April 23rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

North Carolina superdelegate still undecided

CNN

Watch a North Carolina superdelegate explain some of the factors he is considering in deciding between Clinton and Obama.

(CNN) – Even though less than ten Democratic primary contests remain, 308 superdelegates have yet to reveal which of the party’s two remaining major presidential candidates they intend to support. David Parker of North Carolina is one such superdelegate.

“I have changed my mind several times just like the American public seems to be moving around,” Parker told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning.

Polling results of head-to-head match-ups between Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be a factor in Parker’s decision.

“I’m also looking at the impact down-ballot in North Carolina,” Parker said Wednesday. “And, across the South were I think Democrats need to come back."

Although Parker confessed to feeling pressure to make a decision, he also told Roberts that the long Democratic nomination fight is likely good for his party’s eventual nominee – especially if the nominee is Obama.

“Doing a little sparring with Hillary Clinton - who is an incredibly tough competitor and may, in fact, knock him out - is good training for him in the fall,” said Parker. “John McCain is not going to pull any punches and those gloves are going to come off quickly."

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. proud army and navy mom

    gov, spit it out already or are you just trying to see who will win, then jump on the bandwagon?

    April 23, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Obama must win!!!!!

    Just more BS from a SD.. Make your choice and end this thing before Hillary kills the party. Do not give your support to a lier. Where are your brains....... Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. honkey white guy from cali

    Cowards Cowards Cowards! They have had there minds made up since super Tuesday I would like to see an investigation into how much money they have invested in the media companies that are making a fortune off this garbage!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Independent

    Just decide already!! 4/5ths of the states already voted, millions already decided, it can't be that difficult!!!

    Seriously – any superdelegate who can't decide by the time everyone has voted needs to be replaced, and preferably shot. Stop torturing the dems!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Garret, Los Angeles

    Endorse Hillary Clinton. It'll be worth your while. Our country will benefit from it.

    April 23, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Liz

    Is he indirectly giving his vote to Obama? He is saying that alittle sparring with Hillary won't hurt Obama but will be some good training for him in the fall. Who says Obama will be there in the fall? It will definitely be Clinton going against McCain in November so Obama does not need any training. If anything, its Clinton who is practicing on Obama for her fight against McCain.

    April 23, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Mike

    Come to momma Mr. Parker...in essence come toward Hillary.

    SUPPORT SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!

    NObama will not be electable in the General.

    Go Hillary!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. dsp, Santa Rosa, CA

    Get off the fence superdelegate cowards. Grow a pair.

    April 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. John

    Obama should be looking for a VP. and making it VERY VERYclear to the super-delegates that should Hillary with the help of the supers steal the nomination then he Will declare and run FOR PRESIDENT as an independent Democrat and completely destroy any chance of a Clinton Whitehouse win.

    April 23, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. John in Iowa

    To the NC superdelegate: Sir, do you honestly feel that Obama can lead this country? Do you honestly feel that Obama can beat McCain?

    The Republican party will chew him up and spit him out.

    Please do what is right for America and endorse Hillary!

    Hillary or McCain 08!

    April 23, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. LifeLongDemocrat

    Obama has no one to blame but himself. He need to knock her out in N.C and Indiana and stop this MADNESS.

    I know it hard for a black man to hit hard at a white woman, but we are giving you permission to knock her out.

    The tide is turning for Hillary … Oh no it’s a Tsunami to wash her away.

    Go away Hillary!!! You will not have Rendell and Strickland in N.C and Indiana. What will you do?

    Barack Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Fabrizio

    Trying to play both sides, eh, Mr. Parker?
    We all know Billary is toast. Why all this talk about her comeback in PA? She started out in PA with a freak_in 25 point lead!
    Please end the madness, endorse Obama and let's start preparing for the inevitable battle in November!

    Obama 08 & 12

    April 23, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Amber

    Sorry Obama supporters, but Hillary has this. Before you jump on me, let me give you the reasons the superdelegates will ultimately choose Hillary Clinton over Obama.

    1. She delivers when necessary. All the big states, except one have gone to her.

    2. Obama wins caucuses, but not democratic only primaries.

    3. He has not been fully vetted. One more scandal and he is done. As it is, all his scandals have played into black issues, thereby alienating the white men that ultimately vote.

    4. He is a niche campaigner. Sure, he can deliver the black vote, but that is only 13%, and he can deliver the young vote, but even last night that failed because they did not show up.

    5. He tried to buy the election, and the one thing about this cycle is that money is not talking effectively. Look at John McCain as the perfect example of broke, but the nominee.

    6. He can't think on his feet. The last debate proved that. It made him look worse when he complained about it afterward.

    So, it's not personal, it's politics. Obama can't win the nation in November.

    April 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Mike

    Hillary in PA showed that Obama's ability to win a general election is questionable.

