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. JPDX

    He's not old enough to vote for Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Jane


    April 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Percy

    The Rev of Hate is dooming the man of hope.

    April 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Allison Marie

    Yes, we should see more and more come out for Clinton. I think the super-delegates will have to factor in Florida & Michigan both won by Clinton and say it, if they want these states to vote in a general. Obama's position in this matter is wanting at best, and wright now, he's too afraid to debate Clinton with about 29% undiscided in the next two primaries.

    Go Hillary Go!!

    Uncounted in Florida

    Boycotted by Obama Camp

    April 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Adele

    Why wont CNN be fair… hillary clintons pastor just was charged with child molestion for touching a 7 year old girl her pastor name is Rev. William Procanick …. and why isnt cnn reporting the peter paul vs.. clinton case…. 17 million dollar law suit that they have aginst them…. in cally…..

    April 29, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. NG in DC

    SUPER Choice!

    April 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. kayla

    super delegates could stop this madness, but they won't do it because they are a bunch of cowards

    April 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. PHIL

    I and my wife are for Hillary Clinton as the next president of this UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We're in our middle sixties, seen a bit of life as low income workers in America in our lives, the times were good when Mr Clinton was president. People we need a good long run of good times again where our name UNITED STATES means something again, where our money has value in the world, a time our children can look forwards to life with out wars and flag covered caskets coming home with loved ones (or their selves). It's time we looked forward to a wonderful life and not a bad or sad life, lets look towards up grading our roads, our bridges, our schools, improving our ability to have rights to get health care(each and every one of us). Lets spend our money on other things other than wars and their many costs, lets put our money in to America and make it a wonderful place to live, we can, lets join hands, no matter what color or race we are, lets think about what's best for THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL HER PEOPLE!! Phil

    April 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. jp/michigan

    I am glad they are coming out of their cocoons.

    April 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. andy

    Mr. Obama is correct to denounce Rev. Wright's sermons desecrating America. To be sure, he has demonstrated good judgement in this case. Too bad it takes over 20 years for him to realize what the Rev. has been preaching all along!

    April 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Wake up America!

    Paul vs Clinton. 'nuff said.

    Wake up lemmings!

    April 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. usa for hillary

    Cnn might not post this response about education, but if you take a look at Clinton's plan, she's going to give a 3500 dollar tax credit. That's in addition to 100M for internships for youth, increasing pell grants, 500M to community colleges, upping the americorps stipend to 10K. And besides, she can actually articulate her plan as opposed to Obama. those "has beens" and dried up folks sometimes know what' they're talking about.

    April 29, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Beverly, Houston

    Obama received 3 Super Delegates today. The Hill/Billy received 1.

    April 29, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Beverly, Houston

    To: Anne E.

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Obama 08 and 12!! Yes, we can!!

    April 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Ben Gabson

    All you Clinton supporters mouthing off your biggoted views of Obama, tell us how (1) Hillary steals the nomination using her husband's mafioso tactics,
    (2) how the AA community would be persuaded in good enough numbers to vote for the monster against Mcsame.
    The polls suggest a significant number of you are either brain dead or mentally challenged, so I wanna tell you that no Democrat since FDR has become POTUS without winning the AA votes by over 70%. Think about that.

    April 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. California Voter

    It's good to see CNN announcing another superdelegate supporting Cllinton. We need someone who is tough and experienced for President during these tough economic times.


    April 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Suzie M. in NV

    I'm so glad Hillary's dedication to men and women in unfirom extends to being alongside them being shot at in Bosnia!

    April 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Suzie M. in NV

    I'm so glad Hillary's dedication to men and women in uniform extends to being shot at alongside them in Bosnia!

    April 29, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. Veronica in CA

    WHOO HOO! Congratulations HIllary!

    April 29, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Joe G

    Like the country, the Democratic Party is divided. Even at this late date Hillary Clinton is receiving Super Delegate support. It's amazing after all the money and swooning coverage that Obama receives. The Wright mess means a lot to me, but a little reported story last week should disturb every American. A high official of Hamas came out and told the world how much their terror organization likes Obama and wants him to win in November.

    I for one will be running to the polls in November to cast my ballot for John McCain.

    April 29, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. A.M.

    Ike you look fairly intelligent, but endorsing Hillary shows otherwise. You do not believe me? Okay then wait another few weeks and you will find out that you wasted your valuable endorsement.

    'Obama' 08!

    Houston, Texas

    April 29, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Andre from Chi

    This is nothing but black on black crime at a high Technical level,
    I hope Obama can over come this one.

    April 29, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Tim

    Leave it to the old and uneducated from advancing our country...

    April 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. James

    Lulu – very well said

    Thank you

    April 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. B in NC

    Democrats need to stop hating and start uniting, no matter who the candidate is in November. We have two awesome candidates. Not much separates them when it comes to the issues that are important to us. This is a close race for a reason.

    April 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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