Barack Obama's Endorsements: Newspapers, Political Leaders and Celebrities
Updated October 27, 2008
Endorsements continue to roll in for both parties, but Obama has a definite gain all across the board, from hip-hop artists to major newspapers. Recent papers include the third large daily in Texas and the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest newspaper.
The biggest endorsement since Colin Powell is word that former Bush press secretary Scott McLellan is now backing Obama. NowPublic member Can Tran wrote about that:
Apparently, Scott McClellan is back in the spotlight as he appeared on the new CNN show “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” that is hosted by comedian and TV personality D.L. Hughley. McClellan had definitely made waves several months back in the spring while the Democratic and GOP primary contests were going on.
Anchorage Daily News
Rhonda J. Mangus informed us about the Anchorage Daily news:
Republican vice-presidential nominee, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, is not endorsed by Alaska's largest newspaper, Anchorage Daily News who endorses Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, "hands-down".
In yet another blow to the McCain-Palin campaign, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest daily newspaper, on Sunday endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.
NEW YORK The Obama lead in editorial endorsements this year turned into a landslide, even a rout today, as dozens of additiional papers backed him, compared to the relative handful for McCain.
The Chicago Tribune endorsed Chicago resident Barack Obama — the first time that paper has endorsed a Democratic candidate for president.
NowPublic member Dunkelberg has highlighted major GOP newspapers who have switched their support to Obama:
Perhaps the biggest symbolic endorsement of all was the Anchorage Daily News, citing the inclusion of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sen. John McCain's GOP ticket as one reason for endorsing Sen. Obama.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is the third large Texas daily to endorse Sen. Obama. Sen. McCain's choice of Gov. Palin was one reason cited. However, the paper mostly centered on Obama's ability to reason, engage and keep his cool.
NP member Abeer posted about the Anchorage Daily News as well:
"Alaska's largest newspaper has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for the White House, saying it would be too risky to put the state's Republican governor Sarah Palin just "one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world."
Member Karen Hatter posted an article regarding the New York Times endorsement of Obama last week:
We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems.
The announcement of retired four-star general Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama was big news, but he isn't the only supporter by a long shot. We thought we'd put together a list of all the Politicians, Newspapers and A-List celebs that have come out in support of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Today the CEO of Google Eric Schmidt announced he was supporting Obama. While he stated this was a decision of his alone, the Google exec will start campaigning for the November election immediately.
Although the Internet-search company has numerous issues pending on Capitol Hill, Mr. Schmidt said in an interview that "I'm doing this personally," adding that "Google is officially neutral" in the campaign.
US Presidents and Vice-Presidents
Both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have come out in support of Obama:
Celebrities and Entertainers
A giant list of celebrities, singers, writers and actors all have come out in favor of Barack Obama during the course of the campaign:
NewsPapers and Media Organizations
A number of popular magazines and newspapers have added their voices to the growing list of Obama supporters, including the New York Post and Seattle Times:
The Littleton Courier newspaper in Littleton, Maine Little India magazine Logan Herald-Observer newspaper in Logan, Iowa Los Alamos Monitor newspaper in Los Alamos County, New Mexico Los Angeles Daily News newspaper in Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper in Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Times newspaper in Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Wave newspaper in Los Angeles, California
The outpouring of reader response to our endorsement of Barack Obama for president, released on our web site Friday morning and in our newspaper on Sunday, has been overwhelming and, for the most part, highly gratifying. By the time the Red Sox had given up the ghost Sunday evening, more than 1,100 readers had posted responses on the message board accompanying the editorial. Many more had written letters to the editor. Quite a few wrote to me directly. I’m told this flood represents a record -- or something close to it -- for reader response to a piece in The Times.
Here is the list of newspapers endorsing Obama and McCain. McCain may have picked up a few big endorsements like the Chicago Tribune and Columbus Dispatch, but Obama leads endorsements by a huge margin.
Here is some data from www.editorandpublisher.com
112 newspapers total
13,379,642 circulation total
39 newspapers total
3,718,959 circulation total
Check out the detailed list of newspapers here.
John McCain's Endorsement List:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain has plenty of endorsements of his own, though so far most of the newspaper endorsements have fallen on Obama's side.