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. TXBad1

    Wow, Obamanites, Hillary Supporters are not the Only one that will not support Obama, Must be that , Hes not the right one to lead the nation!
    Good Bye Obama 2008!

    at this point and the Obamanites ignorance and Idiotically reasoning why he would be good, I will not Vote for him Even if Hillary was on the Ticket, and Hillary should stay away from Him and Hillary in 2012!

    McCain all the way 2008

    June 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Politically Speaking

    I won't endorse Obama, but I will vote for him?

    June 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. jfs Memhis, Tn

    What's to say???? I feel that the DNC should not make funds available to this Candidate for his run in Nov. He may want to cofer with Lieberman for advice.

    June 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Clear Picture

    He wants Obama to win the white house but won't endorse him? This guy's a woos – how can you be in polotics but afraid to take risks or stand up for your party? Boren is a big woos!

    June 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Don

    Can those people see what the so called conservatives have done to the

    economy. This is so outrageous, how can people so stereotypical. this is

    not about ideologies, its about how to make the country better and i bet

    those guys enjoyed under Bill Clinton.

    June 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    ...This just in: Dan Boren will not be speaking in Denver. OOPS!

    What, does this guy wanna be the Dems' Ron Paul? Because he doesn't have nearly the tenacity, nor does he have the stamina, of everybody's favorite septuagenarian.

    June 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Kenneth M.

    You will vote for him but you wont endorse him? You just did!

    June 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. N Hander

    In other words, my constituents are rural racists who cannot support a bi-racial man for president... but I will vote for him.

    "We're much more conservative" will be the southern buzzword...

    June 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Resident

    WOW!! YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOUR PPL?

    June 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Sapphire

    COP OUT!! HE DOESN'T WANT TO SUPPORT OBAMA FOR HIS OWN REASONS...AND I CAN GUESS WHAT THAT IS.

    I AM FROM ARKANSAS AND BELIEVE ME, WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD EVERY EXCUSE THERE IS NOT TO SUPPORT A BLACK CANDIDATE.

    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO BE LED LIKE LITTLE SHEEP, NOR DO WE ALL SUPPORT RACISM, STUPIDITY AND IGNORANCE!!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Resident

    WOW!! RETARD, TYPICAL TERD!! WE DON'T NEED YOUR ENDORSEMENT!!

    June 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Lori

    I admire this guy for taking a stand, but he's still voting for Obama at the convention? Trying to have it both ways? This is a useless, hypocritical stance.

    If you don't have the guts to take a REAL stand, Mr. Boren, noone should care what you think.

    June 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. michael

    so basically you are saying you agree with Obama but you are afraid all of your racist citizens will not vote for you again? You will vote for Obama because of the mess the country is in but you are too much of a wimp to stand up for what is right?

    June 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Fishers, Indiana

    This guy is smart.

    Barack Hussein Obama will never be elected President of the USA.

    We dems have shot ourselves in the foot for not making Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton '12 & '16

    June 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Foreign Observer

    It would be nice if this nitwit could substantiate this "most liberal senator" nonsense, which has been put forward by a notoriously biased Rep group that declares every Dem running for president "the most liberal x" in whatever capacity. But of course, knowing one's facts isn't half as pleasing as grand-standing for ones rednecks.

    June 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. POLLY

    As an african american and a Hillary supporter, I said thank you, and I agree with you one hundred percent

    June 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. joseph

    Wait, so he's going to vote for Obama...but he won't endorse him.

    Why is this even a story?

    June 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Lawrence for barack

    WELL GO VOTE FOR MCCAIN THEN WE DONT NEED YOU GUYS

    June 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Accountant Guy

    Never even heard of the guy, glad most people are able to think logically and know that Obama is the best thing for our country right now!! He is free to have his opinion.

    Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. martin

    he's just another okie racist.the states full of them.they are all republican retards,anyway.

    June 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. K of TX

    Wow....an Oklahoma public servant who doesn't like Obama.

    Is anyone surprised at this?

    Another thing: He says he represents a more conservative constituency and takes issue with Obama's "liberalism", but says he will vote for him because he thinks it's in the best interest of the country. Why did he even make the comments in the first place if he was going to contradict his original premise?

    Sounds like this guy needs to register as a Republican next year.

    June 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE RUMORS ARE THAT BOREN WILL RUN AS

    A REPUBLICAN & LOOSE HIS NEXT ELECTION.

    JUST A REPUBLICAN POSING AS A DEMOCRAT.

    June 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    This guy looks like a Republican anyway!

    June 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. MDB Baltimore

    I knew this was coming. Clinton pulls back and lets her people do her dirty work for her – divide and conquer – she's already started her 2012 campaign.

    Did anyone tell Boren that the primary is over and he is a democrat!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Knowing that it is imperative that we be a unified party come election time, this is simply inexcusable behavior from our party representatives.

    This is dirty dirty politics in a time when we as a nation are hurting. Wake up – they are trying to use us like tools (and fools)

    June 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. james free

    it is his choice not american choice

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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