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. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Hmmn. Lets see, he only needs 46 delegates to get the nod. He will get the majority of delegates Tuesday, and the majority of Senate delegate soon after. Yup, it's over. Bye Hillary : )

    AND ANY OF YOU SO CALLED DEMS VOTING FOR MCCAIN WILL NOT MATTER. OUR NUMBERS IN THIS MOVEMENT ARE GETTING STRONGER EVERYDAY. BY THE TIME NOV COMES AROUND WE WILL BE UN-STOPPABLE. AND OBAMA'S POPULARITY WILL HAVE HIT THE ROOF. YOU SEE, MOST OF HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS WILL BACK HIM. ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF YOU WILL NOT. AND YOU WILL GET LEFT BEHIND.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. john

    obama 08/12.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Judy California

    I have no idea why they are waiting. Senator Clinton has not been as gradious as Senator Obama and I do not feel that she will be in her exit speech as well. The only thing that I can put together for them not coming out is, they are afraid of her or she has promised them something in return for their vote. Lets get this done so we can move onto campaigning against McCain who has had all the time in the world to beat down the Democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. KATE

    I think holding back gives Hillary the impression that these Senators are skeptical about Obama. They need to come out one way or another to end this processes. It is not fair to both candidates to stay in a holding postion and its not good for the party.

    Endore already!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    "the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton"..... ??? Who would? Probably not even Bill.....

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Nikolaj Z.

    Pelosi should make 25 or so superdelegates come out today or tomorrow so that it will be the pledged delegates from MT and SD that put Barack over the top.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. James, SC

    Funny how everyone is concerned about how Hillary feels. Yet, she could care less how the nation feels. For the last two months everyone (supporters and non-supporters alike) have been dancing around Hillary to make Hillary comfortable. Hillary has done nothin but attack, attack, attack. All we do is forgive, forgive, forgive. That is enough. Let's handle this the adult way and just do what we need to do. End this whole thing and stop the destruction coming from Hillary's campaign.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. cedintexas

    that is a very good thing , this way it will be over tuesday

    obama08

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Curt

    It's a foregone conclusion that this would happen. Had they done it earlier, however, perhaps it would have saved all of us a lot of headaches.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. New World

    It's about time

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. WillNYC

    finally the end of the Clinton psychadelic fantasy presidential run will be over... Time to make toast out of McSame.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Looking in from the Outside

    Although there is some plausibility to HC argument about Obama having some level of deficiency among some of her core constituencies, she totally disregards the new voters BO has brought to the table In addition, she conveniently disregards red states where he has a better chance of winning against Mcain than she does.

    However, even if BO has work to do, all logical measures ………. and no FUZZY math …… indicate that he has won. What Hillary is saying is; using fuzzy math and the fact that he has trouble with some of “my” constituents, it is ok to take the nomination from him even if he is winning. Is that not cheating?

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Craig

    This should come as no surprise. Hillary Clinton's "electability" argument was so flawed that the only people it convinced were the die-hard Clinton voters and the white voters who wanted to deny they were voting on racial lines. The superdelegates are generally more intelligent and aware than the average voter, and they know the truth about Hillary's "electability."

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Randy - Denver

    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.”

    The funny part is she HAS been given a grace period.. she just does not know what grace is and so she did not take advantage of it.

    I suspect that by the Wednesday she will drop out since Mr. Obama will have more than enough delegates.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Seam, Florida

    It's cowardly leaders like Harry Reid that keep giving false hope to Clinton by remaining uncommitted. What is he afraid of? This is the reason Clinton keeps trucking along. Someone needs to put her to sleep.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Sounds like June 4th will be an interesting day in the newsroom!

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Phil From VA

    I bet HRC will still wont drop out claiming something or other. Let's all unite behind our nominee and beat McSame.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Jake Jamahl, Atlanta

    After Senator Obama reaches the majority delegate goal Senator Clinton should take the honorable defeat and support the Democratic nominee. A prolonged battle only hurts the Democratic party AND the American people who want change from this 8 year nightmare. The next week will show the country much about personal agendas and real motives. For the sake of the Democratic party and ending the Bush/Cheney debacle, I pray the American people are the true winners and not personal ambition...

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. gin

    Just sick of superdelagates....

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Tony, Miami

    Hillary bow out graciously before everybody take you for a sore loser

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    Regardless of how much Hillary Clinton tries to plead, beg and even threaten some superdelegates into supporting her, most superdelegates clearly are not affected nor impressed by the Clinton Machine (Hillary and Bill) anymore. The old-way of doing "politics as usual" is over. It's broken, divisive and un-American. Change is paramount and Barack Obama has delivered a refreshing and positive message that is resonating clearly with most superdelegates.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Obama 08

    The superdelegates should not wait. They are either supporting Obama or Clinton, and the sooner this is settled the better. If enough superdelegates commit themselves before tomorrow's primaries, then Obama could lock it up with the last few pledged delegates to be apportioned tomorrow. I hope for the sake of the party that Hillary concedes, gets up and stands next to Obama in a show of solidarity, and encourages her supporters to vote Obama in the fall.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. New Yorker

    These uncommitted superdelegates are not endorsing yet because they are afraid of supporting Obama. They are using Tuesday as an excuse to stay uncommitted.

    The delay in endorsements only shows reluctance in believing the quality of our nominee- which makes the democratic party appear to have a confidence issue.

    Knowing that the superdels are less than enthusiastic about who the nominee will be, it really weakens us- the voters' confidence in voting for the democratic nominee in the fall.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Truth

    Super delegates please vote for Hillary the most qualified candidate.

    Me and my family will vote for Hillary (if she is the nominee) or McCain in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Tom

    Why doesn't everyone just come out already! Jesus, it's not like they don't know what they're going to do by now...

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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