June 2nd, 2008
05:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Clyburn to endorse Obama

Clyburn has been critical of former President Bill Clinton.

Clyburn has been critical of former President Bill Clinton.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Several sources tell CNN that House Majority Whip and superdelegate James Clyburn of South Carolina will endorse Senator Barack Obama Tuesday.

Clyburn, whose congressional district went overwhelmingly for Obama in the state's January primary, had said that he would wait to weigh in on the presidential race until the last nominating contest had been held. Earlier this spring, he had made remarks critical of Bill Clinton, calling his conduct on the trail "bizarre," and telling interviewers that some of the former president's actions had deeply upset African-Americans.

"There are African-Americans who have reached the decision that the Clintons know that [Hillary Clinton] can’t win this," he told Reuters. "But they’re hell-bound to make it impossible for Obama to win.”

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Vig

    That'ss too bad. The fix is in.

    June 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. OBAMA!!!

    As a woman living in Kansas–I am proud to say that I support Obama 100% and I find it disgusting that women would rather vote for McCain than Obama. I think people (mostly women) are only voting for Clinton because she is a woman and NOT what she stands for as far as issues in America. If they cared about the issues then Obama would be the clear choice because as Clinton as said herself- they are almost identical in where they stand and it would be a terrible mistake to vote for McCain.

    Open your eyes ladies- you would be making a very very bad decision.

    June 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Uchenna in MD

    To all Clinton supporters saying Obama cannot win in November:

    This is like a semi-final "game" which you have to win to play in the finals. If you do not win your game, you cannot play in the finals even if the team waiting for an outcome from your game is ranked 100 places below you. Obama is a hurdle she had to cross before McCain and she couldn't. So please, let Obama play in the finals. Even if he doesn't win it, he definitely earned a place in it.

    If you plan to vote for McCain instead bcos Hilary didn't win, just don't complain of what you pay at the pump, don't complain of America's image abroad, don't complain about health care, don't complain when you lose your home and don't complain when your relatives (if any) die in war(s) that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged.

    June 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Nobody

    I'm shocked!

    June 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. CLINTON 08


    June 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Mike

    go Obama, and may god get rid of haters.

    June 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Independent for Obama


    FYI Clinton supporters – turn about is fair play. I think the rest of the DEM party and the independents for Obama can promise you that if you swiftboat the DEM candidate this November, HRC will NEVER be president, because we will do to you exactly what you are threatening to do to us.

    If you stop the bad attitudes and namecalling, and do what is RIGHT now, then maybe she has a shot in 2016 and we would be willing to get on board. But I promise you, if Obama loses YOU will be to blame and WE will NEVER vote for HRC in 2012.

    So grow up!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Griff

    Obama!!! "The Phantom of the Comic Opera" of Democrat's....

    June 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. liz

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    People have been saying how negative Obama voters are, but on May 31, the nation watched and saw who the animalistic, hateful people were.

    No disrespect, but Clinton's supporters "showed out" at the rules convention. Grown people acting like rabid individuals.

    I dare anyone to dispute this fact. CNN post this. It's nothing but the truth.

    Obama/Sebelius 08

    June 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    HRC Supporters:

    I understand you are not happy that your candidate will not be getting the nomination, I would feel the same way. But I won't stoop to your level and bash Hillary, there's no time for or valid reason to do that. First and foremost, we are democrats and both candidates have similar view on most policy issues. Obama will surround himself with a brilliant administration, perhaps including Hillary, and lead this country well. The USA will begin to earn some respect back – from our own citizens, as well as globally.

    This ridiculous talk about voting for McCain if Obama gets the nomination is not getting us anywhere. Stop being "bitter" and come over to our side and help to beat McCain in November. We'll warmly welcome you and your valuable insight.

    June 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Army Vet for Barack

    HERE IT COMES !!!!

    U-ROCK OBAMA 08'/12'

    June 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Justin (ny)

    I just hope the party can repair itself. Those clinton supporters who are disappointed (and rightfully so) MUST get over their disappointment and unite AGAINST the republicans, john mccain, and more of the same. please! unite! for the good of the country!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Ed G

    You have to give Senator Clinton credit. How was she able to keep the results so close with those constant attack ads. Impeachment. White Water. Travel Gate. Foster Gate. Heathcare Debacle. Loss of house, senate and governatorial seats. Monica. Bosnia lies. Real estate scandals.

    Oh, that's right. Senator Obama didn't use these attacks.

    June 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. joy

    welcome sir


    June 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Marc in Virginia

    Well, the conspiracy to get Obama the nomination is complete. Too bad these jokers can't even think for themselves and have to meet sub rosa. This Hillary supporter won't be voting for Obama in the Fall. And, please, will you stop with the "oh, if McCain wins it's your fault all these kids die, etc." Guess what, folks, there's a lot more at stake in this election than just the war. We've got health care, economy, social security, crime, and many more issues Barack isn't ready to handle. I won't be bullied into voting for him.

    June 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. independent voter

    Well, that's too bad.

    I will NEVER vote for a weak, inexperienced, arrogant, know-it-all candidate like obama.

    Plus, absolute cannot stomach michelle!

    My Hillary vote, like millions of her other supporters, will go to McCain.

    June 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. CLINTON 08


    June 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. It's called a contest folks!

    Good. Let's get this party started!!

    June 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. rex

    Bill Clinton didn't have much foothold in SC. Hillary couldn't get it together.

    June 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Amen. Maybe he saw how far in debt the Hillary campaign is and made a sane and wise, albeit late, decision.

    June 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Walter

    That Majority Whip, is it not?

    June 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Don in Florida

    Let's wrap this thing up and take on McCain. Go Obama!

    June 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Wayne, Greenville TX

    HIllary –

    Please read the handwriting on the wall. It's time to bow out gracefully.

    June 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    There is a real man with some truth!

    June 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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