January 10th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

New congressional nods for Obama's run

WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson will endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president, two sources tell CNN.

Rep. George Miller of California will also back Obama's presidential bid. Miller is a top advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Pot & the Kettle

    Don't believe the media or the critics. Noam Chomsky always said that the information is out there if you are willing to get it. I read a lot of these posts and it looks to me like a recital of the Associated Press commentary, and uninformed opinions.
    One avenue is to go to http://obama.senate.gov/ where you can look at Obama's voting record.
    If you do, you will see that he has been and was productive in the Senate, and that he did tackle hard issues. His voting record is consistant with his message now. Renewable energy, healthcare, Iraq, etc.. etc..
    I am from Illinois, and know that he did make a difference in the Senate, he did tackle hard issues, and he will deliver on his message once elected President!

    Can't say the same for Hillary! Can any New Yorker tell me what she did there?

    January 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Scott, Madison, WI

    To all the folks proposing the moderation of the Dem Party: The point is not to move to the mushy middle as you lose the identity of the party. You can't stand for half of something and half of another something . In this case, Republican-lite will not work. Refer back to the Clinton era if you please.

    In politics, imitation is not the highest form of flattery. I think they both parties have one candidate that represent the overall principles of their respective parties but are antiestablishment enough to promote change within said parties. It ain't gonna be easy, but we the people need to drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century. We need to insist on change for both sides of the ticket. No more dynasty swapping between the Silverspoons vs. the Slick Hilly 'n Billy. Our country truly deserves better.

    January 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Mark

    Hey Empty Suit guy who is writing the (not so) clever "Barack the Builder" lyrics... I challenge you to point out a single time that Obama has "played the race card" as you claim... Obama has absolutely avoided the "race card" and has taken every opportunity to rise above petty racism. He chooses to focus on people, not their race or color. So I ask you- who is really playing the race card? It is you who is playing it, and coming across as a racist. So do us all a favor and just go away. Everyone has had enough of that kind of stupidity.

    January 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Tony

    Im all the way in Aus and I can see whats happening here. The conservative media is forcing Obama on us cos he's gonna be the easiest guy to beat. Vote for Clinton or Edwards we need to beat the republicans. Can you imagine the scrutiny the Reublicans are gonna put Obama under?! Only Clinton or Edwards could survive to win. Wake up America!

    January 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Gee

    You Bill Clinton haters –the next time you or your family member gets sick and you want to use the Family Medical Leave Act or want to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, take off for MLK's Birthday or want to be a part of the AmeriCorps volunteer program–DON'T! You hate Bill Clinton so much that if it were up to me you wouldn't be allowed acess to any of it! He signed these major legislation and programs (to name a few). Think before you run your mouth of what a horrible President he was. You all must have voted for Bush! Congess had alot to do with not passing other major legislation–like health care reform. What about welfare reform? He worked with Congress and was successful in moving people from welfare to work throught work waivers. Are you Clinton haters that uneducated or just plain stuipd? Good grief. Where do you people get your information from?

    January 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Dont Mess With Texas

    To Change 2008: I too, will either stay home or vote Republican if Obama wins the nomination. Hillary was not "crying". Don't add what was not there. She had an emotional moment. Some of us are actually human and occasionally we have a bad moment. I also think that it's a bad thing to mention God then turn around and make false accusations about someone. You called Hillary evil. I'm Catholic and in my catholic upbringing I was taught not to falsely accuse people of something they did not do. What horrendous act has Hillary committed that gives you the right to call her evil? You really should be careful what you say about others. Another thing, where is it written that the US must be lead by a man. Women are just as (if not more) than men. Shoot, men wouldn't even be here if it weren't for a woman! Now, what does that tell you.

