June 2nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
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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. Mr DE

    Anything is possible. It will be over at the convention.

    At the convention all the delegates will vote for nomination, who ever she is.

    You might want to search what happen in democrat primary in 1972.
    Then you would know what happenning at the convention.

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Edward M. Magee

    Hillary ,please leave before you hurt your party.

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Luvie

    Clinton dems are switching to McCain. Now how wonderful is that? But the word is some McCain supporters are switching to Obama. So enough with the threats, just go.

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Smitty Gee

    We need to end this and get on with the real election and beat down the Republicans and get that George Bush wanna be senior citizen McCain out of the picture. I beg those uncommitted to commit and end this none sense with Hillary so she can go home and bake some cookies for Bill....it's Bill's fault anyway....what did he say....Jesse Jackson also won one time.....remember.....Ha Ha Ha the jokes on you Bill

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Richard, FL

    Americans must think of their country first. Obama has almost all the same policies as Hillary and will likely appoint many of the same people she would appoint. This election is NOT just for one person, it is for an ADMINISTRATION. Eight more years of the same Bush war philosophy and same Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest would be a disaster. Another Republican administration can bring us more of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and all the other immoral incompetents Bush put it. Think about our country first when deciding who to vote for.

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. TJJJ

    HOW DID OBAMA BUILD HIS SO-CALLED INSUMMOUNTABLE LEAD. NANCY PELOSI LIED ABOUT PARTY RULES INSISTING SUPERDELEGATES ARE BOUND TO VOTE ACCORDING TO DELEGATE LEAD
    HOWARD DEAN BOUGHT THE TIM RUSSERT 'MATH' THAT OBAMA ALREADY WON , 3 MONTHS AGO, AND CALLED FOR SUPERS TO PLEDGE IN ORDER TO PUSH HER OUT. IT DID NOT HAPPEN.
    HERE WE ARE IN JUNE, THAT ONCE SEEMED SO FAR AWAY, THE ELECTION IS STILL ON. OBAMA THE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE IS GETTING TROUNCED BY HILLARY IN ALL THE CONSITUENCIES THAT COUNT. THE LAST 3 OF HER BIG VICTORIES ARE LIKE BY 40% THE OBAMA WE KNOW TODAY IS FAR FROM THE MESSIAH THE MEDIA SOLD US.
    DNC BEWARE...YOU'RE IN A HURRY TO LOSE WITH OBAMA.
    WE WILL HOLD SUPERDELEGATES AND THE MCGOVERNS AND KENNEDY'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS.
    SORRY ABOUT CAPS, GOT TO SEE THIS CLEARLY.

    TJ, THE CLINTONITE, MAD AS HELL WITH DNC ELDERS AND TRAITORS.

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Mark

    Well I hope we all can do our part to unite the party by voting the DEM way. As we can all see its not about an individual any more its about the country now, and if Hillary's supporter are truly DEM they will support Obama to make sure the direction of the country is at least heading in the DEM direction if not I feel sorry for all of us. The one thing for sure is that we cant leave this country that we all love in the hands of the Rep

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. JB

    Hillary supporters , save u breaths and stop the yapping. U are free to vote McCain if u want to. Do us a favor and dont run your mouths here.

    FOR EVERY DELUSIONAL HILLARY SUPORTER VOTING MCCAIN, THERE ARE 10 REPUBLICANS WHO WILL VOTE BLUE THIS YEAR

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Eugene In NewYork

    its the same democrats that will put McCain in office that will give him the worst approval rating ever. Imagine invading Countries without UN support 3 wars (AFghan, Iraq, Iran) .. so u can stick u tongue out and say told you so . 4000 dead in 8 years, imagine 9,000 dead in 2012 and on going wars ... you are all not democrat if u were obviously over time u have lost you way .... its crazy how many people are still not looking forward change hopefully will overcome

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Walter

    Cowards. They are afraid to commit because they are afraid of the Clintons! Face it folks, Billary & Bubba have used scare tatics there entire polictical life. This is the type of politics that americans such as myself are attempting to get away from.

    Change is what is needed. Show some guts you uncommitted superdelegates and let's all get behind the right candidate in Barrack Obama!

    NH for OBAMA08!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Jim

    I cannot wait for Wednesday. This is the day when we begin to pounce on McCain's hopes of winning a Third Bush Term. America is ready for change. That change comes in the form of Barack Obama. The world is ready and waiting for America to regain its standing as a respected voice of freedom and human rights.

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Willow

    Bill Pike, I agree. Someday this will be in history books. Hopefully and optimistically because Obama changed the course of our country, helped to set up many social programs, health care, ended the war, etc. I really believe he will be POTUS and when I am old(er) and gray(er), we will know the historical value of this election.

    McCain needs to be stopped. He is a war monger, in the same way Goldwater was. If goldwater had become POTUS, we would have been in WWIII before the end of his term. Bush and McCain are in the same group. When a leader talks about all the enemies of our country, saying we will only talk to them if they begin democracy, we are damaging only our country's image. We need to mediate, we need to communicate with other countries, even if we don't believe in their government.

