April 30th, 2008
10:38 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton adds third new superdelegate in 24 hours

George with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

George with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

(CNN) - Pennsylvania AFL-CIO president and superdelegate Bill George announced his support for Hillary Clinton Wednesday.

“Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to jumpstart the economy and rebuild the middle class,” George said in a statement released by Clinton's presidential campaign. “Working families in Pennsylvania overwhelmingly favored her in last week’s primary, and I feel that she is our strongest candidate to carry Pennsylvania in November and win back the White House.”

George, a Democratic National Committee member since 1996, had been actively courted by Clinton and Democratic rival Barack Obama in advance of his state’s primary last week. Clinton and Obama both addressed the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO convention earlier this month. Clinton defeated Obama in Pennsylvania's April 22 primary.

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. aj in sf

    dear get real – three months of the gas tax being suspended is NOT going to make a difference in retail prices. keep dreaming.

    the gas tax suspension WOULD help (*)truckers and (*)taxi drivers, and i feel for them a lot right now. but it would only help in the short term, and it would potentially put hundreds of thousands of others out of work.

    a college education does not make you an economic expert. the economic experts agree the pandering no-gas-tax idea is a BAD PLAN.

    April 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. LM from New York

    this endorsement isn't important for Clinton, its not like this superdelegate had a choice to endorse Obama considering Clinton won by 10 pts.

    By the way, there is something I want readers to take a look at:

    Clinton fails to mention that 2 years ago, Obama foresaw the housing crisis that is currently affecting the economy and he looked to form a committee to find a solution yet no one in Washington agreed to commit to his plea. Yet again, another instance of change needed in Washington... and because of those politicians look at all the homes that have been lost. She argues she has in the senate for longer but had she worked with Obama on the issue before hand maybe her 'experience' would had been notable.... Is that the experience you want from Hillary Clinton?

    April 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. john california

    I have been reading this blog for a long time, and was never tempted to write. But since the hillarios big state arguments have been surfacing more frequently, I feel more inclined to. So HRC is more electable because she won Texas, New York, and California, right?
    Really? why? is it because if Obama gets the nomination New York and California are gonna turn into red states overnight??? only 25% of HRC supporters would not support obama if he gets the nomination (that's the highest estimate). How would that make the GOP win California and New York? What about Texas? are clinton supporters really claiming that Texas will go for HRC in GE??? you can't be serious. Besides in GE all the states (except Maine) are winner take all, so how would her support in Texas matter?
    HRC camp will just try to find any way of analyzing the votes to make her on top. (maybe they should count votes from people named bill only). And they don't mind being called rediculous obviously.

    April 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Ted

    CNN doesn't update very well. Seems to me that Obama has 9-5 lead in Superdelegates since PA. How about keeping up with the other networks or would that mean being impartial?

    April 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |


    WHY is Obama so rude to the press? Is he above all the other candidates?

    So many complaints that he is rude to the Press unless he has some propaganda to spread.


    April 30, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Just An Observation

    Since Pennsylvania, I count the scored card in superdelegates 9-5 Obama:

    CLINTON (5): Bill George (PA DNC), Rep. Ike Skelton (MO), Gov. Mike Easley (NC), Kathy Sullivan (NH add on), Rep. John Tanner (TN).

    OBAMA (9): Rep. Baron Hill (IN), Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), Rep. Ben Chandler (KY), Richard Machacek (IA), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), Charlene Fernandez (AZ DNC), Rep. David Wu (OR), Audra Ostergard (NE DNC), Gov. Brad Henry (OK).

    Is it just me or is this article written to make it appear as if this race is closer than it is or even worse that the tide may be turning in Hillary's favor?

    April 30, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Deb

    So fed up with the "20" year thing. Has no one ever had a friend for 20 years and then the relationship sours? Once you are no longer friends their faults are very clear. Please let us move on to the real issues. This is such old news.

    April 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. James

    He is outrage now. He should have been outraged a long time ago. Wake people and smell the coffee. Obama has been attending Wright church for many years and he finally gets it that Wright is wrong.

    April 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. merit

    I was touched by Obama's seeming sincerity over the Wright situation.

    But... if he was unable to discern the politics, character and agenda of his friend, mentor and pastor of 20 years- what doe it say about Obama's judgement and ability to lead.

    We only have Obama's word that he does not agree with Wright.

    April 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Mike

    Dexter, Dexter, Dexter...

    Superdelegates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Convention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Hillary!!!

    April 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. America's Divorce

    it sickens me to the core to know that another republican will have the presidency for the next four years.

    April 30, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. linda-Texas

    She has the strength of leadership we can believe in!


    April 30, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Kevin Afred

    i am obama fan,tell clinton to step down for obama because is coming to change america.

    April 30, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. jUSt Read This

    "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!


    While Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Al Gore, Ed Rendell, Barabara Streisand, Cher, Stan Lee, Brad Pitt, Mike Wallace, Larry King et al may be called to testify and be deposed starting in May, Hillary alone has been protected from explaining her role in her husband"s fraud charges."

    If the super delegates choose her and the republican release this information, they will be the laughing stock again. There is no way the American people is going to choose her. Another WH impeachment when a Clinton is in office!

    April 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. merit

    Obama says he doesn't agree with Wright.

    I guess- for no particular reason- we should just take his word for it.

    How could he not discern Wright's character and political views over the course of a 20 year close relationship?

    What does it say for Obama's judgement and ability to lead?

    April 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. l va

    I think it is good that the superdelegates are finally stepping up. I support Obama 100% but I want this primary to be over with like yesterday. I think all the superdelegates pretty much know who they 'want' to give their vote to. However, they are waiting it out so they can see who is more likely to get the nomination before giving their vote with hopes of getting a position in that administration. For sure after all of this is over, the DNC will come up with better rules regarding the superdelegates and how the state delegates should be handed out to each candidate so this mess will not happen again.

    April 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Brian

    The Local Press reports that Indiana SuperDelegate Baron Hill will come out for Obama tonight.

    This will now be his 9th in eight days since the PA Primary.

    April 30, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Deb from Minnesota

    Great news – she is heading towards the nomination.

    April 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. berksdan

    For some reason Obama's supers are much more attractive the Clinton's.

    Just an observation.

    April 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Freddy

    Good choice, the tide is turning & HILLARY has the momentum!

    Welcome to the front runner team! At least we will not have J. Wright on our team!

    April 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    This man must be Uneducated and 65+ old, just like majority of her supporters.

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    April 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Merry

    Hey CNN , OBAMA JUST GOT 2 MORE SUPERS from Indiana and NC.. We expect from you to announce it as NYT and WSJ already did. So Barack now has 28 since PA and Clinton 8... Sounds good to me...

    April 30, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Florida Latino

    That's just another vote from his blind, racial state. What a shame !!!

    April 30, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    The nasty comments from Obama supporters on all these stories are one of the reasons why I won't even consider voting for Obama. If these are the type of people who respond to Obamas message of "Hope" please leave me out.

    April 30, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Clinton is a Republican

    Now I see why the world laughs at America.

    April 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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