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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Murtha
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Flower

    Rep, Murtha I applauded you....I wish Icould say same thing to Pelosi.

    March 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Paul

    Barrack Obama is a great leader and it took much courage to make the speech he made today and not back down to the cynical people who thrive off hate.

    Remember, Martin Luther King was also mocked and attacked when he made great speeches. Those same people will now say he was a great leader.

    It's no surprise to see the hate filled cynics from the Hillary and Conservative camps so hurtful and attackful. Just more proof that their is still a great divide in our society with regards to race, gender, and religion while America stands for diversity.

    I can tell you I am not proud of this country when I read so many Americans and their hate speech on these blogs.

    March 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Angelo

    Hillary takes other people's opinions?

    If that is true then she must have the worst judgment ever since she took Bush's opinion on the Iraq war and agreed!!!

    Hillary took Bush's opinion on the Iran vote and agreed!!!

    If true, Hillary took someone's opinion and decided that it was ok not to plan after Feb 5th Super Tuesday since she would be crowned!!! So perhaps she will do the same as president and be ready on Day 1 but not on Day 5, 6, 7 ........

    Maybe she took someone's opinion in the controversial case with Peter Paul. That is, you took illegal contributions then decided not to report it either!!!

    Sorry, but from what I have heard she is too divisive . Also, she would do anything to win this race. Even CNN's Cafferty asked this exact question today!!!

    Either way, I believe it would be immoral to vote for someone who voted for the unwarranted Iraq war. Just thinking of all those who died!!!

    March 18, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Cheap Talk

    Talk about flip flop. This guy now puts Iraq behind all other issues. Wow. What a flop.

    March 18, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. kathy in ohio

    I hope America realizes this was a well writen speach.he prepared. Mr. Obama will not have the a 5 day period of time to respond to most issues at the white house. so to be fair why dont we have a town hall forum so all the news media can ask unsensored questions. remember how he handled the last news conference he couldnt run out of the room fast enough.

    March 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. melvin

    Sen. Clinton's super delegates. shows that she has strong ties to politics of Washington.

    March 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Gil - California

    Well there is a surprise, leave it to Murtha to pick wrong.

    March 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Black Republican in New York

    This is the retried general who couldn't shoot straight in his lead role for Democrats against the Iraq war.

    He ranted and raved like a mad man on the issue to the extent I thought his military standing would have made a huge difference in the Democratic-controlled Congress; a Congress that was taken over by the Democrats in 2006 to help end the war.

    Sadly for Murtha and Democrats, after two years, not only is the war still on and gaining favorable reviews by over half of America, the Democrats also voted FOR financing its continuation despite rhetorical threats of filibustering.

    More sadly for Murtha and Democrats, after two years, the much maligned George W. Bush – because of the Iraq war – is scoring better in approval ratings than the Democratic-controlled Congress by 35 to 24 percent.

    Murtha, Martha, murda, whatever!!!!

    March 18, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Anne

    If you are a voter who previously supported Barack Obama but have had a change of heart.... Write, call and email the Super delegates in your state! It is not too late to turn this race around.

    March 18, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Dianna

    Thank you Rep. Murtha, I have always respected you.

    March 18, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Tres

    Wow. An endorsement from a guy who looks like George Bush. That really helps the Democrats all around...

    March 18, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Patrick Duncan

    I know everyone is going to bring up Murtha's past, but Obama also sought the endorsement of Murtha. Obviousily he chose Clinton, but for all you Hillary bashers and Obama lovers, you would be hypocrits to think that Murtha's endorsement "goes to show how corrupt Clinton is" or "of course, one dirty politician backing another"

    March 18, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Vikki in Northern Illinois

    Seriously! Do these people actually believe Hillary or Bill will come through for them after the election is over with?

    March 18, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Patrick

    YAY for CLINTON!! PENNSYLVANIA IS CLINTON COUNTRY!!!

    Lets see the angry Obamans attack John MUrtha...lol

    March 18, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. BNS

    I'm glad. The Super Delegates need to do their duty and see to it that an electable nominee represents our party.

    Unfortunately, that is no longer Senator Obama.

    Clinton may have a lot of baggage, but she's been carrying it a long time. In the general election, Obama will cave in under the weight of the ton of bricks that has fallen on him.

    March 18, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. April

    Great, Hillary is going to make a great president.

    March 18, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. J C

    Sounds like he made the right move at the right time.

    Hillary continues showing her capability to win the big and swing states. Some republican are backing Obama, but will they choose Obama over McCain in the general? To believe it is to say I am 6-year old naive. If Democrats want to take back the White House, they should be smart enough to see that... time to wake up from the "Hoping" dream.

    Go Hillary!

    March 18, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. pennythoughts

    I hope Murtha and Clinton can get the message out that Hillary DOES reach out for ideas and consensus. Obama wants to claim that territory for his own, but it's simply not true.

    March 18, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. James BP

    "The candidate that will forge a consensus on health care, education, the economy, and the war in Iraq."

    Murth man, I think you just got on the wrong ship. The one you chose is set to sink.

    She tried healthcare under a hush-hush partisan strategy, DIDN'T WORK.

    She can't run her campaign very well, OBVIOUSLY.

    Iraq?!?!!? SHE VOTED TO INVADE IRAQ.

    March 18, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. peter kahara warui

    OBAMA NEVER MENTIONED ANY ATI-AMERICAN TOXIC MESSAGES FROM HIS PREACHER, REV WRIGHT. IT WAS ABOUT RACE AND HATRED FOR AMERICA.

    March 18, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. lynn

    DNC....we will write Hillary in on our ballots......you have rolled
    out the red carpet for a candidate you do not know.......
    You should be concerned about all the democatics voters.....

    McCain will not roll out the red carpet for Obama.......
    Rethink this Superdelegates

    March 18, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Larry from LA

    WOW WHAT A SHOCK THAT MURTHA SUPPORTS CLINTON. WHAT IS HE 100 YEARS OLD WHICH IS PART OF HER BASE. IF YOU OVER 55 YOU THINK TODAYS CLINTONS CAN BRING BACK THE 1990'S . NOT A CHANCE BECAUSE IT IS A DIFFERENT WORLD TODAY. THE CLINTONS HAD THEIR TIME.

    March 18, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. Robert Price

    Go Obama!
    Obama supports healthcare and has efficient
    proof to back it up.
    GO OBAMA!
    GO OBAMA!

    March 18, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. AJ

    YEAH!!

    March 18, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. jenny from Idaho

    I clicked on this because I thought it said "Mothra endorses Clinton".....What a let down.....

    March 18, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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