April 23rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

North Carolina superdelegate still undecided


Watch a North Carolina superdelegate explain some of the factors he is considering in deciding between Clinton and Obama.

(CNN) – Even though less than ten Democratic primary contests remain, 308 superdelegates have yet to reveal which of the party’s two remaining major presidential candidates they intend to support. David Parker of North Carolina is one such superdelegate.

“I have changed my mind several times just like the American public seems to be moving around,” Parker told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning.

Polling results of head-to-head match-ups between Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be a factor in Parker’s decision.

“I’m also looking at the impact down-ballot in North Carolina,” Parker said Wednesday. “And, across the South were I think Democrats need to come back."

Although Parker confessed to feeling pressure to make a decision, he also told Roberts that the long Democratic nomination fight is likely good for his party’s eventual nominee – especially if the nominee is Obama.

“Doing a little sparring with Hillary Clinton - who is an incredibly tough competitor and may, in fact, knock him out - is good training for him in the fall,” said Parker. “John McCain is not going to pull any punches and those gloves are going to come off quickly."

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    I'm getting tired of these "super" delegates whining about not being able to make a choice. The American public has not "been going back and forth" about their support; ever since Sen. Obama took the lead in popular vote and total delegates, he's held it. He also leads in states won, by the way, with an insurmountable majority. The fact that the margin by which he's ahead wavers by a few points every election does NOT indicate a shift in the American public.

    Another perspective I haven't seen yet; the demographic split in supporters sounds a lot like the split between Rep & Dem votes in the last presidential election; the Dems won the young, urban votes while the Reps won the older, rural votes. Look at which group Sen. Clinton is leading in; if she wins, the next presidential election will be a repeat of the last. Choosing between Sens. McCain and Clinton is like choosing between McDonalds and Burger King. Same burger, different special sauce, and both are bad for your health.

    April 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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