September 18th, 2008
05:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Republican congressman endorses Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gilchrest attended a McCain speech in February."]

(CNN) - Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, the Maryland Republican who lost a heated primary challenge earlier this year, said Friday he's endorsing Democrat Barack Obama's White House bid.

Gilchrest, who has served in the House for close to two decades, told a Maryland radio station Obama and his running mate Sen. Joe Biden have the experience needed for the job.

"My perspective is that the ticket is Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden that they have the breadth of experience, I think they are prudent, they are knowledgeable," he told WYPR. "We just can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat hazardous, which leads to recklessness."

The move doesn’t come as a big surprise: Gilchrest is a strong opponent of the Iraq war and has voted for a timeline for withdrawal. He's also endorsed the Democrat running to succeed him.

CNN's calls to Gilchrest's office went unanswered.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Fu Chang

    This IS the real maverick, who really have clear judgment & honesty, dare to challenge his own party decisions, upholding "Country First" in practice - seeing the damage the country might suffer of joke politics carried on by GOP. McCain used to be this kind of man, but only until he sold his soul to the "old boys in charge". Palin definitely is not this kind of person at all. She's merely an imaginary product of politics branding by Bush circles.

    Checkout the CNN video titled "Palin advisers and Bush". Most of Sarah Palin's advisers have worked with the Bush campaign or in the administration.

    September 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Gary Jaussaud

    My Comment is:

    There is a time for Party loyality, and side taking, and there is a time to
    dig in and get things done, no matter the pary. However it is important
    to pick the men and women that will best do the job.

    We in America are hurting, and we need strong leadership. I agree we
    need Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden to take over the country. We have
    gone on too long with the same old thing and it shows.

    September 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I'll see you Gilchcrest's endorsement, and raise you both H. Clinton and Biden's statements that Obama isn't ready.

    September 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. SS

    People are starting to think the McCain-Palin campaign is a farce.

    September 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. soccer moms for obama

    thank God for you.


    no more mcbush and his puppet palin (stop waving your hand as if you are in a pageant!!! please, this is more serious business).

    obama 08

    September 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Tired of it All

    Is this really news that calls for front page billing at

    What, no two headed cat stories or teenage sex scandals today?

    A retiring hack from Maryland, who lost a primary challenge, is pissed at the GOP and backs Obama. Surprise!

    I love a good political debate as much as the next guy, but this is getting ridulous.

    September 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. America the Stupid

    Let's put the old fart and the moose lips away for good.....

    Make your voices heard!


    September 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. If I could ask two questions?

    Nobody likes a liar. Goodbye McCain/Pain bubble....."POP!"

    September 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles

    He's not the only Republican voting for Obama/Biden. Almost all of my republican friends are voting for Obama as well.

    Thank you for your endorsement sir!

    September 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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