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. Darryl

    John Patrick,

    When I see you in Austin Texas at the convention I will have to buy you a drink. I am a State Delegate, I look forward to see you.

    Thank you for coming on board.

    God Bless

    May 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. kw50

    TO: Steven May 1st, 2008 1:44 pm ET
    I guess you can buy an election, after all. And, FYI, Andrews (the other new super for Obama today) is working for Diebold voting systems, trying to get CA to adopt electronic voting machines for the fall.
    ______________________________________________
    Exactly, and guess what camp he just moved from, come on; guess?
    Alright, I will tell you, he jumped froooooom the "Clinton" camp.

    Did you really think about that comment before you wrote it? Hillary purchased him for her campaign. I guess he grew a conscience and a couple of testicles, hahahahahaha. The lenght's the Clinton's would go to steal and election. Now millions of people see your comment.

    May 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. LJ Blue

    Obama is still trickling in superdelegates from across the country.

    OK. Just how would it look if the superdelegates decided NOT to pick the only Black candidate to ever run for President, if he actually had the most deligates?

    The "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2007 (from JudicialWatch.org)
    The list mentions Hillary Clinton (D-NY), John Conyers (D-MI), Larry Craig (R-ID), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Rudy Giuliani (R-NY), Mike Huckabee (R-AR), I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, (D-IL) Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Harry Reid (D-NV).

    And we keep electing them anyway.

    May 1, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. E.M.Jordan/NJ

    I CAN'T AGREE MORE, THERE ARE TO MANY ISSUES THAT WE ARE BEING FACED WITH AND FIGHTING DOES NOT HELP AND NO THE NUMBERS DO NOT ADD UP....AND I THINK THAT IT IS TIME TO PUT A END TO IT REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU SUPPORT PLEASE LETS BE REALISTIC IF WE ARE TO SAVE THIS ECONOMY.......................$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    May 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. ray

    Some of the media are intent on protracting the race. I wonder if it is an economic decision made by some news bosses (e.g., ratings).

    May 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. pam Eugene OR

    Cindy @ 1:42
    Thank you for your wonderful reporting on the Paul lawsuit. There are still many people that don't know about this and won't take the time to research it. CNN is not going to report it. It is a giant elephant hiding in plain site and the media is ignoring it till after the election. You can bet the McCain supporters won't!
    I think the Clinton supporters simply don't want to know or admit it. It is valid proof that both the Clinton's are liars. This is not some silly lie about sniper fire. Billary will be found guilty of fraud. Do we want these people back in our White House?

    May 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. vici joy

    Obama said he desires to unit people, he came in the race tried to capitalize on being half-white, half-black. People fell for it at beginning; however; if he has a solid background and real working history to back him up, this will be still working for him now. Unfortunately, his biggest road blocks right now are those who supported him, gave him money at beginning, and now realized that they were cheated and their votes and money were stolen by Obama by listening to him what he said he is.

    Obama and his supporters are undermining voters intelligence by giving excuses like “people give him hard time because he’s black” or “He’s been smeared by his opponents”. Those are Obama’s own words putting down the small town Americans behind the S.F. closed door fund raising; it’s Obama’s own decision to keep relationship with Rev. Wright; it’s Obama who gave the whole American the lecture of racism right after Rev. Wright’s scandal first broke out. Furthermore, if Obama is genuine and honey like what he said he is, black or white, how can people smear him if none of the above mentioned words and actions of his ever existed?

    Obama will end up pushing those people who felt been cheated out of their votes and money by him to McCain.

    May 1, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Peter

    I looks like all these delegate endorsing Obama want to lose in november.
    JOE ANDREW REASON TO SWITCH TO OBAMA.
    NOTHING PERSONAL IT’S ONLY BUSINESS OBAMA PAY MORE.
    WAIT TO THE END OF THE PRIMARY AND SEE WHO IS THE MORE ELECTABLE, SUPER DELEGATES WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND IN CONTRAST TO ESTABLISMENT.
    HILLARY 08 The most qualified and prepared

    May 1, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. kw50

    TO: kim May 1st, 2008 12:50 pm ET
    everbody on these political tickers are just ignorant obama supporters. clinton supporters are not going to back him in november.
    ______________________________________________________
    Kim, unless you have multiple personalities, you are 1 person and unfortunately, you don't speak for everyone.

    The writing is on your walls, President Barack Obama is in the Hoooouse, President Barack Obama is in the hoooouse. Get used to it and I'm sure he will accept your apology. He is just that kind of guy, honest and caring. Unlike your candidates; McCain and Clinton. They will sell the American people a bill of goods then come back to collect them.

    May 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. O Man

    A true leader expects the unexpected and acts, not reacts. Hilary Clinton was the front runner for democratic nomination. She did not believe that Barack Obama was the X-factor. Most us didn't. Was she up for the challenge. Her camp says she is and that she is tough and a fighter. Can we say she fought a good fight? Her campaign was mismananged and nearly broke. Is a good fighter a cheap short artist? Getting dirty with her politics. Not being trueful to her supporters by lying to them repeatly. Is this presidential? On the other hand, Barack Obama had a plan and excuted it very well and honoraby. That is why he is the front runner and has very good excutive skills. This is what this race is all about....the excutive offce.

