December 26th, 2007
11:04 AM ET
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Clinton campaign highlights former Obama supporter

Both the Clinton and Obama camps are highlighting defecting supporters.

(CNN) - The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that a labor steering committee member for Barack Obama was now backing Hillary Clinton in Iowa, the latest skirmish in a battle between the two Democratic rivals over supporters who have decided to switch sides.

In a statement released by the Clinton campaign, Bob McFadden of Muscatine County said he made the jump because “Hillary Clinton won’t just talk the talk – she cares about the issues important to all of us and will work to change the direction of our country.”

The two candidates have been highlighting turncoat supporters for the past few weeks. The Obama campaign had a hit two weeks ago with a much-viewed Web video of Susan Klopfer, a former Clinton volunteer in Iowa who switched her allegiance to the Illinois senator. Shortly afterwards, the Clinton campaign released its own Web video featuring several Iowa Democrats who’d supported other candidates, including Obama, but were now behind the New York senator.

The Democratic race in Iowa has been too close to call in most recent polls, with three candidates – Clinton, Obama, and John Edwards – in a dead heat for first place, although one survey released over the holidays seemed to show Clinton breaking away from her presidential rivals.

UPDATE: Just a few hours after the Clinton campaign's announcement, the Obama campaign announced that Kent Sovern, who was named Iowa co-chair of the Clinton campaign’s Veterans Committee last week, was now an Obama supporter.

“I believe Sen. Obama has the judgment and courage to stand up for America’s veterans and find a responsible way to get our combat troops out of Iraq,” said Sovern, in a statement released by the campaign. “We can trust him to tell us the truth on the tough issues – even when it’s not convenient.”

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Aaron, Saint Paul, MN

    ooooo... Hillary really has Obama shaking in his boots!

    Who can survive the defection of "labor steering committee member" Bob McFadden of Muscatine County!!??

    Are you serious, Hillary is "labor steering committee member" Bob McFadden of Muscatine County the best Obama supporter you could steal?

    Obama has the national security advisor, the secretary of the navy for Bill Clinton, and the assistant secretary of state for Bill Clinton...

    And you have "labor steering committee member" Bob McFadden of Muscatine County!!??

    Ouch

    December 26, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. David IOWA!!!

    The following statement by Michelle Obama is quoted from an interview her husband, Senator Obama gave in Iowa this past weekend. Boy it’s really pretty up here in IOWA but she said, ‘But you know, I can see why if I was living out here, I’d want a gun. This comment by the Senator’s wife was not widely reported in any media sources. Makes you wonder, if this statement had been made, Harlem, by the wife of any Republican candidate, Sharpton would be branding her a racist. Voters are starting to see that her comments are part of a greater propaganda put out by the oprahbama campaign.

    December 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    If you are a non-Hillary supporter be careful if you change to support Hillary. Know your reasons for supporting Hillary. Don't support her for the reason given in this blog. "Walk the walk, and talk the tall" is campaign "short-bite" rhetoric. If Hillary wasn't still married to Bill Clinton would you still support her presidential run? Ask yourself what does Hillary represent? Will a Hillary presidency bring about healing for our country and throughout the world?

    And don't give me this crap about experience. If experience is truly your criterial for supporting a candidate then Richardson, Biden or Dodd would be your choices.

    December 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Frank, Homer, AK

    God that's such a typical Hillary campaign reason: “Hillary Clinton won’t just talk the talk – she cares about the issues important to all of us and will work to change the direction of our country.”

    That's not a reason! It's a generic talking point that doesn't say anything. So typical of the Hillary campaign... speak in the broadest and most meaningless platitudes possible. I can't believe anyone's even considering voting for this woman.

    December 26, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. RuthieM

    First of all we all know living 'rural' requires a gun. Don't know when them thar lions tigers and bears just might come atcha. You don't have these in Harlem, so it is not a racist statement it is a rural statement. On the Obama supporter going to Hillary that's old old 'news'. Isn't he the fundraiser who never raised any money for Obama?

