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. Anonymous - Independent in New England

    LOL Appears I have to go back for Remedial Spelling 101 😉 My bad

    "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?"

    What a good pair we make?? "Their" reading comprehension skills and my spelling blunders. Guess I have to get my reading glasses strengthened 😉 What's your excuse sonny? oy vey

    December 26, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Adam, Pittsburgh PA

    ARG is also the poll that had Clinton with a 14 point lead in NH a few weeks ago.

    Maybe their methods are better at filtering likely voters...Maybe not.

    December 26, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Jim

    David IOWA!!!: Cite the article, because you've obviously taken Michelle's words WAAAAY out of context. Typical ploy of a liar.

    December 26, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Stew, Fairfax, VA

    "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."

    But polls say 50% dislike her and would not vote for her under any circumstances. What does that tell you?

    December 26, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Dan, NJ

    Interesting that pro-Clinton posts written after my pro-Obama post is already on the board while my post lingers in "moderation".

    December 26, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. WHAT?

    It is interesting that none of the candidates want to be seen as flip floppers, but are more then happy to showcase voters guilty of exactly that. It seems to me that some of the people of Iowa are a bit too starved for attention this holiday season.

    December 26, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    This is very old news CNN. Please stop trying to influence who our next president will be and just present the real news.
    People still have a few more days to see what Clinton really is. She is a divider and will bring us four years of nothing. She openly says she can't wait to go after the republicans. I don't think paybacks will move our country forward.
    Anyone but Clinton, even if it has to be a Republican

    December 26, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. JM, Orange County, CA

    A couple of commenters (all writing IOWA!! as their location, in all caps with multiple exclamation points - hmmm, coincidence?) have been commenting on an quote purported to have come from Michelle Obama regarding wanting a gun if she lived in Iowa. I just did several internet searches and could not find any mention of the purported quotes that these people attribute to Michelle Obama and so tell me, why in the world would anyone with half a brain believe you? If you're going to post something so inflammatory, please name your source so that us RESPONSIBLE citizens can see with our own eyes whether or not the rumors you people are spreading is true.

    December 26, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Ajay Jain

    Obama is getting away with murder and nobody in the press is raising a finger. His State Senator record of hundreds of votes as "PRESENT not VOTING" has not been questioned. He touts his judgment but does not leave a record trail behind to debate his judgment on issues / bills?

    Obama may have the press honeymoon for a while but he can not get the nomination without greater scrutiny. And scrutiny we need. Operations Research on Obama is not a racist action but part of legitimate politics and campaigning.

    For example: "Kerry Apology for MUSLIM remark on Obama":
    Kerry does not have to apologize for STATING FACTS:

    He said ""It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama and his father was a Muslim and this his paternal grandmother is a Muslim,” he said at the time."

    Yes Obama's father is/was a Muslim and his mother an American White female.

    So what! Hillary/Bill do not have to get defensive about their comments, language, remarks on any forum be it Charlie Rose Show or Kerry's event endorsing Hillary. There is no parsing or apology required.

    Obama needs to be brought down from the pedestal.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 26, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. FV, Tampa, FL

    the simple truth is on a National level Obama is just NOT electable.
    The country simply can't afford another republican travesty in the white house.

    HILLARY is the only one who can successfully stand up to their attacks and defend them.

    December 26, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. GRACE


    December 26, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Geri Sacramento CA

    Obama is desperately grasping at straws and his wife's big mouth has not gone over well with voters. Oprah didn't help by playing the race card, either. If only Obama had any sort of clear, substantial agenda for our country, he might have a prayer. Unfortunately, he's spouting a lot of generalities and getting more than his share of press coverage.

    December 26, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Tom, San Jose, Ca-

    Hey, Geri: I think you meant
    ANY DEMOCRAT BUT OBAMA 08. (I agree.)

    December 26, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Hey, all you the update! Big win for Obama. Even the people the highest in her "team" don't believe in her. That must be because they see the real Hillary and don't like what they see. God save us from more Clinton scandals.

