April 23rd, 2008
03:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Oklahoma governor backs Obama

 Henry is backing Obama.

Henry is backing Obama.

(CNN) - Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Wednesday.

"Senator Obama is uniquely positioned to unite our nation and move beyond the divisiveness and partisan skirmishes that too often characterize politics as usual in Washington,” Henry told The Oklahoman.

Henry, currently serving his second term, had said he did not plan to endorse until the party's convention in late August.

Hillary Clinton won Oklahoma on February 5 with 55 percent of the vote.

Henry is one of the party's 720 superdelegates who will ultimately decide the party's nominee. About 300 remain undecided. (Related: Clinton picks up superdelegate)

Check out CNN's latest delegate estimates here

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. African for Hillary

    Well if not Hillary beating MacCain this time, then she will beat him next election for sure , if u understand what i mean !!!

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Dave

    Thank you Gov. Henry! I'm a registered Republican living in Oklahoma and Gov. Henry is the first Democrat I have ever voted for. Now he is giving me a better chance to vote for another this coming November.

    Also, regarding these "going against the will of the people" complaints, remember that Obama did not campaign in Oklahoma before the Super Tuesday primary. Bill was here just before the primary, but neither Obama or any of his surrogates campaigned in Oklahoma. While not surprising since there were much larger prizes on Feb, 5, Obama has a lot of supporters from both sides of the political spectrum here in Oklahoma. YES WE CAN!

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Party fools

    Face it oh wise democratic party, DNC, Howard Dean and all those high level democrats now scrambling to fix the damage done- You all bought into Obama's hype.

    Now you see you were wrong:
    Hillary Clinton is NOT hated, but really, really loved. That was just a media and Obama fueled myth.

    Obama did not unite- he divided the party by RACE, age, gender and income. While Hillary appeals to everyone.

    Obama was NOT able to appeal to independents and crossover voters- just another of his false bragging disguised as promise. In the end they go with Clinton.

    Clinton has a history of working well across party lines in the Senate- Obama just falsely claimed an ABILITY to do so.

    We now konw Obama can not DELIVER on his many promises. While Hillary does not brag but just DOES the work.

    So try to save the party by pandering to African Americans (12% of the US population) and the newbies who were too lazy and too indifferent and too selfish to ever vote, and continue to force Obama on us.

    That strategy should work out real well in Nov.

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. gerry

    How about that, someone who understands math and the impossibility of a Clinton win.

    I expect to see a steady strong stream flowing to Obama, regardless of what the Clinton spin is.

    Hillary had her Waterloo moment in Pennsylvania, she blew it and it's now all over..

    Bring on McCain

    April 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Alfredo

    Hillary does not need their endorsements as the people will speak more than them. Hillary can win this with style.

    April 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. M.S. Indiana

    jan, well Obama is more electable then Clinton, she is loosing all the numbers, money, people voting for her, delegates, states and soon super delegates to too

    Welcome to camp hope Gov. Brad Henry
    will donate 25 for the course

    April 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Lou

    Clinton did make it clear the supers were to vote for who they thought was the best candidate...not how their state votes. So there you go.

    April 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Sandy

    I am not really sure how the Clinton spin machine can really put the argument to the superdelegates.

    She needed to blow Obama out of the water last night. Her 9 point spread didn't really do that, especially since he cut into a lot of the demographics she had been strong in.

    She started with a major lead in a state that was custom made for her. IMy question then is: Why didn't SHE do better?

    Obama's financials have been much stronger the longer he goes. He runs a better campaign financially and morally. His supporters are sending a lot of cash his way and Hillary has been begging for more donations.

    Her final margins just don't really point to a game changer.

    She should stay in as long as she wants, but to what end?

    April 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Gabriel

    Looks like the superdelegates aren't being fooled by false claims and smears as easily as the public. Let's keep rollin into the whitehouse, Barack!

    April 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Good! He has good tastes!

    April 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. NObama

    And this is news?

    For someone that has given more money to super-delegates through PAC's.. BO just continues to lie/buy his way up the ladder.

    Start researching, people. Our party depends on this major hiring of our next President.

    HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Tonyk

    Outstanding someone can see past thespin – Yes We Can.68

    April 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Foreign observer

    It´s been a good lesson for Obama to learn at Pennsylvania that old connections and old lobbies are not so easy to break. Even money can´t change this. Especially it´s true when it´s about a very conservative environment. He needs to know that when sitting in the White House.

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. bryan

    Watch out fella Democrats!

    Obama has been winning the states which have been Republican territories..McCains gonna win come November if Obama's gonna be the the flag bearer of the Democratic party..

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. still propping Obama

    Obama the self-proclaimed uniter divided the party and it will NOT come together in NOV, no matter how hard the party works to prop Obama up.

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Sharon Minnesota

    This is pathetic. I'm going to check out the Cafferty File and see what kind of questions he's baiting us with today.

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Sam in OK

    Thank you Gov. Henry, for those who don't live in OK Gov. Henry is able to connect to this Republican state and win the election by a huge margin, the same as Sen. Obama can appeal to both parties.

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. OK girl

    :O We voted Hillary for reason you need to go with your states wishes. I can't believe it.

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Gerald F.

    His endorsement for Senator Obama comes across as Hypocrisy.
    If all the super delegates went against the peoples vote choice like this............................... The unemployment line would probably end up getting a heck of a lot longer because of it. If someone is a traitor to the people once. What's stopping this person from doing again and again?

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. samaki

    it takes smart people to think smart

    April 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Tim in NC

    Hey Jack in Cali,

    If the representatives should listen to their voters, why doesn't Billary listen to the popular vote or the deligate count that Barack is STILL dominating?

    You can't have it both ways. She can't win, she won't win, get behind the next president of these United States and stop helping McCain's cause.

    April 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. GEORGE

    Come on supers get in line to support Obama,you might as well do it now,let's run the old rag back to Bilonica they all three deserve each other.......


    April 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    Okla. people keep your Gov. in mind when it comes re-election time. See if he'll be for Obama then. He is going against your vote. Hillary won your state as she will the Presidency. HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Ms TN

    I don't understand why the spin is that superdelegates are to vote the will of their state. What if it boils down to Obama being unelectable in the general election and superdelegates vote for Clinton, will Obama supporters cry about it? Where is Pelosi? Uh huh, double standards are in play. I will not vote for Obama. McCain or none. It's my vote. So, don't preach to me about it.

    April 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. The Perpetual Student

    CNN for McCain?: "Did past endorsements of Obama work? Uh, nope!

    Let's watch tonight as CNN tries to disect this endorsement from every angle — it will be funny."

    Yes it will be funny, especially since he (Obama) picked up another superdelegate and is still ahead in the pledged delegates!!!

    April 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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