April 1st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Reid backs July 1 superdelegate deadline

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed Tuesday that he supported a proposal that would ask Democratic superdelegates to weigh in publicly by July 1.

The plan, proposed by Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, would mean the Democratic nominee would be known sometime between the end of the primary season in early June and the beginning of July – long before the August nominating convention in Denver.

"Sen. Reid agrees that superdelegates who have already made up their minds declare their support by July 1," Reid spokesman Jim Manley told CNN.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier Tuesday that she “hopes” the contest will end before July, but did not back calls to make that deadline a mandatory one, saying she thought the process “will work its course” without interference.

–CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report

Filed under: Delegates • Harry Reid
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Theresa

    What about the rules ???? If you can't change the rules in Florida and Michigan why should you change the rules about the Super Delegates and when they have to vote....moving them up should cause them to be disenfranchised as well !!!!!!!! Have patience everyone

    April 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Dave in Alexandria, VA

    Who are Dean, Reid and Pelosi? -Three nobodies who have never run on a national ticket? -I think the opinions of B. Clinton, Mondale and Ferraro (and Gore and Carter), count for a lot more!

    April 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. The Great One

    Sounds good to me....why wait?? but i'm sure clinton supporters will hate the idea....it limits the time for their law suite. lol

    April 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. John

    The only reason Sen. Reid wants the race to be ended is because he is afraid of the Larry Sinclair scandal that is about to be blown wide-open on the candidate he supports (Mr. Obama). This would then make him look foolish for backing Obama in the first place! Over one million people have seen the confessions of Mr. Sinclair, and thousands more are hearing it every day.

    April 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |




    April 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Saad

    For all the democrats who do not want another 4 years of republicans should blindly support this idea. Otherwise another 4 years of hell. The problem with that is not so much the President himself but the evils in the administration like Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    All dems. should blindly support this idea so everyone can rally behind one candidate sooner than later.

    April 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. pat

    look at the numbers for the electriol collage hillary is leading

    April 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    The super delegates may or may not hold the key to the democratic nomination. Many said they feel uncomfortable choosing the nominee. I believe Florida and Michigan will have to be delt with before the super delegates can act.

    April 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. peace

    I thought Harry Reid was for Clinton. His son was a staff person for the Clinton campaign.

    I guess even Harry Reid is getting tired of the Clinton drama. For good reason- the Clintons desperate tactics could cost the Democrats their majorities in Congress.

    April 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Tim

    Good plan.

    April 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    It looks like ALL the congressional socialists are on board the Obama express now!!

    April 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Reality

    That makes the most sense; just have all the supers commit and then we'll see what the numbers really look like.

    April 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Lee WV

    You will hear all kind of crying from Clintonites again,she has already said she is willing to take it to the convention,no matter who it hurts!!

    April 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Sara from Arizona

    I hope this all ends before July 1. OBAMA 08' No more Clintons!!!

    April 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Sunny, Bristol CT

    As leader of Congress, does it has somthing to do with him that "Food price hikes changing eating habits"? And Nancy Pelosi.

    Please do not stop a capable candidate to be the president.

    April 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. fair play

    We need closed state primaries.

    We need ALL the primaries to be the same day or week or month.

    We need to eliminate this constant and continual party-changing manipulation of the primary vote. People can cross party lines in the general election.

    We need more debates and less celebrity sway and rock star antics.

    We need ALL the states to vote until the magic number of delegates is reached by one candidate. Or... do away with delegates and go with the popular vote.

    We need to stop fixing elections in order to appeal to the teenagers. An Election is NOT the place for teen idol.

    April 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Mess

    This historical primary has highlighted all the flaws in our electoral system.

    Unfortunately the deck was stacked toward Obama in this primary.

    On a fair playing field Hillary would have taken it by now.

    April 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. SAMO

    Democratic leaders changing the rules as they go along too.

    The only rule that governs the super-delegates is that they exercise their independent judgment in deciding who to support. There was nothing in the rule that say that they must back the candidate with the most pledged delegates.

    The fairest way is for super-delegate to vote the way their states voted.

    April 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Doug, Florida

    Scott, CHERYL and Manuel, TX need to get a life.

    Manuel can you even vote. Stop backing the loser – HRC

    McCain or Obama for President. Hillary no way

    April 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Lee

    Get it done DNC/leaders !

    April 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Marshall

    I think that is a great idea. I have been a Clinton supporter since the beginning of the race, but I am ready to know the outcome. We, as Democrats, need to get behind a candidate. We can not afford to have McCain win, and have the Iraq debacle continue.

    April 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |