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. pc

    America doesn't want "politics as usual." Barak Obama is the best man for the job.

    America for Barark Obama – Yes We Can!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Clinton08

    To Ex Clinton Supporter:
    Yeah, you can't teach an old dog a new trick, and I should know because I'm a non college educated Dog Trainer. Evidently you can't teach an Obamabot how to spell either. For a college educated person, one would think you would have a grip on the language we speak.

    What all you superior people seem to be missing is that most people have no allegiance to any particular party, and just want a president that is in the Center. Many of us simple folk are sick of the fringes.

    McCain is an honest old man, and if we can't have a “Fix it Fast Clinton”, than maybe "Honest Old Guy" is not such a bad choice.

    April 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. EX Clinton Supporter

    Dont worry there is NO STOPPING OBAMA!
    OBAMA's Truth n Justice ALWAYS prevails over Hillarys Lies n Trickery!
    So go ahead uneducated misguided Hillary supporters, we will welcome you after you've woke up and smelt the filth from the kitchen sink!
    This 9% win did absolutely NOTHING! But a win is a win lol coming from 20% + down to 9%
    Go Obama!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. BMD

    I possess a college degree and I support Hillary, but let me stress that being college educated is not an indicator of intelligence. I know many ppl with advanced degrees who are total idiots in many areas of their lives. We know ppl like that, so let's not pretend that somehow the college educated have some insight into the true nature of Barack (or Hillary). Anyone who does make that argument is a fool. Don't forget that Bush went to Yale. Enough said.

    April 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Paul

    Clinton is dishonest, she supported the war, she refused to apologized for it. She refused to say that it was a mistake. She lied about Sniper fire. Can a person who lies to the country be a the president.? Yes, Bush lied to. Do you want a democratic 'Bush' in the white house?

    April 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. R. T.

    Nomination or not, put a fork in Obama. He's done.

    April 23, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Dan in CO

    ""Hillary is the best chance the Dems have of winning in Nov. She can deliver the critical swing states in Nov. (Ohio, Florida, TN, AK, MI, and PA)""

    Actually, Obama does better in MI and far better than Hillary in AK (did you just make up a list of states?)

    Plus, Obama does much better in MN, WI, IA, WA, OR, ND, VA, NC, CO, NV, NH.

    Some of those, like WI, IA, WA, OR are blue states from 2000 and 2004 that Hillary stands to lose, while Obama wins them handily.

    April 23, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. jerry

    Wake up obama supporter.you see the guy just don't have it to be a leader.he out spent hillary 4 to 1 an still it did no good.thats bad leadership don't care how you put it.

    April 23, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. wolfsbane

    Stop the drama, vote Obama!

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Maggie

    Blah...blah....blah..wonder if this will get posted......nothing else does.

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. pat


    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. abbey

    we should stop fooling ourselves Clinton cannot win this nomination, the press are so bias that they well never promote Obama leads in North Carolina and Indiana. if it was for the clinton that was leading in those state you will probably be seeing different analysis from the press regarding the victory to come. Obama will surely erase the Pennsylvania wins with both indiana and North Carolina

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. kayla

    NOT ALL WOMEN. speak for yourself. one advise for billary.YOU PLAY

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Alice

    so, let's see – since SuperTuesday 84 to Obama - and 1 for HIllary!

    (bet she's been saving him since February . . . )

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Based on recent trends, it will be difficult for any Democrat to win many states south of the Mason-Dixon Line (or even on the border). However, Hillary has been able to attract and hold onto many Reagan Democrats (like myself) that will absolutely not vote for Obama. I believe that superdelegates like Rep. Tanner realize this. Unless the Democrats can put up a reasonable fight in southern states such as Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida, as well as border states like Missouri. They have no chance in November. Some in the media and certainly those on the far far left of the Democratic Party are so star-struck by Senator Obama that they really do not see him for what he is: the 2008 version of Michael Dukakis. Unfortunately, my party seems destined to repeat the mistakes of 20 years ago. If Senator Obama is the nominee, roll out the welcome mat for President McCain. He will get my vote.

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. chuck

    GO HILLARY!!! We in PA showed the rest of the nation that we are not being fooled by smooth talk, no plan, and alot of Oprah money.

