June 2nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
1 year 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. Donna in Sebastopol

    Just do it, then. Make it official and let Hillary decide she's the winner anyway again.

    I'm at the point where I believe this woman will still be claiming to be the winner in January of 2009.... she'll come up with something to use as numbers in her fuzzy math – perhaps Republican votes?

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Hillary: "BUT... BUT... THEY MAY STILL SWITCH SIDES!"

    (Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!)

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. fairandstraight

    This is very gracious of them. However, it is only hurting Sen. Clinton's mental state because of her fight with facing reality. The longer they wait, the longer she will hold on to the chance that someone will change their mind and give her the nomination as a favor to former president Bill Clinton.

    Democrats, united we stand; divided we fall.

    Sentar Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Practical, sensical.
    Gives me a sense these folks up in DC may have some sense after all.
    Yes, it'd be nice to have Senator Obama wrap up everything Tuesday night with a win in Montana. But, laying back gives Senator Clinton a stage to go out on a high note.
    Now, in doing so, I hope she's ready to two the party line and get after Senator McCain on behalf of Senator Obama.

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THANK YOU LORD.

    MCSAME IS OUT THERE TALKING TRASH.

    AND ACTUALLY PRETENDING TO BE A DECENT

    HUMAN BEING. GOT TO WORK ON MCBUSH.

    HE WANTS TO TRASH WHAT'S LEFT OF OUR

    REPUTATION IN THE WORLD, START ANOTHER WAR

    NOT TO MENTION GIVE THE REST OF OUR TAXEDOLLARS

    TO EVERYONE BUT AMERICAN TAX PAYERS.

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. NickNas

    This is good news BUT it is also a perfect example of how Hillary has been treated WAY better than she deserves in this whole thing. Everyone has been treating her with respect and trying not to humiliate her in the process and she just keeps on taking advantage of their Kindness and professional courtesy.

    After the 3rd she will be boweled over because all of these people will have kept their words and can move with a clear conscience and Hillary cannot cry foul anymore.

    She is a Horrible human with no feelings for others at all. She has been taking advantage of everyones kindness and useing the time to Bash, lie, decieve and try to Hurt Obama when she should have been gone long ago.

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Donna in Sebastopol

    She should be given a grace period?

    The woman HAS no grace.

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Brendanash

    Also everyone is giving her space to leave with dignity. The supers keep repeating this. What about our dignity? She has added fuel to the fire over and over. We want to get on in this election but we have to wait until she decides??? I am willing to donate to our party but not until I know Obama has been nominated and I am sure their are a lot of folks who feel the same way I do. Look at the numbers, money, and supporters. They all add up to Obama. In the mean time he asks his supporters to be gracious but, Hil's can riot.

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Honest man for Obama

    yes that is good news let's respect her even though she fools herself to drop out gracefully before endorseing.

    Yes we can!

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Mk

    In the words of Geraldine Ferraro:
    If this were ANY BODY BUT HILLARY CLINTON we would not be spending MONTHS making sure her feelings were not hurt.
    Geeeeeeeeeeze, how is this woman ever going to learn that you don't always get what you want if everyone keeps enabling her?
    Do her a favor and help her OUT OF THIS RACE.

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. JennyM

    A Grace period ? Give me a break . If she were gracious that would make sense but she is anything but gracious .....

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. ltd1974

    Sounds good for Mr. President Obama

    June 2, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Jaime

    Lets not "Pound" Hillary, now.
    Since you know she can't take the heat.

    June 2, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. TinTX

    It is nice that everyone is giving HRC a chance to bow out gracefully. Anyone else would have been pushed out long ago it helps when you last name is Clinton and your husband was once the President (husband cheater) of the United States

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    TIME TO COME TOGETHER.

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Steve in California

    Whatever the decision, let's wrap this up this week. The Republicans are already going after Obama, since he is the presumptive nominee. Let's give him the room to be able to return fire, by allowing Clinton a graceful exit from the primary. Without some catastrophic event, there is no way Clinton can now win. I hope she throws her support to Obama, and the two of them go knock down the Republican walls.

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Dandelion.

    I agree that Hillary should be given a grace period, but hasn't that period come and gone? There's nothing graceful about her!

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Jim

    Take the party to a loss in November! Bravo!

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Kay

    Everyone is being careful to not hurt Hillary's feelings. She should realize she has never been ahead in this campaign and have sense to bow out. She has pulled every trick in the book from trying to change the rules of the game to using her husband's influence to get herself elected. Someone needs to tell her it's been over for a while and for her to quit this nonsense.

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Yes, they have made a wise choice. It should show the hillary supporters that they know alot more about the clintons then we and they are not standing for it.

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Dem 08

    Like it or not both Clinton and Obama have ran a formidable campaign. However just as a football game there can be only one victor.

    while it is almost certain Obama will clinch the nomination, Hilary Clinton deserves a a fair treatment and a gracious exit. But also her surrogates must tone down the rhetorics and rally behind Obama.

    It is time for the Dems to start aiming at MCsame/McBush.

    Dem 08

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. cb

    keep em commin

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Marshall

    About time! Thanks

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Kenneth M

    SHE SHOULD BE MORE SUPPORTIVE OF OBAMA. HE IS GOING TO WIN AND SHE SHOULD HELP HIM WIN THE GE ALSO. AFTER ALL, ITS FOR THE COUNTRY.

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. krist

    if the superdelegates decide the democratic nominee i will quit the democratic party- donna brazile.
    get out donna and take obama with you
    obama WILL NOT win the GE or this nomination.
    hillary or bust
    nobama

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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