December 31st, 2007
09:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Superman swoops in to defend Obama

 Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh (aka Superman) stumped for Obama Sunday.

Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh (aka Superman) stumped for Obama Sunday.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (CNN) - He may be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Superman can’t caucus.

Actor and Iowa native Brandon Routh is better-known for his role as Superman, but Sunday night he made a cameo appearance on the campaign trail, speaking on behalf of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Indianola, Iowa.

Routh says he is "sad" that he can't caucus any more because he no longer lives in the Hawkeye State, but he says he's "excited" by Obama's ability to unite the country. He also says he likes that Obama is not taking money from lobbyists or special interests.

Routh says he hopes his visit will empower people to caucus for Obama.

Routh is a former fashion model turned actor. He appeared on several television series before being cast as the title hero in the 2006 film Superman Returns.

–CNN Political Producer Matt Hoye

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. nelney

    Wow, Superman picked Obama.

    A fashion model and actor definately presents the best credentials of whom to decide to cast a vote for as commander and chief of our armed forces.

    December 31, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. James

    More ignorant people that don't know what they are talking about. Anything to bring down the monument of change because its just too scary. First off anyone can beat the Republicans. You could put Brittney Spears in there and she'd get more attention that these so called "candidates" the Dems are running against now. It's not that your worried about who is going to face the Repbulicans. It's that people are scared of what Obama stands for, and that scares A LOT of people especially the people with alot of money who are running this country into the ground for their own short term gains and profits. I just hope that there are enough people who are tired of the way things are and who long for a country with ethics closer to what our founding fathers intended.

    Vote for a Change
    Vote for Obama

    December 31, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. norm san diego

    Six months ago the name Obama was unknown to most Americans. Hopefully it will eventually return to the unknown. The whole Demo slate is enough to make me visit the vomitorium; I wish that were not so because I detest Bush.

    As the least of several evils I hope Edwards is the guy; at least he knows what he's doing.

    December 31, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Brad, Stockton, CA

    How exciting... another endorsement by an actor; Id' certainly better review my plans now that Superman has endorsed a candidate. Give me a break; endorsements are the crutches of those who are incapable of thinking, and if Brandon Routh is after the 12 year-old comic book reading demographic, I've got to tell you something thatHollywood apparently neglected to remind you of... they can't vote for another one to two administrations.

    December 31, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Chris S - Gerald, MO

    Frank Robinson, can you substantiate the heresay?

    December 31, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Marian

    Wheb Obama started this journey, he was biracial – then one day he became black. What next? I really liked him – but ....

    December 31, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. marlene

    Obama is the one! It's Camelot again! In my life time a chance for me to be engaged in the political process with a president that I can trust.

    Edwards is a good man, but his anger decries his character. He is a sweetheart, I know he is honest and articulate, and right. He would make a great VP. I think Obama's presidency would have a real involved VP. Everything would be open to the public, on line.

    And Clinton, what experience...oh ya...she was married to a Governor and a President , she failed to get power behind her health care attempt. Her husband had brought disgrace to the office, she said nothing. Not even that she was human and embarrassed. We waited for a true word from her, knowing that she wanted us to trust her. But don't forget she is the one that brought the whole White Water Case was her money dealings., and what happened to the White house lawyer that "committed suicide?" ....and what about having an expres. in the White house doing what? Entertaining the spouses of the heads of state...oh gesh...The Writer's strike will be over...they couldn't even write how funny these situations could be. Something for Sat. Night Live, perhaps....what a joke.

    Now...if Obama and family are there....dignity, calm grace and reason and judgement with a good healthly sense of humor...and we can breathe again knowing that our President is in charge not some dictator that bush has become...torture, really? Don't get me going...

    Obama for President....he is the one!

    December 31, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Hershel

    OBAMA you are our SUPERMAN, you have our vote and support, send the Hillary back to Arkansas so she can play with Jennifer Flowers in the sand box. GO OBAMA___GO OBAMA......

    December 31, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Jake, California

    Don't mind the Obama haters now, they are angry that Superman came to the Obama camp. It just hurts them that we get the greatest of endorsement...We are sorry, its not our fault. It just happens that we [yes we... Obama and us] make sense to smart and successful people which means we are great for the job since our ideas make the most sense.

    Yes and that's a big YES. We want Spiderman, Batman, Shrek, The terminator, the last man on earth[ie Will Smith]. We want Micky Mouse, Tom and Jerry..

    Why, they are all Americans and even if their vote is just one each, we welcome them.

    So you Hillary folks, go gather around your old lady and start planning on how you'll comfort her because it's about to get ugly and stressful because the numbers that will start pulling in this week won't be fake poll numbers, they will be real results.

    We are coming...

    December 31, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. thelastcenturion

    The heck with Obama and Routh, a bad senator and a bad actor, they really go together don't they?

    December 31, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Damon Albarn

    Guess who LIED to the American people about his tawdry little affair?

    That's right, my HUSBAND.

    I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.

    December 31, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. ObamaFan

    The next Obama girl?

    December 31, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. FV, Tampa, FL

    Obama is an inexperience dimwit. He really has NO CLUE when it comes to what it really takes to run a a Govenment.
    Hillary Clinton was meeting world leaders when Obama was still smoking pot in College.

    January 1, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  14. DayOldDaddy

    B – E – W – A – R – E the curse of SUPERMAN

    January 1, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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