March 24th, 2008
09:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Murtha debuts on campaign trail for Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Murtha campaigned with Clinton in his home district in Pennsylvania."]
LATROBE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Rep. John Murtha's endorsement of Hillary Clinton on March 18 came at a welcome moment for the Democratic candidate: it was only her second endorsement from a superdelegate over the course of several weeks.

On Monday evening in his home district, the anti-war champion and 17-term congressman campaigned with Clinton for the first time and explained his presidential pick.

"Let me tell you something," Murtha said, taking the microphone from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. "I have served with seven presidents, and they all got gray hair except for Reagan. Anybody that’s been in the White House for eight years knows how tough it is, understands, has the experience that you need to be president of the United States."

Murtha said he is "convinced that we are in one of the worst situations that I have seen in the 35 years I have been in Congress," but argued that Clinton is “a person that understands the policy" who can restore "our credibility worldwide."

Rendell praised him for vocalizing his opposition to the Iraq war in 2005 and joked that "Jack Murtha is so important to Pennsylvania and has done so much for us that I almost considered having the historic commission put up one of those markers outside his house."

Clinton said she was honored to have Murtha's endorsement.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Murtha • Pennsylvania
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Jdona

    Hallelujah to Congressman Murtha!

    March 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Larry Buchas

    Murtha decided to join the minority. He represents the older wing of the party. Just what we need, the old wing of the Democrats versus the old wing of Republicans.

    Their way is the old way. They represent the setting sun. Most prefer a rising sun.

    March 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Pat Va

    Poor, pitiful this the best you can do???

    March 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Herman

    Yep bring out the old generation to lead us into the 21 century give me a break. These people are the ones who have the country like it is because they don't know how to bring anything new.

    March 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Veronica

    Exactly, that's why we're in the mess were in now! Another old school politician. When Bill Clinton got into the white house he was young. So whatever Mr. Murtha, let the younger generation take over now. If all of those old school politicians knew so much, why are we (USA) in such a mess!

    March 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Vig

    Obama is laying on his buttocks in St. Thomas – is this the same guy who chants change we can believe in? He's just coasting – this gives you a glimpse of how he really is not a work horse – he's a talker.

    March 24, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. justpaul

    Wow. So according to Murtha, Chelsea Clinton, the Bush twins, Eleanor Roosevelt, and even Barbara Bush's dog Millie all have what it takes to be president. Clearly Jack doesn't think it takes much, which explains his choice of Clinton.

    March 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Luthorcrow

    Big surprise, aren't dinosaurs part of HRC's base?

    Honestly, Murtha carries weight for the beltway but not main street. But is disappointing that he wasn't able to look past the generational gap and do the right thing. Back HRC at this point is just another way to drag the Democratic party down into the mud.

    It's time to win kids, put away the toys and back Obama. We are at the point that HRC has no way to win other than backroom dealing which would not be good for the party are a winning ticket against the biggest dinosaur of all, McCain.

    March 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. Grif

    The Scales of Justice!!

    March 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Political Jonze

    I thought endorsements don't matter anyways? So can Mighty Murtha be dragged though the mud by the Obama Camp simply because he chose to support the "other side"? Can he be called "Judas" for backing a pro-war candidate?

    March 24, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Doc Jerome

    Some old dogs just refuse to learn new tricks. Murtha is one of those, with even less courage.

    March 24, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Terell

    Isn't Mutha's endorsement as important as Bill Richardson's? After all, Murtha is an icon of democrat politics. One other thing: what happened to the campaign of hope Obama was running? All these negative attacks coming from the candidate of hope. Perhaps Obama is no different than any other politician. America should not gamble on an inexperienced candidate.

    March 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Beyonce Pride

    He is extremely intelligent and aware of America and the issues at hand. His judgement is very sound and to go with HIllary only continues his path of good judgement.

    March 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Venus

    Wow! No wonder we need a change! It's funny – after Obama's speech last week – it appeared things were getting quite – then bam!!! Thousands stood in lines in two places in Oregon – on Saturday a crowd of 12,000 people! This morning I watched Hillary's speech with a crowd of 150-- Change – Yes we can and will! Devil in the Blue Dress, Blue Dress...

    March 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. memoryaid

    Murtha had great judgment on Iraq, but he's more corrupt than most republicans out there. Look it up.

    We're seeing this become more and more an election of big interest representatives vs. Obama. Maybe that's why even Clinton is supporting McCain.

    March 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Venus

    Pathic –

    March 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. vincent

    Great---- Rep. Murtha.
    He knows , only hillary can keep this greatest country safe.
    Thats why he supported Sen.Clinton.

    March 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. HC

    Hillary 08
    Dont let the media, Obama, Pelosi or the like force you to turn over the nomination to Obama.

    The campaign goes on ... all the way to Denver if it needs be.

    There is nothing democratic about ignoring the voters of MI and FL.

    The nomination of Obama is ILLEGITIMATE without a revote in MI and FL..

    And we want no part of an ILLEGITIMATE nomination.

    I will sooner vote MCCain over Obama.

    March 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. lorraine

    Wonderful, come on people lets get behind Hillary so she can be the one in the White House working for us.

    March 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Mark Webb

    At least this proves she is the candidate of the status quo!

    March 24, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Deborah

    Down with Hillary. Murtha can not help your pitiful campaign
    Bush Clinton Bush No Clinton

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 2008!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. mari

    It is exciting to see that a democrat came out and endorsed Hillary'. It shows that people with real inside knowledge of what it really takes to be the president of the United States of America. A real hard working true democrat who trully loves her country!

    March 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Jamal

    I ask Obama's supporters that why do you people are acting so stupid and biased? Just ask yourselves for a minute, if you'd have really supported this guy unless you'd have been fed with a very biased info about Obama!! I mean the media is hardly challenging him, and you want to select a person for a President just on the basis that he strikes an emotional chord with us!
    Isn't it the same philosophy we adopted when we selected Bush as a President 8yrs back, that he sounds like and he is one of us!!
    We do need a fighter, one who wont give up easily, and i think i'm starting to Hillary for that matter.
    As a lady, she has shown guts to fight the media and the hardcore liberal democrat activists like us. And she is not fighting us to snatch the food from our plates, but for an opportunity to be given to her so that she can provide more and bring us more prosperity!!
    I'm really starting to open up my mind to her. It toolk a long while to open up my biased mind, but it did now.

    March 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Dear Hillary – please do the right thing and drop out of the race and go back to your senate job. America is ready for new leadership that will lead us into the future. Senator Obama is a person of courage, wisdom, intelligence, and integrity – America will be safe in his hands.

    March 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Gary in CT

    We are NEVER going to have change in Washington if we keep allowing politicians to get relected SIXTEEN TIMES!!!! This is what Hillary stands for.

    Experience? Eight years of pillow-talk with the POTUS? GIVE ME A BREAK!

    This is what Hillary wants to continue doing in Washington....get all these Washington longtermers together and continue to screw the country some more! ENOUGH! Get rid of Hillary and these kinds of bozos.

    March 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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