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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soundoff (1,255 Responses)
  1. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama is a socialist that will destroy america.

    June 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Cam

    Dan Boren Lieberman Jr.

    June 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. mickey

    Do you really think that four more years of Bush-policies is being true to your constituency?


    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. LD

    What meat heads! Boren will be voting at the convention for Obama and thus this is an endorsement. Mahoney's expressed desire to be absent from the convention shows a solid stance in something or other, (perhaps sleeping late?–this guy is a former republican, now a democrat who wants to represent republicans (and democrats–he did say all of his constituents) at the democratic convention by not showing up–why don't his democratic constituents matter and why would anyone say this stupid stuff in public? No wonder his seat is in jeopardy.

    They both probably think their constituents don't notice that they have no clue.

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Motov8n

    " Don't hate the Player, Hate the game". BTW Boren you should run with Cain. Your district is "Third World" and a Tossed Salad. " The same people who put Bush in office for a second term.

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Lyle

    It is good to know that at least one elected Democrat has a mind of his own. The DNC isn’t going to like this!

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Listen Up...

    Ridiculous. He should change parties then. Is he a Dem or not?

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. mr. reality

    "Mahoney, a former Republican whose district is made up of more Republicans than Democrats, is among the most vulnerable congressional Democrats this election cycle."

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy -mlk jr.

    'Nough said!!!

    OBAMA 08

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Charles from PA

    translation: "If I want to get re-elected in Oklahoma, I cannot be seen supporting a black man."

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. BBIII

    Can you say, "Looking out for my political future"!

    June 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Luke

    His quote about Obama being, "the most liberal senator" shows that he cannot think for himself...he is just repeating a statement that he heard on foxnews. What does it mean to be "the most liberal senator"? When senators vote on bills is there some type of ideology scale in addition to the "yes" or "no" voting options? What a hypocrite...why even call yourself a a Democrat?

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Why never Obama?

    People are sick and tired of 8 years of Bush.

    But they will never lean so far left as to embrace a leftist regime.

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Eric

    A Democrat in Oklahoma probably feels like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Anne

    Excuse me, but Rep. Boren does have the responsibility to his constituents, but costiuents should not be able to tell him who to vote for in the general election. He is still a citizen when it comes to choosing who he wants to be president. If that means voting for Obama, a man who knows where this country should be as well as how to get us there, then I say that is a good choice.

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. TexasVet

    Whatever! Sellout.

    Obama 08

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. An American

    Why doesn't Texas fall off into the ocean?
    ...Because Oklahoma sucks.

    drod, can you show me a Republican with integrity?

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. AROD

    My fellow dems, please listen up.

    Out of many, there are one and out of one, there is unity.

    I know it doesn't make sense but I kind of got lost in the closing.

    Any suggestions?

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Hannah

    Does anyone read anymore?

    Anyone that would vote for McCain because Clinton isn't the nominee is an idiot and was never actually a Democrat.

    No REAL Democrat would vote for a man like John McCain.

    No woman who values her personal freedom would vote for John McCain.

    No man or woman who has an ounce of intelligence would risk four more years of Republican rule — our country teeters on the edge of disaster and we can blame men just like John McCain for it.

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Think

    He will vote for him but won't endorse him??

    Show some sack ya wimp. It's called leadership- that's what you are elected for.

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a moron

    June 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. dave desmond

    Wonder how this 'tweet' got elected to congress in the first place....
    Your endorsement counts for nothing.

    June 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Joe

    Funny how you never hear anything about some of these statesmen-wanna-be's until they come out and make a stupid statement like this. If he wants to take that position, I say great. If his district is too conservative for him to support the party's nominee, then I suggest that it is too conservative for any national Democratic money. That would mean no DNC help or Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee help for him this year. If he is too narrow minded to see beyond the geographic boundaries of his district, then let him finance his campaign with dollars from inside his district. One less DINO (Democrat in Name Only) in the next Congress will not make that much of a difference.

    June 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Glenn

    thats funny if he would ahve said he supported Obama he had no integrity but cause he says he wont that means he has integrity? Ok...maybe you need to look up the word. it doesnt mean someone not supporting a candidate you do not like. As a Rep i understand his concern for how his peopel vote. But he is also a voting citizen.. He can cast his ballot for whomever he wants. And we do not elect reps to be mindless slaves. We elect them in the trust that they will do what is best for our district, state and country. Even if that means disagreeing with a lot of peopel in their own district. Imagine if reps and senators only listened to the will of the mob, civil rights, women's suffrage, etc would never have been a reality. Our reps shoudl think with a soveriegn mind in hopes of best representing their people. I think he is just using his district as an excuse. cheap shot to the democratic process.

    June 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |

    Let us all vote for a tired old Republican who is completely clueless. Boy that is really moving this country forward.

    June 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Fish

    wow, someone who's willing to speak the truth - not watch the DNC toss him "under the bus" !!

    June 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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