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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. t

    Joelle, Racine, WI:
    It means Obama has gain 64 superdelagates to Clinton's nine since feb. 5 and with the 7 from NC coming soon, thats 71 to 9 in less than two months. Thats what that means.

    March 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Jeff Radun

    New controversy brewing: Church bulletin reprinted articles seen as anti-Israel
    why is this not news
    why does all the media allow Obama to skate on having this racist as his mentor.

    March 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. joe

    great decision senator!
    i really respect your courage and ethical thinking.
    obama is our hope for a change in the country, and yes, experience in lies, demagogy, sniper stories and white house cocktails is not what we need.
    obama for president
    change for the country
    yes we can

    March 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Paul

    What a surprise, all of the Clinton supporters calling this lady dirty and nasty names. Clinton at her best, call people names if they don't agree with you. Now that's what I call UNITING!!

    March 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. MP

    Super Delegate Pool

    Obama takes the lead April 25th.

    Write it down....oh yeah, I just

    March 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Joan

    If only he could find someone with lesser experience than himself.
    I think that will be hard.

    Oh no!
    Wait a minute!
    Here comes Amy Klobuchar to the rescue!

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Helena

    Thank you Senator Klobuchar and thank you Minnesota! Senator Obama is a man of integrity. Exactly the type of person we need as President of the United States! No more liars in the White House!

    March 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. corin

    Sorry America our next president will be OBAMA if you cant accept it please just move to another country! He will win in the fall! The democractic party will unite period!! our party will not be split in half! We will stand strong. However if hillary doesnt win PA by a 20 point gap please just exit the race!
    Thanks for the endorsement

    OBAMA 08

    March 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. abuwadha

    Way to go Senator!!!
    I participated in our state's caucus for the first time because I am so inspired by Barack Obama! He will be a GREAT President!

    March 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Ex Obama Fan


    Guess that's one way to get you name in the paper!!! You might want to check her Senate voting record. There is scarey stuff in there.

    All votes counted, Clinton is behind by less than 1%. In the Electoral College she is ahead 219 to 202. 10 states have yet to vote. If the DNC doesn't want primaries after March, they should have a rule.

    Fight On Hillary!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Jay

    Look ... You are very good at announcing Mr Obama's endorsements, timing them very nicely for him. Do that for both candidates! Mrs Clinton has many well known people supporting her too. At least try to play fair like a good news agency should!

    March 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. suzy

    and exactly what have you changed????
    what will Obama CHANGE???

    March 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Greg

    McCain will not win Michigan. Besides, all those big states will vote blue in the general no matter what. I don't see why all you people are bickering about. Get over yourselves. I don't want a Republican president and neither should you. You need to take a good hard look at your comments, and if it's your pride being hurt, instead of doing the best for the country.

    All you people who talk about Obama being in a racist church, how many racist jokes have you told, or listened to? How many sexist jokes have your listened or told? Why didn't you walk away? Why didn't you say anything? If you're going to hold someone to a higher standard, you better make sure you're up to that standard as well.

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

    Hillary is leading by double digits in PA?
    Those digits were 20 last week and 10 this week. Some lead.

    March 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Robert

    Super Delegates who have endorsed either candidate prior to it being their turn to vote should be charged with election fraud. They are not supposed to vote until after the general membership (you and me) and to come forward with an endorsement is a conflict of interest and unethical. These endorsing prior are influencing the vote for their own political gains. Nothing more, nothing less.

    March 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Ed.

    The very best choice since J.F.k.

    March 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Max

    What a brave woman! That's just the begining of the end of the biggest LIAR in this campaign – HC..In a few weeks Clintons will be HISTORY!! I can't wait to see them OUT!!


    March 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. LA

    All you HRC commenters who say Obama has no experience and lies; you better look in the mirror. Your candidate lied about being under sniper fire; something that our troops die of she used to gain more respect from the blind and obviously the deaf. If you think that makes her more reliable and electable than Barack, then the GOP have accomplished what they set out to do. Target the blind and def DEMS who will believe anything they are told.

    I have much respect for Bill Clinton (up until now), I even had the opportunity to shake his hand and captured it on video for my Grandparents to see; Hilliary had my vote until she started attacking her fellow democrat during the debate and then tried to play victim as if she had done nothing. That bothered me and turn my vote to Obama. HRC is using GOP tactics because that is all the experience she has. We should elect a fresh new thinker, someone who mobilizes not just the political junkies, but the upcoming and future polical junkies.

    Vote Obama in the General or you will feel used and abused as you did when the U.S. Supreme Court appointed KING George the UNITER.

    March 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Ray Ito

    At a time when the country is heading towards recession and a lot of people are depressed because of losing their jobs, homes, sons, daughters, wives, and fathers to war, it's a wise thing to support a leader that can inspire enthusiasm and an idealism for a better tommorrow.

    Obama has shown that he can inspire the nation and bring hope to the hopeless again.

    March 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. patty,sd,ca

    Hey Dan Chicago.

    Hillary still has more super delegates than Obama, actually had about the same nimber since like December of 2007. You think they should all retract their endorsement as well, since they endorsed her before even a single vote was cast?

    March 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Women for Obama!

    This is juicy! Better than the soaps! Better than American Idol! Gotta go get some popcorn!LOL!

    Women for OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Robert

    Keep signing up the illegal voters because in the end the party will lose more than it has gained. November will show when Mc Bush is elected.

    March 31, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. gene

    There are 28% of Clinton supporters that will not vote for Obama in the general electionn and now they can add my vote to that number. I live in Texas and attended the second caucus on saturday. It was an experiece I will never forget. Obama supporters, like those that post comments here, jeered and shouted down the Clinton supporters. There delegate count cards did not match the numbers in my precinct, they were off by almost 40%, but they were counted. Those attending broke down along racial lines, with whites being out voted by 6 to 1, with a few white voters supporting Obama. I can understand voting with pride for your candidate, but not such with such conduct. Might even change my voter registration ti independent.

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. NancyL-64

    Thank you, Senator Amy! This endorsement is a really good thing. But are we as Obama supporters becoming the enemy? The ugliness and crowing found in some of these comments have no place in this campaign. Barack has tried to stay on the high road – let's try to do the same! Many of us have worked hard for Senator Obama, so the temptation is great to vent the frustrations we feel for many things that have been said and done, especioally since Super Tuesday, but we need to focus on the ultimate goal, nominating a candidate who can win in Noivember and change the way things are done in Washington. We need to practice what we preaching – YES WE CAN behave better as we continue to work for Senator Obama and the polics of hope, not destruction!

    Nancy from Tennessee

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Rich in Seattle

    Hillbots attack! Say this means nothing, say this woman is a nobody. Put your hate power on and attack! It's all you seem to know how to do.

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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