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. Democrats Rule

    Thank goodness that we have superdelegates who love their party! Bless you sir, and WELCOME ABOARD!

    May 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Tanya Kujath

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Josh

    A lifetime? ... How old is he... like 46, minus 20yrs spent hating white america in company of his minister so that's like nothing.

    May 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Dale Wise

    Word on the street here in DC is that a very large contingent of uncommitted superdelegates have already decided to go with Obama. This daily trickling of superdelegates throwing their support behind Obama is part of a plan to end the nomination next Tuesday.

    More are going to commit each day, then Monday or early Tuesday, a substantial number will make their announcement supporting Obama all at once.

    Rumor is that the majority of the remaining superdelegates are involved. We'll see next week.

    May 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Nigel

    With all respect to Obama's supporters, I am somewhat taken back by the comments both Obama and Hillary supporters make, against each other. I truly believe the media has overplayed the effects of the Rev. Wright, they should just put it to rest. Both candidates has their faults, BUT the main concern is for the Democrats to win in November, and alot of people don't think he can deliver. I am sure alot of people are torn between these two wonderful candidates, as I am. Voting Obama, is voting another 4 four years of BUSH. If Obama gets the nomination, I hope we can agree a mistake was made and move forward and all unite to get back the Whitehouse in 2012 from the Republicans.

    May 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Tangie

    CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE!

    THIS IS FOR THE NEW GENERATION, MY KIDS, YOURS KIDS. THE FUTURE POLITICAL JUNKIES!!!

    CHANGE! IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS!!!!

    OBAMA 2008!! YES WE CAN!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. JFK

    The primary system needs to changed in the next election. The next time around needs to be an all at once 50 state primary. Winner takes all. No more of this proportional delegate stuff. This was an utter disaster!

    May 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Dennis F

    Here goes another idiot superdelegate politician who is supporting Obama.

    Great, if Hillary does not get the nomination there are many of us who will never vote for Obama and well there is that third option which is not looking all that bad (John McCain).

    I might not like all his politics but I truly believe that he s straight and will at least do what he says. That would be a welcome breath of fresh air and politics.

    Here is OBAMA, a man who Americans virtually know nothing or little about him and his minimal experience in politics. They are willing again (just like that other guy Bush) to give him the keys to the BUS so he can drive it further into the ground. Obama's tenure in the Illinois State Senate wasn't exemplary and his current stint in the US Senate wasn't much better.

    Even as the Chair for the Senete oversite committee for the Afghanistan War was a complete wash. He never even called a meeting for over 12 months. And he is the MAN that will solve our problems in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN.

    Hey US Army, Marines etc when you vote please do yourself a favor and research on this guy because he hasn't done a lick in trying to help you. Don't believe all those flowery speeches and words because he is full of it!!!

    America please take care when you vote in the GE becuase we as a nation do not have the luxury of taking any more chances with inexperienced Presidents.

    May 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. SANGO DONNEL ANNOH

    IAM BY NAME SANGO DONNEL ANNOH FROM CAMEROON
    WHAT I WILL LIKE TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IS THAT BARACK OBAMA IS MORETHAN A LEADER EVERYTIME HE SPEAKS HE SPEAKS LIKE AN ANGEL .WHAT I LIKE FROM HIM MOST IS THAT HE LISTENS TO PEOPLE AND IT IS SAID A LEADER WHO LISTEN IS THE ONE WHO CAN GET TO PEOPLES PROBLEMS VERY FAST.COLOUR IS NOT LEADERSHIP WHAT IS IN HIM THAT MATER.I WAS DISAPPOINTED WHEN HIS FORMER PASTOR CRITISIZED HIM.THATS WHERE I SAW THAT, THAT PASTER WASNT REALLY A PASTER BUT A BUSSINESS MAN .HE USE THE NAME OF PASTORSHIP TO COVER HIMSELF BUT NOTHING LAST FOR EVER.IF HE HAD SOMETHING FOR OBAMA WHY THIS TIME?LOOK AT THE WAY BARACK OBAMA RESPONDERED ON THE COMEDY CENTRAL HE RESPONDED LIKE JESUS
    LETS LOOK AT OBAMA NOT THE COLOUR HE WILL NOT ONLY ROLL AMERICA BUT THE WORLD.

    SANGO DONNEL ANNOH
    DOUALA CAMEROON

    May 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. angelina for obama

    any of you have notice that everytime Obama gets one or two delegates, they do not really announce it in this CNN clinton national network, but if she gets one endorsment, it is : Clinton gets BIG endorsement.............

    mm cnn: clinton national network wants to steal the nomination and use the same tactics billary do in her campaign.using misleading words, scaring people, saying someone won by 10% even so is not......

    CNN please stop the covering of the queen B and the King H report facts..
    even limbaugh is doing better...............

