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. carolinas

    Happy to see the support from superdelegates. Specially now, Obama needs all his democratic members support to bring a "CHANGE" in many areas to restore economic prosperity, world's peace and unity among all nations to root out hate and violence.

    OBAMA 2008...!!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. It's Over!!!

    Another superdelegate for Obama! I understand people feel very strongly about their candidates. I pray for Senator Obama every day. But it is time for Clinton supporters to face the facts. Senator Obama will win at least half of the remaining state delegates. Come June he will have the states, the popular vote and he will need less than 100 votes to secure the nomination. Hillary Clinton can't win the election because she is not a nominee. The DNC will pressure the Super D's to "unite" the party and the Hillary camp will implode.

    Whether you like it or not Senator Obama is the democratic nominee. HRC said herself that his policies are a lot closer to hers than John McCain's. We have a record number of democrats registering in almost every state. If we stick together we can win! For God's sake look at the issues! There is no way we can fix the economy, healthcare or anything else if we continue to spend billions of dollars on this war. To Hillary supporters thinking of deflecting remember that the next generation will suffer much more than we have if there is 8 more years of the Bush administration. (Look at McCain's healthcare plan!) Do not betray our children to prove a point.

    April 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Marguerite, NYC

    Thank you Rep. Braley for having the courage to be the first to come out after the controversey and back the next POTUS – Sen. Obama – YES WE CAN!

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Marshall in Nebraska

    Who would have thought...even the Super Ds don't like the old school politics.

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. rehoboth ng

    I know when the storm is over,Barrack Obama will still be standing.Despite all he has gone through recently,many do understand that he is in a better position than Hillary to fulfill the American dream. Welcome on board Congressman Braley.

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Tim from Ohio

    I looked up Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley and was shocked to learn that he is white. Since Nobama and Rev. Wright are racists, I'm suprised that any white person would still support him. There has to be a payoff there in the works.

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. carl d

    See now that what im talking about THREE new delagates within 24 hours. He must be doing something right.

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Kentucky Girl

    I think we got ourselves a winner folks..

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Scott Glenn in Wa


    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. I could have guessed

    I hear Hillary went negitive again. who could have guessed that. A lieing person such as her has a lot of room to talk, I guess next she will be on her soap box preaching grim and gloom as all the old timers do. Scare Mongers Clintons and the Old Washington Status Quo please go crawl back under your rock and let change happen....

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. An American in Canada

    It is almost as if they already have these confirmation and are waiting to announce another superdelegates each time there is negative news about Obama.

    Obama's campaign is just to obvious.

    First, getting Rev. Wright to be outrageous

    Thus giving Obama an opportunity to denounce Rev. Wright and pretend to be outraged about his statements which have been aired in the last 6 to 8 months.....

    Please American take a good luck at the man behind the curtains...
    He is just a wizard....

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It looks as if Obama is losing the battle (Rev. Wright), and winning the war (superdelegates). He used to be behind by about 100 superdelegates, and now he's behind by about 20. And he's closing the gap every day.

    April 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |

    Go Obama! The superdelegates are not stupid and they know what they're doing! They actually know these candidates personally and are choosing Obama...says something about Clinton, doesn't it?

    April 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Amy R.

    Superdelegates are smart. They can see through the hypocrisy of Hillary pandering regarding gas prices.

    Hillary fails to mention not disclosing the Clinton library donations from Middle East OPEC oil nations like Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and UAW. I want full disclosure from any candidate that wants the job of President. So what is Hillary and Bill hiding about the Clinton library donations?

    April 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Mandy

    Sources say there might be one or two other Obama endorsements in the air today...

    I'll stay tuned 🙂

    April 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Liz

    The movement continues. Obama now needs about 287 more total delegates and he wins the nomination.

    Hillary CANNOT win then elected delegate count at this time. Elected delegates are what wins elections. Just think of Al Gore who won the popular vote but lost the elected delegate count to Bush.

    The race is essentially, its being played off as close by the media to increase their ratings.

    Hillary supporters, please start supporting your democratic nominee. He will win fair race although hillary had all the advantage in the beginning.

    April 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. georgia

    Truth shall prevail. No more poli-Tricks-cians .NAFTA gave the expected short-term economic boost in the 90's .We are still paying for it (with W's help) & will continue to lose jobs til corporations are made to answer for seeking cheap labor in India,Phillipnes, Mexico ,China,etc. while forcing americans to lose jobs but still pay escalating prices for the products & services. That certainly is not looking after the interests of average americans. But we're supposed to be grateful to the Clintons & Bushes as they & their cronies have been the only americans capitalizing on the drain on the country.

    April 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Jeff, Boston MA

    This race is kinda confusing. Obama has been beating McCain in head to head polls for months. Finally, Clinton has a good head to head showing, and everyone thinks it is the "sign".

    A) It is one poll
    B) Why wasn't it a sign when Obama continually beat him in head to head matchups.

    Now, Clinton is claiming total popular votes(including FL and MI, I might add) won. Just a few weeks ago, she said that wasn't what was important. Can you say it with me, HYPOCRITE!

    And finally, Obama has been getting superdelegates left and right, and no one comments. Why doesn't someone with some pull and some guts step up and admit this thing is over, and ask Hillary to end it?

    If Hillary thinks staying in this race could hurt her in the future, she would bail.

    End this, and let's move on to the general election.

    April 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Geez

    I am still waiting on Al Gore's endorsement – Gore is the kiss of death – whoever he does not endorse will be the nominee...

    April 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. gerald strother

    Go OBAMA The end is coming for Hillary look out after NC then you will see the new superdelegate go for Obma do the math no way they will over ride the will on the people"" DO THE MATH IF HILLARY WON ALL BY 70% STILL DO THE MATH AFTER NC SHE WILL HAVE TO WIN ALL BY 80 %

    April 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. stage

    How long shall we discuss Rev. Wright?

    Both Obama and Wright are egomaniacs seeking and demanding center stage.
    Do we want the presidency to be that stage?

    They will dominate the American debate.

    April 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Rennae, VA

    CNN has truly turned into the CLINTON Machine.

    CNN exploits negativity to further divide this country whether polically, racially or socially.

    CNN deflects CHANGE or POPULOUS sentiments through biased commentators and subject matter to which to report to the WORLD

    CNN partnered with HANITY & COLMES has turned the American political forum into a circus for the entire world to mock

    CNN is sucking the enthusiastic interest and motivation out of American youths now have with regards to politics

    April 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Niel, NY

    another Judas !!
    So many Judas-es in this modern world.

    April 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    Good for you, Mr. Braley! Now, Obamaphiles, time to roll out the big guns... first up, Nancy-Pants!

    April 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. mk

    Smart choice, Representative Braley. The math is just not there for Hillary. I have a feeling that votes for Hillary by members of congress at this point are going to be very few and far between.

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