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. Aubrey, CT

    I have little faith in Americans. The only thing that unites us is tragedy. We live in country that thought Bush was the best choice twice. Whoever wins the Democratic ticket that is the rational choice. Besides Paul, the democrats are the only one's that will exit Iraq. The money wasted, the lives thrown away for what? Republicans have devalued our dollar, put our countrymen and woman in harms way, lost national and world respect, weaken civil liberties, destroyed environmental law, the list goes on and on. The republican party has strayed down a path that goes against what is best for a majority of this nation. The tax relief for the rich is not the answer to our nation's problems. I figure republicans today are either Evil, greedy, ignorant or some combination of the three, and when I say that I am referring to what republicans have become. Bush is not a small government, states rights, fiscally conservative republican. Very much the opposite. We need change, and all three of the front runners of the democratic party will bring that change, the question is whose personality do you like best. That is the only major difference.

    January 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Greg OH

    Mariann Pepitone, how long have you had your white hood and cape? This isn't the 1920's, this country actually doesn't have room for people like you. Are you saying you are native american because if you are not, you are an immigrant just like Obama and his family, like everyone else here? This country was make up of immigrants. He is an American and born here, he has as much right to run for president as anyone else born here. Why is Clinton doing the same tactics as Bush and Karl Rove, I thought we want change? Does everything remember the smear on John McCain that he had an illegimate black baby, but it actually was his adopted daughter. I wish people would stop attacking like this.

    January 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. CNNfan

    'Mariann Pepitone' is a fake. She's posting fake messages to make Clinton look bad.

    January 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Geri, Sacramento

    A Freshman Senator endorsing another Freshman Senator. She's supposedly a moderate and he's far, far right. She won Missouri by the skin of her teeth in the last election. Now she's risking her reelection in a state that wasn't all that excited about her to start with. Sounds to me that she's hoping for a plum position in the Obama cabinet. Could be a bad move on her part. Wonder what kind of position she'll get in Clinton's cabinet?

    January 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. allen Sutton

    Why is his church even being discussed? I am from Mississippi, where I have seen people stop church services because a white member brought a black teenager to church. It is in their church by-laws that blacks are not allowed to attend their cheuch and they actually turned church out for that day rahter than have a black person in their service. It kills me that some people on this site want to point to his religion and demonize it when Bush has used his religion to divide and demonize everyone different from him. I don't get that. The Bible that I read and the GOd I serve love all people: even Gay Lesbian, black, Hispanics, white, divorced, agnostic, athiest, all people. Using religion as a divisive tool only ensures that YOU will meet the wrath of God.
    I don't care what kind of Church he goes to: I want to know what he can do to bring this country to the place it need to be. If he can be a good leader and not a divider. WE just had 8 years of a Christian Leader in Office and those 8 years were anything but christian motivated.
    Stop coming up with crap that don't matter and let's focus on issues!

    January 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. allen Sutton

    Mariann Pepitone
    I hope this isn't your real name. You should have a klan mask on talking like that! Furthermore, why don't we send you and your family back since no one was here beside American Indians. So if Barack Obama needs to go back to Kenya, why don't you go back to Ireland, Britian, Germany, or Russia. You are far from being and original American and your comments on serve notice that you are an idiot that knows NOTHING about America.

    January 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Go Claire

    Having voted for this Freshman Missouri Senator in the last election, it makes me proud to see her endorse Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid.

    Claire McCaskill is one of the most promising up and coming members of the Democratic Party. Bright, charming, and willing to take a stand.

    I don't dislike Clinton, and will vote for her if she wins the party nominee...but I favor Obama, and hope this trend continues.

    January 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Tim, Arkansas

    Obama 08!!!!

    America is tired of the lies and bad politics coming from the Far Right Conservatives like Bush, and the Far Left Liberals like the Clintons. Both sides are always fighting back and forth and never accomplish anything!!! They tear down each other and tear down our country!

    America wants the Moderates!!! People who are in the middle of the fight between Conservatives and Liberals. It's time for the Moderate Republicans, Moderate Democrats, and the Independents to work together!!!

    Far Right candidates like Romney or Thompson, and Far Left candidates like Hillary will only result in more fighting and nothing being accomplished!!!

    Im a Democrat and Obama gets my vote. If he doesn't beat Hillary, then McCain or Huckabee will get my vote for the Republican Moderates.

    January 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Jimmy

    While Obama is kissing the back side of the Republican's, Senator Clinton is working to bring about true change. She has introduced a stimulus package for congressional consideration, while Obama is out promising unity with words, but no Action. He still has alot to learn. One being multi-tasking. Not only is he running for President, but he is still a Senator, does he not have to earn his money. We are still paying him and since running for President he has not introduced nothing. Not even showing up for important votes.

    He will say what you want to hear, but has proven NOT the ABILITY to deleiver. Clinton still has several more fellow Senator endorsments then Obama. That is the ability to unite. When you do it with in the area you work within. Obama has failed at this too.


    January 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Dona

    Al Gore will endorse Obama next week

    January 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Christine Atlanta, Ga.

    I notice there are never any references to the endorsements of Senator Clinton.
    Like the Lt. Governor of Califonia, the largest state in the country, with the most delegates.

    January 13, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Sean McM

    I agree with other bloggers...a vote for Obama is to return a Republican to the WH. Is this payback to Clinton? Somehow I thought more of you than that.

    January 13, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. rahayto

    after the attack of clinton over obama ,i am black man and if obama don't win i will drive my famille and community to vote for republicain 08

    January 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. s.positive

    Yet again, all doubters will be enlightened...

