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. jason

    Obama is awesome! I hope he wins the race. And it is about time that America grew up and realized that color, sex or creed should not be a "stump" to leading a country. There is no "perfect" person for a president, they all come in different shapes, experiences, etc and once in power, they use what they know and learn what they do not know. For all you haters of democracy and freedom beyond color and sex, we, the younger generation are saying, "we are past that! Let the "old schoolers know we advocate peace and not hate!"

    December 31, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  2. Steve

    Obama may not have any executive experience, but hen neither does Hillary. I just do not understand why she gets away with touting herself as the candidate who is experienced and ready to be president from day one. She held no position whatsoever in the Clinton White House. She was his wife, not his VP. The only reason she even was elected to the Senate was because a bunch of ignorant New Yorkers felt sorry for her due to Bill's affair and said, "aww, Poor Hillary. Let's give her a job."

    December 31, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  3. samuyel

    in real estate it is location, location and politics it is experience, experience and more of experience. now re. obama vs. hillary vs. any third and fourth candidate it is the person most capable to lead the great u.s.a. into the 21 st. century - yes, we are there technologically but not yet there on social harmony, less poverty, more content people, better physically fit people, better food content etc. etc. let change come in - not at a "tax" price but at an honest "intellectual" challenge. I rest my case. Now, play it again Sam!

    December 31, 2007 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  4. Voter in Florida

    I think it is good that people are speaking out for him... My hat goes off to any one that does... At least I know there are three of us for Obama.

    Thanks Superman and Opera!!!

    December 31, 2007 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  5. Lucas, Nashville TN

    The arrogance of the first two posts is disgusting.

    "Experience" is how we got where we are, and it's not nearly as valuable as judgment. Making the right choices is important, and those choices later become your experience. As for people who think that Hillary is a shoe-in, that's a fantasy. She's like a sharp rock that the nation will break itself on. Too divisive and too entitled. Another dynasty, fueled by crooked money.

    Sometimes I wonder if the people reading CNN's site know anything about our political system or about the primary season.

    December 31, 2007 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  6. Linda, USA

    Why do people listen to these Hollywood folks? They lived an unreal world of fame and riches. Ms. Oprah hasn't voted in a Presidental Primary in 25 years, and now she telling us how to vote. And now 28 years old Brandon knows all, sees all. Get real people!

    December 31, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  7. nmendes11

    Only kryptonite can stop Obama!

    December 31, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  8. louthor

    Oh brother...another celebrity.

    "but he says he's "excited" by Obama's ability to unite the country."

    In your dreams buddy. There's not one politician, left or right, GOP or Dem that can unite the country. Go back to make believe land called Hollywood.

    December 31, 2007 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  9. Ken Masters

    Hey Tony how about you have a coke a smile and stfu because you make no sense. Oh and English please. XTina go watch loose change and please tell me your joking it breaks my heart to know that your from chicago.

    I'm not voting for Obama or Clinton mainly because of the dream act they voted for and that really is the only reason. I say both should drop out of the race anyway and let say Guiliani or the old Vet take office to try to clean up the horrible mess that Bush has gotten this country into.

    Because we all know how history would be written say a Woman or a Black male would be looked down on not being able for clean up the mess and get things back to a functional state that is clearly gonna take at least a decade. Since Mr. NY NY guiliani was in on 911 let him take office so he can be placed in the spot light he should be in when he fails.

    Go Cubs.

    December 31, 2007 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  10. IHNCNH

    Hey Anthony sound like a Republican first off. Second off, ARE YOU THAT BLIND??? You can't see what side Hillary is working for? She has not only a majority of the Reupublican house vote, but Bush's endorsement, you moron! You may as well be voting for our current president for the next 8 years in office. The only thing she's done over Obama is be the wife of a Presient and live in the White House. Would you like me to simplify that example for you?? That's like being a Quarterback sitting on the bench behind Tom Brady or Peyton Manning for 8 years. You may get to go on the field for the final two minutes of the final game, but it doesn't mean crap, because you have'nt done jack.

    And as for you are straight people make me is because of awful people (I don't even want to call you a citizen) like you that our reputation is soured internationally. Nothing Obama has done shows leadership?? How about taking time off from school and his goals to help the some of hte poorest communities in America? How about how he DOESN'T take money from lobbyists? If anything he is the ONLY one who can lead without being persuaded by the rich. He cares about the people more so than any of his couterparts. Most of but, not all, are self serving ego maniacs. I am speaking of Hillary and Romney first and foremost. They are all politicians full of rhetoric.


    VOTE OBAMA 08!

    December 31, 2007 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  11. Claude Calgary

    Obama and Obams girl could be the Lois Lane in the next movie!!!!!
    There is no kryptonite in the White House, and I fully support Superman decision to back Obama in 08!!!!!

