IA: White Leaders Choose Obama Over Clinton, Edwards

Via the Obama website:

Date: February 11, 2007

AMES, IA - U.S. Senator Barack Obama's campaign today announced that Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald have endorsed Barack Obama for President.

"Between the two of us, we have served the great state of Iowa for nearly 50 years, and we share a deep respect for this state and for the Iowa caucus process," Miller and Fitzgerald said in a joint statement. "Endorsing a candidate this early is no ordinary occurrence in the Iowa caucuses - but Barack Obama is no ordinary candidate. He spoke out in opposition to the war in Iraq before it started, and today he has an aggressive plan to redeploy our troops out of Iraq by the end of March of 2008. We believe that Senator Obama has the vision to meet the challenges America faces, and that his message of hope and unity will lead us to a new kind of politics where we are not defined by our divisions but united by our love of country."

Attorney General Miller and Treasurer Fitzgerald will join Obama Sunday at a campaign rally in Ames. On Saturday, Obama attended packed events in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

"I am honored and humbled that two public servants with such distinguished records of service have offered their support, their counsel, and their endorsements to my campaign," Obama said. "I look forward to working with them, hearing their ideas, and listening to the hopes and concerns of thousands of Iowans as we work together to change our politics and our country."

In other words, gang: there will be a lot of endorsements during this campaign, and it's not all about race.  The recent SC diaries are way overstated.

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, John Edwards (all tags)



you're missing the SC part

where the african american leaders say really nasty things about the mere concept of Obama at the top of the ticket..

that is what is different between a Hillary endorsement and an Obama one.

 Obama's endorsers didn't say nasty things about the others...

by TarHeel 2007-02-14 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: you're missing the SC part

And Clinton refused to support those comments.  

by Adam B 2007-02-14 07:52AM | 0 recs
but lobbied for the endorsements

with both Hillary and Bill calling them..

at what point does a campaign have no responsibiity for their endorsers?

by TarHeel 2007-02-14 08:02AM | 0 recs
Re: but lobbied for the endorsements

Of course they lobbied for endorsements.  That's how you get them.  I still don't see the problem.

by Adam B 2007-02-14 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: you're missing the SC part

They did refuse to accept those comments, but the truth of the matter is they were already out there. It's easy to say they don't approve of the statements, after the press has written about the statements.

by dpg220 2007-02-14 08:20AM | 0 recs
Re: you're missing the SC part

I believe her disavowals were printed in the same articles in which the comments were initially reported.

Still, isn't the Iowa news more newsworthy?  Statewide officials skipping Clinton and Edwards to jump on the Obama train?

by Adam B 2007-02-14 08:23AM | 0 recs
not in every article

some of the early releases did not have the rebuttal and the early realease I saw certainly did not have Jackson Jr. (??) from the Obama  camp, responding.

by TarHeel 2007-02-14 08:34AM | 0 recs
Adam are you backing a certain candidate?

Have you made a decision yet?

by dk2 2007-02-14 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Adam are you backing a certain candidate?

I will likely back Obama for personal reasons, but I would be happy with a number of these people if they're the nominee.

by Adam B 2007-02-14 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: you're missing the SC part

Only one of the SC senators said "nasty things," and it's not the first time.

Robert Ford, a South Carolina state senator, said supporting Obama was too risky for the Democratic Party. "Obama would need 43% of the white vote in some states to win, and that's humanly impossible," said Ford. "Black Americans in the South don't believe this country is ready to vote for a black President." Time, 1/23.

by domma 2007-02-14 09:31AM | 0 recs
you're quoting

the nice parts..

try the one where He associates obama with "doomed"  "killing myself" etc...

by TarHeel 2007-02-14 10:15AM | 0 recs
Re: you're quoting

Is it possible for you to support your favored candidate without attacking others or ignoring when the facts don't meet your preferred reality?

by Adam B 2007-02-14 10:36AM | 0 recs
what facts am I ignoring ?

by TarHeel 2007-02-14 10:49AM | 0 recs
Re: what facts am I ignoring ?

Go back to that thread and try to re-explain Edwards and large-dollar donors.

by Adam B 2007-02-14 10:59AM | 0 recs
By any chance

aren't you referring to the large number of attorney that are for Edwards?

Is that a problem, it is not like CEO and a such jumping on bandwagons because they want to be with MSM's push to make Clinton or Obama the only ones in the race.

The attorney's at least are the same profession and it says alot about their backing.

by dk2 2007-02-14 11:51AM | 0 recs
Re: By any chance

I'm not saying it's a bad thing to have large-dollar donors.  Mr. Heel, however, was trying to make some grand point about Sen. Clinton's responsibility for what her large-dollar donors were saying (independently from the campaign).  I reminded him that Sen. Edwards raised an exceptionally high percentage of his money in 2004 from large-dollar donors, to which he replied that it was only because Edwards refused to accept PAC money, so he needed the money from somewhere.  I gently reminded him that both Dean and Clark refused PAC money as well, yet neither had to rely on large dollar donors like Edwards did.

And then he got quiet.

by Adam B 2007-02-14 12:05PM | 0 recs
no what did

Edwards' large donors say to attack other democrats.

