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. Catrina

    Yes we can!

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Paul Wu

    I'm glad after all the media hype on Palin, cool heads prevail...

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. CR in WI

    Amen, a respected congressman believes Obama-Biden has the experience necessary.
    Free from the Republican puppet show, he speaks his mind. If he truly felt McCain was better he certainly would've said so.
    Buckle up for the smears my friend, theys a comin.

    We can agree to give a little more weight to these comments over those of a transcontinental fundraiser named rothschild, dontcha think. . .

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. J.L.

    Amazing... don't see one post with the word "traitor" yet...

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Demopublican for Change

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

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. VOTES

    18 Million people voted for Obama to lead this country.

    Based on his VISION not his experience.

    Palin only got ONE vote and she has no vision (other than seeing Russia from her house)

    September 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. pat

    It amazes me that she is willing to put the government checkbook online but is so afraid that someone will read her e-mail that she doesn't even use the government account but uses a private yahoo account. I think that is very transparent, she is hiding something.

    September 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Darryl

    Let us be honest McCain and Palin has been caught lying too much

    it's algood. God bless america...

    Obama and Binden 08/ 12

    September 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Liz

    That sounds like a lame excuse.

    Maybe he is simply running scared? Team McCain will name names!

    September 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Rob

    But while Obama will propose to put the federal checkbook online, he'd conveniently forget to enter the checks to his cronies and special interest groups. The man isn't even forthcoming with his own information, what makes you think his administration would have transparency?

    How sad to see that yes, unfortunately even a Republican or two might get blinded from the light cast down by the chosen one as he descends from Mt. Oprah, and fall in tune with the rest of the knowledge lacking koolaide drinkers support Obama and Biden.

    September 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Economy is issue #1

    Think about this.........

    If Sen. Obama won POTUS>>>>>

    He's in good health and should something happen to him, fatally, we have another Sen. that IS experienced and the country will continue to progress.

    HOWEVER.............

    If Sen. McCain won POTUS and his health should fail ask yourself would we have an experienced candidate to replace him with that would steer this country towards progress?

    I think not,,,,,,,,,,,

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    September 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Joyce in Florida

    This is great. Let the games begin. This Hillary Clinton supporter is voting for Obama/Biden. Can't wait to see the Democrats back in the White House to fix this awful mess the Bush Administration has made.

    September 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Proud to be American

    Good for him I wonder if others will follow his lead... the truth will make them free.... and the truth is if we want to get out of this big old mess we are in then we must vote for Obama and Biden......

    September 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. john

    i would choose my DOG over Mccain your kidding me

    September 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. charlene, 68, retired registered republican

    obama has my vote since mc cain picked palin. I am pro life but not pro stupid.

    I am scared to death that the hockey mom could end up our president and giggle her way to foreign negotiations. She is a joke and easy to laugh at.

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Hillary Democrat

    President Bill Clinton will endorse John McCain for President. "He thinks during this trouble times in the financial markets, economy and wars in Middle East, we need experience and not a junior senator."

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. john

    tax return of Palin come on show us now what are you hiding??????????????????

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Julie

    Thank goodness honesty is still an American value.

    Good for you, Representative Gilchrest.

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. America for Obama

    It's not about red or blue, or democrat or republican, this election is about wright vs. wrong and truth vs. lies, it's no wonder all of the honest congressman are coming out for Obama no matter what their party. I guess this election will be a good way to find out who works for the institution and who works for the American people. It is obvious that the GOP are the party of liars, decievers, and the wealthy elite.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008-2012!!!

    GO OBAMA GO!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. darko

    HAHA!!!!!..No wonder he lost his seat. He's a RHINO! good riddance.

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. mike

    John –

    I've read the same post from you about 10 times today.

    The economy was not "just fine" until 2 years ago, and even if it was Democrats could hardly bring it crashing down overnight. These things happen over a course of years, not days.

    You need to take a little responsibility for your party, who has had the White House for the past 8 years, and control of Congress for 3/4 of the past 8 years.

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Fairly Obvious

    who cares?

    September 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Walt

    A loser in every respect voting for Obama. Yeah!

    September 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Cam

    Does anyone else find it funny how so many "prominent republicans" like Romney, Guliani, Thompson, Pawlenty, etc. have absolutely raped their own political credibility by lavishing praise on Palin's experience.

    I mean, don't all these politicians hear her saying they are all insiders who should be shot from planes and have their front paws submitted to solve America's economic crisis?

    September 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Why does CNN play up the Dem support of McCain as BIG NEWS for the Republicans, but when a Rep supports Obama they always say something to the effect of "its not surpising, they were for blah blah blah..."?

    This is as much a validation of Obama as they treat Dem defectors for McCain.

    September 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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