June 2nd, 2008
04:39 PM ET
7 years ago

Uncommitted Senate superdelegates meeting

Undeclared Democratic senators are meeting to discuss their course of action.
Undeclared Democratic senators are meeting to discuss their course of action.

(CNN) — Several of the 17 uncommitted Senate superdelegates are currently holding a meeting to discuss their course of action after the polls close in the final two primaries, CNN has learned.

It remains unclear exactly how many and who of the uncommitted Democratic superdelegates in the Senate will be in attendance at the meeting, which is being held at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters near the Capitol.

CNN spotted Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Ken Salazar of Colorado, and Tom Carper of Delaware head into the meeting.

In a brief interview with CNN, Harkin said the point of the meeting is "to discuss what if anything we might do after the polls close tomorrow night together."

An aide to a senator in the meeting tells CNN's Gloria Borger that it’s “not likely” anyone will come out today with an endorsement. “It’s a how-do-we-do-what we-want-to-do” meeting," the aide said.

"Some want, after the primaries are over, to come out in a group; others feel the need to do it with state delegations. The Obama campaign wants a group of senators to come out together, for obvious reasons.”

The aide said it's “more likely,” the endorsements will come at the end of the week, but added, "anything is possible after Tuesday.”

(Updates with new information)

Earlier: Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama

soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. NoMcSame

    Ok fat lady do your thing.

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

    They're meeting with their lawyers.

    June 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Tara

    Obama has the popular vote, the pledged votes, "super" delegate votes, and the wind of the people behind blowing him forward. What's the controversy? Obama vs. Mcbush, good vs. the axis of evil

    Go Obama – we love you

    June 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Aliou FL

    They sure are looking for what's in it for themselves. They are also considering where the media is fanning. They don't want to be on the losing side. But it is hard. They all love clinton because they know no other than her since a long time.

    Every vote counts so long as they do the right thing.

    June 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    ATTN: DNC

    We've lost Cheryl L. Swaim and Tara in Sarasota as members of the Democratic Party. boo-frickin-hoo

    June 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Grant

    Hold the train, new pols out show HRC leading by a substantial margin SD and a tie in MT..the American Research Group has her with a 25 point lead in SD...if she wins both, I think she has a case. Obama got way ahead of himself, if Clinton wins both MT and SD, and SD big, she is not going anywhere but to the convention floor! These were his states and he had large leads in both and campaigned heavily...he may regret his town hall meeting in Troy MI this afternoon, he should be in Rapid City and Billings!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not sure what Axelrod is doing here, but they are crossing the finish line on fumes....

    June 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. mitchell sawo

    As the presumptive norminee earlier started that it could take some time for senator clinton to endorse him. It is difficult to know that someone you taught you could have defeated turn out to defeat you. Senator clinton the game is difficult if you havn't experince any defeat in your life time that's how it feel dear but expect the fact. you will have your time the next 12 years. Senator Clinton yo are strong and will always be it about time for us to support our party for general election. we all know that with your help success will come to the party, May God Blessed you and your family.

    June 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Harold

    If Bobby Jindhal runs with Mccain on the ticket... Trust me! Even Obama Clinton ticket cannot beat them...

    June 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Marc in Virginia

    Well, the conspiracy to get Obama the nomination is complete. Too bad these jokers can't even think for themselves and have to meet sub rosa. This Hillary supporter won't be voting for Obama in the Fall. And, please, will you stop with the "oh, if McCain wins it's your fault all these kids die, etc." Guess what, folks, there's a lot more at stake in this election than just the war. We've got health care, economy, social security, crime, and many more issues Barack isn't ready to handle. I won't be bullied into voting for him.

    June 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Richard, FL

    Hillary supporters will have to face reality shortly. When Hillary gives up, she will tell her supporters to vote for Obama, because as she said, a Democrat must win the White House. At that point, will Hillary's supporters decide that she is lying and doesn't want what is best for our country?

    June 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    If they are smart the meeting will have one agenda item that says

    Book Group Flight to St. Paul, Minnesota

    Then they can attend the Obama rally at the Xcel Energy Center (the same downtown arena where the Republican National Convention will be held this summer) and formally endorse our Democratic candidate and future President of the United States.

    June 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    TO ALL HRC SUPPORTERS

    I understand you are not happy that your candidate will not be getting the nomination, I would feel the same way. But I won't stoop to your level and bash Hillary, there's no time for or valid reason to do that. First and foremost, we are democrats and both candidates have similar view on most policy issues. Obama will lead this country well and the USA will begin to earn some respect back – from our own citizens, as well as globally.

    This ridiculous talk about voting for McCain if the other one gets the nomination is not getting us anywhere. Stop being "bitter" and come over to our side and help to beat McCain in November. We'll warmly welcome you and your valuable insight.

    June 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Tim

    Clinton supporters keep posting: "well that's good. Then they have themselves to blame when millions of us women leave the party and vote for McCain."

    Good for you, women! Thats right, vote for John McCain and get Roe V Wade overturned by the justices he appoints.
    Hope that makes you feel real good to compromise your oewn beliefs, but by all means, go ahead. We no longer believe it or care.
    Poor Losers!

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

    MS> TARA IN SERASOTA.

    LEAVE THE PARTY IF YOU WANT..WE DON'T NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN OUR PARTY. JUST BECAUSE YOUR SISTER HILLARY IS NOT MAKING THE CUT DOES NOT MEANS YOU HAVE TO GO AND VOTE FOR MACCAIN..YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T CARE ABOUT WHERE THIS COUNTRY IS GOING..SO GO AHEAD AND LEAVE THE PARTY WE DON['T NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU

    OBAMA O8

    June 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Tejano

    Teri we are thinkg about our country. That is why we don't want Obama as president. We will not surrender to the Islamic Jihadists and have the war in our country. I love my freedom and will die for it , will you do the same. or do you just want to live off the fat of the land and not make any sacrifices.

    Obama Never.

    June 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Uncle Sam

    It has been rightly noted that some issues are bigger than Clinton vs Obama. I heartily agree and that it why I am supporting John McCain.

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Clyburn just came out for Senator Obama and other will follow.

    June 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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