May 1st, 2008
11:32 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama picks up Texas superdelegate

(CNN) – Democratic National Committee member John Patrick, a 31-year member of the United Steelworkers union and vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO, officially announced his support for Barack Obama Thursday. The nod is Obama’s second superdelegate endorsement of the day.

Earlier Thursday, former DNC Chairman Joe Andrew switched his vote from Clinton to Obama. The superdelegate gap between Clinton and Obama stands at 18 in CNN’s latest count.

"Senator Barack Obama has spent a lifetime standing up for American workers, and he will be a crucial voice for us in the White House,” Patrick said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “He has consistently opposed unfair trade deals that fail to offer protection to American workers - like NAFTA. Senator Obama has a real plan to put money back in the pockets of working families by restoring the manufacturing base in America."

Patrick had been a supporter of former Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid.


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soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. bigben

    New swing state polls shows him losing the ge. good luck on winning nothing in Nov. Shows Hillary winning all 3 which equals a win.

    May 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Trev

    He is having a good day with SDs. Not so good in the polls. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Wonder why the supers want to end it early.

    May 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. ART in TX

    HELL YEAH HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

    TEXANS LOVE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. yes we can

    the superdelegate floodgates are opening to Obama..

    The party is ready to end this.....Obama will be the candidate..

    yes we can!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Dale Wise

    Number of Delegates:
    Indiana: 72
    North Carolina 115

    Don't be fooled. North Carolina is the big prize, not Indiana. If Hillary can't 'close the deal' and win North Carolina, then this race is over – despite what the media and the Clinton campaign portray.

    May 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. James

    John, Thanks for saying the truth. God will bless you.

    May 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. honkey white guy from cali

    Welcome aboard! let get this thing going so the Sen Clinton can drop out and we can turn our attention to the real problem Sen McCain!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. White male for Obama

    Yes we can!

    May 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. April in Texas

    Woot! Go Obama and as a Texan I thank you John Patrick! WE can do this!

    YES WE CAN!

    Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Thank you so much for joining the winning team.

    May 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Look byond

    Well, well well,

    What a great choice.

    Need to end this madness and move on.

    Come on superdelegates, we can end this now!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    "Patrick had been a supporter of former Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid."

    I'm seeing that phrase an awful lot lately...

    May 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. NickNas

    WOW this is happenning so fast I lost count! How many is that since....MONDAY??

    May 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Obama for Emperor of the World

    Texas is a "Right to Work" state and probably has the weakest unions in the world. Texas is definitely not known for its steel mills (maybe steer mills).

    "Senator Barack Obama has spent a lifetime standing up for American workers, and he will be a crucial voice for us in the White House” – Patrick

    Obviously Patrick has been spending too much time out in the HOT Texas sun without his cowboy hat or drinking too much kool-aide.

    May 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. @americans

    Way to go Obama!

    Let's wrap this thing up and engaged mcsame!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Eric-PA

    What's wrong with you people! Do you listen to the news? Obama is toast. He'll never win in the general. He's got too much baggage!!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Congratulations Obama supporters. Two today and the day is not over!

    May 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. FEDUP

    When has he stood up for American workers? How or what has he done for American workers? Name just one?

    May 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Rom

    cool !!!!
    so welcome aboard

    May 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. joyce

    welcome mr patrick
    we need to get onto the issues instead of tearing the party down futher

    barack want let you down
    thank you sir

    May 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Herman in LA

    Drip
    Drip
    Drip

    Thanks John Patrick for making the right choice for America.

    This country needs Barack Obama right now more than ever. He will choose the smartest people on the planet and many of political people will be flocking back to Washington to work in his administration and with him.

    Obama 08!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. George in indianapolis

    Still 18 down but counting. Has any one notices that kind of superficial demonic stare that Clinton has on her face?

    May 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Griff

    Easy. When He Cheated on the Caurcus

    May 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. There is a Trend

    Me thinks that all of these former Edwards supporters might send a message to Sen. Edwards which might bring about an endorsement before Tuesday.

    May 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. richard

    This guy is another elite, latte drinker.

    May 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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