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. Penn State

    Now thats what im talking about!!!!! The Tide is turning!!!! Hillary '08!!!

    April 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Tommy

    30 years in congress. This old geezer is what is wrong with Washington D.C. That should tell you why he supports Hillary! Same old status quo. He should be put out to pasture at the same time Hillary and Bill go home to NY for good.

    April 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Al

    How are you Hillary supporters still saying she has a chance to win? Wake up.

    And Mike – come out of the closet already.

    April 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Zoey

    It wont mean anything because Hilliary still can't win.

    April 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    I LIKE IKE !

    GO HILLARY THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB MAN !

    NO MAS OBAMA ! ENOUGH !

    COUNT OUR FLORIDA VOTES !

    HILLARY OR NOOOOOOOOOO VOTES !

    April 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. 1 here, 1 there

    The superdelegates still remain to the split. 2 today for Clinton and 2 today for Obama. Who on earth said the tide was turning????
    This is just a stalemate. UGH

    April 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Dani

    Nice to see there are still a few people with common sense that can see through all the talk, talk, talk and more talk, then tantrums. Please, we need a real leader who can stand up and be strong.

    April 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. lady

    mClintons=G.Bush The Third

    Obama 2008

    April 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. K

    Even if Clinton gets ALL of the remaining 300 superdelegates, she will still be behind Obama after all of the remaining primaries are held. It's a simple math – do it, and throw the towell already...

    April 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Penn State

    The Obamabots need to grow up and get over it!!

    April 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Jim, Indiana

    Yahoo! Knock'em out Hillary! We've got them on the run now!!!

    April 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Michael

    Who really cares? A vote or nod for Hillary Clinton is a vote for Marxist communism.

    April 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Niky

    What a waste!

    April 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Hillary for President

    Dear mama4obama , the race is over Obama can't win, you know whay?? he cant' win against McCain, also what states he won?little states where most where Africo-American this tell you the truth. So go Hillary you are the best for President.

    April 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Reid

    Hillary has already lost! This election is about delegates and she CANNOT catch Obama no matter how much CNN helps her. Another old school part of the democratic party machine backs Clinton, that's a real shocker. LOL!

    April 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Deb

    Congratulations!

    You have backed the right horse in the Race!

    Hillary will make ALL Americans proud again!

    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Hillary for President

    Go Hillary !! 2009-2012

    April 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Wake up old man! This man must be Uneducated and 65+ old, just like majority of her supporters. We don’t need such people………Hillary can have him!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    April 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. TC in Ohio

    Stay encouraged Obama! Keep your head up! Good will always triumph!

    April 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. John in Iowa

    Looks like the smart people are beginning to stand up for America, by picking the right candidate-Clinton.

    Hillary or McCain '08-NEVER OBAMA!!!

    April 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Chris

    Hillary only has a lead if you don't count the states that ONLY hold caucuses and you count MI/FL. If you count the actual votes of those caucus only states, Obama still leads even if you count MI/FL.

    Voting against the will of the people will be an interesting explination for superdelegates.

    April 29, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Moshe

    Hillary 2008!

    April 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Tim

    Great let's start the Superdelegates coming out. This will be over by NC!!!!

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. KIRBY

    HE PICKED THE WRONG CANDIDATE
    I GUESS THIS MAN IS ONE OF AMERICANS WHO THINK WRIGHT IS OBAMA

    April 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    THIS MAN ESSENTIALLY SAID HE SUPPORTS

    HILLARY BECAUSE SHE SUPPORTS THE WAR.

    MUST HAVE THE SAME

    WARBUCKS STOCKS & BONDS HILLARY HAS.

    April 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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