June 2nd, 2008
05:19 PM ET
7 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. Dems 08

    I agree with Lori in CA. McCain might just lose his temper on stage and blow up.

    June 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Tired of this

    Yeah, the "conspiracy" to give the nomination to the candidate with the most delegates. How nefarious is that!

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. John, OH

    Isn't it a self-fulfilling prophecy to have half the party go vote for McCain "because Obama isn't electable"?

    McCain would certainly lose if he lost half the Republican party to our side.

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Koen (Belgium)

    GREAT NEWS, but isn't Clyburn House Majority Whip?

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Jean

    For those who won't vote for Obama...Suffer

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. La Chuyita

    Nobody, that makes two of us! LOL.

    No Problem Hillary haters! You, Obama, and the so-called superdelegates will pay dearly in November for disrespecting and pushing Senator Clinton aside.

    The superdelegates "wonder boy Obama" will not win in November.

    Hillary supporters vote McCain.

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. marianna

    Go Obama – paraphrasing earlier post:

    "The Phantom of Opra"

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Jody Reno, Nevada

    Why doesn't this surprise me.

    A bunch of gutless sheep that would rather have an unqualified man than a qualified woman.

    All these so called super delegates are toast after this election.

    They won't have a prayers chance in hell when the women in this country unite and give em the boot!

    June 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. bill

    2 LATEST POLLS: ARG- CLINTON LEADS OBAMA BY 26% IN South Dakota. OKIL Clinton leads obama by 16% in Montana.

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Anne E.

    This is not really news, but it's good to know nonetheless.
    Hillary Clinton SAYS she's staying in this race because of the voters and because she wants to improve the lives of middle and lower income Americans. However, her actions are purely contradictory.
    There are many women who wanted to vote for a woman for president in their lifetime......but Senator Clinton is NOT that woman, much as she thinks she is or deserves to be. To vote for a female candidate solely because of gender is not a good enough reason.
    Sorry, Hillary - if you intend to make another run, you would be wise to think hard about the reasons you have lost this time around.

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    FYI:

    To all the women threatening to vote for John McCain, I hope you can sleep at night when thousands more of the men and women that serve our country in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East are killed in war that was a mistake to begin with and has been for the most part handled badly.

    To all the women threatening to vote for John McCain, I hope you enjoy putting yourselves and seniors through more economic strain with social security becoming privatized under him. Not to mention tax breaks will continue to go to the wealthy and those of us in the middle and lower end will continue to struggle when more jobs go overseas and oil companies make billions while we pay $6 a gallon for gas.

    To all the women threatening to vote for John McCain, just remember that the children of this nation will be impacted by your choice. McCain may very well continue the failed policy of 'All Those Kids That Can't Compete' on the world stage.

    It is my hope that this hatred will be extinguished when the reality of this nation’s future is put ahead of personal feelings and agendas. Our nation can not take four more years of failed Bush policies. We must come together for the greater good of the country and support the Democratic Nominee; Barack Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    It's time to wrap it up and nothing about it is unfair to Senator Clinton. The complaints of unfairness make her appear to be weak and her supporters should think about that.

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Not sleeping at the switch

    Wow if you want to know how Hillary is thinking just read these pitiful posts by her supporters. If my 8 year old whined like that it would be TIME OUT!!

    Seriously you people REALLY do sound like that. Really!

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The flood gates are about to open and drown out the Clinton campaign once and for all. Thank goodness!

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Missy, South Carolina

    Thanks Cyburn for having our back with Obama in the front.

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Agnostic Democrat

    Nice to know that Hillary gave something back to her supporters: Hate, intolerance and righteous indignation. Now, when will all the Slick Willy finger-pointing start?

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Lynn

    To Lori Give me a break. He would not debate Hillary because he could not compete with her and now you are talking about Obama and McCain. Hillary walked all over him. Thats more than funny.

    June 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Ulese

    Clinton's snatch has finally run dry of excuses. I mean her mouth, of course.

    June 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Mark

    Black people have hijack the Democratic party. As a white person I naturally belong to the GOP.

    Go Macain

    June 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. RationalWoman

    HRC Supporters:

    I understand your frustration that your candidate did NOT win... but let's be logical here. It is absurd to say that you would rather vote for McCain over Obama. McCain stands for everything we HATE as a democrat. This election is BIGGER than us, Hillary or Obama. It is about finally doing the right thing– putting a democrat back in the White House. So we have to stick together......

    June 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. RyanD

    Women voting with their emotions and not their brains are setting the "movement" back hundreds of years.

    If a woman never becomes president, you'll be the reason...misogynists are pointing at you "Hillary or McCain!" types and laughing right now...saying "I told you so!"

    Act like you have some sense.

    June 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. vic nashville,Tn

    This not a breaking News CNN
    This What we expected

    June 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. king from toronto

    win or lose in november is not the case right now!! being the nominee is.an obama won that fight."BY FOLLOWING THE "RULES".

    June 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. La Chuyita

    Hillary supporters boycott OPRAH!

    June 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Creative Woody

    So this guy is either a loser or a traitor, I can imagine. Right, Hillary supporters?

    June 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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