June 13th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Fmr. senator finds son's decision not to endorse Obama ‘puzzling'

Rep. Boren said earlier this week he will not be formally endorsing Obama.
Rep. Boren said earlier this week he will not be formally endorsing Obama.

(CNN) – This year’s presidential campaign has been one pitting family members against one another.

Now, former Oklahoma Sen. David Boren is on opposite sides of his son, Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren, who announced earlier this week that he will not endorse Barack Obama for president. The younger Boren's reasoning is that his district is very conservative and he doesn’t agree with many of the Democratic nominee's positions.

Listen to Sen. Boren's comments to Roland Martin

The elder Boren, now president of the University of Oklahoma and a staunch supporter of Obama, said Friday on my radio program "The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON-AM in Chicago" that he’s “puzzled by his son’s announcement.

"We’ve grown up in a family where we were taught to think for ourselves, but I have to say I’m puzzled about how much thinking he put into that before he said it," Boren said. "I think he’ll probably be saying some other things."

“He did say he was going to vote for Barack Obama. He just made the puzzling statement he wasn’t gong to endorse him. Well, when you say publicly you’re voting for somebody I think that means you’re supporting them.”

The father later added: “We all learn from things and my hope is will be a learning experience for him because, as I say, this isn’t a matter of politics, this is a matter of the future of our country.”

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soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Jan

    Sounds like son is smarter than father.

    June 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Luis

    You guys are comical....

    This is news?

    Liberal Media....braindead

    June 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. No McCain

    I can only HOPE that Rep Boren can break the racial barries and start thinking like a man with Integrity. I wish him good recovery from his addiction to racial discrimination.

    June 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Eric

    That boy needs to listen to his daddy.

    June 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Lawrence for barack

    your son is young and stupid thats why he dont want to endorse senator Obama, but we dont need him anyway so, keep your endorment sir

    June 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Arkansas Undertaker

    I understand why Dan Boren did what he did. "HE IS A COWARD" and he wants to be re-elected.

    He just did what most politicians do during election time. But that was pretty sorry and this does make him and the Oklahoma Democratic Party look bad.

    June 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Darryl Miller

    We Need this young Senator to join the other young men and women serving in Wars in IRAQ and tell them.

    June 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Dusacre

    It is a free country.

    June 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Oregon

    It's a statement about Oklahoma.

    A certain kind of white person is reminded of his own inadequacies, by a black man like Barack Obama. The younger Rep. Boren apparently thinks Oklahoma's chock-full of that kind of white person. The rest of America would be better off, by not imitating that kind of Oklahoman.

    June 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    The man knows his district and how they will NOT be responding well to Hussein.

    We will remember come november !

    June 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Yeah that Obama sure is inexperienced. I mean, look at what happened the last time the elected such an inexperienced politician for president: Ronald Reagan. Oh wait…

    June 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. ccooper

    He did right not to vote for Obama.

    June 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Walt

    Father knows best! But, on its face it is kind of ignorant to say, I won't endorse him, but I wil vote for him. I have said it before and I will say it again. We all know what is going on here.

    June 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. EDW

    Well, Senator Boren it's pretty sad when your own daddy is confused by your decisions.

    June 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. goodcitizen

    good for him! people are getting more clear who is the best for our nation!

    June 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. California Girl

    I have a huge respect for Rep. Dan Boren, he respects the wishes of his constituencies/state and that says a lot of his character.

    Rep. Dan Boren you will go far!

    June 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. dennis from texas

    i would not back him either one reason HE IS NOT QUALIFIED TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY......

    June 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Cynthia

    Children whether young or old should listen to their parents because they know best. Is the son a superdelegates? If so, that might answer why. Maybe Senator Clinton has something up her sleeve for the convention.

    June 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. janet lewis

    ithink that boren is a little puzzled,he does'nt know what he wants,if on one hand he is saying he would vote for senator obama, why on the other hand he is saying that he would not endors him. that does'nt make sense to me
    boren that about that.

    June 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Poor Man

    Two words....Undercover Republican

    June 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Lynette

    Isn't this story days and days old? Why do you keep trying to show the one person who says he won't endorse but will vote for Obama? Stirring a little controversy are we???? CNN needs to get a life. Everyone in the free world has read ths dead story. The guy's dad David Boren and the Gov. of OKLA endorsed Obama. That should tell all. This guy is self serving. How about reporting some stories about the issues or that bring Americans together instead of junk in and junk out.

    June 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Helen

    His lost. We are still moving forward and Sen. Barack Obama will be our next President.

    **Side Note** My heart goes out to Tim Russert 's Family and the NBC Network. Tim was one of favorite up there next to Peter Jennings. We have lost another good one.

    June 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |

    roland martin.....

    obama's press agent..

    and he calls himself "independent"...lol...he is so pro obama

    and worse on cnn network "news you can TRUST"


    June 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Belle

    This is a matter of the future of our country. It is not about fans cheering on their idol.

    June 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Dameon

    Happy Day! Senator, way to stand on your principles.

    We'll follow your lead.

    Russert's sad but effective voodoo death spell. Hope he confessed all his lies before he went. Rest well in purgatory, Tim.

    June 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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