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. taylor

    And obviously this will seal the deal....right hillary.

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

    They should have had the courage to do this long ago- but, better late than never.

    June 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. jack

    Thank God! Hillary needs to go back to the senate and bring about legislation that will help turn around the economy and work on health care related issues.

    June 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Reality Check

    I want this thing over ASAP. I am so sick of it.

    June 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Koo

    The Clinton era is over. I understand that most of these Senators have great respect for the Clintons...but come on...it's a new era now...and time for a change from the old politics....this week will be it and it will include lots of Clinton supporters flipping their votes from clinton to Obama....the party now need to rally behind him....how can Clinton claim she is the better candidate when she could not get enough delegates....the rule for nominating a President is the one with the most delegates....by the way...Gore had the popular vote but still lost....Madam Clinton my simple advice to you for 2016 is this..."please study and follow the rules before you embark on becoming the President"

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. CMitch, FW TX

    Clinton will never drop out. She is bound and determine to get the nomination by changing the rules. Super delegates need to step to the plate or change process next time around. This is a hot mess. I cannot believe it has taken so long.

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Pat

    The quicker it ends the better for the democrats-I think the democrats are overestimating the publics anger towards the republicans and as a result they think its a lock that a democrat will be the next president-just end this and let Obama campaign for presidency,

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Lynne

    I would not start dancing in the streets yet CNN even IF Obama steals away the nod he will never get the Clinton backers to go with him this fall, looks like the Dems just blew the election. Way to go.

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Kenneth M

    Louisiana Party Chair Chris Whittington endorses Clinton. G8! ONLY 201 MORE TO GO! SHE COULD PULL IT OUT!

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Ed from VA

    Why would Mr. Reid remain uncommitted until HRC drops out? He obviously endorses Obama so why not just say that? Anyhow, let's get this show on the road "Supers". Hopefully a huge block of SD's will endorse Obama so he can wrap up the nomination and devote his attention to winning the general election in the fall.

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. MD Democrat

    If Hillary isn't the nominee I will vote:

    HILLARY CLINTON – WRITE-IN

    HILLARY CLINTON – INDEPENDENT

    UNCOMITTED OR NO VOTE AT ALL!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Sounds good to me! Sources (MSNBC) also says that Clinton will be giving her "celebration" speech tomorrow night in New York. Sounds like she is starting to see the light and will celebrate that this race is over and join the Obama campaign. I won't predict anything, but that's what it sounds like to me. We will see.

    YES WE CAN!

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Jim Shimmer

    By remaining uncommited, these senators have stalled the process and also divided the party.

    We make you leaders, so you can lead not so you can look out for your best interest i.e. remain uncomitted and save your butt and don't look bad.

    Very sad!

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. wwf

    End it Tuesday. If the one who did not win is so tough why the grace period. Get it done and over with.

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Stevo PA

    Where is the Senator Leadership when you really need them.

    Why are they so afraid of the Clinton's???

    Thhis goes to show you that Politics can be a dirty game!!!

    Obama 08'

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    2 more days Obama nation......2 more days of her and then it is on to the G.E. Just glad we wont hear the name CLINTON!!!!!yeahhhhhh

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. jaylo

    I wonder what superdelegates will do when that tape hits the airwaves.

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Carl Dupont

    This is the reason some people don't like democratic party. Why wait whil things are known to be on the Obama side??? Endorsing today is the same on endorsing at the end of the week. Anywhere, let us wait. I believe some senators are having difficulties to chose a young President......

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Phong Nguyen

    S. Obama will have a more difficult time to win in November comapred to S. Clinton!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Phong Nguyen

    S. Obama will have a more difficult time to win in November compared to S. Clinton!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Uncle Sam

    Who is Barack Obama?

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Uncommitteds Who Endorse Obama

    Then they will all be labeled with the anti-democracy label for condoning what has happened to Hillary Clinton in this election!

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It's about time – this mess should have ended months ago so the party could remain intact. The harm done by all the Clinton lies will never truly be undone.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Debbie,NJ

    They might as well endorse him. Hillary is going to run as an independent. She is so convinced that she can win without Obama's supporters. She is so convinced that she can steal McCain's supporters. She has put millions of dollars of her own money into this campaign. She and Bill are so sure that she can and will be president that they are willing to put the last thing on the line that they have, the Clinton legacy.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Illinois 2

    THEY BETTER THINK TWICE TO ENDORSING OBAMA< HE WILL NOT WIN THIS GENERAL ELECTION........

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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