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. EJ in Texas

    well I guess that's a fair trade from Ms. Rothchild's support of the McCain campaign. She acts more like a Rub and he fits more as a Demo so sounds tit for tat!

    September 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. St Louis for Obama

    Well today is a good day! Finally, people, including republicans, are seeing and speaking the truth! Who'd have thought? GObama '08

    September 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. lisa

    The sad thing is those GOP knows she is not qualified and should not be on the ticket but they would rather win an election and keep their control over the American people than to expose their lies and ungodly truths.

    Palin- defending her own foreign policy experience, Palin has said that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her international expertise. That notion “insulting to the American people.”

    That’s just like say a customer service rep for the Health Department have CDP experience.

    Palin and the GOP we are neither stupid nor dumb.

    Warning to those GOP's who want to hold on to a little integrity and influence you better leave now or forever hold your peace because we will not forget or forgive you.

    Go Obama thanks for giving the DEMs our love and respect back it up hill from here baby!

    September 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Hammer time

    Check out the photo of John and Sarah for the ANWR article. What is he looking at? Hope Cindy sees this photo.

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

    wooohooo another one on are side..I guess they are finally seeing the that the only way is the "Obama / Biden change for America

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    Even the Republicans know that McCain/Palin is another Bush term.

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Jews for obama------

    There are a few bright ones.

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Wal

    Think about it. Education matter.
    You have a ticker of two higher educated Men.
    And the other side is a bachelor degree journalist with Zero foreign experience and the head of the ticker "Boom Boom Boom Iran" thinker.

    Give me a break.
    We need Wise and intellectual leaders to solve the most complex challenges in our time.
    Obama/Biden

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    And so did Rep. Gilchrest.

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Douglas

    wow they morely endorse to obama. horray

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. SusieQ

    The fact that two senior Republican members of Congress now endorses Obama says alot. McSame and Sarah Pale-face are through!

    September 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Seattle Voter

    Wow!...I never expect to hear that from a Republican.

    September 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. This is funny

    Keep them coming. The reasonable GOP will leave the sinking ship of Palin and McCain administation.

    September 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Naturally, the McCain supporters will try to paint him as an elitist.

    September 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Shawn - GA

    this is not news, this would have been news if he said he supported McCain. I don't care who you support you must agree the media is making mountains out of mole hills.

    September 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Shari, NY

    Anybody with smarts will vote for Sen. Obama. Powell needs to step up to the plate too. The PALIN/mc cain team is all about lies and copying Obama's ideas. They should just wave the white flag already.

    September 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Dal CA

    Rep. Wayne Gilchrest is a true American who wants the best for his country. For him when he looks at COUNTRY FIRST the name that comes to mind is OBAMA/BIDEN for PRES/Vice

    September 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Jews for obama------

    I really like the check "book transparency" thing in the ticker

    It's so funny

    September 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. IndependentThinker, NY

    I doubt BO needs his endorsement but there's enough space for even all 300,000,000 Americans

    September 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Julie

    YES YES YES... WE'VE GOT THIS ELECTION IN THE BAG!

    September 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Douglas

    i knew senator obama will win and welcome to white house. it is first black president 2008. cain needs to stop attack to senator obama often. they look bad cain's ads negatively. he is very dishonorable person.

    September 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Baze

    The wheels are falling off the G.O.P. wagon. Obama has given a voice to the disenfranchised members of the Republican party, and now that partisan lines are falling so too is the typical G.O.P. divisiveness. I now see many wing nuts simply staying home on election day.

    ONE NATION

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Ron from Baltimore

    Another disaffected Republican. At least his defection was less dramatic and traumatic than the path Carly Fiorona took; same result. Hagel's words today on Palin leave little doubt that he's of the same mind-"mavericks," you might say, who have had enough of their party's situation.

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Joe

    I think we are going to see more and more Republicans defecting, as Bush has alienated so many in his own party (c.f., Colin Powell). In fact, given McCain's self-proclaimed Maverick status and attempts to distance himself from Bush, I would not be surprised to see him endorse Obama as well.

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Women for Obama/Biden

    Hey guys
    Donald Trump, Rotten child, Limbaug and Joe Duperman or Bill O'silly.

    What else do you have to say...!!

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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