August 10th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
16 years ago

San Francisco mayor endorses Clinton

Newsom endorsed Clinton's White House bid Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid Friday, the latest in a string of prominent Californians who are throwing their support behind the New York Democrat.

“Hillary Clinton has been fighting for progressive values for decades and she has shown us all that she is ready to lead our country as we face enormous challenges,” Newsom said Friday in a joint appearance with Clinton.

Newsom will also become a co-chair of the campaign.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially endorsed Clinton's bid last May. The senator has also won endorsements from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Rep. Jane Harman, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

Newsom and Villaraigosa have both been the subject of recent controversy, each admitting earlier in the year to extramarital affairs.

California, one of the many states to move up its primary to February 5, will likely play a key role in determining the presidential nominees.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    HUGE suprise!!!

    Bet this is one endorsement Hill could do without!

    August 10, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. James, Phoenix AZ

    Wow – Hillary got the nod from two California mayors?? REALLY?? Hell, let's call the whole primary off!!

    August 10, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Ali A. Akbar

    Oh great. The Mayor who would end federalism and endorse anarchy endorses Socialize Hillary.

    August 10, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    A case of the Unfaithful for the Unelectable?

    August 10, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Kim, Mpls, MN

    It puzzles me that her campaign has made such a significant effort to court all of these endorsements, possibly even having her supporters pay off their debts ie. Tom Vilsack. Hmmm, more of the same....worry about the people.

    August 10, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Two nights ago at the AFL-CIO debate, Hillary Clinton said, "if you need someone to take on the right, I'm your girl."

    This sound bite was almost Bush worthy in it's level of divisiveness and stupidity.

    I don't need you to take on the right, Mrs. Clinton. I don't need a champion of the left to jump in there and stir up the base the same way Bush has done to the right for the last six years.

    The base won't gain you the Presidency, ma'am.

    The time for the sort of us versus them mentality typified by your niave statement last night, Mrs. Clinton, is over.

    Barrack Obama is tapping into the feeling that pervades this country, the feeling that we are all of ONE NATION, FOR THE PEOPLE, not "for the politicians". Beyond that, I can think of others who have been much more willing to "take on the right" than you have, not least of which is Barry Obama.

    MRS. CLINTON, YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TAKING ON THE RIGHT. You haven’t been speaking up in Congress, you’ve been safely hiding...

    You blindly voted for a Right sponsored disaster of a war and have never apologized for your mistake.

    You stand by and say nothing as others call for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney as they break law after law and craft bigger lie after lie to cover it.

    While the American Constitution goes the way of a bald eagle in a bathtub full of DDT you say less than others in an effort to protect your meaningless status.

    Did I hear you speak up when Habius Corpus was reversed and when anyone’s rights where stripped away merely by the “accusation” of being a terrorist?
    When Nancy Pelosi was arguing that point, or the point warrartless wiretapping was illegal where you there beside her on C-SPAN?

    The two “girls” in action?

    Nope. Even John McCain spoke far more memorably about it than whatever sound bite you espoused at the time.

    When it was revealed that Alberto Gonzalez had tried to coerce John Ashcroft into signing an illegal surviellence program on possibly his deathbed were you speaking out in outrage like John Webb or Harry Reid or even Joe Biden?

    Were you even half as outspoken as Arlen Spector for cryin out loud, when he said that he’s lost all crediblity in our Attorney General? Or when he found out that an attorney in his own office authorized provisions of the Patriot Act that give the President absolute sole authority, totally bypassing your own Congress, to decide arbitrarily who should be a U.S. Attorney?

    When it became known that the U.S. is outsourcing it’s interrogations of POWs and suspected terrorists to countries in the former Soviet Union, Syria and Cuba, were you there besides the dozens of other Senators that loudly proclaimed it’s unconstitutionality?

    Where you beside President Jimmy Carter a few months ago when he called George W. Bush the worst President in history?
    Or when he wrote two scathing books on the effects of the current administration? Was your book as decisive and harsh to the right?

    If it was, I can't remember the chapter.

    August 10, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Dee, Plano , TX

    One is juged by the company the company they keep...Is Gavin Newsome not the same guy who ignored/defied CA state law and gave marriage licenses to Gays and Lesbians in 2004? Thanks to Gavin Newsome, this galvanized the so-called right-wing Evangelicals and cost the Dems the 2004 election.

    August 11, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Barry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I think this guy had a lot of courage to put his career on the line to do what was right. Some day his picture will be right along side the likes of Rosa Parks. He did the right thing, and some day if freedom and justice win out he'll be recognized for that. He's human. He made a mistake with that affair. I think his sincerity for the cause of justice and equality far outweighs that mistake though.

    In any case, I don't know if I love Hillary, but I see what she's saying. 90% of GOP candidates don't support my definition of equality and civil rights. Too many tend to support Christian people rather than all American people. I can see why he'd support her, to stand up for freedom and justice and oppose theological laws.

    August 11, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. pl, NYC, NY att the UN, for a while.

    America is still dealing with frontiers, or should I say "again"?

    This time is neither sex nor race, nor education.

    It is whether a Clinton & Clinton co-presidency is better or worse for the world than a "let's go for broke" candidate.

    August 11, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Michael - Stamford, CT

    I think Hillary Clinton has good reason to ask questions about a military draft considering how President Bush didn't give more details. It also makes me wonder if he is considering a draft to start a war with Iran. Thumbs up to Hillary on this, she has got my vote.

    August 13, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |