January 10th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
8 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
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  1. Mars

    I think I'm more interested in why CNN doesn't seem to be reporting any of Hillary's newest endorsements or actually never really did (maybe 1/5), and has changed the politics main page so that you can't see unless you know to look for it that hilary is leading in delegates right now... Could it be because *gasp* they're biased?

    January 10, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Mary

    I am a true Democrat and I am having a very hard time with voting. I have already made up my mind, but there is one very large problem. HE is not on the ballet. I could not wait to vote, but now I wish our state was for sale.

    January 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. GoVoters

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knock it off CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is manipulation of the voters to keep doing this. The people want their govt back... It is no longer relevant who the people in power want in power. The people are going to pick this time around.

    If a candidate truly wants to demonstrate they are going to bring change, they should focus on the endorsement of the people and quit trotting out the usual.

    A person in power (congressman, governor-political special interests) supports you. How unusual. I've never heard of this.
    A union (special interest) supports you. This is so unexpected.
    The media (special interest) supports you. It must be a new era.

    Take back the Presidency back. GO VOTERS GO!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. chicago nathan

    Why is there so much of opposition for Hillary Clinton from her male peers and male establishment? We sure live in a very very very bigoted world.

    January 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. gs

    I think both Hillary and Bill performances in New Hampshire did it. The Obama attacks Bill specifically did, were nasty, untruthfull and extremely damaging to the Democratic party.

    And although it got her votes, Hillary's mock anger and crying were a joke and certainly not presidential.Of course, CNN playing the "crying tape" 100 times is likely what carried New Hampshire.

    The democratic hiarchy have now realized if they let this Clinton duet continue, the final result will be a Republican in the whitehouse.

    Obama is a breath of fresh air. He's exactly the guy we need to bring this country together and solve problems in 3rd world regions like Africa, that no one else has
    the capabilities of doing and therefore preventing the terrorist from getting a foothold in this next battle ground.

    Go Obama.

    January 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. veronica

    After Obama loses the '08 election, Gore will come in to save the day in 2012.
    The media is certainly pushing Obama, but he won't win against McCain or Rudy.

    Has Obama gotten any well-known female politicians endorsements yet? I'm not counting Oprah!
    Or is it still all the old boy network sticking together!

    January 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Barbara

    It's very apparent from all of the postings on this site that you either love Hillary or you hate Hillary. In no way does this portend unity. Like so many others, I am tired of Red and Blue...left and right...us vs. them. None of this helps our country. Remember folks, "United we stand, divided we fall".

    A good leader DOES inspire his people. He (or she) askes them to be and do more than they think they are capable of, and they rise to the occasion. Words can make a very big difference, else wise why are we all writing, hoping to make our feelings known?

    January 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Rob

    Its amazing to me that all through out the summer and fall all of the Hillary supporters did not complain when Hillary got great press in the media. Now its the media is pushing Obama. No they are not they are just as hard on him as they are on Hillary. Everyone wants to hear good news about their candidate. Trust me she gets her fair share so does Obama. Look were crying got her. I think she is doing just fine. Stop the double standard Hillary supporters your case is weak!

    January 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. ProveIt

    Does anyone else want to take over this blog site and get CNN to focus on the issues?

    Let's try an experiment.. PROVE you are actually capable of achieving change. Instead of saying you want a change in government. PROVE it. PROVE you are actually capable as citizens of changing the status quo.

    Blog...................................

    CNN must change.

    January 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Money

    Tom Davis, endorsements don't mean a thing....they can go either way. It can turn the voter off. Obviously, you don't understand politics. Politicans and conservative contributors want her out of the way b/c SHE CAN beat the Republican. So, yes they want Obama in. They will build him up but turn him down! If Obama wins the nomination he still will not win the presidency. The buzz is there are many, many Democrats that with either vote Republican or not vote all. He will lack lots of support. Call it what you want a protest vote or whatever. Some of us just do not believe in Obama and I for one will not support my party if he is the nominee. If we can put up with 8 years of Bush, we can put up with 4 years of McCain or any other Republican candidate. I do not want Obama leading this country for varous reasons. He honestly does not have the qualifications to lead this country. I also think he's a clown.

