June 11th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
7 years ago

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."

Watch: McCain and Obama go on the attack

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. annie

    CONGRATULATIONS!! There should be more real Americans like Dan Boren. OKLAHOMA – YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE.!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Mike, Las Vegas, NV

    It's one thing to stand with your backwards constituants, however he can save the commentary on Obama not having a bipartisan record. This dork will be done soon enough.....

    June 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. ainnj

    Well, that is really a surprise. A Democratic leader with integrity and courage to make a stand against the abhorant behaviours we have witnessed this primary season.

    He may be a democrat who will vote for Obama in November because of his party loyalties, but there are millions of democrats who will not.

    I will not condone with my vote what has become of the democratic party. I will not allow loyalty to party to come before my loyalty to country.

    June 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Vdr Esq., District of Columbia

    This is Hillary Clinton's fault! We shouldn't have female politicians anyway, I hear their menstral cycle attracts bears.

    June 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Susan, PA

    FOUR MORE YEARS
    FOUR MORE YEARS
    FOUR MORE YEARS
    FOUR MORE YEARS

    This is what we want? Duh.
    These stupid economy is making my husband crazy while looking for a job but he can't drive long for interviews because of the high prices.

    Liberal or Conservative. Please make the lives of americans better.

    June 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Thats Not True

    Why is this news?

    There are always conflicts within the party, even if you dont agree. Is this getting coverage because its Obama?

    People of the same party not endorsing (but voting for) have always been around. Hes not doing much by getting air time.

    June 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Allen

    He looks very white and he's from Oklahoma so I get it *BUT* he also looks stoned so I don't quite get it. This guy is a mystery I'm too uninterested in to try and solve.

    June 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Tracy, Chicago, IL

    "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."

    HUH? So he won't endorse Obama but he announced that he's voting for him because of the serious issues our country faces–LOL. So he's basically endorsing Obama but he doesn't want anyone to know it, can't wait for Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert to get a wind of this guy. He must have gotten a lot of angry letters from the folks in his district, does he or his constituents' know that this doesn't make any sense. He's either stupid or he thinks his constituents are. Oh Well, maybe I need another Latte, I'm thinking too much. At least he's not like that nutjob Democrat Zell who endorsed Bush and challenged Chris Matthews to a duel, he was entertaining

    June 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Hmmm...wonder what Rep. Dan Boren, would have done if the coin had flipped and other Reps favoring Obama states decided to do the same...

    Anyways, this just means, BO needs to work harder to woo some constituencies and he will work hard to do that.......I just hope people give him a chance instead of writing him off....People touting his inexperience should pay attention to the exemplary way in which he has planned and organized and run his campaign, the fund-raising records he has broken and the millions he has inspired.....all of this could not have been accomplished by sheer inexperience and sweet talk....i hope people see this and see what McCain would bring with him to the White house....before you vote, please ask this question to yourselves- can we afford higher gas prices, more war mongering, an increase in foreclosures and a zillion other problems that Bush policies have managed to create or exacerbate over time???

    Some of you might ask how we can be sure BO will be better? One can never be sure...but I am willing to take that chance because McCain represents the past and Barack represents the present and the future.....

    June 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. elaine

    The Hilliary supporters were laughing how Obama after that so called witch hunt let by the biggest witch of all debate was whinning. Well Hilliary supporters thats all you have done through out this campaign.
    and after it. Hilliary lost because she ran a louzy negative campaign.
    How is she going to run this country when she couldn't even run her campaign....Hilliary the crier...Hilliary the Rocky...I enjoyed just getting up and see who she was going to be for the day. If your're stupied enough to vote for McCain than go ahead. If Obama loses because of Hilliary and her negative supporters than just remember this....all 18,000,000 Obama supporters will remember this and vote against her if she should ever run again.

    June 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Adam

    Get over it Clinton supporters.... I'll give you another week to morn, but get real....

    June 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Exactly how is Obama the "most liberal senator"? What does that mean? Can any of you undereducated conservatives actually back up these claims and divisive statements?

    Sick of partisan garbage.

    Sick of ignorant and hateful bloggers disguised as Hillary supporter trying to stir up the pot. Why are so many people giving them the time of day? Ignore them and they 'll go away.

    June 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Typical White Person

    I like him. Somebody with guts.

    June 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Florida-RFO

    jimmy velman June 10th, 2008 6:27 pm ET

    Turn your caps lock off and reflect on your statement as it reflects your lack of judgment and depth of knowledge on the issues that differentiate the Democrats from the Republicans.

    Obama for America

    June 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. California Girl

    I respect this guy! He won't be bullied by the Old Guard!

    June 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. randy

    he is a sure loser, who needs his endorsement the endorsement obama is looking for is the endorsment of american people. by the way i consider any body who is conservative as a racist. because i have never seen any body who is conservative and pro black never so take your endorsement and go away. american people is for obama.
    every body register and vote and when you vote vote obama.

    June 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. RyanD.

    a.k.a. I definitely have a job if a Black guy gets elected.

    Way to look out for yourself, Champ!

    June 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Francis, Hawaii

    He should follow his constituents regardless of what the issues are? He should change to the lowly Republican Party. Guess all Oklahomians are inept Republicans.

    June 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. vahe

    slap yourself !!1 Obama 08!!!!! this guy is the secon McShame! Obama 08

    June 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Kesleter

    What a MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Susan, PA

    On a side note.
    Why do women (that includes me) complain Dems of letting dowm a woman?
    Have you ever heard of Republican woman even daring to come this far as Hillary did?

    By the way, I did not like the divisive politics of Hillary.

    June 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Cherly

    Why do Obama supporters think anyone cares who they think are "REAL" Democrats.

    These bricks don't get it. The only thing that ever mattered was the electoral map. Nobody made them gangpile up with the press and Republicans to tear down their best candidate. They did it on their own and now nobody cares about their stupid "liberal enough" contests.

    June 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Anita

    log onto larouchepac.com: McCain will Defeat Obama.

    June 10, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Tim

    Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma's lone Democrat is an idiot. He needs to suck it up and support wholeheartedly the parties nominee.

    June 10, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. B. Churchill

    Jimmy Velman – This is your official notification that you have exceeded your annual allotment of capital letters; as I used to tell my late father as he roared his particular brand of political nonsense (somewhat different in content but not in tone to your posts) "making your argument louder doesn't make it more persuasive..."

    June 10, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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