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Obama Picks Up Support from Nunn and Boren

By Shailagh Murray
ERIE, Pa. -- Two leading national security Democrats are backing Sen. Barack Obama, the campaign announced.

Former Sens. Sam Nunn (Ga.) and David Boren (Okla.) also will serve as national security advisers to Obama, lending their expertise as well as their considerable establishment credentials.

Nunn, a 25-year Senate veteran and longtime chair of the Armed Services Committee, was in the vice-presidential mix in 2004, and had weighed an independent run this year. He is an expert in nuclear nonproliferation.

Boren, a former Intelligence Committee chairman, hails from a state that Clinton won, and his son, Rep. Dan Boren, is an uncommitted superdelegate.

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Let's look at David Boren's record. After being elected three times to the U.S. Senate, in 1994, for reasons never disclosed to his constituents, he resigned with two years remaining on his third term and took the far less prestigious position as president of the University of Oklahoma.

Boren has been trying to work his way back to Washington ever since. In January 2008 he was hosting his silly "bipartisan forum" and wasting OU resources to promote a Bloomberg independent candidacy. Boren was hoping that he would be Bloomberg's running mate, but this fantasy did not materialize. For 2004 Boren was promoting conservative Joe Lieberman, but now his game is liberal Obama. After Lieberman dropped out he used $100,000 in public funds to host Giuliani at OU. At the time, the rumor was circulating that Bush was going to dump Cheney and pick up Giuliani. Boren was hoping for a Cabinet appointment. For 2000, there was a Reform Party Committee to Draft Boren. Boren was quietly cooperating with them. Boren flip-flops back and forth. The fact is that he is loyal to no one except himself.

Boren is also the mentor and sponsor of George Tenet. He is high in the world of espionage and the CIA. They are experts at infiltration, disruption, and sabotage. Boren is a close friend of the Bush family and a member of Skull and Bones. One possible motive for his joining the Obama campaign would be to sabotage it.

Readers are invited to see my website for documentation about David Boren. It will be in the first five hits from a google web search with his name, or email me for the link -- mpwright9 at aol dot com

Posted by: Michael Wright | April 19, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse


Superdelegates remaining undecided should be left alone and independent to decide which candidate to support.

They should take all the time they need .... independence-of-vote.html

Posted by: PacificGatePost | April 19, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Let's get this straight; Obama gets skewered by Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, and Hillary Clinton for the first 45 minutes of the debate last night, and Obama picks up THREE endorsements the next day. Add Robert Reich, the Clinton Administration Labor Secretary, to the list. Kind of pokes a Big Hole in the argument by Hillary that Obama is unelectable, doesn't it?

Posted by: ji_john | April 18, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

(CNN) -- Robert Reich, a former Clinton cabinet member and longtime friend of the former president, has formally endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid, saying Friday that "my conscience won't let me be silent any longer."

"Although Hillary Clinton has offered solid and sensible policy proposals, Obama's strike me as even more so," Reich wrote on his blog. He served as the Secretary of Labor from 1993-1997 and is currently a professor at UC Berkeley.

"His plans for reforming Social Security and health care have a better chance of succeeding," Reich continued. "His approaches to the housing crisis and the failures of our financial markets are sounder than hers. His ideas for improving our public schools and confronting the problems of poverty and inequality are more coherent and compelling. He has put forward the more enlightened foreign policy and the more thoughtful plan for controlling global warming."

Reich, whose relationship with the Clintons dates back to their law school days at Yale, has long been a critic of the New York senator's White House bid. Shortly before the Iowa caucuses in January, he wrote that voters would have a choice "between someone who talks the talk, and somebody who's walked the walk.

Posted by: tydicea | April 18, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement of Obama is a rejection of Hillary. It's getting difficult to keep up with all of Obama's endorsements.

