March 31st, 2008
10:55 AM ET
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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

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Sham

    The 28% of Clinton supporters that would vote for Mccain in November if Obama gets the nominee are not racist, as the media portrays them. However, they are IGNORANT 🙂

    Clinton supporters keep trying to incriminate Obama, he has lied about or done in the past does not amount to the horrific things that Cruella devHILL has done! LOL! Lets look at the encyclopedia of scandals, lies, and conspiracies that surround Hillary and let us see you all try to argue.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    March 31, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. biged55

    the Hillary people who say they will go to McCain won't make up for all of the republicans I know who really will vote for Obama in November. Get used to it.
    President Obama

    March 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Doc

    How can you cite a football player for lashing out at his opponent only after getting "clipped" 4 or 5 times in the game. Not to mention the opponent's coach while making a statement at half time said "don't be a football player if you can't handle being tackled or clipped a few times".

    Message To Bill: Clipping is an illegal move in football, but i'm sure you know that already.

    March 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Tim

    I wonder where Hillary will position the goal post this time?

    Hey Clinton fans, that sniper fire story just hurts doesn't it. She lied about a lie.(I am tired so I misspoke, bla bla bla) Those were prepared remarks used on 2 previous occasions. All the women turning a blind eye to the lying of Hillary makes you really wonder about the character of those women.

    March 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. enough said

    Who would win if Fl and Mi had their votes counted.

    Lets not pretend that Obama is ahead.

    March 31, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Des,Toronto

    Against all odds every little bit helps. One thing seems to slip the electorate though, while Obama is blamed for his pastor's words, other pastors says the same pastor should not be judged by a 30 second soundbite. So it's ok for Clinton's supporters to say she will absolutely win pennsylvania,because of the blue collar male white vote, white women old and young vote,identity or racist politics? which one. Did anyone notice that this type of voting really intensified during Texas and Ohio, so who's really playing the race card. Ask Carville and Rendell why Obama suddenly stopped making inroads with these groups....actually ask the racist Rush Limbaugh!!

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. jane atl

    Hillary should go pay her bills. She is a lies a lot. How can we trust her again. she needs to drop out of the race. I can never trust her to be in the white house. She needs to release her tax return.

    March 31, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Ex Obama Supporter

    Since the DNC punished the voters in Florida and disenfranchised us here, in November we will pay back by delivering McCain to the Whitehouse. I voted for Obama he did not want our votes and I think is only logical to give it to someone that appreciates it.

    March 31, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Julie

    So this woman thinks the only thing Hillary has to offer is being a woman, her years of experience in politics don't count? Whatever.

    March 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. democrat no matter who is nom.

    Alot of Hillary supporters are saying amy who? But honestly who knows all 100 senators, she is also the junior senator of minnestoa so I doubt anyone outside of the state knows her. Democrats need to stop this competition between ourselves, its not a choice of Clinton or Obama, its democrat or republican. We are democrats let's act like it.

    Hillary 08!
    Obama 08!
    Democrats 08!

    March 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Let's Come Together

    Dems are so lucky this year to have 2 fantastic candidates – each in their own way has inspired the party and brought new voters into this race. Let's not lose the big picture – no matter who wins the nomination, they will be better than 100 more years in Iraq, losing a woman's right to choose, continuing to damage our environment, doing nothing to decrease our oil dependency, doing nothig to bring better health care and education to our people – I know things are heated right now and each side's supporters are throwing a lot of rhetoric around, but please swallow your ego and pride in November and do the right thing for this country.

    March 31, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. jane atl

    Hillary is very hateful.

    March 31, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Debby

    Who cares if Obama gets in the Dumbocrates are going to lose the election anyway. Clinton supporters won't vote blue.

    March 31, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Robert

    As a lifelong democrat, it is sad to see what our party has evolved into. Under Mr. Deans leadership we have become no better than the RNC. The party is full of leaders who are full of themselves and care only about what they can get in order to advance their political careers. Obama can't win in November and won't so I'll be writing in HRC. And to those Supers who have endorsed prior to it being your turn to voice your opinion, you won't have my vote either.

    March 31, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Logical 1

    J from Michigan, perhaps you can direct us all to the other sermons preached by Reverend Wright.
    Surely you are speaking about more than that 1 sermon. Obviously it captivated you so much that you cat remember the others.

    Im still waiting................

    The tactics dont play "us " for fools, fools play themselves.
    And lets blame the officials in Fla and Mich for this mess it was afterall their decision to move up.

    March 31, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. S

    Now Women are turn their back from Clinton , Hasn't the fat lady danced already ??

    March 31, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Terrence W

    Brian – Trinidad,

    We will not blame Clinton when (we're pretending) McSame blows Obama away, we will blame the narrow minded Democrats who vote for a war monger just in spite of their candidate losing.

    OBAMA 08

    March 31, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. present ny new democrat

    I have no doubt that once senator obama is the elected DEMOCRATIC nominee,his campaign will wage a contest against the republican party like no other we have seen before.
    That is what an organizer does.he listens to all the peoples voices, their concerns and problems.he then organizes the people to bring changes and inprovement to their lives.he starts from the bottom up.
    That is the one EXPERIANCE that my own senator clinton and her campaign do not have or understand.

    new DEMOCRAT now for OBAMA 08

    March 31, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Jesse

    I think it's time for Obama to step down he can't even win a big state what's up with that. Save some face you will lose come Nov.

    March 31, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. john

    AS the weeks go past the negative Clinton campaign is having an effect, reducing her positive ratings and raising her negative ratings.
    I amsure the superdelegates with political nounce are slowly coming to the conclusion that Hillary cannot win the nomination or the general.
    hence all the last endorsements have gone Obama's way.
    A new style candidate for a new and changed Washington. The sooner this democrat race is over the better for the democrats in the general.

    I am hoping that Obama gets the nomination however I have not voted yet so maybe I can help.

    March 31, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Ken

    This is just another BLIND FOLLOWER, following the "Pied Piper"!

    NO ONE should come out and stop the race! It would be like stopping the Indy 500 before the finish line! The reason that there are so many people trying to stop the race before it is ended is because they know that if the race continues to the finish line, they will see that Hillary Clinton will be the front runner, with the ability to beat McCain in November.

    There is nothing wrong with a negative attack, for it is letting the American people to WAKE UP and see the faults of the other! I believe that Obama is the one driving the negative attacks on Hillary Clinton because the Obama team will go to any lengths to win the race!

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Let us ALL get behind HILLARY CLINTON and push her over the finish line, so that she can beat McCain in November, and go on to become OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!

    March 31, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Deb, Texas

    It's a good thing – GO OBAMA!

    March 31, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Ronald

    Yet another female super delegate who is not being super derelict! Thank you Senator Klobuchar!

    Hillary for Governor of New York! Yes she can! Yes she will!

    March 31, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. MGM

    AWESOME!! Lets ge t going people, this is what iam talking about. Good decision Senator. YES WE CAN

    March 31, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Gail

    Everyone has gone crazy.

    March 31, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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