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. voter

    well this is news. Republicans will be jumping ship after all of the gaffes of McCain and Palin. Glad people are starting to wak up.

    September 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Dennis P

    Be a Patriot!

    The Obama-Biden camp believe you can buy Patriotism as per VP candidate Joe Biden says that paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.
    in his words, “it’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”
    I guess, as Obama and Biden see it China or Russia or heck even Iran could be good US Patriots, as its all about money, not Honor, Service, Sacrifice and Ideals. No wonder you can't challenge Obama's Patriotism.... He buys it!

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

    GOP = Sinking Ship.

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Mark

    I live in Maryland, and I am a Democrat. Thanks Wayne! Wayne has always been a true 'Maverick' in Maryland, and its good to see him crossing party lines yet again to support Obama.

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. NO WAY NO WAY

    of course he did. he is actually putting country first! Who is going to vote for someone on the national seen for two months, nevermind the fact she will not even answer questions. SMART MOVE ON HIS PART.

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. QG

    Great Choice.... I can appreciate your understanding that this country needs to go in a new direction!

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Former Republican For Obama

    Now THAT is putting your 'Country First'!

    The Republican party used to be the reform party, to stop corrupt politics and to put our nation before everything else! But now, thanks to extreme liberal-hunting conservatives and Karl Rove politics, the REPUBLICAN party is the one that is corrupt!

    We need change! Obama/Biden '08!

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Jesse from Berlin

    like i said......things fall apart and the center cannot hold......
    the cookies start to crumble
    who`s next?

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. georgia independent

    Senator Gilchrest – GOOD JOB!

    September 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Tom

    Wow! The chickens are coming home to roost for the neo-Cons. Repubs, you have no one to blame but yourselves. (PS: Sounds like Rep. Gilchrest may have read David Brooks' NYT column!)

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. obama 08

    Welcom Mr. Gilchrest

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Mike

    The Republican Party is starting to wake up. Let's just say that McCain and Palin are not what the Country needs.We can see where this is headed.We need more folks like Gilchrest to make a stand.

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Helen

    Some republicans within themselves also know that America right now need a change and Obama and Biden has all it take. The only thing that can stop Obama is the colour of his skin.

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Darrel from Denver

    Welcome aboard.

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Thank you congressman!

    Even republicans are starting to believe that McBush is a Joke!

    Obama 08

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. mark from england

    as i said mccain is going baby

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. A New Beginning

    Let the tidal wave begin

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    The Sour Grapes Republicans – no alligences because Bush has sold them out. Obama is the beneficiary of the disgruntled and he knows it.

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Rick

    Biggest beneficiary of money from Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae = Chris Dodd-Democrat

    Second biggest beneficiary = Barack Obama-Democrat

    Change? lol...I don't think so. Just more democrat corruption.

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Peggy

    I am not American, I don't live in the States. The USA will need a strong LEADER TO STAND UP TO V.PUTIN AND D. MEDVEDEV. These 2 Russian leaders are no Saddam Hussein. They already have Europe down on its knees because most European countries buy their OIL from Russia and they (France, Germany, Italy...) can't say or do anything when Russia attacks another country.
    I can't wait to see where the world is going in the next 4 years.

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Susan

    I would rather have this guy. Let McCain keep Rothschild and Trump!

    September 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Eric-29-m-PA

    He was voted out. People won't listen to him.

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. V-NC

    good choice congressman!

    Even republicans are starting to believe that McBush is a Joke!

    Obama 08

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Joyce, nj

    It's really all starting to fall into place....thank goodness there's still people out there with sense.

    Palin was a big gamble to McCain. I think if he had picked say Romney or Hagel someone like that, this would be a close election.
    Right now, I can't wait until Nov. 4 and declare all these nonesense from the Republicans officially dead!

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Chi4Obama

    Hey CNN,

    I'm just waiting to hear when Karl Rove will endorse Obama. That's when you know that Gramps McSane and his pet "Moose" are done...

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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