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Karen from Va

    I strongly support Senator Clinton to become our next president. I am happy to see that another superdelegate is able to recognize that Clinton is the most qualified and most electible candidate in the democratic party. Our country needs an experienced leader to begin to solve the mountain of problems we are facing. We do not need to elect another president due to his or her personality traits and the ability to give a better speech. We made that mistake when George Bush was elected over Al Gore and our country has suffered greatly for that choice. Wake up America and choose the candidate that has the knowledge to solve our problems, not create new ones. We need a strong democratic nominee to go up against the Republicans. If there are questions about Senator Obama's character or those with whom he has chosen to align himself, then the Republican party will destroy him in the general election. I have spoken to many democratic voters and they are willing to vote for McCain over Obama due to the questions of Obama's character. We cannot afford four more years of the Republican administration. We need a democratic nominee that has the best chance of winning the general election and I believe that is Senator Clinton. America needs a president that is proud of all Americans and that is proud to serve them, not someone that feels superior to them until their votes are needed. I want a president that will stand beside me, not one that looks down on me for my beliefs or socioeconomic status , if it doesn't measure up to their own. America needs a president that doesn't just want the "title", but wants the job...................

    April 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Kathy, Texas

    With all the crap that comes out of China that is tainted or is just bad...Why can't America sue China for 9 trillion and call it even? Kinda like a reverse judgment?

    Oh, and by the way,

    NObama 08

    April 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Joshua

    If HRC indeed takes credit for the actions of Mr. Clinton’s administration, then she should also take credit for the rise of China in the global economy. Mr. Clinton was the single greatest political factor in the United States for granting China Most Favored Nation status – despite China’s use of slave labor and other human rights abuses. Jobs from all over the world have been removed to China, and the value of every working person in the world has been cheapened.

    April 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    To the Ex Clinton supporter what did they teach you in college if you think the president can solve the high gas prices, especially by raising taxes on the Oil Companies. Guess who will really pay those taxes, educated and uneducated consumers. I may be an un-educated barberian (non college graduate) but atleast I was not brain washed by the liberal instructors like a lot of you. Especially those Harvard and Yale Law Graduates!

    McCain 08

    April 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Brian Seattle

    To: Ex Clinton Supporter.

    You are the Typicall Obama Supporter. Negative towards anyone who does not support Barack. Most of us see right through him. Yes, we know of Hillary's lies. But you know what, they are not that important. We need a person in office who can get the job done. Obama's lose in Huge Blue States should tell you that he cannot get the job done. I do not have a college degree, although I have attended college, my household makes over $150,000,00 a year (not bad for the non-degree having Clintonians). We are business owners, and the economy is most important to us. As far as you comment about Older Citizans, they SHOULD be voting for Clinton. Do you follow what is going on in Health Care. Not the Insurance part, but the lack of Nurses, Surgeons, Doctors, etc.... May be you need to leave the Campaign offices and get back in touch with what is going on in the USA. There is more need for a leader and fighter, then a Change and Hope Speaker.

    April 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. evelyn

    Nothing has changed. Barack is still ahead of Hillary who has many identities. Remember she was a republican who campaigned for Barry Goldwater? Then married Bill Clinton and became a southerner. That is why she is so good with Americans who are not open-minded and want things to remain the same even if it means loss of jobs, homes, etc. And, underneath it all is the underlying racism. With her back against the wall, she shows who she really is. So does her husband. I still believe Barack will be the democratic nominee.

    April 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. ***AMERICAN***

    Too little too late. That is one to how many this week?

    April 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. linda hemmingsen canada

    Congratulations hillary on your big win and thank you rep. tanner on endorsing hillary she is the smartest and best to help your country out of the mess you are in.We as your neighbours in canada , feel the pain with you and we of course would like someone with intellegence and capability to do the job. The clinton years were the best years the U.S. had had and they produced millions of jobs and people liked the americans . We all need to feelpeace and security again and she will work for you to bring that about again. i pray she wins because obama is too divisive and he can't win the battleground states and who knows what else will come out of the rezko trial.

    April 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Friendly reminder #2

    Florida and Michigan will not be included because they cant follow party rules what a shame

    April 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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