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. Seam, Philly PA

    What good would Hillary be as President? Answer: None.

    January 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Alex R. NV – why do you "deserve" anything? People who graduate college do not "deserve" the money they make, they studied, became educated and work to make what they EARN.

    Sorry school was not your thing, it was not Bill Gates or Steve Jobs thing either. Luckily, they did not sit aroudn waiting for what they "deserved" but went out and WORKED to make their money. School is a choice, there are others.

    Because you are not middle class, why should I have to GIVE you my hard earned money to make you wealthy?

    There are people out there far worse than you, with no jobs, homeless and hungry. Glad you want to climb to middle class on my back, I am sure they will like to climb to the poverty level on yours. Its time people EARNED their way in life and stop thinking they DESERVE anything.

    January 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. rock - Chicago

    The "best" candidate for the office of US President must present a history of uniting individuals and groups from every walk of life for the common good of all with measurable success. This experience should come from a position of accountability. They should also be a visionary....with whom Republicans, Democrats and Independents could support.

    Senator's Clinton, Edwards and Obama have similar work experience. Clinton cannot and should not use her time as first lady as bonified "job-experience." [You wouldn't want me to operate on you just because my wife is a surgeon.] So actually, she has a few more years in the US Senate then both Obama and Edwards. The question is...what is her record there?

    If the electorate uses the candidates senate experience on common issues to most Americans (economy, foreign relations, health care, education, immagration, etc.) and their commitment to upholding the U.S. Constitution with thier ability to motivate (the president is leader...not a manager), then the Democrats will nominate a candidate that all of America would support through good times and bad.

    January 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Karen, NYC

    I am LOVIN IT!!!

    GOOOOO OBAMA. We love you and support your efforts. We WILL vote for you, TRUST THAT!

    January 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. David

    Go Obama! I hope that guy wins. He is such a great speaker. And I do believe he will bring the promised and much needed change.

    January 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Seam, Philly PA

    Ben of Portland January 10, 2008 12:57 pm ET

    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.

    Ben, stop the madness. You are one of those people that can't let go of old stories that carry no significance whatsoever. I am sure there are some intelligent people in Portland that can give you some background and education so that you will not embarrass yourself on these blogs.

    January 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Andy, New York, New York

    To Davie, second from the top of the thread: YOU ARE RIGHT! The Democratic Party does not want Hillary as its nominee, and the senators and representatives are coming out of the woodwork to say just that!

    It seems to me that the Democratic Party leaders would rather have a Republican in office for 2008 than Hillary! So this surprised backing of Obama by Democratic senators/representatives is a message to the nation to vote AGAINST Hillary!

    Don Imus is right, the woman is Satan!

    January 10, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Eric in Massachusetts

    Something here is off. Obama supporters want change in Washington. They don't like how it is run right now and they want something different. Am I right? Now, with a couple endorsements of EXISTING dem members of Congress, you think this is good? If these members are so much about change, why didn't they change before? They have had their chance. Every 4 years, we hear change. I don't buy it.

    I wonder if some of them are supporting Obama because they know he is a freshman (literally still a freshman senator) and that they can swiftly assimilate him into Washington? That's my guess. Don't get me wrong, an endorsement is great.

    If you are really about change, I would think you'd want a candidate that either both parties loved, or no one loved. That's the only way you are going to get change. And what is change? Change your oil every 3000 miles? Change your socks once a day? Change your air filter on your furnace once a quarter? Come on, get real.

    January 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Seam, Philly PA

    People that support Hillary need to let go of the 90's. What happened then is history.

    January 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Brendan

    John Edwards if you want real change please, please, please, drop out of the raise and fully support Obama!!! your voters will flock to him and give him the votes needed to take down the Clinton machine!!!!!

    I know you are a great person and you really do want change, but you need to be realistic and realize that together you and Obama CAN get that change.

    This combination of positive politics will defeat any of the weak GOP candidates!!!!

    January 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Lewis

    To Ben of Portland. Obama is NOT a Muslim. He is a practicing member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

    January 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Jake

    Mary – Consider yourself lucky. The old traditional Democratic Party (DNC) will not even let us Floridians' votes for Obama (or Hillary for that matter) delegates count. Truly un-American!!!

    January 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Karen

    I'll vote Republican before I vote for Obama. If I hear him say one more time "I've been to the mountain" I'm going to puke.

    January 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Lars

    Running for the Presidency of US means that the candidates are interviewing with us Americans. So we have to choose which candidate will fix our problems e.g. Heathcare, Economy, etc. We have to select a president based on her/his voting history, experiences, and what she/he brings to the table and stands for.
    Endorsement in the political realm is equivalent to "if you are selected, I need this from you". There are lots of backdoor politics in these "endorsement" which we all do see; and also these people who endorse candidates are out for lining their own pockets. I don't think there is any value to these endorsements, because we Americans are going to select the best candidate who will help AMERICA:

    a. Fix the Economy (We are in recession – lots of people will be out of jobs in US if we are not careful)
    b. Fix the Money we owe the world (US current is not work anything soon, foreign countries like China can tell us what to do because we as Americans, especially those who have credit card debts, borrow alot from them).
    c. Iraqi War (How are we going to pull out of that country? How are we going to support the familes that have lost family members out there? How are we going to support our disabled vet?)
    d. Healthcare (In US, only the rich can afford good healthcare ... if you guys don't believe = please volunteer in any CANCER wards & see how many patients are turned away because they don't have enough insurance, or don't have insurance).

    Hey we as "INTERVIEWERS for USA" have to ask these candidates for answers to these important questions. These are the issues that impact us. We don't hire employees based on sex, religion, or color of their skin – we have to do the same for our PRESIDENT... she/he has to work for us to improve AMERICA and our lives.
    Come on AMERICANS – vote for someone who will pull us out of the crap that we put ourselves in!!!

    January 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Melody Smith

    Why do you Obama supporters hate Hillary so much... if you are suppose to be the party of hope and respect then where is it ? You should all be ashamed this is a women who has worked her whole life for change and "our party". You say your candidate is bringing our party together look at the comments and the rhetoric you people use. Shame on you for treating her and a president our party is proud of like they are old news! No respect has been given. Be proud of yourselves for ripping our party apart! the republicans can use your hatred in their play book against us because you Obama supporters have replaced their pages. CNN stop stumping for Obama!!!! I feel lately like I am watching Fox!

    January 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Moe

    Obama getting a lot endorsements from Senators and Representatives from Washington. Obama states, he's the man who stands for change. How much change can you do when the folks from "The Hill" are endorsing you?

    Hmmm... ..Smoke and mirrors!!!

    Obama you don't have my endorsement!

    January 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Jimmy from colorado

    long ambition for power is a very bad thing in running the country.This clinton family has problem all they think US presidency is their property or their right.George Bush didnt wanna be president but all those scandals during Bill adminstration were too much and people realized we needed change and the person who was right to bring changes was Bush.But I do not see any reason for Clinton to be president.maybe there is something they did forget there.People of this country must wake up. Bush family had been in power for 20 years,Clinton for 8 years and then they want another clinton for 8 years.Since 1976 to 2004 the name Bush and Dole have been in ballots presidential election years.And we are heading for more 8 years that 3 names Bush, Dole and Clinton to be in ballots every election years.It is time we give chance to other people who will come with new ideas,new wisdom and conviction.I dont think when Hillary is president there would be any different with Bill's term at the white house.the same wine different bottles.Clintons never like Bushes and Bushes never like Clintons.I think we are trying to prolong years of enmity.Lets stop them,there are lots of Americans who can be President.Not these 2 families.lets stop 28 years of 2 families dominate politics power of this country.

    January 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Mark

    I'll vote republican before I vote for Hillary. If I hear her say one more time "I found my voice in New Hampshire" I'm going to puke. Took 35 year to find that voice huh Hillary?

    Obama 08!!

    January 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Jo Evens

    We all know very well that the media and the Rebuplican machine are using Obama to get back to white house. All over certain the American have changed overnight and now they want to tell us that they going to vote for a black man in general election?? White American are not ready for a black man prewsident. Rebuplican knows that they will never beat Clinton, so what they want to do use a black man that is the truth and you know it

    January 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Obama, you are a great man. America and the whole world need your services. You are the best among all the candidates (both Democrats and Republicans). You are the first candidate who spoke about the need for "change' and the whole world now know how others can copy blindly from you and use "tears" to win votes.

    January 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Joe

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for 4 or 8 more years of gridlock ... so think about who you vote for not just their race or gender!

    January 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. ervinrw

    The media is most certainly forcing the notion of "President Obama" upon us, but what I hope many of the voters realize is that New Hampshire and Iowa have a very slim number of delegates, and historically each state can be a very poor indicator of the overall consensus. Whoever wins two of the "big three" (florida, new york, and california) will all but have things locked up. With Clinton expected to win a resounding defeat in New York......and with solid support in California, she has a sizeable edge on Obama (despite all the "pro 'bama" press).

    January 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Hillary clinton will win the Democrats nomination.those supporting obama are hardcore republicans because they want to have it easy.

    January 10, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Tom Davie

    I find it HIGHLY amusing that the OLD SCHOOL DEMOCRATS are voting for Obama?

    Isnt Obama supposed to be fighting for CHANGE ?????

    He is pictured almost KISSING a grey beard crusty ol John Kerry . One of the OLDEST SCHOOL Democrats there are.

    Its getting confusiing to tell what kind of message Obama is really sending here.

    January 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Eric in Massachusetts

    Joe, any examples of how a vote for Hillary is a vote for 4 or 8 more years of gridlock? Any examples of how a vote for Obama is not? Not really because Obama has no experience. He does not attend votes in Congress. In other words, he has not done the job of a freshman Senator. How could we possibly think he can be a President of the United States when he can't even do the job of a Senator?

    January 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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