September 18th, 2008
05:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Republican congressman endorses Obama

Gilchrest attended a McCain speech in February.
Gilchrest attended a McCain speech in February.

(CNN) - Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, the Maryland Republican who lost a heated primary challenge earlier this year, said Friday he's endorsing Democrat Barack Obama's White House bid.

Gilchrest, who has served in the House for close to two decades, told a Maryland radio station Obama and his running mate Sen. Joe Biden have the experience needed for the job.

"My perspective is that the ticket is Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden that they have the breadth of experience, I think they are prudent, they are knowledgeable," he told WYPR. "We just can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat hazardous, which leads to recklessness."

The move doesn’t come as a big surprise: Gilchrest is a strong opponent of the Iraq war and has voted for a timeline for withdrawal. He's also endorsed the Democrat running to succeed him.

CNN's calls to Gilchrest's office went unanswered.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. no trickle down...

    Great!

    September 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. rin

    smart man... see that is called going against your own party!

    September 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Abby

    “We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”

    There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Yeah!

    September 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. sabrina01

    Lets go America Obama Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Corey, Maryland

    I live in Mr. Gilchrests district in Maryland and I am very happy with his decision!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Sarah Bell

    WASP!!! WomenAgainstSarahPalin

    September 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Steve in CA

    Mr Gilchrest seems to understand perfectly what is wrong with his party. It makes me realize that sometimes I'm a little too hard on republicans. Some of them really do know how to use their brain!

    September 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. COOKIE

    WELL JOHNNY, WHT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT. I SAY SMART MAN JUMPING THE SINKING SHIP.

    September 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. bij

    WELCOME!

    September 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Big wow !

    September 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Abby

    Take that, Lady Chatterley! Or whatever the elitist lady's name was from yesterday. She didn’t even make splash! Obama up by 4 in the Gallup daily.

    Yes.We.Can.

    September 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. R.I.F.

    Kind of makes Lady Rothschild's endorsement of McCain look even more insignificant. This guy was a congressman. The Lady is just a rich snob.

    September 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Let me spell it out for you, it's called:

    H.O.N.E.S.T.Y.

    September 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Rob

    Wise move. McCain is out of touch, exemplified by his inane remarks regarding Spain, his spin-around on the AIG bailout, and his claim he would fire the SEC chief, a move that probably isn't even Constitutional. And then McCain picks Palin who doesn't even clear title on land before beginning construction. Geeeez.

    September 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. n jean

    Obama is CLEARLY the only right choice. He will "build the bridge to the future" for our children and grandchildren.
    McCain and Palin will continue on that "bridge to nowhere".

    Obama is the answer and will lead the American people in the right direction.

    September 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. dEMOBRAT

    tit for tat . This country is truly divided. i love it!

    September 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. JPM

    Its time for real change. Republicans blew it. If they did such a great job, why aren't they leading by 20 points in the polls?

    September 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    He's an idiot. God must have loved idiots since he made so many obama supporters. But here is the news:

    "It is offensive and dishonest for Barack Obama to lie about John McCain's record on immigration and years of support for the Hispanic community, when it was Barack Obama himself who voted for 'poison pill' amendments that killed the effort at immigration reform. Instead of making false ads with baseless attacks, Barack Obama should be apologizing to the Latino community," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in statement released by the McCain campaign.

    September 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Republicans Regret Palin Pick

    We are with you Rep. Gilchrest. McCain gambled with our party and lost. Palin is a joke in a time when all seriousness in needed. We have no choice but to back Obama. She can not be allowed to be that close to the highest position in this country. Hagel opend the flood gates and Gilchrest followed and we are right in line.

    September 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Paul S

    "Wayne Gilchrest, the Maryland Republican who lost a heated primary challenge" – hmmm, seems he is bitter and striking back because he probably blames others for his loss so ... boohoo, he will support O/B ... ha. Read up on Gilchrest to better understand how / why he is a cry baby.

    September 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Billy

    So now we have 2 republicans that won't destroy their credibility by blindly standing behind McCain's lies and Palin's "executive experience."

    Nice to see a few republicans truly put Country First.

    September 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Concerned Teen, Ga

    Since that lady, I forgot her name, changed over to the republicans people are flocking over to Obama! Please please people! Do what is best for future genrations like myself! We need change and Obama wil bring that! Don't think only about yourself! Think about america as a whole! Think about what's best! You know you can! We can bring hope to our country and have a better status in the other parts of the world! Yes we can! YES WE CAN!

    September 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. McPalin = More Bush McFailin

    The first and only Republican opinion I respect!!

    I'm sure McCain will try to discredit him ASAP.... but it won't help.

    Picking Palin was the worst thing he could have done. Good for us though.

    Obama/Biden '08 and '12

    September 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Michael

    This is not a surprise, but Welcome aboard!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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