May 23rd, 2008
11:49 AM ET
10 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)

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Obama's name was not even on the ballot in Michigan but Clinton NOW wants their votes counted since she won.
    So why has she not drop out ?? THEY HAVE NO SHAME AND CANNT WIN IT IS OVER !! BUT She is a VERY SORE LOSER!!! IF THSI WAS OBAMA HE WOULD HAV DONE DROP OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN THE CLINTON HAS NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS ALL ABOUT HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Darrell

    Hillary shoud turn Independent and Run that will screw obama for good and McCane will win

    May 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. TC

    It is sad to hear so many of Senator Clinton supporters stating they will not vote for Senator Obama without giving legitimate reasons. I think if you are truly looking for change and what to see the country go in a different direction than you would not dare vote for John McCain. So I say to all of you Hillary supporters if you truly believed in her campaign and her plans for the country how could you vote for McCain. I do believe Obama's plans for the country are more in line with Clinton's and McCain and Clinton plans are no where near the same. If you want to see the country continue to head the wrong direction than go ahead and cast your vote for McCain in November. If you think gas prices and the cost of living are high now just go ahead and cast your vote for a Republican nominee. I bet you in less than 6 months you will be sorry you casted your vote for McCain just like a lot of people who gave GW Bush a second chance to ruin the country. Let's face the truth Clinton has no more experience than Obama, neither has been President of the United States before. Now with all this said I will cast my vote for whom ever wins the democratic nomination because unlike a lot of you Clinton supporters, I am truly ready for a change!

    May 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Crush Rush

    Obama has even Rush Limbaugh scared now.Rush is sermonizing now about global warming is just a plot and he isnt on big oils payroll.This guy tells more lies and millions believe him.

    May 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Patrick

    I love it how Hillary women will vote for McCain and put their right to CHOOSE in jepardy. Isn't this exactly why women shouldn't be in power? The thought process is clouded by emotion?

    May 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Kate

    Welcome aboard, everyone!

    I'm sick and tired of Hillary blaming misogyny and the media for her debacle. Did misogyny and media
    1) make her mismanage her funds to the tune of 21 million in debts (how can someone who can't handle 178 million handle 200 trillion in national GNP)?
    2) make her lie about Bosnia sniper fire and being named after Sir Edmund Hillary (who climbed Mt. Everest years after Hillary was born),
    3) make her try to change the rules and the goal-posts every few weeks?
    4) make her change forms and shapes like Greek mythological figure (from voice of experience, to action figure, to whisky-drinking gun-toting blue collar diva, to defender of the hard-working "white" people?

    Give me a break. I will not only not vote for this woman but resign from my gender if she does any dirty back-room politicking to get the nomination.

    Superdelegates you better listen all the women, not just those who support Hillary.

    Obama-Gore '08 or Obama-Sebilius '08

    May 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. gobama

    Hillary supporters,

    You guys are acting like a teenage girl who's dating a thug! You know he's going to break your heart, but you're so madly in love you're making excuses and justifying all the obvious red flags.

    Sounds like the GOP in 04.

    Instead of getting angry at Obama...why don't you guys focus on bailing your candidate out of debt.!!!

    She desperately needs your money to pay her bills.

    May 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. GHM

    Enough is enough. HC should admit defeat and her and Bill concentrate on giving their total support to the nominee, Barack Obama. This constant
    negativity is certainly not good for the Clintons, the Democratic Party, and certainly Obama. The Clintons need to give up their entitlement attitude, all they are doing is giving more time for McCain to add fuel to fire.
    Senator Obama deserves to be the candidate and will be the party's choice.

    May 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Deb

    Way to go...let's end this thing and let Obama spin his magic and win us back the White House.

    May 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Dawn, MS

    Please America, the thought of looking at Hillary for four more years makes my stomach hurt. Send her back to NY, signed, sealed and delivered–she's theirs.

    If anybody is thinking about challenging Hillary in the next Senate election, I think that would be a good thing.

    May 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Thank You, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, for having the backbone to not only endorse Obama but for saying it like it is!!! Thank you, also, Congressman Jim Costa for your endorsement.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. angie

    To Greg:

    I see you have no problem with showing that you are ignorant and prejudice. What has Obama done to you and all others that will not vote for him if he is the Democrat nominee? Ask yourself that question.

    I have never seen so many people willing to live 4 more years of hard-ship out of hatred. Even if it means loosing your lively-hood. WOW, I guess ignorance just breeds more ignorance. But, I am so PROUD of those who will vote for Obama because they want a change for Americans. All Americans. For the world.

