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.”

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Ray

    Clyburn is the house MAJORITY whip!!

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. martin

    way to go .finally!

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. A Real Democrat

    This message is only for true democrats! What is everyone talking about? If you are true democrat, it should not make a difference as long as you vote for the democratic candidate.

    If Hillary was leading in the delegates and was the candidate, I would vote for her. Barack is leading and most likely will be the democratic candidate. So I will vote for him!

    My question, is it disappointment for the Hillary fans? Hell yes! But if you are a REAL DEMOCRAT and don't want John McCain in the White House, then put all your differences aside (race, dislike for him leading or whatever.

    Be smart and wake up! Or you will be sorry...

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Jen

    The problem with this campaign has been the fact that Hillary has not been seen as an individual. Clyburn's statement alone is indicative of it. "Clintons know that [Hillary Clinton] can’t win this," The media had to include HIllary's name because Clyburn did not. He has every right to endorse Obama, but don't go making a fale statement about them making it impossible for Obama to win. Remember, it is not over until tomorrow. It is called democracy. Good grief, I wish people knew what that meant.

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Dems 08

    One more thing...If you believe that Obama doesn't have the experience to address healthcare, education, economy, etc., go ahead and vote for McCain. He has the experience AND chooses to present no real solutions to these issues.

    What's worse, a guy with less experience who will work his tail of to make positive reforms to reverse the Bush damage, or a guy with a ton of experience but no real plan to put America back on track?

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Lindsay

    To all Senator Clinton supporters/fellow Democrats:

    Your candidate fought a long and arduous fight. She is an incredibly strong candidate and worthy opponent to Senator Obama. Unfortunately, it does not look like she will be the Democratic nominee for President. Instead of fighting amongst ourselves, why not come together for the good of the party? Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are not THAT different. And certainly John McCain is not an acceptable substitute for Senator Clinton. It’s time to stop bickering and start focusing on the future. If you want more of what you’ve got, then by all means, give your support to McCain.

    Throwing your vote to the Republicans out of spite is going to do much more harm than good. It’s time for us to come together to make some positive changes in this nation. I hold no grudge, nor any ill will to any Clinton supporter – regardless of what has been said by anyone in the past. Both groups (Obama supporters and Clinton supporters) are guilty of saying spiteful things to eachother. I think we need to put that behind us. It's time.

    Bobby Kennedy once said: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

    Let’s come together and write the history of our generation!

    Democrats ’08!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Mary

    President McCain,

    Hillary won the popular vote if you don't count caucus states and give no votes from Michigan to Obama. Everyone knows Obama would not have received any votes from Michigan right?

    Come on, which side is really trying to disenfranchise voters?

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Keifer S.

    The Urgency of Now! Obama '08!

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Washington State

    The supposed Dems who keep saying they are going to vote McCain need to think only one thing in November... Do you want him to put the next 3 justices on the Supreme Court? McCain = reversal of Roe V Wade , for goodness sakes people lets remember what this is all about and it's not us personally it's our country and the direction it takes in the 21st Century!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. raul, from louisville ky

    I wonder why Hillary supporters are always saying that they would not vote for Obama in november when nobody has asked them. If you really believe you would not vote for him, don't do it, but stop crying outloud like if somehow that is a threat. I understand that this is the last card Hillary can play in order to change superdelegates minds, but they are not buying it anyways. There is a saying that says that dogs that bark loud will not bite. There are a lot a loud barkers out there.

    June 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Bruce in Florida

    Love it, and yes Florida will vote for Obama...

    June 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Griff

    I think that Add, was ment to say___ "Seize the Moment"... John McCain... "The Man of the Moment"... The Man who!! Can Deliver for you!!... Think about it..... In November...

    June 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Dtaylor (Texas)

    Hilary is only winning the popular vote if you don't count every vote....but its a bit hypocritcal to say "every vote must count"..then claim you have the poplular vote by an equation that does not count caucus states and some of the votes in MI.

