June 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Emanuel backs Obama

Emanuel is backing Obama.
Emanuel is backing Obama.

(CNN) - Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a former member of the Clinton administration and longtime loyalist of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Wednesday, CNN has learned.

According to congressional sources and Obama's campaign, Emanuel was at hand for Obama's speech before AIPAC earlier Wednesday. He will release a formal statement on the endorsement later in the day.

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Sarah Smith

    No ! No ! No ! Never! please don't put BILL and Hillary on your ticket..

    don't commit suicide!

    Those two are clinically dangerous!

    June 4, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Chris

    Hillary needs to get over herself. and her supporter need to face the fact that she lost. The fat lady has sing.

    June 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. John Smith

    Obama has won this process WITHOUT the help of Clinton. In point of fact, Hillary and her supporters threw all the kitchen sink stuff at Obama and he still won "fair" and square.

    So Obama does NOT need Hillary to screw this process for him. Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea should stay away from this ticket and the White House as far as possible. This nation cannot afford to deal with any more of the past or current scandals!

    If the Clinton supportes want to roll over to McCain, so be it. No DEM should beg or worship these people! Both Hillary and McCain make the same old poor judgements with their years of tauted experiences. We need to move forward (change); this election is about CHANGE, not Queen Hillary or One-eyed McCain.

    June 4, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. John

    Emanuel is a Clinton supporter...he must not know that Hillary is still looking for superdelegates to back her.

    June 4, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Ben

    Somebody please tell Lanny Davis that he left high school a long time ago...so stop all this rubbish about pushing on Clinton into the White House as a VP. She goes on board and more will vote against her and Obama.

    June 4, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    EMANUEL? Are you the long lost twin of Obama's? You sure do look like him. Do you know Bin Laden too? Are you a Muslim also?

    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    I welcome this endorsement and the slate of Super Delegates that will declare their support for Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Thursday because it will drive the point home so that the nation can move forward.

    It is important that the Clinton camp get the message, LOUD & CLEAR that America's tollerance for her is slipping away quickly.

    I also encourage other thinking republicans and independents to declare their support for Mr. Obama.

    24 years ago people spoke of Reagan Democrats; now a GENERATION later history will be written with the help of Obama Republicans truly from the party of Abraham Lincoln.

    It's time to TRANSFORM this country. Every 40 to 50 years this occurs. Last time it was Camelot and JFK ... Next will be Barack Obama.

    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Daniel FL

    I have never appreciated our Democratic party leaders more than I do now. It's time for the Democratic leaders, and ALL of the voters to let Hillary Clinton know that we will NOT be divided in spite of her lies, cheating, her tantrums, her race baiting and her acting like a spoiled 2-year-old brat!

    I am a young Democratic voter who voted for Bill Clinton when I FIRST registered to vote in 1996. I had so much respect for them. I stood by them when Bill was going through his scandals. I had long said that if Bill CLinton could run for a third term I would vote for him.

    Today I am a sad, disappointed, but most if all angry and disgusted at the Clintons, particularly Hillary. Last night was the straw that broke the camel's back. She took what should have been a historic night of unity and solidarity, and made it even more divisive than ever. She, along with John McCain, tried to rob Obama and the country of this historic moment.

    The Clintons are done. I'm done with them. At this point I wouldn't spit on her if she were on fire.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Ken

    I see this as a very disloyal person. Without having Hillary Clinton on the ticket with Barack Hussein Obama, the Democrat Party WILL NOT win in November and WILL NOT take back the White House!

    Hillary Clinton is the stronger person to beat McCain in November. Obama alone CANNOT beat McCain.

    Hillary Clinton VP 2008

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. God sent him

    Hello Maca, I know it hurts when your horse loose the race. Good move Rep Emanuel leave the ship before it go under....sorry you stayed so long you almost went down with it.

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Joyce in Florida

    Who is he? Anyway, Hillary Clinton will always be Madame President to millions and millions. Keep fighting Senator Clinton all the way to Denver. As far as I am concerned, this contest is not over yet. GO HILLARY–WE NEED YOU IN THE WHITE HOUSE.!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. STAUNCH CLINTON SUPPORTER

    Here is how a staunch H.R. Clinton supporter sees the end of the Democratic primaries.
    Total number of delegates needed to receive the Democratic Nomination 2118

    Obama received 1763 elected delegates; he missed 2118 by 355 delegates
    Clinton received 1640 elected delegates; she missed 2118 by 494 delegates.
    Obama has 18 million popular votes
    Clinton has 18 million + popular votes

    Thus neither Obama, nor Clinton secured the number of elected delegates to win.

    The popular vote goes to Clinton she received more votes than Obama.

    However, the super delegates, anxious to make history by backing the first black American Democratic leader, ran over themselves to back Obama, and gave Clinton a difficult time.

    What the Clinton supporters truly believe that since neither candidate won the designated 2118 for the nomination, THEY BOTH SHOULD SIT ON THE TICKET.
    AND IF NOT, we the Clinton’s staunch supporters will either not vote at all, or vote to support J. S. McCain and that is not an idle threat, we are her legion of supporters and how you treat her is how we will feel that we are being treated…

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Illinois

    The amount of traitors never ceases to amaze me. Just goes to show you that money CAN buy you anything. He isn't doing this "for the good of the party". In fact, none of them are. It's all about power and money. Once Clinton solidifies things, I can't wait to see how she "manages" these defectors.....it won't be pretty. And it shouldn't be. They have only themselves to blame for their failing political careers. And if they think that Obama is going to help them out, think again. He only cares about getting what he wants, and then he discards people as "unnecessary" trash. The writing on the wall.

    June 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    And in other news, this dude is putting his money on the NY Giants over the New England Patriots!

    Isn't he a little LATE?

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Hank Chapin

    Rahm, why didn't you wait until she leaves the dem party and runs as an Independent – that being because you are an avid supporter of the
    Clintons all these years?

    June 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Timothy

    I just think it is a sad moment for any delegate to officially now come out for Mr. Obama. He accepts and is humble but where was these delegates earlier on. They too were waiting on some negative news to come out either you believed in the man or you didn't. Some in america will never embrace a black man as a leader. To all my caucasian brothers and sisters; I thank you for not looking at race but listening to the heart of a man. We know he can't solve our problems but he represents our values and can relate to our financial delimas especially student loans and more.

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. susants

    He was the only Illinois Congressman who had not endorsed Obama. It is about time that he is loyal to the state and city district which elected him.

    June 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. amtFresno,CA

    You made the right choice. It's about time. I just heard Roland Martin on the Situation Room say he heard from an insider of the Obama camp that it is UNLIKELY Hillary will be on the ticket as Veep. I am so glad to hear that. Obama can beat McCan't no doubt about it. Barack Obama does not need Hillary Clinton. He will pick a better partner. Congrats to Obama, the next Pres of U.S.

    June 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Alfredo

    Another sucker and traitor!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Phong Nguyen

    The Democratic Party should seriously consider changing its mascot from a donkey into a stronger animal such as a lion to deal with the elephant of the Republican Party!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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