April 23rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton picks up superdelegate

Hillary Clinton got some extra superdelegates Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton got some extra superdelegates Wednesday.

(CNN) - Tennessee Rep. John Tanner announced Wednesday he is backing Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

Tanner, a Democrat representing Tennessee's 8th District, is one of the more than 700 party superdelegates who will ultimately decide which candidate wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

"In my opinion, the best person to lead this critical effort is Hillary Clinton," Tanner said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. "Hillary is a smart, pragmatic leader who understands the grave situation our country faces, with a $9 trillion debt, much of which is borrowed from foreign countries. Now, more than ever, our nation needs a leader like Sen. Clinton who can work with others to return to fiscal sanity."

Clinton won the state of Tennessee with 54 percent of the vote on February 5.

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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Roger

    I think that Obama would be greatly respected and admired by the whole Democratic party if he would get out of the race in order for America to have more time to learn more about him. He's not going to be able to beat McCain. In eight years from now, he will be able to win if he can keep his nose clean. The Jeremiah Wright controversy is not going away.

    April 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Obama Voter 08

    Thank God for her, it was getting pretty lonely out there with the delegates running to Obama's camp. Atleast most of them have good sense.

    April 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |


    April 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Concerned Voter

    I will NOT vote for nor support Hillary Clinton. Yes, I am a minority in this country and yes, I am a part of the younger generation of voters.The talking heads, Pundits and Hillary's advisors have it all wrong... There are worse things than John McCain as President. Things like an Untrustable Clinton. Not all Democratic voters will support whomever is the nominee. They had better not bank on that. She is wrong for the country. I am not alone in my position...

    April 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Paul

    Now all Clinton needs is 65% of the remaining people's vote and 65.9% of the remaining superdelgates to win by the rules. Way to go Hillary, you are catching up slowly but surely. Stop that madman Obama before he takes your party away from you and your husband. Who does he think he is? You and Bill own the Democratic party. Don't let that criminal Obama come in and steal it away from you and give it back to the people. That is your party and nobody else's. How dare he try to take if from you. Shame on him!!

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Chanda-Cincinnati Ohio

    With a $9 trillion dollar debt...she is the LAST person to run this countyr. Her campaign still owes vendors in every state she has stomped thru. Her fiscal responsibility leadership is definitely in question!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. maryann

    Good for him, I find it very interesting everytime she makes a come back somebody comes out for Obama. Why Is that.? She won big last night and what is going to be the talk, another superdelegate for him. Give me a break. People in his state should be furious. How do the democrats expect to win in Nov. with Obama? The rest of thesuperdelegates better think long and hard about this. He can not carry older voters, white voters, blue collar voters, Catholic voters or jewish voters. Go figure. Big trouble down the road.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Karen in Ohio

    It may be God's will that Clintons will fall not just in the hand of contender, but thier old boddies (superdelegates). They are going to pay, and pay hard, for what they did to this party.

    The first commendament for politicians:

    Do not betray the public trust.
    Otherwise, Clintons'll show you the door.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. CT Chriss

    "Now, more than ever, our nation needs a leader [liar] like Sen. Clinton who can work with others [NOT!] to return to fiscal sanity [like the fiscal management of her campaign]."

    Obama '08

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Tjaye

    Whew! Now she is only 128 delegates behind.

    CNN why aren't you making a big deal about her inability to hold onto a lead. How is it possible she had more than 25pt lead from being a home girl and being known for 20+ years, but he managed to hack it down to more than half in just six weeks? You depict this as if they started out neck and neck and he spent 3-1 and still lost.

    Clearly you are for Hillary, but I thought journalists were supposed to be unbiased and fair.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Dan in CO

    ""USA needs three party system.""

    That would be nice, but then we also need a runoff system, otherwise elections could be won with candidates getting barely 30% of the vote.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. DT - Alton, IL

    Thank God for the youth who will carry this country to the next generation. Please don't think we are surprise superdelegates are going to support Hillary.

    Understand that the Obama supporters no this but also understand that she better not steal this election you are going to have every black person in this country boycott the general election and i bet she don't win.

    Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will be behind the entire thing.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Phyllis

    You want to know what worries me the most..........the Clintons have a lot of ties with Colombia, China, Arab countries, and other countries of less desirables..............if something horrific happened to Obama, would we ever know if they were just calling in some old markers? I don't trust them for a second. If Obama were to get the nomination, I would NEVER have her as my VP. He might wake up a 3 am dead.

    April 23, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Pa voter

    I think this guy needs to look at how Hillary has almost a 10 million dollar debt in her own campaign!! If you can't run a campaign you can't run a country, isn't that the saying?

    April 23, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Deb of RI

    At least this Super went with the wishes of his own state unlike the Oklahoma Governor who endorsed Obama. It's a fair endorsement.

    April 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Rick in Oregon

    I like how he voted with the way that his state voted. Too bad Kerry, Kennedy, and Richardson did not do the same thing. I had heard from the Obama supporters long ago that the supers should vote with their constituents. But when they come out for Obama and their state voted for Clinton then suddenly it is okay. Defend that hypocrisy for me.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Maggie

    Look bottom line is, Obama can't win the large states. If MI and FL were counted Sen. Clinton would be the winner. Obama is a great speaker, but that is all I can see. He has no reocrd in the Senate, he waits for other to make the decisions, he goes along with it, then claims he didn't support it. Sure, if you have no record, there is no way to be "accountable" for the vote. He is all talk with nothing to back it up. I can see it now, we are at war Pres. Obama, well I didn't vote for it, I just stated "present". Put the right person in office, not the flakey one.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Richard

    Finally a superdelegate with brains

    Hill Rod '08

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. proud army and navy mom


    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. GoHillary

    Obama keeps banging on about CHANGE.

    How do you think you're going to achieve that when your whole campaign team are ex – Clintons?

    Only Hillary has a proven track record of making change and finding bi-partisan solutions.

    Barack is just hot air!

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. just joe

    hey, you put the picture of the Oklahoma governor, ..oops, forgot his name.....giving his reasons(?) for giving his superdelegate ( which the Dems really should rid themselve of along with their Cslculus type method of counting primary votes ( forget caucuses....waste of time), why was there no picture of Tanner from TN throwing his support to Clinton? Come on, guys and gals, u r still slipping in the fairness category.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Todd, Fl

    She's still a liar and will never get my vote.

    PA is the third oldest state in the country, and most older Americans would rather see a liar in the White House, than a black man, let's face it.

    This election is not about race and Barack has my vote–all the way to the White House.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Mary

    Hillary is now ahead in the popular vote if we count all the votes cast as any decent democracy should.

    Hillary all the way!!

    A woman's place is in the house – the White House.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Chicago Democrat

    It's about time the superdelegates started wising up.

    April 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. mama4obama

    If the superdelegates overturn the popular vote and seat the Michigan and Florida votes illegally, I will be the first person to protest. That will start a civil war in this nation. If it does actually come to that, Hillary will be to blame. I have absolutely no respect for her or the man that didnt have sexual relations with the lady in the blue dress.

    I for the life of me cannot understand how Hillary continues to have anyone on her side. Her true colors have come out in bits and pieces only to be spun around and twisted to be someone elses problem.

    she just makes me sick.

    April 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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