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.

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  1. vINCe

    To Hillary Supporters: McCain is going to appoint ALL CONSERVATIVE judges to the Supreme Court....THINK ABOUT THAT.....if you vote for McCain over Obama out of spite....SAY GOODBYE TO ROE v WADE......THAT is a promise....

    June 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Helen, GA

    Those senators who vote for Obama are brainless. They will realize it in November. McCain 08.

    June 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Rena

    Bottom line Hillary has shown if I can't win nobody will win! The saddest of all is that she will never tell her crazy supporters that keep saying they will write in Hillary or vote McCain that she will still have her millions and the economy will not affect her at all when McCain is voted in. She will never tell them they will be the only one to suffer. This is how the rich, arrogant, and pompous people survive by pulling the wool over the eyes of the innocent, blind and sometime dumb. You know it is one thing to be poor but it’s another to be dumb of clear facts. Which should tell them Hillary doesn’t give a hill of beans about them?

    They have another candidate in their house that can offer the same relief but to stupid to see because they are blinded by the name Clinton. You haven't seen anything that Hillary has done that is so great; you saw the work of her husband who we find has hidden a lot of things from the American people. If Hillary was so great why her own state want represent her and stand behind her? To answer the question easily she hasn't done a thing to help them nor that impressed them.

    Hillary supporters think about your families and get your pride and ego out of the way. Having to vote Obama out does not help you only hurt you.

    June 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. chicagoan

    I feel sorry for Hill, she tried, she really really tried. but much like death it is inevident. What's done is done. If she had of won fair and square I would have backed behind her. She didn't though and I am glad I backed a winner. I just hope that we can unite and all those who feel like they wouldnt back Obama because he's the nominee need to think about this country and that change is needed, he is the one to do it. Let's come together like we know we can and win this presidency, let's forget about black, white, man, woman.
    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Raymond Duke

    It has been over for Hillary Clinton in this nimination for a long time. You can't fight a baised Democrat National Committee and a media that has been against her from the start, especially Msnbc that only the far left watches but also cnn. I use to watch cnn continiously but I guess they got their orders from their bosses and Wolf , Jack Cafferty especially and the rest fell in line to play the game for Obama. Hillary should do the right thing for America and run as an indepedent. She would be a shoe-in. The media and the political parties want to tell us that we should vote for their choices they have given us. A black man and his wife and followers who hate america or John McCain . I would vote along with my family for Clinton if she would run as an indepedent. If she does not whether she is on the vp ticket with Obama or trying to get votes for him I along with four other voting adults in this family will vote for McCain and hold our noses. Hillary should pull a Joe Liberman and run as a Indepedent democrat. She could and would change the face of the democrat party and bring it to the center. The left side which has destroyed the democrat party would exist no more. If this does not happen McCain will easily win the electorial votes and be the next president of the United States.

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Obalegerwright

    June 2nd, 2008 10:43 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Obalegerwright is not to be trusted. He does whatever a politician needs to do, as Rev. Wright said, he must do whatever it takes to win.
    Just when you thought that it was getting crowded under that bus, Obalegerwright, has just thrown his whole church under the bus. He will do anything to win the Presidency, and I mean anything. Wonder how that will set with all those black people who were jumping up and down and cheering when Wright and Pfleger were putting down white people, this country and especially Hillary Clinton? He might lose the black vote when they realize he was using them to get to point A. He knows they (a mere 12%) cannot carry him to the White House. Wonder how Oprah feels, now that her popularity is waning? Loyality is not his forte! Anything to win is now evident, is it not? If this act is not political, I don't know what is. Why now?

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. KD for 08AMA

    Yay Bil Pike... love your comment. I can't wait to have kids just so they can study the writings and speeches of a great President like B.H. Obama. I'm going to play the Yes We Can video at each of my kids' birthday parties. I want them to know nothing is impossible with determination and a quality education. This man is changing the face of how everyone sees America. I just wish others would put aside their prejudices and small ways of thinking long enough to realize he is the advocate of change for which we have been searching. He is changing the way other countries view America as well. Way to go 08AMA.

    Slightly-Right Republican for Obama 08

    I would like to see him take a republican for his running mate... I have always thought that a bipartisan presidency is exactly what this divided country needs!

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Dee

    I'm a Republican but am voting for Obama because his positions are more aligned with mine. If the Clinton supporters chose to vote for McCain rather than Obama then they will get the president they deserve, I just hope we won't have to listen to them whine for eight years when we're still in Iraq, gas prices continue to go up, they keep losing jobs, and have no affordable health care.

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. NEVEROBAMA

    I do not care what people say. Clinton and her supporters are not bitter. Why is it men are characterized as frustrated and women are bitter. Clinton supporters will always stay Clinton supporters. She was treated very unfair by the media and this is what we are angry about. Obama is an empty suit and I as a democrate will NEVER EVER VOTE FOR HIM. I WILL VOT UNCOMMITED.

    The scares are deep and Obama will never ever appeal to the majority of Latinos.

    We will see who wins the white house in November. Our country is in bad shape, and Obama is too inexperienced to change it. His speeches are just that speeches.

    I am very angry with the Michigan votes and I will never ever vote for Obama!

    So go ahead Obama supporters keep talking trash about HIllary we will get the last laugh – You can bet on it!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. NoHillary

    YES! Now we simply need all of those superdelegates who were going to vote for Clinton to jump on the Obama bandwagon. It's ok, everyone's doing it.

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. shannonL

    Not a shocker....Dems never cease to amaze me. You people don't understand the electoral map...you've picked the candidate that can't win.

    Why do you choose the most liberal candidate when you are running against the most liberal Republican...just plain stupid.

