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. Michael in OK

    It is interesting that Rep. Boren is not endorsing Sen. Obama yet his father, former U.S. Senator David Boren, one-time longest ever serving chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and current President of the University of Oklahoma, endorsed Sen. Obama about 6 weeks ago.

    I guess his father doesn't have to represent constituents any longer.

    June 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Jimenez

    Good for you Mr. Boren! At least you haven't sold out.

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. shelia

    at least he is honest and not only thinking about hisself like most of the people who is behind obama

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Frank

    Thank God there is still at least one wise Democrat left in the DNC! He is not willing to go against his wisdom and his principles and will vote for Obama only out of necessity and since he doesn't want a Republican President. But who knows what he will really put on his ballot when it comes down to voting time. Many of us feel the same way, but we don't have to vote for Obama!

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Ola

    You will NOT endorse him but you will VOTE for him? And you agreed with his agenda and what he stands for? What is fishing here? Someone help me.......uuhhhhh

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. annie

    WOW......I'm impressed.

    Finally a politician that cares about his constituents.

    Finally a man that refuses to be bullied by the Obamas and the DNC.

    Finally a man that cares enough about America and its people to do the right thing.

    Finally a honest politician who wont endorse a candidate who sat in a raci st church for 20 years.

    Too bad we don,t have more politicians with values and a backbone

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Steve From Dallas

    He wont be the only one to not support Obama.... the Party made a very poor choice in our candidate. Can you say train-wreck.

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THERE ARE DISLOYAL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE.

    HE SHOULD RUN AS A REPUBLICAN NEXT TIME.

    June 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Susan

    He will have to think twice. Especially whenn all doors in the Democratic Party will now be closed to him because of him not being loyal.

    June 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Kelby from Houston, TX

    What kind of BS is this guy spouting. So he represents a district full of uneducated ignorant racist country bumpkins...AND?
    Who cares that these hicks elected you to office. YOU'RE A POLITICIAN! Your constituents totally expect you to lie to them. TOTALLY!
    Well, Rep. Dan Boren you do what you do. Don't endorse OBAMA.
    You know, you could have said nothing and it would have had a better effect. FOR GOD'S SAKE SHOW SOME PARTY UNITY.

    June 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. jason in az

    I totally disagree. I think that this guy is an idiot and he will not be in public office for very long. He should just switch parties now and save face.

    Obama will be the next President of The United States!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. kim portland, oregon

    look, it's a republican in democrat clothing!

    a career POLITICIAN does what their constituents want. a LEADER does what's best for their constituents, especially when they're blinded by their ignorance. people like deb in az who have no idea what they are talking about, and just do as FOX tells them.

    hey deb, if you go to obama's website for just 2 minutes you will see that obama has MANY plans to bring our country INTO THE FUTURE. you dont have to LIKE his ideas, but you DO have to know what you're talking about so that you dont say incorrect things. you could not be more wrong-–and the sad thing is obama's future is TONS better for you and your family and you dont even know that!

    "We're facing a terrible economic downturn. We have high gasoline prices. We have problems in our foreign policy..." ummm, yeah dude, THE REPUBLICANS CREATED THAT MESS!!!!

    boren is THE MOLE!!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Shawna

    There is no conviction in these statements... on one hand you feel strongly about your constituents but you vote for someone that goes against the state because it's political suicide. This man is a serious flip flopper..."I don't endorse Obama but I'm gonna vote for him even thought he doesn't represent my constituents"...Why? "because I'm a democrat"...How is he showing leadership or bipartisanship? Idiot!

    June 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. indy dem

    a couple democratic congressmen who won't endorse the democratic nominee.... but will vote for him anyway? The policies of clinton and Obama are practically interchangeable. This is the stupidest crap I've ever heard. Handled like true FRESHMEN

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Can I get my comments posted this time?

    "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???? "the serious issues the country faces??? If you won't support him for president, why would you vote for him at the convention? Why even bother to show up? Something's foul in the state of Denmark.

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Gerald F.

    Good for him. It is up to individual to make his or her choice. No one should be bullied into making that type of choice in an election.

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. kevin

    I'ts about time somebody spoke up finally someone who has a SET! Vote for the will of the people. That means Richardson, Kennedy , Kerry and the rest of them! Please help these people who are not behaving in your best interest of their constituents to be removed from office next election!!!

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    Our nation is sad.

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Beth - Florida

    Way to go Dan!

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. I applaud Rep. Dan Boren

    With the exception of him, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Heath Shuler, and a few others... most forget the people actually voted them in office.

    He should reflect the people that voted him in office. That is true representation and not personal agenda...

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Franky

    No offense to the conservatives but maybe they better speak up for themselves! I swear, this country is weird.......I can't wait when is the year 2020, I just can't wait. We'll see where the conservatives will be then and see if God will help them out.....

    June 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Matthew

    Boren. He seems divisive. Possible Slavic... Oh wait we are not doing that ant more. Hop you lose to another upstart Dem from OK.

    Boren=Koran

    June 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Victor in NC

    Speak your mind!
    Do what you feel is to your best interest.
    Just remember, when all this is over, and Obama is president.
    Your opinion will matter!

    June 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    I have one word for the, FOOLS!

    June 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Mary

    Rep. Dan Boran made the right decision since Oklahoma voters chose Clinton over Obama almost 2 to 1. These superdelegates should represent the voters in their state, not Washington VIPs.

    June 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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