June 11th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
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Oklahoma Dem won't endorse Obama

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Boren said Tuesday he won't be endorsing Obama.
Boren said Tuesday he won't be endorsing Obama.

(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.

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soundoff (1,255 Responses)
  1. bumble bee

    Wow, someone with some guts!

    June 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Alanna

    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.

    McSame

    That's really smart!

    June 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Mark Webb

    Rep. Boren, what you mean is probaly that you are more dumb and boring???

    June 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Just Sayin..

    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!

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    Thanks Bill and Hillary, way to help the party for your own selfish interest. This guy sounds like a repub.

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Over turn roe v wade

    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.
    McCain08

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Good Job Hillary!

    Yeah...OK

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. joe

    SMART MAN

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. spencer

    And there are a lot of Democrats that will not vote for him in the fall as well..

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. The Truth

    maybe Howard Dean?

    June 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. marcus

    can we vote him out of office please

    June 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. deb in az

    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..........

    June 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. JA Cook

    The man is clearly watching his own back and having trouble not being a Republican.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. GA for Obama

    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.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. MG

    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!!

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. ms.sims

    So you won't endorse him but you'll vote for him....1 outta 2 aint bad...We'll take it!

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Jean Alex

    Oklahoma is ONE of the REDDEST state, no one cares.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. EDW

    That's OK Bubba, we know you want to be re-elected.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. GERALD STROTHER

    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.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Franky

    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!

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Chris

    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.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Democrat

    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!

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Nick - Arlington, VA

    so im not endorsing him but i will vote for him because our country is facing a crisis.....that is a very contradictory statement.

    June 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Tim

    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!

    June 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Ron R

    What a goof ball...

    June 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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