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Posted on 04/18/2008 2:55:37 PM PDT by The_Republican
BOSTON - Former Clinton Cabinet member Robert Reich on Friday endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Two other Democratic elder statesmen, former Sens. Sam Nunn of Georgia and David Boren of Oklahoma, also said they were supporting the Illinois senator.
Reich, who served as Labor secretary under Bill Clinton, said in a blog post that "although Hillary Clinton has offered solid and sensible policy proposals, Obama's strike me as even more so."
Reich also said Obama's plans for reforming Social Security and health care have a better chance of succeeding, and his approach to the nation's housing crisis and financial market failures are sounder than the New York senator's.
Reich is a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He ran for governor in Massachusetts in 2002 and now is a professor at the University of California-Berkeley.
A number of other former Clinton cabinet members have endorsed Obama. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who was U.N. ambassador and energy secretary under Clinton, endorsed former rival Obama in March despite heavy wooing by the former president. Former Denver Mayor Federico Pena, who headed the transportation and energy departments under Clinton, became a co-chair of Obama's campaign last September. Former Clinton Commerce secretaries Norman Mineta and William Daley also have endorsed Obama.
Nunn and Boren will serve as advisers to Obama's National Security Foreign Policy Team.
Nunn served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1987-95, while Boren was the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Both fall into the moderate-conservative end of the Democratic party's ideological spectrum and gave Bill Clinton trouble during his presidency, trying to tug him to the right on issues while most congressional Democrats were leaning to the left.
Nunn, who recently flirted with his own possible White House bid, said Obama has "a rare ability to restore America's credibility and moral authority and to get others to join us in tackling serious global problems."
Boren, who recently played host to a forum on electoral alternatives, including third-party runs, said: "Our most urgent task is to end the divisions in our country, to stop the political bickering, and to unite our talents and efforts. Americans of all persuasions are pleading with our political leaders to bring us together. I believe Senator Obama is sincerely committed to that effort."
Is it going to be an Obama-Nunn ticket?
The Rats continue to jump off the Clinton Garbage Barge. These defectors must be confident she will lose or they are crazy. That witch will get even with them.
I don’t know, with Reich it’s difficult to state which candidate got the bigger bitch slap. This is like an equal opportunity leg lift on both campaigns.
I think the Beast is toast. But the good news is that she will be relegated to junior senator-ism. And her reprobate, impeached, criminal, thug, filanderer of a so-called husband will be kept out of the White House.
The kool-aid drinking morons like Barabra Streisand, and her ilk, don’t have to worry about Slick going hungry. There are enough fools in the world to give him money....
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
I am frankly amazed that these latecomers don’t see the writing on the wall. (except Reich, because he is an idiot midget)
Market timing is the key. It is time to sell Euros and buy Dollars, and time to sell Obama and buy Hillary.
Hitlery will stay in as long donations keep coming in. I’ll send a nickle and request a receipt via US Mail.
You are right about Euros......;o)
Just goes to show there is no moderate wing of the Democrat Party. Just some Democrats who are better then others at lying about their agenda
It just keeps on keepin' on.
Where are the tell-all books! People, cash in on your apostasy!
You've left the Grand Wallah of Isflam Bill Clinton, interns be upon him (everything the Clintons say is flam).
Go for the gold! Write 'dem books! Videos.. everyway possible. Get busy!
I agree. Those days are coming IMO. I do think the waggons are beginning to circle with Clinton riding backwards on her little pony on the outside. “Whoe Possomtrot, we’re going the wrong way...” (spoken with that jerking voice that you experience when you’re trying to talk while bouncing up and down rapidly)
Hold on Hillary, it’s almost over.
That would be my guess. It is the logical choice for Obama, the same way Dukakis picked Bernstein(sp?)in 88. Nunn provides what Obama lacks in the way of Foreign Policy expereince. Helps Obama geographically too.
Reichshshshshsh (LOVE it when Rush says his name) should be bringing that all-important Oompa Loompa vote with him.
Reich is no surprise here other than a professed friendship for the Clintons.
No, he’s really just a midge.
Totally correct, but by her own hand, as it is her decision to stay in.
I am in DC today and all observers, R and D alike, agree that the loss of Reisch (sp?) and Nunn are huge blows. Boren too.
This is the Dem equiv of Goldwater (and 3 others) going to Nixon in WH in ‘74 and telling Nixon that even he, Goldwater, would vote against him on two of the four proposed articles of impeachment.
Nixon resigned the next day.
I don’t see her losing PA.