December 31st, 2007
09:10 AM ET
11 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. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    CNN. It must be a slow news day for you to cover this as newsworthy.

    December 30, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Obama flip flopper

    AP-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may have a lot of explaining to do.
    He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive. He supported allowing retired police officers to carry concealed weapons, but opposed allowing people to use banned handguns to defend against intruders in their homes. And the list of sensitive topics goes on. With only a slim, two-year record in the U.S. Senate, Obama doesn't have many controversial congressional votes which political opponents can frame into attack ads. But his eight years as an Illinois state senator are sprinkled with potentially explosive land mines, such as his abortion and gun control votes. recent land purchase from a political supporter who is facing charges in an unrelated kickback scheme involving investment firms seeking state business. Abortion opponents see Obama's vote on medical care for aborted fetuses as a refusal to protect the helpless. Some have even accused him of supporting infanticide.

    December 30, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. GG, Frisco, Texas

    Good work Obama, you was great on Meet the Press this morning and wonderful and very moving than ever before on C-Span today. Good Luck and I'm praying that God bring up real changes......which is you.

    Brandon, love The Return of Superman, I'm waiting for #2,

    December 30, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. TrevorSmith, SC

    He's not a superhero, he's an actor. Only gets one vote, not a superhero vote. Next story.

    December 30, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Claude,Calgary

    Rite on Bra, its nice to see our super heros lighten up the tension in this important race.

    I just had a vision-> Obama or Obama girl as Superman's Lois Lane!!!!!!
    If Superman can see Obama is the person to Run America its time for the rest of us to see the same.

    Theres no Kriptonite in the Whitehouse
    Obama 08

    December 30, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Bradley S.

    Superman and Barack Obama have one thing in common: They both fight for truth, justice, and the righteous way.

    December 30, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. s.positive

    Experience means nothing if all you can show for it are mistakes and bad judgement. Give a fresh idea any time...

    December 30, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Mike, Conway, AR

    LOL, he has to resort to C list actors like Routh now? Oprah and Clooney abandoned him I guess after seeing his horrible poll numbers. Edwards has A listers Kevin Bacon and Danny Glover on his side.

    December 30, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. X, New York, NY

    Why is CNN tolerating such nonsense about Senator Barack? How come when such criticisms are posted on Hillary's blogs, they get removed promptly?
    It is very obvious who CNN is supporting here. I really am angry at that.
    To the above negative and angry posters (anthony induisi and xtina chicago IL), your negative attacks will not work, they have not worked and they are becoming quite desperate. Obama, Clinton and Edwards are tie in IOWA. Obama by far has the most comprehensive grass roots organization of this campaign – he is unbeatable.
    And to xtina, if you support Rudy so much and believe he can lead, why is he doing so bad in the polls, because people see through the BS and are actually beginning to pay attention. LOL

    OBAMA 08

    December 30, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. Daniel

    Forget Iowa, Obama also looks very strong in a new New Hampshire poll, as he is only 4% behind.

    December 30, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. tr

    Anthony you are dillusional, i think thats all that kryptonite you been smoking.

    Obama 08!!!

    December 30, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. B T A, D.C.

    spiderman has always been my preferred super hero, but i guess i'll give superman a chance now ha ha

    December 30, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Is Mighty Mouse next.

    December 30, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Che

    If Barack lose the next nomination for democratic, America will regret the this last caucus together economicly....for peace and love....America will cry and regret if Obama don't win the next election of United states

    December 30, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Vincent, Tamaqua, Pa


    OPRAH.... and SUPERMAN!

    surely he is ready to be president.

    December 30, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Mati

    .. yeah he didn't take money from lobbyists or special interests... Who is investing in this clown? If Obama gets the nomination, Democrats will lose the election. Any Republican will do a better job.

    December 30, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. Randal, Birmingham, AL

    Who cares!!!!
    Obama seems to need the Oprahs and the Supermans....he is good enough to be a President of a small childrens group, which does not require any experience, whatsoever. Now shall we all grow up, and vote for Hillary.

