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. GB

    Clinton might like to pick Obama as her running mate, but to me, his chances of accepting are slim to none. Clinton doesn't want to be upstaged by someone her entire presidency anyway. It's all about her.

    January 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. HolliA

    Hillary will NOT be a positive move in the right direction for this country. WE NEED CHANGE. Bush • Clinton • Bush • Clinton...is not change, it's a pattern of stupidty. Wake up America!

    Edwards 2008
    Obama 2008

    Any body BUT Hillary (she will alienate democrats and she does not have the capability to reach across to republicans and independents)

    Intelligent women unite and vote for a REAL CHANGE in Washington!!

    January 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Joseph Riedel, Dallas, Texas

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the hidden fear that the Clinton Camp has about John Edwards. If he quits the race, Clinton is done. Edwards supporters will almost certainly go to Obama, which would overwhelm Clinton.

    January 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Liberal lady

    MALE politics as usual.

    January 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Change in 2008

    If Hilary win the nomination, I will vote for the rep. party. Where this country is today it is not time for a crying woman to run this country. The middle east and the world need to see a strong leader. The middle east leaders do not feel that woman should drive a car, more less run the most powerful country in the world. By electing Hilary will this open up the US for an attact?

    In my heart I feel Obama walks a more possitive trust of GOD. I have NEVER heard him attact Hilary nor Bill. When I head hilary being negative it shows a sign of weakness. I voted for Ronald R. I feel that Obama is taking that higher grow of respect. I look at this as the Good "OBAMA" vs the evil "Hilary".

    January 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Jonathan

    HAHA! That's funny. Asserting with confidence that Obama will not be nominated is rather asinine. It"s going to be a tough race, and there's no way to tell who will get it. However, a Kerry endorsement is a good thing. This country missed out on a great President by not electing him...as for Gore, he's going to be very careful about making early endorsements this time. I see him just staying out of it, as opposed to picking a side.

    January 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. M. Webster

    I am really crossing my fingers, hoping that Obama will clinch the Dem. nomination. He is a breath of fresh air which America so badly need and which will help to repare their reputation on the world stage.

    January 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. palfonzo

    Sorry Clintn's pals,
    Too much of corruption years for the Clintons and the lack of support for Al Gore when he needed it will get Obama's support from Al Gore.
    Remember Al Gore knows how the Clintos worked.
    Hillary is gone for ever. Too old for next election!!'

    We need a change!!!

    January 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    A Clinton / Obama ticket with a Gore endorsement...that's what I'm talk'in about

    January 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Ron, TX

    Absolutely 100% the reason: Tim Johnson is backing Obama because Hillary will RUIN democrats chances in red-leaning states to get elected.

    And George Miller is also big, as Nancy likely would not have let him make an endorsement if she didn't agree with it.

    Obama is receiving the backing of many of the top democratic officials, which speaks volumes about their perceptions of his judgment. Experience is only worth so much. For example, pretend you have one artist, who has been painting reproductions for 30 years, then you have another artist who has been painting masterpieces for 3 years, which artist would you prefer to have? The one who will paint you the same thing that's already been tried and done, or the one who can paint you an -incredible- piece of work.

    January 10, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    White House insider, Pelosi's top advisor, in support of Obama gives a clearer picture about Hillary's run for president. This endorsement is worthy of voters question as to why Obama instead of Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Ben of Portland

    Everybody is asking Romney"s relegion,
    Will I am asking Obama's relegion. His faher was a muslem, I beleive his stepfather was a muslem, and his mother is a muslem convert, and his school as boy is a muslim school. What is he. If he is not a muslim what is he. I will not make a mistake on voting for a muslim.

    January 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Mike,Atlanta

    I'm not surprised by the latest endorsements for Obama. As Bill Bradley stated on CNN when endorsing Obama, his kind of leadership is what this country needs most right now. To get out of the mess the Bush administration has created, the entire population of this country will have to be energized by an actual LEADER who can point us in the right direction. Obama, like Lincoln, FDR, and JFK, is the only candidate in the race that can do that.

