December 2nd, 2007
03:11 PM ET
13 years ago

Iowa Mayor Backs Obama

Obama picked up the endorsment from Mayor Cownie in Des Moines, IA on Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama gained the support of Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie on Sunday.

Appearing together at a press conference at the State Historical Society in Des Moines, Cownie praised Obama for his efforts to combat climate change and commitment to invest in renewable energies.

“Barack Obama will put an end to the bitter partisanship that’s stopped us from making progress on the urgent challenge of global warming. He’ll tell the American people what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear," said Cownie.

"As President, he’ll restore America’s standing in the world and lead a global effort to meet this challenge once and for all,” added Cownie.

Obama, who has a plan to make America 50% more energy efficient by 2030, commended Cownie for his environmental achievements.

"Mayor Cownie has shown real leadership on environmental issues, and all Americans – not just the people of Des Moines – have benefited from it," said Obama.

Before elected mayor, Crownie was on the Des Moines City Council where he led Des Moines' long-term economic growth strategy, the “2020 Plan.”

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Tired of Corruption LV

    Congratulations Senator Obama and thank you Mayor Cownie.

    And a huge thank you to all you Iowans with your minds and hearts open to a new united beginning for these United States of American. You're our first line of defense and we're all counting on you

    December 2, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Les WA

    Big deal! As if endorsement of a Mayor matters to the voters. People cast their vote according to their beliefs, conviction and values. The only time a Mayor's endorsement, when every voter are escorted to the polling station with a gun pointed at their heads.

    If my memory serves me right, Bill Clinton lost in Iowa.

    December 2, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. stan pitts pa

    way to go barack climate change is a real and difficult issue to tackle, the future of america and the world is extremely important, thanks for putting that at the top of your to do list, american can only fully claim back its sovereignty, when we become more energy independent, obama 08!

    December 2, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |



    GO OBAMA '08

    December 2, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Makeba Houston, TX

    I really believe the time has come where people are rejecting the idea of inevitability. And in the end, I think the fresh candidate is going to trump the Clinton "machine." It is my prediction that she will not only lose this election, but will not be re-elected to Congress either.

    December 2, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Nando, Palm Coast,FL

    Sorry Hillary, The wheels will come off in Iowa.

    Obama 08

    December 2, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Daniel, NY

    In more good news for Obama campaign, he is strong in a general election poll released today!

    December 2, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Vic

    It's so difficult to keep track of what Obama's stands are, or what his plans are concerning major, future issues. Why is that? Because he spends the majority of his verbal output criticizing Hillary Clinton. How frustrating is that? Very! At this crucial time, we need anything but putting down fellow Democrats. Otherwise, how can we possibly decide whether or not he's worthy of our vote?
    He may be running evenly with her in the polls, but to overtake her, he's got to quit putting her down and talk about himself for a change. Only then can we make an educated decision about this race.

    December 2, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Keit W, newark,nj

    It's not about sex, race, or blablabla...
    it's all about America....we want our America back , we need respect around the world
    Yes we going to vote for You, Obama..
    Go..Go obama
    And Cownie the country is proud of you

    " yes yes Obama "

    December 2, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. ALPHA

    OBAMA' 08

    December 2, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Susan Walker, Middletown, CA

    Barack Obama's presidency will not only be the beginning of a true cooperation of all the peoples of this nation, but will also be a huge step in true cooperation of all the world's peoples.
    May we all be blessed to have his leadership.
    Thank you Iowa voters for your intelligience reflected in the current polls. Kudos to Des Moines' mayor!

    December 2, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Dom Einhorn

    "America 50% more energy efficient by 2030"? We need to be at that level in 5-7 years or we will be in very bad shape.

    Pollution Cause

    December 2, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    I suppose if the Des Moines mayor were black we could talk about how he's only supporting Obama because he's black. But that's not it.

    I know, Obama isn't really black, he's half-white. That might be why he got the endorsement from a white mayor.

    My take is that Obama has the right skills, experience, and judgment to make the right decisions. As George II said, "I'm the decider". It will be nice to have an intelligent, thoughtful decider, who will listen to all sides of an argument to help him before he comes to a conclusion.

    I have to believe that common sense will prevail in this election and we'll have a common sense candidate to represent all of us. Go Obama!

    December 2, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Jeremy,nasua,NH

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. I can not believe this. I am thrilled someone is having some commonsense somewhere in Iowa. How good that sounds?
    Go Barack,we have your Back!

    December 2, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Mia, Stafford, VA


    He will stop the BICKERING & find COMMON GROUND with anyone open to finding common ground. Wouldn't that be nice?

    December 2, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Gary,Iowa

    Yes! Change is happening in Iowa. No more drama, I am voting for Obama!

    December 2, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Christian, Tampa FL

    Though I'm an Obama supporter, I absolutely agree that our path toward energy efficiency must be much faster than the Senator is proposing. However, I also believe that one has to take political baby steps and that more drastic changes can occur later on. Now that the world is increasingly obsessed with the environment, progress is likely to come.

