March 18th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. rico

    The tide is turning.
    Politicians are seeing past the fluff and realize that a better match against McCain would be Hilary.

    March 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Rohit

    C'mon Murtha. I liked you. I thought you had sound judgement. You shouldn't have done this. "Experienced" people like you, McSame, Bush, Cheney and Billy boy are the reason we take one step forward and 2 steps backwards (did you notice how I did not mention Hillary as experienced?) – 1 stone, 2 birds.

    March 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Could this election be any more about old vs young? Obama and his supporters are trying to throw out the old guard, that has basically blown everything the past twenty years. The old guard and old way of doing politics is doing everything it can to hang in there.

    Young people, keep working at it, Obama is going to win!

    March 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Thanks from a dedicated democrat and American for Hillary. John Murtha is a solid leader in the democratic party and extremely knowledgeable about Iraq and the military. Now, maybe more super delegates will choose Hillary Clinton for President.

    March 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Ed

    Go Hillary Its good to see that we are not all taken in by a lot of fancy talk.

    March 18, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Francis

    He is bogus in his presidential posturing by going there.
    If he is elected, USA will have at least four more of the same.

    March 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Jack - Miami

    That is terrific! He is endorsing a woman that should not be a role model for all women and cannot even manage her own marriage. How many other women, including Hillary supporters, would stay with a man that cheats on her publicly at least three times (ex: Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky)??? Yet they are all looking up to this woman.

    In addition – ask yourself "why does she stay with him?" Is it love? Is it for the power? Is it for her ambition? If it is for the last two – she will do and endure anything to be president. That is disgusting and she is no better than "Kristen" but at least Kristen is open about her business.

    Glad that Murtha and the Hillary supporters have chosen such a great, upstanding candidate with such great leadership skills.

    McCain in 08.

    March 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Ev-VA

    Ok., Murtha endorses Hillary who in the world is Murtha?

    March 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Marie

    How much did you get for this endorsement from both clinton..Shame on you sir, you just lost my respect...

    March 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. ACitizen

    Another well earned and well deserved endorsement for Senator Clinton. Popular votes matter and delegates matter... way to go Rep. Murtha.

    March 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. G in CT

    As a Republican, I really have embraced Clinton as of this last week. Her experience speaks for itself. She keeps her nose to the grindstone. She's realistic about gradually raising taxes to pay for this war and sure we get someone who knows about the politcial grind that Washington puts you through.
    Obama, who is running on his judgement, has just blown his only argument for his candidacy. He has shown poor judgement on his Pastor. He has nothing else to go on. Sure he gets the college kids, who's parents still support them, to faint at his hollywood-type appearances.
    If Hillary or McCain used the word "white" everywhere Obama says "black".....they would be deemed as bigots. Obama is angry because of the history of the United States and is continuing to keeping our black and white polulations separate by standing by someone who hates America. He likes rubbing our history in our face. Let's all get into the 21st century. All poor American's are in the same, small, lifeboat...,while all rich American's (1%) are in the Yacht. Oh, and there are black, rich American's in the Yacht as well.

    March 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Terry

    Is this a suprise for anyone ? I'm sorry but it just does not surprise me about Murtha, I expect most whites in Penn!

    March 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. kelly in Utah


    March 18, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. John

    Yeah yeah ...go ahead and choose a side before you know the will of your constituents. Brilliant! Our state senators did the same thing before 2/3 of the voters chose the opposite of what they did. Now try to guess who's going to get voted out of office in the next state election. "Democracy"? Maybe the superdelegates need a refresher course.

    March 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. ch

    This is huge for Hillary – Rep. Murtha is highly respected.

    March 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Susan R

    I see he is not really serious about his anti-war stand!
    How can you support someone who is directly responsible for the war starting???
    What a hypocrite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Has Clinton really shown that she is the candidate who will be able to forge a consensus. Her polarizing campaign seems to have proven quite the opposite.

    Another Dinosaur Democrat for Hillary. Not surprising.

    March 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Chris-Seattle

    You've known her for 15 years, huh! I guess you might be aware of some of the scandolous deceptions she and her husband have been and are part of and some still a mystery to many inquiring minds that want to know! You probably based that decision on Rev. Wright didn't you, America is full of idiots!

    March 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Amy in Iowa

    The past versus the future. Murtha and Clinton are the past.

    March 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Scott C

    Obama seeks to energize the people.

    Clinton seeks to get votes by courting the leadership.

    It shows the major contrast between the candidates.

    While Obama goes directly to the people to energize people to his campaign and get them to want chance and to better our country, Clinton goes to the leadership and hopes that they will get her the votes she needs.

    Obama is a man of the people, Clinton is a woman of the establishment..

    i can't wait until this is over and Obama gets the nomination, and after the way Clinton is handling herself in this leg of the campaign her political career past the U.S. Senate is finished.

    Obama is in the lead, even if Florida and Michigan were seated as is, Obama would still have over 120 more delegates than her, if she wins Pennsylvania he will still have more delegates than her.

    If she won every single last state remaining by 20 points (Double her Ohio win) she would pull into the lead by 8 delegates.

    If she does that well (20 point lead) in every state but TIES is North Carolina (a state Obama is surely going to win) she will be behind by 80 delegates.

    Unless she finds a way to steal this election she is surely going to lose.

    Popular vote can't be the measure we use to count. The vote is a representation of the whole state, and each state is given a certain amount of delegates for a reason. For instance is RI has more people turn out to vote than MA, RI still has the same amount of Delegates.

    Our system to determine a winner is delegate count, a fact that the Clinton campaign is on RECORD saying up until they dropped into second place.

    Obama will surely win this nomination... I am not even sure that Clinton won't drop out after Obama gained more delegates in Iowa and Florida is history.

    March 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Chuck in Oregon

    Figures, "Man of OLD Politics" endorsing "Woman of OLD Politics".
    It amazes me, why is it that some people fear change, and new ways.
    It is no different than removing old worn out clothing from your closet and replacing it with something newer and brighter.

    March 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. many

    I think you are getting too old sir. I don't see the point, everything you say in your comment are the contrary of what clinton is capable to do. What's wrong with you???????? Yes sorry I just say it above,,,,

    March 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Thinker

    That was expected; same politics as usual.

    March 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Bob, Lyons Oregon

    Well, that is typical, he is an old establishment politician as is Clinton. They stick together like glue.

    March 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. willis

    i hope hillary wins. obama go back to where you came from!

    March 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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