    January 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Ray

    One person's endorsement just mean one vote. If we can count on endorsement, then we do not need elections.

    Obama is trying to show that he is still viable because he fears that people may think the other way. Kerry was a looser. A looser's endorsement is not going to change PEOPLE'S mind.

    January 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Nadeen Parman

    Joe Biden was reprimanded many years ago for using another person's speech. Does no one see the similarity of Obama's words to those of Dr. M. L. King? Senator Obama delivers a wonderful and inspiring oratory but would not the other candidates be criticized for using the same exact words?

    January 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. EE

    Hilary supporters are her own stabbing sword. If anyone endorses someone other than Hilary hell breaks down but when Hilary gets the endorsements these people have a place in heaven.

    Can we just bring out what we think our various candidates will do best rather than running against everyone but Hilary?

    Hilary already a too polarizing figure and trying to make her more polarizing by demonizing anyone who endorses her opponents in stabbing her on the back guys.

    Please stop it and get along.

    January 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Fanner 50

    Write in Repuke ,Zell Miller for President.If he cant get his way he just calls people out to a Duel.

    January 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Roger

    We should all take a lesson from NH about polls and the effects of endorsements and the media that in the end Americans vote with their brains and not vote on hype. By the time George Bush leaves the White House in 2009 he will be leaving America and parts of the world in a hugh mess and it is going to take a strong proven leader to clean it up. Even with all his starry-eyed talk Barack Obama is not that person. Hillary Clinton is the only candiadate who can address these problems and get this country back on track. Senator Obama is a nice guy but our country will need a lot more then just nice and hype to recover from the eight years of George Bush. Senator Clinton has the support of the heart and soul of America. It's funny that Senator Obama is running a campaign about change but is picking up and welcoming these endorsements from long term Washington Politicians.

    January 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Dana

    The media is GA-GA over Obama. So much so that they can't seem to do their basic job: report the news. There should be a headline story on CNN about Obama's Rezko connection & the indictment. Where is it? They'd rather tell us about his endorsements and upcoming coronation.

    January 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Steve, Los Angeles

    I believe the Obama "Wave" has been great for this country. People interested in the political process, voting and actively participating. I really like Obama, yet I also really liked Jimmy Carter. Carter won the presidency with his message of "hope" and bringing everyone together, at the end of the day he couldn't deliver. He not only left the country in a mess he opened the door for the Republican party to dominate for the next 12 years.

    I really like Obama and if he had more experience I would vote for him without hesitation. We may not like the past but if we don't pay attention to it we will end up repeating it.

    My ultimate wish is for a Clinton/Obama ticket!

    January 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Anonymous (Maryland)

    Hillary is overly ambitious. Are mw making room for a woman or a president. If there is anything called change it is Obama. His presidency will remind us that we have gradually put behind us the skin issue and that blacks can lead as much as whites.
    Bill Clinton is not running but joining issues with Obama shows how desperate the Clintons are to go back to the white house where Bill will be idle and another Lwinsky will emerge. No we cannot go through another Clinton. If it is service, let others can serve too. Enough!

    January 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. mark

    We need change...Obama has my vote! I will go with hope before i will go with someone like Hillary who does not believe in optimism...

    January 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Jeff, Hartsville, SC

    You know what? The reality is a very large part of the Democrat Party does not like the Clintons. That is becoming more and more apparent. It is very telling that establishment Democrats are not supporting Hillary. You have to ask yourselves, "why?'.

    January 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Cherish Davis

    WOO-HOO!!!! The day I can start believing in our government again is approaching!!!!

    I am excited to tears!

    January 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Tom Davie

    You dont understand EE.

    CNN is an informercial for Obama. They even somehow backpeddled off their SUPER HYPING in NH which was an obvious scam when Clinton won.

    They just tapdanced around it like it was some kind of 'mistake' blah blah.....

    Now they are back to HYPING OBAMA 24 /7

    January 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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