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. Jessica

    The Superdelegates giving this election to Hillary would be no different than the Supreme Court handing the election to Bush in 2000, ignoring the popular vote and the will of the people.

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

    If it one thing it is Obama who knows how to spend money. He is outspending Hillary. Is that the way he is going to run our country by opening up the checkbook?

    April 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. barry

    democrats better come to the realization that senator obama will not will the nomination. is all you need to do is look at the vote by county in texas, florida, ohio and pennsylvania,,,not counting the people votes in FL and MI is not democratic...you decide what it is.....fair... come on... think again... how would you feel if your vote did not count...

    April 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Hillary McCain

    Why can't Hillary win the small states?

    If she can win big states, how comes she can't win the smaller states?

    Oh, the bigger states have more older white women. In this case, Grandma does not what is best.

    April 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I am so tired of the Governers which Clinton won in their states are turning against the vote of the the people and backing Obama. I hope the people in those states remember and vote them out of office the next time they run.

    April 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. DT - Alton, IL

    AND THEIR EVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. MP-Pennsylvania

    I don't get many things Hillary campaign says....
    For me it is double talk......
    When she has name recognition, out spend others, go negative on the election day it is OK

    For Obama, it is no.....
    That is the double standards we have against not being pure white for OBAMA

    April 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. General Election

    Gov. Brad Henry went against the will of the people of his state, so I would say that the superdelegates can vote anyway they want to.

    Obama cannot win in the general election. If he is the nominee the democrates will be throwing away the chance for the democrates to get in office. Obama cannot win the big states and he will lose.

    Superdelegates – pay attention. This is not a game – Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama – he is unknown, inexperienced, and negatives are high with him and his wife. Our Country needs someone that can step in and give us the serious help we need. Obama is not that person.

    April 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Rose

    With 54% of Democrats considering Hillary dishonest and untrust-worthy, she came up with 55% of votes. Either the 54% are dishonest themselves or Hillary had Republicans voting for her because she can't stand McCain's electibility in November.

    By far, it's the only superdelegate I have seen to side with Clinton in the entire month of April.

    She knows she can't win the presidency, so she's trying to cause a break up of the Democratic party. As she said herself, she'll do whatever it takes to get a vote...so, I wont be surprised if she's featured on adult sites in a few weeks...;)....and then she'll go and talk about "setting a role model for our children"...surely it sits up a very good role-model....

    Obama ....No McCobra or Devillary

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Pat

    If you add in the Florida and Michigan delegates, the 2025 number will have to go up so Hillary will still be too far behind. Nobody is putting this fact out there but the 2025 is the number that is without the Florida and Michigan delegates. I am glad that Florida and Michigan were smart enough not to spend millions of dollars to redo something that ultimately will make little difference in the overall contest and probaly would benefit Obama more than Clinton anyway.
    The superdelegates would still be needed to decide this with the new number in play.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Thomas in Florida

    Please God...Obama...throw some punches already.

    She has done nothing but bring up personal issues in order to take you down.

    If you don't stand up to her and fight her fire with fire she will wrestle this nomination away from you and chaos will break out. (Yes...Rush and his goons will get their way).

    There is boucoup dirt on the Clintons. Start shoveling.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. gordi canada

    America you are frustrating me, I am watching this race and probably too much and I consider my self fairly objective person seen as how I don't have a vote .Hilary"s dishonesty and manipulation is just so darn obvious and yet she won last night.I truly don't get it , I know you arn't prejudice.......................are you?

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Michelle in Texas


    "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. "

    UMMM, this female can't even manage her own CAMPAIGN DEBTS! How can she be trusted to take on our national debt???

    Thank you for your application, Ma'am, but you've shown us already that you're not "ready" to handle the job.

    OBAMA 'O8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Clinton supporters are really spinning their own "spin".

    They NOW want to claim that if Sen. Obama wins the nomination he won't win the BIG states. Are you El' LOCO?

