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

North Carolina superdelegate still undecided


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. Margi

    Why are you such a coward, oh I know you want to make sure you back the right person, well you better jump on the Obama train now or you won't be one of the supers who came out when it would make a diffference and President Obama will no doubt remember that.

    April 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. marie

    I've noticed that Sen Obama's Superdelegates ALWAYS mentions that he can unite the party while Sen Clinton supporters mention she can handle the deficit. Another insight on who cares about the PEOPLE in a democratic party. Maybe Clinton supporters think that she can win the general election without uniting the party???? She won't be able to fix any deficit if she can't WIN the general without unity... I'm not a Superdelegate so, I would hope that they're wise enough to note that little fact.

    April 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. North Carolina

    One reason Obama is a strong contender in NC is lack of msm coverage of his connections & actions: is no word of Khalidi & Said fund raisers, his pro-gun control stance record, numerous lies about his funding, father, and purported cousin Odinga, and only limited coverage of Rezko, Wright, NAFTA, etc. (This bubble will burst come the general). A second reason is our schools have a strong apologist tenor towards racial injustices and dismisses gender inequality as though it doesn't exist: it's evil to be racist, but perfectly fine to be sexist. Polygamist cults that rape little girls aren't seen as institutions of slavery in America but "lifestyle choices". Clinton has a strong record on human rights issues around the globe, Obama has none. I hope Parker will consider this when he chooses.

    April 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Viet Nam Vet

    I think Obama & Clinton should start blasting Mccain Now. Ease up on each other. He's sitting back smilin' his butt off while the democrats beat up on each other with petty "you said the wrong word" and the media runs with it . How childish can you be?
    McCain is NOT a war hero. He IS a war monger
    He Bobed women & children from 30 thousand feet . He did not see the enemies eyes until they saved his butt by pulling him out of a pond.
    Then gave him special treatment because his daddy was an admiral.

    April 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Idiot

    May knock him out...Thats everything that is wrong with these idiots called SD.

    April 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Mary

    Fence sitting 101.
    Do you want lies or truth?
    That's the bottom line.
    Hillary has waaayyyyyy to much dirty laundry.
    She is not strong. She is weak. She stayed with her philandering hubby so she could ride his soiled coat tails to the white house.
    Admiration for this? I don't think so.
    Read your history folks. Check out the blue dress. Check out Jennifer Flowers. Check out Whitewater. Check out Impeachment for lying Bill.
    Shrillary backed him up. She is s sell out and a liar.

    April 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Keen observer

    I agree. Obama should see this as a blessing in disguise, a rehearsal for the reality show in fall. It can't get any dirtier than a very desperate Hillary. When she is done with helping him rehearse, he will be ready for the Oscars in Nov!

    April 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Helene

    That's the problem with these superdelegates. Do they realize that it ultimately hurts the country, the voters and the democratic party ? The maths (even with HRC's spin) is clear.

    April 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Tom,des moines

    Hillary is the smart choice for anyone,that's include superdelegate 2. superdelegate,don't make a mistake to endose someone like Obama who can not win the general election against McCain in the fall. Hillary is the smart choice and the only choice to take back the white house. Go Hillary 08!

    April 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. lily

    BHO cant even anwer direct questions. that means he is not prepared and obviously not qualified to run for president. It's so simple..he doesn't have experience. Why vote for him. We dont need a president like that.

    Hillary 08

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. brandon

    i am a citizen of Nc and i know for a fact that many people in my area are not going to vote for obama because of his background, race, and plans for the country. I support clinton and hope she can have a good win in nc

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Danny

    Hillary kills th party......but Obama kills the Nation. Do not give your support to Mr. Obama he the liar......read his record when he still in college. Look he lied about being racially ambush and made up a life magazine story in his book "DREAMS FROM MY FATHER", lied about his
    parents receiving scholarship from the Kennedys, lied about being constitutional professor, lied about not sitting in the church when Rev. Wright preached vile racial hatred and anti-Americans, lied about relationship with Mr. Rezko and lied about NAFTA.

