March 24th, 2008
09:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Murtha debuts on campaign trail for Clinton

Murtha campaigned with Clinton in his home district in Pennsylvania.
Murtha campaigned with Clinton in his home district in Pennsylvania.

LATROBE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Rep. John Murtha's endorsement of Hillary Clinton on March 18 came at a welcome moment for the Democratic candidate: it was only her second endorsement from a superdelegate over the course of several weeks.

On Monday evening in his home district, the anti-war champion and 17-term congressman campaigned with Clinton for the first time and explained his presidential pick.

"Let me tell you something," Murtha said, taking the microphone from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. "I have served with seven presidents, and they all got gray hair except for Reagan. Anybody that’s been in the White House for eight years knows how tough it is, understands, has the experience that you need to be president of the United States."

Murtha said he is "convinced that we are in one of the worst situations that I have seen in the 35 years I have been in Congress," but argued that Clinton is “a person that understands the policy" who can restore "our credibility worldwide."

Rendell praised him for vocalizing his opposition to the Iraq war in 2005 and joked that "Jack Murtha is so important to Pennsylvania and has done so much for us that I almost considered having the historic commission put up one of those markers outside his house."

Clinton said she was honored to have Murtha's endorsement.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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  1. It is a 50 state plus Electoral Process - Unity & Mandate

    Rep. John Murtha is a great man. He just has the wrong candidate who needs to step down from the campaign trail. When people compare the GOP "winner-take-all" model to the Democratic proportional system, I'd much rather have the Dem system where, even if I am not in the majority, my vote can matter for the Convention. What people seem to forget is that each dedicated delegate also gets to help form the party platform. Once upon a time, that meant a lot more, but it still means a lot to some of us. We're not annointing a king or queen, we're getting the voices that reflect the sum of our party to the Convention, so each has a voice. At the end of this whole thing, it will be important for those Convention delegates, Murtha included, to unite around the Party's nominee. And, by any fair standard, that should already be Barak Obama.

    March 24, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. JOHN

    HEY JIM READ THIS. MORE VOTES, MORE DELEGATES, MORE STATES, ENDORCEMENT BY RICHARSON, SHE CAN'T CATCH BLACK BOY. NOW SAY IT JIM. PRESIDENT OBAMA. LOL.

    March 24, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Diane

    Hillary cannot claim any credit and experience from Bill Clinton’s presidency for being a first lady at White House.
    The first argument is she did not have an appropriate title and job description, federal government paid stubs to prove she was actually employed by the Clinton’s Administration. How can she claim anything other than being in proximity?
    The second argument is she did not directly involve in writing and negotiating the stipulations and terms of any treaty or accord, no matter it was Northern Ireland’s or Bosnia’s, etc.
    The third argument is the photo or video shown that she was hugging a little Bosnian girl for her precious photo op. She did not have any picture to show her under fire or posing by an Abraham Tank in the battlefield. So any indication of Bosnia was a dangerous place (“under snipped fire”) is a lie.

    By the same 1st token, McCain cannot take any credit for the troop surge in Iraq; he is not even in the command chain structure of US military. How can he claim any credit? A liar, too. How can Obama keep taking credit of “Opposing the war of Iraq” while he was not even in any position and proximity to do that?
    By the same 2nd token, the former President Jimmy Carter cannot claim any credit for the Camp David Peace Accord (Sep 17, 1978), and the final peace treaty between Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (March 26, 1979). He did not involve directly either in writing of the stipulations or negotiation of terms of the Accord and peace treaty. Jimmy Carter basically provided free accommodations and unlimited Latte using taxpayer money. He should be ashamed of claiming any credit for that. Bill Clinton also cannot claim any credit for the resolution of Croation war or the success of Northern Ireland peace treaty. He was not there nor his signature was on the treaty. If he claimed any credit, what “remaining credit” would be given to British Prime Minister Tony Blair?
    By the same 3rd token, Iraq and Afghanistan are no dangerous places for reporters, the President, the Senators, and the Generals. The proofs are videos of these people making lengthy speeches, analysis, unnecessary interviews and some casual jokes. No blown up suicide bombers on the video, no explosion of roadside IED on spot, not even scenes of demonstration. Everybody on the picture and video was smiling. So any reporters who claimed he/she went to Iraq in 2006- 2007 under the blaze or chaos of a Civil War is also lying because he/she stayed in the peaceful Green Zone. I remember seeing a video of president Bush wearing an Arab Traditional Costume dancing with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in January 2008. I guess he must be on a pleasant vacation trip.
    In the real world of business, it is a norm for the CEO, the VPs, the executives, the general manager, the product manager, the development manager, the engineering manager, the team leader down to the engineers who actually designed and made the product, all took credit for the success of a product within their domain. It does not matter whether these managers and executives actually contribute any exotic idea to the design, production and marketing of the product or not. They may just once in a while check and push the schedule, take a nap or remain silent during the meetings, or tell a joke. The successful product will be on all of their resumes.
    The role Hillary played was not an ordinary first lady role like Nancy Reagent, Barbara Bush, or Laura Bush. She had an active role and was very involved in every aspect of Bill Clinton’s policies, except she was not on the government payroll. When she represented Bill Clinton to travel to Bosnia (Kosovo), to Northern Ireland, to Palestinian to promote the idea of “a Palestinian State” in 1998, how can Obama’s advisor, the former aide of Clinton Administration, categorize them as if she was on leisure trips?
    The Obama’s accusation shows how lack of real world executive experiences Obama and his advisors are if they are not intentionally and maliciously deprived Hillary of her fair share of experience and merits for her non-ordinary first lady role during Bill Clinton’s years. Even more outrageous are: while they discredited her for any merit, they wanted her to bear the brunt of NAFTA, the genocide of Rwanda, the retreat from Somalia, the failure to kill Bin Laden, the divisiveness, and all negativities she took from the Neo Con and Conservative Republicans during that time. Now she had to take the shots from Obama’s camp within the Democratic Party. Only a true warrior bears the scars of injury.

