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. matt

    Something people from Oklahoma can understand
    – You're not O.K

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. No McCain

    I can only HOPE that this man will CHANGE in his life time and sees that he is wrong and selfish.

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. The Realist

    He will not endorse Obama, he criticizes Obama for being the "most liberal" Senator but he states that he will vote for him in November? And you call that guts?...LOL. He's trying to have it both ways:

    1, Cover his tail so he can get re-elected
    2. Somewhat please the party he belongs to.

    Guts? Integrity? Seems more like cowardness to me.

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Super Democrate

    Sounds like someone needs some attention

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. WIlly

    He ain't dumb

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Nancy O'Keefe

    When Rep Dan Boren of Oklahoma, himself a democrat calls Sen Obama the "most liberal senator" – what does he mean? I thought Democatic party is mainly known as a liberal party?

    Does Mr. Boren want Obama to be conservative? I think Mr. Boren has other reasons he doesnt want to disclose, like racism and other biases. Many voters found Obama to be almost appealing to all people even across party lines, and that is why Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee.

    Mr Boren's excuse not to endorse Obama automatically may make some of his like minded constituents vote for McCain.

    June 10, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Big D in ND

    awaiting moderation....what the heck does that mean?

    June 10, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Mike

    To all you morons that want McCain,

    This will be a McCain Ad if elected President:

    Children of America
    Would you like to see the world
    All expenses paid
    4 year commitment
    Vacation in sunny and friendly IRAN

    June 10, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. yoli

    Before you give an opinion, read John McCain's biography. He's a National Hero and all of us should respect and admire him,. and he had work hardly for this country. He's the right men for the white house.

    June 10, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Marcelo

    What's amusing about this is that this superdelegate is using his endorsement to grandstand in front of his conservative constituents, which I can completely respect, but he should at least be honest about Obama's record. He was ranked the most liberal senator in the senate but the evaluation of his "liberalness" was not subjective. The bills the Journal selected to determine whether a Senator voted "Liberally" were a joke. For example, one of the bills was for ethics reform. If a Senator voted for it, they were deemed liberal and if they voted against it, they were deemed conservative. But to be honest, I don't think ethics reform is a "Liberal" issue. It should be an indication of the ethics of the Senator, not how far left or right they are.

    Anyways, let's look at the facts folks and not get distracted by ratings and by endorsements... Let's look at their voting records, the strength of the candidate's character and the direction they want to take this country.

    I believe in Barack Obama because he has given up 10 years of his life to build people up from slums of Chicago (rather than taking a high paying job on wall street), is keenly intelligent, he doesn't make decisions involving our national safety and the lives of our troops hastily, and the guy is just downright honest with us. People are suspicious of him because they have never known an honest politician.

    Going forward, the media will spin stories to sell headlines... the Republicans will push lies and exaggerations to scare people into voting for them... Barack Obama will win this election through the efforts of millions of Americans (not lobbyists for corporations) and by leading through example not just words.

    Obama '08

    I thank God that we have a Presidential candidate with the integrity and intelligence Barack brings. I don't care about race, religion or gender, America needs a healer now more than ever, someone to bring us back together and give us hope in better days (rather than settling for shady politicians who line their pockets at our expense).

    Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Cgreen

    Put McCain in office so that he can try the "scare" tactics as Bush have for the past 7 years. "I'm gonna protect our country" say McCain. Save that sad story for someone else. For those Bush/McCain supporters. Americans are HURTING. Bush oil boys are making all the money on the backs many American people. Hey Bush, Exxon Mobile, BP, Chevron, why don't you take the sand paper off the log before you shove it in the American People.

    P.S. Where's Bin Laden? Chilling with Bush Sr. probably

    June 10, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. Political Pharaoh

    Does Oklahoma even have delegats??

