April 23rd, 2008
03:22 PM ET
6 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. kimere

    It is not about the heat in the kitchen, its about knowing how to cook. One does not need that much heat to cook well, therefore, even with your heat, get out of the kitchen if you do not know how to cook. Coming from a state Clinton won...this is how to cook...

    April 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Independent

    Sweet!!! One more person saying "Not this time" to Hillary Clinton and her negative games.

    April 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Kenneth M

    WELCOME ABORD BUT WHERE WERE YOU LAST WEEK WHEN WE COULD HAVE USED IT.

    April 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. dEMOBRAT

    Another person who does not back the will of the people. I hope Clinton wins the whole gambit and these folks are left in the wind holding their.....

    April 23, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Mike

    As a Clinton supporter... I love stories like this... It has shown a trend that the Superdelegates are willing to vote against the "will of the people" in their own state... Richardson, Kerry, etc...

    Get ready Obama people the superdelegates are going to go to Clinton because Obama has continued to show how weak he will be in the general election...

    April 23, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Dave

    The fact that Mrs Clinton just won PA and the Gov. of Oklahoma is endorsing Obama says allot about the way Billary has ran their campaign. They are not bad people, they just want the presidency so bad that they will burn down the barn to get it, and these latest round of super dels endorsing Obama are playing firemen & women.

    April 23, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Alice in Coldstream

    Come on Superdelegates...step up to the plate...Hillary can't hurt you once she is OUT...we'll soon see new strengths in Obama when he gets his chance to debate McCain...the gloves will be off and the subject will be ISSUES, not churlish semantics...I can't wait to hear a genuine debate on presidential topics...this is your moment Superdelegates...make it happen and SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!

    April 23, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Jean

    I'm sorry but this is wrong. obama only won 31% of the vote. Gov. If I was your state I would never vote for you again you traitor. Jean

    April 23, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Burt, IN

    Henry should lose his superdelegate status (if he has one).. HIllary won his state by 55% and she just scored a big victory in Pennsylvania in spite of the 9 million dollars Obama spent on negative tv ads and mailers that distorted (and lied) about HIllary's positions on various issues. Obama proved in the last debate that he can't field difficult questions and now refuses to debate in N.C, and IN. In fact, for the last 10 days, he has refused to hold any press conferences or to even answer questions from his traveling press corps. That behavior ought to scare the heck out of superdelegates who were considering an endorsement.

    April 23, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Michael A

    I love how Obama wants to have it both ways. First he says that the superdelegates should not take the voice away from the voter and should base their vote on how the people voted in their district but when he's asked about getting the support from NM Gov. Bill Richardson and both Senators Kennedy and Kerry, whose states were won by Clinton, he says that they have the right to choose. Some kind of leader he'll be.

    HILLARY '08

    April 23, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Marlino (Angola)

    it sounds like the Super delegates are starting to make their minds in favor of Obama !!

    April 23, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Jeff

    Why aren't superdelegates forced to follow their constituents?

    Obama has argued that superdelegates must follow the popular vote. I ask, which popular vote? That of the country? That of their state? Or for congressmen and women, their congressional district?

    I realize that both sides have supporters from states that have won but if the Democratic party is supposed to claim it does not want to overturn the democratic will of the people, it should be based on the constituents from where they are elected.

    For example, congressmen and women should follow their district. Senators, governors, party elders and state party representatives, their state. National party representatives and former presidents and VPs, the national vote.

    This would result in the strange scenario of Bill Clinton supporting Barack Obama but it would also require Senators Kerry and Kennedy as well as Governor Richardson to support Hillary Clinton. The idea of a superdelegate primary does not address the party's democratic concerns.

    April 23, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Mehdi

    All you elected democratic official, watch out. You are destroying the party by not making the decision to stop the madness and unify the party. We will remember you when it is time to reelect.

    We will remember those who made a correct decision.

    April 23, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. ROB HUNTER

    Pennsylvanians may have lost their minds but the country hasn't. Another big endosement/super delegate for our emocratic Nominee. Way to stand up for what is right in all of politics. Hillary Clinton is supposed to be with the one with all the built in advantages and the institutionalized name recognition but yet,has led her campaign into the ground and is tearing apart the democratic party. She is only left with going negative instead of banking on her on virtues. It is Barack, the virtual unkown who has led his campaign like the incumbent/veteran.

    OBAMA 08 & 12

    April 23, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. bP

    Thank you!

    April 23, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Theresa

    I wish CNN would announce Ms. Clinton's new endorsements. If you depended on CNN and didn't look for yourself you would never know about the large amount of endorsers for Ms. Clinton.

    They never fail to announce any new support for Obama....Please be fair.

    Endorsements for Ms. Clinton can be found by googling Hillary Clinton Endorsements...It is updated daily

    April 23, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. sophia nyc

    Soon all democrats will be backing Obama. It's just a matter of time.

    April 23, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Sunny Young

    Funny how you could win a state but have people like the governor of oklahoma still endorse the other candidate. Look at how moveon.org doesn't wait til someone is nominate before providing support to the democratic candidate. It's a definite gender discrimination but most people won't say it. Many politicians don't want to see women equal to them. It's like work in america. Women had to fight hard and not quit to get people to recognize them as equals.

    April 23, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Chriss Jaxx

    We need superdelegeates to decide now or else we will loose the

    white house. Why aren't the John EDWARDS and the AL GORE's

    deciding. I thought they love our democratic party.

    Chriss.

    April 23, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. vic nashville,Tn

    I know DNC they don’t want to give the nomination to Hillary
    She had big win last night
    If Hillary not nominee we will vote for Mc Cain there is no doubt
    Last night 46% voters they said we won’t vote for Obama that is 50000 votes
    This governor going against his state because from his party pressure
    We will see in November
    If party want to win in November there is 2 options
    1) select Hillary
    2) Dream ticket Hillary top
    Hillary 08 or Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. jyh1920

    The Superdelegates are coming out....Hopefully this is almost over!

    Obama 2008

    April 23, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Glenn

    Welcome aboard the Obama Express, next stop 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Glad to see you came aboard Governor.

    Obama '08

    April 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. SharonR

    So much for super del. doing the right thing if she won his state he should support her .but no Obama is cheating at every turn and you know what mama's say cheaters never win.

    April 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. jimmy vekmen

    AND SO ANOTHER MAN TURNING HIS BACK ON HIS CONSTITUENTS WHO VOTED FOR HILLARY. IN THE PRIMARY.
    WHY DO MEN ,ELECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF THEIR STATE SUCH AS THIS GOVERNOR TKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO THWART THE VOICE OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE?
    CALL IT WHAT YOU MAY, BUT I CALL IT BETRAYAL OF THE PEOPLE'S TRUST, LACK OF INTEGRITY, ARROGANCE AND WORSE...DISLOYAL . I WONDER IF HIS OWN FAMILY WOULD LOOK HIM IN THE FACE ASK HIM WHY HE IS DOING WHAT HE IS DOING
    TO HIS PEOPLE. IT'S A SHAME.

    April 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Paula in WI

    This will help along with any results of the trial his opponent has tomorrow.

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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