    May 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Kat

    Oh Eric........consider Whitewater, Travelgate, Vince Foster, getting fired in her early days for lying, getting caught lying on tape, lying about Bosnia, Peter Paul. And you think Obama has baggage? The problem is that they haven't been able to dig up or make up more on Obama.

    Hillary sounds more like McCain than any Democrat I've ever heard.
    May be she could be his vice president. She is dividing the party in her quest to be queen and doing it in any way to win, ethical or not.

    May 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Mike in Columbus

    I would rather lose the election voting for Obama than win it voting for hillary.

    All of you hillary supporters threatening to vote for McCain if hillary doesn't get the nomination, go for it. McCain running our country does not scare, but hillary does.

    And guess what... 4 years from now Barack would beat hillary again!

    May 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Chill Out-N-AZ

    Kim.....you are the perfect example of why we need Barack Obama. The obvious fear,hatred and insecurity you express is reflective of the apathy found in many parts of the country.

    I can only hope that you are smarter than the "cut off your nose to spite your face" sentiment you espouse. However in the event you're not, be sure to use a very sharp instrument.

    We've got a BIG TENT and you're still welcome.

    OBAMA '08

    May 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Anna

    I am a white professional woman who respects John McCain greatly . But if we are going to have a Democrat for President I will take Barack Obama any day of the week than seeing the White House inhabited by the despicable liars without ANY moral fiber in them Clintons.

    May 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Nick

    Unbelievable!
    McCain is going to be a new president.
    It is about the time to have another political party.

    May 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Sonyi

    I hope both CNN and MSNBC can get their numbers together soon. Thanks for another super.

    May 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. ruby

    Did you guys decide to ignore the fact that Clinton also got endorsed by two superdelegate AFL-CIO state presidents in the past two days. (One today)

    May 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. SANGO DONNEL ANNOH

    LET NO ONE TALK ABOUT HILLARY SHE IS THERE TO ACOMPANY OBAMA TO THE TOP AS SEGULEN ROYAL DID IN FRANCE THERE ARE POSITIONS THAT A WOMAN CAN HOLD NOT WORLD LEADER THAT IS PUTING US MEN DAWN .ONLY TAKE A LOOK ON WORLD DAY OF THE WOMAN.THERE LET US KNOW THAT WHAT A MAN CAN DO A WOMAN CAN DO IT BETTER.WHAT AN INSULT.
    LET HER BE
    SANGO DONNEL ANNOH
    DOUALA CAMEROON

    May 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Moses, Ca.

    Another one...thank you Sir, that makes 2 super delegates today.
    WELCOME ABOARD

    mOSES, cA.

    May 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Tamara 4 Obama

    That's why I say polls don;t mean a thing! Welcome aboard!
    This thing will be over before you know it!

    Obama08!

    May 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Gerri

    SEN.OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, PLEASE STAY FOCUS FOR THE PEOPLES AND FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SAY " YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN".

    May 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. trellskig

    Oh no, where did the competition go from yesterday? hahaha

    Thats right keep reeling them in Senator O.

    May 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    A Clinton Presidency will be the "end" of our country. Her and Bill
    have robbed our jobs and got personally "paid off". They send
    other people (Penn, etc,) to do their dirty work and then deny, deny,
    deny. It works for them.

    Bill won't have to walk far to see his "friends" as lobbyists and other
    countries willing to pay him a salary. And Hillary, will be able to
    turn her head and say she didn't know. Wake up, you women fools.
    Your husbands jobs are being "SOLD. 5 Million from Dubai and
    $800,000 from Columbia and more $$$$$ via Penn. You women
    are fools and so are you racists.Get over it!!!! FAST. You are going to be voting AGAINST yourselves and your own families. Wake up and don't be stupid!!!!! Hear ye, Women and Racists!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. nicole

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO. OBAMA NATION. What will tomorrow bring, two three more? WE LOVE IT. BYE-BYE HILLARY.

    OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. CHUCK

    RE: DELEGATES,CAUCAS,SUPER DELEGATES,STATES WON...

    IF YOU COUNT UP THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES OF THE STATES HILLARY HAS WON SO FAR...SHE WOULD HAVE 289 ELECTORAL VOTES AND WE WOULD BE ADDRESSING HER AS MADAM PRESIDENT. OBAMA IS GOOD BUT THE REPUBLICAN CORRUPTION AND SPIN MACHINE WILL EAT HIM UP...WHICHEVER DEMOCRAT WINS THE NOMINATION I AM SUPPORTING BUT I THINK HILLARY IS THE TOUGHER OPPONENT FOR OLD BEFUDDLED AND B.S. ARTIST MCCAIN.

    RETIRED IN AZ...SO WE GET LOTS OF GOODIES ABOUT MCCAIN

    May 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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