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. BIG John

    Unfortunately, the delegate count is rapidly becoming a moot point. I am a Democrat and Clinton supporter but I see our party throwing away the November election again! Thanks to stupid decisions by Howard Dean and the other Democratic powerbrokers making stupid rules the party hierarchy has doomed the candidate for president to defeat whomever it may be.

    If Obama wins the nomination I and most of my friends will vote for McCain and I understand that will be the case for some Obama people if Clinton wins and in either case that will give the presidency to the Republicans. It is too late to mend the divide between the Obama and Clinton supporters. The party has polarized its own members, a big mistake. If, as many people say, Obama is the choice then all his baggage will come to light because the Republicans are experts at showing the worst of their opponent. Clinton is the only one with a chance of winning over McCain and the only one capable of taking away some of McCains support but that will not be enough if the Obama supporters vote Republican.

    John McCain might as well pack his bags and his wife can start picking out furniture for their new home in the White House thanks to the incompetence of the Democratic leadership.

    April 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. DoHS Approved to "work and reside in the US"

    Agree with everything David Parker said regarding the state of play at the moment, Obama needs to prove himself and Cliton just needs to keep racking up those wins to put preasure on all of the numbers that are floating out there.

    April 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Peter R

    Just cast the vote for Obama and end the the Hill-thrill ride....

    April 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. P, CA

    I just posted over on MSNBC's First Read about this: I feel like Howard Dean is swinging at a piñata filled with superdelegate "candy", but he's not actually BUSTING it open, just leaking out the candy, and Obama's always the first one under it. Hilly's like the fat kid who has to dig through the pile to get a Tootsie Roll. She's gotten, what, 5 SDs since February? Howie needs to crack it so we can all go in for cake and presents. Do we get a Goodie Bag?

    (PS – How come a lot of my comments sit in "moderation" and never get posted? I'd like to think it's 'cause I'm such a firebrand... haha, yeah right. And how come people who say "How come you never post me?" always get posted when they say that? You guys are sure jokers...)

    April 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Tammy - KCMO

    By the time they make up their minds there won't be a Democratic party to support. All this in-party fighting is destroying it.

    April 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. California Girl

    Pennsylvania You ROCK!

    California Loves you!!!!

    Hillary all the Way!

    April 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. No Hillary

    Undecided, undecided undecided... WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?..by now all superdelegates heard enough debates, speeches, pools and pools of pools to make up their mind. Those that are still not able to decide DON'T QUALIFY TO BE A SUPERDELEGATE AND SHOULD LOOSE THEIR STATUS- PERIODE!!

    April 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    LET'S GET RID OF HILLARY IN NORTH CAROLINA AND HER EXCESS CLINTON BAGGAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS WHOLE THING IS SO CHILDISH AND RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!

    SHE IS MEAN – I WOULD NOT WANT HER TO REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Karen

    I wish the superdelegates would just cast their votes and be done with it. If you are for Hillary say so, If you are for Obama say so. The superdelegates that are holding out seem to have no backbone. They are elected officials who should be able to make a decision and stick by it, but instead they stand not for the people, but for themselves; what if I vote and people get angry, what if I vote and lose my next election, what if; what if; what if. Voters we should look at the superdelegates from each of our states and make a conscious decision that if they cannot vote then they are not worthy of our vote. Get them out of office and get someone in that can make a decision. Why would anyone in a position such as the superdelegates stand by and watch their party self destruct because they are self centered. I have lost all hope in the party, in the elected officials and the way we as democrats are fighting, in the people who I thought had a common interest. If you love Hillary that is o.k., but stop with the hate, If your are for Obama that is o.k. but stop with the hate. What makes any of us any better if we act in the same manner that we say we despise. Let's be Christians and act Christ like and make good sound decisions for our families, nation and ourselves. God Bless!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. ds

    All of this "changing-minds" stuff is for weak people. Wimp.

    April 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. democracynow2008

    just do the right thing and endorse Obama the next great Progressive
    Democratic President of the United States

    April 23, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Tom

    It ain't Hillary that's killing the party – with 90% of the African American vote, I believe we can say that the party splitter is Obama and he's doing it down racial lines.
    He won the far left caucuses where only the farthest left 10% of the party even bothers to show up. Other than that, he's a loser. He outspends 3 and 4 to 1 and doesn't close. I want a President who accomplishes 100% of the goal with 25% of the money instead of Obama's 0% of the goal with 100% of the money.
    Folks just want to make themselves feel better by saying they back the African American because somehow that proves that they're not racists. If you choose him as your nominee, it's going to be a sad day because once he hits the big court, he's going to get his buttocks handed to him on a platter. Between he and his supporters arrogance and sarcasm, he's alienated over 50% of Hillary supporters. Throw in religious independents and all of the Republicans and, well, you can count. The biggest mistake you make is thinking that the nomination is the end game.

