June 2nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
1 year 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.

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  1. Linda

    I will not vote for Obama, I have been a lifelong Democrat but I draw the line now. I will be re registering as an independent. This whole primary has been a sham. The media has failed to do it job in fact has been very biased in favor of Obama. The commentators (most) practically fawning for Obama. Worse than that her own party has done everything it can to see to it that she does not get the nomination. In addition to his supporters on these blogs being so mean and dissrespectful I can not force myself to vote for him. I will be writing in Hillary. If it had been just one isolated incident of the people he surrounds himself with I could have been ok but with it all combined with the above comments I do not trust him. My mother always told me you lay with dogs you get fleas. I do beleive the republicans have many October surprises. The DNC

    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. LA

    sounds good

    June 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Linda

    The DNC

    June 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. 0BAMBI DA TITANIC

    Obama hit an ICEBERG!!!!! He's SINKING and taking the Democratic Party along with him! This is just a primary, OBAMBI IS ALREADY LIMPING TO THE FINISHING LINE!!!

    NOBODY TRUST OBAMBI EXCEPT HIS KOOLAID DRINKING FOLLOWERS WHO CAN'T FIND THEMSELVES OUT OF A PAPER BAG! STUPID PEOPLE DESERVE A STUPID LEADER!!!

    Too bad cult followers McCain will be the NEXT President and the DEMS will be HISTORY!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Mary Sue

    "According to CNN’s Candy Crowley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will remain uncommitted until Clinton officially drops out of the race."

    Ye gads. She may never drop out of the race, so that means Reid will never endorse.

    Among the news stories that will examine the end of this historic race, I hope there will be one that examines the role the Clinton name played in the role-out of the SDs. If it were not for the Clinton legacy and the regard (or fear) some SDs have for that family, Hillary may not have been able to stay in the race so long and the SDs may have ended things earlier. While the Clintons probably deserve the SDs respect and patience, the lingering race caused disunity which will be difficult, if not impossible, to heal.

    June 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Angela

    Mat – it has nothing to do with spite. There are nearly 18 million voters who supported Clinton. And a good portion of them do not think Obama is experienced enough to be president. Some feel that an Obama presidency will be a disaster. It isn't spite.

    June 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Chucky

    We can only achieve Victory and seal it in Nov. as soon as these super delegates make up their mind and endose Obama fast. Remeber time is running out and the wounds need to be fixed – Obama "08

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. John in Ohio

    The Appalachian Racist Party fully supports Hillary Clinton! If we have to choose between a black guy and a white woman, we'll take the white woman any day! If we have to choose between a black guy and a white guy, heck yeah we'll take the white guy! That's the way God wants us to vote, it's right there in the Bible. Fellow members of the Appalachian Racist Party, welcome to the internet! Keep posing as members of the Democratic Party who will vote McCain in November if the white woman doesn't beat the black guy, I think people are totally buying it. Just remember, if it comes down to a race between a white woman and a white man, we're voting for the white man anyway. It's what God wants, it's right there in the Bible.

    White Candidate '08!
    (brought to you by the Appalachian Racist Party)

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Robert

    Many in the Democratic party will not be culturally intimidated in to voting for Barack. We have researched his candidacy and simply choose not to vote for him based on his record. Many like me will either stay home on election day or vote for the first time for a the Republican alternative.

    No-Bama.

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. NY

    I challenge CNN to print this message....

    Thank You CNN to taking Obama's side and tilt the race in one direction...Is this an unbiased news channel like it used to be or Obama's campagin machine??

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. what a shame !

    June 2nd, 2008 12:12 pm ET

    Too bad…they are going to be backing a loser!!!

    Obama will NEVER win!!!!
    ---------------------

    Seems to me that hillary is the looser on all accounts for now..and a very sore one !

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Larz

    What is McCain going to do for this country after being there with Bush for 8 years ,and done nothing .He's just done what he intends to do in the coming 4 years that he will NOT get!!OBAMA 2008!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. skip

    YEEHAAAAAA! Give it up Hill....!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. WAH

    It is no wonder gridlock occurs in Washington. I am from Missouri, the great State of President Harry S. Truman. The "uncommitted super delegates" should recall this phrase from the 33rd president of these United States: "The Buck Stops Here!" God bless the decision makers of our great country.

