March 31st, 2008
10:55 AM ET
7 years ago

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorses Obama

 Klobuchar is backing Obama.

Klobuchar is backing Obama.

(CNN) - Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Monday she's backing Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

"I am endorsing Barack Obama because he is a new kind of leader, he speaks with a different voice, he brings a new perspective and inspires a real excitement from the American people," Klobuchar said in a conference call with reporters. "He's able to dissolve the hard cynical edge that has dominated our politics under the Bush administration."

"Barack has inspired an enthusiasm and an idealism that we haven't seen in this country in a long time," she also said.

Klobuchar was elected to the Senate in 2006 - the first woman elected to the Senate from Minnesota.

"When I ran for the senate, I ran to bring change to Washington, not simply to become a woman senator. I am proud to be a woman in the Senate," Klobuchar also said. "My best friends are women in the Senate, but much like Senator Obama, I ran on a platform of change."

(Updates with comments from Klobuchar)

Related video: Watch Sen. Klobuchar discuss her endorsement with John King

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Kevin


    March 31, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Adam in Indy

    Obama is a Wimp!

    March 31, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Unity

    She's a smart lady.

    She was the head prosecutor in Minneapolis before winning her Senate seat by a wide margin in 2006.

    Prosecutors don't like people who lie.

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. John, NJ

    Thank You Senator Klobuchar!

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |


    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. BL

    She has more experience than he does...

    March 31, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. LaLa in KCMO

    Awesome! Thank you Sen. Klobuchar!

    Yes We Can. Si Se Puede.
    Obama 2008 and 2012

    March 31, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Princeton Guy

    They are starting to come out!!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. ps

    WOOHOO! Now let's get Obama to endorse Al Franken and we can get rid of Mayor Quimby (Norm Coleman) ...

    March 31, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Yikes, where on Earth did the story text go?

    Still, at least people are making DECISIONS!

    March 31, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. bdc

    people with experience LIKE Obama... guess they see something worthy in him with all that experience they've got.

    March 31, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. David


    March 31, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Shawna

    I just read that seven, count them seven congressperson in N.C. are getting ready to endorse Obama as a group. Looks like people are actually realizing the numbers are against Clinton.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Dave

    I think we should start a pool for when Obama takes the lead in superdelegates. I get dibs on ten-thirty a.m., May 7th.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. MNDem

    The first time I heard Obama speak was in 2006 in Rochester, MN at a rally for Amy Klobuchar and Tim Walz (H of R). There were 5,000 people jammed into the arena to hear him speak back then. It was even clear then that something special was happening.

    I know Hillary supporters are frustrated because it appears that Obama just came out of nowhere to steal the nomination away from her. But, good leaders are not annointed. They know how to moblize people and Obama has done that. I always find it interesting when people ask "what has he changed?" If you don't think that is campaign is totally different from all of the other campaigns run over the past 30 years, you have not been paying attention.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. John

    Thanks Senator Klobuchar! You're an inspiration to a new generation of voters!

    Si Se Puede!

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Issues Please.....

    Thank you Senator Klobuchar! You see real vision for American.

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Kim Johnson of Va.

    Yaeeeeeeeeey!!! You Hillary supporters are the worse you guys are so hateful.

    Obama 2008 and 2012

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Joelle, Racine, WI

    And this GREAT endorsement means just WHAT?

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. brenda

    Nobody is a "wimp". Lets respect both Clinton and Obama.Please.
    Obama '08!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Lynne

    Dave – sign me up for April 30, 6pm. =-)

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Blowing Raspberries, TX

    If she doesn't like people that lie, then why is she backing EITHER Hillary or Obama or ANY political figure at all?! THEY ALL LIE! IT IS IN THEIR NATURE! They all go fishing in the same pond.

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Tex

    Another endorsement, another super delegate in Obama column.

    Hillary's politics of negativity and divisiveness along Bill's and James Carville's uttering’s of racism and mean spiritedness are causing more uncommitted party leaders to endorse Obama who continues to take the high road as Hillary crawls in the gutter.

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Channell from Boston

    can we get a little backgroung on the senator? lol

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Amused, Las Vegas

    Why is there just a headline and no story?

    Could it be that they IS no story, and CNN just wants to put up another pro-Obama blog?

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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