    June 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Reid

    This is the most craziest thing I have ever heard. Racisim definitly comes out when the truth does. The democrates that voted for Hil and then decided, once she lost, they are not democrates anymore, are pure hypocrites. I know that for the last 8 years, we have had more crime and more young ethnic children not getting an education becuause the republicans are too busy feeding their pig. The repubs and anyone else that is being paid by taxpayers are not using their own cars and putting gas in their cars we, the taxpayers, are. If you, Mr. was a democrate, but since there is a black man running, republican want to see this economy as is and the children getting killed in Iraq behind an ego from the Bush's wanting the oil to feed them and their friends pig, then you go ahead. But let me tell all of you haters this, when God is for you He is more than the world against you. Be encouraged OBAMA, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. CNN, I hope you print this because compared to what you are printing, this is pg-13

    June 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Sheri

    I think it is racism and that's a shame. America still has problems and racism has been the root and still is. Racism is a spiritual cancer and it is deep within. Sometimes we don't recognize it, but when we do we should be willing to do something about it. And we say we are CHRISTIANS and even go to church EVERY Sunday. What would Jesus say?

    June 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Janet WV for Obama/Clinton

    Polly said "As an african american and a Hillary supporter, I said thank you and I agree with you one hundred percent."

    I don't get this. We really are trying to get past the what race someone is thing. Why is it important that you are African- American? Both Sen.Obama and Sen. Clinton enjoy support from people of many races. To make a big deal about your race is in itself racist.

    June 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Gino

    I guess Obama won't take Oklahoma then.

    June 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Seriously

    He's an idiot. Why would he put the Dem's business on the streets like that. He should be pushed to resign for being traitor. What a way to say, no mommy I won't vote for the black man. Get over your conservative crap, we just need our economy to get better, the war to stop, and everyone to stop acting like McCain is a democrat. If you're not a voting for Obama and your a dem, then get out of the party on don't come back. We don't need you. Everyone is forgetting Obama had 18 million votes as well. The difference is slim. Get over it, the dems need the White House back so let's take it and fire this idiot!

    June 10, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Yosemitebee

    To the bloger who wrote the following – Over turn roe v wade June 10th, 2008 5:24 pm ET
    Put God first. Save the children. No RIGHT to KILL. Vote McCain and save lives, he will make it happen. No BOMA/Clinton in this life time.

    I do not understand how God and Republican go together, Save the children, NO Right to Kill, you must mean abortion. Just because Im a democrate does not mean I support abortion, its a horrible thing, and I wish everyone would teach their sons and daughters that its a horrible thing that kills children. But that is our jobs as parents, not our goverments right to mandate. I thought Republicans were about less government.
    Your statement No Right to Kill, I guess WAR is exempt from that lesson of the bible. Stop all abortions, but once they are 18 teach them it ok to kill in the name of protecing their god. Thats crazy!!
    Republican = Money
    Money is the root of all evil!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. chris

    Finally, people standing up against the Obama's Media Machine. More hateful and divisive comments I see from Obama's supporters. It's not that we are all racist for voting for Hillary; rather, the Obama supporters are ignorant and sexist.

    June 10, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. John Gio


    MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA is a crook. He is destroying LA.

    June 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Chris, Buies Creek, NC

    I love the reaction of some of the people on this post. Many of you are personally demonizing this man for his opinion. That is shameful. Some of you doing it will be voting for Senator Obama this fall. Isn't part of his message to change the bitter and overly-personal tone of Washington politics?

    Practice what you preach. Disagree, but don't demonize.

    June 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Kim W.

    Look up the 2008 Electopedia, people......tells all about Clinton, Obama, and McCain. It's not biased either, but I think after you read about McCain, you won't be so hell bent on voting for him...

    oh, and the Hussein-Obama thing.......NEWSFLASH! Obama's father's last name was Hussein, but he only met his father once....WHEN HE WAS 10!!!! be educated, you people......don't drive our country further into a hole because you go for hype, rumor, and no substance....

    June 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Toot

    Thank you someone with some guts to really stand up and say the right thing.
    Congrats to Rep Boren for standing your grounds and speaking up!!

    June 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Richardson for V.P

    why won't hillary supporters just leave our party? we don't need or want them because their hateful, sore losers whose true motivation comes from racism. obama is the leader of the dem party, and hillary will never be, so live with it or start the blu collar party and take a hike..

    June 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. republican for Obama

    this guy is a republican

    June 10, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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