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. LB

    Obama will make a great President. The color of his skin is of no importance. The best person for the job is what matters.

    April 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA


    April 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. joe





    April 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Foreign observer

    So what, finally it will be a 50 / 50 on superdelegates. Who you think will have the advantage ?

    April 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Betty

    The tide is definitely turning! Go Hillary! There will be more superdelegates who will vote for Hillary, the only candidate who's well qualified to be our commander in chief.

    April 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Nancy in Dallas TX

    Oh yes, I am sure all the obama supporters are sick&tired of rev wright. Get used to it. Obama is now fatally flawed, it will not stop until Obama is forced to withdraw.
    Drip, drip, drip. The Super D's will start peeling off after next Tuesdays results are posted.

    April 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Sunny

    To those critical of Senator Obama: Refresh your memories: Whitewater, Filegate, Travelgate, Monicagate, Bosnia Sniper Fire, Monies in millions from foreign donors, peace in Ireland, refusal to release donor list. Get Real!

    April 29, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. roger

    smart man, he is not fooled by Obama message of promises with no substances....it may be too late but now that most americans are finding about the real Obama the more they are realizing he is not what he PREACHES to be.

    April 29, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Freebird

    Great. Hillary is on the move. Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, Montana still to vote! Woo Hoo. President Clinton 2009.

    April 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |


    April 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. fred

    Good for Ike....a Missouri boy with brains!!!

    April 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. commentspage

    Thank you! There are still good and brave people left who haven't lost common sense and patriotism to mainstream anarchy proposed by walkie-talkie Obama.

    April 29, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Ron

    Finally the people are getting it right. They are seeing right through Sen Obamas Lies.

    April 29, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Gino

    Bravo and thanks whoever you are. You made my new President get closer to her victory. Thanks

    If you can, convince some more of the delegates too.

    April 29, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Eric-PA

    Good news. Another superdelegate with common sense. They're all coming out now realizing Obama is unelectable.

    April 29, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    A. He's been in power too long.
    B. He's hoping to stay in power by recommending Hillary.
    C. He's also committed–to blaming someone else for everything and accomplishing nothing–all the while insuring steadily increasing costs to the taxpayer–and steadily decreasing return on that investment.


    April 29, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. rachel maldonado

    sirs, thank you for the opportunity of hearing from one of your so-called and labled " uneducated" voter. But regardless I have strong concerns for the issues at hand and consider myself a christian women who cannot image Senator Obama with all of his intelligence attending (20 yrs) rev. Wrights sermons could not see through this man who is not all there . This is not the man I TRUST as my President. Thank GOD I need not a college degreee for commom-sense.

    April 29, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Earl

    Good to see some superdelegates are starting to show some rational thinking here.

    And this is a strong endorsement when it comes to Hillary as Commander-in-Chief. Skelton is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and he specifically mentions her commitment to National Security as a strength.

    Add that to 28 generals and admirals who are known as Flag Officers, which also includes 2 former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    As far as being the best prepared to be Commander-in-Chief of the U.S., its not even close between Hillary and Obama.

    Go Hillary '08!

    April 29, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Raq

    This is my first time ever voting ...I will be votiing for Obama....he is the best person to be our president of this country..very honest. We dont need another Clinton in the white house NOT THIS TIME HILLARY... If Hillary is the nominee I will not vote in november... Period.

    April 29, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. James

    Obama will win the nomination anyway so it does not matter.

    April 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. HP Boston

    The people who regret the early votes they gave Obama are furious. He is still being vetted and they see SD still caving to the begging and promises made to them, Obama is toast!
    He will never be able to win the GE, resign Obama, we all know what a loser you are.

    April 29, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Jane

    Who cares about this crusty old skeleton guy, I mean Skelton guy? Barack Obama received the endorsement of Missouri Senatior Claire McCaskill months ago.

    Obama all the way to the White House '08!

    April 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Tom Petty

    I'd like to dedicate this next song to Mr Obama and his poll numbers....



    April 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. dorothy

    Hillary Clinton,s supporters all seem to have something in common, which gives me a clear indication of what to expect if she becomes the next President, because Clinton, and John McCain would be another 4 years of Bush and Cheney in the White House. I refused to vote for either.

    Jim & Dorothy

    April 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Lily

    Hillary is untrustworthy and unelectable.
    All she does it Lie and speak mistruths.

    Obama is the Only one who can heal this country after all the harm that Hillary has done.

    April 29, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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