June 11th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
6 years ago

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."

Watch: McCain and Obama go on the attack

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. open mind

    Deb in az – he didnt say to vote for McCain, he simply said that he could not ENDORSE Obama. Who cares who he endorses, he is still voting for OBAMA at the convention.

    He is just a politician, looking out for his political interest, versus what is best for the country.

    WHIMP can't even stand up for what's right.

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. bob

    And now let the spin and negativity begin!

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Denise P Quinton

    Wow I finally realize I am not alone feeling this country has been misled and no one is listening. Congratulations for having enough courage to listen to your constistuents and stand up against the now defunct DNC who keeps saying they will win over Hillary voters, not going to happen and they are in for a real surprise. No Obama during my lifetime I pray.

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Aaron

    While I don't agree with his opinion you have to respect him for siding with his constituents…that or he’s been bought out by someone lurking in the shadows.

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

    I'm glad someone is standing up to BO and his army of thugs.

    They force Clinton out of the race, the DNC does nothing about it.

    The will of the people voted for Clinton. Not Obama.

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. D7618

    He won't endorse him but he's going to vote for him. That's strange biz.

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Philadelphian Trapped in Texas

    Democratic Party office holders are pledged to support their party's candidates. Those who will not should leave the party and run as independents, or switch to some other major party if they can stomach its candidates. Conversely, they deserve no support, neither political nor monetary, nor should they expect to receive votes from Democrats.

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Frazier

    Shut up Debfrom AZ!!!Get over it Hillary ain't coming back...

    No She Won't 08

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. elmerg

    "We're more conservative"

    Translation, "we cling to guns and religion and false prophets and televangelists and Walmart stores and FOX News and high gas prices and fake republicans and racial sterotypes, blah, blah, blah..."

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

    Spoke like a true bitter Hillary Clinton supporter.....

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. CLYDE

    WOW..never heard of him. Guess what? We will all forget his name by this time tomorrow. NEXT!!

    June 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. THE LONE RANGER

    THAT'S FINE. HIS REASON SEEMS GENUINE ENOUGH. BEFORE ALL IS SAID AND DONE, OBAMA WILL BECOME PRESIDENT OF ALL THE PEOPLE, AND WIN THE MULTITUDE'S RESPECT AND SUPPORT.

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. And this is why

    I love this post... so true. The new type of Politician was the real STINKER and the manipulative game playing Old style dirty politician:

    CNN- your pro hater bias in these posts may increase your ratings… but it will damage your golden boy in the end.

    Lets hear more of "not hrc" and " anyone but Hillary"

    All you Obama bloggers…
    We get it… You HATE Hillary and her demographic but still want our votes.

    We get it… HRC did not utilize the internet to get professional bloggers filling the posts 24/7.

    We get it, HRC did not manipulate the press to gain an advantage.

    We get it… older people and activist women did not rally to her until it was too late.

    We get it… Hillary did not use lies and propaganda to unite by dividing the people and being boastful.

    We get it… Hillary was not comfortable by presenting herself with fancy hype and stuck to the issues and got "policy wonked" for it.

    We get it… HYPE trumps subbstance.

    We get it RACE trumps gender.

    BUT ARE YOU VOTING FOR A CAMPAIGN OR A LEADER?

    THAT IS WANT COUNTS IN NOV.

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Dan , TX

    Well, enjoy your last session in Congress....

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Rasputin3.14

    The fact of the matter is that Obama is not a Democrat. He is a leftist/socialist.

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    The district may be more conservative but had they wanted McCain in office they would indicated that by voting for a republican to begin with.

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Bob

    Yes, we sure know where John McCain is going to take this country! No abortion rights, more time in Iraq, tax breaks for the oil companies and the rich! Can't wait!

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Ari

    This is why i have always said Democrats are stupid. why does he have say that? i understand he doesnt want to endorse him because boohoo mr obama is "too liberal" for him but why announce it? he could have easily said Mr obama is my party's nominee and there is no question i will be voting for him in november.
    Outrageous if you ask me!

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. ld in az

    I guess we vote for McCain because we already know where he's taking the country, and that;s further into hell than George Bush already has us. Sounds like fun!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. King of NJ

    win or lose Obama will def be one of the DNC heavy weights.....talk about shooting yourself in the foot.... lol!

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Elaine

    I agree, deb in az. At least we know where McSame is leading the country. At least it's familiar, huh? Well, if you are hurting now, watch what happens if McBush is re-re-elected. You ain't seen nothin' yet!! Hold on girl!! Here we go!! Weeeeeeeeee!!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. ben

    I hope bartenders are not insulted by my remarks. After all, they know
    so much more than the average guy.Because they listen to so many things political and marital problems they are in better position to understand our nation's problems

    June 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. USAF Staff Sergeant

    This guy is a joke.

    And he looks like a clown as well.

    Mr. Nobody trying to cause a splash.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. rich

    What's is the point he is making given that he's going to vote for Obama at the convention? Seems to me he has cancelled out his own argument by voting for Obama at the convention. If he feels so strongly about his positon, then he should follow thru all the way to the convention. Seems to me he was better off keeping his mouth shut.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Deb in AZ:

    "why should he vote for a man that doesnt know where he is going to take this country"

    You mean as opposed to voting for a man who can't remember where to take the country? Or who the President of Germany is? Or who is supporting terrorists in Iraq? Or which side of the tax break policy he is on any given day? Or whether we should be giving hot water to babies? Or veto'ing beer?

    Yeah – he's the one all right.

    June 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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