    March 24, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. GDK

    I just know that this won't be posted...
    But in the case that I'm wrong, here it goes:

    WHY DOESN'T CNN GIVE THE DESERVED SPACE TO THE STORY THAT PROVES THAT HILLARY LIED ABOUT HER TRIP TO BOSNIA?

    ON THESE DAYS WE MUST CHECK THE DRUGE REPORT IN ORDER TO GET ACCURATE NEWS...

    March 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. Медведев

    Murtha? I'm sorry it took me about 10 minutes to stop laughing. If this is the best you've got you can go home now. Obama knows what he's doing, his people are holding the torch for freedom until he gets back from the islands. Hillary people, you started this war, now lay down your weapons and concede defeat so we can elect this man. Obama.

    March 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Jermaine

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS BELIEVE HILLARY SHOULD GET THE NOMINATION BASE ON HER TIME IN THE WHITE HOUSE OR FOR STANDING BY BILLS SIDE DURING BLUEDRESS AND CIGAR GATE. OR MAYBE IT'S HILLARY LIES ABOUT DODGING FROM BULLETS IN BOSNIA, MORE LIES. I WAS IN BOSNIA WHEN HILLARY CAME TO MANY LOCATIONS AND I WAS IN BOSNIA FROM DEC 95-NOV 96. THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WAS LAND MINE, THE COMEDIAN WAS RIGHT, HE DIDN'T HEAR ANY BULLETS OR MORTARS AND NOW THEIR THE VIDEO TO PROVE HILLARY LIED, SEE ANDERSON COOPER. THIS LADY JUST HAVE A MISSION ACCOMPLISH MOMENT, SHE IS SO OUT OF TOUCH. IN AMERICAN WE REWARD WINNERS, HILLARY IS LOOSEING PEOPLE AND THERE IS NO WAY OUT. AND FOR SOME TO SAY OBAMA SHOULD RUN IN 2016 IS AN INSULT, MAYBE HILLARY SHOULD HAVE RUN IN 2004 BUT SHE WAS CALCULATING AND BELIEVED SHE HAD THIS IS THE BAG. HILLARY USED FEAR, RACE AND RELIGION TO TRY TO CRIPPLE OBAMA, HOWEVER IF SHE ENGINEERED A WAY TO TAKE THE NOMINATION IN AUGUST SHE BETTER REMEBER SHE IS ON HER OWN, THE BLACK VOTES THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED WILL GO WITH AN THIRD PARTY RUN WITH OBAMA. HILLARY IS THE ONE WHO HAS PUT THE PARTY ON THE BRINK OF DESTRUCTION AND MAYBE OBAMA SHOULD BE THE GENTLEMAN AND LET HER HAVE IT, THEN START HIS OWN PROGRESSIVE LINCOLN PARTY, HE WILL WIN THE PRESIDENCY BECAUSE THE HUNGER WE FEEL IS DEEPER THAT HILLARY'S GREED!

    OBAMA-GORE 08 DEMOCRATS

    GORE-OBAMA 08 THIRD PARTY OPTION

    THERE IS NO PLACE FOR HILLARY!

    March 24, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. joe

    HC,

    "I will sooner vote MCCain over Obama." This guy is a republican. We will vote who gets the nomination.
    HC get a life

    March 24, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Orack Bobama

    Come on, Jimmy boy! If you want to endorse a candidate, you gotta get yourself a new false tan (like the formerly pasty white-latin Richardson did), and grow a goatee.

    These dems are really LOOKIN' GOOD!!!

    March 24, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Alice Fort Myers Fl USA

    Florida and Michigan voters – send an email to that idiot Howard HEEEEAHHHHHHHH RULES ARE RULES, BAD CHILDREN!!!!!!!! Dean at dnc.com and one to Thurman also if you're from Florida

    I did

    I will WRITE IN Hillary if that racist Obama gets the Democratic Party nod, and I don't even care if Hillary asks me not to

    I could NEVER vote for Obama/Hitler – Hitler was also a racist politician who gave a nice speech and thereby convinced all the sheep to vote for him in a democratic election

    A lot of major politicians also backed him..........as did the Church at the time........

    Goodness – history DOES repeat itself......

    March 24, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. Nancy Riley

    Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different,” Obama wrote.
    “His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words,
    his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order,
    martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”

    While working as a community organizer for a group of churches in Chicago, Obama
    was repeatedly asked to join Christian congregations, but begged off.

    Farrakhan compared Obama to the religion’s founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had
    a white mother and black father.

    March 24, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Gene in Texas

    Mr Murtha you sounds so ignorant and naive. How can you criticize Bush for war and still support a candidate that voted for it?..You 're such a hypocrispy and i loss every respect i have for you. You showed us the same politics in Washington DC-politicians never mean what they say....shameful...

    March 24, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. A&A

    venus...even his BO camp is beginning to realize that huge rallies do not help him connect with regular folks...so what is the point of the big rally comparisons...just shows your ignorance and blind fate in a no good liar

    March 24, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Abby, Northern California

    Hillary Clinton is too flawed to be electable. Hillary rather destroy the Democratic party for her own personal satisfaction. It is really sad to watch her disgrace herself in such a shameful way.

    March 24, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Anee

    While obama basks in the sun on vacation, enjoying his money, some change, with his old folks, kennedy, kerry, richardson, some change, yeah right.
    Clinton is out there working while OB the poor little rich guy lies in the sun. What a joke.
    OB should concede, his Rev. Wright did him in he is now unelectable!

    March 24, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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