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. Independant/Iowa

    At least you deleated my comment on Murtha being #1 in the pork barrel parade and followed by clinton in 10th place.

    As apposed to just letting it hang for 27 hrs as you did last 2 time

    See what CNN does with this one.

    March 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Jim

    Black boy running for our highest office. This black boy has been lying to American public and is resorting to dirty and negative politics. If you ask any minorities other than blacks, they will tell you they have been discriminated by blacks more than any race in this country. Obama is the worst kind of politics. Bring the race issue on the table and blames everyone if they use the race card. He feels that he is the only one who has the right to play the race card.

    March 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Bill Jergens

    This is actually really big for Hillary. Obama keeps on using his speech about judgement and 2002. Well John Murtha has been the strongest opponent to the war in Iraq and stood up against it and now he's backing Hillary. His confidence in her in getting out of Iraq safetly and properly as well as the backing of more than 34 generals and admirals as well as 2 joint chiefs of staffs says a lot about the trust and confidence these military leaders have for Hillary.

    March 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. Thomas

    I am very outraged at the comments of some of the people on here. Congressman Murtha is my representative and is a real gentleman and a veteran. This man has served my district very well for over 30 years and you people are on here slamming this great man for some mysterious person who has been a senator for 2 years and running for president for another year. I know CNN and their blatant love affair for Barack Obama, so the chances of this getting posted are slim to nill but you people need to get real. Talking about vague, generic, "change" DOES NOT make you qualifed to be commander in chief. As some would say, "you've been 'bamboozled!'"

    March 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Mary

    Murtha we share your wisdom in recognizing Hillary Clinton is a brillant person and so ready to lead this country. Pat VA your judgement is so lacking in what Murtha could tell you, that is what is pitiful. While we all like the rising sun it is the setting sun that can tell the story of the the day and lend expectation of what tomorrow may bring. Don't knock age and experience if you are to youg to know about either. Believe me if you live someday you will known what age brings to you life experience.

    March 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Mary

    I guess us old folks won't be needed if Obama gets the nomination.
    This old codger wouldn't give him my vote if Hillary herself asked me to.

    March 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. ch

    This is a big endorsement for Hillary – Murtha is highly respected.

    March 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Concerned Canadian

    I've asked my American friends why they hate Hillary so much and why she is so bad for the Democrats as nominee for President.
    They said they don't know, but they feel that way from the stuff they hear from the media. Hmmm.

    The media asked people leaving exit poles and those who just listened to one of Barack's stump speech , why they are supporting Barack..they say not sure or I don't know..just do. Hmmm.

    So from what I observe, most of the electorate is influenced in some way or another to support a candidate without a plausible explanation in doing so. Fascinating. Power of persuasion at its best.

    March 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. dave


    March 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Tim

    Good job! I was an Obama supporter but after last week go Hillary or MCcain! Obama claims he is the new generation but he is the same old politicians. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry are also old politicians!

    March 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Puddytat

    Fine .... anybody but McCain

    March 24, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    How old is Ted Kennedy? Obama-bots get real. This man knows who can do the job, he knows Hillary has what it takes to get it done.

    March 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Hill Yes

    Unlike some of Obama's endorsers, Murtha has integrity. He was a vocal opponent of continuing the war in Iraq. He is an honest, decent and kind man who knows what it means to be loyal and to have honor, again, unlike Obama's supporters.

    March 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Brian

    17 terms? ROTFLMAO If NOTHING else abput Clinton screamed to "Politics as Usual" this endorsment does....hope that works for ya Hillary...climb on that horse and hope the American public dosen't see how bought and paid for you truly are.

    March 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. justobserve

    Who is more experienced than McCain? What experiences Clinton has had are quite bad to be proud of ( all the time defend her husband, failed healthcare change, overseas holidays paid by taxpayers, but as her and her supporters' spins go, if it is bad, you learn from it; if it is good, you drum it up. A win-win position for her. But if her opponent has experiences? Sorry, they are not counted or insignificant! It's these kind of superdelegates that do more harms to the party than good to support Clinton's delusional cling to power at this late stage. She wants to destroy Obama so she can try again in 2012. She doesn't care about the party, only her own ambition.

    March 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. in phoenix

    Get with it! Youare so easily led! Obama is saying that he is the "different candidate", that he will "change" the way politics is done in Washington....but Obama is from Washington! He is speaking from a position won in Washington and a part of Washington. Obama says he is different, but his campaign sounds the same....except when Clinton's campaign calls him on something, then Obama says "politics as usual"! This is the same old story clothed in new dress!!! You cannot be apart of the establishment and at the same time separate from the separate and "above" the establishment.. Wake up!!!

