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

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Just a thought

    Regardless – history is in the making!! For all of you republicans and independents that have voted in the democratic primaries against Hillary, be careful what you wish for!!! It is just about to happen.

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. jane atl

    Obama is the man. we need a good leader.

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. CB in FL

    Thanks Senator Klobuchar! One more super that believes what the majority already said: Obama is the People's Choice! Looks like another good day for Obama!

    March 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Ig

    Booooom!!!! ...and the hits just keeps on coming. So let me ask you Clintonites....judging from your comments, I don't expect you all to have the capacity to make reasonable judgement. Are u guys in any way, shap or form more knowledgable that these Senators and other important political figures who keep andorsing this guy? Isn't your EXPERIENCE argument kinda weak by now? I mean, Hillary's so-called EXPERIENCE is kinda questionable, isn't it?

    March 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Another Typical White Woman

    Obama can not win in the general election. Democrats better wake up.

    Hillary or Nader. Never Obama.

    March 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Nabila

    I wondered if anybody had noticed the similarities between what Dr Martin Luther King said about Americas role in wars – Gods Judgement on America and that of Wrights. Perhaps he has been labelled as unpatriotic without proper consideration of what has been historically put forward by civil liberties leaders. I think that Obamas race speech resonated Kings speeches. Over forty years on its time for america to fufill Kings prophecy allowing all men to live equally instead theeconomic disparity governed by race.

    March 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Typical white guy Mn.

    Sorry Amy , You just lost my vote on your next run !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Harvey in Va.

    all the Obama endorsers believe they are jumping on the bandwagon but come their next election it will be as if they fell off the turnip truck.

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Pennsylvanians! DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    -If you want a truth seeker and people uniter vote Obama!

    -If you lies and underhanded deals and someone who will support the elite and those in power so they stay in power vote Hillary!- what common person in the street would ever vote for her? There are more of us commone people in the US then there are rich so we can over throw the same old same old, that is what Hillary stands for!

    Don't be fooled!


    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Susan

    I wish you would endorse Clinton. Obama seems 'too star struck' and will say anything to be in the news. This is one of many concerns. Minnesota, do not be afraid to vote for a woman president. Many women are lawyers, doctors, and the majority of our teachers are women.....who teach our children.

    At first for Obama, but NOT NOW.

    Hillary Clinton hopefully will be elected.

    March 31, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Joey Garcia

    Watch Out People ....
    Lacking of endorsements, struggling to cope with the media on an equal time, just herself, her mother, her daughter and husband who was an ex-President before, let all the odds fall – mind everybody, Hillary will come out as a nominee for the President of the United States.

    Lets call her the first woman to become the President of the United States, the underdog, as everybody loves an UNDERDOG.
    Surprise ! surprise !

    The miracle didn't happen to Hucakabee – it happened with Hillary Clinton.


    March 31, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. mike

    If you think that Obama will win with out the other 50 % of Hillary's supporters, you have another thing coming. When the Republicans get through with Obama and start airing Rev Wright's remarks in the air, and proof Obama heard this comments, most voters will not vote for him in the national election.

    March 31, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Corey's Corner

    It is good to see smart people-people who want to make a new future not live in the past.

    March 31, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Minnesota Fats

    As a Minnesotan who voted for Obama, I am glad to see Sen. Klobuchar offer her endorsement.

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. jane atl

    Thank You Senator Klobuchar!

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Kenneth M.

    It would be good if Obama can string together one endorsment a day. Also, he should release some positive cermons by Write to u tube. Last, Obama should stop running against Hillary and start running against the republicans. Not even McCain. McCain by the way is an ok guy.

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Willy

    In another words , she has no clue...

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. North Iowa

    Senator Klobuchar/
    From the Great State of Iowa! Thanks! what a good choice.

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Robert Mpls

    Klobuchar's good people. And she's made a great choice.

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. jo

    Anna, bless you your mother in law, We need more of her.

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Isaac, Cardiff

    After one female senator's endorsement, another one most likely from New York!

    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Obermann

    Thanks a lot for this new great support for Obama.

    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. California Voter

    It's not totally surprising to hear this as superdelegates try to get on the team they perceive has the best chance of winning the nomination; however, I still find it difficult to understand how they can back someone who has attended a racist church for 20 years and was not aware of it - poor judgment - or agrees with it - a uniter of what?


    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. John

    How many people heard her before? She does not care about all the lie Obama said. Yes, he is a new type leader – specialize to deny everything till others point it out.

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Jake Jamahl in ATL

    Excellent! Another leader for the diverse coalition of change against the politics of the "Norm." Obama is bringing together a progressive coalition of intelligent people to change America and solve the issues of the last 20 years. Moreover the opposition's response continues to be.....attack, attack, attack.

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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