May 1st, 2008
11:32 AM ET
6 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. Former Republican

    TO ALL HILLARY SUPPORTERS- Please vote for McCain now, especially all of her FEMALE HILLARY voters. First task on hand for McCain is to appoint a NEW Supreme Court Justice to overturn Roe vs Wade (pro-abortion). Next is to ramp up troop deployment by adding more tours of duty to already exhausted US Troops. I want to see every FEMALE HILLARY supporter push that John McCain button in November.....I DARE YOU! After you vote for him please take yourself off of the Democratic Party list cause you are now a ................REPUBLICAN! Hillary was ALWAYS a Republican at heart anyways! Don't blame me, you are selfish people that are threatening the Democratic party.

    May 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. mitch from ark.

    apparently the 'supers',are smarter than i thought.thank you!

    May 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Viet Nam Vet

    Eric In PA
    How can you be inexperienced and at the same time have too much baggage?

    How do Hillary and McSame have presidential experience?

    May 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Ted van Tol

    Here a message from Europe.

    I hope that on 6 may Obama gets the nomination and then
    we can see that he can beat McCain.

    Let them debate and McCain will lose all his collor because I think that the Americans want change and Obama will bring that and finely America sends a possitive message to the world.. I can not waite.

    And we dont need to have fear for Iran because Obama wil be the president who make peace between Israel and the Palestinens.
    So the need of a war against Iran is over by then.

    Americans please dont make the mistake electing another marionet
    like Bush. I will move to another planet!

    America dont let us down, this world needs a new directon, it's now or never!!!!!! And Obama is my hero already!
    He is a gift of heaven.

    A Obama suporter from the Netherlands.
    Sorry for my English!

    Ted van Tol

    May 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Priscilla for Obama

    Very Good, Mr. Patrick! Obama is the right man for the job!

    Obama for President

    May 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Cammi317

    He obviously doesn't want to see the people of his state "swindled" by this gas tax ploy. Times are hard and all they hear is reduction. They are not understanding that the base price of the gas would more than likely be raised to account for that tax reduction. He understands repercussions, even if some of them do not.

    May 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Barack the Vote in RI

    to "bigben"......Hillary's 3 states to Obama's 47. How on Earth do you calculate a Hillary "win" from this? If you and HRC went to college, you should both file for a refund.

    And what is this we see???? another endorsement for Obama from whom???? A White blue collar worker?????

    Yes the tides are a'changin'......and for the better.

    Looks like after Obama is sworn in, and in the White House, Hillary's clueless arse will still be running her useless, negativie campaign.
    What a joke!!!! LMAO

    08BAMA!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Dr. Bettye A. Bellamy

    Enough about Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton's declaration that if she had been a member of his church and heard the "divisive" comments, she would have left his church. What hypocrisy on her part!! Did she leave Bill when he committed and admitted to adultry? Obama has a right to attend whatever church he chooses to attend. Does Hillary even go to church?

    May 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. greenhx

    At this time we have a divided party, what need to consider is regradsless of who wins the DNC. Nom. for NOV.... We can let McSame when a GW 3rd term.

    May 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Susan, TX

    According to Huffington Post today's superdelegate count is 5 for Obama and 4 for Clinton.

    GO OBAMA, STAY AHEAD AND ON COURSE!

    May 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. ds

    Can't we celebrate Obama's successes without tearing down Clinton?

    Yes We Can.

    Here's to more endorsements for OBAMA!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. California Voter

    It's interesting to note that apparently Obama's supporters believe his stories about his connection to Rev. Wright and the TUCC. I'm sorry, but I find it difficult to believe that he could be a member of a church for 20 years –especially one that is so africentric–and not see how separatist at best, and racist at worst TUCC is. It not only brings to question his judgment, but also his character and values. Looks like superdelegates feel the pressure to take sides before all the voters have their say. And, what about Florida and Michigan. Who do the superdelegates think those voters are going to support in November.

    GO HILLARY

    May 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Chris 2

    "Has spent a lifetime standing up for American workers."
    Hmmm, I'd like to see some documentation on that. Doesn't seem to match reality.

    May 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. missouri

    , NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH THESE
    SUPERS, IF THE WILL OF THE POEPLE ARENT DONE THIS RACE WILL BE IN TROUBLE

    May 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Mark Diplomat

    The tide has turned.

    Congratulations America. You have heeded the message that transparency, honesty and principle will finally led to "good governance" under an Obama Administration.

    The nation, and the world, for that matter, are tired of the tarnished U.S. image at home and abroad.

    Mr. Obama has risen to the occasion, admitted his frailties, and has encouraged us all - including the terribly biased media - to move on.

    Let's do so in the true spirit of America. Our finest days are ahead.

    May 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. E. POWELL I MD & E POWELL MD II

    ME AND MY SON WITH ALL OUR EDUCATION IS STILL TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THIS POLL OF POLLS CONCEPT. WE WERE TAUGHT THAT NO OBJECTIVE REASONING CAN BE PLACE ON
    COMBINED SUBJECTIVE RESPONSES. THE PROABABILITY OF STATISTICS WITH A VARIBILITY OF 10% WILL NOT ALLOW ANY
    FACTUAL CONCULSIONS TO BE DRAWN. IN OTHER WORDS, THE ONLY VALUE THESE TYPES OF POLLS CAN BE USED FOR ARE THE SAKE OF GROUNDLESS DISCUSSIONS. TO USE THEM TO POINT TO HOW PEOPLE REALLY THINK IS RELATIVE TO THE NOTHING. PEOPLE MINDS ARE LIKE THE WIND. CAN WE POLL THE WIND.

    May 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. joe

    Welcome to the winning team

    May 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. WhatDidTheOracleSayToTheLemmings

    Super Delegates covering their bets for November. Saving their jobs when Senator Obama loses. They've given up hope.

    May 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. dorothy decker

    Glad the super delegates are smart enough to look past these distractions and see the real issues we care about. Way to go!

    May 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Over Here in Chicago

    A day late and a dollar short for Hillary's campaign.
    The truth is spoken!!

    May 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. AMB

    And they just keep rolling in!

    "We are looking forward to years of Peace, Prosperity and a balanced budget!"
    Deb, if you want years of peace–don't vote for someone who supported the war! If you want a balanced budget, look to the campaign that pays its debts!

    Yes we can!! Obama '08!!

    May 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Ms. Brown

    First they ignore you,
    then they laugh at you,
    then they fight you,
    then you WIN!!

    Mohandas Gandhi

    OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Farhan

    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 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. mike

    Sure seems that the more Hillary spews her divisive venom and tries to tear down the man, more and more supers throw their support for Obama. It is becoming obvious that most people don't care for this type of campaigning. The supers won't buy into it. Hillary is destroying her chances in the process. All you Obama haters out there take note, this is her doing. She chose to go this route and it is backfiring.

    May 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Shahin, you're an ignoramus! Keep your racial epithets to yourself. You freakin' idiot!

    May 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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