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. Tom, Boston MA

    face it people, the democratic party is full of neo-cons who are in the big corporates' pocket.

    why do you suppose the dems have kept mumb for the last seven and a half years?

    in fact, this whole country is full of neo-con wanna-bes. why else would bush and his thugs be still in power?

    June 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Demo

    and who cares .... it's one of the reddest states in the country ...

    can't blame him .. he wants to be re-elected ...

    June 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Chris from Texas

    Who cares! Let him disagree....it's a free country. We're not looking for a unanimously unified party. As long as the greater majority of democrats back him (which they have) then we'll have Obama as the next president. (And if we don't, we'll know who to blame)

    Obama 08'

    June 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Bill

    The man can endorse or not endorse whomever he wishes. When he goes into the booth and pulls the curtain he can vote for whomever he wishes. Why do you Obamies always have to drag out the race card? Maybe he just doesn't like your guy. There are many millions of voters who also just don't like your guy. Get over it.

    June 10, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Fairness and Unity

    You could have kept this to yourself. If you are going to vote for him at the convention, that is the same as endorsing him, because your vote is an endorsement. It must be really scary and Republican where you are from in OK...

    June 10, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    These two democrats are not uniters! Their personal interests matter more to them than solidarity and party unity. They should be ashamed!

    June 10, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Loretta from California

    Here we are screaming Unity Unity Unity, and our leaders do not even have the courage to come together. Cowards!

    June 10, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Ramirez

    For all those Clinton supporters: She announced on Saturday that she's throwing her full weight behind Obama. Will you not follow? If she, your preferred candidate, finally acknowledges that Obama is the nominee and that she's behind him, behind the Democratic party, will you not do the same?

    And if not, why not? Are you saying that what Hillary acknowledged in her speech is not true? That she wasn't sincere? That she lied?

    There's a saying in the military – Salute the rank, not the man. In this case, all the democratic nominees were fighting for the beliefs of the Democratic party. Each would have represented the ideals and beliefs of the Democratic party. Each would work with the former candidates to ensure that all ideas are taking into consideration.

    Obama is doing this now. He's meeting and taking into consideration not only former nominee's ideas, but party leaders as well. To think that this process operates in a vacuum is quite misguided. This may have happened under the Bush regime, but neither Obama nor any other Democrat can afford to operate that way.

    If any of you are truly going to vote McCain because Clinton lost, then does that mean you're for overturning Roe v. Wade? Does that mean you're for contributing to our present economic situation by paying trillions for a questionable war at the expense of our own domestic necessities?

    Don't you realize that the difference between Clinton and Obama's plans are minimal and more alike than compared to the differences between Clinton and McCain?

    It's funny, and by funny I mean sad, that how, after all our unity these past 7.5 years, the Clinton supporters are adopting a well known infamous mantra – 'If you're not with us, you're against us."

    June 10, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Ron

    This is why nothing gets done in Washington. This guy is talking out of the both sides of his mouth.

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

    "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."

    So, the Congressman won't endorse him yet he is going to vote for him at the Convention. There it is straight from the article. How about that for taking a stand on an important issue . It is a good thing this guy's Dad was a big deal because he sure isn't. Be a man and take a stand. Instead, you have it both ways which is just typical for Washington. I thought this was for the people of Oklahoma. Sounds like more BS from DC. Stay home and skip the Convention if you feel so strongly. Remember your constituents !!

    June 10, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. frank Honolulu HI

    This guy is not a democrat. He ran like that to win in his state. He should shut up.

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

    I hope this person is not really caring the future of the people who voted him to the office.

    McCain never say anything about the policies of Bush who already ruined the country.

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

    He won't endorse Obama because of his constituents, but he will vote for Obama at the convention, because of the serious issues that face the nation?

    Sounds like he's trying to play both sides of the fence.

    June 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. What if?

    Hillary don’t have to worry about this debt, she has her riches, her husbands and those Democratic Senators strong supporters, her committed superdelegates and her 18 + million supporters to pay this tab (excluding the republicans who voted for her the last few times, but will vote for McCain in November, of course those are included in 18+ millions). I voted for Obama, but If Clinton would have won, I would have voted for her without the drama that has been displayed toward Obama by his fellow Senator Democrats.

    If Hillary would have won the nominee, the entire Senator party would have united and rallied around her like she was a God. Do you honestly think Clinton would have had to watch and hear those pathetic excuses from her fellow comrades, that Obama had to hear? Hang in their Obama, God knows that prejudice comes in all shapes and sizes.

    Obama you are to nice to those who think they are better then you.

    If it's up to the majority of us.....God Bless You President Obama.......

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

    Why are my comments still in moderation over an hour after being submitted?

    June 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. MP-pennsylvania

    I don't get it. How can you vote a person that you cannot endorse. May be he should change the party. There is one democratic nominee and primary is over.

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

    Your vote is to fight poverty, bad governance that has let to poor economy, if you think by voting Republican you are hurting Obama family, you are dead wrong. You are only hurting yourselves and will have no one to blame. Guess what the media will make a lot of fun analyzing why you will be wallowing in the miasma of poverty in America and more of the young men will be drafted to go to war.

    June 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. beverly

    mr. boren you will not endorse obama, the name ( B O R E N ) will not be forgotten, if you stay in politics long enough you may need endorsement your self one day, what goes around come around.

    June 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Jay

    Good for you, you are not the only one. None of the smart white Dems won't endorse him or would like to serve as VP under unexperienced/non-accomplished man.

    June 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. cory

    I voted for Obama in the primaries and I will again in November. Obama would respect the Senators decision as Obama himself listens to his constituents.

    June 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. What if?

    The people on her are hopeless, prejudice, unhappy, childish and filled with jealousy.........These are the ones that need to get a life.....I hope when it's all said and done.



    June 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. Andrew

    Ted Strickland from Ohio has turned down the VP spot. Why is this on Fox but not CNN.

    Looks like the moderate Democrat leaders don't like the Radical left wingers in the party for nominating the most liberal senator.
    Hillary, or McCain '08.

    June 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. Marie in California

    Smart man! I agree! I can't endorse Obama either. As a centrist and moderate Democrat, I find Obama to be so far into the radical Far Left lunatic fringe that he is about to topple right over the edge and out of reality.

    I supported Hillary....she was more toward the center.

    Now I support McCain.....a centrist and a moderate with, I might add, a LONG and distinguished track record.

    As for party unity.....never. Obama is too far left, and most folks in both parties are like me.....moderates and centrists. We don't like the far extremes.....like Obama and George Bush.

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. john from LA

    Good for him-fianlly someone representing the people who put him in office-This is a Democracy people-he can or can not endorse Obama if he wants!

    And I love all the Obamabots who ALWAYS SCREAM RACE-when someone goes againt "THE SAINT OBAMA"

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. KateyGreen

    This is why the Democratic Congress is held in such low esteem. This guy does not have the courage of his convictions. If his people are so conservative and opposed to Obama, he should become a Republican. Good riddance.

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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