January 10th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 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. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Is anyone getting the feeling that the media is forcing him on us? Even a little bit? I think they have already picked the winner for this election and now pressuring the country to vote accordingly. Will it work?

    January 10, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Tom Davie

    its starting to become rather apparent the democratic party doesnt want hillary to win the nomination. She is finished.

    Good luck Obama. Im crossing my fingers you REALLY DO have some kind of trick up your sleeve to be an effective president.

    January 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. TB

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What will Hillary supporters say about this endorsement??? I wonder if they will belittle this endorsement as they are doing with the announcement that John Kerry will endorse Obama. Congrats Obama!! Lets just hope Gore doesn't endorse Hillary or we could be in trouble.

    January 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Helen

    Yay Tim Johnson! I knew South Dakotans were smart people. After getting rid of Tom Daschle, I had lost faith in them and had a hard time explaining to people what had happend and why. Now I can face them again and be proud to be a South Dakotan!! Go TIm. and Go Obama!

    January 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Christian, Tampa FL

    I'm starting to get the sense that there is a lot of anti-Clinton-dynasty sentiment in the Democratic party. I mean, Obama's Iowa victory was substantial, and Hillary's New Hampshire win was slim at best, with Obama winning more votes than would've been expected a few weeks ago.

    Should be interesting to see how the party sorts all of this out in the coming months.

    January 10, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. John New York, NY

    Sen Tim Johnson is facing a very tough battle for re-election this year in South Dakota (a very red state).

    Why is he endorsing Obama? Because Senator Johnson knows that Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket will destroy his chances of winning re-election in South Dakotta.

    If you care about the future of the Democratic party, please vote for Senator Obama.

    January 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Jen, NYC, NY

    So where does this bring us in terms of superdelegate numbers for Obama vs. Hillary? CNN, do you update your numbers when these numbers come in?

    January 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Scott, Madison, WI

    I see a developing pattern here, and I like it! Some solid conscionable Dem base support wise enough not to be drinking the second round of the Clinton cocktail. All the insiders on the "outside" of the Clinton cabal know about Hilly's reputation on The Hill, and they are holding their collective breath knowing it's possible for her to become their boss and really ruin the Dem party. They've worked with her. They know. Let's see who else comes out to tell us the truth about the Hillary fairytale!

    H'm, hmm ... Let's see ... I think I'll vote for Hillary because it's her turn; and she's a girl (but not mine); it's about time their was woman in the White House (Unfortunately, Hillary is not that woman. Sorry she ahd her turn. No do-overs for her or Bill).

    January 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Kevin,FL

    All the Endorsements in the world will NOT help Obama get the nomination. Hillary Clinton will win the Nomination .. and she will pick Obama as her running mate.. and Al Gore will endorse Clinton, he WILL NOT endorse the candidate Kerry endorsed which is Obama because thats a loosing team.. CLINTON 08

    January 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. jeeko

    Yes! California must elect Obama!!! He's the only candidate that can unify this country and take it into a fundamental new direction free of partisanship and bickering. He may not have the long years of legislative experience, but he most certainly has the JUDGMENT that is necessary in making key decisions. No, Hillary, its not all or even about experience. It takes judgment. I salute Obama for how he's tried to run his campaign w/o utilizing dirty politics like the Clinton campaign who try to slur his image and distort his records, but Americans are smarter than the Clinton machine think, and they will show them.

    January 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Adam, Pittsburgh, PA

    They're just going to keep on coming. What Hillary had to do to win NH votes really hurt her long-term in the rest of the country. Self-pity tears? Fear-mongering, Rudy-style? Dissing MLK? Bill calling Obama a "fairy tale"? Not going to play well in the long run.

    January 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Mike

    Kevin: Al Gore would ever endorse a Clinton in a Democratic primary, that is pretty obvious.

    January 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Jim

    No way will Hillary win the nomination. The Dems can't be that stupid – Hillary will never win a general election...period.

    January 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Gobama

    Keep those endorsements and STUMPING for Obama coming!

    UNITE the United States in order to SOLVE AMERICA'S problems!

    The hugely intelligent and highly educted Obama's many years as a Community Leader will reassure Americans THEY CAN TAKE BACK THEIR GOVERNMENT of the people, for and BY THE PEOPLE!