    What GOD has for you, no one can take away. Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary, are you listening? Probably not. Have you even noticed people switching to Mr. Obama and not the reverse trend? Not once ... never ... not in this lifetime. Please be a gracious loser and bow out for the good of the party and stop lying to your supporters, taking their money and giving them false hope that a miracle will happen. The miracle has already happened; you aren't the nominee, but you just can't face the hard fact that >50% of our country including those in your own party simply do not like you or trust you. That's according to all those polls you and your slimey, sleazy operatives "misspeak" about instead of the snapshot ones that favor you.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Churchill was Heroic, Clinton Divisive?

    So when Churchill or the guys say: "Never Give In" it's heroic and admirable, but when Hillary actually practices it, it's 'divisive'?

    The same whiney crybabies who moaned, complained, bitterly gnashed their feckless biteless teeth when these losers wimped out, quit, gave up without a fight, didn't fight back:
    Kerry (2004)
    Gore (2000)
    Dukakis (1988)
    and to some degree
    Carter (80)
    McCarthy (72)

    are the very same people bitterly whining that Hillary should wimp out, give up, throw in the towel, walk away before it's over - i.e. be like a loser.

    Why the double standard? Why don't actual voters and real democracy matter more than elitist democrat party hacks and know-it-all but consistently WRONG media pundits? Why would anyone listen to the ones who have not only been wrong over and over and over, but have obvious biases, don't play by the 'rules' but insist others give up their rights in lieu of a bunch of rich talking heads?

    I don't get it.

    I'll plan to write in Hillary in November too.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. david

    I support Hillary, however the democratic party is bigger than just Hillary and I will be supporting who ever the democratic nominee is, if it's Obama then he's my man.

    Democrats 08!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I'm a supporter of clinton, and hope she wins somehow, but it seems otherwise now. It would be nice if sen obama won against mccain, we should realise that and not be divided.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Gloria

    I am NOT voting if Obama gets the nomination.......

    He will not win in Nov08........

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. js

    What happen to Pelosi, Dobbs, Richardson, and Obama himself comments,"The superdelegates shouldn't go against the will of the voters." Where is Pelosi, Dobbs, Richardson, and Obama now, now that Clinton's delegates are going against the will of her voters. All these supporters talked about riots on the street if the the superdegates chose Hillary as the nominee over the will of his voters. These leaders are silent now that the superdelegates are choosing Obama over the will of Hillary's voters. This is another reason to vote for McCain this year, because of the corruption and dishonesty coming from the democratic party. Besides, McCain seems to be a better candidate anyway as a moderate republican.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Michael

    All of you with hurt feelings who want to desert the party because your candidate didn’t win need to understand a very simple concept. If McCain wins the election we will have a repeat of the last eight years when it comes to foreign policy. I don’t support any of the candidates, however since it now seems like it will be Obama and McCain, I would rather vote for Obama than McCain. All of you who wish to relate Senator Obama’s name with one of them most hated people in the world need to get a life, it is insulting to compare any American, especially a Presidential candidate, to someone like that, you really need to reconsider your motives. As far as Florida and Michigan, the rules of the DNC are clear, there is no ambiguity, if you want the facts then download the rules from the DNC and read them, forget fact check, read the actual rules. Some of you really need to consider where you get your facts because some of the things said about the candidates are just beyond belief and border on ignorance and paranoia.

    May 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Linned

    Senator Obama is only 59 away from the 2026 and Senator Clinton is 247 away. Are there even 247 pledged and superdelegates left to get to 247?

    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Shelton

    It's about time the supers got off their butts and stopped this thing before it gets to a point of really pissing a bunch of people off. She is proving that she has no respect for the party and for this process, so seal it up and stop her.

    They should be able to see the damage she is doing with this sham of a contest. She is hoping someone will pick up the debt and I for one will tell you, that I will contribute no more money to any campaign that pays her anythng. She is doing this out of spite and I don't think she should be rewarded.

    Come on supers, commit and put an end to this. You've seen what your are working with, which do you want?

    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. goClinton!!

    I'm a supporter of clinton, and hope she wins somehow, but it seems otherwise now. It would be nice if sen obama won against mccain, we should realise that and not be divided.

    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. SANDY



    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. garrick

    white voters should be mad at Hillary for calling them uneducated voters,whats that all about and she also has a problem with black voters and she need to look into why she only gets 1% of the vote and how can she win in Nov without the black vote.
    Obama has run a great campaign and he is ahead in every thing even money,i dont need someone in the white house that bill collecters are going after and has to keep getting rid of people in her campaign that she thinks were that she is behind she has to change again,how many Hillarys are out their.let her find her voice in New York.

    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. tekay

    Very wise decision.
    Thanks gentlemen.
    No one wants to be in a loser side.
    Afar all they have campaign of their own.
    When Hillary shallow supporters will understand this simple fact?

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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