April 23rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 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. Shaw

    Give it up Hillary...It is time for the new generation!

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Paul

    Great choice

    Hillary is the best candidate to lead America towards success

    Hilllary – all the way!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. MJAMES

    I think she promised him the same thing Monica gave Billy boy.

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Todd, Kenosha, WI

    Thanks for sticking up for your party and the Country. Not!!!

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Nell

    Obama is like a fad diet. By the time his supporters realize that they aren't going to lose a pound, it may be too late. All we hear from him is "Change, change, change." I've yet to hear ONE clear thing that he plans to change. All it is is fancy rhetoric to try and fool a very vulnerable America. He is an elusive man running on an elusive platform.

    McCain or Hillary 08!

    April 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. anonymous

    Obama people can you please do me a favor and get out of this blog. I'd greatly appreciate it. You are not helping him in anyway.

    April 23, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. May

    I hope CNN will carry the PAUL vs CLINTON case that the Courts will hear on April 25th. So far, the Clintons have used their influence to silence the Media about this case before the Pennsylvania primaries and few know about it. If you want to know more about the case, google it.

    April 23, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. MJAMES

    As a former Tennesseean born and raised there this Tanner guy must be a complete loser.

    April 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Stop the Drama

    Campaign in debt leading a country in debt ..how funny ....geesh!!

    April 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Thomas

    "McCain had his most fundraising success in California and Florida, each of which yielded more than $1 million."

    If McCane wins Cal and FL its over, Clinton is the only one who can win FL over McCane and Cal is starting to look close

    April 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. MJAMES

    I got your superdelegate right here...

    April 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Norma

    I am a catholic hispanic women over 50 and I support OBAMA.

    April 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Paul

    Is CNN on Clinton pay role?

    April 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    "Sen. Clinton who can work with others"....................Is that a joke? Or a line from SNL?

    She is probably one of the most divisive figures in US politics.....Rep. John Tanner Sir- what were you thinking!!

    April 23, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Sharon Minnesota

    tick tick tick, Time's awasting. Let's get more super's to support Hillary. I just can't wiat until Obama drops out so we can get on with this election and win with Hillary in November.

    April 23, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Monica-Kingsland

    Well, it's about time. I still don't think Hillary can win. I believe she should walk away with this Pennsylvian win and this superdelegate endorsement. She will be viewed as a winner in my sight and the sight of many others. Walking away will cause many to see her as the WINNER she really is.

    You go girl!!!

    Obama supporter

    April 23, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Dee

    If Obama loses and we all know he is ahead in popular vote, number of pledged delegates, and states won, then democratic party will simply not be following the rules of democracy BECAUSE DEMOCRACY MEANS THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE,

    April 23, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Democrat, NC....you are right- I have been following the PA democratic party website and they have similar numbers...wonder why most outlets are still quoting the 10 percent!

    April 23, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Whiskey

    Lets see if Clinton could cut Obamas lead in NC. No chance in hell. Yet the clinton following fools declare this a great victory. A month ago her lead was over 30 points in Penn. State is comprised og her constituents. You will never make it Hillary, only bring the party down.

    April 23, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. yoshi927

    THANK YOU, Democrat, NC. That's what I've been trying to tell people all day. Close, but no cigar.

    As far as this goes, good for Clinton! Her first endorsement from someone who actually knows what they're talking about in a long time.

    April 23, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Jim, Indiana

    Senator Evan Bayh and other Dem leaders in Indiana are behind you too Hillary and it's time the superdelegates made their decision following such a convincing victory in Pennylvania.

    We won't let you down because you are our best!

    April 23, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. jw harris

    She is not to be TRUSTED. She will destroy the party to win. She will not tell the truth just like her husband will not tell the truth. Think about Bill in the White House, it will be trouble, she is not strong enough to control him. BAD NEWS.

    April 23, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Madison , PA

    How can she be able to handle the economy in this country when she is unable to handle her own finance? Pensylvanian you made a Big mistake... Indiana ans S.Corolina... Be carefull ...!!! Don't let Hillary fool you...!

    April 23, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. nigel

    Iam sadden by the fact that the Clinton's put thier own interest in pursuing to the white house above the party & ultimately the country, so chillout Billy & Hilly let us get ready for november!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Lizard

    Accept it Hillary fans she is not going to win, the democratic party will not let the superdelegates overturn the peoples voice. AGAIN SHE CAN'T WIN. this is all about ego and the sense of entitlement she feels. I am from NY and have always liked Hillary. Now I see her for who she is just like the republicans dirty, scheming and will do anything to get elected. She is going to bring this party down because OBAMA will get the nomination, but she will have given the republican smeer machine so much ammo it is going to be a huge battle
    Thanks a lot Hillary

    April 23, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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