    January 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Michele, Chicago, IL

    To "Obama is an Empty Suit":

    Obama doesn't have to play the race card. There are plenty of others, like yourself, who are more than happy to do it for him.

    And to others – lay off Hillary!! That's how she won in New Hampshire. Women were mad that she was being picked on (and the press was being merciless).

    This needs to be about the candidates and the issues. Go to their websites. Don't be a lazy voter. Do your homework.

    Food for thought:
    As far as Obama's experience, Lincoln was a poor businessman, had the same amount of legislative experience as Obama, was not a senator or a governor – yet even with his "lack" of experience managed to be one of our greatest presidents. Of course, politics weren't as intricate then. . .oh, wait! There was that Civil War, in which an "inexperienced" president managed to hold this nation together.

    January 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. SeenThat

    Looks like Dems are hell bent on destroying each other and, guess what, it will be the same old Mccain (pro Iraq war, pro-Falwell) winning the elction on national security. Americans are known to vote against their own interests. In 2004, in Ohio, people who are unemployed for 2 years, voted Bush based on gay marriage. Parties feed the fodder and Republicans will keep eating it (same with Dems).

    Mccain, the so-called straight shooter, once said Chelsea Clinton was a "dog." He danced with falwell. And, he is pro-Bush war. And, guess what, Dems who hate Obama or those who hate Hillary will sit out and give Mccain the win. Dems never learn!

    January 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Tim

    OK, Kevin from Florida, first, Hillary will never pick Obama as her running mate – never happen. She (Hillary) needs to pick a credible partisan democrat ,someone from Pennsylvania or Virginia to knock off a red state. This will ensure a win in the general, and second, endorsements do help. Go Obama!

    January 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. get truth guy

    Media is still trying so hard to get Obama in even they amit they got the poll and pundits totally wrong, but they still don't give up their manufactured candidate Hossin Obama, they are making all od us American sick!

    January 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Marc

    Hillary would never choose Obama as her running mate. Especially after the attacks that Bill gave calling him a "Fairytale Kid", I would be surprised if Barack would court Hillary as his running mate either. Also, there's the fact that the ticket would include a black man AND a woman. Either one alone is asking alot from the historically sexist and racist general American electorate. I don't believe this nation is ready yet for that kind of progressive double-whammy ticket. Just my $.02

    January 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. AJ, IL

    I think the American people as well as its leaders are sending a louder and louder message to the Clintons Campaign that we don't want Hillary. First the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire gave us this indication. Secondly, more and more sitting Congressional members and state/local government members are endorsing Obama. Then Bloomberg talk of running as an Independent because the election has not focused on tackling major issues with Republicans and Independents, is a direct threat to Hillary. Bloomberg already met with Obama in NYC back in October or November of 2007.

    OBAMA in '08!

    January 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Matt in Georgia

    I was life long Bill Clinton supporter. I stood by him through the difficult challenges in his administration which were political and personable. His communication to the Press was filled with transparency which added comfort to me on the direction of the country. HOWEVER, his recent comments about the Obama Campaign has severely changed my opinion him and his wife. At this day and time in our nation we need "HOPE" and "CHANGE" in the world. This is no "FAIRYTALE" Mr. Clinton.

    Sorry Hilliary ...no support from me because, I believe your husband’s comments are not to far from what you may believe in as well.

    No longer on the fence in Georgia….let’s go Obama.

