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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Tennessee
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. kelvin103

    Why is it that Obama is scrutinized on everything and everyone he comes into contact with to a much higher degree than Hilary Clinton?
    Why is Obama being held to account for words spoken by other people when Clinton from her own mouth repeatedly utters falsehoods which are not challenged?
    How can someone claim to be “ready on day one” but be $10 million in debt within months?
    If people were to stop for a second and really listen to what is being said by Obama and Clinton from their own mouths then the truth will reveal itself.

    Open your eyes and ears America, do not be so proud or stubborn, do not make the same mistake again.

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

    Hillary should keep in her mind that Obama will be MUCH MUCH better president then her.
    It was just a race card she played in PA . Even White people know that she is not qualified for presidency they voted for her just for one reason.
    Trust me she is not going to win any more states and it's all for Obama next.

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. stacy

    wonder if Obama would spend United States money, borrowed or
    not, like he squanders his campaign supporter's/donors money?

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. GG

    Why was Obama's endorsement on the front page and Hillary's was not???

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. RyanT, Dem Abroad, Berlin

    Well said Tanner......except she cannot even balance her campaign's budget.

    Hillary for Broke '08

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. CJ

    Finally a super delegate with the intelligence to endorse the candidate that his populus voted supported (unlike the OK Governor Henry endorsement for Obama today depsite OK overwhelmingly voting for Clinton). Obama can talk the talk and sling the mud as well as Clinton can. However, She proved again last night that she is a woman of substance and connects with the everyday citizens of this country. Even if she ultimately loses the nomination, I'm glad that she gave Obama a true challenge in his run for the nomination. No matter how much people love to hate Hillary, there are a lot of people who clearly are in love with her...Keep heating up the competition, Hillary!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Ross in MD

    He's an idiot, plain and simple.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. BJ in PA

    Her plan is to destroy Obama's chances against McCain this time. She then gets a shot in 2012 instead of 2016 when she will be 68. She also eliminates the possibility of Barack running in 2012. She will say that Obama couldn't beat McCain in 2008. She keeps saying that the Democratic Party will come together around a candidate. She means her. She never specifically says that she will campaign for Obama if he is nominated. She should just quit pretending and officially become a Republican again.

    April 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. p.g.

    Thank you !!!!!!Congressman John Tanner=)
    Hillay 2008

    April 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. give her a cookie

    LOL, Like Hillary has a chance. Her supporters should be stand-up comedians.

    April 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. goodcitizen

    Hillary is real gem, she shines no matter what. Smart American people know Hillary is THE ONE FOR THEM. DO NOT EVER UNDER ESTIMATE IT!


    April 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. David

    When/If the superdelegates give Hill the nod will evryone say she stole the election? Seems like a lot of people were talking about someone stealing the 2000 election and how all votes had to count.

    The DNC says that no one in Florida and Michigan matter. Both Hill and O agreed with the DNC. Looks like the dems do not think all votes matter until they look to help the one they are backing.

    I am loving this. Keep the fight going. Show what dmes are for real: Two faced.

    April 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Impartial Jury

    I guess he figures since her campaign is in debt and the country is in debt, it must be a natural fit.

    April 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Democrat, NC

    ATTENTION PLEASE: Hillary Clinton did not win in Pennsylvania by double digits; she won by 9.38% which does not round to 10%.

    April 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Amber

    People are cracking me up with the "avoid the drama vote obama" slogan. Obama's campaign is running off of slogans "hope", "change", "yes we can", "avoid the drama". Well if you really want to talk about drama....lets talk about William Ayers (Obama's terrorist buddy), and the "bitter" people out there who "have antipathy to others who aren't like them", Michelle Obama's comments about being "proud for the first time", and how about Tony Rezko....oh and then there's good ol' Rev. Wright. The list goes on and on and on. Not to mention racial tension has become almost overbearing....THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING!

    AVOID THE DRAMA- VOTE FOR CLINTON!! At least all her skeletons are behind her, and not in the present.

    April 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Hillraiser2008

    Congrat Hillary!!!!

    You are the only solution to McCain. If you are not the nominee we will have 4 more year of the same old thing. Foreclosures, cost of living increase out weighs wage increase, and gas will probably be $7 a gallon at the end of McCain term.

    Hillary 08


    April 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. anonymous

    I am turning 27 years old today. Thank you for this wonderful birthday gift. Please make it a better day for me by getting more superdelegates to join you. Hillary gave me a big gift last night. I am very happy and excited. THANK YOU!

    April 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Oshun for obama

    CNN still has not adn wll not publish the facts of the PA election, the number is not correct as published and voiced by CNN

    check the facts in the States's official website...........the percentage is only 8.6 or so almost 9 NOT
    10 as stated by CNN

    i bet cnn wont publish my comments, they have not all morning

    April 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Baby Girl

    Hillary has room for how many more jobs in the White House?

    April 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Jose

    With each contest win or lost, Obama is drawing close to that magic **2024**; by my calculation by early July Obama will have roughly above **1900** total delegates and Hillary will be around **1800**

    With the pool of undecided superdelegates around **250**; it will be far easier for Obama to convince **100** of them to come over to his side than for Hillary to convince **200** to come over to her side.

    Obama was able to tighten the gap in PA; I see him winning NC & IN; the Clinton camp can celebrate and sincerely they deserve the win in PA, but in two week when IN & NC votes it will be a different story.

    With the proportional delegate allocation method each contest either win or lost takes Obama closer to the finish line.

    April 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Quinn - PA

    To all the Clinton haters, I seem to recall that Oklahoma went to Clinton. Why is the Gov. going against the will of the people? Why does he now endorse Obama when it is too late to help him in his state?

    The Clinton supporters are not uneducated, we may not have the master's degree hanging on our study wall, but we do have something more important. It's called "Street Smart" over "Book Smart". We know a con artist when we see one. Obama needs to step back & pay his dues over the next 4 to 8 years if he wants the top job. He will be spanked harder by the republicans than he was in PA.

    April 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Ludovic

    $9 trillion debt !
    It is a lot more then the 10 millions of her campaign
    I will not put hillary near my money

    April 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    Go get them Hillary you can do it .I know im voteing for you. and as they say every vote counts. So everyone get out there and vote. have a good day.

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Theresa

    Keep Going Hillary!
    We support you 100%

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. bdc

    Remember her 50+% disapproval rating? How is she going to win in the fall when over half of voters will NOT vote for her?

    Just wondering how she's going to change the math on that one. It's a lot harder to redefine "winner" in the general.

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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