June 11th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
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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. Scott L

    This guy is pretty smart....Obama is divisive and has no real experience nor plans outlined for America.

    John McCain'08 – At least he will veto beer with a sharpie. :-)

    June 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Dougy Giro

    Tough spot. If he endorses Obama, Boren will upset his constituency (who didn't vote for Obama) whom he needs to get reelected. And since he won't, I don't imagine an Obama presidency is going to throw much pork his way, which will upset the people he needs to get reelected. Yep, tough times being a conservative Democrat in the South.

    June 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Greg

    Being from Oklahoma, but now living in California he is reflecting the will of the people that have elected him, the majority of Oklahoma weather Dem or Rep will not for for Obama for one reason only and that reason was not in the article but we all no why, like most people who will vote Rep for the first time.....

    June 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Tim, Seattle

    People, he;s only trying to cover his own butt. He is the only Dem in Oklahoma congress, so of course he is not going to endorse Obama, he is a Dem in name only.
    Hes only taking this tack to get re-elected.

    Doesnt matter, though. Its not like the Dems are going to get Oklahoma to go blue or that this guy has influence over anyone.
    Translation: Who CAres?

    Unless of course it helps the Clinton supoporters to vent some more. Cause' god knows we need more of that.

    June 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Gino

    This guy doesn't make any sense at all. Vote for Obama but not endorse him? Why? Because your constituency wants another four years of Bushism?

    June 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Country first party second

    Oh my gosh the only person in the congress that has any guts and also believes that we DON'T have to do what the powers that be in the democratic party say. I wish he was my representative, going against the establishment.

    HURRAY FOR THIS MAN.......................................................WE NEED MORE OF THEM THAT GO AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT IF THAT IS WHAT THEY BELIEVE.

    June 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. JC

    Sounds like the first vote of the November election!!

    June 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. TOM

    it time for a real 3rd and 4th party it think poeple in this counrty are right or left. most are somewhere in the middle

    June 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Randall

    The statement that "Oklahoma is racist and moves backwards…" is a very ignorant remark. While our location can seem to foster that line of reasoning, it is not true. You can not lump three and a half million people into a catergory because of a few people that feel that way. Our own governer Brad Henry has endorsed Senator Obama since the beginning and even cast his superdelegate vote for Obama after Clinton won the primary election in Oklahoma. While I was a Clinton supporter I will now support Obama in the general election. Not because of partisanship but because I feel that John McCain is ill equipped to lead this country in the direction it needs to go.

    June 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Paul - Seattle

    Hannah –

    THANK YOU! People need to understand just how serious the problems are that we face today. Thanks to the last 7+ years of a Bush administration that only cared about their personal agenda our country and our world is at a point that could very well be the point of no return. It is time to concern ourselves with the issues and not let bitterness consume our minds. Senators Obama and Clinton had a hard fought battle, but it is over and it is time to unite.

    I have been an Obama supporter from the beginning, but I never lost respect for Senator Clinton or her husband. The Clintons have done more good for our country than most politicians and I will never forget that. Let's not throw away all of the good they did by voting for a Republican party that is out of touch and unwilling to change and unwilling to adjust to a world that will not wait around for them to see the error of their ways.

    June 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Bob

    Let me make certain I understand the logic.

    (1) He won't *endorse* Obama because of the sentiment in his district.
    (2) He will *vote* for Obama at the convention which would seem to go against the wishes in his district.

    I think Mr. Boren should have devoted more thought to his statement(s).

    June 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Bdiddy from Chicago

    Hillary and Barack Obama ideologically were not as far apart as Hillary and John McCain and the only reason any democrat can even think to vote for McCain borders the ugly racist tone that for the most part had been avoided in this campaign. But that is the ugly reality of America.

    I'm sorry to inform those who haven't come to grips with voting for a qualified Black man but he doesn't need your vote, get used to the fist pound and the term President Obama. What Obama represents is
    Change and Change has more energy than the status quo, Good Judgement trumps experience, Great Leadeship overshadows blind devotion and Justice prevails over injustice.