    December 26, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Gobama, NY, NY

    Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Competition for TRAITORS? LOL

    Shows how desperate Bill Clinton is for any kind of supporters.
    Wasn't everyone convinced Bill Clinton had an overabundance of supporters at the beginning of his campaign.

    December 26, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Anonymous - Independent in New England

    It will all come down to who has the most loyal supporters which will actually turn out?

    The young college students who are statistically a No-Show or the 1st Time Caucus goers who are elderly? Or the ardent 2004 fans!

    Personally I'd like to see the Seniors get out and make their voices heard, because they speak with the wisdom of age and experience - and they deserve to be heard (above the Gen-Xers griping and the selfish "ME" generation 🙁 )

    Either way it promises to be a history making event... Especially given the fact that women in America – BOTH black and white – have only had the right to vote (in a national election) since 1920!! Black men were given the right in 1870 – White men in 1789 when George Washington ran unopposed.

    BTW: Democratic voters in the NH primary are not all that swayed by the outcome of the earlier Iowa Caucuses... Independent thinkers eh?

    December 26, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Joseph Luther, Galva, IA

    For all you Hillary-Bashers and Obama-lovers, Obama did the EXACT same thing with a Iowa supporter of Hillary's who changed to a supporter of Obamas'. Obama had a whole ad about it on the front of his website. SO the Obama supporters who are bashing this are hypocrits unless they bashed their own candidate when he did it.

    Hillary 2008

    December 26, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Ryan, New Jersey

    You want the older generations who have elected GWB into office twice to influence this election cycle??? No thanks, buddy, I'll take my chances with the younger guys and gals.

    December 26, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Joe

    Mrs. Obama was only referencing she would need a gun because of all the pot smokers and cocaine users she would need to protect her children from and not wild billy goats. Oh wait, Obama was the pot smoker and used cocaine.

    December 26, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Alicia

    How much did she pay him??

    December 26, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas, TX

    McFadden did this many MONTHS ago. Why is CNN parroting the Hillary campaign's message as if this is fresh news? This is another example of a pattern where CNN is used as a propaganda machine.

    Please for the sake of reporting integrity go ahead and add this is an old story. Will you?

    December 26, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Seam, Philly PA

    I guess former Obama supporters failed to read the MSNBC article concerning Hillary's so called experience:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22395503/

    It's about time someone brought the truth to light. Are you turncoats ready to switch again? Obama 08'

    December 26, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. PS, KC, MO

    The problem with these polls is that, according to another story on CNN,citing yet another poll, 33% of Democrats have not made up their minds yet. That figure rises to 40% for Republicans. The question is, will those 'undecided' voters make a break for one candidate or split evenly? And when will they decide? If they walk into the caucus undecided, who will have the strongest, most knowledgeable supporters able to sway them? Remember folks, this is no anonymous vote; you must stand up and be counted (literally). And people within a caucus are allowed to electioneer for their candidate if they feel it will sway someone from another candidate or from the undecided group.

    December 26, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. shaniqua, herndon virginia

    Obama is little substance, a lot of hype. The key to his success: a freshness, a lack of record to run on, the constant repetition of simple feel-good platitudes that lull listeners into a sense of trust and induce in them a yearning to believe.

    No wonder Barack Obama is so popular among denizens of Hollywood like Oprah: they certainly have an eye for those who can create an image, can generate a buzz that compels others to suspend their disbelief, and who can induce a trance-like stargazing.

    But the fact is that Barack Obama does have a record to run on and it is a record that should be of concern to those who support America's middle class and America's troops.

    In a colorblind society where merit should hold ultimate sway, OBAMA isn't even qualified to be assistant majority whip. He's missed a 1/3 of his votes during the 2005-2006 session, and he hasn't held a hearing as member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His policies are also awful for the nation. He believes in granting drivers licenses to illegals, he wants to ease burdens on employers when it comes to checking the status of workers, he wants to raise taxes on the middle class by trillions of dollars by eliminating the cap on social security contributions, he fails to protect our troops from the iranian revolutionary guard and then attacks his opponents for doing so EVEN WHEN HE MISSED THE VOTE, he was the only person to vote "present" instead of yes or no on bills banning adult shops near schools, and sealing court records of victims of sexual assault.

