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. michael in maine

    In the pool for when Obama takes the lead in superdelegates. sign me up for May 2nd . Besides after the N.C. Primary on May 6th it will all be over for Hillary

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Bobby

    Great news!

    Another young politician that wants change at the "ole" White House

    Dems lets support Barack Obama and defeat the Bush-ite McCain this November!

    Go Barack Obama 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Larry Buchas

    This is only the beginning. I understand North Carolina's congressional reps are all going to endorse Obama. The Party realizes the sooner, the better. It's not all because of Hillary. All the polls are starting to fall Obama's way.

    As for big states, Obama will have no trouble, especially up North. The superdelegates realize electability numbers are favoring Obama.

    March 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. I Disagree

    I disagree with Amy Klobuchar. I do not see Barack Obama as a person who has brought "enthusiasm" or "idealism" at all. I think he has brought a plenty of divisiveness as well as doubt – doubt about his ability to do the job of President as well as doubt about his senate record and some very questionable relationships he has formed and maintained in his life.

    March 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. No Hillary

    Thanks for your service to the United States Senator. I hope Hillary follows your footsteps.

    March 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Richard Colon, New York, USA

    Has she changed something in the senate?????????????????

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Eric-PA

    People are so excited about Obama getting endoresements and being the possible nominee. With Obama running such a dirty campagin can you imagine how many Clinton supporters are not going to vote for Obama! I'm one of them and I know at least 3 other people who feel the same way.

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Ben

    One rookie senator endorses another.

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. lizzy

    Its another great day for America. The change that we seek in coming together. Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu Amy.

    obama 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. carl joseph

    Finally ..........the Clinton delay game amd moving goalpost tactics is coming apart.

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Jen

    Go Obama!!

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. NC4Obama

    :) Good for him....Obama08!

    March 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Rupe

    "He's able to dissolve the hard cynical edge that has dominated our politics under the Bush administration."

    Sure, Obama, along with his cronies, prefer to forgo cynicism with racism. While Wright and Mrs. Obama practice overt biggotry, Obama himself veils his sentiments by inferring that whites are to blame for Wright's sermons.

    March 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Joe Daley, Minnesota

    She has lost my vote next time.

    March 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Another step closer to kicking McCain's behind in the GE. Wait and see what the first debate will do to McCain. People are going to feel sorry for McCain, but he will not get much from pity vote. His campaign will go the way of Hillary's.

    March 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Toola

    She is very good , she has own plan to do . But the rest of the sent the doing believe by them self . The just waiting for their chance the dirations of the river

    March 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. bdc

    id rather have obama's limited experience than hillary's fabricated experience. I guess the senator thinks the same.

    March 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Connie

    Way to go, Amy!!

    March 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Ann

    What wonderful news this Monday morning! Thank you Senator Klobuchar! Wise choice indeed.

    March 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Maddy in MPLS

    Good for you, Amy!

    March 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Jeff Radun

    She must have Mr Wright as her mentor

    March 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Hillary Drop Out Now

    Thanks Amy:
    Also Europe support Obama...Only the Chinese support Hillary. None support McCain, and they hate Bush...
    The dollar will rise, and oil will drop, the day Hillary drop out of this race.
    A vote for Obama, is a vote for a better image of America throughout the world...

    March 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Adrienne

    Yes we can.

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Grant

    The Clintons will still win this, the dirt will be flying by the end of next week, look for another bombshell, true or not to fall....This is really going to get ugly

    March 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Kai

    Let's wait all votes to come in first. Don't give up Hillary. We admire your strength and experience will prevail!

    March 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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