February 1st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

MoveOn.org backs Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/01/art.obamamove.ap.jpg caption="MoveOn.org endorsed Obama Friday."](CNN) - MoveOn.org, the liberal political action committee that claims over 3 million members, endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Friday - the first time the group has made a primary endorsement.

The endorsement came after the group allowed its members to vote over the last two days on either Obama or rival Hillary Clinton. Obama overwhelmingly beat the New York Democrat, 70 percent to 30 percent.

“Our members’ endorsement of Sen. Obama is a clear call for a new America at this critical moment in history," MoveOn.org's Executive Director Eli Pariser said. "Seven years of the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration have left the country desperate for change. We need a president who will bring to bear the strong leadership and vision required to end the war in Iraq, provide health care to every American, deal with our climate crisis, and restore America’s standing in the world."

The group says it has 1.7 million members across the 22 states set to weigh in on Super Tuesday, and it is now actively recruiting volunteers on Obama's behalf. It also boast an impressive Get out the Vote campaign - in 2006 its members made 7 million calls on behalf of Democratic candidates.

"We’ll be able to immediately jump into action in support of Sen. Obama’s candidacy," Pariser said. "We’ve learned that the key to achieving change in Washington without compromising core values is having a galvanized electorate to back you up. And Barack Obama has our members ‘fired up and ready to go’ on that front."

The group previously made waves last September when it ran a full-page ad in the New York Times that asked of the top U.S. General in Iraq, "Gen. Petraeus Gen. "Betray Us?" The ad immediately drew outrage from members of both parties.

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Chuku, N.(S.Carolina)

    I am sick and tired of people touting Hillary Clinton's so-called experience over Obama. If people will tell themselves the truth, they will realize that America needs CHANGE and NOW! The person for that change is OBAMA. Let us not ride our country into distruction with the BUSINESS-AS-USUAL politician. OBAMA is a breath of fresh air. So, for the love of USA, please VOTE OBAMA for president.

    February 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Ann, Colorado

    I think we don't need another 4 years of Clinton. Our country has had enough of the Bush's and Clinton's. It's time for a real change and I think the Obama IS that change.

    February 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Anthony

    Hillary has a lot of experience as a lawyer for big corporations.
    Hillary has a lot of experience as First Lady of Arkansas and First Lady of D.C.
    Hillary has a little experience doing charity and legal aid.
    Hillary has a little experience as a US senator.

    Hillary will get slammed by republicans, they are salivating at the thought of her being the nominee. Polls show McCain will route her in a general election.

    Obama has a lot of experience as a lawyer helping the poor and disadvantaged. Obama has a lot of experience as a professor and teacher of growing minds. Obama has a lot of experience as a Senator in Illinois.
    Obama has a little experience as a US senator.

    Obama isin't running on his wifes credientials, he's running on his own.

    Obama will destroy the republicans in the general election. The Republicans are afraid, and those that aren't will cross over and vote Obama. The polls show Obama routing the republicans in the general Election.

    Obama 2008 – The Choice is Simple!

    February 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Keith, Torrance California

    First I agree with Jose E. Guzzardi, endorsing in the primary is wrong. We need a united democratic front not more splintering within th party. Especially after the last 8 years.

    Second, I too removed myself from moveon.org mailing I think they should not have endorsed in the primary and furthermore, they've done very little to effect any change in any election or cause.

    February 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Chuku, N.

    USA needs a leader with the right temperament and judgement. We need a visionary leader to take us to our rightly deserved position. That person is BARACK OBAMA.

    February 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Lorax

    Then Obama has the playground bully on his side? Their tactics are reminiscent of the school bully that picks on those that are a little different or un-usually challenged; whether or not the target has any say in their uniqueness. I don’t see how their support will help Obama, unless of course they have an interest in getting some of what is in our pockets. It would be very sad to see Obama stoop to accept anything from MoveOn or promise anything to them.

    February 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. AA

    ki houston, above, is very right! Why all these insulting remarks from Clinton supporters. That must belong to the past. That old Washington speak. These supporters must change. For, change is indeed in the air!

    February 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. jmaya, iowa

    Who cares what MoveOn; as a Hillary supporter i am very happy that so called filthy liberal org didn't endorsed Hillary. Hillary don't need their endorsement.

    Good for Obama he will wiped out in Super Tuesday anyway!

    February 2, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. California Lady

    Please read "THE HILLARY PROJECT" There are so many articles about both Clinton's and you must read them to know the real Clinton's.