    December 26, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Andy J, Upstate NY

    "We cannot solve our problems on the level which they were created." Einstein said this, and I think its fair to say he was smarter than anyone reading or posting in this blog.

    We cant expect change to come from the politicians who made our country what it is today.We need to take a bold stance and turn America from an EMPIRE back into a REPUBLIC. And anyone who doesn't believe that America is an empire, read Chalmers Johnson trilogy, starting with "Blowback."

    December 26, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. TYLER IOWA

    I AM 25 YEARS OLD AND WAS SUPPORTING OBAMA BUT NOW THAT I SEEN HIM HE AND HIS WIFE SEEM VERY COCKY IF OBAMA WERE WHITE WOULD OPRAH BACK HIM HE REMINDS ME TO MUCH OF JOHN KERRY

    December 26, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. dianne grant, vienna va

    Obama is little substance, all hype. The key to his success: a freshness, a lack of record to run on, the constant repetition of simple feel-good platitudes that lull listeners into a sense of trust and induce in them a yearning to believe. No wonder Barack Obama is so popular among denizens of Hollywood like Oprah: they certainly have an eye for those who can create an image, can generate a buzz that compels others to suspend their disbelief, and who can induce a trance-like stargazing. But the fact is that Barack Obama does have a record to run on and it is a record that should be of concern to those who support America's middle class and America's troops.

    December 26, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Dan, NJ

    So Obama opposes the war from the start. Hillary supports the war then later changes and opposes it.

    Obama advances an agenda of change and Hillary advances an agenda of "experience". Obama's message resonates. Clinton's message changes to a message of change.

    Obama runs an ad about a former Hillary supporter. The ad is very successful. Hillary runs an ad about a former Obama supporter.

    Ask yourself this: Would you rather have a President that is right the first time or one who consistently flip flops based on polls and the changing tide of public opinion?

    December 26, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Johnny, DeKalb, IL

    CNN, Please investigate your newly commissioned ARG poll with Hillary and McCain showing odd gains. First, it would be interesting to see professionals critique a poll that is either A)cutting edge and better than the other polls, or B)Why a poll could be off (compared to other polls) to such a high degree. Second, maybe there is something fishy going on...could turn into a big story.

    December 26, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Sen. Clinton is meeting with almsot every person in Iowa, she is working her tail off and it is paying dividends... this woman is very dedicated and I'm not surpise she is someone that a good deal of the American public can admire.

    December 26, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Vickie, Columbia, MD

    The heck with a former Obama supporter...who cares? When will any of Clinton former Cabinet members step forward and back Hillary? Strange isn't it? Perhaps they ALL know what she is like behind closed doors? Perhaps they don't think she would be good for the WH or this country.

    December 26, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Anonymous - Independent in New England

    "You want the older generations who have elected GWB into office twice to influence this election cycle??? No thanks, buddy, I'll take my chances with the younger guys and gals.

    Posted By Ryan, New Jersey: December 26, 2007 1:31pm"
    **********************

    Sigh... That's the trouble w/youngsters today - They're reading comprehension isn't the best = "The young college students who are statistically a No-Show or the 1st Time Caucus goers who are elderly?"

    I will repeat it very slowly for you - FIRST TIME CAUCUS GOERS – as in = they didn't Caucus for the Shrub nor anyone else (and presumably they weren't even Republicans anyway).

    Remedial Reading 101?! 😉

    December 26, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. ll nm

    i don't think hillary can get anything done especially healthcare.she will be just be another perlosi .i will not vote for another democrat.we hand the democrats the congress,look they haven't done anything for us .they used our votes to fight for their special interest group.
    i think the government should not get involved in health care.our retail sector of the economy is the most efficient because there is no government involvement

    December 26, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. john williams san diego, ca.

    I'll switch my vote to Hillary when she can answer just ONE question honestly...i've been waiting since 1978.

    December 26, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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