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."

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. Jack, ND

    Putting country before party is the right thing to do for everybody!

    Let's go McCain!

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. IQ? What's an IQ?

    Way to git 'er dun, Oklahoma fella.

    Yall reckon ya ain't gonna tip yer hat to Obama 'cause yer watchin' yer back in Oklahoma... Maybe ah'll paint me a sign on my piggup truck an' support you then.

    God bless guns, wars, rednecks, and sister-wives.

    Git 'er done!!

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Think!!

    The main ones that swear they will vote for McSame will be the same ones in here next year blogging and complaining about high GAS, losing their HOMES and their JOBS....

    THIS IS ABOUT THE PARTY AND NOTHING ELSE....

    VOTE- Democratic or VOTE poverty--

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Good for him!

    June 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Janey fir Hillary/McCain

    When will you Obama people stop with the racial threats? Your candidate is no blacker than I am! He is mostly white–not that we care–we just do not like his left-wing radical socialist agenda–grow up! This man is doing the right thing–different than Kennedy/Kerry/Richardson–he respects the wishes of his constituency. Good for him. Something to respect.

    June 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Think!!

    The main ones that swear they will vote for McSame will be the same ones in here next year blogging and complaining about high GAS, losing their HOMES and their JOBS....

    THIS IS ABOUT THE PARTY AND NOTHING ELSE....

    VOTE- Democratic or VOTE poverty--

    STICK TOGETHER- OR WE WILL BE THE NEW 3RD WORLD

    June 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Lisa

    it's because of idiots like "Hannah" that I will be staying home on election day. Obama will never get my vote, neither will McCain. So, the country is on it's way to hell like it is anyway! ha!

    June 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. Bacusla

    A picture is worth a thousand words:

    Look again at the picture and apply wisdom. Dude is under duress – the fellow behind him appears very threatening to me.

    Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma looks like one of those boys in elementary school who cry up to the teacher to tell on a girl that has administered him a dirty slap for saying something stupid.

    How sad and spineless.

    June 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Cowgirl West for Obama

    Who cares for his vote? I am white and will vote for OBama not MCSAME as BUSH!

    June 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Former Hillary Supporter, Now for Obama.

    All this amounts to is this tool's "rural" voters would rather kill their dog than vote for an african-american for President, and he has probably been informed as much, and this is what he came up with as a way to ride the fence. Absolutely cowardice.

    June 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. BHO not MY CANDIDATE

    BHO is a sad excuse for the Democratic Party, I voted for Gore and Kerry.. and now dean and his croonies of left wing liberals think they are going to change everything.. good luck with that im going to vote mainstream and choose the one who represents us in the middle like i did the previous 2 times MCCAIN 08..

    June 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Terry

    What a smart guy this is. A free thinker as opposed to a Koolaid drinker. Don't let the Obamanation people insult you and then expect you to vote for the person they picked to lose in November. Let it be on their shoulders along with the spineless superdelegates(many of which who promised action against Bush when elected in 2006 but cowered against him and didn't do what they said they would with Iraq)come November when the weaker candidate they chose LOSES. November isn't a Democratic primary for them to win, but a Presidential election for them to cause the Democrats to lose. Nice job dreamers..

    June 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Adam

    Grow up Obama supporters. Not everyone wants the second term of Jimmy Carter. You won't win any supporters over to Obama by continuing to say that if you don't support Obama you are either racist or a Republican.

    For all those complaining about the gas prices? Why don't you ask Mr.Obama why he voted for the Cheney energy bill? If you want more money in your pocket why are you ignoring that Obama will raise the capital gains tax to 28%?

    Let me guess, these little negatives about Obama are just "distractions".

    June 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Heather Peterson

    Why even bother being a Democrat in Oklahoma? If it takes that much pandering, perhaps he ought to switch parties.

    Please no Republican this time around.

    June 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. The Delaware Oracle

    Boren is one smart representative. i applaud him for his position.

    Bama is the most liberal senator in America and we don't need another Jimmy Carter.

    I am shocked more people won't open their eyes to the Empty Suit from Illinois,

    The word for the day

    June 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Ted

    Poor little Democrats always the victim never the victor

    June 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Mr B

    If Senator Obama can win the primaries, he also, can win the general election. Just, because he lacks the experience to govern, doesn't mean that he doesn't know how. I have people on my job that have been there 20,30,and some 40 years, but , there are those with less experience that can do the job better than they can. Does one get experience to govern from being a senator or being a governor?
    Experience got us into this mess, now let experience get us out.

    June 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Eric

    The republicans must have him brainwashed in Congress if he is the lone democrat. At least he should change his affiliation.

    June 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. aware

    No Obama at any level or under any circumstances!

    Obama's tactics — old left-wing populist ploys! Obama will throw America under the bus! :(

    Vote for McCain 08, an American hero and a centrict president intouch with mainstream America! :)

    This former Democrat will vote smart for McCain!

    June 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. star

    Is do sad the way people contradict themselves, thou not kill children but id okay to go to war.

    June 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Tod

    HA – What an Idiot, well the people might have elected you but don't hold out for that invite to the Democratic celebration pary in November!
    One of the worst political moves of all time – Why is he going against everything the democratic party is trying to achieve with unity!

    I hope he doesn't get relected and he thanks the people again!

    June 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Sharon in Mi..

    So, who is this guy? Why does he come out and say he won't endorse Obama but he will vote for him in the general election. He doesn't make much sense.

    June 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Rk

    Lame excuse....blaming the voters for his decision! Boring Boren!

    June 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. E>Dozois

    Ha Ha Ha Ha,I will be rolling aroud laughing in Jan. when Mccain is sworn in because you will all be crying for Hillory then,and see the stupid gigantic mistake you all made.

    June 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. MC in TX

    Why on earth would you come out and publicly state that you won't endorse your party's nominee for President because the people in your district are conservative... but you'll vote for him at the convention. That makes no sense. Why not quietly cast a vote for him and keep your mouth shut?

    June 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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