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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  1. bill

    When it gets down to it they are both looking out for their own best intetest. Getting reelected and taking our money in salaries, getting a nice retirement, free health care and looking forward to all those cushy jobs with special interests, advocacy groups, influency groups and lobby groups. It is still the ME generation!

    June 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. ryan

    Just because someone isnt Endorsing OBAMA

    doesnt mean he's racist... ALL you Die Hard Obamanites are to Stupid to realize over half the country doesnt like gay marriages and atheism

    June 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. True

    Wait, you wear the badge of a Democrat, receive benefits of the party and you don't want to help them win by endorsing? Well I sure hope the DNC refuses to endorse you the next time you run for any election.

    June 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Proud1of 26% in WV

    These people have never heard the saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you'!

    June 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Jay from the west

    So let me get this straight. You will vote for Obama at the convention but won't endorse him??? ummm yeah that makes alot of sense.

    June 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Terry, Dallas Texas

    This is called CYA. He is more concerned about getting re-elected and he knows that OK will never go blue anyway.

    June 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Joe Reed

    Rep. Dan Boren, you have no spine.

    June 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Gene

    Great Job Boren... you're concerned about the economy, gas prices, war... etc... and instead of voting for someone who's liberal and capable of making the changes we need.. you're gonna keep quiet and let everyone else vote while you keep quiet to keep your people happy. You don't belong in congress.. you have no spine.

    June 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Clinton supporter for Obama

    Okay, he has a right to make his own choice. But voting for Obama in the Fall makes you look like a flip-flopper congressman. I guess Obama is too liberal because he doesn't want Special interest or Pac money???? haha..

    June 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Barry

    This guy's an idiot and the democratic party should run him out of there party.

    June 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Former Republican from KS

    Amen Hannah! Anyone who would vote for McCain after supporting Hillary never supported her policies and never had Democrat values or they would never vote McCain. Doing so is like cutting off your nose to spite your face and only a real IDIOT would do that. I come form a long line of Republicans, and everyone in my family has switched parties after the failure, the arrogance, lying, corruption of this administration. I don't see myself changing back for a long time. As for the guy from Ok, I spend a lot of time in Oklahoma City and the people I talk to are as disgusted with the Bush administration as the rest of America. Sen. Pat Roberts from Ks may think he represents the people of KS in the same way but he doesn't listen, just supports Bush and will probably get voted out. Hope the Dem form OK is not up for re election in Nov. McBush is not that popular.

    June 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. James, Redlands, CA

    Clearly these are men who live in districts that more conservative than Democratic. If these two men believe that they could loose their seats by supporting Obama, then let them protect themselves. But I hope no one believes that their districts represents people who ever have voted for Obama or even Powell. Actions speak louder than words. So Boren and Mahoney, enjoy your time in the Congress. But don't expect to take credit or share in the all of the postive things that Obama WILL do for this country. As a matter of fact, I think that they should both refuse the new healthcare changes, the proposed new GI benifits, the tax credits for middle income families, and all of the programs that Obama will implement for the rest of America. If you don't want to support him, then don't try to sponge off of him and the rest of us.

    June 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Venus

    Hasn't he heard? The race is over? Obama doesn't need his endorsement!

    June 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Annie

    Gosh darn it, Boren, I heard Obama was thinking of having you on the ticket with him as vice president. Too Bad.

    I have an idea; why don't you just switch to the Republican party?

    Oh, and to the Republican partisans and right wingers who pretend to be Hillary supporters who are going to vote for McCain, you aren't fooling anybody; HIllary knows you are phonies. She is going to speak to you in a few days.

    June 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Obamabots, ready ... set ... go!

    Oh, here we go again with the race card, "just sayin'" ... puhhleeeze! Maybe he actually THINKS instead of just joining the mindless drones swept away by Obamamania. ... And all the claims about what "real Democrat" is ... well, Obama isn't a "real Democrat" ... he's clearly a Carter Democrat–naive, foolish, and ready to set America back 20 years with his foolhardly policies.

    June 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. martin

    hes an okie.what do you expect?

    June 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Fazio

    Boren might as well turn in his credentials of belonging to the Democratic Party. Representation of your district is fine, admirable and is the American way.... but it sounds like he's going to be jumping into bed with the Republican very very soon. Watch out...

    So much for Party Unity... Boren and McCain will be holding hands soon, and smiling into eachother's eyes...

    June 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. brob in new mexico

    First, anyone saying they would vote for McCain because Hillary didnt win is childish. How does it sound to vote for someone who doesnt believe in the same issues as Hillary just to spite Obama who support almost all of the same issues as Hillary?

    I think its more that people just cant admit that they are prejudice. Ive seen people complain about the sexist attitude of the media toward Hillary, but then overlook the blatant racist attitude towards Obama. That being hypocritical.

    Does issues like the Iraq War, the economy, health care, tax systems, etc mean anything or because of a person skin color the issues get overlooked.

    Dont use the experience as an excuse, because every President has adivsors. Do you honestly think the Presidents know everthing from day one?

    Oh yeah, women are showing they are just as sexist as men. Some only voted for Hillary just because she was a woman......and openly admitted it. Then got mad at other women for not supporting Hillary. Then complained about the media being sexist. The bad thing about it is now some of them will rather support McCain like spoiled little girls instead of voting on the real issues. So who is really being sexist and making sound judgment?

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. CVO

    ruin the world for our children? just exactly what do you know about Obama that we do not know that will enable him to fix the world for us?

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. more conviction than Richardson

    Richardson is in his second and last term as Gov of NM, so He just thumbed his nose at what his state wanted.

    I think Ed from Santa Fe is the only Pro-Obama New Mexican on these blogs.

    And I am WHITE married to a NATIVE AMERICAN... Living in a state where caucacians are a minority. And I have 2 college degrees, make $120,000/ yr, own two homes outright and don't need Obama to save us poor ignorant folk.

    So don't try the racist sh–t with me. I see through those feeble attempts to indimidate and coerce and manipulate by fear and labeling.

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Wayne

    I can read between the lines. I hate to say it but this dude is racist. How do I know? He was willing to endorse Hillary who has THE EXACT SAME POSITIONS AS OBAMA. The only difference is Obama is more conservative on healthcare and Hillary is more hawkish when it comes to foriegn policy.

    So, why cant he endorse a Democratic nominee that has the same views as the other Dem candidate who lost?

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. fergusparent

    What it is, is that the Clinton supporters that claim they will vote for McCain, because Clinton is not the Nominee, is the fact that they are most likely racist. And that is what is happening.

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Gareth-Michael Skarka

    He won't be "endorsing," but he will be *voting* for Obama.

    Looks like he knows that his constituents are too pig-ignorant to know the difference.

    June 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. O. Caasi

    This congressman should shift to Republican/GOP. And he is correct unlike Obama he is "bi-partisan" or rather has dual party affiliation. He will not endorse Obama probably because he's running for re-election in this conservative district. Political decision?

    June 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Carrie in AZ

    To Hannah: "No man or woman who has an ounce of intelligence..." Don't lecture the Republicans on intelligence when Obama is the one who needs to take an economics course. His speech today was all about taxing oil profits...uh, hello? The oil companies will just push this down to the consumer. Same with min. wage, the housing bill, etc; Obama is pushing up the cost of doing business, which in the end, will always be paid for by the consumer. I am an educated woman that is "pro-choice" but I am also an intelligent business woman...I say both canidates are not optimal; but I will choose more competition in business sectors over everything else. Go free market and perfect competition!

    June 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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