    January 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Lukyoh

    Well, if you supporters of she-who-must-not-be-named think endorsements are nothing, then you won't mind if Obama kept them coming? Because it sure does matter in the superdelegate race. She-who-must-not-be-named has 180+ endorsements from the establishment early in the race, and it was reported her campaign was desperately calling her supporters to not jump the boat before NH.


    January 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I think the Clintons' have shot themselves in the foot by underestimating the intelligence of most democrats. The fact remains, Obama didn't vote for the war, Hillary did and there is nothing she can say or do to change that vote. She can't dispute that with any Republican when it comes to debates which leaves her at a great disadvantage when the topic of Iraq comes up. The republicans know it and they will use it against her.

    January 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Kelley

    Think about this…

    Kenya in an uproar…the muslim faction there begins to beome more radical. A faction of the taliban begins to grow roots there. What would Obama do if elected President. That's by all accounts his country, too. After all, his family is there. His family is muslim, not he taliban type, but there and muslim. Do we take action, Mr. President? They are threatening democracy and lives in the US and beyond. Can he make proper choices about a community he is so closely tied to?
    Think about his broken loyalties.

    No to Obama

    January 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Jimenez

    Everyone Be Cautious January 13, 2008 5:05 am ET

    I read a great book authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins entitled "Left Behind". The book introduces a great man by the name of Nicoloae Carpathia Which ended up to be the Antichrist. This man described as the new Romanian ambassador to the U.N. He was young, dashing, charming, persuasive, well dressed, well spoken, and no blemishes on his record. This man was very popular with his colleagues and the people. He was in the lower house of deputies and rose to the occasion from nowhere to unseat the President of Romania without an election. Everyone become under the man's hypnotic power. Now the story goes on in the next books -Tribulation Force and of course, Nicolae. The Barrack Obahma story–in most respects, paints the same story.

    I love you Oprah for supporting this brother, but my gut tells me these are the years before the coming of Christ. Proceed with Caution!

    Now I have really heard it all. First we read that it is prophesied that he should be president. Now he is the anti-christ. Only in this country.

    January 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Lukyoh

    Hey Mark,

    Are you by any chance Mark Penn? LOL

    January 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. candice

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. stanz

    I'm a Caucasian male.The Clintons have made this a nasty campaign from the start. Back in July 07 Hillary Clinton said that it was "naive" for Obama to want to talk to foreign leaders we disagree with. But Obama stood by his claim. The Clinton campaign fired two people and has apologized on numerous occasions for inappropriate statements.
    They are attempting to lure Obama into a race debate in order to try alienate Caucasian voters who make up the largest part of voters. No one forced Mrs. Clinton to make these remarks.

    “The income gap actually grew more during the Democratic Clinton administration than it has during the Bush administration. According to U.S. Census data, the share of income for the wealthiest 5 percent rose from 18.6 percent in 1992 to 22.1 percent in 2000. That’s a jump of almost 19 percent.”

    Furthermore, capital gains tax was only 20 percent during the Clinton Presidency. That means the super rich only pay 20 percent on their income from the stock market. Actual wage earners would pay up to 38 percent.

    January 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. AJ, IL

    All you die-hard Hillary supporters are just Bill Clinton supporters in "sheeps clothing". The reason so many high ranking officials are coming to support Obama is that he represents change through a working majority, bringing Democrats, some Republicans and some Independents together to take on the issues that face America. It was interesting to hear Hillary Clinton on MEET THE PRESS this morning constantly use pronouns such as "I" and "my" when describing the US government.

    January 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Gobama

    Claire McCaskill, you are WISE among women, and has a good sense of who (Obama) and what is right for our DIVIDED NATION at this time in our history, when we can't seem to get a handle on the many challenges that face us in the area of economy, unprovoked war, foreign maniac muslim enemies, education, health care, serious environmental damage, etc..

    The Clintons are about PERSONAL AMBITIONS. How do we know this?

    The self-destructive Clintons built up a huge White House legacy and then selfishly proceeded to destroy their own legacy and marriage, undermine the Presidency and encourage bungling bush to continue the destruction of the US Presidency.

    If the Clintons can't care about THEIR OWN legacy, how less will the Clintons care about America!


    Obama 08

    January 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. jim

    Some or you posters are really out to lunch, literally. It's no surprise that given a culture in which more Americans watch American Idol and the Bachelor that Obama would be the latest 'Idol' to which people become besotted. An empty suit who really has said nothing. True he gives nice speeches but I can get the same by going to church. What are his policies, the answer is: Change, but change what? No answer from him there.

    He really thought this would be a cake walk because he listened to all the hype from his backers about being the great white hope. Also Black Americans should be worried because they think he will address black issues, he won't. They thought the same thing about Clarence Thomas but once he got the Supreme Court he turned into a black version of that mutt Scalia. You'll notice he never mentions race on the campaign trail, he only does that in private meeting with black ministers. So in short he's running as an educated, non-threatening black person that some but not all whites can feel good about. If he gets the nomination he will loose because he can write the south off. That also means he has to carry every state that the loser Kerry carried plus one. He'll never do it and we will be stuck with McCain in the White House.

    So all you Clinton haters vote for the most popular and regret it for 4 years.

    January 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. TN


    Something tells me they didn't have anyone but white people when you were growing up. You're just as ignorant as the rest of those who have been intellectually, scientifically, and socially LEFT BEHIND.

    January 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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