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.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Daniel Adewumi from Canada

    It is incumbent on all Democrates to rally round thier candidates and pocket all these bickering. McCain can only offer another 4 years of Bush but Obama would be as close to Clinton in terms of policy and how to govern. My guess is those who are vetting to go for McCain are racist and sexist who cannot stomach the idea of a black man leading the party and the nation.
    This is the best chance for the Democrats in American history, if you blow it up, not even Hillarry will have a chance in 2012. It is more reasonable to unite and support Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. dwc

    Big surprise...yawn....

    June 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. jennyM

    I am a bit tired of hearing how Obama could not win without women over 60. Would Hillary have been able to win without the black vote ? If they just sat it out ?

    I'd love to see Hagel as VP . He could create a true bipartisian ticket.

    June 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Beverly, Houston

    lori in california

    Funny.. Everything I see including Murdock from FOX says that Barack will win..

    June 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Caryn, WDC

    Hillary has known for some time now that the odds of her winning were just too great. She’s stuck around this long hoping that she will LIE, STEAL, and CHEAT her way to the nomination.

    Her claiming to have won the popular vote is the latest example that it’s all about Hillary, not the Democratic party and not the country.

    Her kind of experience is exactly what we don’t need.

    June 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. rusty

    An african american supporting Obama? Wow, I'm not surprised anymore.

    June 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Helen

    I think it is time for Hillary to give up and let Obama get on with the fight to beat McCain. We need new leadership and I think Obama is the one who can lead!

    June 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. What if?

    Welcome aboad Mr. Clyburn....

    Obama "08"

    maybe CNN will leave this comment on here.

    June 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. President McCain

    Obama – "I did not have a relationship with that pastor"

    June 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. HSNP

    The most spoiled, coddled, lazy generation in American history thinks they can pick a President. I hope they're right, for all our sakes.

    June 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. VJmem

    As I said before, it's really a shame that for spiteful reasons, I would put myself in a WORST financial condition by voting for McCain. Hell, McCain can hardly remember what he said last week, no last night... someone is gonna have to write out EVERYTHING for him. But, you know, those who won't vote Democrat because Hillary won't get the nod, God bless you and I'll try to understand why you would willingly want to hurt yourselves.

    June 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. the jackal

    OH MY GOD LOL, I put in of voted instead of have voted

    June 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Vote Obama

    Marc in Virginia

    What conspiracy? OMG you sound like a sore loser. Stop making up lies and creating more drama. You sound real prejudice and if you are GOD have mercy on your soul. You probably don't even believe in GOD. There is no conspiracy!!! The devil is a liar!!! Obama even after all the drama the Clintons tried to give him won!! Stop the drama!!

    June 2, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Ms. B

    So glad this is almost over. Democrats...we are on the same team. Let's unite and beat McCain

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Ralph

    LMAO so this is news...did you see his color???????? Kinda like Donna, Martin and that other Racist for Obama. Is Jack black????

    June 2, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Amazed

    To all Clinton Supportors, please take a moment to thnk about what is at stake when you make a decision out of anger. If after you have calmed down and looked at each candidates viewpoints on issues that are important to you, you still want to vote the other way, do so. But nothing, absolutely nothing good comes out of making a decion while angry.

    Both of these candidate ran good races but someone had to lose.

    June 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Is anyone suprised of this news?

    June 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. JIM

    You Clinton supporters voting McSame or pushing for Hillary to run as an Independant...go for it! And take your QUEEN with you:)

    June 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. ABC

    What a surprise.

    June 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. MD

    Bravo! I wish you had done this much sooner. The Clintons do not deserve any respect because they don't respect others (unless it serves their personal, selfish needs and wants).

    June 2, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Susan MO

    Too bad.

    That will end up putting McCain in the White House

    June 2, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. La Chuyita

    Interesting. My comments are still awaiting moderation?!

    June 2, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. J Kay

    I look at the end of this primary season as a relief in more ways than one. We won't have to see Billiary's medical records 🙂

    Hey NickNas............can I join the celebration. GO OBAMA!!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Mk

    To Marc in Virginia:

    To those of you willing to vote for McCain because Hillary didn't win. Think about this when you tuck in those children and grandchildren or yet to be born children and grandchildren. This exercise (hopefully) will be the true test of your devotion to this country (flag pins just don't cut it). Do you want those young people to live in a world run by the George Bush's and John McCain's of the world? Is Hillary's loss of the nomination so personal that you would sacrifice those children's futures so you can show everybody how ticked off you are? Seems to me the choice is obvious. I would not sacrifice my children's future for spite or any other grudge I might hold. How about you?

    June 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. gdouglas

    This presential nomination is nothing but a contest of racial issue. If the white voters voted for Clinton like the black voters are voting for Obama the cry would be DISCRIMINATION but is seems ok for people not to want Clinton becasue she is a woman and a white woman at that. I amke no wonder the USA is in the miserable state that its in. Wouldnt be surprise to see the states become a third world country. You guys seem to hate each other.

    June 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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