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.

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  1. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    CNN WHY do you moderate ALL of my comments? No matter what I say! This is rediculous.

    POST please.
    Why should she be given a grace period? She has been given a very long grace period becuase th math has been so far against her for so very long. Enough is enough.

    June 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Kate from Michigan

    I voted uncommitted in my state for Barack – and can't wait to see him in the White House next year! Hopefully the closet Repubs (aka, Clintonites for McCain) will settle down and stop being so hateful.

    June 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Doug S

    It is not just bitterness and putting the blame on everyone else. The more Clinton creates new and ever more fantastic claims, the deeper the divide between those who are beginning to regard with derision - "I was under sniper fire" [never happened]....."I have the popular vote" [if you count the Cuban election in Michigan, one candidate = one winner]....."the super delegates will change their mind", etc. vs. those who continue to be taken in by this stuff.

    It would be dark comedy, except that it is destructive to the Democrat's chances come November, and unfortunately destructive to the very admirable objective of putting a tough, but honest, positive and alliance-building woman in the Whitehouse.

    Hillary, it is time to get off of me-me-me and start campaigning for the Democratic Party of which you claim to be a member.

    June 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Plainsman

    It would be nice if enough would declare before tomorrow night that the delegates he receives form SD and MT would put him over the top and give a very satisfying end to a long bitter primary.

    June 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. CarolAll

    For one more day, let's allow Hillary to bask in the glow of Puerto Rico's primary while the super delegates continue to flock toward Obama. In less than 48 hours, this drama will be over.

    The long primary campaign has not only raised the level of political involvement and brought thousands of new voters to the Democratic Party, it has showcased the many faces of Clinton for all the world to see- phoney tears, angry rants, vicious attacks, dirty tricks, racist remarks, sharp inuendo, and whining about victimization based on sexism. What Hillary tauts as strength has been revealed to be her strong sense of entitlement and Clinton power-wielding and hostage-taking in the Democratic Party- the same old Washington politics.

    Ladies, it's time to board the Obama train to defeat McCain in November.

    And to those who predict that Obama will lose, bring it on! Clearly, you underestimate our candidate and his supporters and the momentum of his campaign.

    June 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Rob

    Can anyone put forth a rational argument for why giving MI votes to Clinton and none to Obama is consistent with the fundamental principals of a democracy?

    Unfair to voters in MI and FL to have their votes stripped? Yes, for both candidates EQUALLY. If the votes were all counted and Obama was on the ballot in MI, he would have the popular vote and it would legitimize his candidacy for those who question it.

    June 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. congressSucks

    That's OK, you can and you may, but when you have time for re-election, don't count on core democrats to come to your rescue. If you have any guts you would have impeached Bush. If you have any leadership then you would be looking for us, but you take care of yourself. You guys are rich and out of touch member of congress.

    You all are the less of the evil to get to that post. We need multi party system and we should be able to choose one of the best not party line, not less of the evil.

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. CRomeo

    The Committee made the right decision Saturday. The most telling part was Harold Ickes and his selective indignation. Ickes is only concerned with counting Clinton votes. He wants to give Obama zero votes in MI. Hey Harold, is that your definition of "fair reflection"? Now all we are hearing is that Clinton has won the popular vote. Sure, if you give Obama zero in MI and FL and totally ignore the 15 caucuses that went overwhelmingly for Obama. If Ickes and Clinton actually believe this, they are delusional. Clinton lost the delegate count (where it really counts), and if you factor in what Obama would have gotten in MI and FL, plus the votes that would have occurred in the caucus primaries – Obama wins the popular vote too. One more Clinton myth – Only she can beat McCain in the pivotal states like Ohio and Florida – who says? Barack has better than a 50/50 chance in those states right now. New York and California are going Democratic in November whichever candidate runs. So save the crocodile tears Harold and learn how to lose gracefully and don't forget to show up in Denver wearing an Obama pin. One more thing Harold – The Republicans would crucify Clinton in the General for all of her baggage from the "Clinton Years". She has gotten a free ride during the primaries. When we see that the American people want change, they want more than just change from the Republicans. We want change from the Clintons too. I'm old enough to remember Hubert Humphrey, the Happy Warrior. That title now goes to Terry McAuliffe. He is going to go down with the ship as the Captain of the Titanic with a smile on his face, telling the world that Mrs. Clinton still has a chance.Terry – you and Harold need to swallow a little dose of reality and a piece of humble pie. You backed the wrong horse in this race. you lost – get over it.

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. ADRIENE

    Hillary says ;" she wants to unite the party? Though everyone can see ONLY, AND IF ONLY !!! she is the nominee... So sad!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Leon Howard

    The Democratic primary is over despite Senator Clinton's claim of having more voter support. The goal is and always has been to garner the most delegates. She now wants to change the rules . She has won a lot fewer delegates. Senator Obama has won and she has lost. She needs to find a graceful way to acknwledge Senator Obama's securing the Democratic nomination and exit the process of trying to secure the nomination.

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Phillis B

    I just don't understand what these people are waiting for, are they so afraid of the Clintons ?. I will be so glad when this is over with.

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Liz

    Now Daschle and Kennedy will get what they wanted all along. This was the plan from the beginning and they were willing to do whatever necessary to put Obama on the ticket. The ONLY reason this has not closed down sooner is the Dem's did not want to offend Clinton or the MILLIONS of supporters (voters) she has. That is also the reason Obama and company have shown any respect to Clinton. He has known that these Senators and other Super Delegates would put him over the top on Wednesday as this deal was made weeks ago. Why do you think he has been so thoughtful in his comments about her?? This is old style back room politics at its best and for anyone who thinks they are getting a "change" candidate, think again. He will owe a lot of favors when this is over and how sad it will be when he loses in November and Senator Clinton's supporters will just say "We told you so".

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. dimitri oriol

    keep bashing hillary and her supporters and you will have your work cutoff in November. The same way any unbias spectator sees you Barack's supporter's are deeply rooted with your candidate it is the same way hers are too. If you think that all clinton's supporters will be back in the Democratic tent pretty soon you are dreaming .It is a closed race and it looks that she will lose but give her the respect she is owed .More you bash her more her supporters will either stay home or vote Mc cain and yes call me traitor.These senators are politicians and are looking for some piece of the pie but if the pie lose in November look for them to jump off the boat like rats. No matter what if you understand the way politics is done right now she has the upper hand and Barack and the leaders of the Democratic Party know it too . If she wants to be VP SHE WILL get it .

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

    Of course they will. The Democratic leadership has made it very clear to all involved that they despise Senator Clinton and have been doing everything in their power since the very beginning to make sure that that arrogant windbag Obama is the nominee. Good for them. I will take great pleasure in watching Obama get ripped to shreds by the republicans. In 30 years I have not voted for any republican for any office. This year I will be voting straight ticket republican and I urge all Clinton supporters to do the same. Senator Clinton should really drop the party and become an independent and stop raising funds for the Democratic Party. The leadership has treated Senator Clinton horribly. I will not vote for any democRAT again until Obama and his disgusting followers are no longer on the national stage.

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Mari

    As a latino, and hillary clinton supporter i won't be voting for Obama since he will be the nominee. My vote will be cast for Mccain 2008. i am so sad and dissapoint and how they treat clinton and also on the dnc what they did to her. I know for a fact in Florida Obama does not win. The democrat party will suffer another defeat because they are picking a looser and also a leftist that has the idea of a socilaist chavez.

    Mccain 2008

    Obame scare with his sermons and his radical friend

    June 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. OSEKI EVANS, Norway

    DO YA`ALL REMEMBER THE IRAQI MINISTER OF INFORMATION DURING THE DECLINE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN? THE DUDE WE ALL CAME TO LOVE FOR SPEECHES LIKE "THE U.S. SOLIDIERS ARE BEGGING FOR MERCY, THEY ARE SURROUNDED AT THE AIRPORT" AND SO ON.......................? COULD HILLARY BE SHARING HIS DNA? COULD BE MOST INTERRESTING TO FIND OUT BECAUSE SHE REALLY IS OUT OF TOUCH!

    June 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Karen from Charlottesville

    I understand why the superdelegates waited to let the primaries play out, but it's time to move forward and reunite this party.
    Sadly, Hillary Clinton will not work to help Obama get elected because she'll want to run again in 2012, so it will continue to be a divisive year, and she will continue to do everything in her power to tear him down in spite of the damage another Republican President would do to this country.

    But, of course, anyone who has followed HRC over the years knows that she inspires divisiveness. She thrives on it, if fact, but it doesn't do the rest of the country any good. Remember the health care debacle of 1994? I really believe that we would have universal health care today hadn't been for her complete arrogance and inability to be a consensus builder during that time period. We've watched that behavior play out again in this process and it may well prove to be her fatal flaw.

    All anyone has to do is look at the votes of the people who have worked with her. Senators and Congressmen have overwhelmingly chosen Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. These are people who have first hand knowledge at the effectiveness of the candidates, and they have not expressed confidence in Hillary Clinton.

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

    if these senators who know obama very good can support him why can't all american voters. some don't trust him, some really not sure. seems the people around him who know how he works and trust him,
    that is good enought for me

    June 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Charles

    I would tell Reid and Pelosi leead by example. If you want the SD's to decalre then declare yourself.

    June 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. WFK

    A good, clean hard fight is about to end.

    Another good, clean hard fight is about to begin.

    This is what America stands for and it should be applauded.

    God bless our country.

    June 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. daniel B.

    PEOPLE, let the woman choose her own course!!! if she wants to stay in, let her! It's really sad that "educated" democrats went with Obama.... he's gonna lose soooo badly! The GOP is already starting on him!! Oh well, i guess we can't do any worse than Bush!... actually, YES WE CAN! ... especially when we have a PUSHOVER like OBAMA! It's too late!

    June 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Anacostia

    Mercedes – I was thinking the same thing! LOL

    June 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. 45-year old White Woman for Obama

    Yes, let's give her some space because....she's Hillary Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. DE

    i WAS SHOCKED AT THE LANGUAGE AND SHEER UGLINESS THAT WAS SHOWN AFTER THE FLORIDA/MICHIGAN DECISION. HILLARY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MUCH OF THIS. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THE OTHER COUNTRIES ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR USA. THE CLINTONS HAVE RUN A NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN AND THEY HAVE BROUGHT OUT THE WORST AMONG HER SUPPORTERS. WE NEED TO UNITE IN A DECENT AND FAIR WAY, AND PUT ALL THIS BITTERNESS AND NONSENSE AWAY. THE WORLD IS WATCHING US AND SENATOR OBAMA IS TRYING HIS BEST TO RUN A DECENT CAMPAIGN. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT MANY OF OUR LEADERS HAVE BEEN HURT BY ROTTEN POLITICIANS AND IT IS TIME FOR A REAL CHANGE. I AM HOPING HILLARY IS NOT ON THE TICKET WITH SENATOR OBAMA SHOULD HE SECURE THE NOMINATION. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT SHE CAN BE TRUSTED. HE WOULD HAVE TO WATCH HIS BACK CONSTANTLY. I JUST WISH SHE WOULD END THIS MADNESS BEFORE THE WEEK ENDS.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Lewis

    Fellow Obama supporters, might I suggest that party unity actually begins with us? Lighten up on the "Clinton Nightmare" stuff. It doesn't help. Senator Clinton is nothing if not a fighter. Give her that much and save the hate for the fight ahead.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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