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Video: Al Gore Endorses Barack Obama at Joe Louis Arena

June 17, 2008

Here’s the video of former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore endorsing Sen. Barack Obama.

An excerpt from Al Gore’s endorsement:

Many people have waited for some sign that our country is awakening once again. How will we know when a massive wave of reform and recovery and regeneration is about to take hold and renew our nation? What would it look like if such a change were beginning to build? I think we might recognize it as a sign of such change if we saw millions of young people getting involved for the first time in the political process. I think we might just recognize it if we saw that new generation casting aside obsolete and hurtful distinctions and reaching out to one another across the ancient divisions that have frustrated action in the past. I think we would know this change was coming if a new generation rejected the special interest politics of the past and the big money that fueled it, and instead used the internet to get small donations and unite Americans in a common effort to realize our common destiny.

Plan for a Clean Energy Future

�Well, I don’t believe that climate change is just an issue that’s convenient to bring up during a campaign. I believe it’s one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation. That’s why I’ve fought successfully in the Senate to increase our investment in renewable fuels. That’s why I reached across the aisle to come up with a plan to raise our fuel standards� And I didn’t just give a speech about it in front of some environmental audience in California. I went to Detroit, I stood in front of a group of automakers, and I told them that when I am president, there will be no more excuses � we will help them retool their factories, but they will have to make cars that use less oil.�

� Barack Obama, Speech in Des Moines, IA, October 14, 2007


Photos from Detroit

June 17, 2008

Al Gore’s endorsement should help position Barack Obama as the “green” choice. Here is a Flickr slide show from tonight’s endorsement by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in Detroit before a crowd of 20,000. Michigan is another one of the battleground states.

Al Gore to Endorse Barack Obama

June 16, 2008

Good to have Al onboard!

Message from Al Gore: “My Endorsement”; Watch the Live Stream Tonight at 8:30 pm EDT

by Sam Graham-Felsen, Monday, June 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize laureat Al Gore just sent out this email…

Dear Friend,

Make a donation A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.

Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges — including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.

This moment and this election are too important to let pass without taking action.

That’s why I am asking you to join me in showing your support by making a contribution to this campaign today:

Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action.

With the help of millions of supporters like you, Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need in order to solve our country’s most pressing problems.

If you’ve already contributed to this campaign, I ask that you consider making another contribution right now. If you haven’t, please take the next step and own a piece of this campaign today:

On the issues that matter most, Barack Obama is clearly the right choice to lead our nation.

We have a lot of work to do in the next few months to elect Barack Obama president, and it begins by making a contribution to this campaign today.

Thank you for joining me,

Al Gore

LIVE TONIGHT — 8:30 p.m. EDT: Watch streaming video of Al Gore and Barack Obama at a rally in Detroit, Michigan:


Hillary Clinton Pledges Support for Barack Obama

June 7, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton enthusiastically endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president in a speech that an Obama strategist called “very generous.”

In what must have been a difficult situation, Clinton used Obama campaign slogans like “Yes, we can,” calling on her supporters to unite behind the Democratic nominee.

She stated that the road against John McCain and the Republicans will not be easy, but that much change is possible if a Democratic president is elected.

I think it was a good effort on her part, and the Obama website has posted a form asking his supporters to thank Hillary for her endorsement.

47 New Endorsements

June 6, 2008

The Democratic Party is rallying behind by Sen. Barack Obama including former supporters of Hillary Clinton. The latter will announce her support of Obama tomorrow.


Thursday Superdelegate Update: 47 New Endorsements

by HQ Blog, Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 07:28 PM

Today, the Democratic party continued to unify around Barack Obama. Forty seven new superdelegate endorsements were announced today, including that of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland who had been a active supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton throughout the primary process. Earlier today he released the following comments, explaining his choice…

Today, I announce my wholehearted and enthusiastic support for Barack Obama for President of the United States.

Earlier today I talked with Sen. Hillary Clinton. I thanked her for her friendship and the strong effort she put forth in this historic campaign. I pledged to work with her to unify the party and to make sure that Barack Obama wins the presidency.

Ohioans have suffered as a result of the failed policies of the Bush Administration, including job loss as a result of rising fuel prices. Ohioans desperately want real, meaningful change. And I believe Barack Obama will bring that change.

The following superdelegates also endorsed Barack Obama today:

Obama News on Wednesday

May 21, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama picked up the endorsements of the United Mine Workers of America and superdelegate Rep. Joe Courtney giving him only 62 delegates more to go for the nomination.

Here’s the statement from UMWA:

We are extremely proud to make this endorsement today. Sen. Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families. He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families.

Most of all, Sen. Obama will implement the clear change in direction UMWA members�indeed, all American working people�must have if they are to once again move forward and have a true opportunity to realize the American dream. After eight years of being pushed aside by an administration which neither respects nor values the contributions American working families make to our society, we are looking forward with great anticipation to a new era in our nation starting with the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.

Today, Barack Obama spoke before 15,000 people in Tampa Bay, Florida. Watch the video.

