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. jofy

    TO: CLINTON 08

    Not sure what to make of your comments...is ok to be a political fighter but don't disgrace yourself while you are doing it. She is done, hang it up.

    June 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. mike hetelekides

    Isnt ironic what goes around comes around. The Clintons might go through the same thing, The Gores went through in 2000. Maybe they can be friends again misery likes company.
    I am sure Al can give Hillary a shoulder to cry on .

    June 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

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

    A: George McGovern

    Well, as Senator Obama is ahead in the popular vote, what exactly is your point? I could see your point if Hillary was winning the nomination but she's not...

    June 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. John Smith

    Those who are urging Obama to take on Hillary as VP should READ and educate themsleves on Bill's scandals and Hillary's baggage. Is this the "dream-ticket" that the Democrats really want? You bet that the Republicans will enjoy taking on such a "ticket."

    June 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. cynthia

    independent 4 OBAMA
    I agree with your statement if these people abandon the democratic nominee which will be OBAMA, then Hillary Clinton will NEVER,NEVER, NEVER be president and I am sure her senate seat will definitely be challenged since polls have shown that the people in New York have a different view of her now since all of her negative campaigning. Plus many in the senate is upset with her for being so negative.
    So people think wisely if you ever want to see your girl in politics again

    June 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Bo J.

    Thank God that someone is trying to finish this drawn out race, Hillary just can not take no for an answer. It makes me wonder if its not Bill who wants in the White House more than her. We need the Super-Delegates to put and end to this so we can get to the business of fixing our Counrty. Hillary, get behind Obama and help him in Denver and November

    June 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. LNAB

    how many times does the Clyborn endorsement need to be breaking news?

    didn't he already do this 2, no 1, month ago?

    MCBAMA 08!

    June 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Conservative Buyer- CA

    I'm glad I switched from McCain to Obama I'm tired of feeling ashamed of my President. That's why I'm now an Obamacan.

    I can't wait for Obama to verbally own McCain.

    The "Double Talk Express" ends here.

    g'OBAMA!
    2009-2017

    June 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    To all you lady's who claim you will split this party or vote for McCain. If it hadn't have been for Blacks supporting Roosevelt, Truman, Stevenson, Kennedy, Johnson, Humphrey, McGovern , etc. we would not have been able to have a candidate like Hillary Clinton, today or many of the rights that we all enjoy. The BEST candidate is ALWAYS selected....if you think not you are kidding only yourselves. Your vote is a RIGHT not just for you but for all of the USA. It is not something to be used as a punishment or used frivolously because of "just you" and your hurt feelings. There are young people protecting this right in foreign countries as we cast our votes. How dare you girls undermine what has taken over two hundred years to get to this point !! Just because you aren,t getting what you want. HOW SELFISH !!!

    June 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. JD

    Hi Clinton supporters:
    All doors are open for you to now come in. Just write in your blog to say, " I now bow, let me in," and thou shalt be welcome.

    June 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Hispanic Voter

    That doesn't come as a surprise...AT ALL!

    Hillary or McCain 08

    June 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Kim

    HEY CNN

    "House Minority Whip and superdelegate James Clyburn of South Carolina "

    THAT SHOULD BE HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP

    June 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Griff

    The End??? Your looking forward to.... The End.... This is just the Beginning of the end.... How foolish can people be....?????

    June 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. BJ

    Don't underestimate Obama. He is much smarter than you think. I think McCain will wonder what hit him. He will get it done if we stand behind him.

    June 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Jody Reno, Nevada

    All you women that are voting for the nObama are either stupid or victims of a labotomy.

    Either way, John McCain is the far better choice than that big eared Muslim in the Brooks Brother suits.

    20 YEARS LISTENING TO ANTI WHITE, ANTI AMERICAN CRAP TELLS ME ENOUGH ABOUT BARACK OBAMA'S JUDGEMENT!

    June 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. albert griffith

    obama/hagel08 or obama/wesley clark 08!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. The Truth

    Yes Hillary......The Super Delegates should look at the numbers and the strengths of the candidates and their chances of winning.....

    ........THEY ARE CHOOSING BARACK OBAMA !...........

    OBAMA: THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Veteran Dixie Girl no to Mclame

    Thank you for the endorsement!

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Jason

    How does the will of the people argument hold up when 2 out of 3 CNN counts of the popular vote show Clinton ahead?

    The Obama supporters have been extremely vocal about how the superdelegates should reflect the 'will of the people' and not vote however they want.

    Now Clinton leads in the popular vote by most estimates. I'm not exactly hearing any outcry from Obama supporters.

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Tim

    Lynn,

    You're an idiot.

    To say you'll vote for McCain just because your female candidate didn't get the nomination just shows how little you even understand what you're voting for.

    Move on over to the Republican side of the fence. All you're doing is improving the gene pool over here.

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    It will be over tomorrow by God's grace.

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Kenneth M

    DEAR CLINTIN SUPPORTERS,

    I JUST WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO UNITE WITH THE PARTY. PLEASE DONT VOTE FOR MCCAIN AS HE OFFERS THE SAME AS BUSH. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE COUNTRY I WOULD ASK THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS OLIVE BRANCH AND STAND WITH US AS WE IMPROVE THE NATION AND MOVE FORWARD. LETS BE BIG ABOUT THIS, MAKE UP, AND GET THE WHITE HOUSE BACK IN 08!

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Lewnormk

    As a McCain supporter, I say "welcome aboard, Hillary lovers". With your help in
    the fall we can have another 8 years of Republican rule. We can get some good conservatives on the
    Supreme Court, maybe reverse some women's rights judgments, continue in Iraq for 100 years, and put in our conservative agenda.
    We welcome your support, but are a little curious. Why in the world did you support Hillary in the first place? It cannot be because you were liberal or a democrat, because you have now
    switched to our team. Well, who cares what made you switch. Mac needs and welcomes your support. Hope you can contribute some money and do some door knocking for Mac!. Welcome to our team!

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Xavier, NJ

    This is the beginning of the building up of 'A Team of Rivals', one of the greatest and most inclusive administrations in the nation's history!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Tony from KS

    To the Clinton's supporter (I use to be a Clinton Supporter) but when a person will try to change the rules and will do anything to win something the American people have decided on is very scary.

    She agreed with the DNC rules one year ago; the DNC actually accommodated her by allowing her to get some delegates, and she was not satisfied.

    Bill Clinton knows it is over, why can't she? She may be a fighter, but going by the rules, the majority of the American people don't want her.

    Face the facts!

    June 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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