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. Paul

    This representative is a bozo. Politicians don't get elected to simply mimic the views of the electorate. They get elected to use their intellect to understand and articulate their view of current issues to their electorate. Was it a catharsis to Dan Boren that the Democratic party does not hold "conservative" views on many social and political issues? Is "liberal" a taboo phrase in this clown's dictionary?

    Show some real leadership Boren...resign from the Democratic Party and run as a Republican.

    June 10, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Mary Pat

    Thank you so much Representative Dan Boren-finally someone with courage speaks out –thank you again-you have many admirers at PUMA-people united means action-http://blog.pumapac.org/ mpk

    June 10, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. mcCain 08

    McCain does need Clinton or her supporters

    June 10, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. billy C.

    You Democrat Dingalings and your silly McBush crap. By the time Obama and the pandering socialists in congress get through with the federal government you'll remember the Bush years with fondness. Bush had no more to do with todays housing crisis then Clinton did with the Silicon Valley boom of the nineties. Nothing will be better under Obama. Nothing will change. There will be no great change. Duh. Ding Dong. Grow up people.

    June 10, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. MemeForObama

    Thanks to Hillary and Bill Clinton-They have succeeded in completely dividing the democratic party to say the least.

    June 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Chris

    This guy and his state are backward.

    June 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Dems for McCain

    And so the defections away from Obama by the democratic party and independents begins .....

    June 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Mary Mc

    Good, too bad you will not be re-elected
    HA

    June 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. by your hate

    All you haters for Obama, listen up:

    Thank CNN for NOT moderating out all your hateful, hurtful, vulgar, gutter, insensitive insulting comments, while moderating out all my calls for unity ever since February. That would have prevented a lot of this disunity. It is also part of the media bias for Obama of which we now speak.

    I warned, then, that the democratic party was dangerously splitting into two factions- a left wing radical faction that appealed to the newly registered youth and a moderate, centrist, populist traditional faction that appealed to lifelong democrats.

    I cautioned that your contempt and hatred would have the very opposite effect- that it would only unify us HRC supporters behind our candidate. It did and you saw what happened then. We rallied late, because we initially loved and supported BOTH our candidates and did not expect such divisive vitriol from fellow democrats, but rally we did. Hate is like that.

    You jeered, attacked, mocked and sneered, remember? The Old Geezer insults…you had your chance…you ruined our world…we don’t need you…EVEN, ‘Obama isn’t a man, he’s a movement’ (just as scary today as it was then). You were all following the script- just like Hitler Youth. No logic or reason…just irrational blind emotion. No informed dialogue…just propaganda and slogans.

    But know this: I have never denigrated ANYone- of any color or faith or ethnicity- in any walk of life- and I am 53 years old. I don’t NOW plan to begin, by voting for any candidate that has inspired so much hatred in his followers.

    How is this change we can believe in? How is this hope and unity?

    You told us to leave the party… that you were in charge. So we did. We will speak with our vote in Nov.

    That knife cuts both ways

    June 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Jo, ATL GA

    Smart man......Yes just like Obama kool aid drinker, CNN and MSNBC. anyone that does not follow Obama is a racist...right.

    The man is a good man. I am a black man and can't support Obama. The kennedys are bad for this country and they are the ones pushing for Obama. All the money he has being raising is from them. They are now searching for the VP. Obama is a pupert,,,,, so sad others can't see thru it.

    June 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Kia

    What a turn-coat. Exactly how is he helping the nation by NOT endorsing Obama?! Does he think McCain will be any better?!

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Richard, FL

    "We're facing a terrible economic downturn. We have high gasoline prices. We have problems in our foreign policy" so therefore he will vote to continue the horrendous policies of the incompetent Bush administration that got us into these messes. Brilliant!

    Hopefully, Rep. Boren will switch to the Republican Party which puts up with people with a similar lack of logic. Let him join the 28%ers. Let him vote for McCain who voted with the useless Bush 95% of the time.

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Donna

    Well all we really need is his vote anyway..his support or endorsement isn't necessary...he isn't an IMPORTANT SENATOR in the Congress...Like Biden, Kennedy, or Dashchle....so who cares who he endorses?

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. No McCain

    It is sad that these type of people are still ELECTED officials. IS SERIOUSLY SAD!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    There is a clear collision between political interest and party mission–this is very funny to hear.

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. shannon

    It makes sense...these guys have to get re-elected. Obama doesn't need them as much as the Dems need the House seats.

    I a lot of blue dogs won't be throwing their weight behind Obama. The DNC is fully aware and ok with this.

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. John

    You Obama people are so hypocritical. Obama and McCain vote the same in Senate 85 percent of the time. How then, is one change and the other not? You can't explain that can you?

    Vote Bob Barr in 2008!, not more of the same with the establishment.

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. OKeyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Yes,it is.

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Politicat

    Wow, what a politician, "...But the Oklahoma Democrat said he would vote for Obama..." This guy is a slick one.
    Go Obama!

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Looks like Boren is a spineless weasel. Those kind of democrats we don't need. We need democrats that will take on Bush-McCainism head on and fight.

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. doug

    I know someone who is not getting a ride on Air Force One!

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Frank from NJ

    Talk about a career limiting move!

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Kendell Ellington

    jimmy velman.

    LATINOS ARE UNITED FROM CALIFORNIA THRU TEXAS AND FLORIDA.. ADD THOSE TO PUERTO RICO'S POPULATION IN NEW TORK., THE JEWISH VOTE
    WILL VOTE MCCAIN.

    Sorry not true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    CNN: Let's keep the news flowing.

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Mike

    To Fishers, Indiana
    The only place Hillary '12 '16 will be is in jail after she is indicted for Whitewater

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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