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. rajjda

    Ike knows a winner when he sees one – the tide is turning back to Hillary's favor and none too soon...

    Hillary will win because too many people see Obama's Rev. Wright problems and don't want to deal with that inter-family fight for 4 years. Now he's got Sharpton yellng at him, too.

    Take it inside and come out when you made peace with all your family members....but don't drag us into this mess. Hill for president.

    April 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    you 'can't hide her lyin' lips'

    April 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Mike

    I guess Obama should not have had Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Pitzer, Hamas in his favorite 5.

    April 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Maka

    He looks like his decision is based on RACE!

    April 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. G

    I see a lot of whining being conducted by the Obama supporters. Please call 1800-WAAAAAAAH!! They will be more than glad to help.

    "Hillary 08"

    April 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Eddie

    It seems it is okay for Hillary not to address the fact that racism or gender bias is wrong,especially when it is in her favor.She is so outraged that Obama attended this church,but will she denounce the votes from those racist in pennsylvania.Hillary is weak and only confronts issues when it benefits her.

    April 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. errrr

    Wright issue demostrates that either Obama lied or he has a big "judgment" problem.

    April 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Jack in ND

    ""Thanks, President Hillary will make us all proud to be an American, again.""

    No she won't.

    If Obama goes down, I'll vote for McCain over Hillary.

    I'd vote for George W. Bush over Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Of course all the old dinosaurs will stick together because Obama isn't "corrupt " enough, Oops, I mean experienced enought to run for President.

    April 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Fella from Chicago

    Wright! Wright! Wright! Music to my ears, but a loud deafening noise to the Obama backers. Oh my!! Have things changed since Mississippi. Hear the marching band? It's Hillary's army coming and there's no stopping them until the Presidency is her's.

    April 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |

    Obama just picked up the 2nd superdelegate of the day, Richard Machacek, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Iowa.

    April 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. gerald strother


    April 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. dl

    Thank you Rep Skelton for your support of
    Sen Clinton..

    April 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Tony

    I live in Missouri. This is the most racist place in the country period. I'm not surprised at all that another old racist White Person is voting for clinton. Just like all the racist black people in St. Louis voted for Obama. This country is so divided and yet we can't see past our differences to elect a president civil like.


    April 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. JFK

    Right on! At least not everyone can be bought by Obama!

    April 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. John in PA

    If only Howard Cosell were still alive – I can hear him shouting into the microphone now, over the roar of the crowd:


    It's the beginning of the end Obamabots.

    April 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Jody Reno, Nevada

    The undecided superdelegates are going to start jumping off the Obama bandwagon like fleas off a dead dog.

    20 years listening to the whacko Jerimiah Wright and NOW he's denouncing him...TOO LITTLE AND TOO LATE!

    Obama, you're a 'typical' politician and a liar!

    I'm a lifelong Democrat that will vote for McCain before I'll vote for a liar with a gift of gab.

    Clinton or McCain 2008!

    April 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Ray Ito

    Supporting the wrong horse. The Democratic party will once again regret for letting the Republicans win the White House.

    Keep playing the race card and see what happens.

    April 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Roger

    Obama is out gaining Hillary in superdelegate endorsements but even if she gains enough momentum to split the superdelegates, she still loses. As soon as the media pays attention to the stories about her and Peter Paul, Bill Clinton causing the closing of the factory she uses in her latest TV ads, Columbia trade, NAFTA (for it or against it?!?), etc. then it will be impossible for her to even split the superdelegates.

    April 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    Hillary supporters: You're in a cloud and need to get out. The only reason is seems things are not going so well for Obama is because he is getting negative coverage, which historically goes to the front runner and eventual party nominee (and president). Mark my words, Hillary's days are numberd...

    OBAMA '08

    April 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. K

    The media has made Rev. Wright Obama's Swiftboat.

    Hillary is dancing in the streets right now because the focus is not on her. Where is the news on Peter Paul vs. Clinton.

    It is clear that the meadia is attacking the best candidate!


    April 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Tom,des moines

    Thank you so much sir. U have make the right choice by endorse the right person to lead this country.

    Go HillaryClinton.

    April 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Jay

    Wow...The Obama cult talks some major smack talk but if we are happy you have to rain on our parade....can you say BITTER!

    April 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. meggy

    skelton gets WHITE.....good for america.

    April 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. 20 YRS WORTH

    The man was his preacher for 20 years and you don't think he ever heard him talk like this before?!

    April 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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