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. Jared

    Imagine that, first term Congressman who would rather protect their "street cred" than do what is right to unite the party.

    I am beginning to wonder if either party is right for this country.

    June 10, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. RyanD.

    haha what exactly does this accomplish other than saving his job?

    And how is this a story? Clinton still has plenty of Supers. Theres no need to "announce" it, the race is over.

    Anyone notice how CNN has had 5-10 negative "non-stories" about Obama the past 2 days?

    Yet, no mention of John McCain's LIE to reporters about media smearing, no mention of Clinton having the highest campaign debt EVER, etc.

    OBAMA 08'

    June 10, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Lara

    This is why the Democrats have only won 3 times in 40 years. Because they do not stick together. Hillary said that her and Senator Obama were very close in the way they thought this country should be run. There wasn't much difference in the way they would run this country. So why the comments. Maybe its a case of a little boy trying to go against his father.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Steven Perez

    Every one who has children SHOULD BE SCARED of voting for Mc Cain because their FUTURE WOLD BE MISERABLE.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. John

    Why do people think there's a problem with the 'housing correction'? It's a correction! It has to happen! Have people just forgotten how prices outpaced anything remotely reasonable for the past 5 years? You people are so shortsighted. Housing is an investment, and investments can go down in value. The failure was 2003-2006. That was the failure. Finally now the market is getting back on track.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Florida-RFO

    Don't be duped folks, every Representative has to reflect the desires of their constituents whom voted them into office.

    This is pure politics, nothing to do with vision, foresight nor the good of America!

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Women In California for Obama

    Women In California for Obama June 10th, 2008 7:13 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I'm sorry, I was typing so fast, I need to correct my spelling and I apologize to all the good people who opened their hearts and their minds and voted for Sen. Obama but enough is enough.

    I personally no longer care how anyone votes. As for me, I will be supporting Obama ALL the way to the WH. As far as those Clinton supporters leaving the party, PLEASE LEAVE because you are in for a real awakening when most blacks leave the party in 2012 because of the way you have treated Sen. Obama. I will be leading the charge. Mark my words if you think you are going to keep "using" us year after year and then when we find someone we believe in and we need you to be supportive of us-we are called "racists." Racists. No one called us that in the past when we were voting for people of non-color. All of this talk about "leaving the party." I NEVER once left the party no matter how much I disliked the nominee (Al Gore). I am disgusted and completely over this election. Demanding Obama pay off HRC's debts and demanding he pick her as VP-who do you people think you are? As I said we will see who has the last laugh. This is already been discussed in beauty shops. I and my family and friends (CA, FL, AL and TX) will campaign vigorously AGAINST the democratic party in 2011 and I am sure MANY feel the same way. There are other parties looking for our support. So go right ahead and you will go down in history as the "Fall of the Democratic Party". I have had enough.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Dr. Mario

    A democrat says he will not endorse Obama and a large number of democrats leaving comments here scurry from another party member like roaches to a flashlight.

    No wonder the democrats will lose another presidential election.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Rebecca Camdine

    No problem. He can be replaced come time for him to run for office again. He is not worth the time of day. Senator Obama will win and he will be out of his seat.

    Becca of New York City

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Harold

    Figures... Someone tries to break with the party line and is scorned and called an idiot for his pains.

    Moderates 08

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Possessive hey

    I guess if you are a democratic and do not want to endorse Obama you are called all kinds of names. This is a free country. Just because you declare yourself to be a democratic does not mean that you are now owned by the DNC – let alone Obama supporters. Get off your stupid soap boxes. A REAL PERSON will vote for whomever they think is the best candidate. We are not afraid of the DNC or Obama or his supporters – where do you nut cases get off anyway.

    June 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Songbird McCain

    Way to be decisive Mr. Boren! You've got the makings of a great follower, and your constituents should be proud of sending a braindead zombie to represent them in Congress!

