June 13th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 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. The Delaware Oracle

    The elder Boron should shape up and let his son make his own decisions. Bam will be a disaster for our country. He is so far to the left that I really am worried for America.

    The best thing for Bam would be quite the Senate and return home. It would be easy for him since he is a veteran quitter. Didn't he quit his former pastor, then his current pastor and then his church.

    He is so a quitter I wouldn't want him for my president.

    June 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. racheal,boston

    wow, now he has to do the hard thing!

    June 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Willa PA

    You're either a Democrat or you're not...sir...

    June 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. R.S.-St. Paul

    Another case of nepotism in Washington. Why is it that so many "Washington insiders" have tons of family members in Washington too??? This man doesn't seem to understand that "black-balling" your own son on a nationally syndicated radio show is probably not a good example of "exemplary parenting". My gosh, doesn't the old fool understand that if he raised his children to "think for themselves" as he said he did, that that means that he will be a jerk if he condemns his child for thinking for himself? What a jerk. These are the jerks I believe are rampant in the Democrat Party. And these are the jerks who are wholeheartedly supporting Obama. That, to me, suggests what the DNC and the Democrat Party want to do with the Country. If the people of the U.S. don't support their extremist views, what are the going to do to us...condemn us in the media??? What a bunch of creeps. Vote MCCAIN IN 2008!!!! We can't let these mean-spirited creeps change our Country into a bunch of liberal extremist, anti-American, academic-SAAB-driving snobs, who look down on all the "common people"!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. fight the liberal media!



    GO MCCAIN!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Tobias

    Sounds like the son has more brains then the father. Good move.

    June 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. @everyamericans

    he is a bonehead, just like many of Hillary's supporters.....

    they lost fair and square and can't be man enough to admit it.....it would be better for all Hillary uneducated voters to just change to Republicans.

    Hillary says: 'if you can't get outta the kitchen"...she is still in the kitchen and being bitter and throwing the kitchen sink.

    what a rightful place for all you Hillary supporters to be!

    Obama is going to the WHITE HOUSE without YOU SORE LOOSERS!

    June 13, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. peter

    Maybe the father is the one that is out in left field..why blame the son..maybe he is correct and that the father is the one that should NOT be endorsing Obama. I think the shoe here is on thewrong foot.

    June 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. mamrine

    Thanks for that, this is real a matter for the future of this country, not likes and hates because of socio-cultural , ethical background, let's look as one people.America which use to be the greatest nation in the world much respectable , is now falling. Is like fall of the round table' old sir lancelot in the peom "Tennyson" . Where are we going to we need a new page for a bright future for our children. We enjoyed our time, now is our children lets give them better future,lets bring them to reasoning, lets not pour new wine in old wine skin, mcCain and bush old policies. Bush policies for the past eight years, that has finally left us in this predicament that we are.

    June 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Amar

    The father is right. As an elected official, there is a responsibility to provide leadership. If you choose not to endorse someone because you don't agree with their positions, that is a respectable decision.

    However, not endorsing someone because your district is conservative shows me that Rep Boren is relying on polls rather than his positions.

    And on top of that he throws in the fact that he will indeed vote for Obama and you've got yourself a very confused representative.

    June 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. martin

    listen to your father,dipstick,he is a good man.

    June 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Raz

    He's still young, he'll learn.

    June 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Dont Need You

    So What This Guy Is Saying Is That He Has Toilet Paper But He Is Not Going To Wipe?

    June 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Louden

    I guess Senator McCain hasn't corned the market on Gaffs.

    June 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. RyanD.

    Poor sap didn't want to lose his job. Selfish. Listen to your daddy, this isn't about YOU, it is about what's right.

    Obama 08'

    June 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. bos123

    Your son is a Republican!!!

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Brian Knoxville, TN

    What's so puzzling about a party leader who decides not to endorse a nominee who was selected rather than elected and whose candidacy was advanced by a combination of inappropriate actions and inactions on the part of the media and so-called party leaders?

    Unless the former senator means to say that he finds his son's backbone a political liability for his career...

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. JK

    Your son does not want to lose his seat. A few others are protecting themselves, its hard when you represent a Republican district to endorse either Hillary or Barack.

    A few that come to mind, Tim Mahoney,Heath Shuler,Tim Holden,Chris Carney,Brad Ellsworth and Dan Boren.

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. Eric

    Father knows best!

    June 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Dealt

    Well... he's walking a tightrope. Or trying to play both sides. Still, he said he'd vote for Obama. And gave as his reason for voting on Obama that very important issues are at stake. Which means that he agrees with Obama policies more than he agrees with McCain's.

    I think he's playing three sides and not two. Maybe the conservatives he refers to are Clinton's and not McCain's.

    June 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Jim

    Thats right David Boren...........it is about the future of our country. That is exactly why I won't vote for Obama. The country has been under the leadership of a Democrat Congress for the past two years and now the economy has gone to hell in a hand-basket, oil prices have gone supersonic.............................................and your asking the American public to vote in a Democrat? Why not............we might has well get taxed to death along with food and petroleum prices. What a genius.

    June 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. The Mid West Sends a Message

    He’s “puzzled by his son’s announcement. Well I'm puzzled that the president of the great university of Oklahoma would support an Obama for president. We need a grown up for the presidency of America. Obama is just too green for me. Obam brings little to the table except some sugar. Give me a break

    He has no experience in anything, except running his mouth off and I have to admit he does a good job of that. His speeches are fluff and cotton candy that are nice to hear but will never be enacted.

    Watch this candidate, i don't believe his deeds will match his words. You too can join the McCain Campaign.

    Please join John S McCain during this campaign year and help elect him as our 44th President. He will bring security and experience to the table, while defending America, your values and your wallet.

    June 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. TH, Watkinsville GA

    Contrare my neighbor, he obviously has a back bone since he stood up for what he is. Plus he is making a wise decision. Only a smart man says NO to obama!

    June 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Tim in Canada

    Viviene, I agree with you, Boren is polluted with GOP blood and I think he should be on dialysis.

    June 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. New Yorker

    The son is smarter than the father. Obama panders to the liberal segment- good let the liberals vote for him.

    McCain 08

    June 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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