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. jan

    So the Gov is voting against the wish of his state,.

    Get real, Obama may get the nomination butt he is not going to win the general election. HE IS NOT ELECTABLE!!

    He is going to be sent back to Michelle so she can wipe his tears off.

    April 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Ty

    I'm proud to be an Oklahoman!

    April 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Erica from GA

    Some of you don't seem to know what it means for us to have a democracy. It means "majority rules". When the superdelegates choose to endorse a candidate now instead of waiting for the convention, just like the rest of us, they can vote for whom ever they want. Waiting until the very end and voting against the "majority" vote is what Ms Pelosi was speaking against. No one said that they HAVE to vote for the candidate that won their states. Even if that is the case, who has won more states??? Think about it.

    Obama for President 08

    April 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. jim

    It's amazing and worrisome that cnn's own Wolf and Lou dobbs decided to actively argue for senator Clinton's behalf as though they are on her payroll rather than be neutral. More and more, they are down grading the once esteemed newsnetwork to resemble Fox news. Please the wolf and the dobbs, stop the bias and cover both campaigns objectively as you are supposed to. You will be supprised to see Obama win despite all your efforts to scandalize him unfairly.

    April 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. NickSanDiego

    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

    The question is why is the media reporting double-digit?

    April 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. mike


    April 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. lanny



    April 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Kathleen

    Hillary has told the superdelegates to support whoever they think is the best candidate and the most electible candidate. Now the Clinton folks are screaming when a superdelegate does just that! Obama in '08!

    April 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Jane

    Given the hard line Obama and his supporters take for fairness, I think they should practice what they preach. If they want to lead by example then their superdelegates should go to the way of the state they represent. Otherwise ALL will bets are off and the Obama campaign can not continue to make the arguement for superdelegates voting the way of their constituents.

    April 23, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. sbr

    this governor is a real hero (not)!! He has no risk at election time. Obama says the SD's need to support the vote in their states, well then he should be refusing endorsement from those that don't right? Yeah right he'll take what he can get including playing the race card. Don't go after Mrs clinton Obama when you are a big hypocrite. should you win the nomination the republicans will chew you up and spit you out in pieces. You can bet mccain has his arsenal ready. I believe as do tohers that republicans are out voting for you in the primaries so mcain gets a lansslide win in november.If you manage to get the nod myself and many other democrats will vote for mccain.

    April 23, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Quinn

    I am an Obama supporter. I congratulate Hillary on her victory last night. She won. Spin cannot change that.

    I look forward to moving on to states where Hillary does not have a built-in historical advantage and a 25 point lead from the start.

    Conservative media heads will keep arguing that Obama "cannot close the deal" because he lost Pennsylvania, but don't fall for it. It is commendable that Barack has even been able to COMPETE in states that are considered her own back yard.

    Any honest and fair person would have to concede the point that Pennsylvania is not the most PROGRESSIVE state in the union. Therefore, it is much harder to get people there to trust new leaders like Obama and the change that he brings. Clinton is a brand-name that is simply hard to beat in certain places...yet Obama is still winning.

    Obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. barry

    decisions like this are sure to put McCain in the White House

    April 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Dave

    Just another "BANDWAGON" politician. Just like Richardson (who I used to respect). They swing with the wind and are betting on the "hope" of an Obama win and then a little "payback" to help them get re-elected. Richardson's endorsement speech was a pathetic display of someone reading something that was obviously written or heavily re-written by Obama. It was sickening to see him spend the first 2-3 minutes talking about how Obama's most recent "SPEECH" was what turned him. Gee, I guess I would expect someone to endorse based on "ISSUES" rather than "SPEECHES"... Apparently he's no more immune to the pied piper than many other Americans. It's really sad to see...

    April 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. jr

    By my count over half of the super delgates have already committed one way or the other with a few trickling in now and again. In the last 2 months Obama has steadily chipped away at Hillary's lead in super delegatescausing her lead to remain about the same.

    As this battle to the death contiunes into May and June, reality will begin to set in that the party is doing more harm to itself then good. Hillary and her campaign will find new creative concepts about why she should be the candidate. She will remain negative (she has no choice) and continue to wear on everyones nerves. The remaining super delegates worn down by her constant Meism and fearing the worst, not only in the November elections but in many of their own re-elections (whenever they may come) will make their choice and I may be going out on a limb but I'll bet it's Obama.

    April 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Vince

    The will of the people is most states won, most popular votes, most delegates and a 10 plus percentage lead in the National polls. Everyone knows that PA is a joke when it comes to how they vote and that the older women who tipped the scales there are about as politically savy as a gopher. They fell for her scare tactics and lies in the last few days just like the women did in Ohio. Now both of those states can hold hands together because they look foolish to the rest of the country. For all of you Clinton supporters who believe whatever she says even when it is a lie one day and a contradictory lie the next day I hope you believe her when she concedes and lies to your face saying she wants you to give your support to Obama.

    April 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. 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.

    April 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. H Martin

    Clinton plays dirty and Obama Does not. Thank you for voting for the right person.
    Obama you are great as well as all who vote for him. We want a change and you are it!!

    April 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Gary

    Close one big Blue swing state & I will abandon HILLARY! I swear!

    How come Obama & his surrogates are not whining that superdelegates should reflect their state's sentiments? Because they are violating it!!!!!!! Kerry, Richardson (the traitor), Kennedy, Gov. Henry, it came too late! You guys are sore loosers!

    HILLARY is the fighter & she is in it to win it! We got her back!

    April 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. ds

    Obama is definitely more electable than HRC when you factor in the large proportion of independents, most of whom can't figure out why anyone would actually vote for HRC.

    April 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Matt in OK

    Thank you Brad Henry! I voted for you and Barack!

    Obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Nora

    He went against the wishes of his state, that has got to tell people something!!!Hillary and her negative campaigning is not working atleast not with people that have smarts. It is working on old and ignorant people, who really do not see her for the liar she is. Yes Obama can win the General Election just watch him blow by John McCain, he can and will do it!!!!!!!That is why the republicans want Hillary, they know they can beat her, why else???

    April 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Jake, California

    This is Hillary's last happy moment let her enjoy it....
    The rest will be like after Super Tuesday...remember the the 11 straight victories?

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Rich

    Just because Obama can't win the big states against Clinton doesn't mean he can't beat McCain there.

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. dan-al

    The road will keep shrinking for the clintons, the end is near, Obama win in Indiana and North carolina is an it. No more of i can do better than Obama in the big states.No money,no popular vote,no pledged delegates lead that means out and gone. Obama will unite the party for A major victory in nov'08. stay stronge Democracts

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. stl

    Obama' s term – if he gets one- will be worse than Carter's, and DEMS will be out of the WH for many decades. Speeches are meaningless!

    April 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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