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. Willie McGill, Graduate Student@DePaul University

    Senator Obama should not receive the Democratic nomination becuase of his lack of experience. If Senator Obama receives the nomination, I truly believe he will lose in the general election. Therefore, the superdelegates should support Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton is the most effective candidate to beat Senator McCain in November.

    June 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Rebecca

    All of you women threatening to vote for McCain need to take a chill pill. You are acting like radicals. You sound like you were only voting for Hillary because she was a woman and now make ridiculous threats to vote against the man that beat her fair and square. You are not true democrats if you are making these statements so the democratic party doesn't need your votes anyway. Go ahead and vote for McCain while the rest of us emotionally stable women will vote for the democratic nominee. And while your add it, go see a psychologist, apparently you need one.

    June 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. HRC supporter

    Another gang-bang of Hillary Clinton?

    The Democrats have a lot to learn about equality and justice and fair play.

    Stop bending the rules for Obama.

    Do your job and vote for the best and most electable candidate.

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

    There is nothing against hillary or bill, it was their wild campaign made everybody irritated and frustrated. And her supporter running wild, crying, shouting, looks very immature to me. Atleast now delegates and super delegates make a decision and move on. Give some time to Hillary supporters to get over with it. So that dems can unite in nov GE.

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    LETS COMMITT TUESDAY NIGHT AFTER THE CLOSING OF THE MONTANA POLLS. We need to make a statement to The Party , the USA, and The World. We have nominated the next President of the USA !!! You all have baby- sat Team Clinton WAY TOO LONG !!! Lets get behind our candidate TUESDAY NIGHT !!!! Lets start the healing process now....there are NO Suprises with this nomination !!! Everyone expects it, even though all cannot deal with it !!! It will be just as hard for them to deal with it Tuesday as it will Wednesday or Thursday or August. It will take some time....the sooner you do it...the more time folks will have to adjust and support the decisions. Make a Big celebration for the Worls to see Tuesday Evening.

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Clark in Atlanta

    Go all Dems with the exception of Obama. I'll vote McCain or do a write in for Hillary, but never for Obama

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Ex-patriot in Gulf

    I hope CNN at least pot THIS message – been months since I posted and nothing. Maybe the truth hurts??

    Hillary is IN DEBT. She reminds me of one of Cinderellas older sisters jamming her feet in shoes that do not fit. From bankrupt fund to sniper fire, this woman has said what she WANTS you to hear. She could care less...and unless and until she's swanning around the White House.

    Fir all the states Obama has won, she's saying "oh they don't count". THAT MEANS, PEOPLE SHE DOES CARE ABOUT the democrats. She cares about HER future ... not yours. And she has instilled a fear in terms of race, while she continues with "YOU men" and "because I am a woman".... SHE has brought up the fighting. SHE is responsible for the division.

    Evaparate, Hillary. PUH-LEEEEEZE

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. 1926

    Democrats, kiss the ladies goodby, if you nominate Obama. He has been shameful to ladies. What can you expect from a Muslin male?

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. rachel

    sickening. This was all staged what a farce. The democrates deserve to lose in November. I am now a former democrate turned independent.

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Willie McGill, Graduate Student@DePaul University

    Support Senator Clinton for President in 2008!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. B in Indy

    Clinton supporters were so rude at House meeting this past weekend. She is so divisive!!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Jot

    People, mark former president Bill Clinton's words. He said this is the last political campaign of his life. What does that mean to you? If his wife is not the nominee, they will not come out to campaign for Obama which is a very good thing after all they were labaled racists and 17millions of people who voted for senator Clinton will follow them to November and vote McCain

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Jan

    Only eighteen remaining undeclared senators? Not enough for Obama to cross the line, but important nevertheless. It would be much more interesting if there were also undeclared superdelegate meetings other than this one.

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Ralph V. AZ

    Why do Hillary supporters want to vote for McCain if she doesn't get the nomination? That's not good for our country.

    If Hillary backers vote for McCain, they are not voting for what is best for this county, they are voting for Hillary just because she is a woman.

