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. Doug Quance

    Some endorsement. The guy couldn't even win his primary.

    September 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Jackson

    Abby... Just goes to show Sarah Pilon is clueless, and she's way over her head. The more this two clowns (Mackain-Pilon) talk the deeper in the hole they get. Pepugs are stupid but too are starting to wise up and they realize the jig is up.

    September 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Woman Voting for Obama

    Thank you!! Nice to hear this!! Obama and Biden are more educated as well... People just want to make up lies about Obama but EVERYONE knows that they have more experience and more knowledge. I am tired of the same ole stuff!!

    Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. TM

    Wow – I like this guy!! He's a real maverick, unlike some republicans we know...

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Obama WILL win FL

    Thank you...... This is someone who TRULY puts our GREAT Country first..... by endorsing the BEST MAN FOR THE JOB.

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Liz T, Tucson

    I predict Colin Powell will endorse Obama this weekend.

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Obamacan

    I'm another republican for Obama. My family and most of my republican friends are also for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Shannon WA ST

    Good for him. I think alot of republicians are going to come out for Obama and Biden. They are putting country first unlike John Mccain.
    Obama/ Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. tmac

    Palion's earmarks for Wasilla amount to about $4000 for every man, woman and child. If every town in America received comparable earmarks, we would be talking a trillion dollars. It's good to see that there are some Republicans who still have a conscience. Bravo Rep. Gilchrest!

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. TheTruthHurts

    Somebody is waking up.

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Sue

    !
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    True American will support McCain!
    !

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Chris

    As a Navy brat, I offer this saying : "Even rats abandon a sinking ship!"

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Independent Floridian

    That makes no sense! Why would a person say that Barack has the experience to lead? haha the guy was a community organizer and a professional politician running for US Senate while a state senator and running for Preseident as a US senator... He has no record worthy of calling himself experience. My opinion look at the state he comes from.. he wants to win the house seat he has to endorse Obama... This man is bizzare to be quite frank !

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. reasoner

    Bush trying to discuss EEECONOMONICS is like Bush trying to discuss EKDUMACATION! lol. P.S. I'm a registered Democrat, for the moment, and I'm voting McCain. He is, unfortunately, the lesser of the two evils this time around. Third parties begin your 2112 campaigns November 5, PLEASE!

    September 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Brandon - Gahanna, Ohio

    I'm a Republican. I'll be voting for Obama come November.

    "Dailay Scandal" Palin & John McSame I think can only fool so many people for so long. When people finally take a moment to go out and fact check these people and see what a group of liars the Republican ticket is touting, I truly think they'll come to the same conclusion I have. And I've voted pretty much straight Republican for 10 years, aside from a few Senate seats.

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Linda

    I couldn't find a directly relevant place on your site in which to make this comment, so I hope you will accept it here.

    Why of why does Cindy McCain almost always stand on the stage near her husband? It seems she is always hovering in the background. Why?

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Yasriel

    This picture says volumes...What must be going on in Rep. Wayne Gilchrest's mind as he stood watching McCain talk?
    Something like, "McClueless, keep 'em dazed with your lies"
    hahahahaha

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. mitchell

    going out on the high-road. nice move.

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Tony in Mocksville, NC

    Well, apparently some of them are starting to see the light.

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Rodger

    There will be many more Republicans...Colin Powell, 4-5 Senators and other congressmen who can't hold their nose.

    September 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Jason

    Dennis P-

    The republicans would rather mortgage our country's future to foreign countries than actually be fiscally responsible and just pay as we go. The wealthy, and everyone else now, needs to work their butts off to get this country back together and become a world leader again.

    Its going to take a leader to do that, something this country has not had in 8 years.

    McPalin has proven they will say and do anything to get what they want. What a shame. McCain's good name is in the mud now by his own doing. And Palin weaving and dodging these investigations of her is DEFINATELY more of the same.

    September 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. tax_the_rich

    Well, as a Reagan republican, its hard to support a democrat. But the republicans have strayed from the old principles. Its time for a change. (Somebody already thought of that line). What we need most is heavy taxes on those making $200,000 or more. If Obama can make that happen, a lot of good things will happen for the country. Of course, income from true innovation should not be taxed heavily.

    September 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. cecil

    Patriotism; John F. Kennedy

    Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Aaron from Ohio

    The financial turmoil in the markets, the deregulation of the banking system that Senator Phil Graham from Texas was the principal architect of, the loss of respect from our allies and the pick of Sarah Palin may have created a toxic environment for the republicans this year. The bounce that greeted Governor Palin's selection is fading as more about her comes out. The lipstick may still be on the pitbull, but the bloom has faded from her rose. Hiding her from the press may have given McCain's campaign time to give her a crash course in world affairs, but it also highlighted the fact that she needed one because she was so ill-informed. Rep. Gilchrest lost his primary and now has no reason not to say what many republicans are already thinking. Now that his job is gone he can say what he believes to be the truth. There can be no retribution from the party if you're not going to be there.

    September 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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