    In November I believe America will show the strength of Courage and Integrity instead of the cowardice of fear, ignorance and indifference.

    June 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. JK

    "...a representative owes the People not only his industry, but his judgment, and he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion."

    Edmund Burke

    June 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Sam in OK

    WHAT? Let's make this clear Rep. Boren: you are a democrat and refuse to endorse your party's candidate. This is ridiculous, your father endorsed obama, and unless you plan on running, you are basically endorsing McCain. As an Oklahoman, I am outraged.

    June 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Billy

    Sounds like this guy is really doing what it takes to get re-elected. Even if its not endorsing a candidate that he admits to having better solutions for this country's problems.

    June 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. HillarySkank on myspace

    I've learned to read these articles at least twice because CNN has a knack for leading you to think they are talking about something they are not.

    Rep Boren said he would not endorse Sen Obama because the people who elected him wouldn't like that. Specifically,
    "Boren also said Obama's record "does not reflect working in a bipartisan fashion." "

    The next lines are what is important, "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.""

    Translation, he'll still vote for Obama because of the issues facing this nation. Issues that were caused by Pres Bush and will be continued by Sen McCain.

    Net result is that he will still vote Democrat but is publically posturing to allow him to save face with those who elected him.

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Les-Wa

    Sure Hanna! Continue with your drivel, start worrying about wearing BURKHA with your Messiah, we moderate democrats will see to it he will LOSE in November.

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Anton

    Obama supporters, if you keep referring to Hillary supporters going for McCain as idiots, guess what, they will vote for McCain. I strongly believe that the Obama supporters are the idiots, why I thought Obama's aim was to bring people together, and not seperate them.

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Mike

    Is Boren Yiddish for Wimp? He says he will vote for Obama but will not risk losing one of his voters by endorseing Obama. This is the kind of Wimp politics that we are hopefull is on the way out after Obama is elected.

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Why are people trashing this democrat just because he does not care for Obama's views. Wake up America Obama was selected by a group of delegates who were too afraid of a strong independent thinking woman. How soon will the DNC realize they have the wrong candidate on the ballot in order to win. Please OBAMA sheep do not call me a racist..I am all for a African American for President ..just not this poser (someone like Harold Ford Jr or Colin Powell would get my vote in a minute) My family and I have almost always voted for the Democratic ticket (just once did we vote for GOV Lowell Weicker Independent)I was for Jesse Jackson in the CT primary years ago. I do not want either candidate this election season ...Clinton/Gore (HILLARY that is) or Gore/Hillary Clinton...08.12.16.20

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. alabama

    one monkey won't stop this show

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Jimenez

    Thanks for not selling out. You make me proud to be a democrat. Too bad the DNC has left a bad taste in my mouth. I will not be voting for Obama.

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Matt

    It's disappointing, but not surprising, to see this kind of CYA tactic from Blue Dog Democrats who don't actually support the values their party believes in.

    But if they're going to claim the neutral ground, then they should actually stay neutral. That at least could be respected. But what's up with trying to undermine your own party by repeating vacuous GOP talking-point jibberish like, "Obama is the most liberal senator...nyah nyah na nyah!", Rep. Boren?

    Funny how Kerry was the "most liberal senator" the world had ever seen, but somehow lost that title after he stopped running for president. Kind of makes you wonder if it actually means anything?

    If you want to do the work of a GOP lowlife, Rep. Boren, then just stop the charade and become one on the record. The Democratic party doesn't need or want your kind of partisanship.

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Diane M of Los Angeles, CA

    Like the pundits say, there will be some people who just won't vote for Obama. And naturally, Boren wantes to remain seated.

    HOWEVER, Boren and his constituencies will be responsible for handing-over the presidency to John McWar, who will never surrender, who does not care that another 4,404 US soldiers die in roadside bombs, who is clueless on economics and our economy, THEN LIKE ROME, USA WILL FALL.

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Richard Marks

    Go ahead. If you liked Bush, you'll LOVE McSame. Vote McCain for $10 gas and endless war. John McCain: the right man . . . for Mordor.

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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