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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  1. barackobama44thpresidentofusa.blogspot.com

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time for Barack Obama for president !!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Carrie Good Eagle Hayden, Idaho

    CNN won't post this. But if the repubs try to swiftboat Obama with the Wright guy, then they better think about getting McCain swiftboated with that 64 karat nutcase Hagee, CNN never, ever, brings that UP ON THE NEWS.

    May 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. kw50

    TO: Praetorian, Fort Myers May 1st, 2008 1:28 pm ET
    Another Pimp for power–who should know better
    _____________________________________________
    What is your problem; you are the most bitter; person I have ever come across? Get a grip and get a life, we have a major problem; and I think this country is about to start another was before Bush is out of office. Think about the future of this country and, why your government is so fearful of talking to our enemy. Why does Bush insist on antagonizing other Iran, Syria; countries that look like they aren't going to take any smack? While this country is waiting for the other preverbal shoe to drop (Nuclear bomb). Everyone is complaining how bad the economy is, how we just lost another 47 soldiers to a senseless war; yet they are willing the vote in 2 people that voted for that war and are trying to start another with Iran. People please wake up and smell the coffee. We need a change, new eyes looking over the foreign policy, a fresh brain/mind to deal with the economy, healthcare and someone that will tell us what is happening and not stay behind closed doors until it's to late to do anything about it.

    Our children are voting for the 1swt time and they want Sen. Obama, because they want a country for themselves and their kids to grow up in without fear. Did you take note of the Indiana ID judgment? I see the "draft" process headed back into the picture if McCain and Clinton are elected. We have a shortage of military, so what does that tell you. All you folks that want to vote for McCain & Clinton; you need to think about that twice. Hillary has to prove she's tough, she has to keep up with the big guys, she even said she would annihilate Iran if they did anything. Why would they do anything? Because, we have to prove we're powerful, so we antagonize, bait, goad. We are headed for another 100 years of war. Apparently, you haven't lost a love one yet. They're willing to shoot first with no questions asked. Watch C-Span while the government tries to explain why they are doing what they are doing to Iran and Syria. It's all speculation, yet they have sent ship out to the Persian Gulf. We will all need to be in a church for 20 years. If they had been we would not be waiting on the shoe to drop.

    May 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. jr

    An open note to John Edwards:

    You hold 26 pledged delegates in your hand and have been very non-committal about who you will throw them to. Some of your former super delegates have or are in the process of making their choices known. So don't you think you should do the same some time soon.

    If your decision is a hard on to make then consider this. Both of your choices are flawed and have baggage. One, Hillary Clinton, has much more baggage than the other. Next, consider the amount of support the Clinton's gave you when you were on the ticket as the V.P. candidate. Does little or none sound about right. Why, because they were looking ahead to her running this time.

    Finally, you campaigned with a vision. So which of these candidates do you think can come closest to achieving that vision. Hillary, the Washington insider, or Obama the merchant of change.

    So you see this decision really isn't that hard to make, that is unless there really wasn't a vision in the first place.

    May 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Mike in Columbus""

    You should be voting for what it the kind of world you want your children and grandchildren living 5 years from now!!!

    How can you expect to affect the future if you don't understand the now?

    May 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. ruby

    TO ALL SUPERDELEGATES:

    I hope CNN publishes this.. They have a way of throwing out anything that works for Hillary...

    AS REV WRIGHJT"S SPEECH.... What you all need to realise is that he did not say anything different. All that he said, about America and AIDS etc, Obama had heard, and supposedly denounced in March. What upset Obama, was that his innermost secret is about to get exposed... as soon as the Rev. stated that, “Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls,” Wright told the Press Club. “Preachers say what they say because they’re pastors. . . . I do what pastors do. [Obama] does what politicians do,” he was asking ALL American to think, and ask themself, is Barack Obama telling them {American people} the truth about himself.

