May 23rd, 2008
11:49 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama adds two superdelegates, one's a former Clinton backer

Sen. Obama campaigned in Florida Thursday.
Sen. Obama campaigned in Florida Thursday.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama pocketed two more of his party’s superdelegates Friday.

California congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza are endorsing the Illinois senator, according to a statement released by his campaign.

“While I continue to greatly respect and admire Senator Clinton and feel she has made history with her campaign, I believe that Senator Obama will inevitably be our party’s nominee for President,” Cardoza, who had previously supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, said in the statement.

Cardoza also waded into the controversy over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations at the Democratic convention. “I will not support changing the rules in the fourth quarter of this contest through some convoluted DNC rules committee process. Yet, we must find a resolution” to the situation with Florida and Michigan, Cardoza said. “I believe we need to avoid this potentially divisive situation by uniting behind one nominee and bringing the party together immediately,” he added.

Costa said electability had helped drive his decision. “In my opinion, it is clear that Senator Obama will be the strongest presidential nominee for the Democratic Party,” Costa said in the statement released by the campaign.

Obama leads the delegate race with a total of 1,967 total delegates including 309 superdelegates, according to CNN’s latest tally. Clinton has 1,779 total delegates, including 279 superdelegates. The number of delegates necessary to claim the Democratic nomination is currently 2,026 but that number may change once the Democratic National Committee decides how to resolve the situation regarding the Florida and Michigan delegations.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is set to meet on May 31 and hear appeals from both states that were stripped of all their delegates to the convention because they held their primaries in violation of party rules.

soundoff (681 Responses)
  1. Debbie in NC

    Florida and Michigan broke the rules and knew the consequences. Hillary and Obama were aware that they would not count by doing so. Hillary needs to stick to her first decision of agreement. This only shows me that she would be wishy washy if president. She is only out there for herself and the power. She has lost but is hanging in there hoping to hurt Obama so she will have another chance in four years. If we broke the rules, we would go to jail. So the delegates should not put themselves above "we the people" and should be treated the same as us.
    Hillary would not have gotten a lot of her votes if Rush had not stuck his nose into the mess. The whole thing is a bunch of crap and needs to end. The superdelegates need to get off their rear ends and end this now. By letting this go as far as it has, it only goes to show us what idiots we have in power.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. KMAN

    Say goodnight, Hillary! Maybe you'll get your chance in 2016!! Please GO AWAY until then!!

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Army Wife

    No Dream Ticket.

    ===========

    There's a list of dead people who've had ties to the Clintons or crossed them ( just google friends of clintons). I'm concerned about Sen Obama's safety, I hope he is too.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Liz

    Here we go again, another backstabber. I hope you people get Obama as your nominee and he loses to McCain in November nobody blames Clinton. You backstabbers and Obama supporters would have made it impossible for the democrats to win the presidency. Everybody knows that Clinton is the stronger candidate and should be nominated the winner. If the caususes had been primary elections, Clinton would have won and would definitely have the most delegates and also the popular votes. This ancient process should be totally eliminated and get back into 21st century.

    When everything backfires against the democrats in November and McCain wins, it would be because you voters are not choosing the better candidate so you will have to live another 4 years with a republican president. Anyway, I still think Clinton would win the presidency for the democrats but it seems that they want to lose by going with Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. janus

    Its Memorial day , are you guys enjoying the tax holiday that Hilary and Mccain promised for this summer?

    Enough Said.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. ADAM

    Obama will loose big in November. Clinton is the best chance.
    Obama should run as VP, get some experience and then run for president. Otherwise, we will all suffer under McCain.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Madame Prez

    SUPs...Please look at the exit polls for Clinton v. McCain and Obama v. McCain before you endorse. Do you want the third consecutive Republican term? If so, keep endorsing Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Jerry from Tennessee

    I think that being elected to an office should disqualify you from being a Superdelegate, you choose to please your constiuency rather than choose the best qualified canditate, case in point Barrack Obama is leading in this catagory. I think Superdelegates should be chosen by the voting years that you have been loyal the Democratic Party. A lot can be learned from the elders of our native American Tribes that we chased from their land.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Joe Regis

    Obama/Bloomberg.

    Obama/Jim Webb

    08&12

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. hollerbode

    President Obama!!We should ALL practice saying this..

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Dan, IL

    Clinton loses in June, Obama loses in November...it's a good year.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Jim

    Two more from New Hampshire were just reported plus a new poll shows Obama ahead of McBush in Ohio. Give irt up already Hillery

    OBAMA/HAGEL 2008

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. ks, CA

    Thank you California for breaking the log jam!

    And to the remaining 12 CA SDs – it's time to come on-board.

    OBAMA/WEBB 08

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Hillary Support

    Good Cardoza,
    superdelegates need to end this very soon by coming out and support OBAMA Hillary will shutup!!!!