Posted by: gmundenat | April 18, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Boren, Nunn and Reich back Obama. Reich was the Clinton Sec of Labor and the Clintons' friend (probably until now) for decades. These latest endorsement are boons for Obama and does not bode well for Hillary. Pennsylvania, you can end this and send Hillary packing. Send her via overnight service!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) - The campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton took a blow Friday when another former cabinet member in her husband's administration, ex-Labor Secretary Robert Reich, backed rival Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.
On his blog, Reich said that while Clinton offers "solid and sensible policy proposals, Obama's strike me as even more so."
"My avoidance of offering a formal endorsement until now has also been affected by the pull of old friendships and my reluctance as a teacher and commentator to be openly partisan. But my conscience won't let me be silent any longer," Reich says on his blog. Reich was labor secretary during President Bill Clinton's first term.
The endorsement comes after former Clinton energy secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson threw his hat in the Obama ring last month, which struck a high-profile blow to the New York senator's efforts.
In his blog, Reich goes on to say that Obama's plans for Social Security and health-care reform have a better chance of succeeding, he has a sounder approach to current economic troubles, and his ideas for improving public schools and confronting poverty are more compelling.
"He also presents the best chance of creating a new politics in which citizens become active participants rather than cynical spectators," Reich says. "He has energized many who had given up on politics."
The Obama campaign also received endorsements from two former senators, Sam Nunn and David Boren, each of whom served a quarter-century in their posts. The two also were named to Obama's national security team.
Nunn was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for eight years while Boren was chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Posted by: mm | April 18, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Great playbook, Mr. Dean, make us all think that you are neutral, while behind the scenes having superdelegates trickle in their support so it doesn't look like the DNC is trying to force Obama on us. Keep forcing Obama down our throats and we will puke him back up to you in November!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen Poll shows race is tightening in PA:

The Democratic Presidential Primary in Pennsylvania is getting even closer. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Hillary Clinton with 47% of the vote and Barack Obama with 44%. This election poll was conducted Thursday night, the night following a nationally televised debate between the candidates. Last Monday, Clinton was leading Obama 50% to 41%.

Obama's support appears to be a bit softer than Clinton's at this point in time. Six percent (6%) of Obama voters say there's a good chance they could change their mind before voting. Only 2% of Clinton supporters say the same.

Overall, with less than a week to go, 9% of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided, 3% say there's a good chance they will change their mind, and another 12% might change their mind. Among those who are certain how they will vote, Clinton leads 53% to 47%.

Perhaps the worst news in the survey for Clinton has nothing to do with the race getting closer. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say that the Superdelegates should honor the results of the primaries even if "something happens to convince Superdelegates that Hillary Clinton would have a better chance of beating John McCain." If Clinton is deemed more electable, just 33% believe that the Superdelegates should select her over Obama. Clinton's only viable path to the nomination is to convince the Superdelegates that they should vote for her despite Obama's edge among pledged delegates.

Full story at:

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 18, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

From the New York Magazine blog, an absolutely on-target comment by Robert Reich on why he had to come out and publicly endorse Barack Obama:

As we chatted in Washington, where Reich had come from Berkeley, where he teaches, to give a speech and meet with some Democrats on Capitol Hill, he explained that, despite the criticisms he's made of the Clintons ("I call it as I see it"), he had planned to refrain from offering an official backing for Obama out of respect for Hillary. "She's an old friend," Reich said. "I've known her 40 years. I was absolutely dead set against getting into the whole endorsement thing. I've struggled with it. I've not wanted to do it. Out of loyalty to her, I just felt it would be inappropriate."

So what's changed? I asked Reich.

"I saw the ads" -- the negative man-on-street commercials that the Clinton campaign put up in Pennsylvania in the wake of Obama's bitter/cling comments a week ago -- "and I was appalled, frankly. I thought it represented the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It's the worst of all worlds. We have three terrible traditions that we've developed in American campaigns. One is outright meanness and negativity. The second is taking out of context something your opponent said, maybe inartfully, and blowing it up into something your opponent doesn't possibly believe and doesn't possibly represent. And third is a kind of tradition of distraction, of getting off the big subject with sideshows that have nothing to do with what matters. And these three aspects of the old politics I've seen growing in Hillary's campaign. And I've come to the point, after seeing those ads, where I can't in good conscience not say out loud what I believe about who should be president. Those ads are nothing but Republicanism. They're lending legitimacy to a Republican message that's wrong to begin with, and they harken back to the past twenty years of demagoguery on guns and religion. It's old politics at its worst -- and old Republican politics, not even old Democratic politics. It's just so deeply cynical."