    What Wright was saying is that he knows, based on his long personal relationship with Obama, that Obama agrees with him but can’t say so publicly for political reasons.

    There is no way that Wright would not have known this man real good, not after 20 years.. You are all in for great REGRET!!!!

    I am so shocked at the way you have all turned from the person who can take this country to where it needs to be.

    May 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Mary - PA

    Welcome!

    YES WE CAN!

    May 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Sharon from Houston, Texas

    Welcome Aboard the OBAMA Train John!

    May 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Thank you, John Patrick, for supporting senator Obama.

    Obama supporters, please refrain from attacking Hillary and Hillary supporters. They have their own reasons for supporting her. Obama has said that he wants to bring the country together and heal this country, and we cannot do this if we keep on attacking one another like this. I know you want senator Obama to win, and it hurts when you see him being attacked. What you can do is say why support senator Obama ... that should not be hard, because he does have many wonderful qualities.

    May 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Don't even tell me that these SUPER-DUPER DELEGATES don't
    know about the Clinton's Past. THEY KNOW. THEY KNOW FIRST
    HAND. RENDALL KNEW. WE WILL REMEMBER YOU ALL WHEN
    ALL OF THE CLINTON'S PAST COMES OUT IN THE WASH. AND
    WE WILL REMEMBER YOU! DON'T FOOL AMERICANS ONCE AGAIN WITH YOUR SMEAR ADS.

    May 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Ibextati

    Hillary is losing the last war where she has had an edge. Obama needs only 1/3 of the remaining superdelegates. The current trend does not look good for Hillary. I think this is a backlash against the Clintons for using Carl Rove tactics to attack a fellow democrat.

    May 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Some of you people believe everything you hear. Check the facts.
    Hillary is ahead today for the first time in the McCain vs Hillary poll. She wasn't for the past few months. It is the votes that count. Obama is still ahead in most states, most delegates and most popular.

    May 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    EDWARDS IS NOT DUMB. HE KNOWS BILLARY'S WHOLE PAST.
    WE WILL REMEMBER EDWARDS AND WHO AND WHAT HE STANDS FOR.

    May 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Thank you, John Patrick, for supporting senator Obama.

    Obama supporters, please refrain from attacking Hillary and Hillary supporters. They have their own reasons for supporting her. Obama has said that he wants to bring the country together and heal this country, and we cannot do this if we keep on attacking one another like this. I know you want senator Obama to win, and it hurts when you see him being attacked. What you can do is say why support senator Obama ... that should not be hard, because he does have many wonderful qualities.

    May 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. ak

    Hillary Supporter now, will support Obama if he wins but No way can he beat Mcain. the reupblican machine will make mince meat out of him. Hes too young, too idealistic, too green, the idea of changing Washington has merit but you cant change it if you dotn know how to work it! We need Hillary to win if we are truly going to get out of Iraq and fix the Bush mess of the last 8 years

    May 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. E.M.Jordan/NJ

    Jack you need to do some real research before you point fingers it is clear that someone is behind what this Rev has done and still trying to do but that does not make Barack Obama responsible for his actions and if it does then I guess hillary should be accountable for her Pastor.
    IF A PASTOR IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY THEY KEEP!
    When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his
    sex-abuse trial in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to
    tell the whole truth And nothing but the truth. But as the former
    Clinton Pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for
    Inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his Home last March, Judge
    Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick Sacrificed his honesty the day he
    testified.
    Okay, so now that Bill and Hillary Clinton's pastor Has been convicted
    of child molestation, will we see the Same furor directed at Hillary
    that Obama has had to Endure these last few weeks?
    IF A CANDIDATE IS KNOWN BY THE PASTOR THEY KEEP ......
    Then you need to email this article to everyone you Know. Here the
    CLINTON 'S Pastor is convicted of child Molestation. So, if Obama bears
    the guilt for his pastor's comment; then Hillary has to be equally
    tainted by this man's crimes.