    Hillary's ability is not questionable. SHE IS UNQUESTIONABLY UNELECTABLE.

    April 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. gerald strother

    Gallup Daily: Obama 50%, Clinton 42% Nationally NEW April 23, 2008
    Barack Obama now leads Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points among national Democratic voters, 50% to 42%. This includes interviewing Tuesday night as the returns of the Pennsylvania primary were coming in, but it is too soon to know what, if any, impact that election may have on national preferences. WILL THIS HELP?

    April 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Obviously, Rep Tanner (from TN) is failing to adhere to or showing gross disregard of Sen Clinton’s voting record in the senate...when he said that " she can work with others to return to fiscal sanity." Sen Clinton has her own views of the world and how it should be... and will never compromise those rigid views for anything. Clearly, she has demonstrated that attitude in this primary that things should go her WAY OR NO WAY. I will never vote for her. I will have a better use of my time on the general elections day than to vote for either Sen. Clinton or McBush. They are the epitome of the well establishments of Washington... The same people who with all their (Washington) experience have failed the American people over and over again. So why can’t we give a new person like Obama a chance? If Pres Bush was given a shot to the presidency then anyone should be.

    April 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Susan, TX

    Hey, guys...have you heard the news.....Obama has picked up more superdelegates today. Check out Obama's website with the announcement. It appears the superdelegates that were for Edwards have gone to Obama's side! Yea, that ought to tick Hill off....

    April 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Hopefully you can cast who you are supporting before they come to the Carolinas and hopefully it will be for Obama.

    April 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Julie MN

    Obama supporters, why do you all keep running everybody down, I dont think 'where are your brains' comments are going to make them jump to Obama, I hope the SD read these blogs.

    April 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Jim from Seattle

    this is a no-brainer.
    1. the math makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the Evil Witch from Scranton/wherever to catch up.
    2. she is HATED by almost 60% of the American people.

    fair and square,si se puede!!! puh-leez, get this over with.

    April 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. fcrooster

    With faith, Obama forces march on to Waterloo!

    Hiliary Clinton beat Barack Obama by 8 points in Pennsylvania. She obviously connected with the voters there. From Indiana, the Obama campaign asked for $100. Though a sacrifice, for the next two weeks, we must wage the war against Hiliary, Bill, and McCain. Come hell or high water, the People’s Revolution must succeed. Because she has loads of bills, a campaign that is broke, and her contributors are dried up, Hiliary doesn't have a prayer. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Superdelegates need to pay Hiliary a visit to remind her how she’s tearing up the party. But, they probably still don’t have the moral backbone. Meanwhile, faith keeps us going: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

    The bottom line, Barack Obama? You need to get into general election mode and attack McCain! Attack Clinton for her mistakes too, especially her incendiary, cowboy Iran rhetoric and other foreign policy blunders. Ordinary people want you to stop playing it “too cool!” Stand up to the disconnected media! Tell ordinary people why you love America. On the economic side in Indiana and North Carolina, go grocery shopping! Indiana is hers to lose, and North Carolina is yours to lose! So connect, have faith, and we'll make up the difference because May 6th is our Waterloo!

    April 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. HFT in Texas

    FOR GOD SAKE – Just do the RIGHT THING for your state and for our COUNTRY Dave!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Eddie

    I wish these super delegates could stop lying and justifying Hillary actions by saying it helps him.This dirty,slum,and disinformation politics helps no one.It will only be good win the SD grow a backbone like the republican party and end this.

    April 23, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. FEDUP

    My point exactly, Obama will not win in November. He may inspire, but he can't get the job done. I don't trust his judgement at all. He never showed any, in 20 years with that church. He has not denounced that churchs basic principles, which are anti-american, anti-white,anti-jew etc. I'm not just talking about his mentor Rev. Wright, the whole churchs philosophy.

    April 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. An American in Canada

    CLINTON WILL WIN!!!!

    DO YOU THINK THAT H.R. CLINTON IS RUNNING FOR THE CANDIDANCY SO SHE CAN TOUGHEN UP OBAMA, THEN YOU ARE ALL DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR.

    SHE IS IN TO THE END TO WIN AND WIN SHE WILL.

    AND YOU PEOPLE THAT KEEP WANTING TO BRING UP BOSNIA,

    SO WHAT, IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE FOR BECAUSE SHE EMBELLISHED AN INCIDENT, THAT DOES NOT MEAN SHE LIED...

    THERE WERE COMBATANTS IN THE HILLS AND SNIPER FIRE WAS HAPPENING DAYS BEFORE SHE ARRIVED AND IT ALL GOT JELLED IN THE RETELLING (((SO WHAT)))

    SHE WILL WIN STATES WHERE IT IS IMPORTANT AND WHERE THERE ARE NOT 90% RACIST.

    April 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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