(CNN) - On the same day Democratic leaders stressed party unity after the drawn out primary fight, one congressional Democrat said Tuesday he will not endorse Barack Obama's bid for the White House.
Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma's lone Democrat in Congress, told the Associated Press Obama is "the most liberal senator," and said he has to listen to the wishes of his own constituents.
"We're much more conservative," Boren said of his rural district which stretches across the eastern part of the state and borders Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.
"I've got to reflect my district. No one means more to me than the people who elected me. I have to listen to them," Boren added. His congressional office confirmed the accuracy of the quotes to CNN.
Boren also said Obama's record "does not reflect working in a bipartisan fashion." But the Oklahoma Democrat said he would vote for Obama at the party's convention in August because of the serious issues the country faces.
"I think this is an important time for our country," he said. "We're facing a terrible economic downturn. We have high gasoline prices. We have problems in our foreign policy. That's why I think it's important."
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Boren's comments come a day after Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney also said he has no plans to make a formal endorsement. The freshman Democrat, who replaced Republican Rep. Mark Foley following House page scandal, told the Palm Beach Post he plans on remaining an uncommitted superdelegate and may not even attend the convention.
Wow, someone with some guts!
He still a Rep then.
-"I think this is an important time for our country," he said. "We're facing a terrible economic downturn. We have high gasoline prices. We have problems in our foreign policy. That's why I think it's important."–
So you want to go with the guy who's just going to promise more of the same.
That's really smart!
Rep. Boren, what you mean is probaly that you are more dumb and boring???
Thats cause Oklahoma is racist and moves backwards...vote McCain and ruin our world for our children. Thanks Boren, your a real help for securing america's borders...not!
Thanks Bill and Hillary, way to help the party for your own selfish interest. This guy sounds like a repub.
Put God first. Save the children. No RIGHT to KILL. Vote McCain and save lives, he will make it happen. No BOMA/Clinton in this life time.
And there are a lot of Democrats that will not vote for him in the fall as well..
maybe Howard Dean?
can we vote him out of office please
i do agree that he should reflect the will of the people that have elected him if it means voting for john mccain in the general......why should he vote for a man that doesnt know where he is going to take this country..........
The man is clearly watching his own back and having trouble not being a Republican.
I may not be the smartest person in the world but why come out and say you're not endorsing Obama because he doesn't share your constituent's views but say you're going to still vote for him at the convention.
You can vote for whomever you choose but don't try to make an issue out of something that you're still going to support in the end.
Is this guy crazy or what? Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth. He is even more wishy washy than most politicians!!
So you won't endorse him but you'll vote for him....1 outta 2 aint bad...We'll take it!
Oklahoma is ONE of the REDDEST state, no one cares.
That's OK Bubba, we know you want to be re-elected.
Gallup Daily: Obama’s Lead Stabilizing NEW June 10, 2008
Barack Obama continues to enjoy a modest bump in support following Hillary Clinton’s exit from the campaign, leading John McCain 48% to 41% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking numbers.
LOL!!!!! I wonder where this guy has been these many months??? In that case, tell the conserves to get on with the action already! They better stop hiding and better come out..........
GET WITH THE PROGRAM ALREADY!
So let me get this straight... Boren's not endorsing Obama, but he's casting his superdelegate vote for him at the convention? Only a politician could come up with such a ridiculous, hypocritical plan.
What a coward. Get out of politics if you can't make up your mind for yourself. If your constituents are right leaning, and you cave to thier demands, just to get elected....then you can go to ____.
Join the republicans already, we don't need you!
so im not endorsing him but i will vote for him because our country is facing a crisis.....that is a very contradictory statement.
So he'll vote for him at the convention, but won't endorse him? Sounds like political cowardice to me, a man who is more afraid of losing his job. Stand up for something Mr. Boren or go back to Oklahoma!
What a goof ball...