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

Clyburn to endorse Obama

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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. Andrew

    Surprise, surprise.

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

    WOW what a shock...not

    June 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. marianna

    What if Hillary does not get a nomination?

    Will she rus as an independent?

    Would she then pick Obama for VP?

    Democrats will be left WITHOUT a candidate.

    What a hoot!

    June 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Great. Don't all Clinton supporters see how all of the superdelegates are giving Senator Clinton the respect and time needed to do what she wanted to do. This really could have been over a long time ago but out of respect for her a lot of them waited.

    June 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. lori in california

    I can't wait for the first debate between Obama and McCain...

    Everyone said Clinton was a shoe-in for the nomination, now they are all saying that McCain will win against Obama...like I said, can't wait for the debates....Obama will make fodder out of McCain.

    June 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. JakeSD

    Minority whip implies he's republican. Pretty sure he's the majority whip.

    June 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Frank

    To "Clinton 08" – Sounds like you're under some notion that Puerto Rico votes in November, well they can't and don't. It's time you accept and enjoy the November election and welcome President Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Sorry . . .

    Really don't care that all these creeps come out of the closet BEFORE the convention! I wouldn't vote for Obama if the Pope endorsed him!

    June 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Settle down...

    Everything will be fine in the Democratic party...People will hear enough of John McCain's beating of the war drum and realize what an awful mistake it would be to vote for him. HRC is a strong candidate, but Obama is too.

    I am less concerned with experience (I think Obama's is fine by the way) than I am about judgement. Obama's cool-headedness is what American needs more now than McCain's "experience"

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Lynn

    First of all I voted for the best candidate which is Hillary Clinton. Second reason because she is a woman. Everyone already knew who he would endorsed. I would like to know how can anyone vote for Obama with no experience. This is why I will vote for McCain if she is not the nominee. I don't believe in alot of things McCain stands for but do we really know what Obama stands for and who he is. My parents taught me you are judged by who your friends are.

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Ardnuas

    EXCELLENT..... Thank you !!
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. eddie

    No news at all. This guy James Clyburn just play the game. He used the race card again and again.

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Veterans for Obama

    We can't make it breaking news for every super, because tomorrow there's going to be a Tsunami of endorsements.

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Tracy

    We can Change! Yes We Can!!

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. CLEAN

    keep going to mc cain former Hillary supporters.

    we hardly need your weak minded vote.

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. BHO

    Some of the comments of the Clinton supporters are too childish and they never think anything of the reality.

    Obama is the next president of the United States of America.

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. President McCain

    Q: Who was the last Democratic candidate to lose the popular vote but secure his party's nomination?

    A: George McGovern

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. JB

    All of you Hillary Clinton Supporters:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    You lost!!!! Period. Obama didn't cheat, Hillary tried to cheat (and succeeded in FL and MI) by saying she was winning the popular vote (lie).

    In addition, her and her husband have the award for the most ridiculous flat out lie in political history.

    Bill- "I did not have sex with that woman"

    Hillary- "There was sniper fire, and we had to cancel the welcoming event"

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. NickNas

    I am Already planning a Obama Celebration Party for this weekend. Funny thing is people are also calling it a Hillary is GONE Party too!

    The end is finally in view.

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    He is a true American HERO! He stood by Hillary for as long as he couls and then he made an hounest choice! No spin just a hero!

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. maggie of north carolina

    good for obama i hope. i use to be a clinton fan until she started playing dirty. she will do anything to win even cheat. which she did by going after the two states votes. Dirty with a big Clinton and a fair playing OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Tired of this

    It's amazing how bitter and delusion the Hillary supporters are...at least the ones posting on these comment boards. It's hilarious seeing all these "Obama will lose 49 states" posts too. What a joke. He's obviously going to win Illinois, all 3 west coast states, almost all of the northeast, plus Mn and Wi.

    June 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. John

    CLINTON 08

    Are you serious????? PR can't even vote in the general election. Try again!

    June 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Chi4Obama

    Whooosh,
    And the flood gates have officially opened....

    June 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Venus

    THANK YOU!

    YES WE CAN!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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