    I'm Hillary supporter but, by the way Hillary is talking I hate to say I will not support her again. She needs to drop out and support Obama now.

    I will not even support Obama to chose her as his VP. Bill and Hillary is very wicked.
    Bill Clinton said his daughter will be going into politice soon.
    USA are tired of BUSH/CLITON. I will vote for OBAMA now.
    Hillary do your party a favour and just drop out please. Who is going to pay all your debit. I will not give you any money again is a wast.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Tokunboh Olagunju

    Senator Clinton is not paying attention, Senator obama has said several times that this election is not about any of the presidential candidates. It is about AMERICANS- Whites, Blacks, Spanish, Old Young...everybody. Clintons has already made their name. It is time all democrats should come together and clean up Bush mesh to the system.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Good for Sen. Obama! Its obvious to most that he is the nominee. We, the people, have spoken and chosen.

    Now, we need to all pull together to elect Sen. Obama. We must set aside the attacks, egos and come together for the sake of our country.

    As a registered Independent, I urge all Democrats to find common ground and unite.

    PLEASE people, we can not continue to accrue debt, ITS $10 TRILLION AND COUNTING!

    We can not afford to continue to fight in Iraq, while allowing Bin Laden to go free.

    We can not allow more young people to die for a war that was started with LIES! Think of those who are maimed, who commit suicide....... our troops need us to return them to their families. Let's fight against terror ........ but put an end to the war that IS BANKRUPTING OUR NATION!

    We CAN NOT return the Republicans to the White house!

    Let's come together, joined in an effort to turn the page, to move towards a SANER future where our people do not go bankrupt because of medical debt; where everyone has healthcare; where each of us is valued...... not just the religious, or the ultra-patriotic.

    A future in which we are the UNITED states, no longer red or blue......but AMERICANS WORKING FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION!

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Michael

    How can you vote for McCain when Hillary and McCain's policies are so different? At least Obama and Clinton have relatively simple plans to do what's best for this country! How dare you democrats say that you would vote for McCain.

    May 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. true demorcrat in monterey ca via memphis tn

    At this point does it really matter? I mean 100 supers could swing sen obamas way today and hrc will still find some reason to say why she is the best candidate even tho she is the only one who thinks so . I already see her taking this to the convetion and causing chaos but this time it will unify the party and energize sen obamas supporters

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. T.J.W.

    NEITHER STATE SHOULD BE SEATED BECAUSE THEY BROKE THE STATED RULES. THEY STUCK THEIR NOSES UP IN THE AIR AND SAID WE KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR OWN STATE AND TURNED THEIR BACK ON THE DNC AND THE RULES AND ESSENTIALLY SAID YOU CAN'T TOUCH US. WELL NOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN REPRIMANDED THEY ARE CRYING FOUL. TELL THEM TO CRY IN THEIR SOUP BECAUSE THEY, ( THE PEOPLE OF THEIR 2 STATES FL & MI ) SAID WE CAN OVERTURN THE DNC BECAUSE IT ISN'T FAIR WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO US. WELL TO TELL THE TRUTH IT IS NOT THE DNC'S FAULT IT IS THE GOV'T. OF THOSE 2 STATES' THAT ARE AT FAULT. IN NOV. THEY SHOULD VOTE THEM ALL OUT AND START WITH A FRESH NEW SET OF OFFICERS IN FL. & MI.. THEN THEY MIGHT GET IT RIGHT IN 2012.

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Jody Monroe

    Since Obama wants to "clean up" politics, why doesn't he start with his own democratic party? Why does the primary voting system rely on delegates rather than popular votes? And why involve super-delegates at all, are democratic voters too stupid to think for themselves? What's this business with "punishing" states for holding "early" primaries? That is preposterous to try to dictate policies to each state from the DNC - the DNC should be there to serve and facilitate, not to dictate by authoritarian rule.

    He can't get it right as President until his party gets it right - by coming into the Millenium century as (1) transparent (2) empowerment of the people and (3) attitude of service, not superiority. This is the age of internet, where we get minute-by-minute news and every voter could vote online - why do we need delegates and superdelegates?

    UPDATE our antiquated voting system: THAT should be Obama's first order of business as the President!

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. G-money Smith

    Like I said before....go home Hillary and bake some cookies for Bill...it's over.....if you behave from here on out....Mr. Obama might invite you to a State Dinner that will be held at the White House sometime in the near future and he might even let you fly in Air Force One up front...but if you keep acting like a spoil child...you will get another spanking.....

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. DemFirst

    Go Obama!!!! Please no Obama-Clinton ticket.

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Andrew from Illinois

    What do you mean by may change? It was the same number before FL and MI and it shouldn't be different.

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Mary in AL

    Excellent!

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Hillary Supporter To The End

    Who cares. Most of us who support Clinton, view those who are jumping ship as nothing more than mere parasites. As to changing the rules, who made up the stupid rule, it was not the voters of Michigan and Florida. Don't penalize the voter.

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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