    Hillary 08 President.

    April 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    This isn't good for anyone. Make a decision and do it quickly. It's time we unite behind a Democrat and start fighting John McCain. I would much rather call him a "dirty, rotten Politician" than one of my own.

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. ABC

    Obama's supporters seem more emotional.

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    You got your 15 minutes – now make up your mind.

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Pamela

    As for the super delegates, they know what they can do with their vote...one guess.

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. tiffany

    Why are some folks still supporting Hillary? Fear. People fear change and they are clinging to the familar. Life was decent when Bill was in office, and they think if we can just put a Clinton back in office it will be decent again. But, no ground is gained in moving backwards. We as Americans need to take a deep breath, face our fear and move forward. We have a person who can lead us to do just that in Obama. I implore you and the remaining supers to get behind him, show the public that we can and will turn this country around; that we can't let fear guide us. This is still the home of the brave and its time we show our courage and send a clear message to the old Washington insiders we deserve and demand change!
    OBAMA 08!

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Proud Asian_Registered-Republican for Hillary

    People have yet to see the true skin of Obama. I admit that he is very charismatic and very appealing in his speaches. However, I can't vote for him for he has a hidden agenda. Especially, when his wife made a comment that she is finally proud to be American. Wasn't she proud to be an American all this time that she'd been here in the US enjoying all the perks that came with it. Finally, at least with Hillary, she got the nerve to accept her mistake without minimizing i.e. making explanation and/or excuses unlike Obama........More power Hillary – make America prosper again.

    April 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Paul

    By the official Democratic Primary rules Clinton has been mathematically knocked out of this race. The only way Hillary can be the nominee is by changing the rules in midstream. The Clinton campaign wants the rules changed and is betting on the DNC giving in to them. The Obama campaign wants the rules left alone.

    Since when is it an option to change the rules in the middle of an election? That is something we hear of in other corrupt countries around the world, not in the United States of America. The Clintons are more than will to lower our election standards to the countries we've been against for so long. This is over, let's get on with it.

    April 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. EX Clinton Supporter

    The polls showed people without a collage degree and the old voters mostly supported Hillary.
    So its fair to say:
    No wonder some people DONT GET IT or SEE IT they lack knowledge therefore they are easily led kinda like cattle on a farm.
    It's fair to say 'YA CANT TEACH OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS' thats why Hillary can Lie Lie Lie and these 'old dogs' will still vote for her cuz they want the same 'old politics'
    Its the same 'old politics' why Gas is through the roof now $4/gal, your children will go to WAR in Iran (HILLARY SAID IT), the lobbyist and special interest groups will control the white house cuz the 'old politics' candidate (Hillary) is bought and you will lose your homes and your jobs shipped overseas!
    Dont Come Crying!
    No More Drama Vote Obama!!

    April 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Bill Winchester

    Obama: brings America hope and a brighter future. In general, young and educated, older and more educated, and progressive minded people will embrace Obama. I voted for the Clinton's in the past, but this is about the future. If this was a race between Colin and Hillary, I will vote for the democratic candidate without considering gender or color. I voted for Charlie Crist, and I am a registered democrat. Read his biography. Gov. Tanner's endorsement is consistent with the popular/majority vote, overall delegate count, and most primary wins. Democracy still means majority win!

    April 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. wrong again.

    Hillary is not killing the party............it's you with all your hatefulness. Your lucky you don't land in court with what you have been saying. Where you there, do you know the true facts, or are you following the lead of being a big liar like Obama! Get real or get lost!

    April 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Kyla

    He is such a Hillary supporter!

    April 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. lynette

    I like him, he's honest, and he knows that Obama will be the likely nominee, Clinton will be the vice president, I believe they will eventually join on the same ticket.

    April 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Ratgurl

    Dude, seriously? Having difficulty voting foe a black man?

    That's right, I said it.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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