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. Miami

    The Rockefeller name certainly gives me great hope that Obama will fight the influences of big corporations, lobbyists, and downright monopolies.

    No monopoly was greater than Standard Oil, and no monopolist greater than John D. Rockefeller. Unfortunately the results of that monopoly reverberate around the world, still today. Check out Exxon-Mobil. Not the best symbol of Americana around the world.

    Jay, work on West Virginia. It needs change.

    February 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Chido Williams

    Sixteen years of the Clintons is enough. Anybody who voted for the war in Iraq is not worth any vote-thats brutal-think of lives lost, the cost and all the other kinds of problems this has created-Wake up America. Hillary has been a senator for 8 years-any accomplishments worth note taking?

    February 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. bill pike

    let me think, a Rockefeller backs obama--enough said.

    February 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. OBAMA 08

    ...this combined with four other superdelgates today alone.....CNN update your delegate count....otherwise date it so people know they are no longer accurate

    February 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. wycliffe

    I endorse you Obama with my vote in Texas. We need change, personally tired with fear mongerig tactics of Hillary Clinton

    February 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. DELTA

    I want what rockefeller wants...Obama to pick up the phone

    February 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Chichi

    This is one indication how strong Obama's movement is. My view of the world, Hillary, should team-up with Obama as VP this time around. I am sure the Clinton camp has common sense and that is not gonna work.

    February 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Mani, NJ

    Sexism is alive and well in America!!!! Let 's not endorse for the person we know will be a fighter for the American people and would get the job done but for the cool, smoothing talking guy. Thats "change" for everyone.

    February 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Cynthia, RI

    Welcome Senator Rockefeller, from the great state of West Virginia.

    Congrats to Barack for another endorsement.

    Hurrah For America!!!

    Obama 08

    February 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Mark

    Good to see that Barack is attracting those (Rockefeller) with a strong commitment to America and its core values – I believe a former Peace Corps volunteer and supporter of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America.) And let's remind Hillary and Bill, it's time (before the Tuesday primary) to release those pesky tax returns and papers from their White House days. The nation does not need to content with a "smoking gun" on Wednesday, March 5th.

    February 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Reid

    This guy's on CNN right now.

    He's said "when lives are on the line" at least 30 times in 5 minutes. Helping the Hillary scare campaign? All I know is I'm annoyed.

    February 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Trev

    So, Hillary is up 2-1 in WV. Does that mean Rockefeller will switch and support Clinton once she wins. I am only following the Obama camp's logic.

    Hillary 08 (without the hate)

    February 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Dave

    Both Hilary and Obama are good Candidates for President,but I believe Obama has a better chance of taken America to greater heights.Lets give him the chance.

    February 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Heath, Hurley, Wisconsin

    What kind of spin will Clinton put on this endorsement?

    February 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. CARMEN

    good grief this people are crazy, Obama will bring this contry down. he has no experience.

    February 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. ebp

    We don't need a president that's not good in math. Hillary...give it up!!!

    February 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Liz

    Strange isn't how some republicans are backing Obama? What do you make of it. I do not believe this nonsense of bringing parties together. They are different, otherwise we would only have one party.

    I think there is something going on, and I am not sure who is behind it and what it is. Wake up people something, somewhere is not right!

    February 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. mike

    I just heard on NPR that a prominent Latino in Texas said in a radio interview that Latinos shouldn't support Obama because of his race. HRC was interviewed by the same radio station later in the day and when asked if she would repudiate and reject the comments side-stepped and refused to answer the question. Typical Clinton hypocracy.

    February 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Ron

    Are these the same Rockefellers who are trying to destroy the USA and enslave it's people?

    February 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. California 4 Hillary

    I'll try again to get posted:

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Another member of the so-called old Washington Democrat political network falling in behind Obama. Aren't they the ones he has been blasting as out of touch and in need of overhaul?"

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    And, if Obama's judgment is so good, why did he have to vote 'present' 130 times while in the Illinois Senate? Couldn't he have used that good judgment to make a sound decision?"

    February 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Nod

    Is there anyone taking care of this thread ?? Where is my post?? Still awaiting moderation....?

    February 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Eye Opener

    The old boy's club in Washington is not ready to accept a WOMAN for president yet, and that is sad.

    February 29, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Jama Ohio

    Who cares about Rockefeller? Hillary has the media and republicans against her. The sad thing is she is still going to win. Go Hillary 08.

    February 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Julie, D-Georgia

    Maybe the third time is a charm for this to be posted...

    I really hope that after Tuesday (or whenever its over) we can stop bashing eachother and start comming together. We need to worry about November and McCain. Most of the post on these blogs are pretty bad; Obama supporters AND Clinton supporters. One of them will make history, can we just agree that no matter which one it is that we as Dem's will come together to stop the GOP? I voted for Clinton, but I have NO PROBLEM supporting Obama in the general election. We (NOT CLINTON OR OBAMA) are ripping the party apart. Saying/threatening to vote McCain if Obama or Clinton is on the ticket is so stupid in so many ways. Pretty much what you are saying is that you would rather have 4 more years of Bush than be wrong. Please get over it, stop bashing eachother, and VOTE DEM IN 08!!!

    Thank you
    please post this!!

    February 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. isaaq.

    I hope the AMERICAN DREAM will be realized 08. THANKS.

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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