    We cannot afford any more Clinton's in office.

    Isn't 28 years of Bush/Clinton enough for our country. I think so

    Vote for the best chance for our country OBAMA

    February 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Meka

    I am a 30-year old man living in Canada who has been closely following the US primaries. I also have lots of friends, young and old; of various ethnicities and beliefs, all around the world whose eyes are fixated on the wind of change that is blowing across America at this time. That wind of change in America carries within its wings a seed of hope not just for America, but for nations around the world. I want my friends in the US to know that the outcome of this election will resonate beyond the shores of their land. Your choice has the potential to reshape the world in a powerful and positive way and elevate the US again to its rightful place in world leadership. For the first time in my life, I can see all around me, foreigners taking a keen interest to US politics like never before. One reason emerges above all – BARACK OBAMA. It is not just about his eloquency. There is something about his soul that is so real, so able to reach across the many divides. Please America, don't lose this opportunity to get it right on day one.

    February 2, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Becky

    Dido – Obamanot...........................

    February 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Chris Smith

    I find it to be frustrating to see that Obama keeps racking up the endorsements, and yet Hillary is leading in the polls. I suspect that a lot of people are voting for Hillary just because she's a woman. Doesn't anyone remember that Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath? What ever happened to integrity? When Vince Foster committed suicide, he left a note saying he didn't know how he could defend Hillary! (Well document fact from "Frontline"). No one is talking about Hillary's dirty business deals. Why not?

    February 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. T.R.

    Barack Obama will break many hearts this year when people start to see that he just isn't capable of being President. He absolutely has the best intentions and I believe he *wants* to do good things, I just know that he will be eaten alive if he ever wins the office. And I'm not saying he's weak–just naive. It won't be Republicans who tear him down, either; the GOP will lose seats in the House and Senate this year. No, it will be Obama's fellow Democrats who make him an ineffective and unsubstantial leader. (And as for fellow world leaders... oh boy are they going to walk all over him!)

    February 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. eric D.

    fitting isn't it, that moveon.org is suggesting we move on past the Bush-Clinton era! I'm 28 and I too would like the opportunity to see what's it's like without a Bush or a Clnton in the White House. Sounds refreshing.

    Obama '08

    February 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Rena

    People think..........
    Why is the Media and Republicans giving Obama a free ride and primarily giving negative reviews of Clinton? The want to do what they can to make sure Obama get the nomination.

    Why???? Perhaps it is because after the Media and Republicans finishes with him if he gets the nomination, he won't have a prayer of winning. This will only hurt the Democratic party. There is no doubt in my mind that the media and the republicans have a stack of dirt on him that they are waiting to show the country if he is the nominee.

    This man talks about change but what has he done in his campaign to show that he is about change? NADA! Because I haven't seen a thing! And lately, it seems he is becoming a little arrogant.

    If Clinton gets the nomination, I doubt she would win if Obama is on her ticket for VP.
    It is my sincere hope that Clinton get the nomination and Obama will be a distant memory. I am getting sick of this man, he is becoming so annoying!!

    Come on Hillary...............YOU GOTTA WIN!!

    February 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. charlotte

    Hurry up SUPER TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Arunraj

    CNN endorses Obama every hour, they are working hard to prepare for next 4 years to keep CNN busy.

    February 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |



    February 2, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Nel

    I'm sick and tired of the same old garbage the Clintons have brought into the campaign. For the sake of the country and the world I do hope Obama wins. But this is politics. Usually the person who should win never does. Look at one winner GW Bush and the losers Al Gore and John Kerry.

    February 2, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. kpox

    If you watched the LA debates, it is clear both Obama and Hilary have similar plans for their presidency. But whereas inspires me with a new vision for America that is true to the soul and spirit of our founding fathers, Hilary promises me another 8 years of fighting the GOP and barely getting anything done. Obama gets my vote.

    February 2, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. notobama

    if obama is the democatic nomination, my vote will go to McCain

    February 2, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. VanDell Dawson

    I am sure we have more than two family in the country that can be president.

    February 2, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. FATillery


    February 2, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. jason of indianapolis

    we don't need more of the same ! GO OBAMA 08!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. AL

    Has anyone every considered the MANY personalities Hillary Clinton can and has portrayed? Which Hillary will go to the white house? At first she was arrogant and forceful; then she lost and became tearful and nice, while Bill carried the arrogance; then she won and became oh so loving and caring. I just don't think she will be the true president if elected. I think Bill will be running the show.

    February 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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