    December 30, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. Ken, San Diego, CA

    Hillary Clinton may not have a lot of poetry, she may not give the best speaches, but she is the best equiped for bringing about change in Washington. Look I dont need a flowery speach to make me feel hopeful, what I need is action. Put your money where your mouth is and Hillary Clinton has done that. She is a world class administrator, intelligent negotiator and effective teacher. We need all those things if we are going to enact the changes needed to put America back on track. If Obama wants to write and give speaches let him be Clintons press secretary and leave the hard work to someone who is tried and true. Give me Hillarys tenacity and can do attitude over Obamas smooth talk anyday. I want results not a sound bite.

    December 30, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Nikole

    He couldn't possibly be ANY worse than the president we have now. If I had been born another gender, race, class, etc...I could be president. I trust him over anyone else.

    December 30, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. Tom

    Obama has run a brilliant, classy campaign. His staff has performed with dignity and it is a testament to the kind of leadership we will see during his tenure as president. His leadership skills are superb! The sheer size of the crowds he draws at his events compared to the crowds the other candidates draw speaks volumes about his leadership skills.

    December 30, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Bernard, Scotch Plains, NJ

    This is co cute...Go Obama!!!!! You're Super to me 😉

    December 31, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Jeff from Jersey

    It's NOT Superman folks.It's just another pretty boy actor.That's not even close to "Truth,Justice..."but ,sadly,it really is "The American Way" now isn't it?Just goes to show that Obama is as much a phony and a fraud as every other politician.Routh should run for election in California.They're good at electing bad actors or maybe it's just "experienced" at it.Obama's idea of "Experienced" is Jimi Hendrix.

    The NYPD,the NYFD as well as the Port Authority and the vast majority of the people in the NY metropolitan area know for an absolute fact that Giuliani is one of the biggest frauds there is.If the rest of the country doesn't wake up to that fact before Giuliani is ever elected to ANYTHING,then they will wake up to a national tragedy that will make 9/11 and Pearl Harbor look like a social tea by comparison!He too is a natural for California.He's already a bad actor and on the national stage he will be even worse.You'll think Freddy Kruger was real and living in the whitehouse.

    I'm not sure which of the other candidates in either party would be the best president but I'm darn sure that these two would be the worst.

    December 31, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |

    You know, Superman is the only superhero that lives his alter-ego as his "normal" life.

    All other superheroes, are mere humans who, when living in their alter-ego form are super-human.

    Not Superman.

    Not Obama.

    Obama is living his alter-ego persona now while he runs for president.

    In his natural state, he is just some guy who has a few dreamlike, seductive philosophies about the world. A normal liberal.

    It's no wonder Superman endorses Obie, wouldn't John Wayne Gacy endorse Ted Bundy?

    A vote for Obama is a vote for the alter-egos of America!

    December 31, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  24. Environmentally Blue, DM

    Oh goodie, another Uniter! Let's see, a talker, no experience, pushes special interests business, instead of the PEOPLES BUSINESS. yep, if people actually vote for Obama, we'll have another "Dubya" 2.0

    I hope people are smarter than that? No experience and talk that doesn't match any of his votes, lets not even mention he has done anything, but still wants to be President. If that even happened, which I doubt possible, especially seeing the hatred and divisiveness that our country has grown with, we could kiss our country and everything she's about, good bye. As Obama couldn't even keep his US Senate Campaign promises. Not one Bill written, Co sponsored or even vote to end the war in his 2 years before annoucing he was renegging on that other promise to serve a full Senate term before running for President. And the 2nd issue for his campaign? ...the injustices of the Patriot Act. Well, he voted for THAT TOO. aproving the Reauthorization of the Patriot Act (P A 2)

    He should have served his-at least one term to show he could actually do something. So far only the businesses and his donors have won with Obama.

    December 31, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. Troy

    Voting for Obama is really becoming a big joke. After Oprah and Superman, who's next, Batman, Spiderman... He belongs to "LaLa" land. He doesn't belong in the WHITE House.

    December 31, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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