April 30th, 2008
10:04 AM ET
7 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. napolimom

    This is great news to wake up to! Senator Obama is the clear choice for president!

    April 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Oversees supporter

    I am thrilled.

    I hope that after getting interseted in the presidential race for the first time in my life – except where I voted against a candidate in 2004, that my energy, hope and ambition for Mr. Obama to become our next president comes true.

    The more superdelegates that let their choices known, the sooner this debacle of "contest" can finally come to a conclusion.

    April 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. stef

    You'll cant stop this moving train. Much more to come after May 6, I promise. Obama 08-2012

    April 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Susan MO

    Wrong move Rep. Braley.

    Clinton is the strongest candidate in experience, for the people, and a good fighter.

    April 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. IB

    The tide is turning, indeed.

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Debbie

    And there are more to come. What is Hillary going to do?

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Stop the Drama

    the more Negative Ads from Hillary, th more superdelegates we add!

    Si Se Puerde!!

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. fullbodytransplant

    With the choice coming down to a positive campaign (Obama) versus a negative campaign (Clinton) I am glad to see people making the choice for uplifting hope, instead of a continued sense of negativity.

    Onward!

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. william delaware

    timing is everything

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Grant

    I hear the floodgates will open today, rumblings have as many as 4-5 supers including one biggie....The majority of them were very pleased with his performance yesterday which speaks to his character, plus they want this to end...Hillary's ridiculous gas tax scheme has everybody scratching their heads...might work for her Bubba vote, but national party policy strategists have had enough pandering from her, in her say anything to get votes.

    Braley is big as he was also Edwards most vocal and closest backer...Edwards staff works for Obama in NC, would be the closer I think and definate deflator to the Clintons..may not turn out many more Obama voters, but the optics look good!

    I am a Republican, but as an American, I like Obama

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Alex

    What difference does it make?!
    still ....good to hear.....but the damage is done on his campaign
    this preacher clown did him in good......i feel bad for Obama...even though i am a Hillary supporter......i still respect and like him.

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Bye Obama

    20 years too little and too late.

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Eugene Groysman

    This just shows you can't keep a good man down. Hillary has done everything in the book to get people to vote for her. When it comes to getting what she wants, she will do anything to anyone to achieve her goals. She pretends to care, but you can tell she is playing lip service to everybody. She votes for a war, then says "if she only knew what she knows now." There were members of both houses that voted against the war, but she voted for it because it was the easier thing to do.

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. A. Harrison

    I dont' take this as news as these are just pledges to vote for that candidate. Minds change as things change.

    April 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Divine inspired race

    At least the superdelegates seem to be fishing through all the crap to find the diamond sparkling within. Congratulations supers, you guys are awesome!! Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Tony Z- MD

    Welcome aboard. I guess Sen. McCatskill is right. The House and Senate are Obama bound.

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Bibek, ME

    I am not surprized. Any intelligent person would know that Obama is the right choice.
    HOPE=OBAMA
    Yes we can!

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Victor

    This race needs to end by June. for the good of the democratic party and who ever comes out on top, all democrats need to rally behind them. If not, there will be 4 more years of Bush like policies. That is a fact

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Former Obama Supporter

    I don’t know if people know that Obama already has a lot of superdelegates. He tells them not to make their decision public, so that when he gets bad press, he using a superdelegate to distract Americans from his bad press. It’s not that Obama is convincing them to vote for him; they have already decided and they don’t care if Hillary won Pennsylvania. It is a real shame that she can win the rest of the states and the superdelegates will still vote for Obama. They really need to think twice when casting their vote for Obama. We will lose our chance of getting back the White House if he is our nominee.

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. RB

    The super delegates are doing what the american people should be doing. They are not looking at the personal trivial issues of a personal life but more focused on what the candidate can and will do to help turn around our country.

    All americans should keep in mind, it is not just internal issues that we face and need to correct but we also need to take a hard look at our foreign policy as 80% of consumer products are imported to teh U.S.

    If those relationships go South (Which John McCain will do) you can expect at least another 4 years of high inflation.

    Foreign Policy needs to be kept in mind and right now Obama has the best plan overall for foreign policy and domestic trade to help pick our economy back up and this is a key thing the supers are looking at. I would hope all voters stop trying to divide this party and focus on the issues that are at hand. A cnadidates personal life with no relationship to politics should not distract us.

    Keep our eyes focused on what we need and not what the media wants you to see.

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Kevin in DC

    Good.

    People are seeing that this election year isn't about flag pins and other b.s.

    It's about the people, and the challenges we face in uniting the country. Obama and his supporters have taken up that challenge. It's not easy, but we can do it. Join us! Thank you, Representative Braley!

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. bP

    Welcome and thank you!

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. DT - Alton, IL

    And their winding down! I believe this primary will be over May 6.

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. sheryl

    Thank you Congressman Braley.....Keep them coming drip drip drip.

    All great leaders know great leaders

    Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. mama4obama

    Another man who sees the need for change. Welcome aboard the ship of the future.

    OBAMA 08

    April 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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