    December 31, 2007 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  12. Robert Albrecht, Woodbridge Va

    Seriously.... this is news worthy?

    December 31, 2007 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  13. An Educator

    Get over it people! What does "experience" look like? You don't have any "great" presidents with any "experience". Start with Washington – a war general, but no politician and end with the current. Enough said. Why is it a crime to have endorsements now? What are you people afraid of?

    See the man for what he is, a front runner who just may make a substantial difference in this country that is on the brink of a recession. What are you people afraid of?

    Barack is not going to come over to your house for dinner or marry your daughter! He is highly qualified and an excellent candidate. Let this beautiful country make an honest decision and elect the best PERSON for the job, clean and fair, no matter who supports them.

    December 31, 2007 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  14. justwaitandsee



    December 31, 2007 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  15. ClintonSupporter

    I will not vote for OBAMA

    1) I want the same government we had for the last 20 years.
    2) He opposed Iraq war
    3) He is spineless he wants peace and diplomacy vs. war
    4) He is opposed to Iran war
    5) His name is linked to Osama and that link causes Osama experience to spread into Obama thinking. Just like Hillary experience spreads from bill. Or like a wife of a brain surgeon can perform brain surgery like the brain surgeon.
    6) He is opposed to China selling us short. How dare he this is America we want to be sold short and Hillary know best. And that is why corpate money goes to Hillary
    7) He has no experience. His life time serving in his state doesn’t count. It is not fair to count that as experience. That leaves him as a 1 term senator. I take Hillary 1 term senator experience over his. At least Hillary was smart enough to vote YES to IRAQ war. She helped to make the elite rich get richer. When will Obama learn this is the land of the wealthy people that run our country? Obama lack of experience he vote NO to Iran warmongering. Come on now Dumb Obama. At least Hillary voted Yes to Iran warmongering. We want their OIL.
    8) HE is not White, This is America you have to be White to be President. OMG a black President what is this world coming to?
    NO to OBAMA 2009 NO to CHANGE , NO to peace, NO to diplomacy NO to HOPE and A big time NO to the poor and middle class

    YES to Hillary 2009 keep the status quo, Keep the elite wealthy getting rich off the poor. and YES to a war with IRAN. And YES to keep the IRAQ war going for another decade. YES to the elite RICH VOTE YES FOR HILLARY

    December 31, 2007 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  16. Eric Nordstrom

    He's an actor. The real Superman is here ->

    December 31, 2007 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  17. P-Brain

    How is it possible that a Country with so much potential be inhabited by so many idiots? Troops dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for no justifyable reason and America whines about who should lead our Country. Jamie P I wonder what your nationality is? Sounds like you are acting like the typical uninformed American, a black administration didn't send our Sons and Daughters to war or cause America to lose it Respect, but dumb is dumb.

    December 31, 2007 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  18. R Swenson

    Barack Obama is intelligent, articulate, kind and very personable.....he is not a divider and nasty poncer like the rest of the field and this country is confused when they nencounter a politician that smart and sensible...we need thias kind of change in culture and civil discourse in washington...not the usual politics....
    All the others are just words and politics as usual with lies of change and experience in the same sentence.....we need a new breed of people to run this country forward for the future of our children and grand children...we need respect and tolerance in the world again......listen the guy and you will find substance not just fluff!!! and life long ambition to be in the white house as if we have a dynasty in this country which passes on from father to son.....and to spouses!!!!! We need change and we need it now!!!! VOTE OBAMA......

    December 31, 2007 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  19. Z

    Routh who???????

    Obama and Routh need to go get a room!

    Go home Obama!!

    December 31, 2007 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  20. Bhargav

    1) What makes a good president? To me, it's the will do good and the ability to surround oneself with able people.
    2) Do you need a Harvard MBA degree to do business? The best business men hardly cared about university degrees....but they valued it in their staff.

    December 31, 2007 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  21. Z

    Actually, I hope Clinton or Obama runs for the democrats. That will definitely insure a republican for president.

    Go Obama and Clinton go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  22. Z

    Hey IHNCNH,

    You go home too!!!!!!

    December 31, 2007 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  23. sabree, anchorage alaska

    God Bless candidate for president of the U.S. Barack. Barack will become president if it is the will of God. I think He will do wonders for this great country. But it is all in God hands. ANd God always knows best. God Bless America and all the good people in it.PEACE

    December 31, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  24. Robby

    When will these idiotic demorats realize that NO ONE CARES WHAT HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES THINK!?

    December 31, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  25. randy

    Obama is a man we need in the white house who can bring every body together to solve problems. Democrat and republican,s will work to solve our in the state and abroad.obama will make a good president and it will happen come january 2009.OBAMA 08! Fired UP READY TO GO.

    December 31, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
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