    Democrats need to be united to help improve this country and not vote on emotion. I voted for Obama in my state, but if he didn't get nominated, I would vote for Hillary. That's because I believe that's what's best for our country. Don't betray your party and lets beat the Republicans!

    Don't forget that McCain hasn't been a very good Senator, was almost kicked out of the senate when he was involved in the Keaton 5 scandal in Arizona where 100s of people lost all of their life savings and retirement. I know a lady here in AZ that lost over $250,000 of her retirement and was left with nothing, while McCain lobbied to keep the crooks out of jail because they contributed money to his campaign when he ran for the senate.

    Don't let this country fall in the hands of the republicans again. In our city, 100s of people keep getting laid-off. Just last week our organization had to lay-off our whole maintenance department.

    Don't let gender or race influence your decisionl, let your democratic principles make your decision.

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Mikel

    To Tara in Sarasota:

    How can we take seriously the opinion of a Clinton backer who threatens to "leave the party and vote for McCain"?

    Clinton and McCain are nowhere near each other in the political universe. Obama and Clinton are not all that far apart philosophically, so your threat doesn't make any sense at all, unless race is a factor. Is it?

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Ronald

    After HRC's supporter's showout (which was encouraged by her campaign) at the rules committee, it would be political suicide to endorse Clinton.

    Go Obama!

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Cindy,CA

    I just mailed in my change of party registration today. Boy, did it feel good. Go Independants!!! We, as Hillary supporters are doing our research and will not vote for Obama. He has too many ties to groups and individuals who are not good for the country. I don't know what he really stands for and will not take a chance on him. I don't care what color or gender he is, I just can't trust him.

    June 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. HatetovoteRepublican

    I am an ardent Democrat, have been elected on the Democratic ticket, have always been proud to be a Democrat. Until now.

    Obama cannot win. I hope to God he cannot (sorry, I'm one of those bitter people "clinging to religion"). He is a big phony, is not who he says he is, has zero experience, and cannot win the general election in November. If he is the candidate, I will be voting Republican for the first time in 30 years!!!!!! And so will all my active Democratic friends – and we're very active in poliltics, we've worked every presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial election!!!! And none of us is voting for OBAMA! The stats are right – 66% of Hillary supporters will vote for McCain!!!!!!!

    So superdelegates – are you going to be stupid and nominate a person who you know cannot win – he can't even win the important primaries this late in the game – or are you going to nominate the person who has shown that she can win the states that we need to win in November? Because he sure as heck can't!!!!!

    If Obama is the nominee – I'm ANOTHER DEMOCRAT FOR MCCAIN!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. WOW

    I hope we all can just get along.......It was a good race.....I am a black male that was for Clinton...she lost. I do not blame Barrack...I do not blame FL or MI...it is what it is. Now I am a Barrack fan..I have ordered a Barrack 08 Tshirt and contributed to his campaign. Now if other Clinton folks want to vote for McCain...do so..but you only hurting your self and Clinton.....in the long run..because he Barrack loses and its because you did not vote...in 12..I am not voting for CLINTON.....so beware of what you do and what you say!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. DJ, LA, CA

    Hurry-up and make up your minds already. Why the delay in making a decision?

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. enough

    Just how many democrats do you all wish to lose?

    Force Obama on us.

    Force us to watch as you repeatedly treat HRC unfairly....
    and watch us walk away in Nov.

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Joe Florida Democrat

    Voted for Hillary. Die hard Democrat. WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. alex from orlando

    super delegates can make their choices but remember this Hillary has the popular vote and Spanish people, Regan democrats, seniors, women and some republicans. so obama can get the magic number and all those super delegates,but if you don't have the voters then you cant win and if you look in the general election nobody care about how much delegates you have, its the voters that matter. i want a democrats in the fall, and i think Hillary is the stronger candidate. she won all the swing states. you need all those people and obama doesnt have.

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Duffy

    These uncommitted super delegates should commit now. Shut this thing down already. Yawn.

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Mary Euless Texas

    How times does Obama have to say something stupid and someone have to come behind him to that's not what he meant. I do not think we will make many friends mainly just enemies because of that.

    June 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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