    January 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Erik, IA

    Hey Kevin – Can you make any predictions on Powerball numbers too?

    January 10, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Obama is an empty suit!

    Barack the Builder

    Rock, Deval and Jessie and Sharpton too
    Oprah and Mica join the crew
    Barack and the gang have so much fun
    Running together, they get not so much done
    Barack the Builder
    Can we fix it
    Barack the Builder

    Time to get busy, such a lot to do
    Fairytale spinning and racial news
    Barack and the gang make a really good sound
    Working all day till Clinton goes down

    Barack the Builder
    Can we fix it
    Barack the Builder

    It's a perfect job
    Can you earn it
    Left a lot, right no way, O.K. straight down

    WE CAN tackle any situation
    Look out, here we come
    Using the race card
    To get the job done

    Spinning and ducking, having so much fun
    Working together to get the white house key
    Can we dig it
    Barack the Builder
    We'd better pretend to get some work done

    January 10, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Germaine

    Obama's message is spreading like wild fire and he will win the nomination and the presidency. Get ready for change...it's coming!!!

    January 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Tad

    Hillary has no chance! She is Polarizing to the electorate, She represents a change backward to the Arkansas Mafia, HSU and the Chinese Military money scandals.
    Clinton is entrenched in the corporate greed that plagues the country and partisan politics that cancells the successful operation of the congress.

    Hillary is not a Democrat, she is a true socialist, self serving, self obsessed,
    She would ruin the Uniyed States.
    And I am a Life long Democrat.

    January 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Jack K.

    Hillary Clinton is a sellout.

    She would say and do anything to become President. Not because of her desires to serve America–but because she wants to see her name in the history books before she croaks.

    Please you guys–wake up and realize the only DEM candidate who is truly genuine–and can really beat the GOP is John Edwards!!!

    January 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Denise Webb

    There are extrordinary amounts of "good press" given to Barack Obama for a somewhat insignificant contribution to his electorate. This trend is alarming in that he is being described as "charismatic", "inspirational", and the like. However, I would emphasize that these are not appropriate measures of one's character and qualifications for President of the United States. Nor are they a record of promises made and kept.

    If Barack Obama is the "Man of Change" as he so avidly promotes, I would like know the significant "changes" that he has done to benefit IIllinois. To date, I have not heard of any that are representative of profound, life-improving "change".

    If Obama can't effect "change" in Illinois, then I strongly doubt he will be able to do so in Washington, D.C.

    I am not so quick to endorse an untested candidate who has limited experience in international diplomacy.

    January 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. KMD

    Why don't we all belittle all endorsements. Politicians and corporate media saying who our president should be is business as usual. Party's on both sides select, promote, endorse and get their buddies to shift money to those who agree with their agendas. How is this country ever going to go in a new direction while those who have kept it on the wrong track continue to try and control the vote.

    January 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. J

    Go Obama! He can totally win it.

    January 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. j shultz

    This seems to be in the right direction.............should put both on a more level playing field.

    Hillary is just a front for a third term for Bill. After all when she gets into trouble with her campaign he comes to her assistence by calling political friends to get out the vote. I believe that is called a poltical machine............isn't that Washinton as usual????? I fail to see CHANGE here ..........only a Clinton "fairy tale". The DEMOCRATIC PARTY is one of change. Let's give America new choices and something to get excited about !!!! I do not want to insult anyone .......but Hillary is FAR from new and both REP's and DEMO's are asking for tax reform, health insurance plans, middle class expansion, etc. How would you suggest that she will offer an exciting contrast to any of the Rep candidates ????? Get on the bandwagon with OBAMA and cast your vote for real change and a NEW ERA In American Politics. NOW THAT'S EXCITING

    January 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Chris- Ohio

    Kevin in Flordia...

    Hillary Clinton will not be choosing Barack Obama as her running mate or vice versa
    They do not bring eachother much to the table

    Evan Bayh of Indiana, Bloomberg, Richardson, and Biden are popular picks for either In my opinion.

    I don't see Edwards getting it either. He had his chance.

    January 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Inquiring Mind

    Another Good Boost !

    January 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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