January 13th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
11 years ago

McCaskill to endorse Obama

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Freshman Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will endorse Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid Sunday morning, according to her spokeswomen Adrianne Marsh.

McCaskill, who considers herself a moderate, won a very tight race in 2006 against incumbent Sen. Jim Talent, helping Democrats take control of the Senate.

Missouri is one of more than two dozen states to hold its presidential primaries February 5.

UPDATE: On a conference call with reporters announcing her endorsement of Obama, McCaskill said the decision between Obama and Hillary Clinton was a difficult one.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I have deep respect for Hillary Clinton," she said. "She’s a smart woman and a strong leader, but at this moment in history it is very important that we look forward with optimism and hope that we’ve not been able to gin up in this country for awhile.”

- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. ken

    Brilliant people will always do what is brilliant and make smart choices. I welcome good endorsements too. Go Obama!

    January 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. jim

    Obama is being backed up by good governors and senators. They must be seeing what I see. Go Obama we love you and I hope you love us back!

    January 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Charles

    More and more politicians see thay the world needs a change. while Hilliary is a viable candidate to take this country to another level, i believe that Obama is the agent of change. As an black man I didnt think Obama would not get the vote from states that are predomiantely white voters, but oh was I so wrong. Go Obama.

    January 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. K

    CNN is pro OBama. My comment got deleted again.

    January 13, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Obama is very popular here in the "Metro-East" (Illinois) area of St. Louis. Not that McCaskill represents me, but I am glad to see her endorsement.

    January 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Cindy St. Louis

    Thank you, Senator~! Excellent judgement and choice!

    January 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Jimmy

    I thought we were a world of equality. Why does Obama campaign take offense everytime someone brings up Dr. Martin Luther Ling for. Do they think they own the rights because he is of the same race as Obama. Sorry Obama campaign Dr. Martin Luther King was an American first. We do not look at the color of skin or the gender of the canadate. Lets look at the canadates. I fully support Senator Clinton for President solely for what she has been able to do, has already done, and what I feel she can do as President of the United States. I really feel strong she will work to mend our health care crisis, and am sure she will bring our troops home, and help to make us favorable again in the world.

    I like Senator Obama for his ambitions, but his supporters are very rude. They call people names when they do not agree. This reminds me of Bush tactics. "MY WAY OR NOWAY." We really need someone who will listen. That would be the Senator from New York Senator Hillary Clinton

    "Senator Hillary Clinton for President of the United States"

    January 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Kenneth Obama Rep. of Ireland

    I wonder people speaking of inexperience on the part of Barrack Obama when he has most of the great men of America on his side. Is mr Bill Clinton going to rule America For the 3rd term or is it gonna be done by his wife? Let us not fool ourselves Obama is for the Future while Hilary is for the past.

    January 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Jubilee


    Sheryl Crow came out for you as did many people.

    Many people went out on a limb for you and had faith in your decision making.

    You have failed us all.

    You should have stayed out of this one.

    This will surely cost you your next election.

    Did you ask your constituents who hired you what you should do?

    I am deeply sorrowed at your weakness and inability to stand up to the pressure.

    The Sheryl Crow song that fits really well here is
    "You don't bring me anything but down"

    January 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Agron

    Go Hillary...

    January 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. scotty

    Everything is always about Obama-look at the news-always negative on Hillary positive on Obama-she has several endorsements and never mentioned- maybe all of these people creeping up his butt want a job-remember he wants some of the Clinton regiime if he becomes Pres including Hillary-so that's change and moving forward- and furthermore are we Americans or Afro Americans or Polish Americans, or Russian Americans- it's his people pulling the race card- if Bill 'Clinton would have said that about Huckabee it would have been nothing- so much or uniting the country- and who is copying who-Hillary comes up with an economic stimulus plan then the next thing you know he follows-copy cat not a leader-
    ps when they voted on Irag war he wasn't in office yet
    wake up people

    January 13, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Joe

    Obama just picking up more steam.

    All of you fanatic Hillary supporters need to take a long look in the mirror. What are you so afraid of?

    I was going to vote for a Democrat no matter what, but I definately will support McCain over Clinton after the latest mud-slinging from both her, and her fanatics on this site.

    January 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. AJ, IL

    Sorry Jimmy it is the Hillary supporters who are most disrespectful. People polled most recently listed the Hillary Clinton campaign and Mitt Romney campaigan as the most negative this selection season.

