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

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soundoff (313 Responses)

    To Chich in Oregon.

    What would that mean. Superdelegates for Obama? She still
    won't quit. She wil cry foul. And have her 20 threatening letters
    to the Superdelegates remailed with lots of additional threats.
    Hillary, the Clinton's don't lose!!!!! Remember what Bill said.
    Well, this time they will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lose. Richardson knows the
    Clinton's well! That is why he left. He said he owed it to the voters.
    and the Party. He knows everything about the Clinton's and he
    evidently did not like what he seen..............................................

    March 31, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Mack

    You Obama supporters had better quit talking so badly about Hillary and her supporters if you want her supporters to support Obama if he wins the general election. You are driving her supporters to vote for McCain. Obama can't win the general election without Hillary supporters.

    March 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. lopez

    I love it!! People for Obama rock!!!

    March 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Sharon Minnesota

    Will Obama supporters vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she gets nominated?

    Some guy being interviewed on CNN said if she gets nominated it will mean big trouble at the convention. Does that mean Obama supporters will riot in the streets? How mature. Oops, I forgot it's the young voters who are supporting him.

    Many Clinton supporters have indicated they will not vote for Obama in the general election but will vote for McCain. This is totally reasonable in my view as Obama's relationships with his pastor/church makes him a very suspicious character with too many hidden faults for the Republicans to flush out. Plus he has no experience to run our country.

    I'm hoping that against all threats by Obama supporters we have a experienced and transparent nominee to face the Republicans in November, "Hillary Clinton".

    March 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Anybody but McCain

    Man, you Obama supporters with your crowing all the time about your Prince, and your put downs of an excellent democrat like Hillary, really make it hard for other democrats to vote for Obama if he wins the nomination. Do you ever think about that? Do you really think it is in your best interests to try and make people look stupid because they want to vote for Hillary?
    I'll vote for Obama if I "have to" because I don't want McCain in, period.
    I don't like him much but I'll do it knowing all the while that he is not what he appears to be to the Obama groupies.

    March 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. GM from MN

    Thanks Amy

    The uncommitted superdelegate pool just got a little smaller.

    March 31, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Cheerful

    A delegate a day
    Keeps Hillary at bay

    March 31, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. mary

    Obama is phony,.

    Obama will be beat up Miserably in general election!
    Obama will fail deadly in general election.

    Obama is anti-white, he has no chance to win MaCain.

    Vote for Hillary, get real! CNN, thank you to post my message!

    March 31, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Ken

    Since Super Tuesday

    Obama +48
    Hillary -5

    March 31, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Chinox

    Its been a very interesting race for the democrats, Clinton has been on the offensive, while barack has remained calm all through.
    I reckon America desperately needs change. Bravo Senator Amy, I hope clinton can accept to finally throw in the towel and rally round the popular candidate.
    Bravo Senator Amy!

    March 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |

    Obama is an abstract painting.

    Klobuchar said "I am endorsing Barack Obama because he is a new kind of leader, he speaks with a different voice..."

    How new?
    Saying he was Professor although he wasn't?
    Saying playing no race card although his presence itself is race card?

    How different?
    Claiming he is an uniter although he is the one who divide not only DNC but also this country?

    Democrats chose Kelly over Edwards in 2004.
    Now they will choose Obama over Clinton.

    Thank you for your contribution foe GOP!!!

    March 31, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Logical 1

    Come on Im still waiting for more Reverend Wright footage.
    20 years and only 1 tape. There must be more, if only someone could find it.

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

    March 31, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Uncle Sam

    Don't Americans deserve to know who Barack Obama is prior to the election?

    March 31, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. maggie

    Just another one who'll feel like a fool when the rest of the dirt is released on Obama. Don't you people know how much there is left just waiting for the "right" time? He is mixed up in so many shady deals with so many crooked characters. Whey would you want him to lead our country? Just hide and watch. The worst is yet to come!

    March 31, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. smart grrl in ls mo

    Just wait until the rest of the Rezko story comes out. Unfortunately it will probably be after Obama has the nomination but before the General Election. 4 more years of Republicans will be the result.

    March 31, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Felly

    Thanks, Amy. All things considered, Obama brings a breath of fresh air into politics. Hillary should drop out and consider running for the Governor of New york where she belongs. We are fired up and ready to go! Yes, we can!

    March 31, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |

    VOTE OBAMA HE HAS WHAT IT TAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |

    For those of you who dosen't want to vote for Obama if get the nod can move to Mexico cos come fall his going to be our president.

    OBAMA 2008++++++++++++++++++++++++++;2012

    March 31, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. AK

    Oh give me a break, she climbed out of her hole for a little rcognition!

    March 31, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Franky

    "If Obama get the nomination our vote will go to Mc Cain as a lot of people that i know will do the same, CNN is pro Obama and is not fair on Hillary .
    ……if HRC doesn't get it the nomination this time She will run and win in 2012 because Obama has no chance to win."

    Man, that hurts so much! LOL!!!!!! Ohhh man, I LOVE IT!

    March 31, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Jef

    Do a search on this ,IF she can not even handle her money what makes you think she can handle this economy ?

    Cash-Strapped Clinton Fails To Pay Bills

    The Clinton campaign has earned the rep "of a deadbeat"

    March 31, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Robert Michelson



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

    Lol, these Clinton supporters/campaign workers need to stop naming themselves things like "Former Obama Supporter". It that suppose to be some new tactic to sway people into changing over to the losing side?

    It is hard to believe that you once supported Obama and now hate him for some strange reason. What negative things has come up since to make you change to Hillary? Nothing...

    March 31, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Gerry

    Looks like the super delegate gates are opening and about to overflow to Obama.

    It's about time

    March 31, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Samuel Standley

    Yes! The Democrates are now coming out to make a quality decision to get a presidential nominee.
    Hillary should please qiut so that the democrates can focus on wining McCain.

    March 31, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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