January 13th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
10 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. BD

    If the Democrats win in 08, we will have an amnesty bill passed by the end of 09. That will bring even more cheap labor here to take our jobs.

    Go Mitt!!!

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

    Dear Claire,
    My family resides in Missouri and voted for you in the last election. We even worked for your campaign.
    You have now lost our support and we will no longer support your bids for re-election because JOHN EDWARDS is the ONLY Democratic candidate we TRUST.
    Good luck in all your future endeavors.

    January 12, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. Pfc Mason Andreason

    Absolutely wonderful!! Here on base, we love you Senator Obama!

    It is absolutely disgusting that the Clinton machine is trying to stop Union voters to not be able to vote during work hours.

    If they cared so much about the Culinary Union's voting set-up, why didn't they, or the people they're backing in this lame lawsuit, complain during the '04 election?

    Bill and Hillary are "Rove on Steroids" and it's disgusting to watch.

    January 12, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Isaiah

    Keep them coming! Where is Al Gore: we are waiting for yours, baby!

    January 12, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. LL

    I think the recent endorsements for Obama from high ranking elected officials sends a clear message as to whom they think will bring the type of change to Washington that will allow THEM the ability to do the job they were elected to do.

    GO OBAMA !!

    January 12, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Last night I watched Bill Moyers interview Shelby Steele, author of "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win". Steele is the son of a white woman and a black man like Obama, and had some thoughtful analysis of why the platitudes of hope we're hearing are empty slogans. If he's even partially right about why Obama can't win, it's way too soon for everyone to be endorisng a losing horse in a race that seems to be the Democrats' to lose.

    January 12, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Mike, Oregon

    What in the world is McCaskill thinking?

    January 12, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Mr DE

    Again? endorsement? what is that mean? To my believe, endorsment mean not much at all.

    January 12, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Neil

    This is good. Perhaps the best endorsement yet for Obama. McCaskill is a white female (hint: she's the one on the right in the picture!) from a bellweather state that has trended Republican in all major races for the last decade . . . until McCaskill beat Talent for the Senate seat in '06. She might also be a budding superstar in the Democratic Party.

    January 12, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. Alex

    This endorsement does not mean much. Because she hasn't been in the senate for more than a year, it won't really mean anything. Just another delegate at the convention.

    January 12, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Changeling.

    Good for her. She knows a leader when she sees one.

    January 12, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. suzanne

    That's four red state endorsements in three days. And it's why Obama will win the presidency. While the Clintons steal plays from the Karl Rove manual on "how to slime perfectly good people to win elections" Obama is actually motivating not just independents but republicans to cross over and vote for an african-American democrat. What have the Clintons ever inspired but rage from the other side.

    January 12, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  13. Leah DiMarco

    I am glad to hear the good news!

    Senator McCaskill appears to be a very intelligent woman.

    Obama '08

    January 12, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Agron

    Obama its for CHANGE-HOP [OPRAH ] ????,,but all Waschington insiders , endors him ,he talk about CHANGE ,lol, Wake up America... we need Leader with... platform .

    Agron Michigan

    January 12, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. EDK

    Here here!
    Obama '08

    January 12, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. J, Ca

    She is the one who exploited Michael J Fox to win election, and then forgot about the fight for Stem cell research once got elected.

    January 12, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. Mcain - WAR MONGER

    She only won because of the set up by the Republican senator turned fruit.

    The democratic fruits always manipulate a win for the democrats

    January 12, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. Peg

    It's great! More and More ranking officials are endorsing Obama because they realize how much we need someone who is not tied (for years and years) to Washington. We really do need a CHANGE and not necessarily EXPERIENCE. GWB was "experienced" in government, even as President for 4 years and then re-elected.......look where he has taken us!

    January 12, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. Lena

    Obama '08!!!
    Everyone is well aware of the fact that he IS the best candidate!

    January 12, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. K

    Freshman Missouri Senator.

    January 12, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  21. Roger

    What it means is that Obama is a viable alternative to a Hillary Clinton vote. Every major endorsement only solidifies that perception.

    January 12, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Dave

    GO OBAMA! Means alot MR De. Why do you think candidates want them; daa!

    January 12, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. Jack, Greenville, SC

    This is a great endorsement for Obama. McCaskill has already shown herself to be a thoughtful and effective legislator.

    January 12, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. Montana

    OBAMA–all the way to the White House.
    It is time for CHANGE.
    Thank you, Senator McCaskill!!

    January 12, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. RAFi68

    she is a loser

    January 12, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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