    January 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. mel

    None of you people know any of the candidates personally but you all "know" everything there is about your favorite and his/her rivals. Why don't you learn a lesson from the last week and just shut up and quit trying to predict the future. One thing that jumps out though is that Obama supporters are much nastier in their comments about Clinton then vice versa. Is this the hope for change that you hope he embodies? Neither candidate needs your protection. Stress policy and goals and leave the personal attacks to the Republicans. As your mother must of told you if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything as their are plenty of paid hacks who will do the dirty work for you. And of course my hat is always off to the goofs who claim if so and so is nominated they won't vote. These people will then spend 4 – 8 years whining about President Huckabee or Romney and blaiming it on the rest of us for not supporting there candidate. You must have voted for Bush as you embody his my way or not at all philosophy. You complain you don't want a candidate who will compromise and late complain that Bush never compromises. Grow up or shut up.

    January 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Money

    To Yeah, I think I struck a nerve. Bill Clinton had more experience under his belt than Obama does. For starters, he was a governor. You mentioned race, I didn't. Um, well, next time you go for a job interview, don't bother taking your resume. Sounds like you don't value experience. Charm you way into the job and tell them. It's the dumbest thing I've ever heard...."it's not about experience." Gee, we just spent 8 years of that! But he sure did talk like a good ol' boy. Like someone you could sit back, watch football and drink a beer. Let me tell you something, I'm probably older than you are and I have more life experience that you do. I'm not ingorant. I am sick and tired of seeing the highest office of this country taken over by someone that is nothing but talk and lacks experience.

    January 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. CT, Fairfax, VA

    You airheads that think electing Hillary will return us to the 90's are full of it. The stars were aligned for Bubba, most of it not of his doing ....not so today. Then we had the "peace dividend", now we have the war on terror, then we had the dotcom phenonema, today we have increased competition rrom India and China for the world's resources. Then we had a Republican controlled congress when Republicans acted like Republicans. Today baby boomers are retiring in ever increasing numbers, putting a strain on entitlement programs. Nothing's the same. Then was then, now is now. Get over this notion that a "Clinton" will be our economic salvation. That is just plan naive. All Hillary will promise is more confrontation across the aisles.

    Go Obama....no more Clintons, no more Bushes.

    January 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Winston Bailey

    I am a Canadian, but i see Mr OBAMA as the only hope for America.

    in the mid of so much division i only see him as the great uniter, one that can bring black, white, and every body together. it is my prayer that he gets the Democratic nomination and become the next presiden of America. GOD BLESS OBAMA!

    January 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Louis, New York

    How is Hillary supposed to run the country when she can't even get the respect and nods from her own party let alone the republicans? If elected she will be ready to lead from day one, but the only one who will be following is Bill apparently.
    The rest of Congress and Senate will be fighting with her every chance they get!


    January 10, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Jeff

    It is clear that the entire media establishment wants to see Obama win the nomination. Among the many recent examples:

    1) Newsweek's current cover which is a gauzy sundrenched valentine to Obama
    2) Marueen Dowd, Arianna Huffington, Gail Collins, Chris Matthews, Howard Fineman's constant criticism of Hillary and fawning over Obama
    3) The biggest example is that Hillary's strong and substantive debate performance on Saturday was ridiculed whereas Obama's vague and muted performance was applauded on every news website

    Thanks to the Granite State voters for bucking the media!!!

    January 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. ILLumination

    WAKE UP! Like in the Spike Lee Classic "School Daze" I wish people would wake up and put their thinking caps on. The President of the US is simply a symbol. Now if that person is smart they surround themselves with smart people. If that person is from your party they will generally toe the party line on major issues. At the end of the day being president is about your abilty to be a great unifier, all the great President's did that. Correct me if I am wrong, but have any of the Republican or Democratic canidates been president of the US before; well then none of them should claim experience or argue they will be ready on day one it is flawed thinking. At the end of the day I am so tired of the good vs bad American politics, that George Wallace, Ronald Regan, GW Bush, Karl Rove type divise politics. This type of politics give the politicians exactly what they want. What they want is to be re-elected year after year with lobbyist money and the reason that works is b/c people like me don't vote b/c we are disillution and uninspired. I have been betrayed by both parties, especially the democrats. They say they support Unions then they sign things like NAFTA and allow deregulations of corporations. They say they are for the poor and blacks, but the gap btwn rich and poor increases and prison rate soar. They say they care about world peace and allow for things like Rawanda and Darfur. Its really shameful the way they have pulled the wool over our eyes. Wake up America!