    December 26, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'll see your shoe clerk and raise you one sewer worker. And the game goes on, and on, and on..............

    No winners here! Certainly not us!!!

    December 26, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    I must remind all you non-Clinton supporters AGAIN that it is Hillary not Bill that is running for president. I am sick of the Bill Clinton bashing. He is no longer president nor is her running for office (unfortunately). He is campaigning for his wife. Every candidate has his or her spouse campaigning for them (as they should. Hillary is just fortunate to have a spouse who is also one of the best presidents this country has ever seen-remember a budget surplus, peace with the world and a good reputation among our allies?! Hillary 08!!!!

    December 26, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Brian, Syracuse NY

    Who cares how many defecating supporters each candidate "steals" from the other? I wouldn't want a defecating supporter if I were them – too messy.

    December 26, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Dorian, Brentwood, Ca

    Obama's desperate. He made a big mistake when he and Oprah played the race card earlier this month. That, coupled with his weak "message" and lack of substance, has crippled his campaign. Maybe in 12 or so years, he'll realize what it takes to be taken seriously as a candidate.

    December 26, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Mati

    This is childish on both sides. I wouldn't trust supporters who 'change' their views so easy, or at least I wouldn't talk about them. Shame on those voters! What mature voters need so much time to make their minds and pick up a candidate?


    December 26, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. JIM NO to Bhussein O...West VA.

    he better shake in his boots were finding maybe this guy obama is a crook

    BHO talks about secrecy if Hillary Clinton but how about his own secrecy:

    Veil of secrecy at Obama’s London fundraiser
    By Tom Hundley

    LONDON — An unusual veil of secrecy shrouded Michelle Obama’s fundraising trip here Monday evening.

    The $2,300-a-head event at the Landmark Hotel was “closed to the press.” But the hotel lobby 45 minutes before the event started?

    When a young campaign aide spotted a Tribune reporter chatting with a couple of enthusiastic Obama supporters, he interrupted the conversation and scolded the reporter.

    “This is a private event. We have to ask you to exit the hotel,” the aide said.

    The taken-aback reporter declined, pointing out that a hotel lobby is a public gathering place and that he had no intention of crashing the event. Asked why the hotel lobby had to be declared a press-free zone, the aide said something about “protecting the privacy” of the people who paid to be here.

    Campaign officials were equally close-mouthed about the number of attendees, the amount of money raised, the substance of Ms. Obama’s remarks and what kind of food was served to donors.
    and go to he was honorablemention now he is number 8 go read it...interesting..i wont vote for him at all.he has bad background people dont know about it.. and campaign while working in his offices as senator...hmmm

    December 26, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. Katherine, IA

    Hillary Clinton needs to just go away. What exactly does this woman bring to the table? Experience? nope. Class. no. Electibility? nope. Oh I know. A really mean cackle.

    December 26, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. Marie,San Diego

    Yeah, you think this scenerio is about to change my mind about Senator Obama..I don't think so. The core of his campaign already nailed my belief that he will bring hope and change to this already battered country.

    Obama 08

    December 26, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. John Halverson DC

    how can someone that never had a security clearance during their time as first lady have ANY experience. Not only that she has never dealt with troop deployment or any other military matters. So how exactly is she going to be ready day one? what a joke!

    December 27, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. G


    December 27, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  25. Robb, New York

    You ever notice that no matter who endorses Hillary Clinton, they rarely have the guts to say it on camera? It's always made through "a statement released by the Clinton campaign." You've got to wonder what kind of arm-twisting the establishment candidate has going on behind the scenes in securing these "endorsements." Don't be fooled, America. We've had 20 years of the Bush-Clinton-Bush regime; enough is enough. It's time for a fresh start. Time to cleanse our political palate. Time to bring somebody new to Washington to try and make things right again. Please, Iowa. Please, New Hampshire. Please, America. Don't put us through another four years of division and misery. Please don't give us four more years of Clinton. As Al Gore might say, it's time for her to go.

    December 27, 2007 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
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