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.

soundoff (795 Responses)
  1. Mercedes

    Please endorse Sen. Obama as soon as possible. He is aging so fast and more slimmer than when this election began. The way he is going he may get weak.

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Jamaal Kansas

    That is Great I wish they would have done this befor Hillary went on the path of destruction that woul have been Helpful but just like most Politicans they do there duties very late.

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. martin

    woohooo senators!!finally!i thought this would never end.let's take out the republicans next!

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Sean

    Now, let's go get McCain and start to fix the country!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Ralph

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

    Obama will NEVER win!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. carl from Houston

    WE DID IT, SHE'S A – DONE-DEAL

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Rick in Florida

    ABOUT TIME....LETS END THIS CLINTON NIGHTMARE.

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. bill pike

    as that white,older, vet,vet who got college degree on GI bill, businessman, republican who is voting and supporting obama financially let me just say: WRITE THIS DOWN, 100 YEARS FROM NOW OBAMA'S WRITINGS AND SPEECHES WILL BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS THE SAME AS LINCOLNS. His talk on race will be in the same breath as martin l. king's sermons.

    it is time for change and i mean the senate and the congress to have fresh ideas, no background of deals, etc.

    ps: my dad was republican county chairman for years and all of my family bleed red so this is a statement.

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Chut Pata

    It is important that Billary be given false hopes so that she may continue to run until the end, and end up being completely bankrupt. The recession economy needs all the money to be spend that she collected thru corruptions like Whitewater scandal, and thru pharmacy lobbies for raising and killing universal health care plan (see Michael Moore's documentary "sicko" on how much money she made from them.).

    Once she is completely bankrupt, the democratic party would have hopefully gotten rid of her for all elections to come.

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

    Fools. Hillary wons the big states and swings states that have more electoral college votes. She is the most qualified.

    Good job President Hillary!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Debby

    Who cares Borger we aren't voting for this clown.

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Mat

    CNN -WHY DO YOU CLOSE COMMENTS SO QUICKLY????

    Well this weekend Clinton showed how bitter she is – Her supporters made the Democrats look like idiots who would vote for McCain who stands for everything Clinton doesn't just out of bitterness and spite!

    However the Democratic party took a big step in showing that it is no longer ran by the Clintons and they hate it! the decision this week was the best they could do with MI as it was a farse of a primary – to say anything else is small minded and bitter! This race has been over for a while – and don't believe the lies, Clinton is not leading in the popular vote, she is not leading in polls against McCain she is not the strongest candidate – if she was then she wouldn't be broke – she'd be in the nominee and there wouldn't be all this crap – How can she be the stongest candidate if her campaign can't put a plan together to win a primary?

    The Super Delegates will all roll over for Obama after tomorrow – and Clinton will either step down – or drag it on to August and really destroy the party!

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Beka

    WOO HOO!! Come on Democrats Lets unite and get the McBush stomping party underway!!!

    We have a world to save from the tyranny of American Republicans and this time WE WILL NOT FAIL!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. BREAKING NEWS:

    'KNOCK HER OUT WITH A MIKE TYSON PUNCH'. Don't be gentle because she is a female. She surely has not been acting like a LADY.

    Good Bye Hillary. (it has not been fun in dealing with you)

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Nick

    McCain will be the new president.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. john

    HILLARY IS NOW NOTHING FOR DEMOCRATS.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Boye

    Nice, 17 down about 17 more to go.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Gloria-Boca Raton, FL

    Go Hillary...........Go to Denver!

    Obama will NOT beat McCain!!! You all know that!

    DNC took our votes from Hillary to O......not fair and won't be forgetten.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Thomas

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

    Grow a backbone... This is why Hillary should run independent! Gore you too make up your mind!

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Mike

    THESE SUPERDELEGATES SHOULD ENDORSE NOW, SO TO PUT THIS MESS TO AN END, AND TO SEND HILLARY HOME PACKING.

    SHE DOESN'T GET IT SHE'S NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN VOTERS WANT, THE NUMBERS HAVE PROVEN THAT,, NOW SHE SIAD SHE WILL TRY TO PERSUADE SOME OF OBAMA'S SUPER DELEGATES TO COME OVER TO HER SIDE... PUT AN END TO THIS MADNESS.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Steven St Onge

    Please! Hillary Clinton got plenty of respect shown already by staying in the race and causing potentially serious damage to the National Election. The rest of the delegates should grow up and defend the Democratic process and stop being cowards.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Dal CA Republican

    Senators are doing this so politically it is correct. Hillary does not feel the stab in the back if they do it after the last primary is over and it is no longer mathematically possible for her to win the nomination.
    If they do it before she will feel that she has been forced to retire out of the race. EXCELLENT MOVE.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Shannon

    It is nice that at least her colleagues recognize her transparent ego maniacal game playing. I hope she goes down with a resounding thud. Her disregard for the truth and fair party unity has been despicable. The sooner she is gone the better! She can take the crazy lunatics that are crying because their candidate wasn't allowed to cheat.

    June 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Ulese

    I'm amazed at the LACK of responsibility of the democratic super-delegates. They are such cowards–too worried to endorse before there is a clear winner, and hence there is no winner to be found. Reid won't even endorse when its clear that Obama is the nominee. What does that say about the support of Senate Democrats for Obama?

    June 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. America

    Barack Obama = Best President ever.

    Let's put all the games behind us and crush the old man!!!

    OBAMA/CLINTON 2008!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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