(CNN) - Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in American history, announced Monday he is endorsing Barack Obama's White House bid.
Byrd, 90, has served as West Virginia's senator for nearly fifty years, and is one of the chamber's most vocal critics on the war in Iraq.
"After a great deal of thought, consideration and prayer over the situation in Iraq, I have decided that, as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, I will cast my vote for Senator Barack Obama for President," Byrd said in a statement released by his office. "Both Senators Clinton and Obama are extraordinary individuals, whose integrity, honor, love for this country and strong belief in our Constitution I deeply respect."
"I believe that Barack Obama is a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq, and to lead our nation at this challenging time in history," Byrd also said. "Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support."
The endorsement is not without symbolism. Byrd was a leader of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan as a young man and was, along with several southern Democrats, an opponent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has since denounced his previous views on racial segregation.
West Virginia's other senator, Jay Rockefeller, endorsed Obama earlier this year. Hillary Clinton carried the state by 41 points last week.
Who cares about Bryd's past. We are looking to the future. We welcome his thoughtful and important endorsement! Geraldine Ferraro is an old bitter bag. She is trying to weigh into the process but somebody needs to tell her that she is all washed up and her opinion doesn't count anymore!
Maybe he'll get to heaven after all.
High Praises to Senator Byrd for evolving and experiences a total change of heart. As some of the ignorant comments here show, many people still harbor hatred in their hearts! Please don't insult the man, commend him on having the character and courage to change.
WE LOVE & RESPECT YOU SEN.BYRD.
YOU ARE A GREAT AMERICAN BY THE WAY YOU HAVE LED
YOUR LIFE. WE OLDSTERS DO NOT HAVE TO GET STUCK IN
THE SOMETIMES AWFUL PAST. THAT'S WHAT GOOD LEADERS
ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. WE ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT &
WHEN WE EXAMINE OUR SELVES & FIND WE ARE WRONG,
WE NEED THE COURAGE & DECENCY TO ADMIT WE ARE
WRONG & GET ON THE RIGHT PATH. KUDOS TO YOU.
this shows that west virginia is a very raciest state... even more than alabama and mississippi...... ... but im glade he changed his life around...
It's nice to see that people can change for the better. Senator Byrd is a good example. I wish more Americans would follow Senator Byrd's example and denounce racial divide.
What an attention seeker!
What makes this endorsement speical is Senator Byrd has served his the longest serving elect official.
Wise men and woman learn from their mistakes they did in the past. So did Byrd and we should show respect for a guy who kept young in mind !
as Hillary said, " THE TIDE IS CHANGING"
GO BARACK GO !!!!
OBAMA 2008 / 2012
This is nothing but a senile old man. How dare he go against what he state voted. I hope they lynch this old guy or run him out of town on a rail.
I once had a great deal of respect for Senator Byrd. Apparently he has grown too old to understand that Obama lost his state by 41 points last week. So much for representing the beliefs and values of your constinuency. What a shame to democracy, Senator Byrd!
The superdelegates can keep jumping ship, but there are MANY Democrats like myself who will not vote for the ultra-liberal Obama in the general election. WE ARE REAL!!!!
What makes this endorsement special is that Senator Byrd is the longest serving elect official and is from West Virginia. Since both Senators from that state will work their constituency in November, it is great. He can gain ground in West Virginia. Great news!!!
i find it appaling the level of hate and gratuitous non-relevant insults. Take for example comment #2 by Judy.
I am also saddened to see that keeping your word makes you a fool (ie "Obama has himself to blame for taking his name of the Mich. ballot)
THANK YOU SENATOT BYRD.I STILL REMEMBER HIS SPEECH BEFORE THE SENATE VOTE ON IRAQ,HE SPOKE SO ELEQUENTLY,AND MADE A LOT OF SENSE.I AM PROUD TO HAVE HIM ENDORSE OBAMA,HE IS A VERY INTELLIGENT MAN.
THANKS SENATOR BYRD
FAY FROM VA
Thank you for the endorsement, Sen. Byrd! Your reverence for the Constitution has always been impressive to me, and your ability to admit past failings while growing ever-more wise speaks volumes.
God bless you, and thank you for your service...and your endorsement!
Jesus Christ can endorse Obama and I will still vote for McCain if
I don't have Hillary to vote for.
Oh wait, Obama believes he IS Jesus Christ!
John Portelli Albany, NY
Much is left to be done Senator.
God has sent you to change the nation.
Long live Senator.
To the person who said he wishes Byrd will die before the convention: Grow up! You must not know much about death, because if u did you wouldnt make statements like that!
I need Hillary to remain in the race to weaken Obama. I need the price of gas to go up. How are energy stock investors like myself supposed to make a buck if a Democrat wins? We need to convince poor voters that there is something in it for them ( A president who bowls and that they can have a drink with) for them to vote for McCain and make me rich
Wishing death on someone is uncalled for and downright evil.
HERE IS A MAN WHOSE BODY MAY HAVE GOTTEN A BIT
TIRED BUT HIS HEART & MIND ARE AS NEW AS THEY
CAN BE. MUCH LOVE TO YOU SEN. BYRD.
I don't vote for someone simply because it's the "Koolaid" thing to do.
I'll either write in Hillary or vote for McCain because this is to elect President of the United States, NOT a popularity contest that will require little responsibility. Experience over empty rhetoric.
Hillary 08! Or McCain! NOBAMA!
i wonder how people can't understand even simple things. most of the American kids are suffereing from diabetes and everyone in america is feeing the pinch of gas prices....and you want to hate Obama because he said drive small cars and eat less? it lloks like you just want to hate Obama for any reason good or bad.
Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even an old white dude can see the light!!!!!!!!