Chandler Endorses Obama

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Just a day after saying he wanted to wait and listen to his constituents in the 6th district, U.S. Representative Ben Chandler threw his support behind a presidential candidate Tuesday.

Chandler told a cheering, card waving crowd in Louisville, "I am most proud to to endorse Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States, a man of whom I can proudly say I know I've picked a winner."

Because of his super delegate status, Congressman Chandler has been getting a lot of pressure to choose between Obama and Clinton.
He says, "Now is not the time to be timid. Instead now is the time to be bold and support the candidate who has the ability to transform our future."

With the polls showing HIlary Clinton ahead in Kentucky, Chandler admits his endorsement carries some political risk. "There are not many politicians who want to go against the tide. I believe this is the right thing to do at the right time regardless of the risks."

The congressman is not the first member of the Chandler family to make a risky endorsement. Ben Chandler reminded everyone, "The year was 1960, and they said at the time that no Catholic could be elected president. My grandfather, Happy Chandler, had just completed his 2nd term as Kentucky Governor. He boldly endorsed a youthful and visionary John F. Kennedy who went on to become one of our most inspiring presidents."

When asked why the Obama campaign wanted the endorsement made in Louisville rather than in the Representative's home district, Chandler smiled and said, "I think it has something to do with the primary coming up next week in Indiana, right across the river."


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  • by Dan Location: Maysville on May 7, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    Sorry you Clintonites the game is over for Hillary, Clinton has to much baggage and too many lies, and deceit. Amen!!
  • by Austin Location: ky on May 2, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    I am Sherry's husband. It sickens me to think it has all come down to this petty bickering over the small details. I am a Department of Defense contractor who works with veterans and active military personel every day. And alot of them are just as fed up with the current state of the country as me. They are ACTIVE military and some feel like they have no say in who is president. One who was on active duty in Iraq during the last election told me himself that he thinks that his and other soldiers votes were turned in too late to count. This country is in a bad way and we had better come together and get this worked out or there will be no future for anyone. Seven years ago on Sept. 11 every congressman whether Democrat or Republican stood together and sang God Bless America while our country was under attack. Where is that Unity now? It is true that I am a cynic when it comes to politics but even I think we need to stop all the personal attacks and pull this country together again. Amen.
  • by For Sherry Location: NY on May 2, 2008 at 02:45 PM
    Edited version of a good email: "Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by radical Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they? I care that the American people have forgotten this, forgotten how they felt when it happened. I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques. I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana and their "virgins", care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs. I will care when the American People decide who actually stands for America and who is deceiving us.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    Sherry, I guess you don't think before you speak. If the men and women over fighting for our country were not registered voter they would not be over fighting in other countries. So no it is not smearing those wonderful people protecting our country.
  • by Bob Location: KY on May 2, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    Well Sherry seems that you were the one that was quick to judge people when you refered to the whole state of KY as backward when it comes to race. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin. It has to do with his lack of experience in a public office. He in no way shape or form is ready to be in charge of our country. He will not debate Hillary in an open debate. He will face much tougher things than Hillary asking him questions about what he stands for!!!! You should think long and hard about his lack of experience.
  • by Sherry Location: Winchester on May 2, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    Also, Anonymous, when you claim people don't register to vote because they don't love their country, you smear millions of United States Citizens. Many of whom are fighting and dying for you in the military. Don't be so quick to judge people.
  • by Sherry Location: Winchester on May 2, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    To Anonymous: He did not get sworn in on the Koran. That is a myth progogated by a mass e-mail campaign. If you want to know the truth go to this address on youtube http://youtube.com/watch?v=wM7NTMmotDQ If you don't want to know the truth don't. It was a television news "reality check" segment.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on May 2, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    Let's just clear up this whole mess right now and vote for Nader.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    Yes Sherry you are right Gods will be done. I pray that the world will see what is going on!!!! Obama is not the man though. He does not have respect for his country-he has been seen in pictures with others when the pledge is being said and he does not place his hand over his heart. Also when he took office he used the Koran(?sp). Anyone would be glad to tell your husband that he does not care about our country. Just because he is a cynic and does not think his vote will count should not stop him from voting. I have been voting from the day that I was eligible to vote. It is a duty of the US citizens to elect the people that will represent us. Even though we can not always put faith in the politicians such as Mr. Chandler saying he was going to wait and talk to the people and see how they felt and then making the announcement out of his home district.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Oh, but isn't that what this really is all about? Race and religion? Listen to NPR. As I stated earlier, taking tabloids as factual info. can damage everyone. It's not wise to believe everything you see or hear without the research. This was during the National Anthem that he did not place his hand over his heart. It is during the Pledge of Allegiance that is standard. What does it matter about dual citizenship? We can use someone who will smooth relations with the countries of the world. We are hated by many. Does it hurt to have a President who will restore the confidence the world had in America? I don't get your logic. We were all immigrants at some point, except for the Native Americans who suffered greatly because of our ancestors.

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