May 7th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
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More North Carolina superdelegates weigh in

Schuler is a first term Democrat.
Schuler is a first term Democrat.

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina announced Wednesday that he is backing Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, CNN has confirmed.

Shuler, a former NFL quarterback, is a superdelegate. The first-term congressman represents the 11th district in the western part of the state

Shuler has said in the past that he would support whoever won his district in Tuesday's North Carolina primary. Clinton won the district by 13 points.

On Tuesday, as North Carolina voters weighed in at the polls, Barack Obama also gained one of the state’s superdelegates: Democratic National Committee member Jeanette Council announced her support for his White House run.

UPDATE: Wednesday afternoon, the Obama campaign confirmed Council's endorsement, and announced the support of two more superdelegates: North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek, and California Democratic National Committee member Inola Henry.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Clark Shaffer

    Maybe she'll remember in 2016 when she has another chance to run and needs a die-hard supporter without too many other skills other than to recognize a hopeless cause. Give it up Mrs. C, you're killing the Democratic Party with your power trip.

    May 7, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Marshall in Nebraska

    What winning team was he ever on?

    May 7, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Alan Boyer

    Why would someone endorse someone who can't win?

    May 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. arun

    I respect him for sticking to his word to his district, but I think race had a impact on Schuler's decision. Ofcourse the African Americans voted along racial lines but white people have been doing it for years and no one talks about because I guess European Americans have paid for their sins as enslavers, invaders and now are 100% fair minded people? There are about 30% of Euro Americans that might be fair minded on race issue in USA. This number is increasing with the younger vote which can probably be attributed to education, de-segregation and media. USA has a long way to go compared to countries such as India which has already had a woman & minority heads of state and soon to be possibly an Italian born woman as the next Prime Minister.

    May 7, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Jay PA

    He kept his word. I have no issues with it. I hope he change his mind in a few days :-)

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Marshall in Nebraska

    He knows a winner when he sees one.

    In 2008, ESPN rated him the 4th biggest NFL Draft bust of all time.

    One winner to an other.

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Lee, PA

    He kept his words but in Hillaryland promises are meant to be broken so what is there for a man to do resucitate a LOSER in a coffin. He gets banged to many times and can not think straight. That is all folks!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. DEE FROM NEW YORK

    to all hillary supporters.i just wanna say its not to late to join us on our quest to bring this government back to the people.JOIN US PLEASE..THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS TO UNITE!!!!
    OBAMA 08

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Nando, Florida

    I have no problem with that his district went for Her , He has his right to choose.

    OBAMA 08,12

    Dems Unite!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. TJS

    Rush, Mo. I am with you.

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Dave Fl

    I can understand Mr. Shuler's reasoning, as he is being faithful to his districts voters. However, I am tired of Hillary trying to persuade the super delegates to ignore the majority of the voters and the rules that apply. Obama has more delegates, popular vote too but that aside, he has more delegates. I am an independent and if these "superdelegates" decide to follow Hillary and and go against the peoples votes, I will have to become a Republican. How could I ever vote for a party again that doesn't care how it's majority voted. I know the agruement about Florida and Michigan, well if they had followed the rules we wouldn't be in this particular mess would we. We are supposed to be showing the world what a democracy is and how civil politics are handled. What a laugh. When was the last time we could honestly say that we succeeded in that?

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. OH

    Hey folks,

    If you are a real BO supporter you MUST keep it clean. No joking around or negative quips.

    The guy made a promise and he has followed through. Good for him! He must account to the people of his District, not the State.

    We want a clean champaign, run possitively with respect for the other side.

    Let the ecconomy, health care, Iraq etc be the theme and Barack the leader.

    We will win in November. Yes We Can!

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. James Florida

    I am a 100% Obama Supporter, and Shuler is correct, he was elected to repersent his District, and he did just that, A lot of people forget the role of a REP is to repersent the people that elected you and 13% more of his district said yes to Clinton, so he did what we want our political elects people to do and that is repersent the People. Right or Wrong it is the people decsion not his personel one.

