April 24th, 2008
01:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama picks up Oregon superdelegate

Rep. Wu is supporting Obama.
Rep. Wu is supporting Obama.

(CNN) - Oregon Rep. David Wu said Thursday he will cast his superdelegate vote for Barack Obama.

"I think we are blessed to have two strong candidates for president," Wu said in a statement released by Obama's campaign. "I am endorsing Barack Obama for president today because I believe that he is best suited to turn the page on this sorry episode in American history. He and I both had the judgment to oppose the Iraq War from the very beginning.

Wu, a five term congressman, is one of the party's nearly 800 superdelegates who will ultimately decide who gets the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the second Oregon superdelegate to endorse Obama ahead of the state's May 20 primary - Rep. Earl Blumenauer endorsed the Illinois senator earlier in the year.

Clinton also has two Oregon superdelegates in her camp - Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Rep. Darlene Hooley.


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  1. lynette

    Billy, you have your current President and Mr. Clinton to thank for outsourcing America, not Obama.

    April 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. eddie n. powellnye

    IT IS ABOUT TIME FOR THOSE THAT CALL THEMSELVES HONEST POLITICANS TO GET ON THE TRAIN. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE LONG NOW BEFORE THE TRAIN LEAVES THE STATION. I THINK WU'S ENDORSEMENT IS A PROPER ENDING TO THE CARVILLE MOB. PERSONALLY SPEAKING, THIS THING SHOULD HAVE BEEN OVER WITH 3 WEKS AGO. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAIR AFTER THE MATH
    WAS DONE. MATH DON'T LIE, PEOPLE DO. HRC LIED AND PILED ON TOP OF THAT LIE. i JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY, WHEN ALL THE WORLD KNOWS, SHE IS ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH GETTING HER ADULT KID TO LIE ALSO. HER KID WAS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW GUN FIRE AND CONTINUED TO LIE. BILL AND HIS OFF THE WALL COMMENTS AND EAR PULLING HAS GOTTEN THE DEMS IN A HARD TO DEFEND POSITION. ONE THING I CAN SAY, WU LIKE MYSELF KNOW THAT MCBUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GOT A UPHILL BATTLE WHEN IT COMES TO MR. OBAMA. THE 527S BETTER TAKE NOTICE TO WHAT THEIR HOUSE HAS BUILD OVER THE MANY YEARS OF LYING LIKE THE BILLARYS. A WISE MAN ONCE SAID - ' A . WU BUILT WITH A LIE BURNS WITH A LIE'. I NEVER HAD ANY APPLICATION FOR THAT SAYING UNTIL NOW. THE 'HOUSE OF CLINTONS' IS FALLING AND
    WU IS JUST SOME MORE FUEL TO THE FIRE.

    April 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. lynette

    Dennis,

    The joke is on you...hee hee when Obama wins the nomination! Americans will unite, just keep on watching...it's coming, it's coming in 40 days!

    April 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Just Miss

    Yes – Only 298 delegates to go.....Let's get this nomination and move on :) I am done with debates between Clinton and Obama. I know where both of them stand and I don't need to hear them debate any longer.....Let's go get McCain and win the White House back...

    April 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Lance

    Am I the only one who thinks it takes zero courage to oppose the Iraq war when you are a State senator. I mean I ooposed the Iraq war from the start but because i didnt do anything significant to stop it can I actually claim the high road.

    April 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Status QuO.

    Good for Obama. However, did they have to use the tiniest font avaiable at the end of the story to mention Hillary's superdelegates???

    April 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. B.NYC

    Another person hoping for a job?
    I am seriously questioning the people Governing our States...

    Let's see...
    Never done a thing for his state.
    Never done a thing for our country.
    Never owned a business.
    Been in public office for a very short time.

    You know, maybe I should question myself, Obama sound perfect!

    Amazing people... READ!!!

    April 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Newman

    Great news for team Obama! Thank you Rep. Wu! Super-delegates for Obama.

    April 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Andrew in OR

    Clinton is going to get stomped in all the urban areas. Her best bet in the Coast where we have a huge number of Seniors. Wu did the right thing as Portland (as well as Eugene and Salem) are going to go for Obama by large margins. At a rally here in Eugene he filled the largest indoor arena in the city. Bill and Chelsea had a hard time filling a high school gym. Oregon is an educated state and do not like being lied to.

    April 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Carolyn

    Thanks!

    April 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Nanc, MN

    Rebecca – The women in your family must be really proud of the sweet thing they raised. You are why I refuse to support Obama.

    April 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. NickNas

    OOPS tha is 3 to 1 since PA...we can do this ALLLLL DAY Hillary!

    April 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. DR. spock

    as an alien specialist is am happy to inform you that wuu is actually an alien from the celeistial sphere in the galaxy spirious minor 4.
    you can tell by his GIANT head.

    April 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. NickSanDiego

    LOL Hillary people saying that this endorsement doesn't matter.( he is a superd...oh nevermind!!! LOL

    I am NOT going to explain how it works AGAIN!

