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. Steve

    The McCain campaign continues to try to steal ideas from the Obama campaign. This is just one more example. Note how McCain is now talking about "Change"? Hmmmm....wonder where he got that idea from? Each day I think the McCain campaign can't get sillier. Each day they prove me wrong. I fully expect by the end of this week that McCain will say he's actually African American, and Palin will say that she knows all about Africa, because she has a map of the world in her garage that she can see from her house.

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Brain in DC

    "We just can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat hazardous, which leads to recklessness."

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Lynn:60 yr old Obama supporter

    McCain is running on being able to reach across party lines. So where is his bipartisan support?? Seems like Obama is the one who is getting the endorsements from a wide range of political and economic leaders. His Middle East and Europe trip also reveals respect for him as a leader from a wide ranging types of leader.

    In fact, where are the Republicans supporting him ?His sidekicks Leiberman and Graham seem to have disappeared from the scene.

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. X in Ann Arbor

    You can't fault someone for picking the more competent choice, regardless of party affiliation.

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

    Sarah Palin does not want the people that do not use thier own
    mind ,to know that she is a liar as well as abusing her power to
    get her way. If she has nothing to hide why not shout to the hills
    what she did. Maybe the Russians will hear it also.She talks so fast
    she over shadow McCain so bad that if I was Cindy McCain I would
    tell her to shut-up.

    thanks Neptune N.J.

    September 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Brian

    With a voting record like Gilchrest's, why does he continue to identify himself as a republican? I guess he is one of the very few republicans who actually embrace real core republican values - unlike john mccain.

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Jon

    THANK GOD FOR THE MODERATES!

    If nothing else, at least this campaign is showing people don't have to play the partisan-politics game. You have prominent Dems endorsing McCain and prominent GOPers endorsing Obama. Perhaps we really can break the vicious Rovian-cycle.

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Mayday, mayday..This is the Republicans..We are going down..Someone help us!!!

    Republicans are jumping the sinking ship...This is great! I feel re-energized about Senator Obama becoming the next President of the United States. He will bring about "hope"...He has already brought about "change" in this election. So, I can't wait to see the change once he is in the White House.

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Republican (voting dem this election)

    If the Republicans can question Barack Obama's qualifications for POTUS and Commander in Chief, how is it possible they could turn around and nominate Palin for VP? Stunning!!!!
    It has really been bothering me – the charges that Obama is all talk and no action. Those of us who support him and have reviewed his record know there is no basis to this charge, but just to make sure, I went to the Congressional Record (www.thomas.gov) and did a search for bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Senator Obama in his three short years in the US Senate. I searched the 109th and 110th Congresses which cover the years 2005-2007.
    In a nut shell I found:
    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.
    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.
    Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.
    His record is in fact quite impressive for a junior Senator from Illinois. Just go to senate.gov and see it for your self.
    WHAT~~~~~HAS~~~~~SARAH PALIN~~~~~ACCOMPLISHED? (Enlighten me, would ya)

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Angi's Mom

    Rep Gilchrest, we welcome you. President Obama will bring sanity to Wash DC.

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. whybuffetmatters

    True American with an interest to make this country strong and respected around the world. I appreciate his honesty; I am an independent who voted Republican and now voting for Obama. It is about issues.

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. musti

    And people will understand it what is going over millions of numbers. Be realistic. Will you give categorized spending and then details?

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. gene

    Funny how the Republicans that are retiring are endorsing Obama. The only ones that are endorsing McCain are the ones worried about their own careers and have to be biased.

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Avi

    Yeah, Sarah...let's have transparency with the accounting, but what about yourself? Ignoring subpoenas? What else are you going to keep away from the public eye?

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. John

    Isn't funny how the democrats and the liberal media blame the republicans for the current state of the economy... Funny thing is, if my memory serves me right, the economy was just fine until 2 years ago. What happened in those two years? OH YEAH, THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER CONGRESS AND SENATE!!! What would everyones favorite celebrity Obama have to say if he took part in a non liberal media interview, oh wait he did on O'reily. I thought he was going to cry when he got grilled on his mythical plans but he has but no answers to any of his plans, just a lot of talk. I will agree, he is a good talker when he has a script to read!!

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Obama Supporter from FL

    Go Obama!

    September 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Vote Republican because

    She can see Russia from her backyard !!!

    September 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. when the economy is bad, the party in power loses

    Why does Governor Palin conduct official state business with Yahoo email?

    How low can you possibly get?

    September 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Gretchen Oglesby

    Good for him for being honest.

    September 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Judy, NY

    I really can see high hopes for this country. If blacks, whites, latinos, jewish, asian, people come together as one, we will be unstopable. We can do it and I know we will. This is a great country.

    I think GW has treated the country in an awful way. It's like she's been on drugs for 8 years. Now we want to put the country in rehab and get well agian.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    I guess this Republican stepped out of Washington too and "SAW THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!!" A BRIGHT light that reflected a "solution" out of the MESS we're in... That BRIGHT LIGHT was OBAMA/BIDEN – "YES IT WAS"!!!

    OBADEN 2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2016 – YES WE CAN!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. @ NYC

    And the floodgates are opening.

    September 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Filipina

    Well done sir

    Obama/Biden

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Tracey

    Keep 'em coming! All are welcome in the house of "true" democracy for the people, all people in this great country called America! We worked too hard, and the founding fathers worked too hard for this country to end in shambles! Welcome to the "end of a bad era" in America n history!

    We will all have an Obama/Biden christmas! And the people and the world will rejoice!

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    why isn't cnn reporting how mccain confused spain with mexico yesterday!
    google mccain, spain

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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