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. Jean

    Sparring sounds good for boxers. Legitimate competition is great for many sports and good to develop skills. If the procedure is done responsibily issues could be defined even fine tunedJUST TO BE A BLOODY FIGHT FROM ANY CANDICATE IS A WASTE OF VALUABLE TIME AND ENERGY NEEDED FOR MORE IMPORTANT THINGS.

    April 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Lostfigs

    Common' Sir! Please keep your eye on the prize. We need to WIN the White House and we'll need a fighter who can stand up to the Reps. From your years of experience, you know they have something special cooked up for Obama. Repubs. want Hillary out because they know they'll beat Obama in the Fall.

    Hillary 08!

    April 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Mary

    One thing is for SURE Obama won't General Election and all the endorsement he has gotten so far didn’t take him anywhere. Hillary is a very energized candidate and will withstand any thing thrown to her unlike Obama who is arrogant and thinks that he is untouchable and indivisible. Going to Harvard or Columbia doesn’t guarantee been a leader. He is not leader may be intellectual and smart based on the level his intelligence was measured for. But if you listen to Hillary, you can see and hear command, leadership, kindness, knowledgeable and one who cares for others.

    Me looking and listening to Obama last night, he come across someone who says, whether you like it or not I have made, I careless about you. He is only winning black votes majority and other groups doesn’t trust him and he doesn’t answer any question clearly always has way.

    One thing for the DNC to do is to nominate Hillary and White house is theirs. My friends who are supporter of Obama are switching over to Hillary and know that Obama can’t win General Election come November. If you guys would remember Al Gore and John Kerry won popular votes and electoral vote but never the ones that matters. Another thing that North Carolina people should put into consideration is Catholics’ put Bush in White House but last night 68% voted for Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Marilyn Bryan

    The truth hurts, and this superdelegate spoke the truth.

    April 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. noemi in los angeles

    This guy is going to endorse Obama. It's too obvious. Obama 08!!

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Ridgeway

    I'll make it easy for you pal. Switch parties and support McCain that way you won't waste your juice.

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. CAT

    I believe this super-delegate process will end poorly for the Democratic party. Half the party will not be happy.

    I also think half of the unhappy half will just not show up at the polls. We cannot win that way.

    I also believe the Democrat’s system will change four years from now and we will eliminate this caucus process. That also includes the super-delegates. It does seem a bit unfair allowing elected officials to choose, overriding the public vote. These are not citizens, they are elected officials representing citizens who make under the table deals all the time.

    I can see more states paired up on the Super Tuesdays so so that we end this early on in the season. There have been too many debates, too many weeks of primaries stretched out and that is not fair to those who voted way back in the beginning. I can see no more than 90 days to pair down the states and come up with a winner.

    The current process is not fair to those states on the end of the spectrum either.

    And finally, John McCain is given a free ride for ever it seems. I think we need to be fighting this battle between parties not within a party at this point in time.

    April 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Bill Winchester

    Obama is the best choice for America today. Hillary is a distant second, and the worst possible choice is John Mc Cain. If it was possible I will choose Reagan over McCain any day. This Country and the future is more important than color and gender.

    April 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Frank, San Diego

    This guy is a great example of why we have super-delegates to begin with.

    It's clear that he doesn't have much interest in either Obama or Clinton as individuals. He's looking at the November results for the party as a whole and for his state in particular. He'll weigh that against the results in his state's primary.

    We could do worse than to just let the 700 super-delegates make the choice, based on their reading of the entire primary season.

    April 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. MP-Pennsylvania

    Think whether you want to support a person who's

    Husband – brough shame to white house

    Husband -lobbied for Dubai in port deal

    Husband – promoted NAFTA

    Husband- supports CAFTA

    Husband -killed her health care plan

    husband – praised farrakkhan

    husband- invited pastor wright

    husband- get money for rhetoric- delivering speeches for foreign countries who then donate to his library

    Husband-gave most favored nation state to china without human rights

    the candidate did not denouce any off those

    And the person

    Who took money from terrorists groups -LTTE and islamic group in USA

    says all terrorists are not terrorists

    Supported PLO

    deffendent for Peter Paul case ib california

    as a family write off charity from taxes given to their library

    a person
    Who 's

    pastor- Wright said unacceptable things- but denounced by the candidate

    neighbor- RETZCO being the neighbor/ raised fund for the candidate

    happen to know- ayers

    Give charity to the church not for his charitable causes

    April 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Natwah

    The Clinton Campaign Slogan should read Obama in 08' Clinton 12'

    Barack Obama is trying to win the 2008 presidential election and “Billary Clinton” started out along the same path but is now trying to win the 2012 presidential election instead. The fact of the Matter is the Clinton camp knows that Billary has already lost the 2008 Primaries. Mathematically, financially and because she’s fast running out of states which haven’t held their primaries yet we can say geographically, she has already lost the 2008 primaries. The powers to be cannot give her the nomination without causing a split within the Democratic Party and or possibly a Civil War and she knows it . All she has left is to look forward to 2012, where it becomes problematic for the Clintons (Chelsea, Bill and Hillary) is she can’t come back in 2012 and run for president as a Democrat unless one of 2 things happens. The first is that after Obama wins the primaries, if he goes on to win the general election that would make it almost impossible for Billary Clintons to run in 2012 with a sitting Democratic president. Leaving only a remote possibility that Obama as president would have to be the worst president in the history of the United States. He has to be a worst president then Franklin H. Pierce the only sitting president to not have won his party’s nomination the following election year. Franklin H. Pierce coincidentally happens to be the great….great…great….great……great grandfather of the current president George W. Bush, meaning Obama would have to be worst then a legacy of ineptness to give Billary Clintons a chance. As most people know Barack Obama is a highly intelligent Columbia Graduate and a Harvard educated individual The second and more plausible scenario becomes/is what they (the Clintons) are trying to do now. The “he’s not electable” argument forgetting the fact that if he’s not electable is because the Clintons made it so by are trying to make sure Barack Obama is bloodied up enough that he would loose the general election. If that were to happen it would give the Clintons another chance to come back in 2012 with Republican John McCain as president and say I told you I was the more electable one. That alone barring any catastrophic events or revelations from the many dealings of the Clintons past, present and future would make her the de facto Democratic Candidate in 2012. You may be reading this right now wondering why they would go to such length to get back in the White House. To that question I give this answer………………because Billary Clintons feel she’s entitled to be the first Woman president of the United States and she would do anything to make that dream come through. My guess is as soon as Chelsea Clinton turns 35 she too would be running for president, after all she too was in the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

    April 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Chrissy, TX

    To all the undecided superdelegates, don't be afraid when the time comes to vote for the stronger candidate to run against McCain, Hillary. A lot of superdelegates that have endorsed Obama have gone against the will of their state ex. Kerry, Richardson, Kennedy to name a few. So all this crap of being for the will of the people is just that.........CRAP! We need a candidate with abackbone and it surely is not Obama!

    April 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. John in Iowa

    Obama does not bring a bright future to America. Look at his radical friends; AYERS/WRIGHT/FARAKHAN/SINCLAIR, etc...

    America would be a third world country within a year under Obama.

    Hillary or McCain '08!!!!! NEVER OBAMA!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. GG, Dallas, TX

    I just don't get where the koolaid brigade thinks that NObama brings America hope and a brighter future! He's a racist, elitist, idiot! Change! For crying out loud – do you goofy dems think he can "change" things single-handedly? If so, the dems are more stupid that I previously thought. He is one person, pandering to you bubble-gum chewers!

    April 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Timothy

    The super delegates are a bunch of spineless men and women who only panders. There is no reason why they have to wait until the convention or June 3rd. This is not about them I voted for the candidate that I felt would be the right choice, and if they think they can just march in and say this is the most electable person screw them all and the party.

    The media and the candidates seem too forget all the states are important not just NY, TX, CAL, PA, Fla or MI. I find it disingenious on any candidate and the media to think that TN, ARK or any other state with less delegates unimportant. If Al Gore had won a small state such as TN. he would have been the next president and guess what Fla. would have been less important. To cherry picks states too win is wrong. And candidates should be held accountable by the voters.

    April 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    These Supers had better consider more than the Republicans of their state in making their dicidion ALL the MILLIONS that have voted for Obama!

    His numbers speak for themselves!! While Hillary's does not, remeber there were a lot of Republicans slipping over to vote for Hillary because they want Hillary to win, they know they can BEAT HEAT DOWN! With all of the negatives that have been done by her and her husband. Just the things that are on you tube alone will crush her. They don't have much of anything on Obama, now they want to use who he knows against him, take out of context his words while giving voice to the needs of the very people that will turn and bite him, these are the very ones that bigots hope to incite against him. they believe them to be uneducated bigots with weak minds that they can pursaude as they will. THe worst thing about this is there are plenty of them, but they fail to understand most people of today are NOT, we on the other hand have progressed and want to understand each other's differences, we do not want to be forced to stay in HATE!!

    April 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Marcy,Florida

    Every person in every state should have their vote counted. Keep the supperdelegates and Howard Dean out of this race until every vote is counted. What's wrong with letting the race go on until June? If your state was at the end of the elction process, I'm sure you would want to vote. I know I would. Let's just see what comes of all of this since a lot is riding this election.

    April 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. jim chap.......

    Fence sitters like this guy are allowing this party to splinter and fracture beyond repair. The longer it goes, the less chance of winning.
    He could just do the math. Obama's lead is insurmountable unless you want to push the plunger on the Party.

    April 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    I will not vote for Obama. I am a young black woman (dem) who has not and will not support him. I believe he's the same as the rest of the politicians and the fact that he continues to act and speak as if he isn't is exactly what draws me away from him.
    With Hillary, we know what we're getting good or bad. As she has said before, everyone has been through her baggage so we know what we're signing up for. It's an unknown with Obama. After 8 years of Bush I'm not ready for an unknown. We can't take that right now. Too many things concerning his past are supposed to be considered "trivial" when they wouldn't be "trivial" if it were anyone else's past. There's always an excuse, a reason, a speech behind who he knew, what he did, or what he didn't do and that's it. It's glossed over like no big deal.

    I also want to know why it's ok for superdelegates in states Hillary has won to change over to Obama. John Lewis here in Atlanta, was PRAISED for switching to Obama b/c his precint supported Obama. He was supposed to do what his people want. So why now is the Gov of Oklahoma endorsing Obama when Hillary won the state? Why did Richardson endorse Obama when Hillary won NM? There's another state where the same thing happened, I think Cali as a matter of fact, where she won HUGE. I'm finding the double standard insane and disappointing as a young black woman who is a part of the future.....Just why can't Obama close the deal and put her away, spending like he is? These are some examples of reasons why. He's not convincing all people of the under 30 gen.

    April 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. oldsam

    Let's hope Obama doesn't have to face McCain with scars. He is the only one capable of winning the Democratic battle without a lot of controversy. They need to settle Florida and Michigan though but Clinton has no way tp catch Obama in delegates and a remote change to catch Obama in the popular vote even if Florida is included. I just don't see why democrats supporting Clinton don't seem to see that, it's not like their is a big difference between their plans for America. Unless they are Clintonians first before Democratic I just don't get it.

    April 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. joyce

    proud white,65 year old lady
    we love obama ansd he will win so hop on board

    April 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Peter

    Obama can win NC in the general election. He was tied with Mccain in a recent poll. NC-superdelegates should all endorse Obama. You can see in another article here, that GOP-NC is releasing a stupid attack ad against Obama, that is because they fear a Obama victory, because NC could actually become a democrat state.
    Hillary doesnt stand a chance in NC against Mccain. NC-supers should endorse Obama and stand behind him, that way democrats have an even bigger chance to take the state in the general election.

    April 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Dale Wise

    Let's make some more non-news, while at the same time, continue to mis-report on, and exagerate Clinton's 'victories'. Also, let's make it seem as though Obama is somehow losing and is unelectable. The American people are obviously so stupid that they'll vote for whomever we convince them to. Morons.

    April 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Real Change

    Good lord how can some numnuts still be undecided. It's people like this who are really to blame for this mess.

    April 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Linda Feldman

    Let's be pragmatic: Ignorance is the enemy. People with poor or little education vote for Hillary. Why? They are afraid - of Obama's middle name, of his color, of his "inexperience," of his pastor, of what he doesn't wear, among other terrifying items. What greater argument can be made for better education than what we are experiencing in this campaign. Brings to mind elections in banana republics, Eastern Europe, and Africa where fear is always on the ballot.

    April 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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