March 28th, 2008
12:33 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama gets key endorsement, Clinton talks economy


Watch Casey endorse Obama Friday.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama kicked off a multi-day bus tour in Pennsylvania Friday with a key endorsement and lingering controversy over his former pastor's racially sensitive comments.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey announced his support of Obama's White House bid on Friday at an event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's an endorsement that could give the Illinois senator a boost in the crucial primary state that votes April 22.

"He started this campaign as an underdog, but he knows what it's like to be a fighter," Casey said. "I've been impressed by so much watching this campaign ... impressed by his compassion, his strength, his ideas and I think especially ... under fire."

Casey told the crowd that he called Sen. Hillary Clinton on Thursday night to inform her of the decision. "She was gracious ... and we know that she's a great senator, she's a great leader," Casey added.

Obama accepted Casey's endorsement, saying "Bob is such gracious person. I did not press him on this endorsement. There are others I press," he said.

He said Casey's endorsement "meant more to me as any endorsement I've received on the trail because I knew it was coming from the heart."

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. BillieJean

    For every door closed the Lord opens up a new one. Thank you Senator Casey, Obama is the man we need for President and real change!!

    March 28, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Micheal

    I applaud Senator Casey's fortitude, fine wisdom and good judgement. He is a person who also believes in the politics of opportunity for the many and not just for the few...

    March 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. ben

    I honestly think I would have been a better politician than any of the three left! I am going to vote for Obama, but to me, he put his foot in his mouth when he said Bob's endorsement meant more to him than all the rest, because it
    came from the heart. Where did the rest come from?
    One thing though, every one of the other candidates have also put their
    feet in their mouths.
    I think I will run for president in 2012. By then, I will only be 84 years old

    March 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. DemocracyNow

    Way to go Senator Casey.
    Those in the Clinton campaign who believe his endorement means nothing you would not be saying that if Clinton had picked up his endorsement so lets get real honest.
    Obama 08

    March 28, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Isn't that pretty much the ONLY key endorsement he got in PENN??? HILLARY GOT THE REST.....

    March 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Bobby

    Good call Bob Casey for you excellent endorsement.But why?is the news meadia and CNN stop with Hillary lied about Nafta and Bosnia and still on Obama about rev.Right.REV.RIGHT is not runing for the presidentcy,Unjust want prosper.Run OBAMA RUN, YOU ARE THE ONE FOR REAL CHANGE.

    March 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Go Obama!

    March 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Kathy

    His endorsement is the only one from the heart? What do the others want in return then? I wonder how the others feel about being left out?
    At least Senator Clinton was talking about the economy today. Someone is....

    March 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Robert in Toronto,ON

    That picture makes it look like Bob Casey is tickling Obama or somethin...funny, but kinda disturbing!

    Could we get that picture changed?

    On a side note though, great endorsement for Barack. It's very cool to see the rising momentum swinging in his favor. The general American population who already voted has shown it, and now some key Superdelegates and other Senators around the States are letting it known that come that June – they'll be voting for Barack Obama.

    March 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. HP Boston

    Well Obama will get 90% of the black vote in Pa! Thats all wright!
    He can get delegates with that!

    March 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Rob

    Yes, Sharon, Hillary got John Murtha. Murtha is excited because the Clintons are the only members of the party more corrupt than he is.

    March 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Penn State Student for Obama

    CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA. Thank you senator Casey for seeing the light and making the right decisions. I am a devout catholic and with or without the endorsment I would vote for OBAMA and never Hillary. OBAMA IS THE MAN. WE ARE...FOR BARACK OBAMA.


    March 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. gary

    Another sucker wrapped up in O.B.'S fantasy world.I wonder how much O.B. is paying all of these deligates,or promising them. It still dont give you qualifications and know how ,to become a Leader of our country. CNN only puts good issues on O.B. to comment on. HRC they put dirty issues ,so you haters can trash her more. This is the worst Presidential race I have ever seen. Its one sided and bias against HRC. What comes around goes around. Dont put your cart before the horse O.B. supporters.Only the strong survive.That is HRC.She fights for what she believes in. O.B. is in this race to make history. There is a difference with O.B. than HRC. O.B. is a con and HRC is a problem solver. Time will tell .

    March 28, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. fred

    YES WE WILL!!!


    March 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Jane


    March 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. I Made Up My Mind

    Independent voter will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee.
    Renzco, Nafta, Wright.....who knows whats next is this guys closet.
    Just say NO to sheisty politicians!

    March 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Felly

    Obama is the real deal, period.

    March 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Chela

    No big deal, just another senator. California will vote for McCain if Obama becomes the D/nominee. That's the talk of the town around the Latino communities.


    March 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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