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. fromthejawsofvictory

    Sorry you Hillbilly Clinton fans, if you knew anything about the economy it is cyclical and no matter who is in office has to deal with a downturn every 7-10 years.

    True we had some good years under Billyboy (everyone but Hillary had good years "under Bill"...)

    The fact is that he HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT and when the DOTCOM boom went bust we had NO backup plan, so we had a real RECESSION hsi last yaer or so.

    NAFTA costs all of you liberals jobs as well, NO drilling anywhere to get off the Saudi's boob , no backup plan, got bombed left and right while he was ahem "busy". Sounds great.

    Maybe this Dem won't endorse Obama because he won't show us his birth certificate like EVERY other candidate has from day one.

    What you hiding "Barry"?

    June 10, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. JO

    WOW .... one smart democrat !! How did that happen?

    June 10, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Dem in CA

    Then I guess this guy should find a new party, huh? And, will he not be seeking any money for the Democratic party come reelection time?

    Ultimately he's hurting himself more than Obama, sad soul.

    June 10, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. tallimae

    Polly I seriously doubt you are an African-American. Race has absolutely nothing to with your comment and the fact that you felt you had to mention it means you are not. You are just trying to throw. people off. Also you said you agree with him 100%, so that means you would vote for Obama since he will. I don't usually post but your comment was too ridiculous.

    June 10, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. frank, las vegas

    He wants to be known! He wants to become popular! He wants to be in the news! Hence, he is doing something queer and absurd! This is not different from those who do crazy things just to attract attention! I am not impressed at all!

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. mitch

    even though you obamabots bite EVERYTHING

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. wolf in sheep's clothing

    LIEberman Jr.

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. ♥ Miss Joice Akyiah Akosua ♥

    The Grand Old Pharisees (GOP) should stop posing as Christians because they are not. They wear religion on their sleeves, just like the Pharisees in the bible.

    Huckabee raised taxes in AR, but Rev Jim Dobson, came forward and endorsed him, and said –
    They claim to be against abortion, but when Giuliani (who is pro-Choice) was leading the polls, their Christian leaders like Pat Robertson and the others endorsed him, and said, abortion is not a major issue, but the treat America is facing is islamic terrorism.

    They claim they are against Amnesty. But now since McCain wrote the amnesty bill, immigration is no longer important, it is national security.
    I am a Christian conservative, and I will NEVER vote for the GOP.

    Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies, bless them who curse us

    * McCain is saying death to Castro ... and .....
    * al Qaeda (in Iraq) is saying death to America
    -– I think both McCain and al Qaeda are evil

    Support the candidate who ....
    *tells the truth, and speaks of hope
    *Is prepared to talk to both our friends and enemies
    *Does not call Putin K-G-B, and does not prays that Castro dies.

    Christians for Obama

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Susan Norton

    Good for him. Aren't there a number of superdelegates who haven't endorsed yet? I'm hoping that Hillary can still have a comeback at the convention. She really is the best candidate for the job.

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    I like a man with integrity. Too bad Kennedy, Kerry and Richardson to name a few do not care what their constituents think. They did not want Hillary and came out way too early with their support of the super liberal whom they knew they could lead around by the nose, or elbow. Now he will be labeled a racist. Anyone who is not in-love with Obama is a racist. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November. I know I will not be the only one to do so. I wish every Clinton supporter would do the same. I'm sure some will vote for McCain, but I wish they would write her name on their ballot if their states allow it. Check with your election board, and work from now until November to get a place for a write in included on you ballot

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Hillgirl

    Rep. Boren,
    Finally, a man of principle. Thank you for standing up for what you believe and for your constituency. In case some have forgotten, that is the duty of elected officials–to represent their constituents and not to cave in to strong arm politics. I applaud you!

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Joseph J.

    Listen people,
    Our country is at war, we are hated around the world for it, our economy is a mess, people are losing their jobs, people are losing their homes, 47 million of our people don't have health care, and the cost of gas is increasing daily.

