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. Jamie Saunders

    Obama will tear down the walls that has been holding America back since JFK....We need a President that will hold dialogue with the rest of the world...Someone who will say that America is still willing to help not just countries with oil, but other countries with basic problems like better medicine, food etc....Obama is the one....

    Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. DB

    If God is for you, he is more than the whole world against you!. Welcome aboard the Obama train.

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. joann

    Looks like no one cares who Obama is or how his ratings are dropping among the "people". We don't count here. They just don't care who gets in they just don't seem to want Hillary who is the best prepared candidate to run against Mccain. If they keep defecting to Obama no matter what he does, then I vote Mccain. I see sexism here but I know that doesn't count!! It's ok that 90% of blacks are voting Obama – that's not racism though. Huh, double standard.

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. AZM

    LOL... kind of like investing in ENRON at this point...

    Can't wait to see Wright's response to Obama's disloyalty!

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Larry

    These super delegates who choose to support Obama will do so at their own risk. Because there is no way that man is going to win the General Election. There are too many questions about his integrity and his agenda at this point.

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. l.a.p.

    OBAMA ..Superdelegate, is a BIG JOKE, sit tide, nobody will give you a vote in november, if is not Hillary wi will be toast...

    you not that good to go again BUSH CLONE (Mcain) or worse...you just don't have it...GET IT TOGHETER....

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT.....2009

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Jean

    C'mon Super Delegates. You have a responsibility. McCain said he would "bomb bomb Iran" but Hillary said she would NUKE them. Our poor planet cannot stand this. Help us out here.

    April 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. MJL

    Woohoo! THAT'S AWSOME NEWS!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Ig

    Marcia, it's ok, we can do without your vote. GOT IT!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Getting Bored In Florida

    Who really cares about these endoresments? I never heard of most of these people anyway. I wonder how many people are feeling sorry for OBama and the predictament that Wright has put him in and will jump in to endorse him. Let the people vote and let the other politicians just SHUT UP!

    April 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Jen

    That's the way .... uh-huh, uh-huh .. I like it. Slow, smooth and secure. Rising above septic tanks, uh-huh uh-huh I like it.... woooo-baby! Go Obama!!

    April 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. MikeT

    You are biased CNN. Hillary got a superdelegate from Pennsylvania, you could consider that 3 in 24 hours for her too.

    GO HILLARY!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. say what??!?!

    hooraaayyyyyy... what a foolish party... i prefer baathists.

    April 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Belle

    For you that tout Obama handles Crises....

    Lest you forget, he was the CAUSE of the two major crises you talk about.

    We don't need a president that creates crises...Bush has managed to create enough for two lifetimes.

    April 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Marilynn, Wilmington, NC

    Amen.

    I am convinced more than ever that Obama is the person to lead our country.

    You will see his Judgement is in tact. He will be proven right on this tax holiday (election gimmick) that would eventually cost the consumer more money.

    April 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Lou

    Please folks, let's keep this civil. No need to attack HRC. I am an indepedent for Obama but he doesn't stand a chance unless the Dems can come together. Over the last 2 days HRC has gained 2 superdelegates to Obama's 3. This has been a long tough haul for both of these candidates and while I think it is over, HRC has adjusted and shown backbone that is commendable. I still can't cast a ballot for her and it is due to policy issues and approach to governing. I also do not respect Bill but in fairness he is not running.

    May God Bless and keep our great country

    April 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Richard

    How can any american citizen support a candidate who has ANY kind of connection with a man who said the USA deserved the 9/11 attacks ? It is simply principle over politics.

    April 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    He's just a new age political with to much negative in his house. By his own reverend's terms, is he left-brained or is he Wright brained? I really don't want to find out after he is in the White House.

    April 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. htp

    The real important issue is that people starts to see the real Obama. He is not the "above all" politicians. He is a very calculated politician. To move up so fast in a short period of time explains all. He took advantages of people along the way, Rev. Wright is one of them therefore he can not denounce him. Just wait and see, there will be more Rev. Wright. "What goes around, comes around. "

    April 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Doug, DC

    Belle, did you just say someone that CREATES CRISIS??

    Hello, are you excusing Ms. Sniper Fire Clinton of her creations/LIES??

    Y'all Hillary supporters are laughable!!

    April 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. math

    the superdelegates are truly showing their wisdom. no wonder they are called superdelegates

    April 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. dian

    It's the right thing to do. We will see changes for the better. Obama makes decisions that are good for the country. Look at what freezing gas taxes would do to many jobs. It's a no brainer who is more honest. We don't want others to lose their jobs just so we can be comfortable for only a few months. It hurts to see others suffer when they lose their jobs. Obama 08"

    Good for you Braley!

    April 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Yankee Air Pirate

    Who cares ? Either one of these buffons will be toast when they meet McCain.Wait until 2012 & nominate another loser.What a list-Gore,Kerry,Clinton/Obama.Pathetic.

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. After further review,Texas

    Obama is a Leo and a true leader,While Hillary is a Scorpio,a stinging war monger.

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. sara jay

    GO OBAMA!!! we were with you then, we are with you now. because we believe in you. keep the supers coming:)

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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