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.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Kelly in Tx for Obama

    How is the "fix in"? This man (Clyburn) is a great man with a great history. Do not sully his name by implying a fix was in. No matter who won, there are always people taking sides, that is just politics. Had Hillary Clinton won there would be her folks also calling their chits.

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

    Thank you sir! Time for unity not division!

    June 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Steven

    Another fixed election for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Comedy Central

    When are Americans going to get to elect their candidates again? Lately it has been the Supreme Court, Super Delegates and the media. The Banana Republic gone wild!

    June 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Darryl M. Arlington TX

    Let us all unity..... God Bless America

    June 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. akaDoug

    WHY DO CLINTON SUPPORTERS HAVE TO YELL SO MUCH!!!

    Obama is the nominee and has been for a while. Hopefully Clinton can find it within herself and be graceful. If not, too bad because Obama will win in November with or without Clinton's help! Independents and even Republicians will vote for him. He is about to make history!

    June 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. NEVEROBAMA

    TO INDEPENDENT FOR OBAMA

    Maybe you should grow up. We are not going to vote for someone who is inexperienced. The one with the most experience vs Hillary is McCain. WE DO CARE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

    June 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. United we make a difference, not through anger and seperation

    I give HRC a great deal of respect and feel that both candidates have made an amazing impact on voters through this contest. I am impressed with her drive and will to fight. I do hope that both candidates positive impacts in the past months will outshine the negativity that seems to be so rampant right now.

    As a true democrat, and seeing the immensely negative impact that one leader, and his party, have had on this country in the last 8 years, I will be throw my support behind Obama now.

    Those that are not Republicans, please make your decision based on the best for the country....not for anger, bitterness or damaged pride. That accomplishes nothing positive, in any way shape or form. I want a better country, that I can be even prouder of, for my family.

    June 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Independent in Swing State

    Here's the issue and please post this:

    Obama started out with some steam but his electability has
    changed. If the primaries were held today, Obama would lose.

    The Dems are throwing away the general election.

    June 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Democrat for OBAMa

    WELCOME ABOARD!! we are so happy and excited!!! I think it's time to UNITE!!!

    Yes we can !!!

    June 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Chris In Philly

    Time to Vote for McCain and watch PA turn RED!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Lorraine Eaves '

    Hillary,

    ENOUGH! Clawing you way to the presidency by redefining REPEATEDLY the parameters for securing the presidential nomination is simply a return to the 'spin doctoring' that marked your husband's term in office. America deservers a new start and that begins with fresh blood!

    Lorraine Eaves

    June 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Ann

    Well...ain't that special. Can't wait to see all these faces when this comes back to haunt them. If Obama were lucky enough to be 'given' the Presidency, it's only a matter of time before all his radical friends start to surface. Then our country is doomed. But it still ain't over. The superdelegates know he cannot win against McCain so we can thank them when McCain gets elected in the fall. He will definately get my vote and 18 million more when Hillary is not given the nomination she deserves.

    June 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. alexS

    Can we explain to the Clinton campaign people that Porto Rico cannot vote on Nov. 4th. So there is no point of winning that primary and no point in saying because HRC won PR she can win later.
    Clinton fan listening at you how many of you will become Republican for the the GE day?
    Please breath deeply and think about the country not about HRC, thanks.

    June 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Kenneth M

    HEY, CLINTON 08, NOBODY FROM PR WILL BE SUPPORTING HER IN THE GE EITHER BECAUSE THEY DONT VOTE, AND SHE WONT BE THERE. SO GO AHEAD AND DEFECT TO THE MCCAIN CAMP. IT IS APPARENT THAT WE DID NOT NEED YOUR VOTE ANYWAY.

    June 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Caryn, Washington DC

    The end is near and I'm feeling fine.

    June 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. royaltlocs

    History is being made every day within this campaign and its a priviledge to be a witness of it all. This nation is on the verge of having its first African American nominee and I think we all just need to sit back and be honored that we have the eyes and ears to witness history in the making.

    June 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Pedeen

    I salute you Hillary! you gave a good fight! lost the war of the primaries but the battle of rebuilding this GREAT NATIONS, economy, un necessary wars, and the Image abroad is still on!, and thats why this Country needs your contribution than ever before!. Please join the Democratic train in any capacity and keep moving on!. There are many elections later to come!.

    June 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Failed Bush/ McCain policy

    Be careful democrats of some republicans blogging as Hillary supporters...Hillary herself will support Obama
    Democrats should unite, but Hillary should not be the VP. This is not because she is not capable, but because both Obama and Hillary will require specific qualifications of their VP to complement certain deficiencies.

    June 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Ramzy Rakpus

    Welcome on board sir!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. H

    THE THREATS FROM YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE CONTINUING. LET GO. ALL YOUR MESSAGES ARE HATE, HATE, HATE AND YOU ARE VERY BIAS. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU BECAUSE YOU WILL NEED IT IN THE END.

    June 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    Clinton its a done deal. You have no chance . You have no standing point. Move on back to the Senate where you belong.The Americans have spoken they realize that you were only about Clinton and not for the party. So you have made a terrible name for yourself. You will be forever known as "All About Me, Not About You".

    C-Compromise
    H-Healthcare
    A-America
    N-No Bush and Clinton Politricks
    G-God
    E-Environment

    Obama 08&12

    "United we stand, Obama in demand".

    June 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Way to stand up Clyburn! I wish the rest of these Supers would get some balls!

    Trains left the station ladies and gentlemen!

    June 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Amanda

    Marc in VA, if you think McCain cares about any of those issues, I will consider you one of those uneducated clinton supporters.

    June 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Eric in Lincolnton, NC

    Who gives a crap? What is he? NOBODY!!

    June 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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