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. CNN why don't you ever post my opinion?

    Watching the response Saturday of Hillarys supporters was like watching a bunch of overgrown two year olds throwing temper tantrums.

    It was an absolutely ridiculous display and embarrased me as a women watching these women have emotion breakdowns over not getting their way.

    As a woman I have always had to work harder to prove that I should be treated as an equal among men. Working in a field which is dominated by men and trying to overcome the stereotypes that so many men have as to why women shouldn't be a boss. One being that woman can't hold it together and will become too emotional and these woman acted just like the stereotype that women have been fighting to change.

    Play by the rules and grow the hell up!

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Joseph IRAQ WAR VET

    ALL YOU HIL-LIE-LY SUPPORTERS IM TIRED OF YOUR SORE LOSER RANTS!!!!! REMEMBER HOW WE BEAT YOU AND MCCAIN, REMEMBER IT. WE DONT NEED YOU, SO TAKE YOUR BITTER, RACIST, SELFS TO MCCAIN'S SIDE AND REGISTER AS REPUBLICANS ALREADY AND GET IT OVER WITH. WATCH FOX NEWS CHANNELL, AND LISTEN TO HANNITY AND RUSH ON THE RADIO. JOIN THE DARK SIDE OF THE NEOCONS CAUSE THATS WHAT YOULL BE IF YOU DO VOTE FOR MCBUSH!

    GO BAMA GO BROTHER! WE LOVE YOU MAN! TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK FOR ALL OF US IDEALISTS! TAKE IT BACK FOR THE KENNEDY BROTHERS, TAKE IT BACK FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO STILL BELIEVE IN THE IDEA OF AMERICA!

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Wake-Up America

    It will shock me if either one of the candidates win against mccain due the racial hatered in america! It finally took a viable black candidate to bring out the true hatefullness in people.

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Joe

    Shut up Ralph Malph!

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Pat in Cali

    At this point Clinton is not fighting the good fight. She would rather splinter the Democratic party than unite for the good of the nation.

    She believes she is right, but the people have spoken. The answer is not what she wants to hear. Who wants a single-minded person who cannot listen as their leader?

    All the real Democrats unite.

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. TY

    Its done. . .She was OUTCOACHED. . . OUTPLAYED. . . AND OUTWITTED. . .If she continues her "crying" she will look like a fool.

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. annieoakley

    If Clinton does not get the Nomination, she had btter get the VP, or I will not only vote for Nader...I wil tell everyone I see to vote for Nader, I will fund raise for him, as I cannot vote for McStupid or Oblabla....

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. sb

    She DOES NOT have the popular vote. Why isn't his campaign challenging her lies? People are starting to believe it.

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Sandee

    About time! Hurray, Hurray! Now's the time for all democrats to come together and get down to the business of gettingt McCain and the Republican machine! Let's get this country back on the road to becoming a world leader again.

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Dave

    The Supers have just been waiting this long trying to show respect for Hillary, letting her play this thing out. And, in typical Clinton fashion, she's been abusing them for their tolerance. We already let her husband make fools of us by excusing his selfish abuses of power, and now the second generation of appeasers is doing the same thing for Hillary. When are people finallly going to wake up and see that the Clintons could care less about anyone except those who can do THEM some good?

    I hear Hillary's supporters crowing all the time about how she's the champion of blue-collar workers. Yeah, right. Tell that to the people down South who lived in states that Clinton knew he wouldn't win. He didn't help those people one bit, because they weren't politically valueable. With the Clintons, it's all about THEM... and that's all it's about. If you've been supporting these sociopaths, then you've been fooled!

    June 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Dave in Pennsylvania

    Why did this take so long? The quicker they commit to Obama, the quicker we can get Hillary off the headlines and focus on McCain
    She is trying to detroy the party to get her own way.

    June 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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