March 31st, 2008
10:55 AM ET
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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. Robert

    Obama supports Regan and Bush Sr policies...

    Obama related to Bush Sr. and Jr. not to mention Cheney.

    Obama a member of a racist church.

    When are you people going to wake up?

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. mary

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    Obama will never win NY, NJ, and CA in general election.

    He will be beat up Miserably , Obama will fail deadly in general election.
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    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Robert

    Your great uniter Obama has really done a great job uniting the party.

    March 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Karen

    Amy Klobuchar ran as a women and used that to get herself elected– and then she cuts off another woman running before people are allowed to vote in the next series of primaries– clearly as mutiple microphones are around her as she announces her decision she wanted the pubility and attention surrounding her endorsement- ottherwise she could have given Sen.Clinton the chance to finish the next set of primaries– something that was given to her– a chance– she doesn't want to give to someone else– very disappointing.

    March 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Mark

    Thanks Mam.You are a Darling

    March 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Justice4all

    Just another biased vote against Hillary, NO...wait, Amy is a female!!!!!! Wonder if Amy, like Dodd, Richardson, Lewis, et al, had a "heated" response from Hillary when Amy called to tell Hillary that she was to announce her backing for Obama.

    March 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. RETIRED PROFESSIONAL W/WOMAN OF 63

    A woman for OBAMA! And just where are the rest of you
    that love Hillary who lies and cheats and pushes any
    not for her aside all for MONEY PROPERTY AN PRESTIGE>
    Yep, that is precisely what Hillary wants, oh, and furniture!

    March 31, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Radical53

    I don't know too much about Sen. Klobuchar but she seems to be down-to-earth and have good judgment. This is a good endorsement. I think a number of Senators and Representatives would like to work in a less divided atmosphere.

    By the way, this nomination "deadlock" is a media myth. Obama will be the nominee unless something much worse than Rev. Wright comes out of the closet.

    It's a shame that so many of Hillary's supporters seemed to be so locked in. This is the only thing that could lead to a McCain victory, as unlikely as that seems. The election should be a landslide. McCain is wrong on Iraq, has no clue about the economy, and is emotionally unstable. Where is the benefit of his "experience"? Still, the media loves McCain, so I guess he has a chance (is there something wrong with this picture?).

    March 31, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Diana

    When you look at all the comments that get generated from the campaign articles, so many sound immature and mean spirited– Clinton and Obama supporters alike.

    Our country might be better served by all of us taking more time to practice the art of mastering our own emotions.

    We can agree to disagree without tearing down the candidates and each other.

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Dan in CO

    I simply can't take anyone seriously who actually thinks that it's Obama running a dirty campaign.

    It was a very cordial campaign...and one in which Hillary was still winning the majority of the black vote.

    Then came the South Carolina primary and Bill Clinton's mouth.

    That was the turning point.

    March 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. A. Harrison

    Give me a break. All these Obama endorsers sound the same. I felt nothing from any speeches, because I don't believe in any action behind them.

    People wake up please.

    Madam President HRC 2008!

    March 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. RuthieM

    Go Obama go! Vote Obama, Pennsylvania!!!

    March 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. ALL_BUT_Obama

    This is great....But at the end if Hilary doesn't win the nomination McCain will....The point is - Anything but OBAMA

    March 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Stacy Clarks,

    GOOD FOR HER!! WELCOME ABOARD!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!

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

    As a Minnesotan and a woman, I'm sorry to hear that Klobechar went the wrong way. She should know better. The experience factor is huge in electing a president and Obama doesn't have it. Minnesota went for Obama in the primary so she's just being a good politician who wants to be re-elected. Looking out for one's self is getting to be epidemic among politicians.

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

    Ms. Klobuchar, you have so picked a winner. Go Obama!

    March 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. CHERYL

    FIRST OF ALL WHO IS THIS WOMAN?

    AND HOW MUCH DID OPRAH PAY HER?

    OBAMA IS NOT ELECTABLE!

    THE GOP WILL RUIN HIM WITH ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE OUT ABOUT HIM!!!!!

    I DO NOT WANT A RACIST AS MY PRESIDENT AND I KNOW A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO DON'T EITHER!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY PEOPLE!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Kenneth M.

    As much as I hate to say it the Repulicans will win this year. As an Obama supporter I know that he will never win the national election. But there is no way in the world that I would vote for Shrillary. If she get the nod I plan to vote McCain. I am sure her supporters feel the same way. Like it or not we as Dems are too diverse to stand our own selves. As a Dem left of center but right of the far left I would rather have a left leaning Rep. in office then Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Dan in CO

    Why are people using the electoral college in this primary process?...it has nothing to do with anything.

    Hillary supporters are claiming she's winning by using it, even as they scream for its abolition. Hillary supporters are as schizophrenic as she is, and I don't want any crazies in the White House, 3am or otherwise.

    March 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Eli

    I am a LIFE LONG DEMOCRAT that will vote for McCain in the fall instead of Obama. If every person will say this that thinks Hillary is being cheated Obama will realize he will not win no matter how many of his followers drink his kool-aid (Jim Jones).

    March 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Veronica

    The caucuses is a joke and should be done away with. In Texas some people actually voted twice (early vote and primary) and the caucus was a real joke. The Caucus is for people that have time to hang out for an extra 2 to 6 hours after the election. This is not a fair process and should be done away with. The caucus penalizes individuals that are elderly, sick, single parents, work nights or just plain tired after a long days work. I received at least 5 calls from Obama people concerning the caucus and was even offered rides to the polls until I told them I was voting for Hillary. Democratic party should really rethink this whole process before the next election.

    March 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. CHERYL

    DO NOT LET MONEY BUY THIS RACE!!!!!!

    DO THE RIGHT THING AND PICK A CANDIDATE WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND TENACITY TO WORK HARD!!!!!!!!!

    SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. John Booher

    Amy Klobuchar is an excellent representative of Minnesota. She is doing an excellent job and she and her office are open to all visitors and especially in Thursdays with her breakfast with Minnesota visitors when she shares coffee and northern Minnesota Pastriesalong with all her staff and are open to comments and questions!!

    March 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Dan

    It is obvious that hard core Clinton supports are indeed blind to the facts. It's not just the Bosnia under fire story, the Clinton skeleton closet is clear full of ammo for the GOP. Whitewater, Jim and Susan McDougal, Vince Foster, impeachment, Peter Paul, Northern Ireland peace, we can go on and on! Get real Clinton, drop out! If Obama was as dirty as the Clintons, all of this stuff would be on center stage! And it will in the fall, IF Hillary is the winner of the Dems!

    March 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Dan in CO

    ""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!""

    When Obama is racking up ten times as many endorsements as Clinton, there's only so much CNN can do.

    March 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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