(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama kicked off a multi-day bus tour in Pennsylvania Friday with a key endorsement and lingering controversy over his former pastor's racially sensitive comments.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey announced his support of Obama's White House bid on Friday at an event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's an endorsement that could give the Illinois senator a boost in the crucial primary state that votes April 22.
"He started this campaign as an underdog, but he knows what it's like to be a fighter," Casey said. "I've been impressed by so much watching this campaign ... impressed by his compassion, his strength, his ideas and I think especially ... under fire."
Casey told the crowd that he called Sen. Hillary Clinton on Thursday night to inform her of the decision. "She was gracious ... and we know that she's a great senator, she's a great leader," Casey added.
Obama accepted Casey's endorsement, saying "Bob is such gracious person. I did not press him on this endorsement. There are others I press," he said.
He said Casey's endorsement "meant more to me as any endorsement I've received on the trail because I knew it was coming from the heart."
For every door closed the Lord opens up a new one. Thank you Senator Casey, Obama is the man we need for President and real change!!
I applaud Senator Casey's fortitude, fine wisdom and good judgement. He is a person who also believes in the politics of opportunity for the many and not just for the few...
I honestly think I would have been a better politician than any of the three left! I am going to vote for Obama, but to me, he put his foot in his mouth when he said Bob's endorsement meant more to him than all the rest, because it
came from the heart. Where did the rest come from?
One thing though, every one of the other candidates have also put their
feet in their mouths.
I think I will run for president in 2012. By then, I will only be 84 years old
Way to go Senator Casey.
Those in the Clinton campaign who believe his endorement means nothing you would not be saying that if Clinton had picked up his endorsement so lets get real honest.
Isn't that pretty much the ONLY key endorsement he got in PENN??? HILLARY GOT THE REST.....
Good call Bob Casey for you excellent endorsement.But why?is the news meadia and CNN stop with Hillary lied about Nafta and Bosnia and still on Obama about rev.Right.REV.RIGHT is not runing for the presidentcy,Unjust want prosper.Run OBAMA RUN, YOU ARE THE ONE FOR REAL CHANGE.
His endorsement is the only one from the heart? What do the others want in return then? I wonder how the others feel about being left out?
At least Senator Clinton was talking about the economy today. Someone is....
That picture makes it look like Bob Casey is tickling Obama or somethin...funny, but kinda disturbing!
Could we get that picture changed?
On a side note though, great endorsement for Barack. It's very cool to see the rising momentum swinging in his favor. The general American population who already voted has shown it, and now some key Superdelegates and other Senators around the States are letting it known that come that June – they'll be voting for Barack Obama.
Well Obama will get 90% of the black vote in Pa! Thats all wright!
He can get delegates with that!
Yes, Sharon, Hillary got John Murtha. Murtha is excited because the Clintons are the only members of the party more corrupt than he is.
CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA. Thank you senator Casey for seeing the light and making the right decisions. I am a devout catholic and with or without the endorsment I would vote for OBAMA and never Hillary. OBAMA IS THE MAN. WE ARE...FOR BARACK OBAMA.
SENATOR OBAMA, PLEASE COME TO THE LEHIGH VALLEY AREA SO I CAN SEE YOU. UNIVERISTY PARK IS 3 HOURS FROM WHERE I LIVE
Another sucker wrapped up in O.B.'S fantasy world.I wonder how much O.B. is paying all of these deligates,or promising them. It still dont give you qualifications and know how ,to become a Leader of our country. CNN only puts good issues on O.B. to comment on. HRC they put dirty issues ,so you haters can trash her more. This is the worst Presidential race I have ever seen. Its one sided and bias against HRC. What comes around goes around. Dont put your cart before the horse O.B. supporters.Only the strong survive.That is HRC.She fights for what she believes in. O.B. is in this race to make history. There is a difference with O.B. than HRC. O.B. is a con and HRC is a problem solver. Time will tell .
YES WE WILL!!!
HILLARY- DO NOT DROP OUT! THE DEMOCRATIVE WAY IS FOR ALL VOTES TO COUNT. GO HILLARY! (2008)
Independent voter will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee.
Renzco, Nafta, Wright.....who knows whats next is this guys closet.
Just say NO to sheisty politicians!
Obama is the real deal, period.
No big deal, just another senator. California will vote for McCain if Obama becomes the D/nominee. That's the talk of the town around the Latino communities.