March 31st, 2008
10:55 AM ET
3 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. Amy-Cincinnati

    And the drum beat keeps getting louder for Senator Clinton to drop out..

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. sozzi

    Attention, Hillary & McCain supporters, you guys keep on say experience matters. What has Hillary & McCain accomplished, that experiience matters. McCain's experience is what being a POW, no Foreigh Policy experience nor economisc, same for Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Amy??

    Don't even know who she is and who cares. It begining to look more and more like McCain will be the President.

    March 31, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Swalker327

    Let's hope this is the start of a trend over the next 30 days and put an end to Clinton's arrogance, and get the Dems united!!

    OBAMA 08!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Ike in Atlanta

    The chickens are coming home to roost!
    Next...........

    BILL CLINTON ENDORSES OBAMA

    March 31, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Utah Teacher

    To all TRUE Dems: Please please please don't hand this election to the GOP just because YOUR favorite candidate doesn't win the nomination. Honestly, if you add up all of Clinton's and Obama's "faults," they still wouldn't equal to what McCain will do to this country. We all need to pledge to vote for WHICHEVER Democrat is on the ballot in November. A vote for ANYONE else is a vote for McCain, and then all you "protest" voters will be to blame for four more years of war and woe.

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    Every Obama endorsement helps to patch up this fiasco that Billary insists to keep hindering and in doing so strengthens McCain every day.

    When will she ever consider the remote possibility that this election is not about her ?

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Patrick Era

    A wonderful lady of repute – endorsing a great leader of a kind.

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. AJ, IL

    Another superdelegate endorsement...GREAT! First Gov. Richardson, then Sen. Casey, and now Sen. Klobuchar . That is AWESOME!

    YES WE CAN!

    March 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Kevin, NC

    Smart Lady, Thanks Senator Klobuchar

    March 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. wyoming dem

    Another Hillary "friend"....Amy K. is great for MN and great for the USA.

    March 31, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Candi South Carolina

    Senate Klobuchar you are bring change as a women to speak from you heart. You are truly telling the American people that for women, men, young adults, elderly people and christians that we are ready for a different kind of change that Washington hasn't given us in years. Many thanks to you and have a good career as Senator.

    March 31, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Tone

    read this and weep hillary bots, the next gov. of NC Beverly Perdue has endorsed OBAMA recently as well

    March 31, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Sara M from Minnesota

    Hey Amy.

    You just lost my vote.

    March 31, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Thank you senator Klobuchar! I am waiting for the 7 lawmakers from NC to get theri endorsements in.

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. That Jay Guy

    RE: Super D pool.

    Hey Dave,

    I figure it'll go before that...

    Put me down for april 17th.

    Regards,

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Kaseam, Florida

    It's about time a real woman stood up for change rather than gender.

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Anna, SW Missouri

    My 71 year old mother in law, who is the most religious conservative that any could ever meet, told me yesterday that she is voting for Barack Obama. She thinks that he is the very thing that America needs right now, and she is working very hard at convincing my father in law to do the same. Now, that is change we can believe in!

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Brian - Trinidad

    Another nobody on the Obama team.And they'll all blame Clinton when McCain blows him off the map in November.

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. dmw

    Although Hillary may not win the nomination, the disdain and disrespect that comes from the Obama campaign and his supporters really turned Hillary's supporters off to a large degree.

    Obama nor Hillary will have enough delegates to get to 2025 and both will need superdelegates. All of the media and Obama supporters make it sound as if Hillary is the only one who will need superdelegates.

    Because Obama and his supporters have been so sexists, mean-spirited and immoral calling out all manners of bad names, most people I know will not vote for Obama in November. He will not be President.

    We'd rather have McCain because he does have experience and he is a moderate. Hillary's supporters are moderate Democrats. We will not vote to support a Democratic Party that does not support us.

    None of the red states that Obama won in primary/caucus will vote his way nor none of the rustbelt midwest tossup states. Say goodbye to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Say goodbye to Florida and maybe Michigan. Hello President McCain 2009

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Very Concerned American

    This makes a win for McCain

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Manuel TX

    12 million plus voter disagree with this person whom no one had ever heard of until today.
    :)

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Brian

    This one makes me happy. I lived in the Twin Cities for many years, and Senator Klobuchar is an intelligent woman with a lot of character. A rising Dem star, I think, too.

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Nakae

    Congrats Sen Klobuchar on a wise decision.

    Just gave another $20 to the Obama campaign.

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. BL

    Looks like we may have four more years of Republicans, at least if Obama gets the Democratic nod. that is...

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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