Full article here:

Hillary will do and say anything to win, including lifting whole chapters from Karl Rove's playbook. She has no real allegiance to the Democratic Party, and perhaps never did. Her allegiance is to the attainment of power, period. And she's tearing our party apart in pursuit of her all-consuming goal.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 18, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Clinton, please close this race and back mr. Obama for The President of the United States of America...
Experience is no longer an advantage over him, what else you have.....
Making up stories, dishonest, attacking Obama without any "reasonable" reasons with different issues, or what??
Let the party come together and face the GOP to restore the country...

Posted by: YesWeCan | April 18, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse


The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama


Posted by: + | April 18, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Do the math. Hillary can only be a spoiler. The people of Pennsylvania and N. Carolina need to send a message. Hillary! It's over!

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 18, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Democrat and OU Alum. Boren is the best President in OU History - hands down. If he wants to be back in politics, he needs to resign his position. This is unethical.

Posted by: Oklahoma Sooner | April 18, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It was just a few weeks ago that these two were playing footsy with a third party/non-partisan movement and holding a much ballyhoed conference on it. I'm not sure what has brought them around to endorsing the big "O", but it ain't a good sign for Hillary.

Posted by: Stonecreek | April 18, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be able to receive and weigh the sage advice he will now receive on foriegn policy. This is in contrast to the current 'decider' who follows the last advice he hears, or McCain who is too senile to remember who is Shia and who are Sunni.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

All of the Clintons friends Lolare really taking it to them Sen made because Bill didn't ask him first about don't ask don't tell are now going for someone the american people do not know anything about if Obama is elected pres. in four years will we have a fre election or will it be up to the msm and the fat catsto say who will run our country Now Dean is telling the Super Delagatyes to pick one in other words the rest of the primaries do not count way to go Dean

Posted by: maggie | April 18, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sweet!! Like Kennedy, he will surround himself with the greatest experts and (I predict) those whose ethical track records are relatively speaking squeaky clean.

Relatively speaking because we live in a relative experience. We are all relatives!!

Posted by: Gaias Child | April 18, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Nunn is responsible for the failure that is Don't Ask Don't Tell. He was pissed off at Bill Clinton for promising to end the ban of gays in the military without clearing it with him first. That will not help Obama with the gay vote.

Posted by: Don't Ask | April 18, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Who will serve as Clinton's foreign policy advisors? Will that be member(s) of the Chinese, Colombian and Saudi governments?

Posted by: tydicea | April 18, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

and then he said.

Friday, April 18, 2008
Obama for President

"The formal act of endorsing a candidate is generally (and properly)limited to editorial pages and elected officials whose constituents might be influenced by their choice. The rest of us shouldn't assume anyone cares. My avoidance of offering a formal endorsement until now has also been affected by the pull of old friendships and my reluctance as a teacher and commentator to be openly partisan. But my conscience won't let me be silent any longer.

I believe that Barack Obama should be elected President of the United States.

Although Hillary Clinton has offered solid and sensible policy proposals, Obama's strike me as even more so. His plans for reforming Social Security and health care have a better chance of succeeding. His approaches to the housing crisis and the failures of our financial markets are sounder than hers. His ideas for improving our public schools and confronting the problems of poverty and inequality are more coherent and compelling. He has put forward the more enlightened foreign policy and the more thoughtful plan for controlling global warming.

He also presents the best chance of creating a new politics in which citizens become active participants rather than cynical spectators. He has energized many who had given up on politics. He has engaged young people to an extent not seen in decades. He has spoken about the most difficult problems our society faces, such as race, without spinning or simplifying. He has rightly identified the armies of lawyers and lobbyists that have commandeered our democracy, and pointed the way toward taking it back.

Finally, he offers the best hope of transcending the boundaries of class, race, and nationality that have divided us. His life history exemplifies this, as do his writings and his record of public service. For these same reasons, he offers the best possibility of restoring America's moral authority in the world."

Posted by: Alexis | April 18, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Robert Reich actually said.

I was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 61 years ago. My father sold $1.98 cotton blouses to blue-collar women and women whose husbands worked in factories. Years later, I was secretary of labor of the United States, and I tried the best I could - which wasn't nearly good enough - to help reverse one of the most troublesome trends America has faced: The stagnation of middle-class wages and the expansion of povety. Male hourly wages began to drop in the early 1970s, adjusted for inflation. The average man in his 30s is earning less than his father did thirty years ago. Yet America is far richer. Where did the money go? To the top.

