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.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Chris Lee

    Vote McCain
    Support the War on Iraq and sacrifice another 4,000 American men (and some Iraqi children too).
    Vote McCain!

    June 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Donna

    I couldn't agree more with Indiana Bob. I can't believe I will be voting for a Republican in November, but that's what I shall do if Obama is the Democratic nominee. I have written the DNC over the way the nominee is selected. It makes no difference what the public wants, it's who the powerful leaders of the DNC decide they want. I was angered at the WV superdelegates who endorsed Obama after the primary clearly showed the WV voters wanted Clinton. A super delegate in KY endorsed Obama before KY voters even had a chance to vote in the primary. We need to change our primary system and have all states vote the same day, just like in the general election. Do away with caucuses and super delegates and let the vote of the people choose the nominee. Isn't this the way democracy works?

    June 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Obama supporters behave like the characters from the film 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' . They just cannot accept that someone could have a different view from them and that their leader is not perfect, even though all the evidence suggests otherwise.

    June 13, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Mike

    His individual vote has nothing to do with representing his constituency. Hey Pop, revert back to the old days and straighten his head out.

    June 13, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Dave

    Wow, you sure have a lot of "experts" in America. Whey aren't some of them running for President? Obama is the only choice for president unless you want to continue on with the war in Iraq, maybe Iran and possibly other places. It is time for America to get on course. McCain is too old and he is losing it fast. Do the right thing and elect Obama.

    June 13, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Eugene In NewYork

    1/2 white 1/2 black 100% american we salute you president Obama our Commander in Chief

    June 13, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Kiah

    For those Americans who don't see what Barack Obama brings to our country OUTSIDE of a resume...I feel sorry for you. Because leaders such as Barack Obama come around once in a lifetime. He is inspirational, hope-filled, and HONEST.

    The DNC, Dean, Pelosi, and no one cramed Obama down OUR throats. Iowa took notice of a once in a lifetime leader, someone who this country of CYNICS desperartely needed and craved, and the rest of the party came on board. It wasn't until HRC and her race baiting did people take their eyes off of his power on american politics and resort back to the fears of the unknown and the shallow so-called qualifications that a president should possess. There is more to life than resumes and experience. Someone with the power to inspire Democrats and Republicans to lay down their differences and join together is nothing to ignore.

    So Indiana Bob you and your wife will miss out on history and a chance to live in an American where we act as Americans should.

    Obama '08

    June 13, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. For Obama /no hillary vp

    He is on the fence so why dont he jump back to where he was before he jumped up there he is a wishy washy Republican with a mask on he actuallly has the looks of being very blank .
    Remember him folks when you vote next time .

    June 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Boyan

    whatta stupid face !!!

    June 13, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Mike in Calgary

    Just like Will Bower, some people don't stand up for the values they espoused – because a man (whose father was black) is the leader. Like the people of West Virginia, or some women or some bigots, they act only in their own self-interest and not in the public interest.
    Bigots, radical feminists, racists and those of limited education or literacy did indee seem to favour Clinton. Those who were educated, well-read and who followed the debates supported Obama and put him over the top. Fortunately the ignorant and uninformed did not prevail within the DNC.


    June 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Heidi

    His lost. But we're moving forward to Elect Sen. Obama.

    Side note: my heart goes out to Tim Russert's family

    June 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Michelle

    Indiana...you might as well be communist...it will do just as much good as having another four years of Bush politics...i can understand voting for Nader or Barr but McBush???? What are you thinking and how do you think you are anything close to a democrat??? Get a clue and quit being a stubborn idiot.

    June 13, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Reality

    Its obvious that his son is a loser and racist

    June 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. PA Hick Chick

    Why would he endorse a lying, poser who is hijacking the DNC and moving it to sleaze-town Chicago, who is trying to ban Hillary's FL delegates from the convention and replace them with his cronies, and who has a terrrorist's son as a MI fundraiser? I guess Obama's new anti-smear website will denounce the guy as a racist.

    June 13, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Scott in Texas

    I, too, will not be voting for Obama. Unlike the Congressman, though, I happen to be a left-of-center, openly-gay man under the age of 35. I defy the pundits who claim that younger, well-educated, higher-income people support Obama over Clinton. I am disgusted with the anti-democratic Democratic primary process that gave a greater delegate advantage to the winner of the Idaho caucuses than to the winner of the Ohio primary! I am disgusted with the Texas county convention that I attended as a Clinton delegate, where the Obama-run county party changed the date of the convention in violation of state party rules and abused the system by making it run for 23 HOURS and repeatedly delaying the ability of the delegates to cast their vote. In short, if I vote for Obama I am saying that Bush's theft of the election in 2000 was okay. And I will NOT say that! After all, Obama received Michigan delegates that were based on votes not cast for him and received more delegates from Nevada and Texas despite losing both contests! Bush, by contrast, "only" stole his win by judicial edict. 'Nough said: McCain will win and the country will proceed to its miserable and inevitable demise.

    June 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Mitch

    My son is also against supporting Obama now after all the fighting we did the last 8 months about our choices and why, he now finally said that I was right and could not vote for Obama and will not vote for McCain either. No fight there, but if it's close in Nov. I will have to ask him to to vote for McCain. I still can't see Obama doing anything good, he makes things up as he goes plus he is to demanding with trying to tell people how they should think. We still need perfection, we need Hillary and my boy says the same, smart young man, but slow learner.

    June 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. ben

    My son will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama.My son is far from being stupid! He writes a blog once in a while and he explains in concrete terms why. He never writes ridiculous hate letters. He says he likes Obama and if McCain does not win, he won't feel the world will come to an end if Obama becomes president. He truly believes in our political system!

    June 13, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Hey Dan remember the saying Daddy knows best.
    Lets Go Dems!!!!

    June 13, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Turncoat Republican

    Craig of Salisbury :
    You put it so succinctly. I am also one of the proud
    " millions of citizens that look forward to saying: President Obama."

    It is about time we have the Prez we deserve. An intelligent President who inspires and talks to the American people like they matter. A Prez who understands the Economy and knows that our strenght and world respect comes from unity within and not bomb,bomb bomb as a solution. A Pres who understands and respects the constitution and our laws and knows the seperation of church and state. A Prez who listens to the American people and acts and will fire anybody who is disapproved by the American peiple instead of saying "you are doing a heck of a good job Browny" while Americans drowned.
    We have had enough mediocrity and I can't wait like millions of us. You cannot betray our trust anymore.

    June 13, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Joe Bloggs, Haiku, HI


    You should stop drinking the right-wing koolaid and start thinking for yourself for a change. These are the eame people that brought you Bush & Cheney. If you couldn't see through them then, at least now you have 7 years of corruption, lies and destruction to learn from. Just about everything you say in your post is an outright right-wing lie or distortion. Shame on you. God gave you a brain. Why not use it for once in your life?!

    Annie barfed up the following koolaid:
    Why would anyone support an inexperience, unqualified, selected candidate of the dnc who cannot even show respect to the flag, who gave the bird to his opponent, who is going to raise our taxes thru the roof, who thinks 18 mil Americans are bitter, Bible thumping, gun totin', uneducated idiots, WHY would anyone support him?

    June 13, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. John in Iowa

    He's simply not an idiot like his father! He goes the way of the people who elected him, just as every other politician in the state of Oklahoma should have done!

    McCain all the way!!!!

    June 13, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Sylvia johnsen

    I say the son is right to not support Obama. Every child should take a grown decision some times, not let themself be defined solely by their parents. It's bold, it's honest and people who followed this election closely, especially us reading the garbage the Obamabots spread on the internet have good reason to be careful about endorsing this Chicago politician/ thug.

    June 13, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Dan Boren is no different from Will Bower, these folks are just waiting to pounce on ANYTHING that they can use to discredit Barack!

    These guys are drones doing everything they can to elect their Queen Bee Hillary! They are DOWNRIGHT DISGUSTING!

    Dan Boren, what a Father's Day Gift this is going to be for your Dad!

    June 13, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. PUMA Pride

    Democrats, we don't have to back Obama just because the DNC tells us to. Obama is the most inexperienced president to run in my lifetime, and that's saying something when one of those presidents is W. It's time for Hillicrats to be listen to their heads instead of being led by the nose. Another PUMA Democrat against Obama!

    June 13, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Matt Canoga Park

    What??? Yes you must step in line all the Obama bots have said so. They are even sicking their attack dog Roland Martin on you. Perish the thought you can think and make your own choices. Roland even called your daddy to make sure he punishes you for not following like a lemming to anything Obama says or does.

    What's wrong with you? Why are you not blindly following inline with Obama and his group of under educated cronies? Sure the guy has not done a thing but not be Hillary Clinton.

    Do what they say or a bunch of Obama tools will make fun of you on forums you will never read.

    June 13, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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