    You are correct that MLK was an American, an American hero. Talking about MLK and for what he stood for and how he achieved it is one thing, but to belittle his (and countless others) efforts is not tolerable. Obama has never compared himself to JFK and MLK as Hillary proposes. He has projected the similiarities in the hope that both men possessed as well as the belief the American people to change.

    January 13, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Obama / Oprah??


    Obama's intitials say it all....B.O........HE STINKS!!!

    January 13, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Ernesto/Orange Park, Fl.

    I am an Independent Afro-Rican. I looking for someone who is fresh, smart and articulate. I am supporting Barack Obama because he fit that bill. I hope Floridians will make up for that major blunder that was made in the 2000 election by putting bush in the White House. We as a country has lost our dignity and respect around the world and we need to regain that. ( evil is lurking in the bushes ). I feel, the republicans have had their time and the country is in a major crisis. We are in a war that should not have taken place. The Middle Class is being squeezed, Millions are losing their homes, no health care, gas prices has sky rocket, white collar crime has risen to an all time high. CEO's are making billions at the expense of the Middle Class. Some candidates are voicing experience. bush was the governor of Texas, look at the mess, he has gotten this country into. He doesn't want to secure our borders. He doesn't want to do anything about illegas entering into this country. I don't have a problem with people coming to this country for a better life, but there is a process one must follow. I want a person in the White House who will be able to bring both Democrats, Republican and Independents alikr to together and work for the American people not worrying about who gets the credit. ( I thought all three branches of government are suppose to be working for the people. This is suppose to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people )
    I believe some politicians don's get it. Technically, I hope, we can get rid of all parties and have politicians, to make application with a resume, to be the president of this country. Matter of fact any governmental office. Homeland
    Security is a big joke, we have terrorist in our White House. bush need to be impeached, Nancy Pelosi need to get on her job. Harry need to get on his job.
    We to put enough Democrats in office to avoid gridlock. You need at least 65 or more democrats. let us not vote a particular way because you don't like the party vote for the benefit of the country as a whole.

    January 14, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. Zech

    You know maybe their all backing Obama becuase they know if he wins, he'll be the easy one to push around while in office. Why else back a presidential canidiate with no real exprienance. If you want to see change then look what Clinton as done already and see what she will do in the future. If you couldn't see her run for president four years ago then you must be really blind.

    January 14, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. permalik078 iowa

    how come cnn does not post news when Clinton gets endorsements.
    cnn is worst news channel in the face of the earth.

    January 14, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  18. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Again, who care. This woman is a freshman congresswoman. How much influance should does this woman hold. The Obama supporters are doing back flips I'm sure.

    I do have to say though – these politicians who are supporting Obama – I certainly hope that when Hillary Clinton wins the White House – I hope they get sent to political siberia. These idiots do not need to be holding any type of leadership positions.

    January 14, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  19. Dean St. Louis

    Big Deal!! One 2 Year Senator endorsing another 2 Year Senator both lacking in experience. She needs to try to get an appointment to his cabinet because the word around Missouri is her next election for office will be very tough for her. And I vote democratic but not for Obama.

    January 14, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. daniel stewart

    That's it! I have had it with both the Obama and Clinton campaigns! I have decided to vote for Bill Richardson! Oh wait!, he's out the race! Can I right him in? I'd almost prefer Osama or George Clinton!!!!

    January 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |


    January 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. G. Cole

    Obama Supporters, please name something of substance that Obama has done for this Country other than read speeches written by others. Hillary helped create the schip program. And to you Obama people, that's the State Children's Health Insurance Program. I'm sure most of your children benifit from it. Let's see if Obama's speeches will help pay insurance for your kids. The welfare rolls were cut in half when Billary was in the White House due to programs created to train welfare moms for jobs. It worked. That administration also sent money to states to hire 100,000 new cops to patrol high crime neighborhoods which were overwhelmingly of poor people areras. Not to mention the creation 22 million new jobs and a budget surplus. I'll be waiting Obama speech buyers for some things he's done other than fight to remove mandatory minimum sentences for convicted felons. How would that help the poor communities? Your people has forgotten what The Clintons were doing for you when The right wing Republicans were fighting to oppress you. Talk issues, not speeches!!!

    January 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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