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Obama Picks Up House Endorsements

Updated 2:15 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
Rep. John Larson today became the first senior member of the House Democratic leadership to endorse a presidential candidate, and his pick is Sen. Barack Obama. The Connecticut lawmaker, who serves as vice chairman of the House Democratic caucus, expects to campaign back home with Obama early next week, in advance of his state's Feb. 5 primary.

Also announcing for Obama this morning: Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), a close friend of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Eshoo joins another Californian and Pelosi pal, Rep. George Miller, on the Obama bandwagon. Rep. Xavier Becerra, an up-and-coming lawmaker from Los Angeles, is yet another Pelosi ally supporting Obama.

Pelosi has said firmly that she won't pick sides. But she sounded almost giddy talking about Ted Kennedy's support for the Illinois senator in an interview with her hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle (which also endorsed Obama). "Did you ever see anything like that?" Pelosi said. "Transferring the mantle from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. It was the most stunning thing. I mean, I couldn't take my eyes off it."

Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also endorsed Obama today.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 31, 2008; 1:42 PM ET
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The question that should have been asked of Hillary tonight is this ...

"Ma'am, your husband's presidency was marked by scandals running from the salacious to national security, you've run a campaign based on race coding, and both you and your husband have scant regard for the truth.

"What could you possibly say to young people, what wisdom could you bring to the table, for those who need to hear a message of honesty and integrity, as personal responsibility is the cornerstone of government accountability?"

Martin Edwin Andersen
Churchton, Maryland

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 1, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Consider these facts: During 8-years of Clintons presidency; al-Qaeda took birth, got stronger and attacked us three times i.e. February 26, 1993 bombing on World Trade Center; August 7, 1998 bombing on US embassies in Africa; and October 12, 2000 bombing on USS Cole in Yemen. Clintons' lukewarm response to these attacks emboldened al-Qaeda who hit us again on September 11, 2001.

Also, Pakistan became nuclear power during Clintons presidency i.e. Pakistan tested its nuclear bomb on May 28, 1998.

After knowing these facts, do you feel safe if Clintons are back in the White House?

Posted by: mac789us | January 31, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

peterdc, Pelosi is no fool. She knows a sinking ship when she sees one. If it did not look so bad, those in Congress who endorse HRC would retract.


Posted by: meldupree | January 31, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for not endorsing Clinton. She has been the beneficiary of all the women who have come up in Congress and politics.

I guess she feels that if Clinton is President it somehow takes away from her stature.

It is time for Pelosi as a woman to take a stand and stop being giddy about Kennedy endorsing Obama.

Kennedy's endorsement was kind of funny when you think about it. Kennedy talking about ridding Congress of partisanship and getting change. Has he looked in a mirror recently?

Posted by: peterdc | January 31, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

With all these endorsements, who's the "status quo"? It's getting hard to tell anymore. Can you say hypocrisy?

Posted by: brigittepj | January 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I heard that there is many major endorsement within the next few days for Obama as well. Good for him. He motivates the demoracts and I am sure

You have to read this also...i heard there is more that will be coming out of this one...I see the fall of the giant. In the name of the foundation, I wonder how the money flows. Follow the trail is what they say!!

Posted by: dyohannes | January 31, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Larson endorsement doesn't compare to Kennedy's, but I'd be interested in knowing where it ranks on the hierarchy. Is this a borderline symbolic endorsement as well?

Posted by: walterbond | January 31, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Some people are claiming that in Obama's rally in New Mexico tomorrow there will be a HUGE endorsement....

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The Kennedy's endorsement is a big deal and should make a difference. If Democrats truly want a new ruling majority then they need to go with their values & ideals and not with calculation. Often times we get side track with the thought of losing that we end up with 4 years of a worse mistake that creates the 8 years of dominance the Republicans have had of late. The change and excitement that is in the air is about the prospects of a candidate who truly brings us together and inspires us to a higher calling. A candidate who has brought out new voters, independence and Republicans to the conversation. Imagine a President inspiring us through a bully pulpit to have universal health care that isn't mandated to everyone who already have insurance, unifying red and blue states, picking topics that unit the country and a leader who actually try diplomacy first before going to war. That is the American strength that we are lacking!

Posted by: crews2me | January 31, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Am doing a happy dance in my office!!! :)

Posted by: drama_king | January 31, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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