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. Manuel TX

    Wooah.

    That was unexpected.

    Now it's time for the Obama crowd to start their bashing. :)

    March 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Mary Brooks

    Re:Hillary Clinton – John Murtha

    Even though I have held in high regard Sen. Murtha's courage to speak up on important issues in the past, I am thankful that he is taking an important step with backing Sen. Clinton. Keep up the good work!

    March 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Gerardo

    Another Democrat with ties to the establishment getting in line, too sad for him this endorsement will get little play in light of Obama’s speech today, but good try by the Clinton camp.

    March 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. BL-NYC

    John Murtha is a great and very wise man...

    March 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Independent Don

    That's a piece of welcome news for Clinton. I'm not sure if it changes much because Murtha himself has some mixed reviews. He's a strong anti-Iraq war critic but has liabilities with the Abscam scandal and "pork" (earmark scandals). He's also intensely anti-NAFTA.

    Somewhat of a controversial figure and can be polarizing.

    The big win for Clinton is his Pennsylvania roots and his superdelegate status. I am surprised this was announced so early before the primary.

    March 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Jazz

    Wonderful, wonderful. Thank you Rep Murtha for seeing the light.
    The democratic party is headed for a landslide LOSS in November with Obama heading the ticket. Reagen democrats who loss interest
    are tuning up the STOP Obama Express. How can you trust a man who would label his own grandmother a racist bigot and throw her under the bus to save his own hide?
    The inevitable backlash in November will destroy the party and cause the loss of the majority in congress. Is he worth it? You decide.
    VOTE HILLARY? HILLYES !!

    March 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Superdelegates for Clinton

    good for Clinton

    So what she loses all these delegates..She is going to win the nomination because of superdelegates because they are loyal to her

    You go Girl

    March 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Wayne

    Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. Does Murtha know that Hillary has been mathamatically eliminated and that prolonging this nomination process only hurts the Democratic party? Obama has a lead of 160 pledged delegates. Hillary gained 7 in her wins from Ohio and Texas and quickly lost that 7 delegate gain when Obama won in Wyomming and MS. So you see..she will never catch up she can only hope to spoil Obama's image for the general election. Murtha!! What are you doing???!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Jdona

    Good for you, sir! You are a bona fide, genuine American Hero, and I've nothing but respect for you. You were the first to really take on George Bush, and you took a lot of heat for that, but you were right. You are a man of courage, conviction, and intelligence!

    March 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Scott C

    Let me put this into perspective.

    Clinton has lost 15 out of the last 17 primaries.

    She has won 2 out of the last 17 primaries

    Obama has lost 2 out of the last 17 primaries.

    Obama has WON 15 out of the last 17 primaries.

    She won Ohio, she is probably going to win Pennsylvania, those victories combined are going to net her a total of probably 20 delegates... she needs 170+ to catch up to Obama.

    You can lie to yourself and say those numbers aren't hard to catch up with... but if you looked into how many delegates are left at stake, you would know that at this stage in the game it is near impossible for her to even come close.

    Stick a fork in her she is done... though nobody seems to have the heart to tell her.

    March 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Jack

    Yes! Thank you Congressman Murtha. Finally some good super delegate news.

    Hillary 2008!

    March 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. bill pike

    wow, with his background what a surprise. the cubs will win the world series this year.

    March 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Tom,des moines

    Thank you John Murtha for your support. Go Hillary!

    March 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. InspireThis

    Yea!

    Go Hillary. Even of you don't win the nom. I will still vote you as a write-in.

    March 18, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. AMK

    Pennsylvania = smartest citizens ever

    March 18, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. CHICANO ART, ARIZONA

    This the beginning of a super delegate momentum that will put Hillary over the top. I believe that people are starting to examine Obama's Judgement and his typical political nature. Obama's message is nice but in the last weeks more has been reveled about this Barrack H. Obama.
    GO CLINTONITES.

    March 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Sue

    Martin Luther King set non-violence as his credo. When violence erupted during the garbage collectors strike...he walked out. He was not going to remain and allow his presence to seem like approval.
    Mr. Obama, who likens himself to MLK, stayed in a church, where the pastor, preached hate, anger, and divisiveness.
    We are terrified of being accused of being a "racist" whenever we disagree with Senator Obama, or if we question his experience, knowledge, and understanding of the issues. However, when he supports an obvious racially biased pastor, and says we just don't understand. It is not as bad as it sounded.
    Then he might consider how he sounds like many of the segregationists who tried to justify their beliefs during in the past...
    Gov. Wallace for example.
    Sorry, I am tired of feeling "white" guilt over slavery, and other mistreatments. They are not my views, and when I am in the presence of anyone expounding racist views, I speak up, and walk out. Senator Obama owes no less when faced with reverse racism.
    I think his speed was a poorly veiled attempt to hoodwink us.
    Thank you John Murtha for sticking to your values.

    March 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Grif

    Thankyou!

    March 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Jacqueline

    I am happy to hear that John Murtha announced the endorsement for Senator Clinton. I just hope it continues. We Americans do not need Obama. He has lied one time too many. He created this fale preception.

    March 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Buddy, OR

    Its the smart move polictically. His state is most likely going to go in Sen. Clintons favor, just look at the demographic, why take a black eye for nothing. I think your gonna see a migration of Super D's going Clintons way. IFshe win PA she has proven to the country that she can deliver the neccessary votes to win the states ( CA, FL, TX, OH, NY, MI,) that Dems have to win to succeed come Nov.
    Barack has won more states, but the truth is that many of the states he has won, he or any Dem will simply not carrie come Nov. Does that make them irrelevant? No, but it is something that the Super D's must and will consider. And in the end given this unusually tight race, I see them putting forwar the most ELECTABLE canadate which is Hillary Clinton.

    March 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. NickSP

    Yeeehaaaawwww!!! The SD's are seeing the light! Thanks, Rep. Murtha – you made the right decision.

    March 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. Joyce in Florida

    This is absolutely fantastic!! I hope Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania. Senator Clinton, we are supporting you here in Florida. Don't give up. Will be watching the primary results of Pennsylvania with baited breath.

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Sameer

    Good for you Murtha, you see what other idiots don't see. Obama has brought so much misery to the memocratic party, I just wish he never joined the party.

    March 18, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. BJ in Idaho

    Look at the age of the man, he represents old style politics in Washington. Too old to want or support change!!

    March 18, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Joyce in Florida

    This is absolutely fantastic!! I hope Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania. Senator Clinton, we are supporting you here in Florida. Don't give up. Will be watching the primary results of Pennsylvania with baited breath.

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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