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."

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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. AJ

    Guy wants to get reelected. CNN is making this into more news than it actually is. OMG, not every Democrat is behind Obama!

    June 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. iowa clem

    just look at the guy, he's probably mad he wasn't part of the top 20 names, he looks like a swinder anyways.

    June 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Zman.Indianapolis,IN

    Oh well; Ke sera sera
    Obama will PRESIDENT OF THE USA with or without you

    June 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. LIZ KEESEE/oklahoma

    Finally, a Super Delegate that listens to and follows the wishes of the people who voted not for Obama but for Sen. Hillary Clinton. I'm so proud of Sen. Boren...

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Tony

    He looks like a puppet. Literally. Look at the poor kid.

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

    hmmm, guy from oklahoma is "too conservative". In otherwords, he's a total racist. Way to go idiot. You're state sucks.

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. sean

    Yep, your 15 min is up!

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. hd

    Hey, Dan Boring,

    Is this the new Shapeshifting technique the Republicans are using in this election? Republican in Democrat's clothing...meh...
    Can't beat us as Republicans, so pollute the Party with two-faced politics.
    Nice goin!

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. lionel

    That s the most ignorant and divasive stament i have ever heard.
    Hate it or love it. He s going straight to the white house so he unite the country again because it s doesn t matter if u are republican or democrat, we all share the same dream.

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Kate, Atlanta

    What an idiot this guy is. Obviously he has no idea how the senate works, the way they craft bills so that it forces people to vote more strictly liberal or conservative – those putting the bills forward don't want unity, so they craft bills that way. Maybe those folks that elected him should take a look at the intelligence level of this guy.

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. mike d

    then be a republican you arrogant jerk

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Obama YES!

    He is a wimp. He's not voting for Obama because he (Dan Boren) is a racist. He's using his constituency as an excuse. Be who you are and proud of it. Say to the world, "I AM A RACIST AND GLAD OF IT."

    OBAMA '08 and '12

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Jim

    This guy is paid by the republicans. He is a LOSER!

    Check his record, he Sucks!

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Charles in Orlando

    Obama can’t win over this Clinton supporter. As a 4th generation Floridian, life-long Democrat and Hillary supporter, Senator Obama will not be getting my vote in November. The way he snubbed Florida over the Republican Legislature’s decision to move our primary, he lost his chance to earn my vote. I’ll either abstain from voting for president or John McCain will get it. Furthermore, the way CNN and the rest of the liberal media treated Hillary during the primary and the way they fawned all over Obama, they helped solidify my decision NOT to vote for Barack Obama.
    CNN's John Roberts said Florida is the biggest prize in the dozen toss-up states in the game. I hope to be part of the reason Barack Obama loses Florida. See? Florida does matter, it always has and it always will

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Charlene in VA

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

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. zoe

    I do AGREE with him his Muslim and we are going to be in a big big Trouble if he is become our next president
    Listien to Arabic news and Arabic Comment

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Mario

    They are playing to local politics, as such that's OK. Better a centrist democrat than no democrat at all

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. aham

    What a tool, 'the most liberal?!' what is that even supposed to mean?! If democrats are TOOO "LIBERAL" for you LEAVE THE PARTY! become a republican idiot.

    If you didn't want to endorse you coulda kept your mouth shut and not endorsed. but you want to start drama, esp. when we dont need it with all this clinton obama drama. douche..

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Arkansas Undertaker

    Its IDOITS like him that are going to cost the Democrats the WHite House in November. He is a Republican that ran and was elected as a Democrat. I think he should be kicked out of CONGRESS indefintley.

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. ted

    ***
    Thats because its NOT about DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ; its about LIBERALS and S A N E PEOPLE !

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Frank from Kansas City

    If he's voting for him at the Convention, doesn't that carry the same weight as an endorsement, maybe even more? No Candidate has ever won an election because they simply had more endorsements.

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. urban suburban

    as if his endorsement matters to Obama and the Obamites. Boren's political motivations aside, those of us who aren't drunk on Kool-Aid have reason enough not to support Obama's candidacy, namely his inexperience.

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Zman.Indianapolis,IN

    Oh well; Ke sera sera
    Obama will be PRESIDENT OF THE USA with or without you or them whatever they are

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. lionel

    That s the most ignorant and divasive statement i have ever heard.
    Hate it or love it. He s going straight to the white house so he can unite the country again because it s doesn t matter if u are republican or democrat, we all share the same dream.

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Desiree

    I can agree with and respect his decision. He was elected to represent his district and he is only doing what he was elected to do.

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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