    January 10, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Yeah

    I am so tired of people saying Obama has no message. His message is loud and clear. Its not about him its about all of us working toward a common goal to make this country great again. He helped ILL. get health care to children, he helped unions, helped set up job training and much more. The democrats better listen to Obama overall message--> No one can win the election in Nov. without indep. voters. Hillary says she has experience. Lets take a look at the facts.
    Hillary was in charge of trying to set up national health care in the early 90's with her husband as president and dems in charge of congress. she quit, she gave up. did not fight big money and republicans.
    she voted for the iraq, and didnt read the intell. estimate. Her experience should of told her that the iraq war would cause much trouble in the middle east. I dont care how many democrats voted for the war which is her favrorite point. Well i will just say this, they are not running for president . so your saying your a follower not a leader, like Obama.Then they want to be critical of Obama who is supporting the troops she voted to send over there. which is worse her vote to send or his vote to fund.

    January 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. G

    The best thing that can happen to the Dems and the U.S in general, at this point in time, is to Nominate and finally vote for OBAMA to be the next U.S Presidency. He is a Unifier, and has a great Power of Judgement!!!( Ofcourse beneficial to the U.S). Sorry, but Hillary Clinton is not a honest person. She wants Power by ALL AND EVERY MEANS!!! and add her name to the History books. She doesn`t have the American interest at heart!!! WAke up People, do the right thing. VOTE FOR OBAMA!!! ThankYou.

    January 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Babs in Toyland

    Hillary can't win the general election. She's intelligent enough and she has experience, but she sounds more and more like a politico everyday. She scares all of the Republicans and some of the Democrats, and leaving the election in the hands of the Independents is way too risky. Even if Obama and his youthful visage, his eloquence and his fresh ideas turn out to be void of substance, compared to Hillary, he seems to point the way to the golden path. John F. Kennedy had little experience when he was elected president and he nearly got us blown off the map, yet he went on to serve the people well, if only for a short time. That's why we have a Congress, a Secretary of State, etc., who will enable Obama to develop up to his potential while keeping him out of trouble. Bush had a lot of political experience and a wise former-president father, and see where that got us!

    January 10, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. A.M.

    Obama doesn't deserve to be a vice on anyone's ticket, especially Clinton's. Oh wait, one of them actually has to win the nomination. It looks like Obama might be the one, and needs to be the one. The Republicain's would love to run against Clinton, that ought to tell us something. Hopefully the Democrats will realize the gravity of this election and cut the Clinton's loose (after thanking them for their ...."service" to country and party – Bill that is, what has the other done so noteworthy?). Mrs. Clinton couldn't lead roaches to a bread bag, let alone run this country. Gore hasn't forgotten the mess he was associated with in Bill Clinton, which contributed to him losing the election. He will also endorse Obama.

    Last but not least to the DNC, if you underestimate the power of the minority vote, it will be the last time. The DNC can survive without the Clinton's, but can't without the minority vote. If you continue to scratch the Clinton's kneecaps, don't be suprised if minorities participate in this election via the couch and TV meaning no Oval Office for Madam Clinton and any other Democrat for the next presidential election of two.

    January 10, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Joe Stebbins

    We absentee voters in California just received our ballots for the February 5th election in the mail early this week. With Hillary being seen as the comeback kid with her New Hampshire win and Obama still not offering any specifics on how he plans to unite Democrats and Republicans in the nation and then in the Congress, you can bet a lot of those ballots are being mailed in now with a clear vote for Hillary. She was placed on top of the ballot too.

    For Obama, all the status quo politicians can line up behind him but for large states with large numbers of absentee registered voters his message (or lack thereof) is too late.

    My family mailed ours and we are happy to have voted for Hillary !

    January 10, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Jason

    Cat..... I thought blaming the liberal media was a tactic of the Fox News followers....I guess I was wrong.

    January 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. JK Powell

    Obama is striking and talented. He started this whole change revolution. And it has caught on like a wildfire. Lets fan the flames!!!

    January 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Bliss

    To Shaperal: This Hillary supporter will never "catch the wave." What are you 15! How stupid. Obama WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE! I'd rather my party lose the election than to know that I lied to myself and voted against what I believe in. And, when I make up my mind I make up my mind. I have family and friends who will not support him. Just as Hillary is disliked so is Obama!

    January 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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