April 30th, 2008
10:04 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama adds a third new superdelegate in 24 hours

The Iowa representative announced his support for Obama Wednesday.

The Iowa representative announced his support for Obama Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley will endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, the fifth Democratic superdelegate to choose sides in less than 24 hours, an Obama aide confirms to CNN.

Braley, a first-term congressman who represents an eastern district that hugs the Illinois border, had originally backed John Edwards in the race for the Democratic nomination. He joins fellow Iowan and Democratic National Committee member Richard Machacek in publicly declaring his support for Obama this week. Machacek and Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler both said Tuesday they were backing Obama, while North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton the same day.

Braley’s decision to support Obama was first reported Wednesday morning by the Des Moines bureau of the Associated Press.

soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Shirley-Ohio

    You've just joined the winning team good move.

    April 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Emeka, Florida

    The candidate's stance on this Gas tax stuff should be a reflection of how they reason. Once again, Obama has shown brilliance and smartness in opposing the gas tax holiday. Isnt this sound judgement? Judgement to go against the war in Iraq, and now judgement to say what's best for America.
    The Superdelegates should not only consider who is capable of winning, but also consider who is better to solve our problems.

    April 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Keith from Adam county Indiana

    When it comes to make the right call, Mr. Obama proved he is more qualified than Mr. McCain and Mrs. Clinton. Today all the economist are giving Mr. Obama credits for making the right call and stand against suspending the Federal gas tax as proposed by his opponents. I don’t want any $25 gas credit over the whole summer when we need to fix our roads and our bridges. Thank you Mr. Obama for making the right call and we are with you, and thank you to Mr. Braley for joining the winning team. I hope the news media will pay much attention and inform the public the way they suppose to.

    April 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. maca

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOVE, FROM CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. susie

    Obama divorced his rev. yesterday for anti- american tatics, will he divorce Michelle too? Michelle thinks America is MEAN and she is not proud of our country.

    April 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. edna

    If all the delegates would stop being cowards, this will end, because according to the DNC rules, Hillary id done, fried to a crisp. I commend all the supers have courage, not the spineless ones..Go Obama

    April 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. carlo

    Pay attention people:

    Sure Clinton is geting supers, and that's okay. Just remember this: Obama is getting superdelegates after a loss and after the Rev. Wright scandal. If he can get supers to commit now, doesn't that say that he will probably get more later?

    April 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Steeve

    If Obama can ignore is pastor for 20 years, he can easily ignore the people of the USA for 4 years...

    April 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. chris

    Thank God another superdelegate coming to his senses. They should all just decide so this primary can end.

    April 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Opinion...

    Susie: I think that is a ridiculous thing to say if not downright stupid! I am sure you are SUSAN MO who keeps posting derogatory and dumb things regarding Obama...how much an idiot and wate of skin could you be?

    April 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. chris

    go obama

    Go away liar hillary

    April 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Clinton the panderer

    is she running for Queen or President? All the promises she makes are hollow. This isn't a monarchy. We are about to dump King George and we don't need another person in the white house thinking they can do what ever they want and promising everything that will be impossible to deliver.

    April 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Glenn

    "The party's over….Good night lady!" Obama is only 297 deleagates away from nomination!

    April 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Big Tex

    Its over Hell-ary, Lie-ary, Bill-ary. You can't win the nomination and that means you will never be the next President of the United States. You can go duck hunting with Cheney and Bush come January 09. Oh! by the way, don't forget to duck! Some people can't shoot straight.

    Obama 08 12.

    April 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Unshrub

    Why are we promoting those who make bad decisions? Almost everyone agrees the Iraqi war was a bad decision; so now people want to promote McCain or Hillary so they can fix the problem. Remember, they are the reason we are in this war, they are part of the problem. I say kick them out and vote for the only person whom had the foresight not to go into Iraq in the first place. WAKE UP PEOPLE, BEFORE IT”S TOO LATE!


    April 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. sam

    Obama supporters what are you on this guy has bad baggage on his side No OBUMMER HERE NO THANKS

    April 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. karen

    Sooooo proud of Obama!!! He did something above and beyond his very own personal feelings and did what was best for this country!!! We have NOT seen this in either Clinton or McCain. They come from such wealth that they are all consummed with themselves. Obama grew up like the rest of us and will do what is BEST for all in America. Listen to him! He loves this country for it has given him and he loves the American people–So does Michelle!!!!

    April 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Helene

    Yes. Obama is the best candidate and I support him enthusiastically more than ever !

    April 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Steve Edwards

    Obama gets the nomination and I'm either NOT voting, or switching sides...like about 25% of the Dems will do. WHY? Because as a Democrat, I do NOT trust this guy as far as I could throw him. The LAST thing this country needs is someone named Hussein to be president, and after his personal, close ties with Rev. Wright....it's apparant that Obama is a very angry person. This country will go through HELL if he's elected, and we can't take much more. Hillary is a WINNER, just like Bill was. Obama keeps talking about change...change to WHAT? How about changing back to the way it was in the 90's..peace and prosperity for all...under Bill Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. cheekbrown

    Obama is NOT damaged goods. He is proving beyond all doubt that he can take a punch, get up, and continue the fight until he is victorious. Haters beware.

    We are living in a time that will be remembered for centuries forward.


    April 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Nora, FLORIDA

    CNN you counted wrong. Your title says he added 3 in 24hours and then your article says 5 in 24 hours. Which is it? Hope this is not a peek at how the count will be in the General election because once again, it will show that votes are being counted.

    April 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Michigan for Obama

    I wish the Clinton supporters would look – with an open mind – at Hillary and Bill e.g. where is their money coming from, their relationships with lobbyists, campaign tactics, etc. that will affect her Presidency if she/they were to become elected. Go back in history and take an honest and objective close look at the first Clinton White House which was riddled with scandal after scandal.

    P.S. Rev. Wright: I felt bad that Obama had to take such a strong stand against Rev. Wright – the opposing campaigns and media would not let this go for what it is...a retired minister with very different and offensive point of views...he reminded me of my dear late father who would also say very outrageous things that I totally rejected...but I certainly couldn't reject my Dad and fortunately no one was demanding that I did.

    White 60 year old woman for Obama...and from Michigan

    April 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Marcia

    What is hurting Obama is cable news constant coverage of the so-called "controversies," which no one cares about. The American people want to discuss and solve the issues. Barack wants to discuss and solve the issues. Hillary Clinton and CNN only care about their ratings.

    April 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Cynthia

    Congratulations Senator Obama and his supporters. We love it.

    April 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. A Mama 4 Obama

    Time for Hillary "Rotten" Clinton to get on the "Midnight Train to Bosnia.

    God said he'll make your enemies your foot stool.

    Obama stay strong, you have a lot of supporters.

    Go Obama!

    April 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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