    May 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Whats the Name of that church with all the CHILD MOLESTORS?

    Are peoplestill sitting there after 20 years?
    Are They Still Listening to those KIDDY PORN Lovers?

    Why don't the leave that church?

    Am I WRIGHT??

    May 1, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Cecile

    LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL!

    May 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. BETTYE

    THANK GOD FOR MEN LIKE OBAMA
    HILLARY SATAN IS THE FATHER OF ALL LIES NO MATTER WHO TELLS THEM EVEN YOU.
    DON'T FORGET YOU DID NOT WALK OUT ON BILL BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN.

    May 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. change is going to happen

    Change we can believe in.

    May 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Tom,des moines

    HUSSEIN OBAMA WILL NOT BE OURS NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA PERIOD.

    HILLARY OR McCAIN 08!

    May 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. karen from philly

    Obama has already worked on community issues even before he became a politician. Can CNN put the senate record online comparing Hillary and Obama's track record. She claims 35yrs of experience and if you compare her accomplishments to Barack's it's nothing much in 35yrs!!!!

    May 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Julio from Texa

    Yeah right. Texas has no love for Obama. What has he done for us??
    NOTHING.
    and hes week and an elitist. I dislike him so much. so get real
    i think obama is gonna lose in indiana and hillary will probably score an upset in nc.
    i can so see that happening

    May 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. L.Bowie

    Everyone is asking what this PETER PAUL VS CLINTONS is???? A recently released video shows Hillary Clinton's involvement in potentially the biggest case of election law fraud in United States history, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton having a part in damaging and ultimately destroying Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee's company and jailing his business partner Peter Paul in an effort to cover up the fraud arising due to a benefit fundraiser held for the Clintons in August 2000.It was the largest event ever produced for a US President in Hollywood, it was the largest private concert produced closed to the public and it was the largest fundraising event ever produced for a Senator. It also became a federal crime when Hillary Clinton's campaign hid the source and amount of Peter Paul's $1.2 million plus expenditures for Hillary Clinton's campaign. And that is why the Clintons are being very quiet about this lawsuit in LA Supreme Court! Also, Hillary Clinton’s baggage has not been aired. Her Pastor has been charged with Child molestation and sentenced to 7 years in prison. She pulled another Bosnia sniper fire mis-spoke in Indiana TV ad, blaming Pres Bush for Magnequench Factory going to China, when it was Pres Cliinton who signed the deal. Let’s not forget the Hospital story she lied about.

    Here is a compiled list of reasons from other bloggers as to why I am an Obama supporter.

    Louisiana wants Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. leila

    CINDY....

    All I can say is WOW! It has to be some very uninformed individuals on this site that refuses to look at the bigger picture. I would urge each and every one of you to go back and read CINDY'S POST....UNBELIEVABLE...AND YOU HILLARY SUPPORTERS WANT HER TO BE PRESIDENT?! COME ON, GET A CLUE...JOHN MCCAIN IS ONLY GIVING YOU A $5K ($5,000 FOR YOU THAT DON'T KNOW) TAX CREDIT TO PURCHASE AN AVERAGE $12K ($12,000) HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY ???!!! CAN YOU SAY 1+2 DON'T EQUAL THREE HERE?

    May 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Michael, North Carolina

    Sen. Obama has survived yet another storm of attacks from Sen. Clinton, and Rev. Wright. This shows yet again that Sen. Obama WILL BE TOUGH ENOUGH FOR THE REPUBLICAN ONSLOT OF ATTACKS THAT THEY WILL THROW AT HIM IN NOVEMBER.
    Sen. Clinton you do not have to worry about the fact, if Sen. Obama will be tough enough for the republicans or not. He is gaining you day by day with superdelegates,so I believe that is proof enough.
    Sen. Obama has noting to fear, in the end he will win.

    YES WE CAN
    OBAMA/CASEY '08

    May 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I am so sick of these people betraying Clinton...I will do everything in my power to punish them in the gen election, by organizing Hillary supports to vote for McCain, if obama is the candidate

    May 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Susie

    Everyone thats says yes he can yes he can do what run his mouth and nothing comes out is that what yall want for preisdent.

    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    May 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Harvey in Va

    I am sick and tired of these super delegates backing Obama jus tto get on a bandwagon and I will do everything in my power to punish them, by organizing Hillary supporters to vote for McCain, if obama is on the ticket

    May 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. JB Cal

    Tootei, you don't have to be in politics to help people. Perhaps you can break down Hillary's 35 years of experience.

    May 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Indiana will deliver

    After Obama wins the nomination, the Democratic party will get behind him in full force and he will prevail over John McSame-as-Bush in November.

    May 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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