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. joann

    TO DEBBY....

    WE DON'T NEED YOUR VOTE...HE WON ALREADY AND WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER....VENT YOUR NEGATIVE ENERGY SOME WHERE ELSE. WE NEED A UNITED FRONT...THIS WAS NOT A PRIMARY OF WOMEN RIGHTS...MOST OF THE HATERS ARE WOMEN WHO FEEL THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A FEMALE PRESIDENT, WHICH ONE DAY WE WILL, BUT NOT THE LEADERSHIP OF HILLARY....BUT A FEMALE WHO CAN BEST LEAD THE COUNTRY, WITHOUT THE LIES AND BAGGAGE AND SOMEONE WHO WILL NOT USE RACE DIVISION....WE ARE ALL AMERICANS FIRST AND FOREMOST... SO GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN.....

    WHEN OBAMA TURNS THIS COUNTRY AROUND THEN WHAT WILL YOU SAY....WE NEED FRESH THINKING...AND I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU JUST DON"T LIKE OBAMA BECAUSE OF HIS POLICIES AND NOT BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN, WHICH I FEEL MOST HRC SUPPORTERS FEEL....BUT HE WILL PREVAIL, DESPITE WHAT YOU OR ANY OTHER ONES FEEL ABOUT HIM....GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND IT SEEMS HE HAS OBAMA UNDER IS WING!! GOD BLESS AMERICA & OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Obama Fan

    About time. As most of you have said< " it's time to put McShame and the BUSH out in the pasture where they belong.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Ann_Atlanta

    I have finally reached the point that I do not care about the electoral votes or the party.

    Come November, I'll write in for Hillary.

    The pundit/media bias against her and the Obama "Tony-Robert's-like" motivational speeches for maniupulation instead of substantive information have turned me totally against Obama – quitting the church was a totally political move and it cannot wipe out the past 20 years and his earlier statements about never hearing anythng like that.

    Brainwashing/seminar techniques.. I'm not buying it.

    WRITE-IN HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. vw

    Hopefully this is not true, or else the Democratic Party will absolutely lose in Nov, Congrats, John, you will be the winner.

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Myke C. from belgium

    The earlier the superdelgates comes out to stop these the better. The interest of the party should supercede that of any individual. Enough is enough,Clinton should allow the party unite against november election. Can she emulate other aspirants in her party and that of the republicans. Rules are rules. We are watching how the Clintons want to kill American democratic institution known all over the world.
    Go Obama! Americans are thirsty of change. Remember to carry everybody along irrespective of what happened in the primaries.

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. carmen

    There is no excuse to carry this on for longer than this week, after everyone has bent over backwards to pander, cater and not ruffle any Clinton feathers. Everyone has had their say, the delegate count will be in and whomever has the right count is the winner.

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Ted van Tol

    When Obama is starting to campaign McCain we will see
    that almost all the democrats will support him. And the independent, and a lot of the republicans.
    The wind of change is getting stronger and stronger over America but also around the world.
    He will be a great President!

    June 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Riddle me this...

    Why do people keep voting for Hillary? Why does she keep winning states, you ask?

    1. People are believing her half-truths regarding the popular vote.
    2. It is still a competitive race and although she will likely lose, voters want to show their support.
    3. The contests she won recently: WV, KY (racists, not all, but many); PR because they loved her husbands presidency, they campaigned there for weeks, strong connection to NY, voter turnout was very low, and the supporters there can't vote for her in the national election.

    My point is that her recent success doesn't indicate that Obama can't win a national election.

    June 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Obama all the way..

    C'mon...what are you waiting for??? DO IT NOW!!! Get this over with!!!!!

    What is Reid's deal. What a chicken!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Martin

    I think all the superdelegates that left Hillary should come back to her and all the remaining super should endorse her today if they want the party to win on November. I believe they represent the mentor of our party ,they know what is the right thing to do to be win on November.
    Hillary 08 (:).

    June 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. rich

    CNN post this please. My post always get hung in moderator status. Why? Makes me feel like a terrorist. lol. But, please post my comments.
    --------------
    Just how much more time does Hillary needs? For God's sake, Hillary has known for some time that it has been mathematically impossible for her to overtake Obama in the delegate count. This deference to Senator Clinton, and this nonsense of a grace period is just rediculous. She is a grown woman who once claimed 'if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." I will argue she can take the heat, and she will live like ever other American once these senators start growing a vertebral column and end this primary season once and for all. People are tired of nonsense. There are bigger fish to fry in the general, and we need to get on with it.

    June 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Howard

    If obama picks Hillary as his running mate he will be running for the next four years trying t get away from the nagging. Be smart Obama and select anyone but Billary.

    June 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Larz

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!After all these months he's got more experience than anyone else!!He's been taking offences from everyone campaigning and so on.......

    June 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. New Day

    carl from Houston:

    We didn't do anything yet. We merely chose between the two best hopes for president and it was almost a dead heat. The real challenge lies ahead. Will we divide the country with our pettiness or unite it with our greatness? If we elect McCain and continue these failed policies, we will have failed as a nation, not just as a party.

    Obama supporters claim that Hillary and her supporters are sore losers. Well, being a sore winner is just as bad. Enough with the taunting; its time to heal.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. NO-BAMA

    AND I WILL SUPPORT ALL OF THESE SENATOR'S OPPONENTS IN THEIR NEXT ELECTIONS....
    ...IF THEY CHOOSE THE PERSON WITH LESS OF THE POPULAR VOTE.

    Barack W. Bush 2000/2008
    DID NOT WIN THE TRUE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. LAURA New York

    Mat – you really think that if Hillary was the strongest candidate she wouldnt be broke!!!???? You sure you are not a republican?
    How funny, ironic, ignorant and stupid a remark !

    Barach Oprah, i mean Barack Obama is a stronger candidate because he is not broke?

    Oh my God how ignorant.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Shannon in Galesburg, IL

    Haven't the last three months been a grace period for Hillary?

    The only thing that bothers me about the whole thing is if their positions were reversed and Obama was still hanging on, he would have been excommunicated from the Democratic Party.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. La Raza

    Hmmm, I haven't heard from Carville or Lanni Williams. I think it's safe for Carville to write that check in support of Obama.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Marc

    Lets see this new article about Bill Clinton by Vanity Fair. It is not a good story about our former President.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Jose'

    We cannot allow the democrats to destroy this wonderful country.

    We must unite and support John McCain in November.

    June 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Obama Mama

    Its finally over! Now Senator Obama can put his focus on the White House and the future....where it belongs. Ms. Clinton had the opportunity to bow out gracefully but that time has come and gone. She has made a fool of herself as did Mr. Ickes at the RBC meetings this weekend. Time to unite the party and the country and MOVE ON! The funny thing is – I am a Republican!

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Nikki

    And the Clinton turned McCain supporters will start ttheir rants in 5,4,3,2,1.....

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. tidho

    Its about time.

    Seriously these people are paid to make tough decisions, and its sad that they've waited this long to stick their necks out a little.

    Every one of them should know who would make a better President and they should have stood up and said so (either way).

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Brenda Gouck

    hey ralph, your old guy keeps opening his stupid mouth and is sure won't take much to beat him, he'll beat himself with his own stupid mouth. Obama 08/12

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Lucyna

    People, it's time to unite and bit McCain, unless we want more war, possibly nuclear, and rich to get richer and poor to get poorer...

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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