April 23rd, 2008
03:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Oklahoma governor backs Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/23/art.henry.ap.jpg caption=" Henry is backing Obama."](CNN) - Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Wednesday.

"Senator Obama is uniquely positioned to unite our nation and move beyond the divisiveness and partisan skirmishes that too often characterize politics as usual in Washington,” Henry told The Oklahoman.

Henry, currently serving his second term, had said he did not plan to endorse until the party's convention in late August.

Hillary Clinton won Oklahoma on February 5 with 55 percent of the vote.

Henry is one of the party's 720 superdelegates who will ultimately decide the party's nominee. About 300 remain undecided. (Related: Clinton picks up superdelegate)

Check out CNN's latest delegate estimates here

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Sally S

    I'm ashamed to be a democrat where we push for an unelectable candidate like Obama. He is a true invisible man – taking on the colors of those near him who can help him. Loyal to none but himself with a wife who despises america! What a shame. Without Hillary on the ticket, my entire family and neighborhood will vote for ANYONE but Obama! Hillary isnt great, but she sticks to her posiitons and McCain has experience and common sense to work with democrats when needed! Send Obama back to the Illinois statehouse where he wont vote for anyhting serious!

    April 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Kevin- Muskegon, MI

    "Obama can't win the big states"

    Here's what you Clintonites don't realize, every Democrat in November is going to vote for Obama or Clinton in November, big state or little state. Noone is that naive or stupid to vote Republican out of anger.

    The gas in my state is now $3.70 a gallon today. They could drag somebody ion off of the street before I vote for McCain in November. So all of these "Big" states that he supposedly can't win due to Clinton, come on, you know good and well if it came down to Obama or John McCain who REAL Democrats would vote for. Let's be realistic here....

    April 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Nicola Morgan

    First off- I WAS an independent. I switched parties in order to support Barack Obama in the PA primary. And the fact that Hillary Clinton is still running without intervention is the reason I am not a democrat.

    She is destroying the only chance our country has at restoring a unity that we have never felt before. If she is truly thinking of the American people she would clear the way for Obama- who is unlike anything this country has ever seen.

    The only reason she won PA was because of her misleading ads and trash talk. They didn't vote FOR her. They voted AGAINST him because they believed her lies. I still run into people who think that Obama is a muslim!

    So here's a big "way to go!" democrats! You finally have something good going, and you're blowing it!

    April 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. hillary!

    Way to go Pennsylvanians! Keep it going Hillary!

    April 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Chris

    After Senator Clinton's single digit win (yes, 9% is less that 10%) it really isn't a surprise to see the super delegates move to Obama. With North Carolina being the *biggest* state left in play and a double digit lead for Obama, the writing is on the wall.

    Obama went from a 20+ point underdog in Pennsylvania to a 9 point loss in "Hillary Country". Will Clinton come anywhere close in North Carolina?

    April 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Megan

    I don't understand why some of you feel Obama is not electable? He's the only candidate in my 20 yrs of voting that my staunch Republican friends will actually "think" about. If it's Hillary, they go for McCain. I can not even stand the thought of another 4 years with a Republican president. And one who doesn't understand economics at that. If Hillary does somehow get the nomination (still not sure how this is possible?) I'd have to vote for her, but I thing McC will win as she is soooo devisive, the republicans will come out in droves against her. And America swearing in another war hawk will not help our rep in the rest of the world.

    Barry O'Bama 08!

    April 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Garret, Los Angeles


    April 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Michael

    I think it is SO ridiculous that so many of you people keep INSISTING that Obama can't win this state or that one. If you are a Democrat, GET A CLUE! Do you HONESTLY think that his competing against a Democratic institution like "Clinton" is the same as competing against a Republican one - Maverick or not - like McCain? Tell you what, once the "dust" settles, and Obama has been named the Democratic nominee and the blue-collar or senior voters decide NOT to back him, they do so at their own peril! If they think they've had heard times under Bush, let them IMAGINE another four years of it! You can't wage a war for another 100 years and have money at home. You can't be AGAINST universal health care and HAVE healthcare. You can SUPPORT NAFTA in its present form and create jobs, you can't set up private trust funds for seniors (or would be seniors) and sustain social security, you can't have a LACK OF KNOWLEDGE about the economy and yet improve it, etc., etc., etc. Say what you will about what you will, but those people that SOME may worry about not supporting Obama in a general election more by Hillary fans, but they BETTER NOT BECOME McCain FOOLS! We all know, the other nonessential "smut" aside, there's but a hair's worth of difference between Obama and Hillary's policy proposals. If you don't get what you NEED (and want) with one, you BETTER get it with the other. One thing is certain, you CERTAINLY won't get it with McCain!!!! You better believe, if it's a state that Hillary WOULD HAVE CARRIED, it's a state Obama WILL CARRY. And you can TAKE THAT TO THE BANK! People may be loyal ... but they're NOT fools!! Self-preservation is STILL a very strong instinct, regardless of who you "like" in the primary.

    April 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. twister49 - oklahoma

    for those who oppose Henry's decision- go to his web-site and leave a meesage

    April 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. candical

    Boys and Girls the war has been lost. Clinton did not win large enough to give herself a chance down the road. Perhaps CNN and tyhe best political team should start giving out straight talk. She cannot win from this point on. The Clinton stranglehold is now broken. The party has a candidate and come Jan. the first African American will be president.

    April 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Deb from Minnesota

    It doesn't matter how many endorsements he gets – I still don't feel good bout him as a candidate.

    April 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Ed K.







    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!


    April 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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