(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."
There is no more controversey over his old pastor.. that should be done and finished with.
Great endorsement today, Casey. Thanks! We still might not take PA, but this gives us a boost.
Dont forget, "impressed by his knowledge and understanding of the issues"..
WHHOOO HOOOO!!! WELCOME ABOARD SENATOR!!!!!
STOP THE HATE, VOTE OBAMA 08!!!!!!!
Obama can not win because of Wright. Anybody believing otherwise is a fool.
This endorsement carries even less weight than the endorsement from Bill Richardson.
And as much as the Obama supporters would like to fantasize that Richardson's endorsement carries weight among Hispanic voters, the truth is that it does not.
Bill Richardson achieved zero traction among Hispanic voters during his presidential campaign...zip...nada. Que lastima Richardson.
GREAT!!! NOW PLEASE ACCOMPANY OBAMA ALL ALONG THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN PA, SO HE CAN GET AS MUCH SUPPORT AS POSSIBLE. THE TRAIN HAS LEFT THE STATION, HILLARY!!!
AMEN FOR THAT!!!!!!!
Obama isn't going to WIN Pennsylvania... but he doesn't HAVE to.
The ball is in Clinton's court, it is her job now to win by as much possible to overtake Obama's lead. He doesn't have to WIN Pennsylvania, he just has to take every vote he can away from Clinton.
This endorsement is going to help Obama take a few points back in his favor.
Again though, he doesn't need to WIN, he is already ahead by enough.
This is hardly a "key" endorsement. This guy is a first term senator. Richardson, Kennedy, etc...those are "key" endorsements. Nice try, CNN....
Definitely, the math is getting clearer everyday for Sen Clinton. If she doesn't drop out now it proves that she doens't care about the will of the american people and is ready to steal the presidency from them.
Just bow to the audience girl, the show is over.
Good for you Casey. Of Course because of Casey's contentious rivarly with the governor, I was sure he would back Obama. That may explain why Obama didnt press Casey initially for the endorsement. But at this point we accept endorsements from the superdelegates for any reason or motivating factor! The sooner the Obama supperters announce their backing, the sooner we can invite the Clintons to go on vacation, and get on with the real fight between Obama and McBush.
Casey is a looser and the people of PA. Know that. Now is the perfec time for Al Gore and Edwards to endorse Hillary Clinton for the best of our GREAT NATION.
CLINTON-EDWARDS 2008 !!!!!!!!
More to come.
Yet another great Amrican who understand what we need and who should we truly put in charge of this great country. God bless you Casey, you are the man! and for the rest of you superdelegates, what moves you? the fear of the rich and not getting favors? or the fear of the people and doing what is right for our great country and future generations?
thank you casey.
alot of decent democrats still are in the party.
because of billary,carville,geraldine,ed wendell and the other losersi was thinking of leaving the democratic party.
but knowing people like you still remain there has made me chnge my mind.
and if clinton steals the nomination thru back room politics,rather than vote republican,i'll just sit at home.
Has everyone gone nuts
does that pic make him look excited or what??
Welcome aboard Senator Casey, your support will aid us in our bid for the presidency. Obama '08
Thank you Mr. Casey. Thank you Mr. Richardson. (And you knew the
Clinton's like a book!!!!) I hope that Obama does "better than expected"
in Pennsylvania. He is a good man that tells the truth. Americans have
been lied to for so long, we crave the truth. We deserve the truth. We need to have a nominee ASAP.
Retired Professional White Woman of 63 for Obama/edwards 2008
FROM DAY 1. My vote has never faltered.
Bob Casey is one of the few leaders in PA who "get it". It is easy to see why he beat Rick Santorum handily (I personally was VERY glad to see Santorum go.) Bob clearly has the judgement. Who cares what Nut Job Nutter and Fat boy Rendell have to say?
The pressure on Clinton is mounting. She will have to quit soon.
Not a flattering picture....these 2 look like 2 gossiping, giggling school girls. Bet I know who they are talking about.
Thank you Casey for you excellent endorsement.
Lots of people say there aren't good endorser in pennslvania left for Obama, but those who choose wisely always chooses right.
The poll will change as the Democratic fron runner starts his campaign.
He is in town, the champ in pennsylvania!!!!!
Obama never started his campaign as the underdog bc the media loved him and was always going to insure that he got positive press even if he didnt win.
May God bless America. It needs him
Bob, this guy stayed in his church fro 20 years and today he is saying, he would have left... The truth is you have been had!!!
Go McCain, me andmy family will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee.