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. David, CA

    I agree...CNN WHY DO YOU SHOW BIAS SUPPORT FOR HILLARY AND CLOSE COMMENTS SO QUICKLY.

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

    Seam FL,

    Reid, Pelosi, Dean and other top Dems are REQUIRED by DNC Rules to be uncommitted until there is a nominee. It's not a personal thing.

    June 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Republican for Obama

    What....you don't want to upset her feelings?

    For Christ's sake, endorese and let the voters put Obama over the top with pledged delegates. Stop pretending that Hillary is going to be graceful about anything.

    June 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. CT voter

    I wonder if that sexy youtube Obama girl is viewing this :-)

    June 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Hillary 08, the electable candidate

    Mat:

    What's surprising to me is that the DNC awarded Barack Obama delegates in MI when his name was not even on the ballot.

    Scream rules all you want, but to award delegates when his name is not even on the ballot? Is this still a democracy?

    No more rigged elections in America! I thought democrats had higher morals since we all felt cheated in 2000, but I guess Mat wasn't old enough to vote at that time.

    Hillary 08 or McCain

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. GCG - Austin, TX

    I am of two minds on the issue of "endorse early vs. endorse later." I completely understand and respect the desire of the elected officials and others to not pound Sen. Clinton and to allow her to actually bow out gracefully. On the other hand, I think it would be important, and very symbolic, for Sen. Obama to become the presumptive nominee by way of the delegates allocated from the electorate, rather than the super delegates. It would be purely symbolic and the outcome would be exactly the same, but it would remove a potential arrow in McCain's quiver about the support that Sen. Obama has among the American electorate.

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Stephen Tracy

    Hillary apparently has no shame. She's proving herself to bald faced liar. Forget the "mis-speak" about Bosnia. Now she's lying through her teeth about winning the popular vote. And changing the rules in the middle of the game is simply CHEATING. Her claim that she's winning the big states is also nonsense. Polls now show that Obama is way ahead of her in places like New Jersey and California. Voters have apparently changed their minds about her after they've seen how she has behaved. The Gallup poll shows her behind by double digits. Yet she continues to act like Bush. If you say it enough, maybe they'll believe it. Americans are fed up with liars and cheaters. Americans also don't like poor losers.

    This is really becoming ignominious. If she doesn't bow out soon, she should be expelled from the Democratic Party. And this is from some one who was a steadfast supporter of her husband.

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. David in Illinois

    Grace period??? Come on. This thing has been done a LONG time ago. Let's all be real. Hillary is the one who should have shown some "grace" weeks ago, knowing full well that the math - according to the RULES! - would never allow her to be the nominee. She should have dropped out long ago and allowed her party to start healing and start focusing on November. But no. She couldn't do it. NO GRACE PERIOD NOW FOR HILLARY. Superdelegates should come out now! Today!!!
    As for Ralph's comments above that the Democrats are backing a loser, how the heck does he know anything about the future?? Hillary is a strong, strong candidate, but she has bigtime flaws as well. She came into the contest with half the voting population of the ENTIRE COUNTRY thinking negatively about her. Obama has lost among divided Democrats, but in the fall, with a united party and the entry of independents and Democratic-leaning GOPers, it's going to be a whole new ball game.
    Hillary was never a lock. And most of her coalition is already deciding to stick with the Democratic Party.
    In short, Ralph doesn't know what he's talking about.

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Nedra-Florida

    It time for closure....

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Fiyah_Startah

    Hillary will run as an Independent.

    She will divide the democratic party.

    Obama will divide the republicans, independents, and the remaining democrats will support the party nominee.

    Let's watch the magic of the Clinton dynasty unfold.

    How sad to see so many people support a candidate whose pulling the party to history ruins.

    Now they'll say why a woman shouldn't run, she brings destruction. Hillary refuses to understand that this damages the woman's movement that many have died for.

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. s.boatman warrensburg mo.

    Obama Is Going To Win With Or Without Hillary Supporters!

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Tom

    I find it curious that the people who continue to belittle others for supporting someone other than Obama also seem to think that he's not strong enough to withstand Hillary staying in the race – that if she doesn't quit yesterday, she's going to divide the party and he'll lose. If she really has THAT kind of power and you want to win in November, shouldn't you be supporting her? I have yet to see Hillary supporters telling Obama that he could stop her from being the prez...............................

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. patrick ellis

    SHE HAS ALREADY DESTROYED THE PARTY AND DIVIDED THE COUNTRY IN MILLION MULTI RACIAL BITS

    BUT GOD IS GOOD AND BIGGER THAN HER
    OUR FAITH IN HIM WILL UNITE US IN THE END

    IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO SENATOR OBAMA , IF THERE IS AN ATTEMPT ON HIS LIFE , WE WILL HOLD HER PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE

    HER MOTTO HAS ALWAYS BEEN

    "IF I CAN WIN THE NOMINATION, NEITHER CAN YOU "
    IF I AM GOING DOWN , YOU ARE COMING DOWN WITH ME

    AND SHE IS NEARLY ACHIEVING THIS

    DREADFUL PERSON, AWFUL INDIVIDUAL
    FORMIDABLE LIAR
    ENCHANTING EVIL FORCE

    June 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Jane L.

    Oh, by all means, the remaining uncommitted should go with Obama. We would surely not want a more qualified woman to be given the job for which their is a male applicant, however less qualified. What wisdom one finds in the United States Senate!

    June 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Daniel

    I am happy that thgis is coming to an end eventually. Lets face the opponent once and for all. Let the Clintons swallow their pride and get behind the obvious nominee. Its time to move on to the lanslide victory already pridicted last week

    June 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Kevin

    The way to go. Amen

    June 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Letha, SD

    OK, I can work with McCain for 4 years and long as the inexperienced Obama Prez in training is not in the White House.

    June 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. cindy

    please print mine for once, democrats who vote for mccain because their candidate did not win, tell me, what are you going to say to the loved ones of those who will be or have been killed in this war because you helped another bush get in office because you acted like spoiled brats who want to take your toys and go home because you lost. your selfish for not thinking of your country and your fellow americans. i am a 60 year old italian/indian female republican and i WILL vote for obama! please stop this foolishness, it reflects badly on your candidate.

    June 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Independent for Obama

    I think it is a positive step that the senators are waiting – allow the voting to play out, then get behind the leader.

    June 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. DrMan

    For months I've been hearing "let's end this clinton nightmare". You libs could have ended it years earlier by not voting in the first clinton. I have no patience for libs who trash Bill now when they were calling him the first " black" president in 1992. The Clintonistas will never vote for Obama. After last weekends debacle only the dillusional would think the Clinton supporters will vote for Obama. Their only chance is for Obama to lose the election this year.

    June 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Crush Rush

    Hillary keeps on going because of morons like Limbaugh and his racist agenda.He backs big oil and says global warming is not real.

    June 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Tim

    I seem to remember about eight years ago in a state called Florida some Democratic Party leaders saying count my vote. I guess they learned nothing from that experience. Lets not count their votes the Democratic party says. Their (Michigan and Florida) votes are only worth a half a vote. This is almost as pathetic as the poll tax. Now lets hear all of the …."both candidates knew this and the states knew this and the Democratic Party warned them". Its sickening and appalling and everyone knows it. Own up to it whoever you support that this is wrong. Period.

    June 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. patrick pavilus

    yes we have to support obama

    the man who can control the world wide

    June 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Deb of VA

    It's about time - what took so long?! Let's get beyond Hiliary's attempt to railroad the superdelegates and speak to the real issues!
    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. p davis

    As ablack american I thought I would never say this but as a women I see why men have concerns about supporting women thery are to emotional, Instead of leading with logic and commom sense and lokking at the bigger picture. I would feel sad if Barack was loosing but not to the level of tossing in the towel with voting for the other side.
    This is truley a sad day for women I thought we were stronger than that.

    June 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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