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. Nora

    It`s over for Hillary. Undereducated folks – it`s not about you – it`s about her ego. Remember dirty fights in 93-2000 White House ?

    OBAMA is our future. World is laughing at Hillary and Mc Bush.

    April 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. richard

    Good judgement

    April 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Terry

    Let's get this over, Go Obama. I will campaign NY to get rid of Clinton.

    Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Dusacre

    If half of the remaining super delegates goes for each candidate, then guest who will win this nomination?

    April 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Warren Blackwell


    April 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Venus

    Thank you sir! Way to go Obama!

    Just stay focus – this race is over with for Hillary – but it's fun to see the slow march of her death!

    Word is out that one of her supporters set up the Press-Conf – and she invited Rev. Wright –

    Think about it – why would the news-media give so much time to cover Rev. Wright on Monday? And Sunday?

    April 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Kel from Auburn, AL

    Welcome Aboard! This train is leaving and going all the way to the white house!

    April 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Marine

    Obama only ignored his pastor after he became controversial, prior to that it was all lovey dovey.

    April 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Leslie-Washington

    Obama is such a pathological liar, the ONLY truth he said yesterday during press conference Wright don't have any concern for him or his campaign. If Wright is egocentric, Obama top him in that department.

    What do you know about Obama? Why did Wright say, "he say what he has to say, he's a politician". It means Obama was pandering and lying to the American people.

    April 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Godwin

    I wish the Dems will review this their superdeligate style of choosing a candidate. It makes the voters feel like they're not important. This is democracy – government of the people, for the people and by the people! Can we just let the people choose the candidates???

    April 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Leslie-Washington

    The vote of superdelegates are not cast in stone, they can withdraw their vote anytime they wanted all the way to the convention floor. The job of superdelegates is to elect someone who CAN win the general election, I can candidly say if Obama is the nominee for the Democratic Party, McCain will be the next President.

    April 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. kai joe

    It is time for superdelegates and all politicians who feel responsibility for America to stand up and endorse Obama.
    The battle between Barack and Hillary is not a battle between to Democrats but it is a battle between future and past, between the new way and the old establishment, between peace and war, between honesty and defamation, between modernization and regression.
    Hillary is not honest and has been doing everything only to win. She hasn't achieved anything and hasn't accomplished any intentions in her 8 years of being so called "first lady". She hasn't done anything against Bill's ugly affairs; instead she was silent only because she knew that she would politically have gone down if she had divorced.
    Nobody speaks about such things now but in the main election if she faced the McCain campaign, the Republicans would eliminate her.
    To all Obama supporters:
    don't get impatient and disappointed please. Why should you be? It is the new ugly trick from Clintons to make you feel so. Why don't you think of gaining 25% within 4 weeks? Why do you think of 9% margin of Hillary’s result? Hillary wants American people to think she is the underdog and victim on one hand and on the other side she plays the role of strong lady who eliminates Iran. Don’t be tapped into her tactics.
    The advantage of Hillary is only her unscrupulous way to make politics, without any moral and any regards .the media wants such a person. And unfortunately a more considerable minority of American people consider this ability as an essential talent for a politician like Hillary to box through in politics.
    What has to be done now:
    -Obama shouldn't repeat frequently that "he is not a perfect man and not a perfect president"
    -Obama has to be very offensive against Hillary’s abuse of fears and against Clinton’s dynasty.
    – Tactics have to be to persuade people that Hillary will never be a good president because of Clinton's past and all her and his affairs.
    -Tactics shouldn't be to focus on Hillary's present tactics and her fight for the future office in white house.tacticts have to focus on her unfairness and on her lies in order to remind people of her inabilities and her scandals and affairs.
    -Tactics have to focus to persuade democrats not to make their greatest historic mistakes about losing Obama forever. After Martin Luther King, Obama is the only Politician with honesty and transparency and with clean hands.

    -Obama has to be very offensive and focus on McCain.

    Obama is the next president

    April 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Paul Lennon

    I hear these supers are lined up on both sides already.
    The candidates pick the right time to roll them out.
    I also hear Hillary got 2/3's sured up and will be the nominee
    after the rest of the states votes, and she is leading the total vote

    April 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. clinton

    It's kinda funny how all of your comments are a repeat of media opinion. Do any of you think for yourselves? It's like your all puppets with the media's voice.

    April 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Steven, Indianapolis

    Bravo! The Superdelegates are different from the Clinton supporters.

    Obama 08.

    April 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Sean

    Obama picked up another, US Representative Baron Hill. Should be an interesting day!

    April 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Venus

    Hillary's supporters should do their math about how many superdelegates Obama has gotten in the past week!

    Obama is going to be the next president – so watch Hillary's slow death!

    April 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. DoneWithDems

    Can you say "it don't matter"?


    April 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Sean

    Steve Edwards: You tried to make your case, but showed your ignorance with the Hussein comment. A name is just a name, and for you to refuse to support him due to his name is just laughable.

    April 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Jersey Jean

    Thank you Iowa. I'm 81 years old (and white, Hill supporters, so there). This is a health issue for me. My blood preasure can't take much more of this wretched campaign.

    April 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Margaret

    When will CNN and the rest of the main-stream media begin reporting the Peter Paul case? I've yet to hear it mentioned anywhere. If Wright is an issue surely election fraud is too!!

    April 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. True Independent, MD

    Hillary and McCain make promises they most certainly will not be able to keep.
    Unfortunately, most Americans will not figure that out until it is too late.

    April 30, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Cathy

    Why watching one of the news network on 4/29/08, it was mention that Rev Wright was called to the White House doing the Clinton Administration to counsel the Clintons concerning the Monica era. Is this true?

    April 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Benjamin from Wyoming

    It's about time that CNN and the other networks faced the music that the superdelegates have all made up their minds quite sometime ago. They have made their choices known to the camapaigns and it's just a matter of time that the stupid melodramatic obsessive compulsive corporate media wake up to the fact that Barack Obama is the candidate with the most super delegate support. Claire McCaskill told Politico that the majority of supers she's talked to on the Hill are committed, and it's just a matter of timing when they will make their choices public. She said that Obama will win more than he loses. Wake up CNN your hunger for melodrama and high ratings is over. End the drama with a bang and start focusing on the fact that he's won.

    April 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Herman LA, CA

    Look the demarcated party knows who they want in the White House and it isn't the Clintons. The Clintons are trying to force their way into the White House, the DNP has viewed the Clintons as devises and can not bring about the change in foreign policy. They are looking forward to working with Barack on his foreign policy to bring the United States back around because the United States need allies in the region. This thing is much larger than the U.S. even though that is one of the DNP to turn this economy around for the people.

    April 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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