    What kind of BS is that? If Sen. Clinton was OUT of the race NOW, Sen. McCain would NOT stand a chance. People are NOT stupid folks, give us a break! Democrats do NOT want another McBUSH!!

    Let's get real.

    You have Sen. Clinton still claiming her MI and Florida win when she DOES NOT have MI and FL to count. Those votes are NOT hers to count. What a CHEAP shot!! This is the type of "lies" that Sen. Clinton keeps claiming and it's starting to come back and bite her.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    She may win the nomination, but never will she win the election.
    Obama will look like a saint in comparison to what the Republicans
    know about Hillary. Democrats are fools not to choose Obama.

    Google, "The Clintons" and their past. Unbelievable.!!! To say the least.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Judy

    I support Hillary Clinton – I am a registered nurse with a BS degree.

    Oh well, I guess US UNEDUCATED IDIOTS are exactly the voters that Obama cannot connect with – he is definitely too smart and too good for us.

    HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. janice

    It is shameful that Americans cannot recognize a man with a good heart that wants to make America better and also improve its' relationships with the world. The sad thing about America is that when it's all said and done, everything comes down to race. Pennsylvania proved that yesterday. Hillary talks about being ready. Obama's hope is that through dialogue we don't have to be on guard or ready because we will be trusted to be a nation responsible for its' people and the betterment of the world at large. Not arrogant imperialists. COME ON AMERICANS, LET'S START LOOKING AT WHAT'S IN A PERSON'S HEART. Hillary wants to be president to be the first female president and to continue the Clinton Dynasty. Obama wants to be president because he recognizes that American must do some changing or we will destroy ourselves. Obama is not running to be the first BLACK president. He's running because he truly cares.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Ben

    I disagree with many of Obama supporters here. Regarding educated voters for Obama, i'd think that they would be the ones who are watching CNN, MSNBC, and are also hooked onto the internet, which we ofcourse know that all college grads do.
    But, we also know how much all of these media are helping Obama, so the end result is that the Obama supporters are getting a very biased information. Add to that Obama's own inspirational speeches!
    I think we all need to see things in little more depth and realistically, if we want to save this country and have a Democrat, who would work tirelessly, shrewedly and pragmatically to get this country out of this mess, and also fight all the challenges that are being posed by all the developing countries in Asia and Europe.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Gmoneytubb

    All you nuts talking about Reagan Democrats!! How stupid can you be? Reagan did nothing but create trickle down economics which is what Clinton will do..trickle down what's left after seeing to it that her friends and those at the top of the food chain continue to Rape this country like Reagan Did..Borrowing money from foreign country's and obligating American economic SLAVES to foot the bill.....Now Go to your bank and ask to borrow some money with your small town no credit ,No equity in your homes, about to lose everything selves...I'm not saying Obama can solve everything but it's high time a person of color and substance,,one of the original founders of civilazation get a shot at bring American's out of their generations of IGNORANCE!!

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Fay (the Texan who voted for Obama)

    How is someone who is in debt to her own campaign going to be able to bring an enitre country out of debt? Wow....I seriously think you have to be on the hash to vote for this woman. But that's coming from a 23 yr. old obamaniac so what do I know right?

    April 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. ds

    some democrats think Obama lacks electability, but republicans see Obama as being harder to beat, which is why many of them have said they voted or will vote for Clinton in the primaries. they want Clinton to win the nomimation, making it easier for McCain to win.

    April 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Arkansas Undertaker

    a woman will never be President and thats a fact.

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

    our country can not afford another inexperienced persident.. vote hillary 2008...otherwise vote McCain but do not vote Obama...he does not have a plan...howard dean may well find himself in a new job come 2009...

    April 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Dan, Nc

    Listen folks, Obama campaign has been taking it easy on Clinton. Hillary and Bill has a lot of trash. The Obama campaign is trying to change mud slinging politics. So, don't think Obama can't throw a punch, it's just not at a fellow Democrat. So it's up to you to help change our politics.

    Vote to change Obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Irfan

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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