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Florida Republican for Obama

    I am not voting Republican because McCain doesn't want to be President. He's just going through the motions. He is 70 something years old, tired, lifeless and no energy. I'm voting for Obama because he represents a new direction, new ideas. Hillary is too negative and I'm tired of the Clintons, they've had eight years which ended with Bill being impeached. Enough is Enough. I can't believe that these "suppose-to-be"- faithful democrats are willing to vote for McCain out of spite just to keep Obama out of the White House. Where does it end.

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Frank F

    Great Rep. Shuler, at least some politicians in Washington have some sense. The polls show that Hillary has the best chance against the Republicans. If Obama gets the nomination, the results will be the same as in 2004 when Senator Kerry was the Nominee. American does not want a liberal Democrat in the Presidency.

    Middle America relates better to Hillary who can defeat John McCain and I believe the majority of super delegates know this.

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Penny

    All super delegates in all states should support the candidate if they win their district....including Michigan and Florida..........I am a Democrat, and I will vote Republican in the General Election, if Barack Hussein Obama is the Democratic Nominee....

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. NW

    Thank you!
    You are real man! Standing by your word!

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Obamista

    ALL you folks saying that Obama has no experience are not speaking truthfully. If he has no experience, why is it that he is succeeding in his campaign? How is it that he is able to manage his money and his coalition with such little exeprience? Hillary, after claiming to be so experienced yet she can't even manage her campaign. Isn't this a sign. Every time I turn around she's using Obama's words to campaign, and she keeps tallking about her experience yet voters aren't making their decision based on a person's tenure on Washington. What she fails to realize is that the voters want fresh blood, a person with character, integrity and truth. We don't want a liar in the White House anymore. Case closed!

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. LR Dallas

    Probably not a 2nd term

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Leigh

    Hey Lauren, You say he should go with who WON HIS STATE, then someone should clearly tell KERRY, KENNEDY and RICHARDSON, that OBAMA DIDN'T win their STATE.

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Keith from WI

    Regardless if you are a Clinton supporter or not....we all have the media to blame forcing Billary on us every since her questionable Senate race in 2000. If she never was married to a president...No one would have ever heard of Billary. She is merely a coat tale politician that had no real experience just a last name that she married. She had questionable practices during her legal days working for a small lawfirm.

    Here's the bottom line.....WE ALL have contributed to her campaign whether you wanted to or not. Who do you think pays for every trip that her husband makes on her behave??? The US Taxpayer...yes.... The Secret Service needs to arrive before the former prez ever gets there so there all that expense that no one is talking about. I know we will never see what the real expense is to the tax payer to support her campaign but it will be well over a million dollars. And the longer she drags this out, she is punishing every single US taxpayer. Even if the government bills her for all this service...do you ever think she will pay for it since all the Clintons think they deserve it.

    Also, with every one is struggling to pay a mortgage....here's is something else to ponder. Billary wants to help you out in some fashion...but.....and here's the kicker...The Clintons bill the US government for the expense to have the US Secret Service at their residence in NY. And its exact amount of their monthly mortgage payment......Who's the elist now???

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. to SuperDs

    C'mon, superDs! Let's go! Quit hesitating!

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Hey, Congressman Schuler made a promise to his district and he's keeping it. I can respect him for that.

    Yes We Can & Yes We Should
    Obama 08'

    May 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Tony Ch

    Hillary has lost it ! Its sad that she putting so much money on a lost cause

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. sharong58

    Hey, Swing voter, you will be in the minority come November! Polls said 25% of Hillary's blind followers would vote McSame if she doesn't get the nomination . . . that means the other 75% will go with Obama plus 100% of his own smart voters!
    I don't foresee Barack having any difficulty beating McSame in November. If you watch the votes being counted on CNNs real time coverage, you will notice that in almost every primary, McSame has only gotten half the number of votes that either Hillary or Barack did.
    i.e. in PA HIllary ended up with a little over a million votes, Barack had just under a million and over in the Republican primary, McSame had a measly 450,000 votes and he is running unopposed! So do the math, had it been an actual election, Barack would have gotten a quarter million of HIllary's people plus almost a miilion of his own and would have "buried" McSame and his paltry 450,000 votes! Almost every state whose contest I have watched on CNN was pretty much the same. Obama will be our next president! Go Obama! It's time for change. We are fed up with the Republicans, lobbying, the war in Iraq, the price of oil, the economy in general . . . we need a democrat to fix it ! One with a vision . . . .Obama in 08!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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