Are Americans who have been left behind frustrated? Of course. And their frustrations, their anger and, yes, sometimes their bitterness, have been used since then -- by demagogues, by nationalists and xenophobes, by radical conservatives, by political nuts and fanatical fruitcakes - to blame immigrants and foreign traders, to blame blacks and the poor, to blame "liberal elites," to blame anyone and anything.

Rather than counter all this, the American media have wallowed in it. Some, like Fox News and talk radio, have given the haters and blamers their very own megaphones. The rest have merely "reported on" it. Instead of focusing on how to get Americans good jobs again; instead of admitting too many of our schools are failing and our kids are falling behind their contemporaries in Europe, Japan, and even China; instead of showing why we need a more progressive tax system to finance better schools and access to health care, and green technologies that might create new manufacturing jobs, our national discussion has been mired in the old politics.

Listen to this morning's "Meet the Press" if you want an example. Tim Russert, one of the smartest guys on television, interviewed four political consultants - Carville and Matalin, Bob Schrum, and Michael Murphy. Political consultants are paid huge sums to help politicians spin words and avoid real talk. They're part of the problem. And what do Russert and these four consultants talk about? The potential damage to Barack Obama from saying that lots of people in Pennsylvania are bitter that the economy has left them behind; about HRC's spin on Obama's words (he's an "elitist," she said); and John McCain's similarly puerile attack.

Does Russert really believe he's doing the nation a service for this parade of spin doctors talking about potential spins and the spin-offs from the words Obama used to state what everyone knows is true? Or is Russert merely in the business of selling TV airtime for a network that doesn't give a hoot about its supposed commitment to the public interest but wants to up its ratings by pandering to the nation's ongoing desire for gladiator entertainment instead of real talk about real problems.

We're heading into the worst economic crisis in a half century or more. Many of the Americans who have been getting nowhere for decades are in even deeper trouble. Large numbers of people in Pennsylvania and across the nation are losing their homes and losing their jobs, and the situation is likely to grow worse. Consumers are at the end of their ropes, fuel and food costs are skyrocketing, they can't go deeper into debt, they can't pay their bills. They aren't buying, which means every business from the auto industry to housing to even giant GE is hurting. Which means they'll begin laying off more people, and as they do, we will experience an even more dangerous downward spiral.

Bitter? You ain't seen nothing yet. And as much as people like Russert, Carville, Matalin, Schrum, and Murphy want to divert our attention from what's really happening; as much as HRC and McCain seek to make political hay out of choices of words that can be spun cynically by the mindless spinners of the old politics; as much as demagogues on the right and left continue to try to channel the cumulative frustrations of Americans into a politics of resentment - all these attempts will, I hope, prove futile. Eighty percent of Americans know the nation is on the wrong track. The old politics, and the old media that feeds it, are irrelevant now."

Posted by: Alexis | April 18, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

nice to see a fellow Okie endorsing Obama...Yes We Can!

Posted by: Okie | April 18, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't Sam Nunn's name been bandied about as possible VP on an Obama ticket... if he gets that far?

Posted by: fearirony2060 | April 18, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Good story.

I think Senator Obama is the only person who can get us out of the mess we are in.

The problem is America for too long now has been run by those who have special interests at the forefront rather than the interests of the average American.

Check it out yourself.

Posted by: Deward Bowles | April 18, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Lord knows he needs the advice.

Posted by: greenfun | April 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Although it looks like the mainstream media is having a field day with the negative Obama stories, Obama keeps getting important endorsements. Interesting!

A lot of people just really don't like HRC, and no amount of negative stories about Obama are going to change their minds.

Posted by: lizard3 | April 18, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

When Hillary Clinton tries to promote her own foreign policy experience and expertise in national security, won't these two former Senators provide the necessary backstop for Obama? If her plea is really solid, wouldn't these two support her instead of Obama? Add in Robert Reich's endorsement of Obama today and the trend becomes clear: those experts who follow every development in their chosen field who have had experience with the Clintons are now switching to Obama.

Posted by: David Kolva, MD | April 18, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Sam Nunn's endorsement is a very credible and powerful one. I think doubters will take notice that Obama has a strong bone for national security.

Posted by: Jan E | April 18, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

This can only help Obama.

On that note, a new Internet report in- Analysis (Hillary vs Barack);

Barack is looking strong there too.

Posted by: Dave | April 18, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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