    March 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. dlr

    Old school politic thinking. She is behind the times like her supporters (i.e. former politicians) and will not be able to move the country ind a different direction. Just more of the same old Bush thinking, but on the democratic side. Misrepresentation and secrecy of information. Where is her integrity.....At any cost, one loses integrity...

    March 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Judy

    Rep. Murtha has served Pennsylvania for 17 terms. I have heard no negative charges against him. Now I will wait to see how Senator Obama's campaign and supporters will tear him down. I am sure that some will say that he represents the "old wing Democrats"; well guess what; Kennedy is "old wing Democrat" AND he ignored the voters in his own state to support Senator Obama. Should the voters trust superdelegates who ignore the will of the people in their own states? If they can ignore their own states voters than lets hope that if Senator Obama becomes president that he does not appoint any of these people because if he does than he will be no different than Bush who also ignores the will of the people.

    March 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. FEDUP

    Venus, your as desperate as your lying good for nothing candidate

    March 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. kevin

    After Pensilvania a lot more super deligates will come Clinton's way.

    Obama people: your end is near!!!

    March 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Michael

    I think this is good news for Hillary Clinton because Murtha is a long time respected Democrat and a war hero. I completely agree with Murtha, Hillary is the right choice. I do however think Gov. Richardson was wrong to endorse Obama because Hillary won the state of NM and Richardson is going against the majority of the voters in his state. Back to Murtha, he made an excellent point, Hillary can restore the credibility of our great nation around the world however, if Obama were to get the nomination I think he will lose due to the offensive comments made by his former Pastor. Obama did say he disagrees with the comments made yet he has been going to that church for 20 years which does raise questions in my mind about his judgement and I wouldn't vote for Obama if he did get the nomination. I'm sticking with Hillary.

    March 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. KE

    Go, Hillary. I think she has the best chance winning in November just like it was for Bill Clinton. Tried and proven fact.,

    Everybody else who are picking on Hillary's credential is like focusing on the missing button of her achievements. Obama's got a easy ride. But now Obama camp is flailing. None of their endorsers make sense like Hillary's endorsers does.

    Maybe it's time America stop formative action and give everybody healthcare, that's fair.

    In Denver convention no one will freak out for outcome just like no one freaked out on the decision made by Obama camp not to count Michigan and Florida votes and few delegates went for Obama against the outcome of their own states.

    Go, Hillary!

    March 24, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Jermaine

    I must LAUGHT OUT LOUD because Hillary is "honored" to have his support, however when Govenor Richardson endorse OBAMA she SCREAM OUT LOUD!

    This woman is beyond contempt, Americans should take notice that Hillary would be worst than NIXON! Murtha is another ANGRY prehistoric dinasour from the Democratic party. What all this hatred from the Hillary camp is about is that Bill and Hillary, and Terry Mac engineered what was to be a coronation for Hillary. They never saw HOPE and the LIGHT of the world on the horizon, they discounted and brush off OBAMA but Americans are Hungry for something new and that is neither Hillary nor Mccain, it is OBAMA and the change we seek and now he will bring.

    Billary put Dean in charge of the DNC in order for him to sit out the election so Hillary would be in. They agree in August of 2006 not to make MI & FL nor any state moved up their Primary, and in 2007 they Punish both states with Billary full support. Today all seem to change in the name of Power. Billary overstated her experience but now her chicken is comming home to ROASTS! As my grandmother always say, your lies will catch up with you in the end and God bless your soul. Hillary is so POWER HUNGRY that although she know she cannot win fairly she and all her Pre hsitoric supporters from the Dems who back then were very anti- civil rights until a northerner named Kennedy force it down their throats, now we know what they really think.

    It is a new dawn in America!


    March 24, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Edward J. McDonald

    Murtha is a stand up Viet Nam veteran. Pennsylvania knows which end of a mule to hook up to. We're not fooled by white liberal guilt. We're not idiots! In this election Hillary makes sense. I would never vote for Bill but I will vote for her. Oh by the way quit telling her to give up. Thats not the Old American way and it's not the Pennsylvania way. In Pa. you don't quit till your beat. Just ask a Philadelphia club fighter when they raise his hand in victory but his face is a bloody pulp.

    March 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Tex

    I am sure Hillary would be proud to accept "any" endorsement even Murtha's. Murtha is another one of the old politicos like Clinton who supported Bush and voted for war against Iraq. Always interesting to show that bothMurtha and Hillary lacked the right judgement then in voting for the war. Murtha is still exhibiting his bad judgement in endorsing Hillary. I wonder what he has been promised.

    Likewise, for Murtha to say Hillary has the experience to be President of the United States based upon her residing in the White House for eight years is like what someone else wrote on another CNN article:


    March 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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