April 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 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. Independent

    Good for him. He picked the losing team, but whatever.

    Ok, here come all the people whining about either (a) how his state went for Obama, or (b) how he should have done it earlier, or (c) how this shows that Hillary Clinton is going to win, which anyone with half a brain knows isn't true.

    Sigh. I hope this crap ends soon.

    April 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Alice

    c'mon Obama – release a few more superdelegates ...

    April 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. v.ananthan

    Thank you.
    A poll by PPP showing Hillary is leading Obama by 8 points in Indiana...

    April 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. maya

    Good for you Hillary!

    Obamabots- man up. Don't blame your Wright grief on Hillary or anyone else.

    Obama lacks judgment.

    April 29, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. joyce, NC

    Great, it's good to see super delegates are starting to make up their minds – and not get swayed by fad.
    Vote with your conscience. Look into the best interest of the country and not get pressured by bullies.

    Hilary is what this country needs. We can't afford another newbie in the White House. Sorry Obama, I do like you but it is not your time yet.

    April 29, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Seth (FL)

    Funny that they are saying "Clinton now has a 22 super delegate lead."

    That's down from what it was last week, the week before that, the week before that, and so on. Obama is picking up delegates on a 2:1 ratio.

    April 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Bayou Joe

    The skeltons are out of the closet. I like Ike. He knows a winner when he sees one. Goodbye Obama, don't let the door hit you in the derrier.

    Clinton or McCain. Real Americans for America. God Bless the USA

    April 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Cammi317

    That's 2 to 2 and Obama still holds the lead. One more thing to the Clinton supporters.....Clinton cannot win without the Obama supporters either. I directed this to the Clinton supporters because they are the ones screaming Obama cannot beat McCain. This unelectable thing that you all keep sputtering runs both ways. Think about it. If we all cannot come together as Democrats to support the nominee whomever he or she may be, another Republican will be in the White House in January. If you are truly Democrat, you will vote accordingly.

    April 29, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Is that the tide I hear turning?

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Barb

    I have been voting in every election for the last 50 years and once again I will vote come November. Althouhg registered as an Independent during the primary (NH) I was for all of 10 minutes a Democrat and supported Barack Obama. I will still vote for him if he is the nominee but the way the medica is butchering him and giving Hillary a free ride (Paul vs Clinton) it appears that he may not make it. The last time I did not like a single candidate that was running for president I voted for Ross Pero. This time I do not have that choice so guess I will write in NON OF THE ABOVE (McCain, Clinton or Nader).

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. No Hillary

    All teh generation of old politician that like "Washington as usual" politic will go for Clinton. Thanks god there are not many of them.

    Rep Ike you are out of touch and irrelevant. This race is already over.

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Dusacre

    Ratio 2 to 2. At this speed 4 super delegates in 2 days, this thing will be wrapped up in June.

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Barb

    I have been voting in every election for the last 50 years and once again I will vote come November. Althouhg registered as an Independent during the primary (NH) I was for all of 10 minutes a Democrat and supported Barack Obama. I will still vote for him if he is the nominee but the way the medica is butchering him and giving Hillary a free ride (Paul vs Clinton) it appears that he may not make it. The last time I did not like a single candidate that was running for president I voted for Ross Pero. This time I do not have that choice so guess I will write in NON OF THE ABOVE (McCain, Clinton or Nader).

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. kate, NM

    It's too late for Clinton and McCain is the president, period.

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Fay (the Young Texan who voted for Obama)

    Funny how all the old dried up has beens are pulling in her corner. If she gets the nomination that's going to suck when she can't get anyone over the age of 55 to vote for her. Hmmm....

    April 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. No Hillary

    All the generation of old politician that like "Washington as usual" will go for Clinton. Thanks god there are not many of them.

    Rep Ike you are out of touch and irrelevant. This race is already over.

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Pol

    Why all Clinton's supporters are so ugly? Don't moderate – I did not say CORRUPTED. Why Clinton supporters are surprised that people don't like her? Don't moderate – I did not say HATED. Clinton supporters are old and not educated – guys, you are her playground. Please, go to a college, educate yourself (by the way Obama will give you 4,000$ for education). And after that you will easily figure out who Clintons are. So simple. Go ahead!

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Mike

    I like Ike!!!!!

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

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    Bad news for clinton

    In the landmark civil fraud case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles, where the former President is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday, April 25 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the case until AFTER the November election!

    Why wont CNN be fair… hillary clintons pastor just was charged with child molestion for touching a 7 year old girl her pastor name is Rev. William Procanick …. and why isnt cnn reporting the peter paul vs.. clinton case…. 17 million dollar law suit that they have aginst them…. in cally…..

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Rob

    Yeah that same PPP poll said Obama was leading in PA. So why you put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Tejano

    It's the media's fault. They keep picking at Obama and now he is losing delegates left and right.. Mostly right, the left is still with him ,hahaha.

    So much for change and hope. Now I know McCain will be the winner in November.

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Obama is sinking faster than the titanic

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. George, Los Angeles

    Thank you Rep. Skelton. YES! Finally! People are seeing through Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton is the best choice for President.

    Hillary 2008 and 2012!

    April 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Cindy in California

    Who cares

    April 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Vietnam vet for Obama!

    Hillary lives! And 2008 will go down in history as the "year of the living dead" in politics. It will be great fodder for horror movies, with dinosaurs like Skelton in supporting roles. Best viewed with a boilermaker in hand, and hunkered down to avoid sniper fire in the theater (or living room).

    Obama will be the next president.

    April 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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