Five Superdelegates Join Barack Obama

May 20, 2008

Five superdelegates endorsed Sen. Barack Obama today.

Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz, Kansas Democratic Party Chair Larry Gates, Alaska superdelegates Cindy Spanyers and Blake Johnson and West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd announced the support for Barack. Here is the report of Bryd’s endorsement from the Charleston Gazette.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., endorsed Barack Obama for president shortly after noon today, focusing on his hope to end the Iraq War.

“As people all across this great nation know, I have been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Bush administration’s misguided war in Iraq and its saber rattling around the globe,” Byrd said.

He said he had “no intention of involving myself in the Democratic campaign for President in the midst of West Virginia’s primary election. But the stakes this November could not be higher.”

Byrd praised both Obama and Hillary Clinton, saying their “integrity, honor, love for this country and strong belief in our Constitution I deeply respect…

“Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support,” Byrd concluded.

Barack in Portland, Oregon

Obama News on Thursday

May 15, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama has picked up four more superdelegates and the endorsement of a major union today.

The United Steelworkers and superdelegates, Larry Cohen, Communications Workers of America President; Congressmen Henry Waxman, Howard Berman and Jim McDermott all announced their support for Obama.

Here is the statement from the United Steelworkers.

When the presidential primary contests began last year, our Union felt strongly that because of Senator John Edwards�s deep commitment to working people and because of our shared beliefs, he deserved our strong endorsement. His belief that unfair trade policies must be changed, his commitment to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to restore workers� rights to freely choose workplace representation, and his proposal for universal health care were widely shared by our members.

Today, by virtue of a unanimous vote of our International Executive Board, we find ourselves once again in agreement with Senator Edwards, this time with his decision last evening to endorse Senator Barack Obama. And thus today, the United Steelworkers enthusiastically endorses Senator Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States.

Senator Obama�s call for a significant change of direction amounts to far more than a compelling rallying cry. It is buttressed by his record of consistent support for workers, by his call for sweeping changes to our health care system, by his unflinching support for Employee Free Choice, and by his insistence that America�s trade policies must, first and foremost, serve the interests of America�s working families.

Senator Obama has shown his commitment to working families by proposing significant investments in the future of American manufacturing, in the revitalization of our nation�s infrastructure, and in 21st century clean energy technologies that will lead to significant growth in domestic jobs. He is clearly the candidate who can best lead our nation out of the dark period of economic decline created by the Bush administration�s allegiance to Wall Street profiteering at the expense of worker prosperity.

We share Senator Obama�s call for significant changes to these bankrupt policies, just as we earlier shared Senator Edwards� And all of us, including we hope Senator Clinton for whom we have the utmost respect, must now do everything we can to ensure that Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. Now is the time for contention and division to cease, and for us to unite behind the changes for which Senator Obama and our members are calling.

America�s workers cannot afford another four years of rehashed Bush administration policies, another four years in which the National Labor Relations Board shills for corporate misconduct, or another four years of a Secretary of the Treasury who considers it his �job� to bail out Wall Street speculators at the expense of hard working families loosing their homes.

Nor can those of us who are committed to changing the direction of the country afford any more racial profiling of an election, when either Democratic candidate would be far superior to Senator McCain�s lock-step commitment to four more years of the broken Bush economy and the broken Bush foreign policies.

We are proud and honored to join Senator Edwards in endorsing Senator Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for his election and for a new age of cooperation among Democrats, Independents and thoughtful Republicans alike in which working Americans are restored to a place of dignity in society and in the American economy.

Video: John Edwards Joins Barack Obama

May 15, 2008

Check out the video of John Edwards endorsement of Barack Obama.

Obama also sent out this email announcing the endorsement.

Friend —

I have some very exciting news.

My good friend John Edwards is endorsing our campaign and joining our movement for change.

We’re here in Grand Rapids, Michigan — and if you receive this message in time, you can probably turn on your TV and be part of the moment.

I’m deeply honored by John’s support. He is a true leader who dedicated his career to improving the lives of ordinary Americans.

John ran a strong, principled campaign for president, focusing on a number of important issues where we share common ground — universal health care, bringing our troops home from Iraq, and eliminating poverty in America.

The way he ran his campaign was also important. He ran in a way that reflected our shared conviction that we need to fundamentally change politics.

Like our campaign, John’s campaign never accepted donations from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs.

Let’s welcome John Edwards to the campaign with an outpouring of the kind of grassroots support that is bringing our political process back to the people.

Make a donation of whatever you can afford now, and if you choose, include your own note to Senator Edwards. I’ll make sure he gets them:

Thank you for all that you’re doing,


John Edwards to Endorse Barack Obama

May 14, 2008

The Associated Press is confirming that former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards has endorsed Barack Obama.

Campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Mr. Edwards will join Sen. Obama at his Grand Rapids, Mich., rally where he will announce his endorsement.

Mr. Edwards, who dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination in January, placed second in the Iowa caucuses and was a favorite of the party’s liberal wing.