    Don't you think we as americans should stop all the bickerring and come together to get our country back in shape the way it was before the bush war and 1million forclosure ,

    Before anything we are Americans and we are the only ones that can change our country and our government .

    The republicans are doing a very good job deviding the democrats, take a look and all you see is democrats fighting with each other.

    People this is not going to help your wallet or gas prices or our economy .
    Let's get serious let's take back the white house from the republicans and make the change to the country that's going to benefit us all!


    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    Why would you even make that statement except to get headlines? Nobody's even heard of this guy until now.

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Oh sure!

    Not supporting Obama makes you a Republican!
    It's good for people to make their own decisions.

    "Change We Can Believe In", right???

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Jan

    His choice is clear–he is for the people that voted for him–is there something wrong with that? You Obama people are very undemocratic–sheep to the slaughter. McCain 2008

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. susan


    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. JIM

    I am voting for the Democratic Nominee because I vote for Dems in bad times and Reps in good times. President Bush who says he was a conservative will leave us in the negatives so why should I give it to another Republican to do the same. You really think McCain will be a conservative. Every conservative leaves the country worst off then a liberal just look at the 1st Bush, the 2nd Bush, and Reagan.


    Dems 08

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Shiloh WA

    Guess he doesn'want to continue his political career. Traitor to his party and stupid besides.

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Dana Alixander

    I have to wonder what the 'real' reason behind these so-called Democrats by not endorsing the party's presumptive candidate. What are the real issues? I challenge the Senator and Congressman to quantify their issues and contrast the 'too liberalness' of Senator Obama to these issues. Is this a mask for racial bias? If one were to judge the state or district which each represent there is a long history of racial bias and stating that one is only representing what his voters expect could be code. I say let's NOT allow such generic and inflammatory comments to go unchallenged! Step up and make folks be specific in the public eye, rather than to vaguely explain away their decisions.

    June 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. randy

    only support obama is looking for is the support of american people simple you think he will be pleading for to support him,please you go back 1945 that is where you belong. now it is because he is too libral, before it was about lack of experence.when black man is a democrat the call him too libral when black man is a conservitive the social conservative,we know what the are doing .

    June 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. HH

    Those National Review Journal ratings suck. Go to a regular magazine and everyone will see he is not the most.

    There are 88 members of the house and senate that are more liberal then him.

    June 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    I would suggest that "IF" Boren disagrees with Obama then he needs to present a better plan and idea. Until he does so he has no leg to stand on. You can complain about a plan or direction, but unless you have a alternative plan or idea, then your doing nothing but complaining and whinning. I was always taught that if you disagree, present an alternative, if you cant or do not want to do the research and take the time to do so then just shut up. Think before you open your mouth, sounding stupid and whinney. We can all whine fuss, moan and groan about this economy and the way the government is going, but unless we are willing to engage the problems we face dead on and present plans to fix them then we are just as bad as the problems we face. Boren, at least Obama is taking steps to do something positive, What have you dont lately about the problems? Or are you one of those that stand in the corner, fussing, moaning and groaning with your consitutants, yet take no action to resolve anything.

    June 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. mitch

    even though you obamabots bite EVERY piece of bait that "your leader" throws out there like a bunch of pit bulls, voting mcain would not be the same as voting bush into office again. why don't you do some reading and stop voting based on party affiliation. mcain will show that he is not aligned with bush on all issues. why don't you people do some research before buying into EVERYTHING

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Tim Mahoney is going to keep his 1/2 vote and stay home. The convention is a waste of time since the DNC has declared Obama the nominee. What is the purpose of the convention other then to let a bunch of drunks run around with horns and hats and over sized buttons?

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. abby

    Boren or what you call youself you sound so stupid to have the gut to say this out. Go to Hell and burn to ashes in oklahoma and to you hillary supporters who still insist on voting for john mccain , is a matter of time, wood will heal and if at all course you all still insist voting for Obama then i think you are all the stupid racist that still exist if not i don't see any sincere democrate voting for another 4yrs of Buch/McCain to Obama, that's just so stupid to say.

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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