is going to win gov't support in PA, BHO will win the popular vote or HRC will by such a small margin that it won't matter. It's not going to stop anything. HRC will still be in the running and so will BHO. The party will divide more and more.

    It doesn't bode well for Democrats that WAY too many people (of both potential nominees' camps) are adamantly against the other candidate. If, for example, BHO wins the nomination and 25% of HRC supports refuse to vote for him (like they say they won't), that puts McCain in office. The same is true if HRC wins the nomination.

    People- wake up! I DO like one candidate vastly over the other, but is it really worth putting our country through a 100-year war (which we can't afford...) just because the person you wanted to win the nomination didn't get it?

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Timothy B. Robinson

    WAY TO GO, MAYOR RAVENSTAHL! As a 26 year-old Clinton supporter, it's refreshing to see someone from our age bracket that actually looks at issues instead of propaganda.

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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