June 2nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama

Most of the 17 senators who remain uncommitted will announce their support of Obama, CNN has learned.
Most of the 17 senators who remain uncommitted will announce their support of Obama, CNN has learned.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Most of the seventeen Democratic senators who have remained uncommitted throughout the primaries will endorse Barack Obama for president this week, CNN has learned.

Sources familiar with discussions between Obama supporters and these senators tell CNN’s Gloria Borger that the senators will wait until after the South Dakota and Montana primaries to announce their support for Obama.

Two sources familiar with the sessions said the endorsements will come sometime later this week.

Obama supporters have been “pressing” for these superdelegates to endorse earlier in the week, but according to one source, “the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period.”

A series of meetings on the topic have been facilitated at different times by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Durbin and Daschle are Obama supporters, while Harkin is uncommitted.

According to CNN’s Candy Crowley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will remain uncommitted until Clinton officially drops out of the race.

soundoff (795 Responses)
  1. Anna

    “the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period.”

    Grace period, how much time is that, until you lose in GE? I am just sick of this democrat primaries.

    June 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. annieoakley

    Bill Pike: shame on you for your insult to Dr. King and Abraham Lincoln.

    June 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Dan in Chicago

    nice- obama is going to be too easy to beat in the fall

    June 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. CT voter

    Al Gore needs to bring this party togather and endorse Mr. Obama.

    June 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. nate

    By the time news comes out to the general pub, its been known in campaign circles for eons. We are 2 wks behind – remember that. Everything is already planned for and pre-set. I learned this when my best friend at the time worked on Bills first campaign. Oh and by the way Debby, many MILLIONS of us ARE voting for "that clown", sweetie.

    June 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    As an Iowan, I won't be voting for Harkin tomorrow in our State Primary because of his lack of support for the Iowa decision to back Obama. I would have respected him more if he had taken a stand instead of waiting to see which way the wind was blowing.

    June 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. PA 55 year old woman

    If Obama loses in the fall, I will blame Hillary. She should have graciously stepped aside long ago for the sake of unity in the party. She'll have to work twice as hard to get rid of the chasm she has created.

    June 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Newly Independent

    I say to Obama supporters, you just keep up the poisonous chatter about people like me.

    We are Clinton supporters, and there are alot of us "out here."

    You do yourselves no service by bad-mouthing us. We will dig in our heels and stick to our convictions.

    Just like the candidate we support.

    Obama touts "Reclaiming an American Dream." The first time he sits across the table from a representative of any foreign country, he will be so intimidated (like he is with his various preachers), that he will recoil in fear.

    June 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. SMART PEOPLE FOR CLINTON

    Will now be smart people for Obama!

    Dems unite!

    OBAMA 08!!!! GETER DONE!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Keifer S.

    Fired up! Ready to Go! Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    congrats to senator obama, beware the backers of hillbilly for vp. the saying "don't count the clintons out" didn't come from no where. the snipers missed hillary last time. they may get lucky this time.......

    June 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. LISA

    SHE GAVE IT HER BEST SHOT NOW IT'S TIME FOR OBAMA TO DO HIS THING WITH THE PEOPLE BEHIND HIM. IT IS TIME TO UNITE. IT IS TIME TO GET RIDE OF MCSAME.

    OBAMA O8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Chris, Denver CO

    Better late than never. We can't afford to have Justice Stevens replaced by an Alito clone. Stop McCain in 2008.

    June 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. gerry

    The wait by these superdeklegates has been quite understandible : they do not want to obstruct or appear to obstruct the rank and file Demcoratic Party supporters in their quest to show their support for one candidate or the other.

    However, what we are seeing is unquestionably a delayed reaction to the knockout punch that Clinton received on Super Tuesday, with the inevitable now upon all of us.

    My main concern is that Clinton has fomented so much angst and divisiveness that nothing she will utter from her hypocritical mouth after June 3rd will be able to return the Party to cohesiveness and unity behind Obama, and that's not fair to him or to the Party.

    June 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. 1926

    I hope the Democratic party is destroyed. They are not worth saving, for what they have done to women. Its a shame how they have belittled and allowed to be treated badly Senator Clinton. I can certainly see how women are regarded in this party. They should have put their foot down and demanded that she be treated with dignity. Women, wake up. Do not vote for the Republicans. or democrats. Write her name in the ballot.

    June 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Teacher

    What I want to know is whether Jack Cafferty will be getting a raise after belittling Hillary all campaign season? He deserves one. He did his job well.

    June 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Ivar

    Finally

    June 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. I used to be a Democrat

    If Obama is the nominee, I will NOT vote Democratic in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Tom CA

    No reason whatsoever to keep them uncommitted. The sooner they take the side the sooner it is over with. What are they afraid of? Please do not forget that " We " the voters to put those people in Washington DC without us they are just ordinary citizens like you and me. Time for them to take side or wake up voters do not vote for them when their terms up.

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Kenneth M

    So far today Obama has 2.5 superdelegate votes to Clinton's 1

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. MBFLA

    Let's go Super Delegates! It's time to take back our country!

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. USAF Staff Sergeant

    More good news. I personally can't wait for this primary to be over just so I don't have to hear Hillary's voice anymore.

    Oh no...... what if her offers her the VP?..... *Shudder*

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Greg C., CA

    I wonder how many superdelegates will have to endorse Sen. Obama before Sen. Clinton is willing to acknowledge publicly that the race is over. She ran half a excellent race. She trained for a sprint and got a marathon. She worked like hell to catch up but she didn't and now it is time to unite and work toward defeating John McCain.

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Lunick FL

    We as american seem to be making the RIGHT CHOICE at the RIGHT TIME this year.
    BARACK OBAMA 2008 & 2012

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Dave

    Of course McCain will kick Obama's rear end and all I can say is the Democrats will get exactly what they deserve. I mean look where that turkey would be if he had gotten only 60% of the black vote. No, at least 92% voted for for him and that 92% plus a few percent of the other colors ain't going to be come even close to beating that old man.

    June 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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