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. obama lover

    no worry
    this old faRT is as seniel as mcsain. no big deal

    April 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Willy

    Whoopie, he chose the liberal in the democrat party from the other liberal.

    April 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. A. Harrison

    Rise I say RISE HILLARY!!!

    April 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Noah

    OMG..CNN actually posted news about a Clinton super.Keep going Hillary. Despite what OB supporters say, and the pundits, this race is tied and your stepping up to break that tie..We are with you, real democrats that is.

    April 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. The Truth

    For her support of Rural America?????????

    April 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Susan in SC

    SKELTON – knows a dying cause when he sees one?

    Get a clue, buddy.

    April 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Ross in MD

    Even rats know to get OFF a sinking ship.

    April 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Roy P

    Finally, someonw that can see Obama has won only one major electoral state. His own. Winning in republican controlled southern and small northern states cannot win a nationaL ELECTION.

    April 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Lala

    Why not younger ones supporting Hillary??? Is it age thing? Over 45?

    April 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. California Girl

    Rep. Skelton: Thank you for voting for the will of the American people.

    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. lol

    the superdelegates are finally starting to figure out if they want to beat mccain, go with hillary. this rev. wright thing isn't going anywhere. the swiftboat people will have a field day with the "reverend". if the democrats want to win vote hillary!

    April 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. wonder why

    The reason he picked Clinton is because he's in the OLD GUARD of the WASHINGTON OLD STYLE STAUS QUO people and has no an ounce of respect for the younger people or for change.......

    April 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Tom

    joyce, NC
    Hilary is what this country needs.

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

    April 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Penn State

    I cannot believe that Obama said those things today about his own preacher. I feel so sorry for Obama. How do you throw your own preacher under the bus. This man was your preacher for 20 years. He married you to your wife. He baptized your children. He let the media and his own supporters make him throw his pasture under the bus. This is a very sad day. He will cry later on after he realizes what he has done.

    April 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. joann

    Way to go Hillary – I knew there would be enough time for them to come to their senses. She is the right choice.

    April 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Ric

    Rev Wright is a blessing. To the Clinton campaign.


    April 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Jason

    If the remaining Super delegates are shared 50-50, Obama will legitimately become the nominee.

    April 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Jen B.

    A vote for Clinton is a vote for more lies and corruption and the demise of the Democratic party.

    April 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. wonder why

    If Clinton gets the nomination my family and I will vote for McCain.

    April 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. ken LA

    Isn't "Clinton" an old indian word for Peace and Prosperity? We certainly had peace and prosperity under Bill's reign and we'll have it again if more super delegates will wisely jump on the Hillary wagon.

    Go Hillary! NEVER QUIT!

    April 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. A Grandmother

    Nobody buys Ike Skelton!!!!

    April 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Dave

    Well, he made the wrong choice, because Hillary wouldn't stand a chance in the general election, but at least he picked somebody. Wish more superdelegates would do the same and get this mess over with.

    April 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Congratulations to the Senator Clinton supporters. One for you all today as well.

    April 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Big Bad Wolf in Chicago

    His endorsement isn't going to affect the lead Obama has on Billary
    good grief

    April 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. CeeJay

    Clinton supporters are mean!

    April 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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