I didn't get quiet I wasn't sure what your point was.

by TarHeel 2007-02-14 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: no what did

They probably said a lot, but no one held Edwards himself accountable.  That's the point.

by Adam B 2007-02-14 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: no what did

accountable for what?

"probably" doesnt really call for much accountability

by okamichan13 2007-02-14 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: By any chance

Are you sure? I just went to the FEC website to look up which candidates back in 2004 took PAC money, they say Clark took a total of $45,950 from PAC's, Dean took a total of $15,500 from PAC's and Edwards took the least of all candidates which was a total of $2,000.

by Sarah Lane 2007-02-15 02:20PM | 0 recs
from employee/worker PACs too

by TarHeel 2007-02-15 02:34PM | 0 recs
Re: you're quoting

Oh, you mean the racist comments that offended Hillary's campaign so much that she had to push back?

Yeah, thanks for endorsement guys. lol

by Yoshimi 2007-02-14 11:02AM | 0 recs
Re: you're quoting

I'm quoting from an article that came out before the endorsements. You are trying to tie the attack of Obama to the endorsement; I am pointing out that Ford had stated his concerns about Obama well before he announced his support of Clinton.

by domma 2007-02-14 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: you're missing the SC part

Well I was betting Obama or Clinton or Edwards weren't going to win in the south in a General especially if a southerner is on the GOP ticket... The only states I would say in play are Ark, NC, Virginia and Florida and chances are EVEN with Edwards, they go GOP.  Forget the SOuth... concentrate on the West, NE and Midwest... Victory lies within.

by yitbos96bb 2007-02-14 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: you're missing the SC part

How the South will play depends on who the GOP nominee. All of the top 3 GOP candidates have baggage that might be hard to sell in the South.

by robliberal 2007-02-15 03:19PM | 0 recs
Obviously Ford only speaks for himself

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is backing Obama, and he has unimpeachable civil rights movement credentials.

by berith 2007-02-15 04:29AM | 0 recs

It's like the news from South Africa during the apartheid years. A black man did this. A white man did that.

by kundalini 2007-02-14 08:55AM | 0 recs

Which was my point in titling the diary this way -- I think people are being silly.

by Adam B 2007-02-14 09:17AM | 0 recs

I agree.

When I first saw the endorsement story, no mention was made of Jackson or the Clinton's position.

It is silly.

by dpg220 2007-02-14 09:30AM | 0 recs
Ed Fallon has endorsed Edwards

Ed carried five or six of the largest counties in the state in the June 2006 gubernatorial primary. Those counties have a lot of delegates to assign on caucus night. I imagine Ed will be a pretty good surrogate if the Edwards campaign puts him out there in the heavy Democratic precincts.

Tom Miller is a big catch for Obama, no doubt, but I would hardly call Fitzgerald a "white leader" in Iowa. I don't think the majority of Iowans have any idea who he is.

by desmoinesdem 2007-02-14 06:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Ed Fallon has endorsed Edwards

Fallon carried Polk and Story counties, but Johnson and Dubuque went to Blouin, and Black Hawk went to Culver.  (I'm not sure about Linn and Scott counties.)  Nevertheless, Fallon's endorsement will have a lot of weight.

I was really surprised to see Miller endorse Obama - he doesn't seem that progressive.

by corncam 2007-02-15 05:05AM | 0 recs
Re: IA: White Leaders Choose Obama Over Clinton, E
Both Jesse Jackson Sr. and Jr are supporting Obama.  Also, he is picking up an endorsement this Saturday from Va. Gov. Kaine.  Sen. Webb is suppose to be there and he may endorse as well.
By the way, except for Rahm, the Illinois contingent is supporting Obama including his 2000 rival, Bobby Rush.
by vwcat 2007-02-14 07:21PM | 0 recs
Endorsment in SC

Looks like some important info about the "endorsment" in SC was missing from the news stories i've seen on this:

http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/a rchives/2007/02/an_endorsement.html

by fcphd 2007-02-15 03:56AM | 0 recs
Edwards has Ed Fallon

the progressive star in Iowa!

by philgoblue 2007-02-15 06:55AM | 0 recs
Interesting Column from the Sun-Times


Why are these black men so eager to drive Miss Hillary to the White House when Illinois' U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is also a front-runner?..

A story a friend shared recently with me offers some clues. He recalled an incident in which he encountered Obama in the halls of the Illinois State Capitol. My friend was the only black person in a group that was in Springfield to lobby black legislators on a piece of insurance legislation.

Although Obama wasn't on the list, my friend said he passed him in the hall.

"There was a moment when Obama stopped and looked at us and indicated that he was open to talk. I looked at him as if he was just another light-skinned black man in a position of power," my friend said. "That's the thought that immediately crossed my mind. Now, I feel like I owe him," he said...

The discomfort some blacks have with Obama has nothing to do with his resume nor his ethnicity, but with the simple fact that he is a light-skinned black man who was able to cross over into mainstream America. The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. couldn't do that. And the Rev. Al Sharpton certainly couldn't do it.

The real problem here is that too many black leaders have lost confidence. They've given up on the hope in what they do could improve the quality of life for the people who put them in office in the first place, and it shows in our communities.

Political leaders like Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson are guarding their political turf in the same way drug dealers guard street corners. But worse, they are hatin' on a brother who dares to believe anything is possible.


by RandyMI 2007-02-15 11:25AM | 0 recs


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