June 11th, 2008
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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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soundoff (1,255 Responses)
  1. Get a Clue, St Louis, MO

    These two goobers need to call themselves "independents" then. What's the point in being a democrat? Take a stand and stick by it, but taking no stand whatsoever to make sure you don't lose votes seems like a cop out to me. Do they not vote on bills so as not to lose any votes either?

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Susan

    That's his choice. We wish Hillary had won the nomination.

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. R.I.F.

    Who cares? Sounds like he's trying to play both sides here for personal political gain.

    "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."

    –What the bleep is he saying. He won't endorse Obama but he will vote for him and he endorses the fact that he can get us out of the serious issues the country faces. What a whimp.

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. joyo

    He has got to be kidding, so let me get this straight, a democrat would rather endorse no one than a fellow democrat, or is conservative a hidden word for my district will never vote for a black man democrat or not, this is truly sad, he doesn't represent me as a democrat.

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

    Hey Deb in az<

    He is voting for Obama in the fall. And we all know where McBush is taking us don"t we? More war, higher gas prices, women"s right to choose taken away. Good luck with all that.

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Alice - NYC

    you go DAN!

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Yasriel

    A look at his face says it all....

    June 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    a calculated move to hold onto his blue seat in a blood-red state.

    June 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE HAVE A FEW REPUBLICANS POSING AS DEMOCRATS.

    HE ISN'T THE FIRST. AND WON'T BE THE LAST.

    June 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Mia and Mike

    Umm, then why bother even attending the convention? Better yet, maybe he too should become a republican.

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Mr. Boren,

    Courage among politicians is not dead. You just became my hero.
    Thank you for saying openly that Obama has no record of doing any of the things that he promises to do if he just "believe" in him.

    Go PUMA PAC

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. King in MO

    I respect his decision to represent his people but, his people are pretty ignorant to the facts. How bout instead of listening to the idiot box, people actually look up his voting record and his future plans for the country. Its called the internet people. I know republicans think that it's some type of evil sorcery but, I promise you the internet is just a web of information.

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. joyo

    and to add to that he deserves to lose his seat, he stands for whichever the wind blows.............looserrrrrrrrrrr

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. NC Attorney 4 Obama

    This is disgusting! This is just a political coward trying to get some limelight. He is just afraid that if he endorses Obama, he would lose his job considering he is the only Democrat representative in that state. However, it is so sad that Republicans have no problem falling in line and supporting each other, but we have these WEAK democrats who are too scared to stand for anything. He should be ashamed....

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Jay

    It's a tough one. I respect his decision but represenatives unwillingness to back there candidate is in my view divisive

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Mike, Iowa

    Liberal this conservative that... what the hell is the diffrence? Why does every politician have to have a certain label? I always thought you were either democrat or repuclican and you support whichever party you are apart of. With all this bickering back and forth between the parties and even inside the parties you wonder why people do not trust our government! You wonder why so many people would rather be independant or not even bother voting at all. It's like "We the people" arent allowed to have anything nice. Everything has to be argued over and have labels slapped on them. You wonder why we get nothing done and why our country is falling apart more and more everyday.

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. snaz

    who the heck is Boren?

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Ricki

    What a hypocrit!! What he is saying does not even make sense..
    He should definatley change from Dem to Rep and he should do it NOW. We do not need this internal cancer in our Dem party.

    June 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. William, from Cali

    Democrats, not supporting, other Democrats..........What's this? the "New" wave of Politics.....................What happen to the DemocRATic "Unified Party".............................

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Lewis

    Deb, turn on the AC. I think the Arizona heat has damaged your brain.

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. robbie

    deb
    dont be a moreon..why doesnt he step down and stop being a bigot

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Here is a guy worried about being re-elected, instead of supporting his party. Wow – isn't Oklahoma lucky to have him...

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Mary

    Thank you, Rep. Dan Boren. You are my only hope that the democratic party I loved and supported for over 30 years is still alive. There is NOTHING Obama can do to gain my trust or vote.

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Why would you not endorse a guy that you are going to be voting for? That's nonsense. Oh well, endorsements don't matter anyway.

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Orisseau , Obama supporter

    It is hard to to believe a democrat governor said that he will not endorse his party nominee. But i know whether you endorse him or not, he will be the next president of the Union. It is time for unity, not division. It is time to move forward. The American people will soon realize that they have a common purpose for the union: moving it forward. We can't afford a third term of George W. Bush.
    Yes we can.
    Obama ,2008

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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