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. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    Go Obama!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Elaine

    The Media have openly agreed that they are bias against Hillary, which is a shame. I just feel sorry for all those people who are on the Obama band wagon, on the 'yes we can' movement.

    Because when its all said and done, every wagon has to stop and every movement has an end. What then?
    Then it will boil done to pure inteliigence and experience.

    Charisma wont solve problems. Poetry wont put every child in school.

    Obama agrees that he will be starting from scratch and is 'going to make a lot of mistakes'
    This country is going down the drain, we need people to solve problems not people who will learn on the job.

    Only Hillary Can.

    February 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    There are some really hateful women on this blog.

    February 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. JohnT

    Obama is the new McGovern. He's an empty suit with great speeches but no experience and no real plan. I'm afraid McCain will beat him in the general election like a drum.

    February 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |


    February 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. James

    It is so clear that the more people get to know Obama the more they like him. Both candidates seems great for the white house, but Obama makes people to believe in politics again. Race is not an issue here. This is a very qualified man with excellent leadership skills and he happens to be a black man.

    February 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. S.A.

    Any feminist that would vote for Hillary is being a hypocrite. Hillary has endorsed her husbands affairs, crushed these womens as enemies, using her husbands resume, and also needs that man to drag her over the finish line. So how is Hillary a model of a strong independent woman. Gender alone doesn't cut it.

    February 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Richard

    Women have worked so hard for several hundred years to get the right to vote and have the chance to elect a female with all the qualifications to be president and now they are going to vote for a man. Yet they wonder why they are not taken seriously. When Barack wins democratic nomination and looses to John McCain in the general election, history will note that women had their chance and gave it up to a man.

    February 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Rich in Seattle

    I just tried to get into Key Arena to see Obama but it was filled to capacity (about 17,000+ people). There were likely another 5,000 people outside. I've gone to concerts with less excitement.

    The power of hope is very evident in Washington. It's so nice to see the hope in the eyes of everyone.

    February 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Tim

    Sharon said: "Why doesn't CNN EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER put up Hillary's MULTITUDE of endorsements???????????????????

    Okay, how about my 2 favorites for Hillary; Ann Coulter and Janet Reno. I guess abrasive, polarizing types stick together!

    February 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. herb riemenschneider

    I belive obama has too look more closer at some issuses.it would be unwise too think every state is the same in this race.pennslyvania he'll lose because of his stand on gun control.people hunt here and enjoy the outdooors.the state should decide what laws. are needed.as gun crimes are comitted harded sentencing should be inopppsed. his other ideas have good merit. but truth is in the details.

    February 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Dennis

    I find it remarkable that Clinton supporters continue to tout Clinton's experience and policies....yet they never can tell you what they are beyond Clinton's plan for a "universal health plan," and even then, they can't tell you the details of her plan. Then, those same supporters come here and call Obama's supporters cultists, and accuse them of not knowing the issues and saying that Obama has no policies. To top it off, each of Obama's endorsers is a loser, and Clinton's endorsers are the pillars of society. Nobody buys this empty rhetoric. Nobody here is neutral. You aren't convincing anyone with such hypocritical statements.

    February 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Tom

    I love you Hillary supporters. The only reason you know Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to her HUSBAND. She would be nowhere if it wasn't for Bill. I also love the fact she is so strong and smart!!! If she was so strong she would have divorced Bill years ago and made it on her own. The only reason she stayed with Bill is because he was her meal ticket to power and easy money. Maybe that shows she is smart or it may show that she is weak and a pariah. Finally, I find it interesting that a couple that barely ever worked in the private sector (real world) is worth an estimated 10-50 million dollars. They are both parasites – anybody but Hillary!

    February 8, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. gene

    Two U.S. Senators trump one govennor. I know its hard to believe that both Washington state senators have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell both endored Hillary. CNN and MSNBC has not mentioned that too often. The gov. is going to lose a lot of women's vote over this endorsement. Race and gender should be neutral in any election, but you have one candidate talking about pride being a a factor and the other can't talk about gender or the media will junp all over her case. Hillary will win the primary elections. As democrats we must insist that the DNC allow the Florida and Michigan delegates be seated. I am a life long democrat (81 years of age and world war two veteran) and if they don't allow them to be seated or the super delegates to vote, I will leave the party. Super delegates were selected for just such purposes.

    February 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Anna, IL

    May the the force be with you Obama. To America and beyond.

    Obama '08.

    February 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Tim

    WANOW said: "Another women charlatan not supporting Hillary. She's not with us, and next time we won’t be so liberal with those hand counted votes..

    So...if you aren't with us, your against us? Wow, how Bush-like can you get. And Hillary supporeters represent change... Ha!

    February 8, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Richard

    The Press will take Obama all the way to the White House.

    February 8, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Dennis

    I've heard it all...Clinton supporters keep stating that Obama has injected race into the primaries...and yet here they are saying that the caucuses are going in Obama's favor because he is black and people don't want to seem racist, so they vote for him. If that isn't enough, we get posts, like some of the above, stating that Washington's governor should support Clinton for no other reason than she is a woman too. Unbelievable. So many Clinton supporters keep claiming to want to talk about the issues, and yet here they are slinging around race and gender accusations.

    February 8, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. TJ

    Perfect timing!
    Obama '08

    February 8, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Tim

    Jersse in Tacoma wrote: "Another traiter to Womans Movement. Support your own. Black voters do.

    Why the hate, Jersee? Nervous your candidate might get beat?You sound like a Republican to me. The Hillary supporters show their gender and racial isues when they get backed into a corner. Anyone else notice that?

    February 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Endorsement

    Obama the preacher gets another looser to support his oratory.

    February 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Patrick

    See, this is so typical. Your bold headlines herald Obama's endorsement by the Washington governor. Clinton's endorsement by the TWO Washington senators barely gets mentioned at the bottom of that article, when it was clearly a major coupe in itself, further showing CNN's clear bias for Obama

    February 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. reluctantly for obama

    well good for him. maybe the patriot act will throw itself away.

    February 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. barry

    Most of Clinton's super delegates signed on early last year; the recent endorsements reflect the direction of the country. I would venture to say that many people would not have endorsed hillary so soon had they known how powerful and popular obama was going to be. The governor is smart; who would you rather have campaigning for your reelection, hillary or barack? Clinton loses most independents, and that's what it's going to take to win in november.

    February 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. zeena


    I am excited but nervous
    I know Obama has already won but Hillary will win the nominee because of corrupt superdelegates...

    February 8, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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