WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Thursday he expects some Democratic legislators to hold back from endorsing Barack Obama because it could prove politically unwise in their congressional districts.
On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Clyburn was asked if some Democrats might follow the path of Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren, who said last week he would not endorse Obama because the presumptive Democratic nominee holds liberal positions that are out of step with his constituents. (Yesterday, Boren clarified that he will indeed vote for Obama.)
Clyburn said “most Democrats in the United States Congress are going to be very supportive of this campaign” but predicted that others may be more hesitant.
WATCH Clyburn's interview from The Situation Room
"A lot of them are going to look at their congressional districts and see how the congressional district voted,” Clyburn said. "And they'll be holding back, waiting to get some signal from their constituents as to how they ought to conduct themselves."
It's justified for some conservative Democrats to withhold their support, Clyburn explained.
"That's how it should be, Wolf," he said. "It’s one thing for us to have a big tent party. But it's also another thing for these candidates to stay in close touch with their constituents. And I understand that."
Clyburn, who accused of Bill Clinton of using racially-loaded language during the Democratic primary and once told the former president to "chill," thinks Clinton will eventually campaign for Obama - on his own terms.
"I think that President Clinton will come to this campaign when he thinks its best for him to do so. But I expect him to be very supportive of the Democratic ticket."
And life goes on.......so does Obama.
Yes, and those than went against their districts to endorse Obama, better be looking over their shoulders come November too.
I'm not sure about you... but I see some good here... Aren't Politicians supposed to somewhat act for those they represent?
It's cowardly... but logical...
Who cares not every GOP member endorsed McWar either!
Its not a big deal, I understand them. I actually think its a good idea, we will need a majority in the house to get real change anyway......
HEY, IT IS WHAT IT IS.
SOME WOULD PREFER A GERIATRIC VERSION OF BUSH.
AND IF THEY DON'T WAKE UP, THEY MIGHT GET IT.
Well of course some wont, you knmow the ones that have to get re-elected in racist districts.
Watch the landslide this november boys.
THESE MAY BE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED BUSH IN.
AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO $10.00 GAS.
WE CAN'T BLAME THESE FOLKS. THEY LIKE PAIN.
PLENTY OF IT TO COME, IF MCBUSH ELECTED.
I hope Bill doesn't give them an ounce of help. Obama is going to fall flat on his face in November!! YEAH!!!
PUMA DEMOCRAT voting for John McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Defeat all incumbents (including Mr. Kerry) that changed to Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A lot of Democrats were forced into endorsing Obama- but they saw what was happening....
Obama is the master of dirty politics.
He lets his team do all the dirty work while he pretends he is not involved in it.
Obama is a pompous egotistical liar.
I hope they don't. The Washington Post is reporting that Obama is lying about pulling the troops out. They said he told the Prime Minister of Iraq not to listen to what he says in public. The Prime Minister confirmed this to MSNBC. Wow, what a deal we are getting with this guy. Promise anything to get elected, but once you're in you can do what you want. I hope the people who voted for this guy are proud!
That's fine, they don't have to endorse him, it's a free country. I just hope that people vote on substance, not who has the most endorsements.
You all already succeeded in installing him as the party nominee.
He lied, cheated, played the race-card, attacked HRC, blocked the vote in Mi and Fl..... and still you all turned the other way and gave him the nomination.
The democrats went against their own party ideals of equality and fair elections.
Why would their constituents want republicans in any form, the house, the senate or as president? That baffles me. They, the repubs are lawless, anti christian and evil and could care less about them.
I agree with Concerned Independent in CT. Cowardly, but logical.
Can't this guy just go away? He's partly to blame for fanning the flames during the primary. We don't need him out there telling us how other people are thinking.
Obama is a puppet.
The dirtiest politician ever.
I will never vote for this pandering hypocritical opportunist.
I agree with those, who districts did not vote for Obama to cast their votes the way their districts voted. That is understandable and will not be held against them. But it will not matter, because Obama will be President anyway.
As far as Bill Clinton is concerned, I wouldn't want him. The way he mistreated Hilliary. He was really happy she did not win, because they had agreed to a divorce if she didn't and agreed to stay married if she did.
Now he has other fish to fry and it does not include Hillary or the Democratic Party.
McCain did not vote for George Bush but he won nonetheless.
One white old lady for McCain!
It's unfortunate that some Democrat leaders have a problem with Obama mainly,with his "Race". Some Democrats are in the same boat as Republicans. Will the real Democratic leaders stand up.
Members of congress, such as Dan Boren of Oklahoma and others who opt out of supporting the negro-caucasian candidate for president will feel the rath of people like Clyburn, Rangel, Kennedy, Piglosi and a multitude of oyhers that are adament about electing that useless lap dog that they controll. GOOD LUCK!
Some of us have other plans.
today is June 19, The african americans in texas are celebrating hisorical freedom. Now only if were actually free from racism..............
No Democrat should be expected to endorse if they do not believe in Obama. The DNC clearly does not know what party unity is-the Clintons should also stay home. Obama used smear tactics to inspire hatred and animosity. The Clintons are loyal to this country and, I am sure, realize that Obama is the worst kind of politician. The Clintons do not owe anything to the Democratic Party or to Obama. Maybe they can forgive Obama and the DNC but I can certainly understand if they cannot.