May 2nd, 2008
09:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Second former DNC chair backs Obama

(CNN) - Another former Democratic National Committee Chairman is backing Barack Obama. One day after former DNC chair Joe Andrew announced his support for Obama’s presidential bid, Massachusetts superdelegate Paul Kirk, who led the party from 1985-89, will officially endorse the Illinois senator Friday.

soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Sean

    Kayln: By what measure do you say the momentum is on Clinton's side? She won PA. She was supposed to. But look at the numbers that matter. Number of states? Obama. Number of popular votes? Obama. Number of Delegates? Obama. Number of Super Delegates? Clinton, but it'll be tied by Tuesday. She's lost major ground on that, so I'm curious the method that you use to cone to such a conclusion.

    May 2, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. mike concerned democrate

    CNN REPORT THE PAUL CASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


    May 2, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Oh my.. what's this?

    A few months ago, Peter Paul submitted to a polygraph examination to answer a few questions about the business relationship with and promises from Bill Clinton. Clinton induced Paul to become Hillary's largest donor, the largest donor ever to a Senate campaign, with the promise that he would come aboard Stan Lee Media when he left the White House. Hillary, of course, was in the middle of it all.

    Pursuant to the experienced polygraph examiner, Peter answered the questions truthfully. When Hillary swore under oath that she knew nothing of the business arrangement, she was lying. She has tended to do that when she is under oath.

    Chelsea Clinton was witness to the arrangement and told witnessess at Barbra Streisand's home on Aug. 13, 2000 that the family stayed up late after the Aug. 12 Gala playing Scrabble and discussing how excited they were that dad was going to work for the man who created Spider Man (Stan Lee). Hillary has set up her own daughter to have to lie for her to protect her political future.

    May 2, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Robert

    Obama wins NC by less than 5% after being up 18% just 2 weeks ago, he loses Indiana by more than 5 points to continue his oh-fer in midwestern industrial states he doesn't live in, he will be solidly behind both Clinton AND McCain in the national polling after this weekend....and he'll still win the nomination just by attrition due to the idiotic Democratic primary rules.

    Talk about backing into a nomination and limping into a general election. This is a nightmare. This guy is not who I thought I was voting for. I want my vote back in Missouri.

    May 2, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Mary, North Carolina




    May 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Hillary Clinton makes Republicans SMILE EAR-TO-EAR in her drag down and drag on POINTLESS race!

    Both Clintons are proven LIARS!


    May 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Tom

    The only headline that should be coming out of CNN and FOX is: CNN and Fox news is found guilty of participating in corporate Americas fight to keep the status quo the same in Washington by in-flaming emotions and not discussing real issues that face this American People, because they continue to participate in an emotional campaign about a Pastor. Who by the way could not even have a drink of water at a white only dinner in the past without getting lynched, The only difference between now and then is that the media has put a "White Only Sign up through looped tape and talking head's , who are direct descendants of the Washington branch of America's corporations. Don't vote emotion vote change because that what we need in this country change. And please don’t by their books you only feed their ego’s. .

    May 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Moore

    Hey Obama Freaks (Not all of you are crazy by the way)

    CNN IS not saying anything about Peter Paul like ALL OTHER NETWORKS Because Peter Paul is a professional liar who has four separate criminal convictions, two for fraud. His video repackages a series of seven-year-old false claims about Senator Clinton that have already been rejected by the California state courts, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee.

    Maybe CNN should talk about Larry Sinclair

    May 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Gary

    The party is only as strong as the superdelegates right now. If they are afraid to make a choice asap, the party will suffer horribly in November.

    May 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Logical

    For those saying Paul v Clinton is not relevant because he is fraudulant himself, Doesn't that say more about the CLINTONS, as they knowingly dealt business with a convicted felon????

    I guess it takes a liar to know a liar.

    GO on and search "the video Hillary didn't want you to see" and you will get a description of the Peter Paul v Bill Clinton case.

    Go supers, Kirk will not be the last super to switch today!!

    May 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Mike

    O'bro-man picked up another Superdelegate?

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Former Clinton Supporter

    So much for the turning of the tides the Clinton camp has been boasting. My mother always said, the sea changes color but the sea don't change. I have never been more reminded of that truth than I have been in the past few months watching Senator Clinton lie and change character according to which state she is in.

    You want REAL change? OBAMA 08!!!

    May 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. great

    We are on our way to loosing in November... I am leaving the party that can only choose BIG LOOSERS!!! I am tired

    May 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. IOWA Dem

    OUTstanding! Keep em coming. It's time for democratics to get serious and start to focus on the general election.

    May 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Howard, Indianapolis

    . . . Good, Now If everyone else would just google "Hillary the Movie",
    they would find out why.

    May 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Sean

    It's funny that people think because you've been convicted of a crime that you lose all rights to defend yourself from fraud. Watch the videos. There is video proof that Hillary lied under oath! It's not Peter Paul's words. It's Hillary's!

    May 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Melissa

    I am voting for Hillary in November. If she is not the nominee, then I must decide between Obama and McCain. I will not simply vote for the Democrat. I will have to make that decision when it presents itself. And I'll be honest, I'm not sold on either. I've always voted for the Dems, and I can't say that I'm behind what I've seen happen. For the first time everyone will get a say in who the nominee gets to be, and all the voters get is this "end the voting" mantra. Terrible. I'm ashamed of the DNC right now, not because the primary has gone on so long, but because the leaders won't let it run it's course.

    May 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. The Corp

    Another guilt laden white fool seeling out his own in the name of what might be. A spineless unknown, married to a militant, that surrounds himself with black radicals. What are you fools smoking? Hopefully Hillary has enough sense to "scorch earth" her pitiful party if she cannot overcome Obama's advantage. Let's be realistic here, it's truly preposterous that we/you morons would even consider someone with such a name in the current environment.

    May 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. georgia

    More & more people of courage & good character standing up ready ,willing & able to get the USA back on track by denouncing self serving ly poli-TRICK-cians like the Clintons. our country is worth saving for & by everyone rather letting it destruct furthur @ the hands of a few with insatiable need for power & wealth @ any cost.
    I applaud the character & courage of these men & all who are no longer willing to settle for less than the best for the country as a whole just because someone feels they are entilted. Down with lies & deceit .Together we can rise above w/dignity & fortitude.

    May 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Cher


    What is Paul vs Clinton. Why is it that CNN is not covering this story?

    CNN says it is the most trusted news, so why not let the american people know about this court case.

    May 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Emeka, Florida

    Q: Who made the nomination rules?
    A: The DNC national committee

    People, do not get too agitated. The DNC made the rules, and surely they'll follow the rules they made. The about 300 remaining superdelegates to take sides are mostly DNC national committee members. Obama only needs win either NC or IN, and keep it close in the state he looses, to seal the nomination. By May 7th, we will have our own presumptive Democratic candidate.

    Remember, you heard it first from me.

    May 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Sharon Minnesota

    Rehashing this Paul vs. Clinton is an attempt to unjustly smear the Clintons by the desperate Obama supporters. Why doesn't your "mentor" tell you to let it go? Is he playing the Mr. innocent game again while others do his dirty work?

    Here's an excerpt taken from Wickipedia.

    Finding no luck in the courts, in 2007 Paul sponsored and promoted a thirteen and a half minute video titled "Hillary Exposed: The Case of Paul v. Clinton," attacking Senator Clinton. Her office responded "Peter Paul is a professional liar who has four separate criminal convictions, two for fraud. His video repackages a series of seven-year-old false claims about Senator Clinton that have already been rejected by the California state courts, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee."[45] In January 2008, he also re-filed his complaint with the FEC.[46]

    May 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. soy

    Keep it coming for Obama. He's the only real hope this country has to redeeming itself both domestically and internationally. I hope the nation will realize this and rally around him. Senator Clinton, while very smart, isn't what this nation needs. Senator McCain, is just the same old failed policies that has lead us to this none sense.

    May 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. Jim, Indiana

    Trying to save the sinking ship??? Won't work!

    Obama is unelectable and has lost in the most important key states, Florida and Ohio, not to mention all of the other big states.

    Sad to see a few superdelegates jumping out of the woodwork this week to try and divert attention from Obama's Reverand Wright and in hopes of saving Obama's faltering campaign just before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

    A new poll out yesterday shows Hillary now leading Obama in North Carolina for the first time and other polls continue to show Hillary with a sound lead over Obama in Indiana.

    The fuel tax cut proposed by Hillary is a good idea for some immediate relief at the pump even if it's limited and it's certainly better than doing nothing now as Obama has proposed. Of course Hillary is also calling for more long term solutions.

    May 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. chris in vegas

    anyone that uses wikipedia for information is an idiot. The site can be changed by any registered user, you might as well refer to a 2nd grader for information. i do believe all of us actual democrats need to unite for the G.E. this fall, i dont care who the nom is, i will vote either clinton or obama. They both have their upsides and downsides, and their worse downside is still better than the republican nominees' upside.

    May 2, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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