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. Sue

    Drop out of the new Black Liberation Party and run as an Independent, please.

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Karen from Texas

    Way to go senators!!! Welcome aboard. Lets unite and win this election in November.

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Christi-CA & NV

    Harry, I am dissapointed in you. Have some guts man. I have voted for you many times. I do not understand why you are waiting for DINO to drop out. She will never drop out unless you do something to make that happen. Come On Give her hell Harry.

    June 2, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. HILLARY, RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT!

    Hillary – Do not be so dedicated to the Democratic Party that you allow them to do this egregious wrong to you and your supporters. If you run as an Independent in November and your name is on the ballot in any capacity, WE WILL VOTE FOR YOU! The Democratic Party does NOT have control over democracy or over the Constitutional rights of voters, even though it thinks it does. Let us have our votes and let our voices be heard!

    Run Independent!

    Hillary Clinton 2009!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. ben

    If you add up all the ways Hillary has said she can win even if she loses
    it would take several pages to write them all down!

    June 2, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Delaware Voter

    Sen Joe Biden hasnt went public with his endorsement yet...

    June 2, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Don in Seattle

    I really don't care but let's quit playing the waiting game and make a decision! This whole political game of let's wait and see is exactly what is wrong with our government. Too many of our senators and representatives just sit on their hands as America continues to go down the toilet. As far as I'm concerned, we should just reach for the handle ourselves and flush our representatives down too!

    June 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. susie

    Before, Obama bullied all the black superdelegates to side with him. What did he do to make all these other superdelegates go to his side? Most of Hillary's supporters will not vote for him, myself included. Wake up Democrats, he can not win.

    June 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. MD Democrat

    God help the democratic party!

    June 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Ann

    I think it is pretty pitiful that this priimary is being determined by the elite delegates and not the regular voters. How can this be called a democracy? What a joke.

    June 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Amber

    And I hope everyone of them rot. The Dems will lose again b/c of their blindness and ignorance. Pathetic! This entire election process has been pathetic this year.

    I'm re-registering as Independent. The DNC and the "superdelegates" have absolutely no clue what is going on here, or maybe they just don't care. Ridiculous. I'M DONE!

    June 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    Yup – they obviously don't want the White House in November. Caucus Electoral College.

    Being an educated, young, white professional it's not that hard to see. I'm apparently the only educated Hillary supporter, (as anyone who is intelligent is backing Obama – as they say) I'm suprised his educated supporters don't recognize the reality of the general election.

    Perhaps they aren't that intelligent after all? Hmmm.

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. vic nashville,Tn

    I request Obama supporters and Hillary supporters don’t attack each others now
    Give some work to your brain, think how we can win in November
    Without Hillary / Obama we can’t win in November this fact because the pundits divide the party

    I want to see Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Al Gore, John Kerry ,Edward Kennedy, Nancy Peloci, Harry Reied, Geraldine Ferraro, John Edwards, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden in one Campaign stage
    You all can do it
    Please Please think for the party and the country

    Hillary 08/Mc Cain 08 ( This my current Position)

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. DJ - Texas

    Finally! We are sooooooo ready! Let's move on to the real problem now; that is, the GWB third term.

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. fred

    Whom are going to put the blame if Mccain won against Obama ?

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    Yup – they obviously don't want the White House in November. Caucus does not equal Electoral College.

    Being an educated, young, white professional it's not that hard to see. I'm apparently the only educated Hillary supporter, (as anyone who is intelligent is backing Obama – as they say) I'm suprised his educated supporters don't recognize the reality of the general election.

    Perhaps they aren't that intelligent after all? Hmmm.

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Cynthia

    I beleive that those who are planning to endorse Senator Obama have been planning this for some time. They were holding back in order to give Senator Clinton respect as a colleague and wanted to let her go out of the race on her own terms. After the last two primaries are held you will see the supers come out for Senator Obama that have been waiting to do so. My question is after Senator Obama reaches the 2,118 what happens? Will he be the nominee?

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. David Newport, OR

    As the only candidate that has been willing to show compromise, this should be no surprise. It is how you win or how you lose that shows character. Throughout this entire process, only one candidate has made the concious choice of taking the "high" road. I think it is summarized very well in a comic printed in Newsweek last week...the one where Obama is holding a sign showing 2+2=4 and Hillary holding a sign showing the 3rd derivative of sine vector multiplied by the square of Pi = 4.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. W. T. Moses, Boca Raton, Florida

    read OBAMA BARACK – 50 LIES AND MORE – google it and enjoy some reading. He has to go

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. mia

    Grace period? She has had a grace period for weeks now, and used it mostly to try and slim Obama's chances for winning in November with her disgusting kitchen sink strategy and her deceptive 'all votes count except caucuses' math.
    A grace period for someone who obviously does not possess the ability to make a graceful exit is a waste of energy. Anyways...hope that at least it's over by next weekend. Get it done already, superdelegates.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Clinton Supporter

    How surprising! Backing the "winner," regardless of how HE got there. Who would have guessed??? And they're so very generous to give HC a grace period. Time to get in line, boys.

    Glad SOMEBODY'S pretending to be united around there. And Howard Dean has finally got his way. He IS in charge, after all. It's so important to him, as it is with most men, to be IN CHARGE, regardless of the price.

    Well, this lady's going to vote for John McCain. Not because I agree with him, but because he is NOT Obama. I don't care what happens to the Democratic party or the Supreme Court or abortion rights or any of the other things I'm supposed to be hysterical about. I do care about Hillary Clinton being smarter, more able to think on her feet, wiser, and yes, more experienced. You guys are jerks, and I guess it's going to take four more years for you to figure that out. I can wait.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. HSU

    Great Idea. She knows the end is coming, let her ease into it. I do feel sorry for her that she is going to wake up Wednesday morning and realize that there is no more primary to go, it is really over. But I cannot say I feel sorry that she didn't win. What I don't understand is why, as smart as she is, she could not see that her staff is just not good enough for her.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. MaggieB

    Attention All Superdelegates:

    Please announce your support for Obama, Tuesday, June 3rd after the polls close in Montana. It's time the Democrats select their nominee (Obama) so that the party can unite and prepare for the November election.

    Maggie
    Alberta, Canada

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Please, please, please...turn off the Clinton BS machine this week.

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. 2008/2012 No Pres.No V P 4 Mc Clinton

    Give us a break Superdelegates it is " the us "who need the Grace period to be over and on with the show.
    Worn thin with H illarys evil, wicked,malicious comments and lies and her either planning something or a scare tactic she used more than once for something happening before end.
    This needs to end NOW ASAP not later .

    Obama 08/12

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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