April 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Rep. Ike Skelton picks Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/29/art.skelton.gi.jpg caption="Skelton is backing Clinton."](CNN) - Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton said Tuesday he will cast his superdelegate vote for Hillary Clinton.

In a statement released by the Clinton campaign, Skelton said he is supporting the New York senator because of "her support in rural America, her commitment to National Security, and her dedication to our men and women in uniform."

Skelton is chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee and has served in congress for over 30 years. His state narrowly voted for Barack Obama on February 5, though Clinton won 60 percent of his congressional district.

With Skelton's endorsement, Clinton now holds a 22 superdelegate lead over Obama, 259 to 237, according to CNN's estimate. More than 300 superdelegates have yet to make up their minds.

Skelton is the fourth superdelegate to endorse a candidate Tuesday. Earlier, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley announced he was backing Clinton and Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler and Iowa DNC member Richard Machacek announced they were supporting Obama.

soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. Dave W

    Ike's a good guy. I respect his opinion. I just wish Hillary would stop attacking her fellow Democrat and concentrate on Republican policy instead.

    And Obama needs to stop reacting to Hillary's negative crap. Stop rolling in the muck at the bottom of the pond you guys!

    April 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Alicia


    When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his
    sex-abuse trial in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to
    tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But as the former
    Clinton pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for
    inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his home last March,
    Judge Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick sacrificed his honesty the day he
    Okay, so now that Bill and Hillary Clinton's pastor has been convicted
    of child molestation, will we see the same furor directed at Hillary
    that Obama has had to endure these last
    few weeks?


    Then you need to email this article to everyone you know. Here the
    CLINTON'S Pastor is convicted of child molestation. So, if Obama bears
    the guilt for his pastor's comments, then Hillary has to be equally
    tainted by her pastor's crimes.

    April 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    They do have the right to endorse whomever they please. I would tell them, however, that if they turn over the will of the people, they will lose this Democrat and millions of others FOREVER.

    Clinton supporters may have be effective in their negative attacks of Obama, but I still know that he is a person of integrity who has tried to remain above it all yet gets dragged through the mud any chance Hillary gets. That may work for the Republican Party, but then again, that is one of the main reasons I'm not affiliated with that party.

    April 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. KPO'M

    If Clinton wins the nomination, it's the end of the Democratic party as we know it. Maybe it's not a bad thing. Maybe the bad thing is how the GOP selects a nominee. We need new parties, plain and simple. Social conservatives like the Clintons and Bushes fit in well with the "Bubba" and "beer and whisky" crowds. Social liberals like Obama fit in well with the "wine," "independent" and "educated" crowds. Let's divide based on social, rather than economic issues. McCain is still a maverick and probably still wins.

    April 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. gary


    April 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Deb, IN

    All I can say is SMART MAN!!!!!!!

    Hillary for President!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Mary

    Obama just needs a few more Super Delegates (less than 100) to wrap this all up!

    McCain better be ready!

    Vote Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. GM from MN

    I'm glad to see more and more superdelegates endorsing a candidate. Especially when Obama is keeping pace or exceeding Hillary with them.

    April 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Richard, Florida

    Go Hillary!!!

    Now I know why Hillary informed the public that delegates were allowed to change their mind...

    Looks like a lot will be changing their endorsements...

    April 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    It's funny how people think Hillary has experience. For what? Campaigning FOR NAFTA? Dodging sniper fire? She only claims the good things her husband has done as her own. 8 years as first lady means nothing to me nor should it to America.

    April 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Realistic

    Another old guard/old geezer picks Hillary to try to hold on to the throne. What a surprise.

    Hillary = Business as usual.

    April 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Nora, FLORIDA

    I wonder will Hillary inform him that because she did not win in Missouri, she cannot accept his support. Hmmmm she is so double standard and talks out of the side of her neck until it is hard to believe anything that she says, which makes me questions those who are supporting her. One minute she says one thing and the next minute, she says something else.

    April 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. obama, obama, obama

    Yes, she will be the next president

    Hillary R. Clinton, P.O.T.U.S 2009-2016

    Obama you came on the scene to fast, you peaked to fast and you will leave the public place not fast enough....

    No one believes that your Rev. J. Wright was not just a politicial play for Obama to publically denounce his mentor, because the GOP was using it all over the place. But it is to little to late, just like you Obama...

    April 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. M.S. Indiana

    No country for old men

    April 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Jack, Indianapolis

    Most popular vote + most delegates + most states = Nominee.

    Yes We Can.

    April 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. bernice

    Go Obama, 2008

    April 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Caleb

    It's funny how obama and his supporters are all the most mean and hateful people. What "change"! obama dukakis is losing more and more white support every day with his racist spiritual advisor (and yes, he did call him that in his book even though he now claims he did not, but I guess I'm the only person who read it). You guys be happy if you win the nomination. It's all you're going to get.

    April 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. JCB

    Anne E. - If you want to bring home the troops, preserve our planet, preserve social security, and help the economy, you better vote for Hillary. She has a time table for bringing the troops home, plans to help the economy and save people from losing their homes, a plan to help all Americans get health care, and will work to begin balancing the budget. Remember, the last President to balance the budget and trim down the national debt was Bill Clinton - The man Obama supporters love to denigrate. If you don't care aboput Obama's bad judgement and lies about Wright, Rezvik, and his terrorist friend, you should care that he has no substanance. Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. bernj

    Uncle Sam April 29th, 2008 4:16 pm ET

    Is that the tide I hear turning?

    Nope....just sniper fire. It will be over soon and the nominee will be Barack Obama.

    April 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Greg C., CA

    I year ago I had a slightly positive opinion of Hillary Clinton but after this campaign of distortion and bile, I have come to dislike her and Bill enormously. I believe that she would rather win the nomination and lose the election than lose the nomination and see another Democrat win the election.

    If Clinton manages to steal the nomination, I'll quit the party and write Obama's name on the ballot in November. Better McCain than Clinton. ANYBODY but Clinton.

    April 29, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Marcia

    "Old" politics strikes again.

    April 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Carly

    . . .Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. And NAFTA. We need change.

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    April 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Greg

    I think the troops over there is the only thing keeping radical islam at bay. Bring the troops home and you'll see a nuclear holocost right here in the US. Americans aren't exactly loved on this planet. A radical muslim would love the opportunity to impress alah. I dont want the troops in harms way any more than the next guy however, I dont want to live under a muslim boot either

    April 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Jan

    He has thrown his mom, grandmother, and now his 20 year mentor and "uncle" under the bus. Oh, how the mighty have fallen –for one enormous ego! Who will be next? his "young supporters or his "african american " supporters? Who knows! This man is an a chameleon! "politician extraordinare". If you believe him , I live near the brookllyn bridge and it is for sale!

    April 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |


    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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