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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Skelton like Clinton is part of the "old" politics as usual White House gang. If we truly want a government for the people and by the people we must support Obama.

    April 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Tammy - KCMO

    One more idiot in the Missouri government. Gee what a surprise!

    April 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Henry

    I'm a Clinton supporter. I'm young. I'm in college. And I'm not white. Nor am I a woman.

    Stop picking at stereotypes. Both sides.

    And Pol, don't put down those who didn't go to college. It's degrading and it makes a fool out of yourself.

    April 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. LAUGHING

    TIDE STANDS STILL–OBAMA IS GAINING AT 2:1 RATIO...
    SORRY CLINTON SUPPORTERS-ONE MORE ISN'T GOING TO CUT IT

    April 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Nick

    Finally. Looks like we still have some democrats thinking with their brains...it is about time that Howard Dean steps aside and submits his resignation...

    April 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Patty

    All you people who hope this ends soon have the right not to watch or listen. It is in the interest of the American people for this to play out.

    April 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Mike from CT

    Question to all hillary supporters.
    How is Obama & Hillary even in the polls.
    Rev.Wright and Obama and Hillary nothing.
    Think about that

    April 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Rick

    While the Clinton News Network touts the Gallup Poll, the daily Rasmussen poll shows Obama still with an 8 point lead over Hillary (49-41). His lead has been pretty steady each day for the last several weeks. Contrast that to January 1, 2008 when Rasmussen had Hilary with an 18 point lead (41-23). Funny, Hillary hasn't moved since 1/1/08.

    Guess it's just a matter of which poll CNN wants to highlight.

    April 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Barb

    Thanks, President Hillary will make us all proud to be an American, again.

    April 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Blue

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Oh that's right, Obama said he didn't do it, his campaign tossed the stones.

    To all the Clinton haters, take a step back & look in the mirror. The last few blogs have been full of hate and bigotry. I hope this is not what we have to look forward to IF Obama wins the nomination. You are not helping to sway us Clinton supporters if necessary in the general election.

    The Superdelegates can vote for whomever they choose.

    April 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. John

    Perhaps Rep. Skelton is of the same thinking as those of us who know that from a practical political standpoint, Sen. Clinton has won primaries in states that any candidate must win in November to win the Electoral College. Sen. Clinton has won in contests that included Democrats and Independents, key constituencies needed in November. Her opponent has won contests that included anyone, even Republicans. I have heard of people changing registration from Republican to Democrat or unaffiliated to vote in the upcoming North Carolina primary! Hasn't it occurred to anyone besides me that maybe the Republicans are trying to help Sen. Clinton's rival with the notion that he would be easier to defeat in November???

    Rove is offering Sen. Clinton's Democratic opponent advice. I doubt he has defected the Republican party!!!

    We need more Superdelegates like Rep. Skelton.

    April 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Susie

    There are certainly more like him who recognize that Obama star is falling as soon as it rose. Sorry Obama, this is the big game and you're small time. Hope you enjoyed the media coverage . . .

    April 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Arthur-Texas

    ROLL TIDE ROLL....hILLARY IS ON HER WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    April 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Mike from CT

    Question to all hillary supporters.
    How is Obama & Hillary even in the polls.
    Rev.Wright and Obama and Hillary nothing.
    Think about that

    OBAMA 08

    April 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Emilio- Ontario Canada

    IS THIS ONE OF THE MANY " SKELTONS" IN HILLARY'S CLOSET?. MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES COMMITEE. SMELLS LIKE PART OF THE MILITARY LOBBY, STAKING THEIR CLAIM IN WASHINGTON.

    April 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Obama 08

    What about this CNN?

    Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler Endorses Barack Obama for President

    I don't see that article?

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

    Superdelegates |= Democratic party.

    April 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Independent

    Obama had many so why is this NEWS?

    April 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Kim, Kansas City

    I only hope we can really unite after the nomination. Have you read what the Obama supporters say???

    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Whiskey

    too little too late. stop all the hate democrats. you are acting like worse then children.

    April 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Texican

    Mack, Hillary Clinton will not win without the African-American vote. That will be gone as soon as she steals the nomination.

    Obama is too far ahead for her to catch up and win. The Supers will decide in Denver and she is toast.

    April 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. lulu

    Had the media done just a tiny bit of investigative journalism back in December, Obama would have been back in Chicago by now. For months this man was shoved down our throats to the point that people were tuning in FOX news and turning off CNN and MSNBC for the bias Obama coverage. Now that the tables are turning and America is FINALLY seeing the vetting of this man, all isn't what it appears. Obama is a decent man and will make a good president one day, but now is not his time. His inexperience is showing not only in the company he keeps, but in the debates, too. This country is ready for both a female president and a black president. Let the lady go first, Obama, and you'll reap the rewards at a later time.

    April 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Anne E.

    I'm an OBAMA supporter and proud of it.
    And this may be off topic, but I frankly don't care. I AM SICK TO DEATH OF THE JEREMIAH WRIGHT ISSUE. I'M NOT VOTING FOR HIM, I DON'T CARE WHOSE CHILDREN HE BAPTIZED, OR MARRIAGES OVER WHICH HE SOLEMNIZED. HE'S NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT (although HE thinks he's running for something), AND THIS ISSUE HAS NO RELEVANCE TO THE IRAQ WAR, BRINGING HOME THE TROOPS, PRESERVING OUR PLANET, PRESERVING SOCIAL SECURITY, OUR ECONOMY OR STANDING IN THE WORLD.
    The longer this story is given legs, the more of a laughingstock we appear to the rest of the world. Hasn't there been enough of that since the Election Follies of '00????

    April 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Alan Boyer

    Take a look at the folks supporting Clinton. It's the grayheads hell bent on keeping the "no blacks allowed" sign on the White House door.

    April 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Brian

    Iowa Superdelegate Richard Machacek, said today he is pledging to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. This is Obama's 2nd endorsement of the day and 7th in the 7 days since the PA Primary

    April 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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