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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soundoff (1,255 Responses)
  1. allie

    The republicans are home free. They have won. The Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot. What fools!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Dem

    Well as a dem I think it is just great Van Boren isn't supporting Obama because is isn't the only one as a dem not supporting Obama. A lot of us dems are going to support McCain because he has the experience this country needs.Obama has no experience and this country cannot afford that so in 2012 hopefully there will be a dem we can support. I would have supported Hillary Clinton because of her experience if she would have won so its McCain for a lot of dems this election... As a dem I feel McCain can handle the issues that face us to turn things around. Hopefully I will be backing a dem next time....

    June 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Tony, Miami

    He is so boring, do we need his vote? I don't think so. He looks like he is afraid of his shadow. His father did endorse Obama because he is more mature.

    June 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Seth

    Hahaha....really interesting to he him out. He has contridicted himself and I personally believe that he wont get too far with his comments! We should place this on "Just for laughs" series....

    June 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. keith

    This guy is going to rip off a mask and behold – karl rove.

    June 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. kevin from alaska

    Ron Paul is a Republican Rep. that refuses to endorse John McCain.

    What does any of this prove?

    June 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. RJJH

    Gosh darnit! (or as they say in Oklahoma "Dangit") leave Boren alone! I mean what do expect from a guy that looks like he sweats every time he has to answer a question. And how do get to look so pasty? I'm not saying he looks like a weasel because the pasty look does kind of work for some people.

    June 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. John Gio

    Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Resko, Michael Pfleger....Obama unelectable.

    June 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Puma-Crack

    This guy is an idiot. All he needed to do was say nothing. If Obama loses, he certainly is not going to make friends with this kind of comment, and if Obama wins, and basically runs the Democratic party for the next 4-8 years, then this guy might as well go republican. This is the time when loyalties are measured. Obama may lose, but there are a lot of fence-sitters who are going to be S.O.L. if he doesn't.

    June 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. T. Renee

    It's ok. This is America!!! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And Congressman should represent their constiuents!! It's ok!!

    But I endorse Obama!!!

    Obama '08!

    June 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. rey

    Hannah: your fear tactics just will not work. Save your energy dear.
    McCain Democrat 08'.

    June 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Sean

    What a clown!

    We'll see how tough he is when Obama is President. Watch this clown start back-tracking on his words the minute Obama gets elected and he realized that he screwed himself.

    June 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Shannon

    We don't care, let him vote for McCain. See if the Democrats of Oklahoma EVER vote for him again. I won't. We are PROUD Obama supporters.

    June 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. -Chris

    "Barack Obama has a 48% to 41% lead in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking presidential election trial heat, based on June 7-9 polling."

    Already a 7 point lead, and there hasn't even been a presidential debate yet. And Obama needs you why?????

    June 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Ray Ito

    Let them go to hell – these are the types of the so-called "superdelegates" who prefer the long fight between Hillary and Obama to last forever while Mccain is strengthening himself to win in Novemeber.

    If they didn't endorse Obama, why didn't they endorse Hillary?
    Enemies of progress.

    June 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. scott murphy

    what a disgrace you are. this behavior insures the Bush policy re-election. Maybe it is time that we have some liberal thinking. the nation is tired of conservative liars, thieves and pimps

    June 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. rw in ct

    Freedom of dissent has been one of the greatest pillars of our democracy. yes, democracy, where the will of the people isn't strong armed, where the will of the people isn't superseded by a ruling body, where the will of the people isn't railroaded by a corrupt media.

    country before party....

    June 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Phil Schwadron

    As Edmund Burke said, "a representative owes the people not only his industry, but his judgement. And he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion." He should endorse now.

    June 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Well who the hell voted him into office, with a stance like this. He contradicts himself. What kind of democrat is he anyway. Does not make any sense at all. Why even come out with this kind of statement. If your not going to endorse him, then keep it to yourself, who cares.

    June 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |


    Grow up.

    If you aren't going to vote democrat because your candidate lost. whatever. Quit blaming everyone else. If you are going to vote republican then enjoy it as YOUR kids GET KILLED in IRAQ, IRAN or the next great war.

    June 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. aware

    Don't confuse an extreme right-wing Bush with a centrist McCain or an extreme left-wing Obama with a centrist Clinton.

    One extreme is as bad for America as the other – or Obama=Bush

    McCain is now the only choice in 08! th far-left democrats blew it! 😦

    June 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Jay

    Just like half the Democretos. Not everyone likes NObama!

    June 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Sandra

    We will not let the Democratic Party get away with picking it's own candedate and break all the Democratic bylaws. We will take back the Democratic Party. After we do we will make sure the first three to go are Howard Dean,Pelosi and Reid. Several will follow.

    Democratic PumaPac.org

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    He's right, Obama DOES NOT work in a bipartisin fashion as he lies all the time and says he does. Show me three examples of Obama coming across party lines to get anything done. Most liberal senator in the senate. Lots of luck Dukakis, I mean Obama.

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. justin

    And Hillary is conservative????? This guy is just looking to keep the klan he calls constituents happy... why else would he grandstand about not supporting Obama and in the same soundbite say he will vote for him....

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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