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. Michiel W

    Thank you Rep. Murtha! I am glad to see that common sense has not completely deserted the Democratic party. After the revelations of the last few days, I do not believe any one other than Hillary Clinton will be able to win in November. We can not, as a nation, afford another 4 years of the same type of leadership we have had for the last 7. I believe Hillary Clinton to be the best person for the job. She is also the one who will be able to defeat Senator McCain.

    March 18, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. soberone

    And I thought he was smarter than that

    March 18, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Brian

    We all know he will vote for his fellow white guy this November.

    McCain '08

    March 18, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Ray

    I'm neither an outspoken supporter of Barack nor Hillary but it seems CNN is getting a bit partial here. Barack has received an awful lot of endorsements this last period and nearly all stayed totally unmentioned (most remarkable was to my opinion sen. Jay Rockefeller) and Hillary gets after a very very long draught finally one more and its big news??? Please report on all important ones... and just as important to me please keep track again on the superdelegate "who supports who" webpage which hasn't been updated since February 26.

    March 18, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Proud white woman of 63 for obamaman

    I used to like Murtha. Not anymore. He made the wrong choice.

    OBama 2008 or NO ONE

    March 18, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Martin

    So.. the most crooked Congressmen endorses Clinton. Figures.

    March 18, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. James in Harrisburg

    EXCELLENT!!! I am so very happy to hear this and it is a BIG endorsement for Hillary Clinton who rightly deserves it.

    John Murtha has been an excellent spokesperson against the war and against Bush. But he has chosen Senator Clinton over Senator Obama because he realizes EXPERIENCE matters.

    That good Judgement is important, but Senator Clinton has shown us that her judgement in handling complex issues and crisis is sound.

    I am anxious to cast my vote for Senator Clinton for President.

    March 18, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Steven

    Good choice Murtha

    March 18, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Tom

    Everyone who values experience and knowledge in a candidate endorses Clinton.

    March 18, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. DEM

    As the terror in Rwanda had unfolded, Clinton had shown virtually no interest in stopping the genocide, and his Administration had stood by as the death toll rose into the hundreds of thousands.

    But now there pro Africa

    Go Hillary

    It was so easy to find the Clinton misgivens but he Media Rating Game is focus on OBAMA

    For get a bout the Clinton and Enron or Paul V Clinton as long as the Clinton is not Cheating on Hillary again

    it not a rating grabber

    March 18, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Rich

    Kudos to Congressman Murtha. Senator Clinton is clearly the better candidate on the economy, health care, and Iraq. On Iraq, there is no Democrat more respected than Murtha. I'm glad he didn't base his endorsement on one speech given six years ago.

    March 18, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Peggy B

    Not counting Florida and Michigan's vote is so unfair. Their primaries were more accurate than the caucuses. Our military men and women can't have their voices heard in a caucus unless they are on leave and that is sad.

    March 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Sophie

    Dang, I thought Murtha wasn't a sell out. I guess I was wrong about him.

    March 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. SharonR

    Thank you Rep. Murtha

    March 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Helen

    Very Good – Superdelegates need to stand firm on the person who can best lead the Country – that person is Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton!

    March 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. outsider

    On wonder he lost last time. He is on wrong side of the hitory.

    March 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Susan, State College, PA

    Wow, John Murtha, I am sorry to hear you made this choice. I expected more from you.

    March 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. carla

    Way to go Murtha!

    March 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. LM

    another, fat politician supporting the clinton evil empire

    March 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Matt


    March 18, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. uchujin


    March 18, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Dave Smith

    Smart Choice John Murtha!
    Hillary 08

    March 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. fair tax in la.


    March 18, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. DEM

    Senator Murtha maybe you can tell us why, Senator Clinton and her campaign team conspired to defraud the U.S. Senate and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by failing to report the true cost of a $2 million Hollywood campaign fundraising event in August 2000. David Rosen, Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Director, recently stood trial for his role in the campaign finance scheme, facing charges he caused false campaign finance reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. Federal prosecutors, in an effort to keep Hillary and Bill Clinton out of the trial, presented a watered down case and Rosen was eventually acquitted. Still, there is a mountain of evidence implicating Rosen and both Clintons, and this evidence can be found in the following complaint filed by Judicial Watch with the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Ethics.

    March 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. rw in ct

    The Ides of March has come......

    March 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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