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. Ask Michelle Obama

    I'm like Michell Obama.

    I have to think about voting for the OTHER democratic candidate if that person became the nominee of the party.

    E-mail Michelle and ask HER, how could she vote for Obama, but not for Hillary?

    I have too many reasons to list.

    And then there was the icing on the cake of how disrespectfully and unfairly HRC was treated and presented by the media for Obama.

    June 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Nt

    All you idiots can vote for Mccain to your own peril. As soon as McWar gets in, the iran conflict will inflame. And your sons and daughters would have to bear the penalty.

    June 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Tara

    Where is the unity? It's a sad day in America when people refuse to support the nominee and would rather have more Bush via McCain. Wake up PEOPLE!

    June 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Independent Voter

    You would think this guy had learned his lesson by now:

    America = Separation of Church and State!

    If he had paid attention to that maxim 20 years ago, he might be a much better elected official today. But he didn't, and he's not.

    In the next few weeks we can look forward to seeing Rev. Wright again. Today he announced he may not retire after all.

    If I wanted ministers involved in government, I would have voted for the Evangelicals – no need – it seems they're coming in the back door.

    June 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. j

    Does he support Democrats? Does he want the Democrats to win the general election in November? Maybe he should consider that before he opens his mouth and says something that could potentially hurt the party.

    June 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Uncle Fester

    Most Liberal, huh? According to whom?
    Sen. Obama was campaigning for much of 2007, he missed 32 out of the 99 votes the NJ used for its rankings.

    Of the remaining 67, Obama and Clinton (who also missed many votes because she was campaigning, as did John McCain, etc), were both there to vote for 65.

    They voted the same way on 63 of them.

    On one where they differed, Obama voted with an amendment from Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind – Conn., to create an Office of Public Integrity and Clinton voted against it.

    On the other, Obama voted for an amendment from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, allowing "Y" visa holders to stay in the U.S. while renewing their visas, while Clinton - who has staked out a more conservative position on illegal immigration - voted against it.

    And yet somehow he becomes the most liberal Senator, and she the 16th most.


    June 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    Finally.........two democrats with some integrity. Obama supporters are young and blind or black and will never see the truth. They would rather bury their head than see the truth about obama. He is bad news for this country.

    June 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. antoine

    And fools like you all are gonna doom the United States... if what we've known hasn't worked try something else...stupid individuals that have what you al call spoon feed experience has us in gutters now. What the heck up please. Closed minds doom you.

    June 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. JOHN


    June 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. All the same reasons as Michelle Obama

    How come no Obama supporter had a problem with Michelle Obama voting for Obama...but not voting for HRC?

    But you all are so stunned that 18 Million voters who voted for HRC, just might not vote for Obama?

    What is the difference? Same reasons.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. jim


    change to Republican you are a disgrace to the Remocratic party

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Liz, MO

    Boren is entitled to his own opinion. He is just trying to attract some limelight and attention. It is unfortunate that its Dems like Boren who are actually ruining any chances of them winning in November. It is really sad, to see people like Boren providing fodder for Ruplican attack machine come november. Instead of labelling Obama as 'most liberal' and refuse to endorse him yet appear self righteous by claiming he will vote for him because of the situation the country is in, I think it would be far much better to shut up and then not vote for him other than spoil countless votes and gain one Boren vote.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. rcf

    If the supporters of Hilarly Clinton carry through their threat to vote for McCain because she did not win, then their sour grapes will cost them the White House. You will get what you deserve – 4 more years of Bush.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. satish

    knock it off...hannah the wise one!! Mc Cain may have his problems but he aint nowhere as bad as u r making him out to be. That is the Obama spin working. good luck....spinning

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Cheryl

    Yeah I bet those good ole boys in Oklahoma started re-thinking just how Democratic they were when a black guy got the nomination. I'm afraid you're going to see a lot of this. I guess the US hasn't come that far afterall.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Isidoro

    chame on you people!

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Liz

    This guy is pathetic–he won't endorse him but he will vote for him in November? Not exactly following what his contituents want. When Obama wins this guy is TOAST!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. anna las vegas

    I strongly disagree!!!! The welfare of the country is at stake. Not a tiny conservative corner in Oklahoma. We need to unite and do every thing possible to elect a DEMOCRATE . I agree with deb in Arizona. Mcain will lead us where? More hiked prices, forclosures and our children left in Iraq for a 100 years, and the rest of his platform is?

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. portuno diamo

    Is this news? It's just the opinion of one insignificant politician. Who cares?

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Steve in California

    It's not only his right to say what he thinks, it is Boren's responsibility to reflect the political opinions of his constituents. I am an Obama supporter, but I applaud this guy's ethics. It took a lot of guts to come out this late in the campaign, when the nomination has already been decided, and state his position.

    I do hope he actually has read Obama's detailed descriptions of what he plans to do to take the country forward (detailed material is available on Obama's website), and made his decision after educating himself. It is odd that everyone is calling Obama hyper-liberal, when his positions on most subjects are actually very, very close to Hillary's. I never viewed Hillary as a hyper-liberal. Like Obama, I consider her somewhat liberal, but VERY pragmatic. The Repugnicans think Obama is hyper-liberal, but considering what their conservatism has done to the country in the past 7 1/2 years, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    And for those of you who think Obama has disrespected Hillary, I suggest you go to his website. There is a huge section devoted to thanking her and praising her for her hard work and her experience. If this is disrespect, I'd like to get some of that disrespect thrown my way.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Josh, CA

    This guy wants to save his job rather than the good of all Americans. At the end of the day, the decision is his and no one else.

    June 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. J-M

    Jimmy Velman...the Jewish vote will go to McCain has soon as you stop using Cap Locks...Obama's 'Jewish problem' is a myth, he's polling almost as well within the community as Clinton did. And the only thing Joe Lieberman is leading a charge of is himself.

    June 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. John Poggendorf; Prescott, AZ

    Mr. Boren:

    Responding to one's constituents generally produces short-term longevity. Providing leadership also tends to provide longevity.....with infinitely better and longer lasting results.

    Make no mistake, the neo-con crackpot policies and unbridled cronyism of the bush regime these past 8 (hoy....has it only been 8?) years, and the lemming-like lockstep in which republican legislators have allowed themselves to be incuriously been led by the nose, are the primary reasons for the abject border-to-border misery we find ourselves in today!

    That you TOO are not interested in providing the opportunity to improve the situation for the country at large, or the situation of your constituents in particular, is prima fascia evidence of your constituents needing to replace you this November TOO!

    I shudder to think where we'd be if everyone in our country had your level of curiosity, foresight and commitment to constituents! You OWE your country AND your constituency a shot at improving their situations; either take it or become a republican and make your unthinking allegiance to the wealthy, influential few a matter of public record.

    June 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. John

    Good for him! I won't be endorsing Senator Obama either!

    June 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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