    December 2, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    Posted By Vic : December 2, 2007 3:36 pm

    Obama has talked in great detail of his plans on a host of issues. He is far more detailed than any other candidate. AND you can go look for yourself at his web site. NO ONE can say he doesn't talk about the issues. Maybe the news media doesn't cover it because they figure people who care about who they are going to vote for, would care enough to find out what the candidates stand for. GO LOOK at Obama's web site and his stand on the issues. After you study it carefully, you'll be an Obama supporter too, I guarantee it.

    December 2, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. MASS COMM, Irvine CA

    SORRY GUYS BUT I DISAGREE. Granted it's nice to see a Obama take a stand on environment issues, that doesn't qualify him to run an entire nation. He's too young, nice, and inexperienced. He has no idea about foreign policy or the first thing about ending the war. He is just not that experienced. GO HILLARY '08!

    December 2, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. Joeley Reno, Nevada


    Your strength, stamina and experience is what I'm voting for.

    VOTE HILLARY 2008!

    December 2, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Candice, Nashville, TN

    All this recent evidence about people taking Obama seriously is making me proud. I was beginning to lose faith in people deciding with their brain instead of their emotions. Iowa will start the wildfire for the rest of the nation who has not yet had to really pay attention to what's going on like some of the early states have. Obama is someone I have come to love, admire, and beam proudly about when I think of him being my/our leader. I have been driven to know more about him since his spectacular speech at the Democratic Convention in 2004. This is a man you need to pay attention to ladies and gentlemen. He is what our country and the world needs. Wake up folks! God has sent us a true leader!

    December 2, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. stan pitts pa

    im proud and prouder every day to be American, we need a leader that will restore our moral integrity in the world, so once more the world can rally around us, and thats the best way to beat the terrorists whereever they may be, when the world respects and trusts america therein lies our true strenght, obama 08!

    December 3, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Candice, Nashville, TN, you Tennessee voters made mistake in 2000, Al Gore should be in White House and there's no mess like now, is it not enough? You are going to make another mistake for our Country? You are foolish like Obama.

    December 3, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  24. Deshawa

    During the hostage crisis, Hillary immediately stopped what she was doing, cancelled an important speech at the DNC, showed her care, compassion and warmth for ALL candidates’ workers, WHAT A TRUE PROFESSIONAL CLASSY FIRST LADY AND PRESIDENT IN 2008…
    For all you mothers out there, Please vote for Hillary, we have let these old men ruin out great country, let a Woman show them how it can be done without a war or back yard politics like obama is playing…

    If you let a celebrity like oprah, influence your decision, SHAME on you! You will be selling out your country and your children’s health care and future. If you recently read the article that employees of HARPO prod, said she is power hungry! She would spent every penny to buy a black president and get her foot in the white house, I MOST DEFINITLY WOULD NOT want oprah making any decisions for this country, she wants in the white house anyway she can, we have seem that before. How do you think bush was elected a second time! We the American people! DO NOT have the time to teach obama/oprah how to be a politician, this great country in is need of someone who can hit the floor running in 2008, because the American people do not know all the damage BUSH/CHANEY has really done because they are liars and dishonest and should be IMPEACHED. ALL of the republicans stood back, took the money and let these two stooges almost destroy our great country, is why republicans will loose most likely every election this time around.
    Clintons have already very successfully cleaned up a bush mess. WE HAVE SEEN THEY CAN DO IT!
    Clinton is the Smart and only choice in 2008. Id like to see John Edwards as her VP or Bill Richardson. Obama is the only self proclaimed democrat running like a republican. Send this guy back to school, Oprahs school…

    December 3, 2007 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  25. CLINTON 2008

    Another example of the continued dishonestly and manipulation by Obama.
    Barack Obama is drawing Hugh skepticism RECRUITING NON-IOWANS TO THE IOWAN caucus. NO OTHER CANDIDATES are systematically trying to manipulate the Iowa caucuses like Obama
    “Barack Obama” brochure “If you are not from Iowa, you can come back for the Iowa caucus and caucus in your neighborhood. The brochure gives instructions about where to call or go online for information about where to caucus”

    David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register, the state’s leading political commentator, wrote “The Illinois Caucus” that the effort to increase participation by out-of-staters “risks offending long-time Iowa residents.” And he’s correct! “Given that students in Iowa’s colleges and universities are from Obama’s neighboring home state of Illinois, the effort could net him thousands of additional votes on caucus night,” Yespen wrote. The Iowa caucus ought to be for Iowans. NO OTHER POLITICAN Democrat or Republican is sending bogus literature recruiting out-of-state voters to manipulate IOWA Caucuses,
    Chris Dodd for President Iowa State Director Julie Andreeff Jensen said in a statement on Saturday:

    “I was deeply disappointed to read today about the Obama campaign's attempt to recruit thousands of out-of-state residents to come to Iowa for the caucuses. … ‘New Politics’ shouldn't be about scheming to evade either the spirit or the letter of the rules that guide the process. That may be the way politics is played in Chicago, but not in Iowa."
    As an IOWAN who was on the fence between Sen Clinton and obama, this seals my vote for CLINTON! This guy is showing he will cheat, lie and steal to win; we already have that in a President. CLINTON IS THE TRUE CHANGE IN 2008

    December 3, 2007 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
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