February 29th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Rockefeller gets behind Obama

 Rockefeller endorsed Obama Friday.

Rockefeller endorsed Obama Friday.

(CNN) –Longtime West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller endorsed Barack Obama’s White House bid Friday, praising the Illinois senator for his initial opposition to the Iraq war.

"I am all too aware that the threats we face are unconventional," Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a statement. "They are sophisticated. They are constantly changing and adapting. And they are very serious. What matters most in the Oval Office is sound judgment and decisive action. It’s about getting it right on crucial national security questions the first time – and every time.”

News of the endorsement comes the same day both Democratic presidential campaigns are engaged in a heated back and forth over which candidate is best equipped to handle national security issues.

In the statement, Rockefeller also said he is supporting Obama because of his "commitment to rebuild America."

"I know Barack Obama will fight and win the battle for health care, good paying jobs, and energy security," Rockefeller wrote.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. s.positive

    At the beginning, much was said about how strong the HRC machine was, now we know, WEAK. The other side is only scared because they do not know what is going to HIT them...

    February 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Dr David Anere PhD

    I am a Papua New Guinea, a country in the Pacific just above Australia. I have followed the US Presidential elections very closely with CNN on a day by day basis. The reporting is excellent and Jonathan Mann's coverage gives people outside of the US a better understanding of the election.

    Former First Lady Hillery Clinton is brilliant in her presentations but her body language reflects that she can be easily emotional on contentious issues. Obama is a better leader and his personal composure reflects his ability to command and control issues as a President. Experience is not an issues as America is full of learned men and women that can fill that gap.

    February 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Christopher

    Yet Another powerful endorsement for Obama. He has some MAJOR names supporting him and rightfully so. America is tired of the GOP rhetoric that has launched our country into a recession, and wasted a gazillion dollars in Iraq. Go OBAMA!!! Please return this country to some semblance of normalcy!!

    February 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Lynn

    The reason there are no articles about Hillary Clinton getting new endorsements is because SHE ISN'T getting any NEW endorsements. In fcat, she has lost FIVE to Obama getting over 25 this month. CNN UPDATE YOUR DELEGATE COUNT:+ OR TAKE Ithem DOWN:

    Clinton supporters are really getting pathetic when they tear down national heroes anyone who is not supporting her...Your personalities reflect those of your candidate.

    Obama 08

    February 29, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Robert

    George Bush the first, four years
    Bill and Hillary, the next eight years.
    George Bush the second, eight years
    Do we really want to go back to Hillary and Bill?

    February 29, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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