April 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Rep. Ike Skelton picks Clinton

Skelton is backing Clinton.
Skelton is backing Clinton.

(CNN) - Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton said Tuesday he will cast his superdelegate vote for Hillary Clinton.

In a statement released by the Clinton campaign, Skelton said he is supporting the New York senator because of "her support in rural America, her commitment to National Security, and her dedication to our men and women in uniform."

Skelton is chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee and has served in congress for over 30 years. His state narrowly voted for Barack Obama on February 5, though Clinton won 60 percent of his congressional district.

With Skelton's endorsement, Clinton now holds a 22 superdelegate lead over Obama, 259 to 237, according to CNN's estimate. More than 300 superdelegates have yet to make up their minds.

Skelton is the fourth superdelegate to endorse a candidate Tuesday. Earlier, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley announced he was backing Clinton and Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler and Iowa DNC member Richard Machacek announced they were supporting Obama.

soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. Robert GA

    People it's all about who was in former President Bills pocket why she has or is getting such support. It's got nothing to do with the what she is peddling. If it wasn't for Bill they would be Hillary WHO?

    April 29, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. bos123

    Senador Obama pick up two superdelegates today.

    April 29, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Mark

    Obama will overcome Rev. Wright just as he will overcome Bill and Hillary Clinton. I'm just amazed at how supposedly intelligent voters are easily manipulated by a chameleon like Hillarly Clinton. She changes her spots with every crowd she speaks to. Do not think for one second that if by some unfortunate turn of events she does get the nomination she will not be making all sorts of promises to the black population to get their votes including sucking up to Obama,

    April 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. BJ

    Why do Obama supporters have to be so vile in their comments? If we criticize, at least let it be constructive!

    I guess most of them are too inexperienced to exercise GOOD JUDGEMENT!

    No matter how the pundits or Obama surrogates spin his repudiation and denunciation of Rev. Wright, it all seems too convenient and expeditious.

    The only way he can save face and his political career is to step down, accept defeat, go back to the Senate, legislate more, then come back in 2016.

    April 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Doug Maxwell

    This might be the first time since Bush Sr. ran the first time that I cast a vote for the Republican party. I am not that excited about any candidate other than Seanator Clinton. Obama will not get my vote. My home state Senator John McCain is looking better and better. I don't think the democrats will unite this year.

    April 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Debra

    So there's another Skeleton in Clinton's closet, so what else is new. There is something new other than her 2 endorsements received today – she has an ad out that states she is from Illinois that is airing in Indiana – you know we are neighbors kind of panderning. Wasn't she from Scranton, Penn. when she was running in that state. So confused. Hillary please tell us where exactly are you from and who are you?

    April 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. PCS / North Carolina

    Mike wroteApril 29th, 2008 4:17 pm ET

    "I like Ike!!!!!

    Welcome to the winning team. Obama can move in with Wright, Ayers, Hamas and Rezko in a post losing slumber party."

    Are you delusional ? Who is winning !! Hilllary can move in with Paul, the wether underground(Ayer's two members Bill clinton pardoned), Rezko ( yes REZKO) and the midle east billionires who contributed to Bill's library !!

    April 29, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. PCS / North Carolina

    Mike wroteApril 29th, 2008 4:17 pm ET

    "I like Ike!!!!!

    Welcome to the winning team. Obama can move in with Wright, Ayers, Hamas and Rezko in a post losing slumber party."

    Are you delusional ? Who is winning !! Hilllary can move in with Paul, the wether underground(Ayer's two members Bill clinton pardoned), Rezko ( yes REZKO) and the midle east billionires who contributed to Bill's library !!

    We are only 5% of the world population, and with our election fiasco's, we are the lauhing stock of the world.

    April 29, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. MK5112

    My hope is that Clinton and Obama will wake up and realize that they need each other and can complete both their goals much easier togeather than apart. That would be real hope and change.
    If Obama is really for change, how come he has taken most of Clinton and the demo. partys positions. Do you call that change. Does that give you hope or is it just more of the same since he has never done this before and doesnt really have the back ground to do what he says he wants to do. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Oliver Florida

    Despit all oughts,Obama still stands a strong ticket for the democratic party.

    April 29, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Tired of all this flap

    Sorry Skelton that you won't be on the Obama train whenever it comes whistling through Washington and New York. I wish that I could get by many things just by lying and cheating (Bill Clinton), maybe my life would be easier and oh, RICHY RICH also. Sorry Hill but no matter how you spin you're still losing.

    April 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. bev in MO

    If Clinton wins over Obama I will vote for the Green Party!
    Ike, Obama won the Missouri vote How dare you go against the Missouri voters. That is not democracy! Ike are you a racist?

    April 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. to bayou joe

    Bayou joe... make your own noose bigot!

    April 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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