    Obama 08/12

    June 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Toughguy

    Clinton just need to give it up. America has chose the nominee for the democratic party, so let him prepare for the general election and stop waisting time. The superdelagates are also waisting time, they should have already had the guts to end this thing and stop giving Hillary hope because they know her. You are kidding me.

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. bud

    Hey Debbie, bitter female Hillary supporter?

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Mat

    With America preaching democracy across the planet, I have no clue how someone can go gung ho about a result where the other candidate's name was not even in the list? Of what I have heard of Democracy, this is idiocracy and not Democracy... Its stupid that Clinton camp is celebrating this.

    By the way, I am not american and admire Bill C for what he did as a president. Purely from an external point of view, Michigan results are a joke!

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Frank from MI

    Finally the supers are going to put an end to this. The Obama campaign has given Hillary every opportunity to bow out gracefully. Yet she hasn't. The DNC has given her a chance by seating the delegates of MI and FL when they were well within their rights not to seat them. With his big wins tomorrow in Montana and South Dakota and the majority of these 17 senators going for Barack we need Pelosi to bring in like 12 Congressmen and women to officially put us over the top. Then we will see if Clinton is a women of her word and will support our nominee.....Oh wait I forgot she said she would take it to the convention. I guess she misspoke again..

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Da-Man

    Maybe now Hill will stop smoking that stuff like Tatum O'Neal and stop halucinating about how many votes she has. She should do like Bill and not inhale.

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Bill from Alabama

    Clinton is for all of the people and not just for some. Obama can not escape the fact that his resume has 20 years of supporting the"Trinity Church of Christ" and anti-white rhetoric. As a voter, I am one of the ten's of millions of voters who will be acting as the Personnel Manager of America. If I were hiring a person like this for any job I would throw his resume' in the trash can,based on his resume and list of references. I can't believe the DNC believes America is going to hire this guy for the office of The Presidency of The United States of America.

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. EGabelli

    Please Super Delegates, Do NOT allow Hillary Clinton's self-serving comment (below) to become true on Tuesday night:

    “So, when the voting concludes on Tuesday, neither Sen. Obama nor I will have the number of delegates to be the nominee. I will lead the popular vote, he will maintain a slight lead in the delegate count."

    Now Hillary Clinton is lying about the popular vote, which has no bearing whatsoever on who our party nominates! She and her campaign have proven they will say and do anything to feed Clinton's personal ambition.

    What kind of a President would she make?! The same kind that we already have in the White House who has constantly lied, not played by the rules, and broken all agreements in persuit of his own personal goals and pride!.

    PLEASE announce your endorsement and urge other super delegates to announce their support for Obama BEFORE Tuesday, so that the elected delegates from SD and Montana will make you him our Presidential nominee!

    The Clinton campaign and supporters seem determined to sabotage the Democrats' chances in the general election if she is not the nominee.

    What does that tell you and the Super Delegates?!

    An angry over 60 White Female!

    June 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Generation X

    Where was HRC when Obama won 11 straight states in a row? Why can't she win 11 states in row? Why did Obama beat her...with a lesser known name, unexperienced, and as the official Republican whipping boy? Why have the Republicans directed ALL of their energy toward Obama and NONE to Clinton?

    June 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. STILL DISENFRANCHISED

    AFTER WATCHING THE DNC AND THEIR DECSION ON SATURDAY, I AM MORE CONVINCED THAN EVER, THAT HC GOT A BUM DEAL. THEY WERE SO UNFAIR TO GIVE OBAMA 4 OF HER DELEGATES. AS A VOTER I AM DISENFRANCHISED. THIS SETS SUCH A BAD PRECIDENT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE DEM PARTY ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY. YOU CANT PLAY WITH A PERSONS DELEGATES LIKE THAT. YOU TOOK VOTES AWAY FROM ONE CANDIDATE AND GAVE THEM TO WHO IN MY OPINION TOOK HIS NAME OFF THE BALLOT FOR A REASON. (HE DIDNT WANT TO BE ON THE BALLOT FOR FEAR SHE WOULD MOP THE FLOOR WITH HIM, AND SHE DID!) HE IS STEALING VOTES, AND THIS ISNT HIS FIRST TIME EITHER. FOR ALL OF YOU THAT THINK PUERTO RICO DOSENT MATTER, GOOD LUCK GETTING THE OVER 1 MILLION OF THEM TO VOTE FOR OBAMA IN NOV. THATS NOT GONNA HAPPEN. MRS. CLINTON HAS EVERY RIGHT TO GO TO THE COMMITTEE IN AUG. SHE HAS A LEGITIMATE REASON. AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY SAW IT IN ACTION. NOW SHE HAS ALOT OF LEG TO STAND ON. OBAMAS CHICKENS ARE COMMING HOME TO ROOST NOW, I FEEL BUYERS REMORSE WILL BE SETTING IN SOON, AND SHE WILL THANK GOD BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. GO HILARY 08

    June 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    IT

    June 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. ADRIENE

    Ralph- I feel you need Jesus; Obama will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama 08 God is with you and so are the Floridians!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    > Obama will NEVER win!!!!

    Didn't Clinton say this about him in the primaries a few months back.

    June 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. marcinkus

    These senators are cowards

    June 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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