February 13th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign manager backs Obama

(CNN) - CNN has confirmed that David Wilhelm, Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign manager, will endorse Barack Obama’s presidential bid Wednesday afternoon.

Wilhelm, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee, is a superdelegate to the party’s convention this summer. He had not previously announced his support for either of the two remaining White House hopefuls this cycle.

Obama has captured a narrow lead in the overall delegate count, but still significantly trails Hillary Clinton in the race to capture superdelegates, party leaders and elected officials who can choose to support any candidate they wish regardless of their state’s primary season vote.

It is possible the support of superdelegates may prove decisive this cycle.

Obama campaign manager David Axelrod called the nod “very important,” saying the seasoned campaign strategist “knows Ohio backwards and forwards, so it’s a hugely valuable endorsement for us. He’s going to be a big part of our team.”

He added that Wilhelm represents a move of former Bill Clinton supporters into Obama’s camp.

The campaign tells CNN Wilhelm’s endorsement will come during a 1 p.m. conference call.

- CNN's Candy Crowley and Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. juanusa

    LATINOS FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was just reading Mr. Obama didn't know who we latinos were until he decided to run. Same for the blacks in the Jena 6. He had to get staff to "tell him" how important we are. He didn't know. When he thought he had the union in Nevada – he thought it was just "white workers" clueless to hispanics – latinos.

    yes – he has to get Bill Clinton's advisers cuz he's about as clueless as President George Bush. Except President Bush respects us Obama doesn't. he "just hired" someone to "handle" us in Texas for us...what does that say to you?

    Texas for Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Murry

    Thank you so much Mr. Wilhelm! you rock!

    The Clinton's friends are all defecting. They know Obama is the better choice.

    Obama 08

    February 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. pauline

    To Anonymous from West Africa. My husband is from West Africa and vehemently disagrees with your colonial mentality. This is the very reason the African continent is in disarray. Stop this tribal trash and get with the program. A son of Africa and America will do us proud.

    February 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Brian

    Thank you Mr. Wilhelm!

    Obama '08!!!

    February 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Curtis

    Everyone wants Mr. Obama to tell them what he will do to help correct the mess this country is in. For the first time in our history, it is not up to the politicians, it is in our hands. The country has many challenges, and for once the American people must come together to help solve our problems. We have to look past what we are used to, stop looking for reasons to divide and come together.

    This is Mr. Obama's strength. Bringing us together. No one person can solve our problems, but in the United States (the keyword being "United") we have the power to change our destiny. Black, Brown, White, Young and Old, lets please give up the notion that government is there to direct us, we are there to direct government!

    February 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. LMAOattheideal"boss"

    I can't stop laughing at JohnS's comments about the qualities he would want in his boss.

    How about a boss that will keep the company afloat and competitive John?

    Oh but wait – I'm sure YOUR version of a good boss can:
    1. make you believe in yourself in the unemployment line
    2. make you "feel" good despite the fact that your 401K is gone and the bank is foreclosing on your house
    3. make you feel hopeful that maybe one day you will get another job
    4. brings all (or most) co-workers together to GET things done (right before the company announces its biggest loss) and
    5. has good "moral judgment" (but no business savvy to go along with it)
    6. challenges me to be the BEST that I could be (in a crumbling corporation)

    I don't mean to be a cynic but you have to realize that those characteristics ALONE will not keep the "profits" of a company up (which is of course, the bottom line). So either your "boss" will take the "company" down with him, get fired, or is actually a shrewd business man who hides his vitriol behind a Zig Ziggler façade (and thus no different than any other "boss" out there).

    Wake Up People. Regardless of who your candidate of choice is - you need to make an informed decision about who can "run" the U.S (and not just who makes you FEEL GOOD). We're going into a recession, in a huge deficit, and in a quagmire abroad.

    February 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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