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. Jo Ann B

    I think it is so sad. He is going against what the voters in his state want. Another Bill Richardson.

    April 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. maya

    So transparent.

    Obama is not only BUYING votes he is BUYING endorsements.

    SHAMEFUL.

    April 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. ibextati

    Here is the official results from PA Secretary of State

    Clinton 54.3% 1,237,696

    Obama 45.7% 1,043,174

    Spread 8.6% 194,522

    double-digit?

    April 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. V Roman

    Excellent move! I can't believe the media doesn't emphasize that Hillary FAILED to win by the huge margin she needed in a state she was expected to take easily. Obama remains the clear choice.

    April 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. MJ-Kentucky Go Hillary

    His wife is problably head of his house hold and he can't stand the heat, so he would rather vote for a man with no plan

    April 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. CV in Oklahoma

    Way to go Brad Henry! As a Democrat, and first time voter... I voted for Obama, I'm glad to see some Oklahoma leaders following suit!

    April 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. jeannie N.C. Huge Hillary supporter

    Just another IDIOT who has a financial investment in obama...

    April 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Thomas For Hillary

    Hillary won Oklahoma big by like 22 points, and yet he is endorsing Obama?? I can sure remember Obama talking about the supers of each states should vote the way their states votes. Obama only won 1 county in Oklahoma, 1!!!!!. All bets are off with the supers now, cause this man is totally going against his state's vote.

    April 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Neil

    A lot of you posting are not very smart. Pelosi said the superdelegates should side with the candidate who wins the popular vote AS A WHOLE. Not by their specific region/state/district. This is President of the United States. Not President of Oklahoma. Henry went with what the popular vote as a whole is showing: WE WANT OBAMA!!!

    April 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. moderate dem

    Lock step with Kerry and Kennedy! Vote against the will of your people!!!!

    April 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Yes!, another great endorsement from another great American. But Sir, why so late? I guess its politics! The Super Delegates know a winning team. This prolonged race is devastating to the party and tearing the party apart!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    April 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. wwf

    This is an open letter to the backers of both campaigns. For those of you who will either stay home or vote for McCain if your candidate does not win will be at fault for the next four years. Yes the blame will lay with you. By doing so, you will be no better than the politicans we have now who care more about their respective partys than they do the American public. Both candidates have promised change. The voting age is set where it is because people are supposed to be some what mature by that time. According to the polls, the maturity level of some rival that of children under the age of 10 who do not get their way. Real adult like on your parts.

    April 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. FNJ in Pa

    AWESOME! SOME PEOPLE IN PA MAKE ME SICK. SORRY WE COULD NOT DELIVER FOR YOU BARACK!

    OBAMA 08'

    April 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. matt in austin

    If Hillary wants my vote she should start telling the truth. It's that easy. It appears it pains her to be honest. Lie...deny,deny, deny.

    We can;t get anything done if we don't trust our leaders.

    April 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Rebecca Camdine

    I believe this man knows that honesty and uprightness is the key to getting the United States Good Name Back! All of the Negative speak and the nasty tactics must stop on the Clintons part. They have said very nasty things and lied on a number of issues and the people (her people) took it for truth. It is as if they don't know the truth when they hear it. It also says that We as White people are TRULY AFRAID OF BLACK PEOPLE!!!!! SAD, SAD, SAD!
    Good for you Sir for seeing the light!

    BECCA
    Redan, GA

    April 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Gail

    That might not work. WHen it comes down to it, he is supposed to back Hillary because she won the state. Howard Dean will be in charge of this.

    April 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. judi, San Antonio

    I am appalled at how low Hillary Clinton has sunk in her empty attacks and fear-mongering commercials. Every time I think she has reached her low, she manages to crawl lower. How would we ever trust another Clinton and not say "shame on me"? Fool me twice?
    Judi, San Antonio

    April 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. OBAMA REPUBLICAN

    Believe me...math is not sen clinton's favorite subject.

    April 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Chuck in Alabama

    Another idiot looking for a job in the Snobama administration.

    10% Victory in PA!!! Take that pundits!!!

    April 23, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. RSBJR

    I welcome the support, however I just don't want this to open the door for the Superdelegates to give the nomination to Clinton after Obama has won all the numbers. This would not be good for the party.

    If Clinton can not win by the number and the rules state it's all about the numbers, why won't she just call it a day?

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. GM, Dallas, TX

    Oh how all of you Obamma supporters get excited – OVER A BIG FAT NOTHING AND NOBODY! Just wait until November when all of the Democratic in-fighting allows McCain to win! You bunch of fools, wise up.

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Obama.. is a McDaddy and I love Him

    THANK YOU..!! HILLIARY IS A REPUBLICAN IN THE DEMOCRATS RACE. WHY CAN'T AMERICANS JUST CHANGE AND SCREW THIS SAME OLE POLITICS. WHY CAN'T AMERICAN'S GET OVER THE DYNASTY.. BUSH CLINTON BUSH CLINTON.. IS THAT WHAT AMERICA IS. DOES NOT LOOK LIKE DEMOCRACY TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Serge the DEM

    Thank you Governor Henry!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Jerry in Florida

    Two weeks ago the media was saying Clinton would have to win Pen. by 20%. Now it has changed to double digits. I think the one thing we can say about this campaign is that the media can certainly change the tide of a campaign but it cannot change the thinking of open-minded citizens who take their voting seriously. Take away the "spins" from the Clinton campaign and honestly look at the candidates and you know why Gov. Henry has backed Obama.
    You cannot look at this campaign and say that Hillary has tried to run a campaign strictly about the issues. She has used every trick in the book. And she has a very big book–remember the 90's? Obama has thrown some elbows himself but has done so after Clintons' desperate use of the negative attacks. Go Obama!

    April 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Wayne

    ITs a national election and Obama leads the national vote totals. THis Super is going WITH the will of the people. Great job kind sir.

    OBAMA 08

    April 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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