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. BAKERSFIELD

    OBAMA STILL DROPPING IN THE POLLS AND LIKE OTHER STATES MOST OF THE UNDECIDED WILL GO TO HILLARY THE SO CALLED IMPOSSIBLE IS HAPPENING. THE SUPERS NEED TO HOLD TIGHT OR THIS WILL REALLY COMPLICATE THINGS.

    ACCORDING TO REV WRIGHT
    OBAMA DOING WHAT A POLITICIAN DOES

    May 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. CeeJay,FL

    LET IT GO PEOPLE!
    LETS SUPPORT OBAMA!
    THANK YOU MR. PATRICK!
    VERY BRAVE!

    May 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Vince - Phoenix

    A little MORE detail to answer FEDUP.....

    Obama and DCP protected community interests regarding landfills and helped win employment training services, playgrounds, after-school programs, school reforms and other public amenities.

    A LITTLE HOMEWORK.... WILL DO YOU GOOD....

    May 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Shahin

    This country is racially devided. I know Obama will never be make the white house. It can be learned from democratic party. Democretic Party is most liberal party in America. But look, how they are playing with racial card. So, How can Republican will vote for a N

    May 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Josephine

    John Patrick made my day.

    May 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Cindy

    In the landmark civil fraud case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles, where the former President is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday, April 25 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the case until AFTER the November election!

    While Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Al Gore, Ed Rendell, Barabara Streisand, Cher, Stan Lee, Brad Pitt, Mike Wallace, Larry King et al may be called to testify and be deposed starting in May, Hillary alone has been protected from explaining her role in her husband’s fraud charges.

    In an astonishing ruling by the Judge, Hillary Clinton may NOT be deposed about her role in the illegal solicitation and cover up of the largest contribution made to her Senate campaign until after the presidential election. This is the same contribution Hillary denied knowing about or receiving when Lloyd Grove of the Washington Post asked her specifically about it and her relationship with the donor, Peter Paul, in August 2000. Its the same contribution her finance director David Rosen was criminally tried in May, 2005, or hiding from her and her campaign. Its the same contribution the FEC fined her campaign for hiding from the voters in three false FEC reports by her treasurer between 2000-2006. (www.paulvclinton.com)

    Equally surprising as the ruling was the judge’s request to Hillary defense lawyer David Kendall to “say hello to his ( Judge Munoz”) friend Bill, also a partner in Kendall’s law firm”
    The decision to shield Hillary Clinton from civil discovery for an additional seven months, thereby delaying a long postponed trial, was made by the judge on his own, without any request by Hillary or her lawyer to make the ruling. No discussion was permitted by Paul’s lawyer before the decision was made. Judge Munoz’ unilateral decision effectively saved the floundering campaign and hopes of Hillary Clinton to win her party’s Presidential nomination!

    Had Senator Clinton be forced to testify under oath, as a material witness and beneficiary of the fraud that her husband is being sued for before the Democratic Convention, her remote chances for being nominated the party candidate would have been unquestionably destroyed.

    Hillary has never publicly commented on the case in which she was a defendant from 2003-2006. Nor has Hillary ever commented on the videotaped phone call she made to Peter Paul the day he began spending more than $1 million for her Senate campaign, the false statements she made through Howard Wolfson to the Washington Post denying working with Paul or receiving any contributions from him, the sworn Declaration she made under oath where she refused to deny any of Paul’s allegations, the role her White House aide Kelly Craighead played in coordinating Paul’s expenditures and befirending Paul’s Japanese business partner during a White House visit and many other unanswered questions of illegal conduct.

    The illegalities detailed in Paul’s civil complaint and FEC complaint caused Hillary’s finance director to be criminally indicted and tried in 2005 by the Department of Justice Office of Public Integrity (the same group that prosecuted Scooter Libby) for hiding the cost of a fundraiser paid for by Paul. Paul’s FEC allegations forced Hillary’s campaign to admit to the FEC in October, 2005, that it violated FEC reporting requirements by hiding more than $700,000 received from Paul that Hillary personally said she never received.

    May 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. bb

    CNN stop talking about Pastor Wright. the media need to be concetrated in real issues like gas price, economy,foreclosure.but if you really want to go after a candidate's character go for the Clintons about the sniper attack, her income tax were all the money came from, and why do they have a bank account in the Cayman Islands. but I know that's not going to happen because Pastor Wright increases your ratings
    CONGRATULATION TO OBAMA

    May 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Good! Another superdelegate! Sen. Obama will prevail even though the "powers-that-be" have tried their best to destroy a decent man!

    Hey, Vic in Nashville: how can you support either Hillary or McBush when they both VOTED FOR THE WAR that has nearly bankrupted our nation?? Vic. our national debt has GROWN TO: $10 TRILLION and counting! How can you support those two? Stop listening to AM radio and start doing your homework...... find out how much the war with Iraq is costing the US and then decide if you still want to support Hillary or McBush!

    May 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Steven

    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.

    May 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Sky

    WHY ISN'T CNN REPORTING HOW HILLARY LIED TO THE PEOPLE OF INDIANA WHEN SHE SAID THAT BUSH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CLOSING OF A FACTORY. ABC NEWS HAS REPORTED THAT IT WAS BILL CLINTON THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE AND HILLARY KNOWS THIS!

    WE CAN'T HAVE A PATHALOGICAL LIAR AT THE SWITCH IN THE WHITEHOUSE.

    May 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. LJ Blue

    If you lie down with dogs, you're going to come up with fleas. And maybe ticks, ringworm, and who know what else when you do it for 20 years, you may even howl at the moon.

    May 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. azeem

    NAFTA ..........................................................

    May 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. ShannonL

    Superdelegates are trying to influence the Ind/NC elections.

    It is bad enough that their votes equals 13,000 regular votes...but now they are doing this?!?!?

    When did the Dems become Nazies?

    May 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. t

    FEDUP,
    you obviously dont know anything about the man, other than the propaganda Clinton and the republicans say. He, after graduating college became a community organizer. what he did was work with PEOPLE who got laid off of steel plants trying to get their rights heard. And now we are finding out that the steel we are importing, and the reason they went laid off, is coming from china and it could be a safety hazard, costing us more money. He has also worked for the people by being a state and US senator for 15 years. You are so much BS it isnt even funny, go learn something about these people, the truth, not the stuff the mainstream media shoves down your throat.

    May 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Hey Hillary this endorsement comes from the vice president of the steelworkers in Texas- SUPPOSEDLY FROM ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST CONSTINUENTS, THE WHITE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS....

    They're beginning to see the light! It won't be long now Hillary- hopefully after the Peter Paul trial you'll still have a job!!

    May 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Venus

    Pack it up Hillary!

    You can't win and you can't stop Obama from winning!

    It's going to be great to see your face and your as– dragged off the stage!

    Go Obama! Oh yeah, Hillary lose a SD today!

    May 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Grant

    The interesting aspect of this was that he is a major Edwards backer...All of of his former backers are in his camp, his staff is working for Obama in NC, I think if Edwards wants to make an impact, his public formal endorsement would be the final nail in the coffin.

    Word has it Obama has about 53 in his back pocket, just not sure when to play them as well, they may all come out at once which is the likley scenario..The tell tale sign will be how many NY Supers declare for Hillary as they have to anounce today,. Hillary's sole existence is getting Super Delegates, the electorate is irrelevant, she cannot win without them..he appears to have the ability to match 1-1, she needs to have 80% of the remaining, very unlikley...mathematically, THIS IS OVER ...plain and simple..she is a liability now..which we are seeing as the DNC moves to marginalize her and decrease the negativity.

    The DEMS and REP are basically tied at this stage which is not alarming, but the drop is solely due to her and the DNC knows it as tehy should be well ahead, not 3 points best case scenario in a battle ground state..the Clintons plea that she can win the big states by 3-4 points over McCain is laughable to a political observer...with her gone, Obama would be up 10-15 points. She needs to fool season political war horses who control the destiny, not the general public!

    May 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Whiteboy in PA

    Billary take your 109 million and Sniper jacket and go home PLS..................................OBAMA 08..............2012..

    May 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Jack

    When is Obama going to fes up and admit he was there for teh sermon when Wright talked about 9/11 and referred to Sharpsville and Hiroshima?

    He wrote about it in his book "Dreams of my Father" page 293!!!

    ".....sitting next to two boys who were doodling on the church bulletin..." and then he refers to Wright disgussing Sharpsville and Hiroshima.

    Wake up media. You should have done your research by now.

    May 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Marion E Washington DC

    And the beat goes on................Keep them coming...............

    thank you!!!!!!!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!! Superdelagates........

    Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Peggy

    Hillary has thrown every negative thing at Obama that she can – yet she remains in second place and continues to loose ground.

    She is the Republicans best advocate. Superdelegates come together NOW to support Obama and just make Hillary go away – she is clearly bad for this party.

    May 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Randy

    I'm drinking a latte in Portland right now as well. Very nice.....

    May 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Liz

    It seems that you superdelegates are not checking the votes to see that Clinton is more electable than Obama. If the democrats want to lose the November/08 eelections, then go ahead and vote for Obama but very soon you will see McCain will win over him. I think you democrats need to look closely at what polls are saying and if you still want to vote for Obama then look for a McCain win.

    All you democrats know that Clinton is the stronger candidate but you are still choosing to vote for Obama, then take the loss when it comes in November. There will be nobody to blame but yourselves.

    May 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Mike T

    who cares and hillary will pick up 4 in new york, obam 2 in md, and then more from the other states next week

    LETS STICK WITH THE ISSUES CNN, THIS IS GETTING OLD.

    It is really poor form for any of these endorsements to do so to try to get the other candidate to drop, GROW UP!!

    HILLARY 2008

    May 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Jamaal Kansas

    Another this is turning out to be a good week that is almost 10 supers this week keep it up Obama I am sending a 10 dollars to you and Michelle

    May 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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