June 11th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
7 years ago

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. Operation Chaos

    I see the Republican Operation Chaos team is off for today. Where are you Jan Fl, Brian TN, Jim Pa, Staunch Clinton Supporter, Charlotte and Belle; are you off the clock. Don't get paid overtime. LMAO

    NOT THIS TIME!!!

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. joe

    Good...I won't endorse him either...wow someone who says no to kool-aid, shocking!

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. sharp

    If this guy runs for office again this is one Oklahoma democrat that sure wont vote for him! from his picture he looks young enough to go to Iraq and to bad he's not there instead of my grandson.

    June 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. li

    NO endorse but still VOTE him...DUH...

    June 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. 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! :)

    The far-left wing Democrats blew it! :(

    June 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Tom, Boston MA

    a neo-con democrat, go figure.

    June 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. TXMomof2

    Please Republicans, stop posing as Democrats with your "Hillary or McCain nonsense" and get off the boards.

    If your candidate is so wonderful, why do you need to masquerade as Democrats?

    Maybe you think that's the only way McCain can win? Or maybe its just easier than trying to explain why:

    1. McCain has flip-flopped on every position he ever held (google "the real McCain" or "McCain's YouTube Problem"–its great)

    2) McCain had people on his campaign staff who supported Hezbollah (financially and in other ways), who lobbied for the military Junta in Myanmar, and who lobbied for the Saudis–yeah, his first interest is our security

    3) If McCain is such a standup guy, he left his first wife (who was disabled) for a much richer, much younger woman (Cindy)

    4) If McCain is such a great choice for women, why he called Cindy a name I can't even post here in public

    Forget it. We're on to you and your candidate.

    June 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. MC- Atlanta,GA

    This guy needs to get a reality check , YOUR A DEMOCRAT, if your that conservative, go back to the stone ages.

    June 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. jerry on whidbey

    Either the folks in Oklahoma elected another idiot to Congress or the folks of Oklahoma are idiots! When Bush came in we paid $1.75 per gal, apparently OK gas is cheaper than in Washington state and they like this mult i- billion $ war to go on, and on, and on, and on....

    June 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. newmccainvoter

    Wow the Obamabots are out in force...they are so nasty, no wonder the 18 million disenfranchised voters from the Democrat Party are flocking to the other guy. There has been so much hatred,sexism and misogyny from this camp I don't want Obama in office for the level of hatred discourse he brings to the table.

    June 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. SM

    by the way Mccain is going to be 72. I say this upmost respect, but he will not answer the phone at 3am, it will go to voice mail.

    June 10, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. CJ in FL

    Wow, Democrats are some of the nastiest people in the world. So the man doesn't agree with Obama, that's his perogative. Instead, he's labeled a "racist", "Republican", and "moron". I'm convinced that Obama supporters couldn't have an intelligent conversation with a drink coaster. Obamabots are the living example of robots. You support a candidate, you don't know why, and you savagely attack those who would dare to question his record or policies.

    June 10, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Dave

    He'll see it differently when his constituents are being drafted for the war with Iran.

    June 10, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. TK, Dallas, TX

    isn't it interesting he can't endorse Obamabecuase of his district but will vote forObama at the convention? sounds like an endorsement to me and something seems fishy with his comments.

    June 10, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Demhypocrisy

    Michelle Obama thinks he is a 'Whitey' anyways.

    June 10, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. John Zeger

    I told you so.

    June 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. newmccainvoter

    Wow the Obamabots are out in force...they are so nasty, no wonder the 18 million disenfranchised voters from the Democrat Party are flocking to the other guy. There has been so much hatred,sexism and misogyny from this camp I don't want Obama in office for the level of discourse he brings to the table.

    June 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. Don Jones

    This is a stupid country and Oklahoma and Florida aptly represent that fact.

    June 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. Phillip Bunn

    Well . . . that will change life as we know it. If he is so conservative, maybe he can wait for another Bush to run for office, or better yet, maybe he will get ousted in the next general election and he can just go home and lament over the lapse of conservative values in America. Because, after all, those "conservative" values are largely responsible for the state of political and economic failure we are experiencing presently. What a moron!

    June 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. shirley

    Shame on the Oklahoma Democrats.

    June 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Marty

    Smart Man

    June 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. June

    Senator Boren why did'nt you endorse Hiliary when she needed your endorsement? I am a die hard Hiliary supporter who will not vote for Barack Hussein Obama and I do not understand why you will not endorse him but will vote for him, superdelegates like you are the cause for Obama to win the nominee, you all made the racist and sexist superdelegates endorsed him and you all just sit back and did nothing, the world knew Hiliary is the stronger candidate for the President of the U.S. do you all want a muslim to be President of the United States?( President Barack Hussein Obama) the world will laugh at us, and the muslim countries are already rejoicing especially Osama Bin Ladin.Obama supporters you will not get Hiliary 18 million votes we will tolerate McCain for 4 more yrs.

    June 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. For Peace, For Obama

    So much for bringing the party together. Thanks Boren. When we get stuck with another four years of the failed views and policies of George Bush, we know who to thank. Did the people of your district know they were electing a republican?

    Obama 08/12

    June 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. democratobama

    We do not need him. Leave the party and take Hillary with you.

    June 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Daniel, NY, NY

    Hannah – It is not about Republican versus Democrat. It is about having the experience to lead the country.

    We have a choice between a leader and a plastic blob.

    As a former Hillary supporter, I am hiring the right man for the job....McCain!

    June 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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