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. bernice

    Please, she can manage the Economy of the country, but can't manage her own campaign funds??? More Duhhh.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. A. Harrison

    Thank you some good news for once. Now we're thinking how we're supposed to be thinking.

    Who is ready, who can withstand the heat of the kitchen, who can play the bloody sport, who can win, who has proven time and time again.

    April 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Eli

    Well at least Hillary's delegates can tell us what she can do, unlike the Gov. from OK can just say he's behind O. Most of O endorsements have come from folks that just say they are going to endorse him but cant give a reason or how he will CHANGE this country. Well said Rep. Tanner.

    April 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Pat

    Hillary talks about being more electable but is not even winning the Democratic primary. Maybe she thinks that the blue collar workers and high school educated, and older folks will fall for this!

    April 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Lou, FL

    Why is no one seriously addressing the fact that Hillary's campaign is in nearly $10 million dollars in debt. She talks a big game about helping to get our country out of debt, yet she can't seem to manage her own campaign's bank account.

    People in PA got distracted by all her negative campaigning and fell into her manipulative gameplan. When you focus on the facts, it's clear that Obama is the only way to vote.

    Obama '08 – come November, he'll be winning and Billary will be whining!

    April 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Dave Froyalde/Washington

    Good job Hillary and congratulations. I hope you keep the fight on to the National Convention. Your recent win which even doubters consider it a big win may sustain you to keep fighting fo us, the less represented in the political process. I personally believe you are the best candidate to led the country in these times of war, economy that needs to be revive, forclosure problems etc.

    April 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Fella from Chicago

    Barack Obama is an eloquent speaker, I'll give him that. In the old days he would have been equated to a con man, all talk no substance with a single purpose; to steal. In this case an election. I think the people of this nation are beginning to see this and eventually the superdelegates will as well. Barack is a credit to his race, Hillary to her gender. However, in all fairness stand and take a long look at both. Barack doesn't belong here, at least not yet. Gain some more experience serving the people of Illinois before experimenting on the lives of the people of this nation.

    April 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Mark

    I'll never understand the political process. How can people support a candidate who will SAY ANYTHING to get elected, including lying about being under sniper fire not once but over and over in speech after speech. Is this the best we can offer as the leader of this great nation? Too bad also, I was ready to welcome our first woman president!

    April 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. rforclintoninwa

    Yea Hillary!

    You have proven that you can do twice as well with half as much!

    Go Hillary!

    Hillary '08

    April 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Southern view

    Mr. Tanner did the right thing. He selected the candidate that the people of Tennessee selected. Elections should be decided by voters, not politicians. Otherwise it's not Democracy.

    April 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. JJ

    Didn't Obama pick up a SD today, too?

    April 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Lucas Hart

    America people will obliterate Obama!

    April 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Debby

    Good for him at least he went with the vote of the people not like the other losers.

    April 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Char

    At least this super delegate did not vote against the will of the people, unlike Bill Richardson and the governor from Oklahoma.

    Hillary all the way to Pennsylvania Ave.

    April 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Jessica

    Just a friendly reminder – unless Michigan and Florida agree to conduct complete revotes, they won't be seated, and that alone is a longshot. Obama's name wasn't even ON the Michigan ballot, because he, and all the other Dems, sans Clinton, actually played by the rules. But eep clutching at your straws, Hillbots.

    April 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Frosty

    I think a state should demonstrate a certain level of intelligence before it's allowed to vote. Pennslyvania owes us an apology for continuing this ludicrous race that Hillary Clinton will NOT win. She is only campaigning so she could pay of her debt with donated cash instead of money from her own pocket.
    On that note, congress should allocate more money towards Pennsylvania so they will have a few more college graduates to reduce the level of stupidity.

    Los Angeles, CA

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Neutral

    It sounds like Obama supporters are now switching to Hillary. Former Obama supporters are now donating to Hillary's campaign. My neighbor is one of them.

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. California for Obama

    OBAMA for 2008-

    No way for Hillary will win in November!!!!!!!!

    Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2008

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Todd, Kenosha, WI

    Here is the real test for Hillary. Can she close the gap in NC to single digits? She had a huge lead in PA and Obama closed the gap substantially. Can she do the same in NC? I bet she can't. That's the true test for her in my opinion.

    Obama 08
    Change the Country
    Change the World

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. christine

    people should be more smart this is what happened agnin in 2004 people voted for the same old politics of the same folks we are just tired obama is competing with a machine that just want to win and make there name big dont care about the american people stop all this mess the only people who voting for her are old and none graduate people think of that

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Jim

    Hillary and Bill are ruining the democratic process. Let's talk about thier past record....WhitewaterGate , Clinton's escapades in the White House bedrooms and oval office.
    We want the Clintons back in the White House??? At least as far as we know President Bush has not had any affairs while president. You cant say that about Billl, nor can you say that Hillary is manipulative. Ask former Senator Bill Bradley as just how manipulative she can be...

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Registered Independent

    Clinton and her fans here are off their rocker. It seems if she picks up a super delegate from a state she didnt win, they are just choosing who they think is best, but if Obama gets one from a state he didnt win, then they are a traitor.

    Yeah Clinton wants them to vote their conscience unless its not for her, then they should vote the way their state went, and if they dont, they are backstabbers. Sorry Clinton, you cant have your cake and eat it too.

    April 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. myahquote

    Why is CNN still calling it a double digit win? PA secretary of state website has it at 9.2% with 54 precincts left to report and 40 of those are in philadelphia and 7 in deleware county, both areas Obama won so it could end up in the 8's. But 9.2 or 8.7 its single digits?

    April 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Indy Voter

    Wow! ...So the person that cannot even manage her own campaign finances and runs a campaign in the red is qualified to help us get out of a $9 trillion debt ... no thanks!

    Hillary will try to win at all cost. She will run again in 4 years whether Obama wins the general election or not. She is that much of an opportunist.

    April 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. TF

    Well he's right about one thing. Hillary knows how to deal with debt.

    April 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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