    January 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Jake, California

    Hi Melody Smith,

    No we don't hate Hillary! We love Hillary. We just want her to be a person of integrity and show some respect for the American people. We can have her on an Obama ticket if she CHANGES!

    Look, up-to-date, we do not know what she's going to do to people who do not buy coverage under her mandatory Universal Health Plan!

    Second, Hillary Insulted the people of Iowa when she lost the Caucus in that state!

    Do you remember the Iowa Clinton Plant?

    and in New Hamshire, did you watch Bill blatantly distort Senator Obama's words to mislead the American people whom we are trying to set on a straight path towards a better tomorrow? All these things cause division and these are what were are against, not Hillary herself!

    January 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Some say Miller's endorsement is a hidden endorsement from Nancy Pelosi herself. But Pelosi already PUBLICLY endorsed Obama at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner a few months back. Before Obama took the stage, Pelosi introduced him as "the next president of the United States." I'm surprised at how many in the media have not picked up on this.

    I think her endorsement is a good thing, by the way.

    January 10, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Tammy

    I sure wish people would be open minded & not decide on a candidate based upon personality or who they are married to or silly things like this. People need to do their homework, understand the candidates' positions, and decide based on that. America elected an inexperienced person who promised change in George Bush – and look what we got. Obama is a great orator, no doubt about that. He is insipiring and gives us all hope for taking our country back. But I am not convinced he can actually make anything happen once he gets to Washington – especially with all these long time politicians endorsing him. It's a bit of a mixed message – he shuns the status quo in DC, yet readily accepts all of their endorsements. He can't have it both ways.

    I have not yet decided on my choice – there are a couple of Republicans I am still looking at as well. The point being – America, please do not let the media make up your minds – do your own homework, listen to the issues and the positions, and use your own mind to decide. Do not let the media & the hype over the candidate they wish to support cloud your judgment.

    I hope most of the candidates stay in the race for a long time. America deserves to hear more from and about all of them.

    January 10, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. cadem22

    dont mess with texas,

    i feel bad for you.

    January 11, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  18. Laz

    Karl Rove is barking his last voices and perhaps will never be heard of again after Bush doctrine ends in 2009. So, ignore him.

    If Hillary has just found her voice after so many years in public service then I think the following is true –

    1. The teary act in NH is all an act and perhaps a desperation to win votes.
    2. The 2 'bozos' who said 'iron my shirt' should be cautioned by authorities for
    public nuiscance with a fine for 'sexism'. Unless all this is another act by the
    Clinton campaign out of desperation as they did in Iowa

    With this early political shambles only shows why Obama is a winner and never lies to the American people.

    Go Obama 08'.

    January 11, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. Tony

    Why do u idiots think the media are crucifying Clinton and giving Obama a dream run? He may be a great candidate but since when has the media ever supported a truly Liberal candidate?! THINK PPL! The media want Obama elected as Dem. nominee so they can ruin him when he runs against the Republican Nominee. All anyone in America should be thinking now is who is the most electable democrat so we can beat the republicans and it easily goes likes this;
    1. Edwards (most electable by a long shot)
    2. Clinton (divisive but probably electable)
    3. Obama (will not stand up to the scrutiny of a Rep/Conservative media attack machine, once its underway).
    And you guys are thinking of running Obama against who will likely be the Rep. nominee, Huckabee?! Wake up. The best contest against Huckabee would be Edwards, the only nominee who could have broad appeal and get the inner city liberal and conservative working class votes for Dems.
    Obama would be decimated by Huckabee in rural and suburban America. WAKE UP!

    January 11, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  20. Ann Aloha, PA

    Most of the media is still making a big mistake by spinning Senator Obama and minimizing Senator Clinton with the one-sided political coverage benifiting Senator Obama.
    Again, the people will speak louder and clearer and you keep reporting bias spinning towards a showy candidate. And the Obama supporters that are falling for this set up are as ignorant and hateful by the comments made here.
    Shameful to say the least, however as an Independent person it's quite a comedic event.
    Fools Fools Fools

    January 11, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
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