    June 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. sandra

    Sad ! It's so transparent, all he cares about is his own political career!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. jerry

    Smart thinking on his part, he has seen through Obama, Will New Mexico Richardson Vote, for Hilary as he said, before turning against her, His statement was that his vote should follow the opinion of the the state vote.

    June 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. smatt-ann arbor michigan

    first off i hope you read this and actually mention these key peoples names as possible VP canidates if the clintons don't get the job(i'm a die hard clinton supporter, that was like millions who just might sit this election out).the way to get us out to vote is vp for clintons. if not these are by far obamas best choices john murtha (he's been against the war forever, respected, military experiance)jesse ventura(former governor of minnesota he beat all the elected officials in charge there now, he's a true independent who can easily carry minnesota and get the independant voters for oama not maccain also he's an x navy seal which leads to votes from those serving and veterans plus he's been against the war from the start. next is dennis kucinich who is loved by people from michigan and ohio and he can get ohio for obama and michigan as well he's 1000times more popular around here then ted strickland. if obama really wants to bring people together and win and toi bring change, these are the people that should be on his short list (i love mike gravel to however he can't bring that knock out punch these people and the clintons can bring). if obama wants to heal the party he should pick the clintons, if he wants to change it these are the best people for the VP job.please forward this to his campain (i would hate for him to make a bad choice and cost the country for at least 4years). no offense to jim webb, richardson, biden,strickland, dashle,edwards, and gramholom these people like in the past might not even be able to carry their own state. if he wants to win a toss up state and get a milatry leader ventura's his guy, if ohio's thestate he's after kusinich. forget gramololm from michigan are economy is in the toilet. thanks again, rememever ventura, kusinich, murtha clintons...those are the best choices.

    June 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Peter FROM NJ

    He speaks his mind, he is not an opportunist and he is still a democratic

    June 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |

    Too stupid....but it's Okies...so...ya know...they JUST outlawed cock fighting....

    June 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Souza

    Obama is not experienced enough. Already backtracking on his statement about Israel.
    This nation will wish they had Hillary!!!!
    No vote for me!!

    June 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. stoltz61

    It is about time some one listens to the voters in their states. At least we have one person that is voicing his concern for the voters that elected him. Seems all the other super delegates from Oklahoma violated the voters choice and endorsed Obama! The Democrats have lost a lot of voters for their blank endorsement of Obama!

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Clemson 4 Obama

    This guy is agreeing to disagree with hisself, and it's okay to talk to yourself as long as you don't answer yourself, I don't know the light is on in the kitchen but there isn't anyone behind the stove cooking, he will not endorse Obama but he will vote for him and he will not attend the convention -Dick Cheney Favorite Quote * SO * as long as we have your vote Mr. you can go play in the 12 o'clock traffic.

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Tully, San Leandro , CA

    It shows that Mr. Boren is a dutiful man who respects the wishes of his own constituents but still remains loyal to his Democratic Party. How commendable for having the courage to be sincere. We need more statemen like Mr. Boren.

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Kristen

    This man makes no sense. He won’t endorse Obama but he is going to vote for him, what’s the difference? What was the point in his comment? If you don’t have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. Since he is so conservative then why is he a democrat, go join the Republican Party.
    That goes for the other phony democrats who want to vote for McCain who will be overturning Roe vs. Wade if elected.

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Ryan

    This guy has it right, time to pick between a turd sandwich and a douchebag.

    Since when does it mean anything not to endorse something, but then go along with it anyway?

    Standard double-talk

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Tom in S.A.

    I thinks it's great that a politician is doing what the people who voted for him want him to do. If he was a true dem he wouldn't care about the people, just tell them what they want to hear and then forget about them. Smart man, not a true Dem........

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. vic nashville,Tn

    Good Job
    I don’t care who wins in November
    I want Obama and Democratic party lose in November
    Till today I can’t forget what DNC did for Hillary
    From Hillary supporter and life long democrat

    June 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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