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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  1. CHIQUITA for OBAMA

    "We are conservative" are code words for "We are racist."

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Ken From Washington, DC

    Well we know where McCain is going to take the country – deeper into Iraq – he proudly endorses the war that has killed 4000 of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and dads – all the while making our nation less safe. Our ports are unsecured against containerized threats, our bridges and highways are in disrepair, our economy is in tatters and he sees no need for an exit strategy. The writing is on the wall and Representative Baloney needs to be part of the solution or part of the past.

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

    I guess Deb is just another bitter Hillary Cool Aid drinking fan that woudl rather see McCain elected and the appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade and the she will get on here complaining about McCain and the Supreme Court because she was too bitter to vote for Obama.

    Time to move on.

    I guess Mr. Boren is not bucking for a job in the Obama administration.

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Boren who???? This is the most conflicting statement I have ever read... to the point that he doesn't make any sense. I am a democrat and we all know of a lot of ultra-liberal senators in congress. (and I am not going to name names) He is just trying to embrace his own twisted convenient truth. People have to realize that Democrats stand and defend not just the name "Democrat" but also its ideologies, values and the way we see the World and also want it to be. That is the reason why I am appalled by the so-called Democrats who are threatening to vote for a Republican this fall. Democratic values and ideals are in a totally polar world from the Republicans'

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Mr Fix it (fixmaster33@yahoo.com)

    Well here is a confused Rep. You could choose not to endorse the Senator to reflect your constituency and that is understandable based on principal. Now what is totally oblivious is for the same person who won't endorse the senator to reflect the view of his constituency is going to vote for him at the convention siting important issue the country is facing now.
    What !!!
    So the senator is too leberal for you to endorse him but he is good enough for him to get your vote at the convention because the country is facing serious issues? Make up your mind and quit trying to be political on a non-issue.

    What % of your constituency did not vote for Obama in the primaries? Do you also represent those who voted for him?
    And what is your take, your personal decision based on the candidate. Do you think Obama will be a good president that will care and resolve issues facing your constituency?

    What a ignorant person you are.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Jimi

    I'd like to believe the Oklahoma congressman shares more in common with the democratic party than the GOP. After all, he represents the Dem party. Obama is the ELECTED presidential nominee of the Democratic party. This guy is obviously not a team player, and is probably entertaining other self-serving interests. I hate to say this, but the word "closet racist" comes to mind.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. White/female/age 55/Texan

    He's just trying to protect his re-election. Notice, he was formerly a republican. If he were a true democrat he wouln't be saying things the republicans can use against Obama.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. charlene

    Yes , I am so Glad that we have at least one person that willing to stand up and not just follow obama blinley.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Mirta

    Good for him. He is following the feelings of the people he represents. Tomorrow, he will be labeled as racist...just wait and see.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Darlene, Orlando Fl

    Don't let the DOOR KNOB hit you.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Libby

    This will be the first time in my life that I will vote republican...will make
    my father the viet nam vet very happy. I hope the news media knew what it was doing when they swayed the american people to the choice of O'bama. Maybe if Hillary were VP, I could change my mind, but doubt it.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. AoA - Seattle

    deb, move on, for crying out loud! The primaries are over. Go campaing for McCain if his values best represent yours. No need to have a cow over it...Geez!

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Linda31

    Oh please, maybe he should take notes from his daddy who backs Obama. trying to make a name for himself.

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Tracey

    deb in az is clearly a Republican voting for McCain b/c everyone knows Obama has a very clear platform that details exactly where he plans to take this country. If you are interested enough its laid out on his website and if you follow his campaign he lays out the specifics.

    So, yeah...the Republicans on these blogs are wolves in sheep's clothing but we can tell who you are.

    Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Republicans for Obama

    He's not this... he doesn't do that... I gotta listen to my district... Uhhh yeah, I'm going to vote for him in August. WHO CARES?!! Can we get to the issues at hand and stop worrying about who's endorsing who, the cost of gas per month is like another mortgage payment, people's loves ones are dying oversees for our country's "SECURITY" (who's protecting us against Bush and Cheney??? the real terrorist). You can endores deez nuts, for all l care, just talk about the solutions not the BS!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Akinola - Houston

    I cant endorse him but I will vote for him. Does that even make any sense?

    You have 6minutes and 39seconds left on your 15minutes congressman!

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Azar

    He should switch his party.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. CLINTON 08 VP

    TO "Terrell" AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO THINKS OBAMA SHOULDN'T HELP CLINTON OR GIVE HER THE VP: SHE HAD A TOTAL OF 1,923 DELLEGATES IN THE END AND OBAMA HAD 2,156, A DIFFERENCE OF ONLY 233 AND YOU THINK THAT SHE DOESN'T DESERVE IT? SHE LOST OVER BY A HAIR, THIS NOMINATION WAS AS CLOSE AS EVER! SHE OBVIOUSLY DESERVES THIS AND MORE BUT I THINK SHE WOULD BE HAPPY IF OBAMA WOULD STOP DELUTING HIMSELF BY THINKING HE "REALLY REALLY" WON THE NOMINATION BY A VERY LARGE MARGIN SO HE WOULD STOP WRITING HIS STUPID LIST FOR THE VP, OBAMA ONLY HALF OF THE COUNTRY GAVE YOU THE NOMINATION, WILL YOU CONSIDER THE OTHER HALF?

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Let me explain

    For those who don't understand how ANY HRC supporter could vote for McCain.

    Obama is a radical left wing demagogue.

    Hillary Clinton is a centrist liberal with a well-known agenda and a well presented and throrough platform

    That is why a vote for HRC DOES NOT MEAN a vote for Obama.

    They are similar on issues BUT NOT IDENTICAL. Hillary is no panderer that changes position to please the audience. And, on EVERY issue HRC was better in every way- UNIVERSAL Health care. No meeting with enemies without preconditions. etc You once accused her of wanting to annilate Iran... remember?

    SO WHY ARE YOU SO CONFUSED WHY IT IS HRC OR MCCAIN BUT NEVER OBAMA?

    The two are so disimilar in character and conviction and standing Firm. Obama has already changed his positions on everything. It is about trust and extremes of ideology vs the middle ground.

    And... for some it is about HOW HRC was defeated- not that she lost.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Zoinkz

    Here we have two individuals that are not happy about the future taxes that will be RE-IMPOSED on their estates. Pathetic.... Go back to being republican you are not welcomed in our party.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Ilona Proud Canadian

    deb in az,

    I guess you missed the part, where he said that he WILL be voting for Sen. Obama in August "BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUS ISSUES THE COUNTRY FACES"

    This statement from Dan Boren, should be somewhat of an eye opener for all of those folks, who are threatening to vote for Sen. McCain, simply because they do not get what THEY WANT, WHEN THEY WANT, will THREATEN like two year olds to throw the TANTRUM OF THEIR LIVES!

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Derek in Seattle

    deb in az –

    Are you suggesting that he vote for a person who plans to ruin whats left of our country. If so, your senator would be a wise choice.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. mj - florida

    After Obama is president we will need as many dems as possible in the senate and congress, so we can actually make change.

    If this guy needs to distance himself to keep his conservative/progressive constituents . . . that's politics.

    What he does after Obama is president is more significant. If he can’t get re-elected he can’t help.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Vig

    Clinton was much more to the center then Obama who seems to be liberal – but his past affiliations are repressive and oppressive – ie. his church, his pastor, his friends – all that we know of. And how much more don't we yet know? Superdelegates can change their mind at any time, up to and including the last minutes of the convention. Let's hope they have 2nd and 3rd thoughts about Obama who already is starting to sound like a broken record.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. tj in fla

    Talk about sitting on the fence. he's going to vote at the convention..........but, will not endorse. People like this should not be in politics-talk about pandering! He takes it to new heights.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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