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. A.M.

    Excellent news and so timely endorsement for 'Obama'. The wave of doubts, superficial though, that 'Obama' can not win white votes, is going to disappear. The America is no longer 'black and white' it is in between. Too bad for 'Clintons' as they really worked hard to portray the race card to their failing argument. I can not believe that they can be so naive, and take most of the Americnas as themselves. Come Nomvember all democrats will be united and this superficial message that 'clinton' win blue collar white voters will no longer be valid. This is baseless and media created hipe with no common sense.

    Houston, Texas

    April 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Frank (Ohio)

    Thanks Oklamohoma!

    Yes we can!

    April 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. The O

    Nice call Gov now lets see how Hillary does in a state that she does not own the Gov!!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Manuel TX

    I hope that the Hillary voters in OK remember this in the next election.

    This guy is toast.

    He is not following the will of his voters, so obviously the remaining superdelegates should focus on electability...and not on hype.

    Just say NO to the Obama hype!


    April 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Gene

    Superdelegates come on and join Obama and end this bruhahahaha before it gets out of hand... Hillary is runing as a Republican.........

    April 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Jon - Atlanta, GA

    What happened to "supporting the candidate that the people have chosen?" (i.e. John Lewis of Georgia). What hypocrites!!

    April 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. It all about Obama

    Contratulations Hillary

    Its not over yet – if Obama gets the nomination he will not win in the general election. The democratic party needs to wise up. You don't want Hillary in so bad that you are wiling to give the Presidency to John McCain. Well, then go for it.

    April 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. countingcrows

    Whoo Hoo! Good for you Gov. Henry! Here's hoping more follow soon...

    April 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Bad Judgement Obama

    From one OKIE to another –
    I guess it's easier to STEAL an election from women than from blacks! If the media had done their job and reported about Wright and the Weather Underground prior to Super Tuesday, Obama would not be leading right now and we would have our first woman President of the United States of America!

    The media bias for Obamamaniacs prior to Super Tuesday was discusting! It's not negative politics to report that Obama sat in the pews of a racist, anti-american, hate filled church for 20 years – that he is friends with a known terrorists who admitted to bombing the pentagon and capital – we had a right to know who we were voting for!!!

    And since Obama was allowed to stop Florida and Michigan from re-voting, he wins! He's just another cheating, lying, con politician!

    When he gets to Washington and can't actually deliver any results, he'll blame the "typical white folks"!

    This OKIE will vote McCain!!!!

    April 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. steve

    After this election is decided, with all the race – baiting , muslim / Osama smear from the clintons / Rethugs against Sen Obama , I think the US must know that their credibility around the world is tarnished for ever.
    If this is what democracy smells like , the rest of the world would be reluctant to respect it.

    April 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Ztormtra

    According to Obama -this Governor should endorse Hillary if he is a Super Delegate.

    Shows the real substance of a man.

    April 23, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Corey T., NY

    It is interesting. Barack has, in the past, said superdelegates should vote with their states. And yet, he is accepting superdelegates graciously who have not even followed his idea... Richardson, Kennedy, now Henry.... All come from states that Hillary has won.

    These supers should be on Hillary's side. Their respective states chose her, not him.

    April 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |




    April 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Phil From VA

    Let's end this. More Superdelegates... make up your mind before Billary tears everything apart.

    April 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. bibi

    He doesn't support the will of voters? Some supers made their choice even before their primaries. The supers are not going to choose a candidate for governor. And the math is quite clear so far.

    April 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Sarge

    CNN stop being so one sided. Your starting to sound like FOXNEWS. I used to enjoy watching CNN, now when I do, I have to change the channel to another station or replace my big screen TV...Your going to lose a lot of viewers if you don't change your reporting. Since when have you guys become a physic?

    April 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Tom

    Hillary need to drop out look how bad she destroying the demoncratic party of course she would have won penn but she coming to the real part of election Indiana and NC after those 2 election she need to drop out

    April 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. KyndDave

    Well some good news for a bad day. I'm ready to give up otherwise. Clinton has worn me down, ala Bush.

    Her constant negativity, her relentless fear-mongering and her (and her husband's) stunning displays of bald-faced lying and double talk have shrunken my reserves of Obama-supplied "hope" to tiny proportions.

    Like Rove, like Bush, like the Terminator, she keeps tearing people down, leaves fear and divisions in her wake and will, apparently, never stop.

    And like Bush, the majority of voters don't trust her, the majority of voters says she unfairly attacks her opponents and, yet, she keeps "winning". Hope & Change? Not while people like Hillary are still in the game, unfortunately.

    God Bless America, because we really need it.

    April 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Kay

    I hope all the superdelegates pledge for Senator Obama and realize he is the candidate the majority of the people want. Enough of Hillary's negative campaigning and her buying off the media to help her win. She wants the nomination so bad, she will stoop to anything. Must be a power thing.

    April 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Nathan,

    So much for Obama's contention that superdelegates should vote for the person who won in their district. I didn't know that only applied to the areas that he won. All of these people are a bunch of hypocrites. Why is it that the superdelegates that vote for Obama can do so regardless of the vote outcome in their districts but the remaining uncommitted superdelegates should have to vote for whoever has the most votes. Shouldn't they be independent to vote their conscious.

    April 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Wil of NJ

    Super delagates please....END THIS THING.Youre hurting the party....not Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Dennis

    I think we are about to see a lot of Super Delegates coming out and declaring for one candidate or the other. I would not be surprised if Obama picks up many of them. The reason I say that is that many of the Democrats are getting nervous about the protracted race.

    The numbers do not favor Clinton seriously cutting into Obama's lead of pledged delegates. Indiana is going to be close, and if Clinton wins, it'll likely be by a small margin. North Carolina will go for Obama. After that, Clinton is out of chances to make any sizeable dent in Obama's lead of pledged delegates.

    There are two concerns at play: electability and the preservation of the results of the primaries. Clinton's campaign will tell you that Obama is not electable. However, I dispute that. I believe Obama will carry all the traditional blue states and will carry the majority of the swing states needed to win the election. I do believe the concern over preserving the results of the primaries is a concern for many super delegates. Many of them do not want to be seen as stealing the nomination by awarding it to the candidate with the fewest pledged delegates.

    In the end, I believe Obama will be the nominee for President. It will not surprise me one bit if Obama is pushed by the DNC into naming Hillary Clinton his Vice President running mate.

    April 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Ed Goldstein

    The Hypocrisy is impressive on both sides:

    The Obama supporters (Disclosure: I am one) make the arguement that the supers should vote with their states . . . except when we get support from a clinton-state super.

    The Clinton supporters argue that the supers should use their own judgment, but when a super does exactly that, they complain that they went against the will of their constituents.

    If you're going to make an argument about how supers should decide, then you have to stick to that argument, even when it hurts.

    Here's my argument: Supers should do what they think is right. This includes taking into account who won the state, along with Many Other considerations.

    Calm down people. Believe it or not, we're on the same side.

    April 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Brooke

    According to the Obama people elected represenatives and super delegates should reflect the will of their constituents? How come that only works if it's in Obama's favour?

    April 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. mel78doot

    It seems that Obama will finally make the cut.....


    April 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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