June 2nd, 2008
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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. Y Coulter

    Oh, I am so fatigued with this whole process. I started out this season a year and a half ago thinking this was going to be a Clinton year. By the time my state's primaries came around, I had heard Obama speak, listened to his stand on issues, and realized he was a unique individual that deserved my support. I've watched this whole thing as it's gone back and forth. For me, and a lot of others, this primary campaign was over months ago. As the Clinton math changes, and after the disturbingly immature display by Clinton supporters at the DNC, I am beginning to think the Clintons are holding this election hostage–vote for Hillary or else! We'll take it to the convention. We'll vote for McCain. Honestly, at this point I am so disgusted with Hillary and her crew, that if she becomes the nominee by some how manipulating the rules and the Supers, I don't know how I'll vote.

    June 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Peggy Gay

    What everyone need to realize is this: If Hillary was the candidate, we would loose. So many Republicans, Independants and Democrats do not like the Clintons. When the general election rolls around they will all come out in BIG NUMBERS just to defeat the Clintons and make a statement(then what???). Just the name-Clinton, fires up the Republican base alone.

    If Hillary's people want to vote for McCain, you think it is bad now with the Bush administration just wait. Your pockets will be thinner and gas/food prices will continue to rise. Don't put your foot in your mouth..

    June 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Mia and Mike

    Thank you! I respect their decisions to let all states vote first, but it's time to get ready for the general election soon after this is done.

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. OH GOD!

    Put an end to this madness, it's obvious the lady in not well in her mind, she does not have the mental capacity to concede.( she wants the power) why the hell is Bill not putting an end to this madness. come on act like a husband Bill for once in your life, put an end to this. after tuesday if obama is short on superdelegate, even three or four.. she will continue to say she has a chance and threaten to take it to the convention, and the high officails in the senate and superdelegates are allowing this to go on and further damage the party, shame on you America. STOP ENJOYING CONTROVERSY! like they say in new jersy "just adjust!" take it from an 76 year old caucasion woman, better to be safe than sorry.

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Reed

    Let the Clinton Backers vote for McCain ans they say their going to if Hilary doesn't win. And then let the ocmplain of $10 gas, the repeal of women's reproductive rights, fewer civil liberties, dead sons and daughters in war, all because they're racist, and will support a white person (woman or man) at all costs. Let the clinton people threaten to defect, and then see what happens. They got what the voted for under Bush, and now they complain. They're morons, the whole lot of em!

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Leah Tucker

    I am absolutely astounded about the horrible way Hillary Clinton has been treated the last 10 weeks. I am one of the millions of women who feel betrayed by not only most media, but by the Democratic Party. The gender bias is hugely ignored, while anyone who dares ask anything about Senator Obama is quickly shot down as a racist! I respect CNN for their coverage of this primary event, but I feel you are overlooking a big story for the upcoming general election, I am not alone in saying that if Senator Obama is the nominee, I will be voting for John McCain.

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Colie Brice

    Buh bye HRC :)

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    It’s about time the super delegates end this race, don’t know why they are trying to be so respectful to Clinton. This DP race has been over since Super Tuesday, the math has overwhelming been in Obama's favor. The time as come, to defeat John 100years McCain, and restore the US to its greatness, thank God!!. It has been 8 years of pure misery and economic disaster from the republican administration.

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Kenya

    Those who will vote for McC instead of BO just because HC did not win is very sad. I backed HC until she started the win at all cost behavior. We should back ANYONE who can stop the 8 years of mess we have been through that McC will keep going for another 4. I don't know about you but I am tired of high gas prices, people are loosing thier homes and sleeping in cars, jobs are at risk for almost everyone now and you want to go through this for 4 more years just because HC did not win? What are you people thinking?? You now sound like her, if I don't get my way then I will harm everyone else.

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. wanda

    I really hope that HRC realizes that she is doing irreparable damage to her political career by remaining in the contest past Tuesday. Her behavior is very undemocratic like and is deepening the ridge within the democratic party. It is taking away from the main focus which is the election in November.

    Hillary, you fought a great battle and you still have so much potential. However it is apparent to everyone (but you) that Obama is the candidate that the democratic party has chosen. Sure, it's possible that some of the superdelegates may change their mind. It is also possible that I may get stuck by lighting while typing this comment....or that the earth will be hit by an asteroid...both are similar to your being elected....possible yet highly unprobable

    Gather your pride, save face, and unite behind Obama so we can all win in November.

    June 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Catrina R., San Ramon CA.

    Yes we can!

    Obama '08

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

    "False hope?" What in the world are you talking about? No one has been giving Hillary false hope. She has been re-creating the truth and manipulating the numbers for weeks to give herself hope. She has lied about when Bill became the presumptive nominee, her trip to Bosnia, Whitewater, Travelgate, and the REAL numbers of the popular vote. She has run her campaign in the financial ditch and keeps spending, yet says she is the best one to manage our ecomony.........It ain't the HOPE that's false about Hilary!!

    June 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. OH GOD!!!

    Put an end to this madness, it's obvious the lady in not well in her mind, she does not have the mental capacity to concede.( she wants the power) why the hell is Bill not putting an end to this madness. come on act like a husband Bill for once in your life, put an end to this. after tuesday if obama is short on superdelegate, even three or four.. she will continue to say she has a chance and threaten to take it to the convention, and the high officails in the senate and superdelegates are allowing this to go on and further damage the party, shame on you America. STOP ENJOYING CONTROVERSY! like they say in new jersey "just adjust!" take it from an 76 year old caucasion woman, better to be safe than sorry.

    June 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    The facts don't change......whether these Senators endorse Obama today or sometime next week is a moot point. I think that it is time to stop playing the "hypocritical nice card" or "grace card" for Hillary. Just do it. and quick miking the cow......when you know that all the cow will give is milk......

    June 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Harry C

    Amen to the Cowards like Reid....The Democratic party wants to thank him for his strong stance in this campaign... We all should have known where he would stand just look at his stance on many issues confronting this Nation..

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Carolyn

    It's time to end the Clinton era

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Quick

    Good, now all you voters remember which Senator supported Obama from your state and when they come up for reelection you can vote them out too. Everybody, vote for McCain now. This country is not ready for a racist to be president and those of you who think he's not are not touch with the real world.

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. CC

    Typical, that inside the beltway insiders are more concerned about the feelings (read vengeful tendencies) of a fellow Senator than the damage to the Democratic party by a long and divisive and gameplaying primary....and the potential loss of the White House in November so they give Hillary " a little grace period" (read: 1-2 months. ) Clearly, the early endorsers (for either candidate ) and the "lets close the deal" were leaders and had more guts. I doubt if Reid will be the majority leader long.

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Realist

    When he wins and picks a VP that isn't HRC then the Obama 'haters' will really get into high gear.

    Thankfully if he is polling close to McCain now so if McCain gets 30% of the Hilary fallout and another 20% stay home that still leaves 50% of her 17 million voters who should come out and support the DNC Candidate...Sen. Obama.

    These figures are loosely based on what I'm seeing from the polls from primary to primary, between 20 and 40% say they won't vote for him if he is the Nominee.

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Larry~

    They need to just get it over with and endorse.....waiting for her to concede could take forever.....please put her out of her misery...ENDORSE!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. SHARON PLFD NJ

    it is time for HRC to bow-out gracifully & it's time for DEMOCRATS to reunite and help build a stronger and better AMERICA for all. We can no loger afford to have BUSH / Mc CAIN policies it is too expensive and it's BANKRUPTY AMERICA. JOB LOST, GAS PRICE INCREASING, HOME FORCLOSURE need I said more... LOBBYIST FREE TRIPS, CEO HUGH BONUSES, CORPORATES VACATIONS need I said more... All of these happen and more when the REPUBLICANS are in office SO think again all MC Cains fans. Is this what you are voting for? Are you not hurting enough????? Can we afford to go BROKE. and become a third world country.

    June 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Christina from Colorado

    I would like to know why this Deb gal in RI claims that Richardson is a traitor for endorsing Obama, but fails to mention the others who were once supporting Clinton but now have decided to support Obama. Is it maybe because his race? I do believe Senator Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver have all endorsed Obama. I do not see her
    calling them traitors. People are still so backwords it is unbelievable.

    June 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Texican

    Again the party finds itself snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    The Democratic leaders are salivating at the thought of having all these new Obama voters. How sad it will be when the vote is taken in November and they find that they lost another election.

    This will be worse than the 72 election when another liberal anti-war
    candidate(Senator McGovern) lost to an Richard M. Nixon.

    McCain with the support of us Moderate Repubicans and Hillary Democrats will destroy Obama in the Fall election.

    Semper Fi.

    June 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Mohammad

    It is about time to finally move on and I am glad to see the probability...

    I think HRC will be happy that her race is going to be over this week that she lost long time ago but could not quit for good/bad reasons. I admire her for her tenacity and courage. There are things that I don't like about her also but let's not talk about that.

    June 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. curtis

    To all clinton supporters who want support Obama and say he cant win the general without their support. No democract can win any general election without the african american vote and simply put we will no longer support THE CLINTONS.We will not vote for Mcbush but will stay at home.FACE IT the BLACK man won this primary square fair. And who is to say that he will not be one of americas greatest presidents .

    June 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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