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. DNC has 'fixed' the nomination....

    They will come out to support Obama because NONE OF THEM want to upset Dean, Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Kerry et al who set up this nomination process from the beginning.

    They can – but Clinton is the better candidate to beat McCain in November. I hope Clinton will leave her options open since there is alot of time between now and August – who knows how many buses Obama has left?

    Maybe none – and Clinton could come in to give the party the win in November. Florida and Michigan will support Clinton and NOT Obama since he has already turned his back on them. She has the popular vote, she has PA, CA, NY, OH, WV and those are the states necessary to win the White House.

    But politics being politics........the meak will lower their heads in bowing to the DNC. Clinton or McCain 2008!

    June 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Conservatives win again :)

    This is far from OVER – Hillary will run as a 3rd party candidate and the vote will be split and we will WIN AGAIN!!!! :)

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Clinton/McCain

    She WILL be nominee. The supers still have the chance to do the right thing or else my vote goes for McCain. The Obama supporters can't seem to understand why Democrats will vote for McCain and that's because they haven't seen how vicious Obama and his campaign have been and all of the dirty tricks that went un-noticed.

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. NJ

    It is surprising why one would want to support someone who
    1. is ignorant about the world politics
    2. has been part of a church that hates America
    3. has a wife that hates Americans
    4. who is all talk but no action (very charming talker)
    5. inexperienced

    Didn't we learn a lesson in the last 8 years???
    Wake up America!!

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Sophia

    Okay Obama has fierce ambition and charisma, but not much political record. And for those Obama supporter to criticize Clinton for dividing the party are not considering the fact that if Obama really wanted democrat to unite and win, SHOULD NOT HAVE RUN FOR PRESIDENCY in the first place, but build up his experience and record and support senator Clinton. I am a democrat but I believe, instead of blaming Clinton, realize that they did it to themselves, and I truly believe, Obama will NOT WIN in November.

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. henry

    Good choice!

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. ryan

    Why don't the gutless wonders just come on out?

    Hiding behind the skirt of a woman is not very admirable!

    We will know who you are soon, and you will not be there in the fall!

    Good Luck and Good Bye!

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. CNN - can you please post this comment?

    CNN may not post this...must be afraid of the DNC powers too!

    They will come out to support Obama because NONE OF THEM want to upset Dean, Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Kerry et al who set up this nomination process from the beginning.

    They can – but Clinton is the better candidate to beat McCain in November. I hope Clinton will leave her options open since there is alot of time between now and August – who knows how many buses Obama has left?

    Maybe none – and Clinton could come in to give the party the win in November. Florida and Michigan will support Clinton and NOT Obama since he has already turned his back on them. She has the popular vote, she has PA, CA, NY, OH, WV and those are the states necessary to win the White House.

    But politics being politics........the meak will lower their heads in bowing to the DNC. Clinton or McCain 2008!

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Shirley Armstrong

    Obama will not win what about his pastor problem is there more to learn about this man HOW can he say he did not hear anythiong or took no part in what his pastors say and do I beleive he is just tesiging from his church for political gains plain and simple He talks a great deal about unity buit he has done nothing in this campain to prove it IF he gets the nomation I will vote for McCain

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Cindy

    The rare combination of qualties that Barack Obama offers us, intelligence, vision, depth, integrity, and charisma, allows him the ability of becoming the great leader this country so desperately needs at this juncture in our history. It is so difficult for me to understand how my fellow Americans can so easily overlook this, while at the same time approve of the continuation our downward spiral, including the perpetuation of this war, by supporting John McCain. This election is about so much more than waving our red or blue flags.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Mike

    Hillary is waiting for that big, big, bang to happen to OBAMA!!

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Gopi Nathan

    United States is given a once in a millennium chance to elect an unthinkable candidate! To lead the world, to show the rest of us that the US is more than a President Bush and Iraq war! It is disappointing to see that a former first lady is standing in the way with chlidish stubborness.. never giving up!

    By fielding and electing Obama, the US would come a long way ... even ahead of Europe! This is an ideal chance to wipe out all the ill feelings created in the last 2-3 decades! It's time to say goodbye to Imperialism....The US can still lead the world in championing the modern causes to save the planet Earth!

    I hope the people of the USA use this moment – a tryst with destiny!

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. EDU from Dallas, TX

    Well, this was to be expected.

    My view is that Senator Clinton will have no option but to support Obama. Anything less will quickly earn her the wrath of Americans who cannot stand to see McCain win in Nov.

    Americans cannot even imagine having another Bush Term with a McCain win. They are going to mobilise and do whatever it takes to win, even if this means kicking the Clintons under the bus if they dont come onboard.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Ed - Washington DC

    In every election where Barack Obama "tried," he finished with more votes than the early polls predicted. Voters don't discount his message as mere campaign promises that strain credibility; they listen to his vision and message of "bottom-up" political process, freedom from special interests and the need to restructure the political game. As more and more voters understand his message, not as simple (and unbelieveable) as I promise you ***, *** and ***, he gains additional votes. Though he hasn't showed it in recent days, he can be and is a "stretch runner."

    Barack's superior, well funded campaign pulled up in the stretch drive of this primary campaign – directing its attention to the fall campaign; as part of their overall game plan, they didn't want to and (except for a stray preacher absolutely not part of the campaign) did not try to make Hillary and her supporters look anything but well intentioned. Despite the Clinton campaign spin, it is the Obama campaign which made concessions before the Rules Committee last Saturday. This treatment by the Obama campaign may prove to be better than Hillary and her campaign deserve — Hillary's face is saved, and she may even look to some like the stronger candidate, but she is not.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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