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. Jesse

    Watch the Obamanics come to this pae and post that his endorsement doesnt matter, they are so immature and negative. I have never seen a candidate able to rally every village idiot as well as Obama does.

    This Democrat will never vote Obama, he is too liberal, at least McCain is almost center.

    McCain/Rice 2008 (choosing Rice would make Obama sweat!!!!)

    June 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. chris

    blah blah blah! He is hoping that Obama fails in the White House so he can be on record as the only democrat saying that he didnt support Obama for president in 08.. This is nothing but this guy hoping to have a case to be the Democratic leader in 2012. I hope everyone looks at him as a divider!!

    June 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Betty Jean

    Rep. Dan Boren, what? You weren't getting enough attention. Who you endorse is your business.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Disappointed

    Obama isn't who he was in February. Clinton was 600,000+ votes better than him from Ohio/Texas Day to Montana/South Dakota Day, and that's because Obama's rockstar month came to an end. I think this liberal tag will be Obama's biggest problem. And the fact that he's totally inexperienced and has never done a thing but screw his competition out of getting onto the 1996 Senate ballot and trick the country he's worth the presidency!

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Juaita STL

    I guess I would have to say it is a good thing he dosn't need his endorsement to gain the nimonation, since he already won but I think his decision is to bad because they both are Democrats and it would be a shame for him to not support the Democratic Nominee of the party. I would also wonder why he felt compelled to discuss his decision with the press now. If you don't endorse you then you don't endorse him....why do you have to share that decision with the press.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Nick


    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Klaudia

    what a dumb statement. This senator must need some attention.


    as Obama would say – dust it off...........


    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Dave

    This guy is obviously not a team player and is a liability to the Democratic Party.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Alex

    Wow, another Nobama Democrat. That makes two of us Democrats, and counting, who will vote for McCain. But don't worry Obamatrons, there are probably only 5 or 6 of us in the whole country! Right????

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. CL OT

    There is at least one smart dem in congress that cares about this country and our future.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Addis - observer

    ... this is why i always say "funny America"! ... this is another "attention seeker" dude!!... "jelousy!" ... "inferiority complex" ! ... a lot can b said! .. What's interesting is – the guy is – "a former republican"! ... We all know what that means... Funny America!

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Mark

    I am proud for the first time in a while for the Democratic party! We knew if Oshma, I am sorry I mean Barry won that this would put McCain in the white house.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Jan

    I'm writing in Hillary.
    Jan in Virginia

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Suze

    Makes sense. It's not like Obama won by a landslide, the results were practically 50/50. He needs to represent what the people of his state asked for.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Cathy

    Kudos Rep. Dan Boren, If only every Representative (of the people) would actually represent the people....Washington could learn alot from you.

    June 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. bruce

    why would you chose not to ENDORSE a candidate because it does not relect your constituents wishes, yet you will cast a VOTE for him at your party's convention? Doesn't a vote hold a more importance and weight than an endorsement. Wouldn't it show a greater respect to your constituents and their wishes to either abstain from voting or vote for another candidate. I am glad this moron is not endorsing Obama. He would be a stain on Obama's campaign with this idiotic logic.

    Bruce, Philadelphia

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Walter Greason

    I'll bet Kucinich joins Boren in this protest. He just tried to impeach President Bush!

    Obama is a political moderate - extreme liberal and conservatives will reject him

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Just sounds like most politicians who only want to CYA themselves for re-election – Me I will commit to vote for Mr Obama.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. kay

    yes he should vote for mcbeer who does not know the difference between beer and bill.The man who said he will veto every beer if he is elected president.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Nmgirl

    Finaly, a man with enough cahones to do what his constituents want. Hillary Clinton won New Mexico but our holier than though Gov. (soon to be ex-Gov.) Bill Richardson decided that he should decide against our will. What a jerk he is to think his vote is worth more than the rest of the state.
    Hat's off to you Dan Boren for standing up to the strong armed tactics of the DNC.

    Vote McCain 08.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. jeri Fletcger

    And you think McCain does, when he says that the economy is good. Where is living?

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. stan

    Uhh, does he comprehend that voting for someone is in fact the biggest endorsement someone can make? This guy sound like a true genius. Wants to have it both ways. Nice try at sucking up to his voters.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. MB in Cali

    Gotta love people who are sore losers..
    The HillBilly gang was beaten fair and square and like society to the victor go the spoils. That means the the HillBilly democrates are supposed to vote for the winner..
    But the HillBilly gang, aka, the gang that couldn't count straight, now say that if you don't put our defeated person in a position of power, we are not going to vote for you.

    To even think about voting for McCain is just saying that an older man with older policies and no vision, can lead a country into the right direction.

    What is wrong with new blood, new thinking and a new attitude.

    Btw, HillBilly is meant to mean Hillary and Bill Clinton and nothing else.

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Alex in MA

    Obama is the only one left and all democrats should endorse and support him. That argument works if we are still in the primaries but that is over now. Either his constituents are democrats or they are not. Come to think of though, who care what Oklahoma thinks. They are going to vote republican anyway!

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. John

    What is liberal about lower gas prices, and a better economic & foreign policy? What american doesn't want that? Hillary voted with Obama 95% in the senate, therefore the only real difference between the two is the color of their skin. It's strange that most of his constituents are in line with Hillary on economics even though she ran up a 30 million dollar debt. What makes her more experience to handle the federal budget?

    “People in my district are smart enough to decide.” Why do they consistantly vote against their better interest?

    June 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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