    GIVES NEW MEANING TO SHOE ON THE OTHERS FOOT...

    WELL I GUESS YOU DON'T DO MUCH RESEARCH JACK GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGT AND THEN YOU CAN CONVERSATE BUT I GUESS WHEN YOU LET PEOPLE PUT ANYTHING IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU RUN WITH IT...IT'S SAD.
    YOU KNOW THE SAYING IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!! MEANING "HILLARY"

    May 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    LEAVE Michelle out of it ..

    She is No More Important than Cindy is to McIraq ..

    She is No More Important than Hillary was to Bill.

    The Presidency is not a Husband & Wife or Couple team Job.
    Only Barack will Lead us. Get Real.!

    Hillary was and is Nothing without Bill.

    May 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. I like Hillary, but let's get real.

    Hillary just doesn't have the delegate numbers to win. It is time for
    Clinton and Obama supporters to stop the bickering on the blogs and
    stand as DEMOCRATS to defeat John McCain. Let's unite behind
    the obvious winner Senator Obama and use our jokes toward the Republicans and not each other. Who wants to pay seven dollars a gallon at the gas pump? Even Hillary's superdelegates are realizing that the math is with Senator Obama and lining up behind him. Let's follow their example.

    YES WE CAN.

    May 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Diana

    I find these emotional, innuendo based comments so discouraging. I do have a preference for the final outcome, but the most important issue is taking back the White House in November and when I hear right-thinking folks SCREAM at each other, taunt and slander the candidates and each other, I have to ask – are these adults? Some one is posting an article from the Utica Post regarding a "Clinton pastor" convicted of child molestation – that's Clinton the TOWN not Clinton the candidate and others are rehash Wright's statements as if they issued directly from Obama (when was the last time you stood up during a sermon and took issue with a pastoral statement?) Please, let's keep our eye on the prize.

    May 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. A Mama 4 Obama

    I tell you again, I tell you again!

    Will somebody please please tell Hillary "Rotten" Clinton that the "Midnight Train to Bosnia" is leaving May 6th, please make sure all her bags are packed because she's DONE.

    I Love It, I Love It!

    Go Obama 08 and 12!

    May 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. NotThisTimeinNY

    Thank you Cindy!!! I don't know how you managed to get it all in, but more people need to know about the Paul v Clinton case. Complete details are at peterfpaul.com – - it's time to yank the wool off this pup!!!

    May 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. alonzo

    Obama in the White House in 2009!!!! a 21st century world leader

    Hillary in the Senate again in 2009 no victory in vitriol Senator

    Bill Clinton in the Dog House in 2009 bathos-pathos Bill gone at last

    George W ex-president in 2009!!!! good-bye belligerent ignorance

    11

    May 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Aces full of Kings

    And the beat goes on...(Sonny and Cher)

    May 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. mj

    I am amazed at how many people claim that they know the opponent "can't win the genera' election"! Maybe your friends and relatives won't vote for him/her but come on, how can you be so smart as to know for a fact that any one of the 3 candidates will loose? This is just such a bogus claim by anyone making it. Let's make these posts a bit more positive. Basically we have three great candidates–I'm an independent from IN who will vote for Obama but I see Hillary has some very good points and if Obama doesn't win the primary, I will vote McCain. My biggest problem with Hillary is ethics. Although I disagree with McCain on the war, I believe he is a man of strong ethics and will therefore choose him over Hillary. Dispite what any of them claim, none has the power to make major changes without being able to work with congress and the senate–therefore I choose Obama. There are many reasons that Obama is my first choice and many that I will never vote for Hillary but come on, no one knows who will win the general election so stop making yourselves look like idiots.

    May 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Steve in DC

    CNN ...why no reporting on the Peter Paul controversy? you spend months on Rev Wright...but ignore a story that has election fraud and federal crimes attached to it? Why not expose Hillary for her past involvements?

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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