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. BILL

    Saw where Obama resigned from his church. After 20 years of hate he decided enough was enough.

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

    YAY!

    June 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Patrick

    NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. arc

    Hillary Clinton will never give up because she simply doesn’t care about anything else than her place in history. Hillary Clinton will never give up because she considers herself worthy of being revered among other great leaders like Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Theresa.

    June 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. rafael otero

    I will just vote macCain. Will never vote for h. obama

    June 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Pope

    hey where is the paid RNC troller DEB with her Hillary or its MCSAME posts? she is late

    June 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Zagazaw

    Denial of impact: (Denial of impact involves a person avoiding thinking about or understanding the harms their behavior have caused to themselves or others. By doing this, that person is able to avoid feeling a sense of guilt and it can prevent that person from developing remorse or empathy for others. Denial of impact reduces or eliminates a sense of pain or harm from poor decisions.

    June 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. I used to be a Democrat

    And, Moderate Democrats should feel fortunate that McCain is the Republican nominee! It makes the decision to vote non-Democratic much easier.

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. S King

    Then they should cast their vote.

    Sk
    Sonora KY

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. joe m

    this was inevitable and it would be no surprise at all when clinton supporters start to peel away from her. what's that old saying, "everyone likes a winner"? .

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Mar

    More losers backing losers in a loser party. Hillary should run as independent and wipe the floors with them all. THAT would be an interesting congress. We would finally get something done.

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Jeff

    The Democrtic primary fight boils down to a clear choice.Do you want to be represented by a clueless,uninformed,Muslim-inf luenced, black/white man or a manipulative,uncaring,egotisti cal,morally bankrupt,lying woman? It's a no-brainer! Go McCain!!

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Ansu Darbo

    Senator Clinton should honourably quit and give chance to Obama. She is just envious of Obama's chances of winning and she wants to spoil the chance. History will never judge her well if she should continue beyond June 3.

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. sky

    I am tired to death of her blasted "grace" period. She has been graced like crazy. She has been given more "grace" than any second fiddle I have ever seen and why is that??? Why cant we let her lose like any other candidate? What makes her so special that she has to be nursed along. Why does anyone have to walk on egg shells. She lost, she did well but she lost....quit babying her.

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Shadman

    At this point I ask every one to please think of America and choose the best person...its not about McCain, Hillary or Obama. Its about America.

    What is best for America? Do not vote Republican or Democrat. Vote American.

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Lisa

    RALPH
    You are such a good sport, did you learn that from Mother CLinton????????????

    June 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. tony

    This is the begining of the end for us all

    June 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Janice

    This is not about Hillary Clinton, this is about the people of this country, her grace period is over. Time to unite and move forward, transcending gender and race issues, let's get to the real business.

    June 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Derrick in Houston, TX

    Shes gonna fight this all the way to the convention...so it really doesnt matter. She will argue she leads in the popular vote and that Obama didnt win by pledged delegates and superdelegates can switch their votes at anytime.

    June 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. juno

    Yes, Democratic Senators – let's endorse another loser! Kerry couldn't beat George W. Bush in '04, but you think Obama can beat McCain in '08. Tell me another fairy tale! The only one who can beat McCain in November is Hillary Clinton and these so-called "Super Delegates" know it – they are just chicken sh_t!

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Alexander

    Fantastic! Now we just need the Hillary supporters to do what's best for this country and not what's best for their pride. Even Hillary will support Obama in the end. If you support McCain, you will have gone against her and what she stands for.

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. E CT

    Voter need to take note about the super delegate who still endorsing Clinton. They are just fueling the fire and we need to make sure we take note and make them pay for their re-election bid.

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. john williams san diego, ca.

    may the face and wide pantsuits never grace our eyes again after June 3rd. CACKLE-TEARS-CACKLE

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Zagazaw

    Denial is a mechanism of the immature mind, because it conflicts with the ability to learn from and cope with reality.

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. NY Independent

    she definitely cant say she's not getting all the deference she deserves

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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