March 18th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
7 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. Slap Stick, Florida

    Well I want to see if the media will be fair and down play the fact that Barack is not expected to Win PA like they did with Hillary in Louissiana????????????

    March 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Ben

    He is right!

    March 18, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. nick

    Murtha I don't agree with your choice but I RESPECT you totally.
    Obama08

    March 18, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. For Obama

    ARE AMERICANS AWARE THAT HE SUPPORTED THE USE OF FORCE AND THE IRAQ QAR AND THAT HE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ???

    So it should make you Penssylvanians wonder why has this man decided to support Hillary--special favors, under the table wheels and deals!!!! WAKE UP PENNSYLVANIANS!!!!! DON'T FALL FOR HER TRICKS!!!!!

    Vote for Obama!

    March 18, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. simple thought ?

    EXSPERINCE, ITS WHAT IT WILL TAKE AND ITS WHAT NEEDED.

    she who laughs last , may get the last laugh?

    missouri

    March 18, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. SF KID

    Good for you John, it takes a lot of guts, no shame in supporting a losing battle.

    March 18, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Tom

    OLD John Murtha has backed the old lady Hillary in our pa campain. I would remind the old man last election he almost that year and backing her will be his last year in office because she like her old man billyboy had no tails in the election.

    March 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. For Obama

    under the table wheeling and dealing!!! Wake up Pennsylvannians.

    Ed Rendell is involved with the clintons in the trial that will be comeing up later this year where they took money from a felon...

    READ ABOUT HER DEALS WITH THESE POLITICIANS.... PENNSYLVANIANS DON'T BE FOOLED BY HER!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Ellie

    Blah....blah...blah.... are we surprised?

    March 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Henry

    alright.....BIG NAME MURTHA is endorsing Hillary. I will let u guess how many democrat delegates will follow Murtha's lead!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Jose

    YES! Another smart senator (Super Delegate) that chooses what is right for our country. We have to step back and really look at which of these both candidates will have the experience and drive to bring this country back to what it used to be and better.

    March 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Political Jonze

    This will really help Senator Clinton whenever Senator Obama starts harping on the war vote and his speech against it. Rep. Murtha gives her anti-war credentials.

    March 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. For Obama

    THIS MAN DOES NOT SUPPORT THE WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM IRAQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE DOES, SO SHE SAYS!!!!! SO WHY THIS SUPPORT?????

    SOMETHING SMELLS HERE!!!!!!!!!!

    don't fall for this people!

    March 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Thomas For Hillary

    GO HILL!!!, and she also picked up one in West Virginia also Pat Maroney.

    March 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Big John must owe some big favors to big Bill.

    March 18, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. many

    Shame on you!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Bennie

    What needs to be asked is how much did Rep. Jonh Murtha sell his soul for. It should not be about knowing her for 15 years , it should be what can you do for this country Sen. Clinton when you lost in the state where you are the Sen. This just shows it is not what you can do for the country but who you know and what you are going to get from the deal.

    March 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. Lilly

    As a woman, I can Almost feel sorry for Hillary But, naaaaaaa

    Hillary has lied too much to the American people. She's dishonest and untrustworthy.

    We really don't want any of her "Old Washington" experience.

    We need new ideas, a new way of getting things finally done.
    We need Obama !!

    March 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Neutral

    Good Choice Representative Murtha, I thought you'd fall for hype of racist senator from Illinois.

    March 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Don, Rochester, NY

    Another intelligent voice. Thank you, Rep. Murtha!

    March 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. ArizonaSon

    To all of the Mexican American Hillary Clinton supporters.

    HILLARY WILL THROW YOU UNDER THE BUS FIRST CHANCE SHE GETS.

    March 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Ronald

    I expect several more superdelegates from PA will endorse Clinton as well. Sadly, it won't change the outcome of the final contest where Barack Obama will be victorious.

    March 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Sally

    A man with common sense – perhaps all the "Obama Babes" are having serious second thoughts about him – he now admits he WAS in the congregation when his racist minister delivered the sermon, he now admits it was another $100,000 than originally declared from his crooked friend – what else is he lying about? Elect Hillary – she may not be perfect, but she's certainly not racist. Just take a look at where Bill is right now, digging for a better future for the poor in New Orleans.

    March 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. thematerialboynyc

    Yet another respected military voice supports Hillary. Not surprised. It's time for an ad with nothing but Murtha and all the former military officials supporting Hillary. Makes sense to me.

    March 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. For Obama

    Hvae you heard about the lawsuit the clintons are involved in??

    March 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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