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. Persio, NY


    April 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Debbie, NJ

    Hillary's supporters need to learn math. Neither of them will reach the 2025 count for superdelegates. And guess what. News flash, why do you think the Rep. are going after Obama. Because Hillary can't knock him out of the race and he is a bigger challenge and threat to the Rep. They wouldn't be wasting their time with him if he were easy.
    Hillary is the easy one for them to beat. And if she wins the nomination, most African Americans, the young voters, the new voters and single mothers will not vote for her. So McCain wins.

    April 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Persio, NY


    Thanks PA for showing Obama NO HE CAN'T

    Obama supporters stop calling Hillary supporters college drop out, uneducated, dumb and stupid. At the end of the process if Obama is to be the nominee which i don't think so, you are only hurting the democratic party with your personal attacks on people that don't support Obama.

    April 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. TJ

    No matter who you support, please stop implying that one is uneducated or stupid for supporting a candidate. Everyone believes in their candidate for whatever reason. I am not stupid nor uneducated for supporting Hillary Clinton. Obama supporters who do this are hurting their own candidate and adding fuel to the fire of him being an elitist.

    April 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. CJ

    Why does it really matter to the Obama supporters if Hillary won by 10%, or 9.3%? SHE WON!?!?!? Get over it.

    April 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Tee-off in CA

    I agree with "Ex-Clinton Supporter", these people must be idiots if they can't see through the Clinton lies and deceit. I say – You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you can't teach a dumb dog any tricks.

    April 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    Why isn't this a done deal for HRC already? What is keeping her from the nomination? What is keeping the superdelegates from jumping up in support for HRC since winning in PA? There's something not right about this.

    April 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Paula

    Nine (9) seems to be the magic number!!! John Tanner says our country is $9 trillion in debt. Well it seems that last month Hillary had $9 million cash on hand, and now, her campaign is $1 million in the hole!!!

    If she can't manage a $195 million campaign, John Tanner, do you think we should trust her to restore this country's fiscal health when we're in a $9 trillion deficit. Perhaps we should boot you out of office for making such a STUPID statement!

    April 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Maggie

    I wonder if I will ever get posted..........

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

    Those voters who are critical to a Democratic victory in November realize that Obama will not win the general election and they also know that Clinton will win in November. He has questionable close personal relationships and he has maligned the very voters the Democrats must win in November – the Reagan Democrats. Also, once the media finally starting asking Obama questions about himself, people got a chance to see that he is a flawed candidiate. Of course, his debate performance was very weak for someone seeking to be President of the United States. He did well in early caucuses but the general election is not a caucus – it is an election like a primary. People now see that he will not be able to win in November.

    April 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Wang LI

    HRC would not be a liked Leader wordwide....
    She will doom America.

    April 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Nathan,

    The other day Hillary picked up 3 superdelegates in New Jersey 2 of which were former governors which got very little headlines. This announcement of another superdelegate gets very little headlines compared to the guy in Oklahoma which is a state the Republicans will win easily. If Obama'a wife was all of a sudden a superdelegate and pledged to vote for him the headlines would read "OBAMA PICKS UP KEY ENDORSEMENT" MCHELLE OBAMA ENDORSES HER HUSBAND BECAUSE HE PICKS UP HIS SOCKS. As if his wife voting for him would be unexpected. Why not report every event equally. This late in the game unless its Al Gore or John Edwards endorseing one of the candidates one superdelegate means no more than the other. Wheather you're a Representative from Tn or a Governor from Ok it's just one vote. Treat it as such and cut out the bias reporting.

    April 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Hooshang

    Hey... I'm following this in Canada. I think only DUMB people cannot see through Hillary's fake tears and shallow politics. A call at 3:00 a.m.? Right, some woman looking for Billy perhaps!
    Wake up America. Chances like Obama come but once in a lifetime.

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

    wayne, NEWWS FLASH NC has always been republican WAKE UP AND GET OF THE KOOLAID CANDIDATE

    April 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. JD

    All you Obama supporters blaming Hillary for ruining Obama's chances: could you be more stereotypically Democrat? Stop blaming others for your problems. Why don't you try to connect with the blue collar workers in the swing states, like Hillary has done?

    Hillary 08

    April 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Monroe

    Hillary and her brainwashed hordes, as well as Rush and his Operation Chaos, make me ashamed of the USA.

    April 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Marc

    Welcome aboard, congressman!

    Hillary 2008, 2012

    April 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Wayne - MA

    With the announcement today that 49 former Edwards supporters declared for Obama today (including members of congress) I believe his superdelagate count is about to rise significantly!

    April 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Evan Bayh

    It not a question of Obama or Hillary. It is a question of having a
    Democrat elected to the Presidency in November. The longer this
    campaign continues, the result will be a candidate that has
    hopelessly damaged and weaken. The Democratic party will be
    hopelessly divided.

    You may believe that the candidates are being vetted, tested, or
    challenged before the general election. What is happening that
    campaigns are so divided that it will become impossible to unite the

    It is not reasonable to believe that the party would unite behind a
    candidate that did not win the majority of elected delegates. It is
    now apparent that Hillary cannot win a majority of elected Delegates.

    The question is not if Hillary has the right to continue her
    campaign. The question is should she? Even if by some miracle she
    should win nomination…would it be worth having. MCCAIN WINS!

    I encourage everyone to Email Senator Bayh and encourage him to save
    the Party by asking Hillary end her campign.

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

    We have your back Hillary.

    Rise, Hillary, Rise.

    April 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. wait a minute

    As an Independent, I am excited that McCain will win IF Hillary wins the nomination. I would have thought twice if it were McCain vs. Obama.

    April 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. kenny cole

    Another washington insider,kenny houston Tx

    April 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. NIC


    April 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Roman

    Obama CAN'T change!
    How would he? No experience. No competence. No plans. No presidency!

    Hillary for President!!

    April 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Lancesmother

    With her campaign in tremendous financial debt how can she handle the debt of the country. I guess with more debt.

    April 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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