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

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. wondering

    Why should he vote for someone who doesn't have the democrats interest at heart? The Majority have spoken in american, why can't some people accept "change"?

    June 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. michael

    Deb in Az,

    He said he is voting for Obama in the fall. And we all know where McCain is taking this country don't we. More war, more gas prices, taking away a women's right to choose. Good luck with that. You get what you deserve.

    June 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Nancy L

    And what is a vote? I hope he's well protected from the pickets in the fence he is trying to straddle!

    June 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Steve TX 34

    Someone that actually represents their constituents vs. his/her own ideology!!! Wow...imagine that!

    June 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Still for Hill

    I'm glad this guy over in OK will stand up and tell the truth. Obama does not represent moderate democrats.

    However, Oklahomans, you know that your democratic governor needs to be voted out very soon. The Gov knows that Oklahomans do not support Obama, but he endorsed him anyway.

    I hope all the Hill supporters are taking notes on who needs to be voted out of office. Maybe that's why Ted Strickland doesn't want VP?

    Hillary 08 or McCain if necessary

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Zac in WA

    Boren is attempting to act as though principle is driving him, but in reality, it is cowardice. No wonder the public holds Congress in low esteem w/ little weasels like this polluting the airwaves.

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Alex

    deb in az, and your mccain will..

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Bill in Minnesota

    Gutsy guy. Doing what is right for his constituents rather than towing the line with the Democratic Party leadership/delegates who put Obama at the head of the ticket instead of Hillary. It's nice that a representative actually listens to those he represents.

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. ben

    deb in az
    Why should he vote for mcCain? McCain is parcel and party to the mess we are in. Is that experience going to help us? I woud rather have a
    bartender be president than someone affiliated with Bush!

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Independent99999

    It is time Obama drop his LIBERALISM and its STUPIDITY of Socialism.

    Move to the Center. Endorse Fair taxes. Drop IRS and make the country and economy vibrant and attractive to corporations/employment. Or else even good companies like Google cannot resist low tax operations of Ireland!

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Q in TX

    Well good luck to him getting anything accomplish in the house anymore. Because he can't support his partys leader why should democrats support anything he stands for. He needs to go ahead become republician.

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. wpb in nc

    That's cool...he'll get re-elected and then spend the next (at least 8) years in dead end positions on dead-end Democratic-led Cong. Committees.
    That will represent his constituents' interests well, eh?
    Stupid move...might as well just turn Republican now. He will be ostracized and shunned.

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Say what?

    I love you blind Obama worshippers:

    One of you blogged that Obama:
    Fish, MN June 10th, 2008 2:06 pm ET

    No matter who is selected to be the VP, I trust that no one could twist his arm into doing something political; Barak is smart leader and intellectual
    Hello... all his decisions have been political... and yes ... he WAS strong-armed into dumping Wright, once Wright became a liability for him– after 20 years of friendship.

    THAT pandering and flip-flopping for political expediencey is what cost Obama my vote. It is OLD politics, it is political posturing, it is hypocritical and ingenuine.

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Chris

    An unimportant senator from a conservative state that no one cares about has his 15 minutes of fame by doing something contrary. This is news? How did a democrat get elected in Oklahoma anyway?

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Jason

    Why is everyone running from Obama?

    June 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Big deal, the guy caves to the slant of his local geography to score political points. Happens all day, every day in Washington.

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Ev-VA

    This just goes to show how stupid some of you people are you complain about the economy, you complain about the war in Iraq and how you oppose it, yet you are willing to go for the same old ways of the Bush administration. The real reason you don't want to back Barack Obama is because he has Black Blood in his system and you are racist!

    Obama 08.

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Mike NYC

    hmmm ok so now does he have another idea?

    Unfortunately you cannot please everyone.

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Ed

    Its just the start Obama is going down
    this is the first time I am voting republican

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. Bobby

    Deb in az, It's very clear where Barack wants to take this country. Go to his site and download "Blueprint for Change". Voting for McCain would be voting for some one who's admitted that he doesn't know "much about the economy". Economic times are to hard to elect some one who doesn't know much about anything but war.

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Patrick

    So...who is this guy?

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. House Dems

    "House Democrats hoping for Obama factor. . . "Exploit the opportunities that he has opened up for us by his campaign"

    Hope again! It's too late. Millions like me (35 years a Democrat) will walk away from this corrupt party in November. And you can take THAT to the bank!

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Sam Houston, GA

    So – 438 others do !!


    (There are losers in Oklahoma too – har har har har har)

    June 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Benjamin Columbus, OH

    I have NO PROBLEM with a representative from Congress reflecting the views of his constituents, but saying that you aren't going to endorse a candidate, but will vote for the same candidate at the party's convention is playing both sides of the field.


    Take a position and stick to it. Either you're for Obama or you're for McCain.

    Mr. Boren sounds like a guy who will say anything to get re-elected and that is someone who belongs in McCain's camp.

    We need "public servants" not "politicians" on Obama's team.

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Ryan in Tn

    sounds like he is working to get re-elected in his district already. However his voters should consider his attitude toward party unity before voting for him. He should check to make sure he is a democrat

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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