March 14th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton wins backing of Pittsburgh mayor

 Ravenstahl is backing Clinton.

Ravenstahl is backing Clinton.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton will get the endorsement of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at a campaign event Friday, sources close to the campaign confirmed.

The senator from New York will also get the backing of Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the sources said.

Ravenstahl and Onorato are not superdelegates, but their endorsements add to Clinton's strong support among Democratic leaders in the state, where Clinton and Barack Obama will face their next contest on April 22.

Clinton also has the backing of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Mike Nutter, and the party's chairman in the state, T.J. Rooney.

Ravenstahl, 28, is the youngest mayor in Pittsburgh's history, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Hasn't anyone explained to these people that you bail water OUT of the boat...not just move it to the front!
    Clinton is a sinking ship and support for her simply is dragging the Democratic Party down with her!
    The electorate in Pittsburg should keep a close eye on this guy...judgement counts.

    March 14, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Eric

    Smart man!....GO HILLARY!! HILLARY 08!!!

    March 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. SG

    Good!! I hope she wins the democratic nomination. This is politics and she is a better "Politician" then anybody else.

    March 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. franklahai

    Well, where will all these really get Hillary? She is so far behind in the all the counts (e.g., pledged delegates) that PA is only prolonging an outcome that has already been determined. A vote for Hillary in PA will only add more to the division in the Dems party and their downfall in the general election. If Ohio and Texas could not serve as firewalls for Hillary, PA cannot be the SOLUTION to her loss to date.

    If you are a strong Catholic, you need to contribute not only dollars to the movement by Obama, but please offer a decade of the Rosary for the election of a decent young man, Obama, to the White (pure) House. We need decency back in this great nation.

    March 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Goodheart

    If Obama is such the frontrunner now with all his delegates that he's gained mostly from caucuses (where everyone is not able to vote especially mothers who have to stay home with their children and seniors), why is he going to get crushed by Hillary in Pennsylvania?

    I know why... it's not a caucus where only a limited number of voters will be counted.

    March 14, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. abm Habibullah

    Can we say Hillary getting this endorsement because they both are white? Ludacris!! That is my point.

    March 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Casey, Atlanta

    Good job.

    March 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Bob NH

    Go Hillary! You're on a roll!!

    March 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Linda

    My comment, which probably won't be printed, is about the attack on Barack Obama's minister. That article had no room for comments.

    First Obama is attacked because of a rumor that he's a Muslim. Next he's attacked because people recognize he's a Christian but they don't like his church. Where will it end? And what does a candidate's religion have to do with his readiness to be president?

    Geraldine Ferraro is very wrong. Obama is not where he is because he's a black man, but in spite of it.

    For the record, I'm a white middle-aged woman and a feminist but after the last couple of weeks of attacks I cannot support HIllary.

    March 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Deborah from Florida

    I am from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and now live in Florida. I am excited that the people of PA are getting the opportunity to make a difference with their vote and that there vote will count and their delegates will be seated at our convention. GO PENNSYLVANIA

    March 14, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. kevin

    After Obama's minister's comments, I think American people starting to see what this election is all about. Obama's minister's words are anti-human, anti-American, racist, and has no business in today's world. Senator Obama did not even reject his ideas. What a change agent. I am glad Mr. Ravenstahl is endorsing a candidate of real change in senator Clinton.

    March 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. LisaMpls

    I believe Hillary will be addressing the soaring gas prices at this event, so tune in if you are interested!

    March 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. trent flack

    go hillary go!!!!!!

    March 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. will

    i wonder went all is said and done how many of this hillary supporters will still be in office. especially the ones going agisnt the will of the people who put them in office.

    March 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Dr. Vincent Petrosino

    Please understand something about politics in Pennsylvania. It is like politics in any other large state. It is run and has been run by political machinery. And that political machinery is geared up to support the status quo and the way things have always been done. And that means backing Hillary Clinton who reeks of political machinery. Politicians especially Democratic politicians have been advised to back her and no one else. To do otherwise would mean the end of that polictician's career. But the people of Pennsylvania are not fools. In 2000 and 2004, they refused to give the state to Bush under intense pressure. Senator Barrack Obama speaks to the young people here, the city dwellers, the racial and ethnic minorities and the educated. The people of Pennsylvania have not been heard yet! The politicians have! Thank God they are not one and the same!

    March 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Derrick

    This is good! This is the beginning to end of the Obama campaign which starts in Pennsylvania!



    Hillary 08' 12'

    March 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Right Decision


    It is a right choice!!!!

    March 14, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. keith

    Now Clinton has no excuses. She pretty much has the state on her side.

    Senator Obama will make his case and try to earn the good people of Penn's vote.

    However, we the powerful backing of Peter Paul v Clinton do-defendant Gov Ed Rendell, she should win Penn by 20 points at least.

    At least there is life after Penn.

    Obama leads in North Carolina and Indiana. They both make up way more than Penn.

    March 14, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Hillary you can't mathmatically win the most pledged delegates. Pls. stop stroking your ego, and think about your country, and stop tearing apart our party! There is always 2016.

    March 14, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Mark

    Watch this guy. If he aligns with Clinton, there is a good possibility he is part of the old school politics that take care of only themselves and their freinds. We've had enough of this. We need change in this country and change doens't begin with Clintons.

    March 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Frank F

    Now that's great! Hillary got key backing from PA. Hope this helps!

    Another point!!!!!!!!!!!!
    After seeing a video clip (on Youtube) of one of Rev Jermiah Wright Sermons, on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the tone of this Sermon from a preacher of God's holy book (Bible) is clearly racist, in which he almost demonizes Hillary and equates Barack Obama to Jesus. These racist attacks by Rev Wright, make any comments made by Geraldine Ferraro (who is not a racist) pale in comparison.

    Barack Obama currently belongs to this Church which until recently, Rev Wright was the pastor. Rev. Wright married and baptized the Obama children. The Reverand and the Obama's are very good friends. Rev Wright also has interesting Sermons on 9/11 , in which he suggests that America had it coming.

    Where is the NAACP in denouncing these clearly racist comments against Hillary. Where is Barrack Obama in denouncing these racist comments against Hillary Clinton. This situation has to stop. I do not think either Barrack Obama or Hillary Clinton are racist. But, both of these candidates, need to get back to the important issues that America needs to address and solve.

    Americans need to select the next president on his or her qualifications and not cast their votes FOR or AGAINST candidates because of Race, Gender, Sexual Preferrence or Religious belief but on experience.

    March 14, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. R. Hanson

    Won't matter, Hillary......old politic ways are not what the people want as shown by the numbers across the country preferring Barack.

    March 14, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Kevin

    I want to see more and more Mayors, Governors and superdelegates endorse Hillary and more and more Mayors, Governors and superdelegates back to Hillary (since we know the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s sermons hat this country). Obama need apologizes to all the American people and he need step out this race.

    GO HILLARY 08!!!

    March 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Anonymous


    March 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. mike

    why is it when there is something postiive with Hillary it get shuffled, but when the the pilsbury doughboy says something positive about Obama, it is BREAKING NEWS and gets splashed all oer the place. Makes you want to say UMMMMMMMM biased. does it not.

    March 14, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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