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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  1. Alan Felix

    What a wimp.

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Charles

    If McCain has a direction that he would like to take this country, please write in 3×5 note cards so that he won't forget it tomorrow...

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Belle

    I concur. The will of the people is more important than the will of the DNC.

    However, it IS a bit two-faced of him to vote for him at the convention, when Clinton won Oklamhoma.

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. John F. Leech

    This is rediculous. This guy needs to leave the Domocratic PArty and join the GOP or become an independent. How ANY party member NOT support the winner of the party's presidential primary campaign.

    I hope this guy never gets a penny form the DNC.

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Trill

    Rep. Boren is well within his rights, and I respect that.

    Obama/Hagel 2008

    June 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. drod

    Finally...a democrat with some integrity.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Dave in VA

    Boren's comments do more than confuse me. It seems that he says that he thinks Obama is the right person for the job, but that he will not endorse him. I understand that a Democrat in a conservative district may not want to formally endorse a candidate. However, it seems more than a little hypocritical to say that Obama is needed to fix all the problems with the country, he will vote for him at the convention, but he is not endorsing him.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. anne

    What a shame but oh well one person won't stop this show.
    Obama 08 all the way!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. CLEAN

    it's cool, do what you think is right.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. HFT in Texas

    What else is new? You do what you have to do, but Obama's backers won't suffer from your NO vote!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Alicia

    Deb, chill out! And the Flip Flopper McBush does? He can't remember if he wound his watch or scratched his behind.

    You republicans Deb in AZ

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Shannon

    This is still America right, we don't have to support Obama. I know his supporters think he's been appointed King, but some of us haven't tasted the kool-aid yet. Some of us don't think name calling and hate equal hope and change.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Nathan

    This guy's a Judas.

    Where's James Carville when you need him?

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. karam

    I heard that mcbeer saying that he will veto every single beer why not veto every six pack beer also.Ha ha ha .

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. No McCain

    This is not about politic, this is a direct display of racial division at the highest level.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Patrick

    Other than pandering to his constituency, what possible reason is there to make this announcement?

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. pasadena, ca

    why don't you just man up and say your a republican and stop posing as a blue demo. polotics as usual...p.s., you may want to adoptthe color yellow....

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. JCB

    He should not endorse Obama, but saying that he will vote for him at the convention is the same as endorsing him. Man, stick with your game plan. Just because Obama managed to steal delegates in Michigan that he was not entitled too and cut the Florida votes in half, he is not worthy of the democratic nomination. I would be a NO VOTE before I would vote for Obama. Obama totally understands NO VOTES, his political life is full of them.

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. NEVEROBAMA

    HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!

    I LOVE IT

    OBAMA IS GOING DOWN!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. andrew s

    Pin head, where are you from? Mar

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Nick, SD

    What's more important, the success of your party leading to the success of the nation, or you getting reelected? If you're a democrat be a democrat.

    Obama is the direction for the nation and our nation’s leaders should be surrounding him to help lead the nation forward into the real world. Hasn't anybody noticed that Obama is heavily favored around the world as a thinker and a leader for the U.S.? And since we spend so much time and money trying to compete in the world, don't we want a person the world will be willing to listen to as well?

    Please, lets all start thinking beyond ourselves.

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Sam Houston, GA

    Mahoney's a flip-flopper – what a loser – first repuke then dem

    Get a brain

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. tracy

    When we were asking him, when we needed him he never supported us. Even now, shut up and sit down. Obama has the numbers after locking the nomination at (1627) threshold and went on to get the nomination without you.................

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Oren Ovadia, California

    That's my Boy!!!! At least someone have some common sense.....

    Oren
    An-Ex Democrat

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Craig

    Deb,
    He said that he would not endorse but he would vote for him. That is very fair. This guy is looking out for his political future, to heck with the country.

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