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. Jean

    If all of you Obama supporters are still standing behind him after what he said about (JUST FORGET 9/110 My god this is a day of history and this man says forget it. This definately says he's is just on a high and totally out of controll.CNN this is my 4th comment and you never show it or do you not want the truth .I think its true what everyone says about Obama in being a muslin,this comment confirmed it for me and the news reporter on Fox News.

    February 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. akaDoug

    And other smart man jumps on the "Change express!"

    I'm almost starting to feel bad for Hillary and her 49 personalities!

    February 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. akouete

    It's time to end this nightmare and start preparing for the general elections if we want win to win the white house. Let's get behind Obama.
    Excellent move Sen. Rockfeller

    February 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. imahillaryvoter

    Obama says he was against the Iraq war but he was not in the US Senate and had no vote. He was not privy to the persuasive, dishonest intelligence that was presented to the Senators.

    He's trying to use his opposition to the war as his credentials for being a good commander in chief. Sorry, but that won't fly. It's totally out of context. How would he have voted if he was in the Senate? We'll never know. Since being in the Senate he has voted with the majority of Democrats on Iraq.

    He's too busy running for President now, in his 3rd year in national politics, to hold any hearings of his committee that impacts US foreign policy in Afghanistan- where he thinks we should have gone instead of Iraq! Well , that's just going to have to wait, he's busy with his own career.

    Slow down, Obama. What's your hurry? You need more life experience and the American people need to kinow who and what you are before you make a very big mess of this country.

    Obama's ego, rhetoric and ambition are no substitution for the real world experience and intelligence that Hillary Clinton will use to get this great country back on it's feet

    February 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. rob

    everybody likes to vote on the winning horse. Hillary LOOOSER!!

    February 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Chanda

    I Have a problem with Obama Supporter Obama and superdelagates saying that they are voting for what the prople want. Look at the above poll 48% want Hillary they are pretty much 50/50 with poll errors and so everyone saying the superdelagates need to vote\for what the people want are saying if you vote for Hillary your vote dont matter!!! They say it only matters if voted gor Obama!!!!!Guess what 50% of Democrats want Hillary!!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. JAck the Rat

    EYE -- it's not that people aren't ready to accept a woman for president.....it's just they don't want Hillary to be that woman, you ever think of that???

    February 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. CNN Hater

    Can anything good come from a Rockefeller?

    February 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Gisele

    OBAMA 08

    May the lord keep blessing you!!!!!
    You are what we need and I mean the whole world needs! Four years of the Clinton will bring greater devastetions to the African Continent.

    February 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. joseph

    If an elitest like a Rockefeller is supporting him I definatly wont

    February 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. leah


    February 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Rosa

    Excellent endorsement, thanks Senator Rockefeller!

    February 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Virgle

    We are going to get a lot of change in Washington, with the same old faces...hmmmmm

    February 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Observer

    So many people are talking about Senator Clinton's experience. Let's take a look at that shall we? She has knowledge of the inner workings of the White House, this is true, but...she does not have the experience we need. 1. She has experience in making the wrong decisions, not once but twice, the Iraq war and Nafta. Hmmm, if that is not disturbing, then I dont know what is. Think about your first real job, you may have had knowledge, but not the experience, and I'm sure, some of you have climbed through the ranks at that job the first time around. Someone gave you a chance, give Obama a chance. We don't need a president that learns through trial and error, but one that thinks things through before they act. I say vote for Obama!

    February 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. jw

    Rockefeller voted for the war, against investigations into waterboarding, and in favor of immunity for telecommunications companies after receiving large donations from them. It will be interesting to see the money trail between Obama's campaign and these old style Washington politicians when all is sad and done. Who says you can't buy superdelegates if you have enough money?

    February 29, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. MahoganyShotgun

    Oprah has officially been trumped! I still love her though.

    February 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. amie

    twice in the last 8 years the democrats in West Virginia has sold us out for george Bush and now it looks like they are selling us out for Obama. I am changing my opinion of Rockefeller and he sure won'y get my vote in the next election. I think I will regester as a independant.
    Maybe we can get some new blood in Washington. Robert Byrd is the
    only true democrat up there.

    February 29, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. v.ananthan

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller must be an astrologer...
    (to know what Obama is capable of ..)

    February 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Will

    Well, the other sad thing is that the previous blogger is incorrect. Obama will win. Oh, by the way I'm hearing that Hillary could win the next two states and therefore should win the Democratic nomination. Well again, Obama has won eleven in a row, now should he be the Democratic Nominee? GO OBAMA 08!!

    February 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Rufi341

    The coming of the Lord is near. It could be that he sent a saviour angel ahead to save us from Hillary and McCain. Obama, YES WE CAN!!!

    February 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Sue

    It is all about Obama...just ask CNN!! Not a word today about Hillary and her POSITIVE campaign. Also just read an article on CNN page that black superdelegates are being pressured to change their vote. Isn't this racial? Something is really wrong with our world today. If they are switching because he is black then this election IS ABOUT Race!!! I say Go Hillary, stay the course and if you are not on the ballot it will be the first time I will not cast my vote for President!!!!

    February 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    I support Obama but this is a little uh... unexpected? I don't know what to think of this, or whether it matters. Probably not.

    To the people who keep talking about Obama's "present" votes, it should interest you that McCain has far more than Obama. And Hillary is only a scooch under Obama. Also, a few of Obama's present votes were for logistical reasons... to be able to revise something or add something...

    February 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Michael, North Carolina

    Sen. Rockefeller is on the right side. The country is hungry for change. Sen. Obama's theme from the begining has been change. Sen. Clinton represents the past, and does not have good judgement when it comes to making key decisions that will effect the lives of everyday Americans. Sen. Obama is the JOE LOUS, FDR, and JFK of our generation. He will unite the American people on every front. American should get ready for the 44th president of the United States, and his name is BARACK OBAMA!


    February 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Reality check

    Rockefeller? Have we not heard enough about him to fill the bucket? Obama is getting the cream of old politics endorsements. There are a lot of favors to be paid and they will be called in.

    February 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Dee

    Check out Austan Goolsbee and CanadaTV drama…They are saying the story is true about Obama and NAFTA. When this gets around, Obama is probably finished.


    February 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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