    You Can't make this stuff up folks LOL

    April 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. For Hillary in Denver

    It's funny that whenever a superdelegate endorese Obama it gets a whole section devoted to it. However, I know that many superdelegates have come out recently for Hillary. Where's the special section on them?

    April 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. May

    Congratulations Wu. True leadership is about good judgement. Hillary has shown over and over again that she has bad judgement. She is more motivated by selfishness rather than the interest of the country.

    April 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. NickSanDiego

    LOL Hillary people saying that this endorsement doesn't matter.( he is a superd...oh nevermind!!! LOL

    I am NOT going to explain how it works AGAIN!

    You Can't make this stuff up folks LOL

    April 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Susan MO

    Another delegate making a mistake. They are not thinking about how Obama rudely spoke to the people of Pennsylvania. Does that say Pennsylvania is not important??

    Wake up Super delegates!

    Strong for Hillary :)

    April 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. David D Kollie

    A Demoncratic system of governance does not obligue anyone to vote for a candidate becuase of impacts that candidate's spouse has made in past administration.

    It is system which allow voters to choose capable and competant Americans to exercise their candidancies and capabilities in the White House.

    Obama is demonstrating such capability and competancy throughtout his campaign that why he's getting such endorsement regardless of the criticism against him being an elite and out of touch.

    Obama's campaign has not owe and is not owing. His campaign is able to rally people from every race to gather together in support of one cause.

    This is what other supperdelegates are seeing in Obama that is why they are going after him with endorsement.

    James Carville is naive in his understanding of demoncracy therefore he wants for all Bill Clintons in 1992 to 2000 to support Hillary Clinton.

    April 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. OCA

    No one said it would be easy to break a 20 year quasie monarchy hold on the whitehouse by two families one of which is striving for another 8. Our campaign is not about win at any price, do what ever it takes to win, and if need be, destroy your opponent in the process. Make Promise’s you know you can not keep to win. Real change means just that. A new appraoch, a new fresh set of ideas, a new person, someone who can bring us all together not tear us apart. MY TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT IS ONLY "WHEN" NOT "IF' OBAMA WINS:

    10. Obama has won more delegates, more states and more votes

    9. Obama as well as the Clintons signed up and agreed on the rules up front.

    8. The Clinton strategy appears to be "if you can't win change the rules" WRONG! The rules, the math, the calendar do not lie. She has a few more weeks and a few more contests left. Even though the math does not look good, she has the right, just as Huckaberry did to continue on until Obama has 2025 delegates. (Even though that would mean she would need to win over 80%)

    7. Hillary Clinton claims experience is her key attribute, the camapign to date is not a very good reflection of her managent skills. In spite of a incredible lead on every level a year ago, with all the backing she is now trying to re position herself as the anti estblishment candidate!

    6. She spent more on her top advisors that she has fired than Obama has on his whole staff

    5. Destroying the oposition may have workd in the past its not either change or for that matter a solution for how we go forward

    4. Hillary polorises she does not bring people together. if her negative rating goes much lower it will be lower than Bush's!

    3. Sooner or later Hillary and Bill must decide is it all about them (win at any cost) or about the will of the party.

    2. We live in a republic not a monachy. Do we want 28 years and two families in the whitehouse? Is that change?

    1. Talking points will not change the reality. The rules, the math, the calandar does not lie and can not be changed. Obama will have won more pledged delegates, more states and more votess. He should expect the remaining superdelegates to vote for him accordingly. They will.

    April 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. J

    Another superdelegate chooses hope over fear!

    Hillary, won't you join us? We need your endorsement too!

    April 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. marie

    Over the next 2 weeks, We'll probably see a flood of Superdelegates committing to Obama. The math is just not there for Hillary & it's going to make the SD's look politically ridiculous throwing their vote to a loser.

    April 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. LAD

    Way to go...Rep David Wu!

    April 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Peter in Canada

    For John Smith 2:01 PM
    You are absolutely spot on the mark!!!
    I as well have a similar background and it is impossible for her to win the nomination or the General Election it's just that simple.
    What some people are forgetting is that all of her perceived margins of victory are within the 40% Democratic base (excluding democratic black voters and new swing voters). Hillary wins that base on a 60/40 split to Obama. However, that 40% is only 20% in a general election so that all her margins decrease by 50%. Obama on the other hand, carries a NET 15% margin among blacks and swing voters (let alone young new voters) that she cannot enjoy unless she is the LEGITIMATE nominee!
    At this point in time it is absolutely impossible to be seen by any reasonable person as the legitimate nominee, let alone by blacks and swing voters or the youth vote.

    April 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Emily

    To: To Late

    If this election is GIVEN to Hillary, She will LOSE in November!
    There are many you will vote for McCain. I find it very odd that the media is only saying which voting block Barack needs in order to win in November. Get this, Hillary can not win without the Black vote. Trust me......WE Will STAY HOME!

    Democrats for McCain......

    April 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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