March 18th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Murtha endorses Clinton

 Murtha endorsed Clinton Tuesday.
Murtha endorsed Clinton Tuesday.

(CNN) - Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha announced Tuesday he's backing Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

In a statement, Murtha said Clinton is "the candidate that will forge a consensus on health care, education, the economy, and the war in Iraq.

"I've known Senator Clinton for fifteen years," he said. "I know that she continually reaches out for opinions and ideas not just from our nation's leaders, but from all Americans."

Murtha’s announcement comes several weeks before the critical Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary. He is also the latest so-called Democratic “Super Delegate” to choose sides in the contest between Clinton and Barack Obama. According to CNN's latest estimate, Clinton leads Obama among super delegates by 30, though that margin is significantly less than it was before Super Tuesday.


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  1. v.a

    I DON^T MIND OBAMA DOING SOME DAMAGE CONTROL BY GIVING GOOD SPEECHES AND TWISTING THE FACTS.....

    BUT I AM AGAINST THE LEADING DEMOCRATS WHO WERE SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT TO OBAMA AND GIVING ENDORSEMENTS AND TELLING THE MEDIA THAT OBAMA IS A TRUE LEADER WITHOUT ACTUALLY KNOWING THIS PERSON...

    WHERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY????

    March 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Phil of Colorado

    Kiss of death after his turning his back on the military.

    March 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Jackie

    Oh I see. It's not just me.

    March 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. NEVEROBAMA

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

    ANOTHER ENDORSEMENT FOR A GREAT LADY!!

    TAKE US TO THE FINISH LINE HILLARY!!

    AMERICA LOVES YOU!!

    VOTE HILLARY
    VOTE HILLARY
    VOTE HILLARY

    March 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Ryan

    It is impossible for Clinton to catch up from a PURE MATH standpoint.

    She'd have to win every contest from here out by a 35%+ margin and even then she might not catch up.

    Impossible. Stop arguing. It's over.

    March 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Tom(Philadelphia)

    Wow! One question Murtha, "who voted for the war in Iraq that you so diligently opposed?"

    March 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. bimmer

    Way to Murtha for showing courage like Maya Angelou said in TV interview in response to why she is supporting Hillary over Obama.

    It is time to stop getting fooled by oratory learnt from a venomous pastor, saying one things in the capmapign and planning for the opposite when elected, false patriotism whn records show hatred for the country and the people.

    March 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Joseph

    GOOO HILLARY! This is GOOD STUFF!

    March 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Jacob

    No surprise here

    March 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. La Petite Sorciere

    Is this her brother they look and talk alike....... she will represent him, for sure, he is the status quo.......and that is what clinton stand for...
    privelige for the few and the ones who are chosen.

    March 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Yess

    It is my perspective that Superdelegates will be forthcomming in endorsing Senator Hillary Clinton now, due to Sen. Obama's affiliations with Rev Wright "His Mentor" and controvertial friends.

    March 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good for him, I guess he can't add.

    March 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. OH YEAH!

    Now that's an endorsement worth mentioning!!

    March 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. MCNEIL

    THANK YOU GREAT MOVE ...HILARY WILL MAKE A GREAT PRESIDENT...................

    March 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. GAE from Ohio

    Congratulations Senator Clinton and Thank You Rep. Murtha!!! Hillary deserves this endorsement!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Hillary , Go !!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. D.

    THank you, Rep. Murtha. Come on, Pennsylvania, lets vote for Senator Clinton!

    March 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Willy

    But of course. He'd look foolish endorsing someone else after all his anti-war, loosing whinning.

    March 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. William

    A good move - Murtha is an old pol with his old foot in his mouth ... just the kind of person HRC calls her base.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Di

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Eric Cimon

    I just wanted to comment briefly that after several weeks of equal footing and tone for Obama and Clinton, it seems that once again a shift is occuring in the favoritism towards Obama. For example, in the "New in the Ticker" column, Murtha endorses Clinton, CNN makes the following statement: "According to CNN's latest estimate, Clinton leads Obama among super delegates by 30, though that margin is significantly less than it was before Super Tuesday." It would have sufficed to end the sentence at "30". Instead, CNN adds a bit of editorial flair "significantly less than it was before Super Tuesday" to ensure that the reader somehow does not end up with the impression that Murtha´s endorsement is all that significant. The implication is that Clinton is trailing or will trail. It would be balanced journalism to allow the reader to decide for him or herself whether this was a significant change. This slight shift or negativity is one of a few examples over the last week in which CNN appears to tilt towards Obama. Could you be more cautious? This is not subtle journalist. Your readers can catch on to bias more easily than we are given credit. Many thanks, Eric Cimon

    March 18, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. nazirmo

    For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views?

    Then why did he lie to CNN when he was asked right after the story broke out ? He said he had never heard. Now in his speech today he admits to having heard remarks that could be considered controversial. ( See above )

    March 18, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. mary

    I just can believe it... very desapointing, How can you support someone who vote for the war without any judgement...shane on you

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. JAMES IN BAMA

    I DO BELIEVE THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY PEOPLE WHO WILL BE BEGINNING TO BACK HILLARY CLINTON IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS TO COME. AND AFTER A DECISIVE WIN IN PENNSYLVAINA MORE WILL BE GATHERING ON BOARD SOON. WE ARE ALL BEGINNING TO SEE WHO AND WHAT OBAMA IS AND ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING IN THE DIRECTION THEY SEE IS THE RIGHT ONE....CLINTON FOR PREZ! ITS JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHO THE CANIDATES SAY THEY ARE AND WHO THEY ARE REVEALED TO BE ITS IN SIMPLE VIEW THAT NIETHER OBAMA NOR MCCAIN ARE WHO WE WANT LEADING OUR NATION AHEAD. ALL OF THIS ABOUT BARRACK OBAMA COMMING OUT THIS WEEK, ALONG WITH HIS WIFE SAYING SHE HAS NEVER BEEN PROUD OF THIS COUNTRY UNTIL NOW, AND THE FACT THAT OBAMA'S WIFE AND CHILDREN WERE MEMEBERS OF THAT CHURCH AND HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS, BEING TAUGHT THOSE VIEWS. AND WITH THE NAFTA DEALS ALONG WITH THE SHADY AND CRIMNAL DEALINGS OF SOME OF OBAMA'S CLOSE FRIENDS ITS APPARENT HE IS NOT WHO ALOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS AND NOW THAT THEY SEE THAT THE ARE GONNA BE GOING FOR SOMEONE WHO REALLY HAS A SHOT AT BEATTING MCCAIN IN NOVEMBER. ITS ALL PLAIN ANS SIMPLE. WHILE I HAVE NOT BEEN A BIG FAN OF MURTHA'S BEFORE I APPLAUD HIM NOW! THANK YOU.

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Andrew

    HILL YEAH!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Becky in In.

    John Murtha is a man of vision with the courage to do the right thing!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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