    April 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Drew

    He should vote as the people he represents do. Simple.

    April 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. j williamson

    The super-delegates should not be rushed into a decision they might later regret. The purpose of the super-delegates is to INDEPENDENT of the primary process – to make up their minds in accordance with what they feel would be best for the country, party, etc. Those individuals who initially backed Hillary and later "changed their minds" because of "how their district voted" shouldn't be eligible for any "profile in courage" awards anytime soon.

    April 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. nate

    Leadership is about making tough decisions, this should be easy for you considering the situations you face as a Governor. Step up and be a leader, choose one or the other it's that simple. We all know exactly what each stand for by now. The SD's need to stop letting this party go into the tank because they are too scared to demonstrate decisive leadership.

    April 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. WILL Even Vote for BUSH but Never Obama

    Alpha, Beta and Gamma
    Say 'Goodbye Obama'

    Each heard loud and clear voice
    Hillary is THE sane choice

    Theta, Kappa and Pi
    Obama,its a humble goodbye

    Come hail, storm, rain or dew
    Hillary, keep your march to Penn. Avenue

    April 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Super Dummys

    I think the DNC should end the super dummy's after the nominee is decided. It seems that like the attention there getting, it's probably a lot more attention then they get at home.

    April 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Rev Netos

    I really think its time for a change no longer recycling same names at the white house. Let the tussle be over. At least with the current results, it is evident that Obama cuts across racial divide and appears more generally acceptable by his numerous wins in several states. Despite Clinton's vantage point right from the beginning of this race, Obama over took her and is now in lead. This shows his viability for the white house.

    April 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Joyce in Florida

    I think the superdelegates have a right to wait and see how the candidates fair in the next contests especially if it is their State. Of course, it would be great if some would make up their minds from last night's primary in Pennsylvania. But I can certainly understand their hesitancy. I don't believe that these superdelegates should be bullied in any way. I believe that is how Senator Obama's camp has worked in the past (and who knows still might be). That is their tactic and I think it is pretty disgraceful if you ask me. Just let these superdelegates make up their own minds based on their OWN opinion of whoever candidate they believe is the stronger one in which to give them their endorsement. Just leave them alone already. They have a tough choice to make enough as it is. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. jj

    PLEASE SPELL LIAR CORRECTLY IF YOU ARE AN OBAMA SUPPORTER, you're suppose to be the smart ones. HA. Check again about who is the liar, like, didn't hear Wrights speech but then later admitted he did. AND a few other ones. They are politicians, they all lie. They say what you want to hear, that's why they need experience so you can judge which are lies and which aren't. He is smart, he's waiting to see which way the wind blows and who will be able to win in Nov. Sorry, but don't think Obama can do it in Nov. Things are just now coming out about him, and people are worried that they don't know that much about him. His books are all about his father, but what about his mother and his grandparents who raised him. He wasn't on welfare, he went to an elite school in Hawaii.

    April 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Jacqueline Samms

    Why have people vote when you guys are the going to decide who the nominee is going to be. Stupid! if this election is stolen, the people will not sit back and accept this. Expect backlash.

    April 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Paull

    CLINTON GO HOME (and take your stupid wife with you)!

    April 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Eric-Illinois

    Please Mr Parker! Do the right thing for the party and vote for Hillary. it is becoming more clear each day that Obama will not win in the general election. He can not win the big states even with his4 to1 dollar advantage. Do not let our party nominate yet again another super Liberal who is seen as snide, out of touch and rightly or wrongly seen as less than patriotic. wE HAVE BEEN DOWN THAT PATH TOO MANY TIMES BEFORE. Stop Obama before he destroys any chance that we may still have to beat McCain. The hard core Hillary supporters will not end up voting for Obama.

    April 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. luke

    Hillary CANNOT win the nomination, period!, it is too late now.Let's talk about electability, who is more electable the guy who won twice as many states as her, won more delegates and more popular votes? or her, gimme a break.

    April 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. eddie n. powellnye

    wE HERE IN NC WILL PAY OUR ELECTED LEADERS BACK THSI FALL IF THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THE PEOPLE'S WILL. THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY GOT SOME ON THE OBAMA TRAIN. THE REST CAN WAIT IF THEY WANT TO. THEY WILL BE LEFT AT THE STATION (REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATS). MARK THESE WORDS THAT IS WHAT IS ON THE GRAPEVINE. WE ARE SICK AND TRIED. JESSIE HELMS AND THAT CREW ARE GONE WITH THE WIND. THIS IS A NEW DAY AND NEW CENTURY. WE WANT CHANGE AT THE TOP. WE KNOW WE CAN CHANGE OUR BOTTOM. HRC AND HER CREW ARE NOT PART OF THE FORMATION OF THIS MORE PERFECT UNION OF FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE.

    April 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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