February 8th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Washington governor endorses Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/08/art.wash.gi.jpg caption=" Christine Gregoire has endorsed Obama."]

(CNN) - Barack Obama has won the backing of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, one day before that state is set to hold its Democratic caucuses.

The Washington Democrat, who won the office in 2004 after a hand recount favored her by only 129 votes, said she found it difficult to choose between Obama and Hillary Clinton, but was ultimately drawn to the Illinois senator's charisma and leadership skills.

Gregoire is slated to join Obama at a campaign rally in Seattle later Friday. Clinton is also in the state, campaigning 30 miles south in Tacoma and then later in Spokane.

Washington is set to allocate its 78 delegates through caucuses - a format that has favored Obama to date this elections season.

Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have endorsed Clinton's White House bid.

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Dorian, CA

    Christine Gregoire bought the hype like so many others. She was swayed by his charisma? So was the Obama Girl. She was swayed by his leadership skills? What leadership skills has he shown that Hillary hasn't? Get real, honey, you endorsed him because you fell under the spell of Obamamania. Well, we voters in California were able to withstand Obama's high profile endorsements of people like Ted and Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver Schwarznegger, and Robert DeNiro, and vote with our minds not our emotions. Most voters are suffering from Obama-fatigue and view him as an arrogant pretender who has overplayed his hand. The next few weeks will be interesting indeed.

    February 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Truth

    Someone should force clinton to accept the 2nd ticket of Vice President.

    February 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Thank you Governor! We welcome your endorsement! Yes We Can!

    February 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. bob

    Obama 08

    February 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Noel Bynum, Winston Salem, NC

    I like how the title was an endorsement for Obama even though the information in the article clearly shows that Hillary got two major endorsements, but you guys kept that down to one line with no explanation of the endorsement like you did for Obama, did you CNN? Would you get your lips off Obama's butt long enough to tell a decent Story!?

    February 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Murray

    Yet another to fall under the spell of Obama's poetry and empty promises! When will people start focussing on ISSUES and POLICIES???? Christine – you say it was a difficult choice – usually under such circumstances it's best to go with substance over unproven potential.

    And yes, we've heard the various arguments that this choice is not about race nor gender. But in many other respects it most certainly is. The reality is that it may be a very long time before another woman gets this close to becoming the president of the United States. If women really want to see real CHANGE, they will support Hillary Clinton and for the first time in HISTORY allow a WOMAN to take power of this country.


    February 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |

    Thank You ! I takes a lot to stand up against the long reach of the Clintons.

    I applaud every politician who has the guts to stand up with the people and support Barack Obama against all the lies and the spin from the Clinton campaign !

    Janet , Missouri

    February 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |

    Another Kennedy and Kerry?

    February 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Lovejoy

    That's great!

    February 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Kwame Dela

    Washington is been swept by Obama's movement , hundred thousand strong for Obama.Barack the Vote!!!

    February 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. CJ

    that's my governor – go Chris!

    Obama 2008

    February 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. rico

    i love it keep them coming ,it shows that we are fired up ready go

    February 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Joe

    Another endorsement for Obama. What will it take for the Hillary supproters to see the light?

    Hopefully all these endorsements from local officials will convince the remaining superdelegates that Obama is the right person to represent the democratic party when this thing goes to a brokered convention.

    February 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Johnson

    Thats good news. Lets hope this leads to a big Obama win. I'm tired of ignorent people saying that Obama doesn't have the experience, he does not really know anything, he has an Islamic name, went to an Islamic school. People need to stop look at FOX NEWS and find the facts for themselves. OBAMA 08!!

    February 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Peace

    Many thanks Governor for your good thought. We hope Obama will win Washington.

    February 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. united for truth

    Thank you Gov. Gregoire–you're a true citizen...

    February 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. AJ, IL

    Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire thanks for the endorsement! But what took you so long?!?!

    Come on Obama supporters let's up the ante and target Obama donations at $1 million dollar per day from now till the end of the month.

    Obama in 08!

    February 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. dine

    endorse in substance not in charisma, because when everything is over he will face some tough challenges, bottom line one should endorse another based on substance and accomplishment.

    February 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Caroline M.

    Finally! A Washington State politician who has enough principle, backbone, and clarity to support the right candidate. I'm terribly disappointed with Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Murray, Locke and Sims. Their lukewarm endorses clearly show the only reason they support her – political IOUs and favors. Cheers to Gregoire!

    February 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Sean, Detroit MI

    Uh oh. How long until the group "N.O.W." labels Christine Gregoire a traitor to her gender? It would not surprise me, as this is exactly what they did to Senator Kennedy when he too endorsed Obama. Stay tuned.

    February 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. James

    There you go with your Obama-bias, CNN! Glaring, bright and proud!

    I thought other people were being to sensitive to this idea, but this proves their point.

    Why couldn't the headline say, "Washington governor endorses Obama, senators endorse Clinton." That would be fair reporting. Instead, you place the senators' endorsements in the final last line, like an after-thought. Shame on you CNN!

    February 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Amy R.

    As an educated female, I am so happy to see Gov. Gregoire endorse Obama. It proves that not all women are buying into that "Let's make history" line that the Hillary camp is pushing. We are electing a president. Not to make that history for that individual, but to move this country forward. And Barack Obama is the best candidate to do that.

    February 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Julie

    I am saddened at hearing this. Not that Obama is not ok, but that is what he is ok. A movement doesn't mean that things can be done. Working within and changing that works. If movements worked Bush would have been gone along time ago. Movements come and go. But Hillary has work long and hard for where she is has the same deep feelings of change as Obama. Since I am from Washington it really does come as a blow.

    February 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Rosemary Storaska

    charisma ....???

    What a reason in times like these to choose a candidate? I am not surprised the vote was so close to put her into office? Seems Washington state has some people who really understand what it takes to get the job done?

    February 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. kw

    Obviously once again someone is supporting Obama for his way of making people feel good rather than actually able to get something done.

    February 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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