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. Nick


    January 12, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. Christian, Tampa FL

    Endorsements are nice, but I sure hope that people don't start getting the impression that Obama is somehow an establishment candidate because he's getting endorsements.

    Logically, the only way that Obama will be able to produce change is to build political consensus, and for that he will need to gain support among Congressmen. So, it is good if he has the ears and perhaps votes of a good number of Senators and Representatives.

    January 12, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  3. Nick


    January 12, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Dee

    Might mean much to you Mr. DE , but it means a lot to Hillary since McCaskill is a super delegate and a woman.

    January 12, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. Denzel Richie

    This means that Obama is no longer the insurgent candidate he claims to be. He too is part of the establishment. So much for change.

    January 12, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Jimmy

    ABC headlines: Obama thankful for KENYA's Support. Yea support for the past 47 years while they prepare him to take over the White House. SMALL NATION OF KENYA HAS PLANT RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. Obama's could very well be a plant from Kenya.

    January 12, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. Denis, NJ

    Haha. Endorsements from the Washington establishment are raining on Obama. For someone so wanting to change the establishment, I find that sort of ironic.

    January 12, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. MT

    I agree that elected Dems are finally realizing that with someone like Obama things may actually get done.

    Enough with the division, time to move on.

    Obama '08

    January 12, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Tom Davie

    Have you guys checked out how many SUPER delegates Clinton has?

    The major players have ALREADY pushed her over 100 delegates ahead.

    These remaining players were HIDING in the weeds cause they didnt think Obama had a real chance. There is no problem that they endorse obama, but it isnt going to sway everyones vote.

    On the other hand, I am impressed and pleased that Obama has gained such a candidate. I think hes a far better candidate in 2012 or 2016 when he has more experience, but he will one day be president I think.

    Hillary candidates dont HATE Obama.

    Unlike the RADICALS and other hate groups that SNIDE Hillary every chance they get.

    January 12, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Julie Kay

    McCaskill is a breath of fresh air. She has taken major steps in the fight for government accountability. She is winning great applause for her stance on earmarks. Claire is also very bright.

    January 12, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. Thaddeus Wong Chicago IL

    Claire is a first class first term Sen. and a true reflection of what American Democrats and moderates are looking for. Her endorsement of Obama speaks volumes after the earlier endorsement from the Arizona Govenor Janet Napolitano.

    Two fabulous political women in favor of Obama!!!!

    January 13, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Mars

    I think it shows a lot more about CNN that they still have yet to publish articles on the latest Hillary endorsements, OR Obama's crash.

    January 13, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. Deacon of the Beacon

    The most radical statement of the Century


    They have a better chance at keeping the white house if Hillary is eliminated.

    But Hillary will stay the course, no matter how murky political polls are.

    Remember, she is the only woman the Republican party fears most.

    Read between the lines and see what lurks in darkness. They wont say it publicly for fear America will catch on to their new wave of secrecy.

    "Throw in the bait and they will get hooked on what we feed them. Thus, we will recover that which was lost. Instead of working for the prize, we'll let them fight it out as we stand by and cheer the unsuspecting on. Throw in the bait, they will get hooked on what we feed them.”

    Beware, the future of our country, our family and our respect in the world is in trouble.

    "There are thieves in the Temple."

    January 13, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. margaret

    I would like Hallary to lay out his experence on the economy.Being a frist lady does not give you economic experence.Unless Bill is going to run the country

    January 13, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. Mati

    Now not only media but the high ranking elected officials try to feed Obama to the electorate? Voters cannot think for themselves? Its turning into a competition of endorsement instead of competition of solutions to fix the country.

    January 13, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. Gracious & Logical

    I presume it takes the knowledgeable and the cultivated to comprehend the great leadership and supreme talents of an upstanding public official like Sen Obama. Many less learned individuals remain unaware that Sen Obama has been a public official for 11 years, has been serving the community since graduating from Harvard Law – where he earned a Magma cum laude degree i.e. graduated with an average of at least 90%.

    Thus, I’m rather disappointed with those who (undoubtedly motivated by BIGOTRY) try to paint him otherwise and post less than smart remarks insinuating that such a remarkable steward of the people is somehow inexperienced or that this brilliant scholar does not grasp the difference between articulating and effecting something… a simple concept that any sane individual understands.


    January 13, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. Jesse

    So easy for people to jump on the "flavor of the month" Obama bandwagon. Just wait until the going gets tough and Obama crashes and burns due to his inexperience. People will be running back to Clinton. She will get the nomination and be the next President.

    January 13, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. Pac

    Hilary still has the most endorsements.

    January 13, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  19. Jessica, El Paso, TX

    I have two words for you:

    Hope Fund

    I think we may be seeing a pattern of endorsements

    January 13, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |

    Who cares?

    January 13, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. Chevy

    WOW! Obama is on a roll. If an official elected by their people endorses obama, it basicly means obama has that state! Kerry, Nelson, nevada, Missouri! Go Obama!

    January 13, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. Seam, Philly, Pa

    Endorsements are more inportant than what people think. I agree with LL: high ranking elected officials sends a clear message as to whom they think will bring change to Washington. Don't down-play their judgement. Trust it.

    Obama 08'

    January 13, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. Bruce Taylor

    Mike,she is thinking about superiority of vision and judgement. Mr DE,she is endorsing the future not the past.

    January 13, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  24. Peter, Ky.

    Endorsements don't translate to votes, but certain endorsements are big indicators of the trend of the "insiders."

    First term Senator Claire McCaskill is from the state with the longest track record of picking the winner of the presidential race. She is a Democratic female senator not endorsing a fellow Democratic female senator.

    Endorsements don't mean much, but they are worth something. Plus, she is another superdelegate and that does mean something!

    Fired up and ready to go! GO OBAMA!

    January 13, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  25. Scott

    Mr DE – I looked up the dictionary and endorsement means approval or sanction. As an international observer it doesn't mean much to me however I get the impression that this is how your government process works and that it happens like this every 4 years or so, so surely it means something to someone in your lucky country, even if not you. If it doesn't then which losers in your country allowed such a process to exist?

    January 13, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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