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. Darryl

    Come on Clinton supporters and Obama supporters, we have to come together. Why all the hate?
    We have a common goal come November –
    BEAT THE REPUBLICANS!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Ann

    why does Obama only have white people standing behind him when he does one of his 'sermons'

    June 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Beatriz Perez-Sanchez

    By the end of the week, Hillary Clinton won't be able to ignore the fat lady any longer. She's already started to sing and such a sweet tune it is!

    June 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. jay

    Sen. MCcain is trying to paint Sen. Obama as Nieve. He doensn't even know the difference between Sunies and Shiiets.

    June 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. M.E.M Kansas city

    Let's go SD END THIS RACE. YOU CAN COME OUT NOW IT's SAFE.

    June 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. CHUCK Philadelphia,PA

    I am so tired of sore loser Clinton supporters and pundits who claim that ONLY SHE CAN WIN THE ELECTION for the Democrats and if she is not chosen they will defect to MCCAIN. to that I say

    GOOD RIDDANCE

    If you want more of what Bush is doing then vote McCain
    If you are not concered that may be a draft and you can lose a loved one VOTE MCCAIN
    If you want to disregard your OWN CANDIDATE who states "Obama will win and make a fine president" then VOTE MCCAIN

    But what dont want to hear is if Mccain gets in and the tax breaks continue for the rich and more soldiers die in Iraq and Osama keeps putting out his 'GREATEST HITS TAPE" that retarded voters like yourselves are mad.

    PLEASE GROW UP SHE LOST FAIR AND SQUARE BUT IF YOU CANT THEN HEAD ON OVER TO MCCAIN CAUSE WE DONT WANT OR NEED YOU!!

    June 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. D'Anne

    How is that Obama is the "LOSER" when Hillary is the one losing? I just don't understand the idiocrisy that can be easily found on these blogs. It's easy... find cold hard facts to support your candidate, not ridiculous opinions downgrading the candidate you don't like.

    June 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Dear Hilary supporters........

    Hilary should now stop.She run a tenacious campaign, got herself ardent supporters who rightfully value her.....but in the end she lost.She should now do the right thing, get behind the nominee, lead her flock in the right diretion, rather than mislead them...
    the deal is surely done, Obama needs 47 delegates, Clinton needs 211,,,,,cmon lets be real, the deal is done, put our bitternes behind, heal, and do the right thing for the party

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. chemika

    I would like to say congratualations Obama it seem like history is going to finally be made, but I would also like to say much respect to Hillary because she really is a fighter, and most important of all I would like to see her support Obama to continue the fight on and get this party started against McCain because at this point we need a change, and I am almost certain we can get a majority of things done if the Democratic party would stick together.

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Eliot

    Sen. Clinton should quit the democratic party and declare herself an independent candidate for president. She has a better chance of winning this fall against the other two candidates than bringing her case in Denver

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Franky

    This should be the knockout blow...........but we all know the Clinton family still believe in their legacy.......what ever that may be.

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. D'Anne

    Constantly shaking my head...

    How is that Obama is the "LOSER" when Hillary is the one losing? I just don't understand the idiocrisy that can be easily found on these blogs. It's easy... find cold hard facts to support your candidate, not ridiculous opinions downgrading the candidate you don't like.

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. genie

    Now we can concentrate on supporting McCain because as a former democrat I will never support Obama. Go McCain 2008

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. John W in NC

    Most SDs were likely waiting for the end of the primaries because they want to endorse the Primary winner, the one who has accumulated the most delegates. Some people in the Clinton camp think that Obama's 175 point lead is a virtual "tie" and that his 10% – 15% point margin is "close." I feel confident that once the last two states have voted and he maintains the same lead, that 30 out of 200 Supers will want to put Obama "over the top" (2118) on June 4th.

    June 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Gillis

    If I was Hillary, I would back down at the point when Porto Rico gave her the most arousing applause of this campaign season. That would’ve been a good time to say: Thank you, thank you, but this campaign is over for me now.

    June 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Mark

    To bill pike: Thank you so very much for your service, sir, and as well for your thoughtful comments and support of Barack Obama! Welcome to the team. Now, on to victory –united,

    June 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Kasha

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be waiting a while then, as team Hillary does not seem ready to concede any time soon.

    Hopefully other super delegates will not need to wait for her concession before they endorse. We need to start battling McCain full time now so we can win the White House back.

    June 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Kris from AZ

    It really is time to UNIFY and get a democrat in office. MCcain will not bring balance to the force :-)

    June 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. GoldenChica

    Hillary Clinton all the way to the convention or we will be welcoming president McCain.

    June 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Alex

    About time. They are making the right choice..

    June 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Senators are doing the right thing by giving Hillary time to bow out gracefully, whether we like it or not she does deserve that. We don't need to bash her anymore, it's over for her and it's time to unite. John McCain can only win if we allow him, he's too far out of touch and Republicans don't want him. Support Obama and the democrat party as Hillary will.

    June 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Michelle

    FINALLY! It will be over. Yes!

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Margaret Texas

    I'm so afraid of where this fight is taking the Democrat Party.So much name calling and reports about the ministers.You have no control over someone else's mouth. This is why we call it freedom of speech.Be it Rev. Hagee or Wright.We should't apologize or be held responsible for what someone else says.

    June 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. T17

    COME ON SUPERDELS, LET'S GET THIS THING OVER. IF YOU WAIT ON HILLARY, TO CONCEDE, WE WILL LOOK UP. AND IT WILL BE SNOWING, AND THE MONTH WILL NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. gorrein

    Mccain speaking at AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). I knew, this dangerous man always represented Israel and never the USA. What about the AIPAC members picked up by the FBI for spying for Israel? We never hear about that

    June 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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