June 11th, 2008
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Oklahoma Dem won't endorse Obama

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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I wonder if Boren would take a V.P. spot. Naw, he probably wouldn't.

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. jd

    All they are really saying is that they would rather vote for JM instead of BO. Democrat or not!!!! Some unity!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Rich

    Why is this news?

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Mervin

    Sounds like the good ol' boy Rep is worried about re-election. He had better listen to his constituents. Shameful!

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Steve

    I'd call him fairly spineless for shying away from endorsing his own party's nominee just because he's from a conservative area but looking him up, it seems he's a Democrat in title only. He still supports the Iraq War, for goodness sake! What a dope.

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Edana Popp

    Excuse me?? He won't "endorse" but he'll "vote for him"?? That's not courage, that's hedging his bets. I hope the people of Oklahoma see through this.

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Tim

    Bravo... at least one person left in politics who remembers why he was elected, what Representative means and stands for Democracy.

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. diane canada

    That's ok, he has plenty of endorsements. If some democrats want to reflect the will of voters in their constituency, that's alright, admirable even.
    It's no big deal, not even newsworthy, why bother posting it. Almost half of democrats supported Clinton so this is hardly surprising. This guy's endorsement is not required.

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Dem in NW

    Finally, a politician who rememberd whom he is working for! wow

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

    You are truly one to be respected, you have stood up to the party elites and stood your ground. I truly respect you for that. I just wish the demoratic party as a whole had half as much guts as you.

    Bravo! You earned my respect.

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Rick in Az

    As an INDEPENDENT voter here in Arizona. Myself and many others will be voting for Obama. If this guy is okay with sending his voters children off to fight in Iraq then that is something he will have to face but, as an Arizona voter I have witnessed the "REAL" John McCain and he DEFINITELY doesn't have my vote. He turned his back on the Veterans here (In a mean spirited way) and, by his own admission he voted against the MLK holiday. Not to even mention that he wants to take away womens right to choose. It's unfortunate that more people that post here don't live in Az. McCain has done very, very little for the state. After viewing alot of these post some of the bloggers (Both Clinton and Obama supporters) seem more like stalkers rather than AMERICAN VOTERS.. We all want things to get better but, if the American are interested in seeing what rock bottom looks like.. Then we will have a McCain Presidency

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

    WOW... keep it coming. Someone with some sense finally! Kudos to you Mr. Boren.

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Amy

    The tide is turning for Obama in a bad way. The press was all for him but its no longer enough. Now when it comes down to actually siding with Obama, people are turning their backs left and right on him. Obama's potential VP candidates aren't interested in running with him, democratic elected officials are starting to refuse to endorse him, he's a mess and has no business running the country.


    Hillary supporter (we respect you Hillary and know you should have won!!)

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. jean

    you are wrong.
    backers of Hillary Clinton like myself WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. THe democratic party better suggest Hillary as his running mate or this race is close to over.

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Orlando, Spain

    Smart move, man. GOP candidates are actually losing in die-hard conservative constituencies, despite their attacks on Obama. Way to go, dude...

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. MM

    Not sure why this gentleman is making this statement. Why he feels such a need to make such a statement instead of just quietly not to endorse Obama. You do notice, however, that he said he would vote for Obama? So, I don't think it's about political integrity - maybe about getting his 5 minutes of fame?

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Liam

    If integrity means pandering to the racists and half-wit inbreds that populate your congressional district (i.e., "hard working Americans, white Americans"), then, yes, it looks like these "Democratic" congressional representatives have integrity.

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. T.Brown

    Wow...the fact that you all really agree with the dumbness of this rationale is really interesting... It's funny that Hillary supporters are so ANGRY! In a competition, even politics, someone wins and many more lose. GET OVER IT! You would be telling Obama supporters the same thing if the situation was reversed. And what's with this "integrity" argument???? No one seems to give any CONCRETE negatives about Obama....NOT his pastor, NOT his church, NOT a fundraiser, but OBAMA! Grow up. People like you all are the uninformed voters who not only put Bush in the White House once, but TWICE!
    *Think about THAT while you're cursing Obama and spending your $5 a gallon at the pump this summer;)

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. tiffany jackson

    We will see how fast he scampers when obama gets the nomination. What a Wimp

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. TJ

    Bill O'reilly? When did you start reading cnn.com?

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Terri

    what an idiot so is his constituents republicans or democrats?

    Go Obama

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. jimmy velman


    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. George Theen

    Both Hillary and Barack have said their differences are minimal, so his reasoning of Barack being too liberal doesn't hold water.

    Either he is racist, or he is afraid of his racist constituents.

    Which is it?

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. european bystander

    Why the heck shoul he be considered a DEM if he more or less asks to vote for McCain? If he thinks Obama is probably not the perfect candidate to address his constituency he better just might shut up?

    I appreciate he is loyal to and in line with the mind-set of his constituency but I can't see the point in attacking his own candidate...

    I am fully aware state rep's need to be close to their people but that sounds just weird.

    I'd expect it's hard enough to gather all potential DEM voters voters behind Obama and this unification NEEDS to start top down with parties representatives...

    So better call him selfish and kick his back...

    DEM fan from europe, desperatly waiting for CHANGE

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Kathy

    I was saving this until after the elections, however you Obama supporters have forced my hand, so here goes

    to the tune of Humpty-Dumpty

    Obama, Obama sat on a wall
    Obama, Obama had a great fall
    All DNC members and all of thier friends
    could not put Obma back together again 🙂

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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