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. green

    Markus those polls are national- presidential races operate on the electoral college system- you need state by state polls to figure out who would win. Who would win in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and Pennsylvania- these are the only states up for grabs (purple states).

    Obama loses in every one to any of the top Republican candidates.

    January 13, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  2. permalik078 iowa

    Both Obama and Clinton have set up extensive campaign operations in Missouri. Clinton has collected her own powerful supporters in the state, including former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, former Govs. Bob Holden and Warren Hearnes, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Emanuel Cleaver, a congressman from Kansas City.
    Obama has the backing of two St. Louis congressmen, William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, along with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

    January 13, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. redflag

    I heard that in the next caucus state of Nevada the teachers are having a dog fight with the Service Workers Union and Culinary Workers Union (the Socialist Brigade).

    The caucus and the unions have worked out a deal to ensure that the maids, busboys, and waiters will be able to have a competitive advantage in the caucus (less traveling) and will depress the teachers any other college educated people.

    It looks like a guaranteed Obama win.

    Workers Unite!!!!

    January 13, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |


    January 13, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |



    January 13, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. amesofe

    This Obama-Clinton duel is easy to decide if one only thinks about the temptations the congressional female pages pose to the presidency if Hillary Clinton were to be elected. Let us rally around the energy and collective hope for change in Obama. No cigars in the white house!

    January 13, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. JACK ny, ny

    I think americans are the real endorsers of the candidate.

    Just the way they did it in NH.

    January 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. obama insider

    Terrible news. I hope Clinton wins. Obama is truly incompetent.

    January 13, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. Young Liberal

    People on here have absolutely no clue what they are talking about! You have no good reason not to vote for Obama other than experience which if you want experience why not keep Bush in, he has 7 years of experience AS PRESIDENT. All experience means is that you are already part of the Washington machine. That is all Hillary has.

    PS I saw her act like she was getting choked up yesterday when she was talking to someone about some home loans or something GIVE ME A BREAK!

    January 13, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. hmm

    Strange how when Kerry announced his endorsement, he was said to be a character belonging to the past, not the future, and now that a more recently elected senator endorses Obama, her accomplishments are belittled. That's a bit transparent...

    January 13, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Jack K.


    Another DEM who owes her soul to the liberal lobby groups–has spoken.

    What's being said?

    We'd rather compromise our party, the election, and the people of America–by arm twisting every one we can to endorse Obama or Clinton and not Edwards.


    Because the special interests and lobbyists who traditionally support the DEM party realized that John Edwards really meant–he coud not be bought and would not accept donations by ANY lobbyists or special interests. NOW THE DNC HAS DROPPED EDWARDS LIKE HOT POTATO BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID OF UPSETTING THE GRAVY TRAIN OF DOLLARS FUNDING THEIR NATIONAL ELECTION.

    It's a shame–the ONE candidate who brings really meaningful change–has had the backs of all DEMS turned from him–including his former running mate (always a prostitute to the DEM party leadership), And Obama may be the best thing since sliced bread–but the reality is the DEM party feels he will keep the "big money" rolling in from special interests and lobbyists like the NEA, NAACP, ACLU, AARP.



    I'm personally disgusted with the whol thing. If the DNC doesn't get a little back bone–I'm probably going to switch (McCain is more to center than Clinton or Obama) or just sit home and drink on election day.

    January 13, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  12. Peace

    I do not understand those who are blaming CNN. What for????? CNN can not report what is not existing! Even if million of endorsement come in the name Obama, and nothing for Hillary, CNN is obliged to report all. Those who are not happy of this, am sorry this will not stop CNN to do their job!

    January 13, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. G.Stern

    THANK YOU .... ...Sen.McCaskill........
    A wise choice !!!!

    January 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. Sal......Illinois

    This endorsement is very stratigic and politically correct for her......She knows the hard facts of the St. louis city demografics...... Almost all of north county and central and some south county residents are African American .... She wants their voting block.....I have followed politics for 25 years to know that these endorsements always have a political motive....If she wants to win again ...She is going to need a majority of the african american vote in the city and the county of St. Louis.....

    January 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  15. Sal......Illinois

    I have followed politics for 25 years to know that these endorsements have a lot to do with political stratagy.....The senator from Missouri knows that in order for her to win again....She is going to need all the african American votes in the city of St . Louis as well the county of St Louis.....It is the only politically correct thing for her to do.... I don't think she has much of a choice in the matter......

    January 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. Daniels MD

    You were supported and elected because of your skills to look at informations, facts and call on decisions based on your insticts and beliefs. We support every choice and decisions you make because you have better information and intuition than we have. Do not let negative, selfish thoughts of individuals affect you. Your true supporters will always be there as long as you explain your decisions clearly, like your staff did for me in my recent inquiry regarding your position in health care matters. By the way, I supported the Clintons and stood for hours to shake hands in their campaign for presidency in Inde pendence, MO. So Claire go with your guts! Thank you.

    January 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  17. J. McKinney SW MO

    Good Grief, Claire! What are you thinking? I am from MO and voted for you, but believe me, with judgement like this, I will know better next time.
    We need leadership. GO, HILLARY!!

    January 13, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. No Change

    I think the Obama's campaign is in big Trouble. He's scrambling to get endorsements just to make him look credible. I wonder what deals he has cut with all these people. Remember, it's easy to influence someone who is new to Washington, than someone who's been there already-especially one with such strength. So much for change we believe in, Obama.

    January 13, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. sallu

    I think if Obama portray the same emotion as Hillary he will win the democratic nominee. When i see Obama i see change. I see peace in the world. Go Obama stay positive. May god grant you all the wisdom and understanding in your fight.

    January 13, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. MIchael

    In response to BD's comment: "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."

    BD- I imagine that you would have problems naming three jobs that immigrants, illegal o r not, have taken from U.S. citizens....that's is jobs that our citizens would be willing to work.and cannot obtain. The truth is, we depend on immigrants in all types of professions, in order to keep our economy running. If they would leave, our economy would absolutley shatter. Be careful what you wish for.

    January 13, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. neel ny, ny

    It is going to kick in the gut for all these endorsers when hillary wins. Just the way it was kick in the face of all of those CNN political analyist who were so sure hillary was going to lost with double digit difference.

    bunch of losers

    January 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. MIchael

    Mariann P, your comments regarding Barak Obama disgrace you and display your ignorance on issues both domestic and foreign. If you actually take time to read what you are posting, you will certainly see that your viewpoints are decidedly UN-American.

    January 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Yaw

    Marian Pepitone is a disgrace to herself and the good people of the United States of America.

    January 13, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. OBAMA 08

    Mark: Isn't that attitude of "What goes around comes around" exactly the one that has paralyzed America's gov't and what the Obama campaign is fighting to end.

    I doubt from what I have seen from Claire that her decision was made lightly! An amazing boost to his campaign!!

    January 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Eric from Massachusetts

    Just read the Time article.... "It's the voters stupid". Endorsements, polls, etc mean nothing. In the end, it takes voters. Voters know better.

    January 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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