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. Norisha

    NIce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Miss Belief

    Thank you! More people of courage and integrity need to speak up.

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Elisa, PA

    Obama...Why dont you just buy some of the super delegates. The 40 million you have could buy atleast 100 I should say.

    Please knock off Hillary soon.

    April 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. NC Voter

    Remember, It's been HILLARY that has been SO LOUDLY voicing the opinion that supers should 'vote their conscience' and go with who they judge to be the best candidate – regardless of how their state voted.

    Works both ways, doesn't it?

    April 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Robert - TN

    Although I'd like to see Hillary stay around until the last primary, the outcome is inevidable and favors Barak. Barak will have more state won, most pledged delegates, and the popular votes in the end. Hillary has a compelling arguement in that she has won the states containing the higher number of electorates – but that's irrelevent during the primary election. The goal post continues to move. She made the mistake in planning her campaign based on main election rules vs. the primary election rules. Questionable judgement? Anyway, neither candidates will have enough delegates to win the primary election without the superdelegates. That said, if the superdelegates ignore the voter's choice, then there will be a HUGH PROBLEM within the democratic party. We might as well hand the presidency over to John McCain. Also, if the superdelegates hand Hillary the nomination torch, whose to say that Senator Obama would not then change his party and run as an Independent. I do not think he would do that but hugh number of people may pressure him to change parties. Superdelegates, you are not in an enviable postition. I believe Senator Henry's judgement, given no change in the delegate math, is timely and in line with the public vote.

    April 23, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Former Republican

    Tomorrow 3 more superdelegates will back Obama and another 4 to 5 by next week Monday to erase what she had gained last night.

    April 23, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. MD

    I guess people in San Ramon, CA need a lesson in spelling. Lose, buddy, not loose.

    April 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. John, PA

    when we apply for a job in our real america, management never say, " it's okay, take as much time as you need to convince us to hire you"!

    WAKE UP PEOPLE, we can not continue to let BILLARY move the marker!!!

    VOTE OBAMA!!

    April 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Lis

    Thanks Gov. Henry for having the courage to step up and endorse Senator Obama! If others would do the same, we could save the democratic party. As this plays out, it looks as if we are engaging in a campaign of personal destruction. Hillary cannot legally win unless we change the democratic process. What would we have left but a broken party??

    April 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. ***AMERICAN***

    There is still room on the bus for more.

    April 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Obama 08

    Clinton only won those states by instilling fear in people. There is no single way she would win honourable and with dignity. She can only win when she throws a kitchen sink. I cannot call that a win. That is why such endorsements from the states she actually won are endorsing Obama.

    April 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. False hope

    would a little bit of consistency be too much to ask from the Obama supporters: you can't say superdelegates have to vote according to the popular vote of their constituency (so HRC can't "steal" the nomination in august), and then praise a superdelegate who backs Obama contrary to his constituents' vote...

    April 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. ***AMERICAN***

    Does he look like Will Ferrell to anyone else?

    April 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Patriciaw

    According to Senator Clinton, superdelegates should vote their conscience. The only way left for her to get the nomination is by superdelegates ignoring the fact that Obama has more pledged delegates and the majority popular vote and overturning the votes of the people.

    The Oklahoma governor has obviously taken her words to heart – and voted his conscience. So what are Clinton supporters mewling about?

    Maybe Hilary should have been careful what she wished for :)

    April 23, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Moses

    This comes as no surprise, with hillary only barely winning by 10%, the Super delegates will begin their march unto the Obama camp. The flow will become a Stampede once Obama secures double digit leads in North Carolina, and Indiana. I say again, Hillary won the battle, but much like the south..The war is lost

    April 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. M. Jan, Exton, Pa.

    At least he is not an idiot like Pensylvanians or Joe Scarborough

    April 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Carl

    Well what do you expect? All the big government officials are backing the guy that is very left and for.... BIG government and more money.

    Stop the bandwagon garbage because this is why they support him. They don't want a change or anything else. They want more taxpayer's money, and Obama can get that for them.

    End of story, and I"m a democrat... wake up and smell reality.

    April 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Raelee

    Poeple of PA. you blew it this time
    Her grandfather worked there etc. and he was the only one right.
    My grandfather worked in the mines when he came from Poland and then did the smartest thing he ever did, which was move to Canada cuz there were to meny stupid poeple who follow corroption like sheep
    Hillary could not win on ability so she went to what the pundints refere too as the nessisary moves and road to victory which is slime dirt hide the truth about yourself and then blame the opposition.
    NAFTA is her rotten bagage and she hides from it. Tell your supporters how you will get them jobs now that you and your cohorts cost them thier work and wages.
    Its all on record you just don't want to see it
    You deserve what you get if you allow stupidity to run your minds and you have,
    You just don't see it and still fet sucked in with slime

    April 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Jeff Radun

    Jack in Cali April 23rd, 2008 9:58 am ET

    ummm his state easily went to clinton………and yet he votes for Obama. Just like Richardson, Kennedy etc. These superdelegates need to be listening to THEIR voters!

    They will not get re-elected for not listening to their voters.

    April 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. ***AMERICAN***

    BCarlisle, San Ramon CA April 23rd, 2008 10:00 am ET

    Nothing to loose since he is termed out, his state went to Clinton, you would think he would be wise and go with her!

    Traitor…another white man traitor

    For the Liberal Party, the Dems seem very Racially bias. Wow. And people think the Repubs are old school dinos.

    April 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. CFH

    Its so funny how everyone is complaining about a Super not following the will of their voters. Isn't this what Hillary asked the Supers to do? Follow their heart! Check your facts before you type...
    This just needs to be over...we need to unite the party and the country.

    April 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. HAWK,TEXAS

    I am so tired of the obama supporters saying that the super delagates should follow the will of the people and vote for obama. why? when half of this country voted for Hillary. to you obama nuts he is not the only dog in this hunt. he can not beat mccain in november. better to go with some one who can.

    April 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Nando, Florida

    COMING APRIL 25 , 2008

    PAUL vs CLINTON

    April 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Jermaine

    YES WE CAN AND THE RED STATES GOVERNORS FROM OKLAHOMA TO ARIZON, COLORA, NEW MEXICO ALL KNOW TO WIN NATION WIDE, IT TAKES OBAMA AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET. HILLARY IS RUNNING FOR VP, OBAMA IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!

    OBAMA-CLINTON 2008

    April 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Getting tired of this

    HRC supporters might want to consider this:

    As you argue that superdelegates are free to vote however they want (since this is the only way HRC can secure the nomination), superdelegates are increasingly doing just that...and they are choosing Obama at a more than 6-to-1 rate since Super Tuesday.

    Enjoy Pennsylvania. It was a really nice swan song.

    April 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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