February 26th, 2008
11:46 AM ET
12 years ago

Dodd endorses Obama

 Chris Dodd will endorse Obama Tuesday.

Chris Dodd will endorse Obama Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president on Tuesday.

The formal endorsement will be announced during an event in Cleveland, Ohio.

A former adviser for Dodd said the timing of the Connecticut senator's endorsement "works pretty well" given that foreign policy has become a key issue of the campaign.

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  1. Aaron from Riverside, CA

    Why does everyone feel that we make our votes for Obama based on what a news organization says? We carefully considered the facts like any other voter. This constant howl that the media is biased is sounding like a broken record. We support Obama based on a number of factors of which we are fully aware, which is why Obama consistantly gets the higher percentage of EDUCATED voters. I'd be willing to bet those who are constantly whining are the ones who don't even do any real research about their candidates.

    February 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Tiziana

    I meant to say hysterical, of course.



    February 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Wayne

    When the Clinton's play the race/fear card...Democratic elite's who were formerly neutral show their disapproval of Clinton's tactics by throwing their support to Obama. The Clinton's think they are above reproach...NOT SO. Thank you Chris Dodd..you may have secured a high level and cushy cabinet position.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. king from toronto

    it's time the hillary suppoters stop being angry,an unite the party.and join the urgency of now.lets do this together.obama o8

    February 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Byron in CA

    Again, people should think about the candidate of change that surrounds himself with the same backers and advisers he claims to be trying to change. Doesn't sound like change and folks should try reading the writing on the wall. It's not change it's a smoke screen for the Dream boy. Folks don't care that he supports NAFTA though his ads run against Hillary for being in the White House when her husband brought it about. Even CNN said last night that she didn't really support it back then, and that it was common knowledge then and now, but do you hear anything about Obama supporting NAFTA, well no of course not, what good would that do him in OHIO. Think people, this man says little about anything. His speeches are the same he gave last year..Nothing new. Ask questions of him in Ohio about NAFTA and how he supports it. Don't hold Hillary for her husbands work, just like you won't hold Obama for what Michelle says. BE fair when you decide and know the facts, don't base your vote on emotion.

    February 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Terrell Newkirk CA

    I think this is big for Obama. Good choices Senator Dodd.

    I would like to go off the subject of the article and add for all you people that would vote for Mr Mcain over Obama or Clintion is just dumb. You must do not care about the issues that faces america because Obama and Clintion are about the same with some minor differences. You people know that statement is true. You would not vote for Obama because he is a black man or you would not vote for Clintion because she is a woman. Either way that is wrong.

    I support Obama but would clearly vote Clintion aganinst Mcain. So please vote for what is right verse what is wrong.

    February 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Dee

    I am proud that we have gotten to this point in America. Five years ago we were no where near this point. Thank you Chris Dodd that you are helping to shape America.

    Now! SHAME ON YOU HILLARY CLINTON for your Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde attitude. And you think that you are ready to be president of the USA. With an attitude like this, who will vote for you? We will never know when we are safe. You shold be ashame of yourself attacking Barack background. Did you remember that your background is not that great. AFFAIRS, AFFAIRS, AFFAIRS. Should american women that are raising children teach their children this?
    Then what does this do for women? What example are you setting for All women with morals and values?

    February 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. rj

    i love all the billary supporters who think that CNN is biased toward Obama. when you're losing, blame anyone and everyone. it's just that people realize she's not qualified to be president. just living with a president doesn't make you qualified. just like living with a surgeon wouldn't make you qualified to be a surgeon. don't downplay charisma. that goes probably farther than anything in the presidency. who wants a president who can't make nice with others. she surely can't. she's extremely divisive. most republicans can't stand her and half the democrats can't either. do we really need that divisiveness in the white house?

    February 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Jared

    I can't name one accomplishment of Senator Clinton's either. Oh wait, she voted in favour of the war in Iraq without reading the National Intelligence Estimate...oh wait, she voted in favour of possibly going to war with Iran....oh wait, she's received more lobbyist money than any other candidate running from either party...and yeah, I almost forgot – she's managed to run a campaign dirty enough to make Karl Rove proud. She's a real decider that one.

    February 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Heidi

    that was a very good blog that you have out. I am an Obama supporter, after reading it I felt even more at ease with my...what are they calling it, my disalussion.

    February 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Todd from AZ

    If for some reason she wins the nomination I don't think she could kiss enough butt to win back the Obama vote.

    February 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Patriot


    Michelle Obama graduated with honors from Princeton. You can't even spell.

    If there was affirmative action for unintelligent white people, you would certainly benefit from it.