    And wasn't it Clinton's campaign that said months ago that its the delegate count at the end that decides the nominee? Oh, that was when she had a huge lead in super delegates...

    June 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. dale in indiana

    what a shocker!!!! an a.a. endorsing an a.a. speaking of being racial.after all the clintons did for the a.a. they have no shame do they...

    June 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Theresa

    I am so excited to be able to be at the Excel Energy Center tomorrow night! I love going and watching the Wild play there, it's a great venue for concerts BUT this is going to be the best!

    I am bringing my 17 year old daughter who is as excited as I am! I told her that we will be witnessing a great moment in history!

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Rena

    All you Hillary supporters –

    How immature you are; if Hillary don't win I want vote for Obama my vote goes to McCain. I thought only adults were allowed to vote; I guess I missed something because you all sound like a bunch of 3 year olds. Marc no one is trying to scare you into anything. Fact is fact; vote for McCain it is definitely your right but believe me you will feel his fury come January 2009. Your household will be affected tremendously and yes you along with all the rest of the Hillary supporters will be murders of our soldiers because you are telling McCain you approve of this war. I am a military spouse whose husband has done three terms in Iraq and it sickens me to hear people like your kind talk with such hate and disguse. Hillary and Obama policies are very much similar so what is the problem here. I'd rather take either one of them over McCain. But I guess you guys aren't adult enough to make that kind of decision.

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. SalBal

    Amazing MATCH

    I guess tomorrow is the FINAL, 500 million USD later and 17 million unhappy audience.

    I know this is not sport – but it does feel like one and one way or another someone has got to win the match.

    Cheer up.

    2012 is not that far away

    Sal (UK)

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Hillary 08, the electable candidate

    Thanks Marc...

    I agree with your comments... The media and Obama supporters just think the rest of us Democrats will vote for the most radical left winger out there.

    Isn't it ironic that in the last 30 years, Dems have only elected one Democrat to office. I guess history is not a favorite subject for the Obama elitists.

    Dems can't win on the left, we have to nominate a moderate democrat to win... Duhhhh...

    Don't blame Hillary jerks... She tried her best... She called it... "I'm already vetted"... Well, now that we see the real Barack Obama, us conservative Dems tried to tell you... We came out in full force and voted against him....But you wouldn't listen... So, like I said... Don't blame Hillary, blame your naive selves.

    I personally won't have a problem voting for McCain. He's more liberal than Hillary according to Ann Coulter and McCain has the experience...

    Thanks for playing... You think you have won, but this isn't American Idol...

    No Obama

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. The Truth


    All of you so called Democrats who support Clinton and claim will vote for McLame..........

    Leave your membership and keys at the door and dont let it hit you on your way out...we dont need or want you!

    Hillary supporters who will still back the Democratic nominee, who will be Obama.....You are welcomed, ...enjoy all the danish and coffee.

    OBAMA '08!

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Steve

    Hey independant for obama,

    sounds funny for an obama person to say stop the bad atitudes and name calling. Bro I see just as much coming from the Obama campaign as I do Clinton.

    And Obama has won!?! Why don't you grow up.

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. jones

    Some of the comments are kind of funny (: This reminds me of ACC basketball...Go Hillary...Go away Obama!

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Jereme

    Democrats have the Majority not the minority....

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. better america

    Marc in Virginia – please go away. Thanks

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Republican for Obama

    Free at last...

    June 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. too late

    You made this nasty hateful bed- by playing the race card in SC.

    Obama has mocked and jeered Hillary Clinton- not the reverse.

    Obama has brushed Hillary Clinton off his shoulder- not the reverse.

    Obama had cheated and lied, has been given every advantage and has taken every opportunity to attack and damage Hillary Clinton.

    So stop crying foul. Obama is not entitled just because he is black. What are his other qualifications and experience and merits?

    June 2, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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