September 24th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama gets boost in Iowa

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Veteran Iowa Democratic operative Gordon Fischer announced Monday he is throwing his support behind Sen. Barack Obama's White House bid, a key endorsement for the Illinois senator in the early caucus state that places a premium on campaign organization.

"Like all Democrats I am desperate to win the White House, and I am absolutely convinced Sen. Obama is the candidate who has the best chance against any Republican in the field," Fischer, the state's former Democratic party chairman, said in a conference call with reporters.

"In order to win in a swing state, in a competitive state like Iowa, it's not enough to just get Democrats out. You can't sort of gin up your base," he added. "Sen. Obama is best positioned to bring along independents and even some Republicans."

Fischer added he will be in touch with Democrats across the state from now until the January caucuses "making the pitch for Obama."

A recent LA Times/Bloomberg survey of Iowa Democrats shows Obama in third place at 19 percent, 4 points behind former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and 9 points behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. julia, baltimore, md

    Go, obama,
    We are with you as always, never forgotten even if there is so much mind game in America

    September 24, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Wesner, Miami Beach, Fl

    Finally, Hope!!!

    September 24, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Mike Orlando,FL

    Oh my, a story about Obama. Is everyone happy?

    September 24, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Simon, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Go get them, Barack!

    Nice endorsement.

    September 24, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Robert, Cleveland, OH

    Who cares?

    September 24, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Ron, TX

    "Like all Democrats I am desperate to win the White House, and I am absolutely convinced Sen. Obama is the candidate who has the best chance against any Republican in the field," Fischer, the state's former Democratic party chairman, said in a conference call with reporters.


    Mr. Fischer is on point.

    September 24, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Travis

    Clinton, Obama, Clinton and Obama, Clinton, Obama, Clinton. Just summarizing CNN's ticker headlines.

    September 24, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. JB Boston MA

    Let me begin by saying, kudos to the large number of people on this ticker who have been saying exactly this. Obama does stand a better chance of winning vs. a Republican!

    Now for all of the blind Hillary fans who claimed this was some sort of Republican conspiracy, what are your thoughts now? Let me refute some of your irrational claims now. Karl Rove isn't making this guy say this! Nor is Cheney, Bush or the entire Republican party. Here we have a democratic operative that believes Obama stands a better chance in the National elections. Period. If you go back and look at some of the posts over the last few weeks, anyone who said something similar, was attacked and accused of being a Republican plant. It's a little bit tougher to make that claim now. I am sure some will still grasp on to it though.

    September 24, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Providence, RI

    Obama lacks experience in foreign and domestic policy...

    September 24, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Ron, Piscataway, New Jersey

    Obama IS the best candidate.
    You hear a lot of Independants saying if Hillary is the nominee they surely would vote republican.
    And a lot of republicans say they would be really motivated to do their best to defeat Hillary.

    You DO hear a lot of Independant support for Obama and you even hear some Republicans expressing interest in Obama.

    Hillary pushes independants away and motivates the Republican base.
    Obama brings in independants and at least neutralizes the Republican base.

    September 24, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Obama is "naive" and "inexperinced"- he cannot and will not win the general election, if he were nominated, which is very unlikely…

    Is naive is using his judgement on Iraq regardless if he had a vote or not. Maybe you should check that interview and see exactly how he spelled trouble for invading Iraq. Or how about the fact that he actually has more elected experience then HillBill and Edwards. And how naive was he in pointing out the threat of Bin Laden in pakistan, and to now hear bin laden lob threats at the pakistani leader. Didnt Obama state he would attack Bin laden with the right intelegence. Oh so naive and enexperienced. Please that is way overblown and the only thing these old tired politicians can come up with.

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Joline, Maine

    Providence, Rhode Island: I don't know how you can feel justified in saying that. Do you believe all of the propaganda that people tell you without checking it out for yourself? You are aware that Obama has spent a considerable greater amount of time in elected office than Clinton has, right?

    September 24, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Felifar1 Indianapolis, IN

    umm..hello? Clinton has no experience at all either. Being the wife of a governor and the wife of a president makes you neither. And she was actually a wife that could't keep her own family in line.
    Obama was organizing in Chicago and teaching constitutional law long before Billary came on the scene.

    Obama 08~!!!!

    September 24, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. pam Eugene Or

    Where have you been. That is old, tired HRC speaking. Obama has much more experience than she does. HRC thought she could swat him like a fly and make him go away. That is not happening! Please be more informed and back up you STUPID statement with the correct facts.
    Obama 08

    September 24, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Mabao, Union City, Utah

    No matter how good Obama is, he will NOT win the general election, period. I am not going to say why, you figure it out.

    Perhaps the candidate with best chance of winning for the democrats is John Edwards, although I really really dislike him.

    September 24, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Christian Barger, Griswold IA

    Perfict, the best man for the best job, vote Obama!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. RuthieM

    Congratulations, Obama!! You have the leadership, the experience, the strength, the judgment, the wisdom, the insight, the GUTS, to be our next president! GO OBAMA '08!!!

    September 25, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    Posted By Mabao, Union City, Utah : September 24, 2007 11:45 pm

    How sad that you do not believe in America. Obama will win. I will vote for him, my friends will vote for him, their friends will vote for him, and when my friends' friends, your neighbors, ask you to vote for him. Please look at his policies and him carefully. Then decide.

    September 26, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |