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. sharonl

    Why don't you list the new delegates that Obama has won the last few days? You won't though – because that would be the fair thing to do.

    April 29, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. JCB

    Texican - Many blacks remember a better time when Bill Clinton was in the White House. They also respect Hillary for her work for the under priviledged, and they know she represents all Americans. If Obama was not black, those same people would have voted for Hillary. And, they will if she wins the nomination because they know they need a president that will work to improve the livelyhood of all Americans. She will.

    Hillary won Arkansas because we remember her commitment to health care, education, and civil rights. The BET owner and other national and state black leaders will help strenghten Hillary's position if she receives the nomination. Why do you think she always polls better than McCain? If blacks really want to see improvements in the government and the country, they will vote Hillary 08.

    April 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Ohio Voter For Hillary!

    Obmama's Pastor has DOMED him hahahahahaha!!!! he was'nt gonna win away!

    April 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Paul 43

    Why were Clinton's 2 endorsements today each given a separate headline while Obama's 2 were mentioned only as a sort of afterthought?

    April 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary has the right people in her corner with more to come. The Obama campaign cannot claim good judgment when their man has just now strongly denounced his relationship with J. Wright. Nothing has changed, it's just now more politically expedient to denounce him.

    I believe that Obama is a good man but has very poor judgment and needs more time to mature and distance himself from people who would damage the presidency for the Democratic party


    April 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Terri Patanus

    Thank you Mr. Skelton!

    We appreciate you supporting HILLARY



    April 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. lugina


    Obama please just go AWAY...its over...bla-bla-bla...

    April 29, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. SBvoter

    Good for you Skelton-Thank God the supers are coming out of the shadows. Hillary will be our nominee-and if we lose some of the black vote so be it (you're not the majority anyway) . He understands that we need someone with experience-Try again in 8 years Obama-i'll vote for you then.
    HILLARY 08

    April 29, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Jodie from Idaho

    Lets give the media what they want. Let's prolong this soap opera. Even though everyone knows that the Supers will not overturn the popular vote, and there is no way for Hillary to get the popular vote. It is over, so Hillary exit gracefully, soon. Please!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Derrick

    Another VERY INTELLIGENT man!!!


    Hillary 08' 12'

    April 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Lu Lu Looney


    Get a clue, this race is not about you. Obama will win so get over it. There is no lady to go first, Hillary is not a lady, she's a liar, and a thief–do the research on the White House china.

    April 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Niel, NY

    30 years of service going down the drain !!

    April 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |


    April 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Voter

    WOW the old white guy is for Hell-ory. Big suprise!

    April 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Devin 22

    I'm getting a little fed up with the comments against old people on these blogs. When you oh-so-intelligent young people contribute half as much to this country as your parents and grandparents did, then you can speak up. Until then keep your hatred to yourselves.

    April 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Joseph Adewole

    By her voting for the war in Iraq? What is IKE talking about? Where does her National Security experience come from?
    Ah!!! God Bless America!!!

    April 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. I have spoken

    A new Disney poll states that Obama is leading Hillary in Indiana by 50 pts. come on folks, these polls don't mean anything.

    April 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. crazy4obama

    Obama is what this country needs. It doesn't matter what the media stacks up against him, we will vote for him in November. We're not going to vote for Clinton. WE WILL VOTE MCCAIN IF SHE"S NOMINATED. THINK ABOUT THAT. She will not get the black or the young vote. So what if Barack isn't the right choice for this country or the world. He's our choice. The young have spoken. We are the sheppards of the future! Everyone else is irrevelant...

    April 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Voter

    Hell-ory supporters better start calling him a trator to his voters now!

    Oh ya superdelegates are suppose to vote with there people when it helps Hell-ory and vote agenst them when it supports Hell-ory!

    April 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Susan

    I have voted in every election, local or national, since I turned eighteen (which wasn't yesterday).

    If Hillary Clinton gets this nomination, although I will still go to the polls because we have some important state races, I will not cast a vote for president.

    Just saying it makes me feel kind of ill, but I will not enable Hillary Clinton to ruin this country, as I feel certain she will.

    April 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. tda

    Have you noticed that the superdelegates going for Billary are the "good ole boys" from DC and the superdelegates going for Obama are younger, fresher and more inclined to change the status quo? We need some new blood running this country or it will be Americas blood that is shed in the not so distant future. We need a President that is going to open the lines of communication to the world and not get us blown off the map with old school style politics that don't consider the world TODAY!

    April 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |

    Thank You, Rep. Skelton..we appreciate your support.

    Stay focused Hillary, no one can beat you on the issues.

    HILLARY 08

    April 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Deb from Minnesota

    Glad to hear this news. Yep – there is change in the air – towards Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Rafe

    He even looks like a Clinton supporter... old, white and dumb.

    Obama gets 7 supers to her 3 since and all we hear about is hers and her "momentum." CNN=Clinton News Network.

    April 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Thomas in Florida

    Is it me or are all of Hillary's supers very, very old?

    April 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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