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. Jeremy, IA

    Welcome aboard! YES WE CAN! Obama/Biden '08!

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Amy in Minneapolis

    Welcome aboard congressman, you see the light too?

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Walt

    I don't care what his motives are, his sentiment is correct. I challenge any republican out there to tell me what they have heard from McCain or Palin that sounds even remotely like they offer something new. Eight more years of this, no way.

    September 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. thankfully

    John, what's that I hear in the distance? Sounds like na na na na...na na na na... hey hey hey... good bye.......

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

    Now here's one Republican that realizes Senator Obama is the only one along with Senator Biden and the Dems that's telling the entire truth. Hurray! God is truly shinning on the Dems

    Cynthia
    Redan, GA

    September 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Welcome, Welcome, Welcom

    Welcome aboard Congressman Gilchcrest. Our tent is very big.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter

    Welcome Congressman!!!!

    As far as new things.....Barack Obama has been talking about the online checkbook for the last 9 months. Stop stealing others people ideas Palin.

    September 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    Hey Republicans,
    All aboard the OBAMA train. Next Stop, Pennsylvania Ave.....

    PUMA's are welcome too :-)

    September 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Susan

    LETS GET ON BOARD AMERICA!!!

    It's not about the candidates! It's not about gender! It's not about race!

    It's simply about OUR FUTURE and OUR CHILDREN FUTURE!!!

    I'm voting for Obama only because it make sense and it's the right thing to do when it comes to my responsibility as a citizen.

    God bless!

    September 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Edwin K C

    Way to go, More to come including Hagel

    September 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Tayo

    That is smart one from someone who sees beyond party affliation

    Tayo

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. sam

    welcome home.

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. White Mother for Obama!!

    well.. there goes the neighborhood... a democrat endorsing McCain and a Republican endorsing Obama...

    I think this Democrat /Republican stuff is up the creek nowdays lol.

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. pat

    Another paid patsy of the Obama sleaze train. At least Gilchrest's retirement will be funded by Obama. The Mavericks will keep the sleaze CORRUPT Lawyers of BO and Joey B out of Washington. McCain/Palin 08!!

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Anti Palin...Pro Women

    ====good news===

    good people don't want liars in the W.H

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Melissa Petoskey, MI

    Did you know also that Chuck Hagal, a staunch republican, said this whole Palin thing is nonsense and she really doesn't have foreign policy experience? Sounds like some people are taking Amy Pohler's advice and growing some nads.

    Let the debates Begin!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Dave

    Now we have to pay higher taxex to be patriotic per Joe B. All you Obama lovers, be ready to pay if he's elected.

    September 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. undecided in ohio

    Yikes! ...not a good day for the McCain campaign, eh?

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Brian

    Encouraging, but no impact as MD is in the bag for Obama already.

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Orlando

    Forget that show us your tax returns Palin.

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Aliou salam FL

    Fraud and Plagiarism doesn't register in Mcbush/patin vocab.

    pathological liars don't have a conscience.

    They stole change, and transparency. What prevents them from stealing more stuff? After all, she takes the money for the bridge to nowhere and uses it to bruild infrastructures on stolen land and remodel her governor mansion. she hires friends and fires foes.

    Sounds like pork and abuse of power ? not really .... to her. She is just juggling her own reality ..... out of touch.

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. A good citizen

    I'm glad some people are starting to understand what's going on.

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Chi4Obama

    After witnessing Sarah Palin's lack of incompetence over the last several days-she has pretty much sealed the fate of her party for this election.

    Between all of her lies, and verbal gaffes....I'm trying to figure out is she really that dumb. Or is she really just a Democrat in disguise (smile).

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    McCain is clueless and Troopergate Palin is a fraud.

    No one with a brain could want this duo in charge.

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. temi

    FINALLY AN HONEST REPUBLICAN WHO WONT BLINDLY DEFEND MORE OF THE SAME

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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