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. lawrence opeseitan

    I would suggest that Obama allows Hillary to contest for the Democrat this time arround and after her tenure Obama can contest. By then he would have got the needed experience to be president. I dont blame Hillary for initially supporting the Irac invasion because at that time with the information on ground any body could So Hillary was not to be blamed for initially supporting the war.
    Hillary has what it takes to be the next US president.

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Jim in NYC

    Let's see... "Clinton's strong support among Democrat leaders..." Is it not clear yet that the people who are supporting Obama are doing so because they are trying to move away from the established either party that are running DC?! The point is that people are finished with those, like Clinton, who are obsessed with power, to the point that they will distort their political records in attempt to get a vote (i.e. Ireland, Kosovo etc.). I'm surprised she hasn't taken credit for bringing down the Berlin Wall. She is a sad commentary on what power does to people.

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Jason

    Pennsylavania is seeming more and more like a slam dunk for Clinton.

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


    March 14, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Independent

    I'll wait and see how this Mayor swings between the two candidates and, perhaps, is gone with Clintons like all other Clinton backers. People will tell. Time will tell.

    March 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. EBC

    Wow.. like this is soooooo surprising huh? When you take into consideration that both the Governor and Mayor have been supporting Clinton all along.

    Gee.. did CNN figure this out all by their little selves? I'd hate to think of CNN as thinking "outside" the box rather than staying in the box.

    March 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Doesn't really matter how many endorsements she gets – what really matters is how many VOTES she gets in the primary.

    And Barack Obama is winning so far.....

    March 14, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Francis

    This is great news. Hillary's support in PA is growing and it seems PA will give her candidacy the push she needed to convince the Super Delegates that she is the best candidates the Dems could put forward.
    The whole idea of nominating Obama is madness when you consider that he cannot even rally the true Dem base . Further it would be the best way to give McCain the nomination.
    We need Hillary !! Only she can take the country back in the right direction. Obama will be the same failure and disaster as Bush has proven to be....

    March 14, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Alexandra

    So what?
    We expected it anyway!
    Even if she wins pensylvannia she still won't catch Obama in the delegate count.
    Obama '08

    March 14, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Khannenje

    Now that Clinton has the backing on PA's most important political figures and the racial debate in the meantime is playing in her conservative base voters' fears, she should do extremely well. However, although the odds of Obama winning the state are relatively slim, he can still cut into her lead in the state to single digits. To completely erase her lead without independents and "Obamacans" who are not allowed to vote in the PA primary will however not be easy. The strategy for Obama should be to launch and aggressive voter registration campaign targeting "undecided voters" and try to keep the race debate out as he is the one to lose in such instances. Overall however, It is Clintons race to lose even though it will not fundamentally alter the the mathematical balance of the race nationally.

    March 14, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. ...

    Pennsylvania for Hillary!

    March 14, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Susan

    Good news for Hillary. Why doesn't CNN allow comments about the article on Obama's minister? Afraid of what might come? Afraid that it's ok for him to say that stuff but not ok for Ferrarro? HHMM.

    March 14, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Ryan, New York, NY

    How can Hillary accept an endorsement of someone who's so "inexperienced?" Or what she really means to say about Obama...young.

    March 14, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. bernice

    Obama's campaign has been driven from the bottom up not from the top down.

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


    March 14, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Nomination for Obama

    Out with the old and in with the new

    Obama '08

    we need Change not the same people in government

    Change we can believe in

    March 14, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Annamica, OH

    Way to go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pennsylvania show 'em what you got.


    your neighbor

    March 14, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Honesty, integrity and professionalism!

    Isn't it amazing how hard Clinton has to fight against a man, whose name we only got to know a few months ago. With all the negative tactics, dirty politics, the kitchen sink, Bill & Chelsea Clinton, the Clinon name and all the support and endorsements. Obama has been able to give her a run for her money!!! He must be awesome! he must be great! he must be amaizng, to be able to not only catch up to Hillary, but be the front runner. People, it takes magic, it takes amazing power to be able to get wher Barack Obama has gotten in this short peiod of tim. He must be doing something right! Support him, hius change and his new Washington that he would like o present to our country and the world. He has every reason to hold to his promises, he has the personality, the courage, the judgement to make it happen. We need him in the ocming years to be the leader of our free world, and more than ever, we need him as PRESIDENT! Vote Obama! The Clintons are old school Washington. it's all about winning, monet, and most of all POWER! Hillary is fighting with very fiber of her being, because she doesn't believe a Clinton should lose to anyone. We have watched her behavior switch from time to time. She has acted like a 6th grader on many occasions when she felt like she was slipping in the polls. She did anything and everything she could, including rumors about Obama, releasing pictures that would stir people's emotions and make them pull away, she played on people's fears and released a commercial just before the primaries in TX & OH and she has had Bill and Chelsea campaigning their but– off. All for the American people? I think not! She is about Hillary and she will do whatever it takes, including playing the race card and then kissing but– to get thm back. Meanwhile, she accomplished what she wanted and that was to plant the seed in every white mind, that she (the white woman) would be a btter choice. Shame on you Hillary! shame on you! I am a 49 yr old white woman who is gladly and respectfully voting for the right person who will bring us out of this rut we are in. We have had enough washington politicians, we need some new blood. Someone who does not play dirty politics like Hillary.

    March 14, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Tim, MN

    He is young, highly educated, male, high income...supporting Hillary Clinton! Oops, what happen to Obama's coalition? I thought he fit the mold for an Obama's supporter?

    HILLARY 08!!!

    March 14, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. C. Sharp

    . . .Pennsylvania has had enough of the Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush,
    era wrought with scandals and poor economy. Its time for a change of the
    same old dominance of two families of our country. Clinton will bring more of the same. The divisive and dishonest tactics of Clinton are
    only a sign of whats to come for our country. And it will not be for the better.

    March 14, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. g.r.pavan

    Since when should any american take responsibility for the their minister, rabbi, or any clergys words . Obama should not be linked to his ministers' absurd rhetoric and racist commentaries. The media is perpetuating this nonsense by airing this rediculous pimp talking minister. He is speaking to a congregation wrapped up into his indoctrinating slander, most americans have better sense and judgement and realized you cannot fall into this trap. He speaks for himself and if his congregation is following this man, they are just plain stupid. Obama is far ahead of that, intelllectually, spiritually, and politically.

    March 14, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Carol McGuigan

    Wonderful! I'm very pleased that the media is now starting to broadcast positive information about Clinton. As Obama has been their "Golden Boy" throughout this contest.

    There is so much to know and understand about Obama- and REALLY, what he believes and stands for. We must become smart voters and take a deep look at reality.

    March 14, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Foxhole Athsiest

    geraldine Ferraro looks like the old guy from "Into the Wild". Just thought that was as relevant as some of these news items.

    March 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. AJ

    I suppose Obama and his disgusting suporters will figue out a way to make this racist. Clinton supporters will hopefully vote republican if Obama wins the nomination. I will do what it takes to keep Obama out of the White House.

    March 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. marihi

    about the word n that obama minister used why was dog chapman so put down for it bye the coloured people when the coloured people use it in church two different sides to every story isnt their as far as obama not letting on he is still going to that church see what they say out of the side of their mounths to get what they want dont worry both will wondering what happened when mccainn gets to be president then they can call each other names till the cows come home

    March 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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