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. mike

    D'oh!

    Looks like the Republican house of cards is tumbling down!

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Mike

    You have done the right thing Congressman Wayne Gilchrist.
    We really need to ask ourselves " R we better off than what we were 8 yrs ago?"
    I would urge the Republicans to open their eyes and give Obama/Biden a chance to rebuild our country, to bring back the solid economic era that Clinton/Gore had provided us.

    Give them a chance. Its time for change.

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. John

    How come CNN won't let the country that McCain and Palin dissed us here in Iowa today they came here during the floods and we were good enough for a photo op then but when the republicans here asked them to travel around town today to see what the 10 Billion dollar flood did to us they said we don't have the time. Iowa is not going to vote for you John McCain, we will vote for someone who care about us, Barack Obama. CNN print my word, stop censoring me.

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. D.Kimbro OHIO

    That does'nt surprise me that a man of morals would have a problem with the dishonest race this man is running. If McCain is right why are so many conservatives now attacking the same candidate that was so hot coming out of the GOP convention. If Carl Rove calls you a liar (paraphrased) you have problems. Then again he shoul recognize a liar since he is also one.

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Foreign observer

    Finally the first Republicans use their brains. Only the ones with the million dollar wallets won´t probably change their minds.

    September 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. vs

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

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Kate Fergus

    It seems incredible that anyone with any rational thinking could support McCain/Palin. Obama wants to reach across the aisle to promote bipartisan initiatives to help heal the country. Obviously Gilchrest is someone who feels he can do this.

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Demopublican for Change

    And the truth shall set you free!!! ;~)

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

    Welcome aboard Congress Gilchrest. We have a very big tent, and you are more than welcome to join us.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Reagan

    FYI – These polls are based on registered voters. Which mean s nothing. I am a registered Democrat who will be voting Republican as is many, many people will do. I doubt many Republican registered voters will be voting for the dictator Obama.

    Only those that want a Dictatorship in U.S.A will vote for Obama.
    The president of Iran has the same flashy smile as Obama people, a warlord is still a warlord.

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Joyce in Florida

    This is great. Let the games begin. This Hillary Clinton supporter is voting for Obama/Biden.

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. DREADY1RASTA

    Train kept a rollin'.............

    Obama/Biden!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Jim

    Breadth of experience...LOL!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Sewah11

    She put Alaska's checkbook on line and Palin and her closet advisors use personal cell phones to make sure they can't get subpeonaed. You really believe that she is trustworthy??

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    Say hello to your new President... President Barack Obama

    September 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Peter (CA)

    We always appreciate someone who votes his conscience.

    Welcome Mr. Gilchrist!

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. great american

    good sensible man keep up the good work of telling the truth from lies
    go obama biden2008/12

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. MLD

    That's why he lost his seat. He cannot differentiate between the experience of decades in the Senate plus a governorship and a community organizer.

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Frank

    See ! You can be Republican and have common sense! It's not the Republican philosophy that is flawed – it's the Bush/Palin/McCain policy of war and a third term.

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Rich

    Sweet, refreshing honesty!!! Good god, how I've missed you!

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. NO WAY NO WAY

    THE TRAIN IS moving ,better hop aboard!

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. WASP!-Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    Wow, another Republican jumping ship off the mccain/palin sideshow. I guess they will start to come in droves. I honestly didn't think there was any honest rethuglicans out there. I'm impressed, so far there are two.
    mccain/palin=pathological liars

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. TheJarHead

    So does this former republican! Welcome aboard!!

    Vets for Obama/Biden – 08/12!

    September 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. The King

    that guy is a total JOKe. WHo the heck cares whats he thinks. loser

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Jeanine G

    sounds like a smart and honorable congressman who truly understands that what is good for the country doesn't always follow party lines!

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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