    February 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Greg

    Chris Dodd is a joke, and is likely doing this because he thinks it will help his political career. If this were John Edwards, then it might be newsworthy. Obama cannot win in November, his inexperience will be his demise as the Republicans begin the fear campaign after the Democratic convention this summer, and they begin smearing Obama and his wife for being unpatriotic and inexperienced. Not to mention Nader is once again attempting to sabotage the election, by his own admission he does not expect to win, and everybody knows he will only pull voters from Dems. This may not be a factor if Hillary is nominated and Obama is the VP.

    The only one who can win in November is Hillary, you Obamaniacs should stop worshipping your idol and take a look at the facts. Obama is a one term Senator who thinks he can change the minds of Republicans by magic, or perhaps he will just give them speeches?!?! What about his notion that he can win over leaders of countries like Syria, Iran, Cuba, and N. Korea when he talks to them within his first year as President. Does he think he will erase generations of animosity towards the west? This is the definition of naive, and yet the more experienced candidate is being shunned by the media and Obama is put on this pedastool, and the people keep believing what they hear from CNN and the rest of the mainstream media who do not criticize Obama or call him on his BS, or call him a hypocrit for stealing ideas from Clinton, while they continue to smear Hillary.

    WAKE UP AMERICA, Hillary will win in November and Obama cannot.

    February 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Peace

    The way Obama has run his campaign is the best evidence that he is ready to lead. Hillary is just running her own chances.

    February 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Neb

    Who knows what the intent of Senator Dodd is, whether it is to join what he believes is the winning team or because he sincerely believes that Obama is the better candidate.

    In either case, I welcome the endorsement and not that I am a voice anyone knows or will listen to, but per the Obama campaign focus on issues, not on personal attacks. That should be true for the Clinton campaign as well as the Democratic voters.

    I have already read some sly and untoward remarks towards both candidates. Granted, the Clinton campaign is a bit more desperate and is resorting to dirty and personal tactics to get votes, but let's give the lady here due, she has been fighting the good fight for a long time

    Obama 08

    February 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. deb in az

    good for dodd that old fossil . all you obama supporters why dont you go to tucc.org and visit the website of his church. take a look at some of the things taught in his church. its in black and white there people. the apple does not fall far from the tree. for all of you that think hilary clinton put out that photo, i bet it was obamas camp just looking for some sympathetic votes. just take a look at this website.

    February 26, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Denise

    The time is right for change and I think everyone is starting to realize it. Great to read the news on Dodd's endorsement of Obama.

    February 26, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Tony in Chicago

    Terry above is just another example of people buying into the Marketing campaign by the Clintons. "Just words", "Not qualified". Please go out and do your own research instead of repeating the Clinton's campaign hype.

    Obama – has more experience in elected office

    February 26, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Anyone But Obama

    This truly is the Emperor's New Clothes.

    February 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. king from toronto

    usa today just did a new poll showing obama 73%,clinton 20%. primary voters nominee for o8.it's over.yes we all can.obama 08

    February 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. JohnS

    Stop blaming the media. Unlike some of the Hillary supporters, the media:

    1. have some their reseach and do consistently use "data" to guide them

    2. have videotapes of these candidates. All they have to do is to back to the archives and replay those tapes, similar to what the Republican will be doing in the general election.

    3. have most of the "future-related" information, as insiders to the process.

    Please blame the candidates for the screw up. If a candidate cannot manage a "simple" although complex campaign process, how would she/he manage this nation? I guess this is what "experience" is all about– "how much time you spend," NOT the ability to bring people together to resolve complex issues!!! So, chill it on the media–.

    February 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Nick

    I hope Obama keeps his cool and not let her draw him into a crazy fight over a nothing washed up candidate. She is mad so the more cool he is the madder and unpresidential she will look. Clinton games are over. Maybe next year she can give the Obamas a tour of the White House then go back to NY.
    America is coming back to take her place as a country that can be loved and trusted.
    Obama 08

    February 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Mahalia

    Well as far as I can see we haven't done anything positive with any of the so called "seasoned" politicians. Being qualified does not mean you will do a good job, just look at our history. How many claimed to be qualified only to be in the mess we are in. We don't need a "politician" in Washington we need someone that cares about this country and the people.

    February 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Carmen Cameron

    Henry Ford never graduated from primary school and, when asked why he'd been such a success in spite of such a glaring lack of education, said that there were so many experts already out there for him to hire.

    Our president can't be expected to be an expert on every single area of governance (from the environment to the economy to foreign affairs) but the voters need to know that he knows how to choose excellent people.

    Senator Obama has chosen excellent people to run his campaign. It has set a whole new standard in political campaign innovation and performance. It will be a model for campaigns to come and studied by political students for decades, as well.

    Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, chose not competence but loyalty, not vision but status quo, not innovation but silliness. And that's how she'd run the country, too.

    Thank you, Senator Dodd, for taking a stand for Barack Obama and, in doing so, proving what so many of us have believed all along: it is a candidate's perspective that matters, not his (or her) "mastery" of minutinae.

    February 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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