April 30th, 2008
12:32 PM ET
15 years ago

Superdelegate deluge

(CNN) - The superdelegate deluge continued Wednesday afternoon with the announcement of two new endorsements.

Luisette Cabanas, an unpledged superdelegate from Puerto Rico, is backing Hillary Clinton. California Rep. Lois Capps is supporting Barack Obama. (Capps is the mother-in-law of Obama Press Secretary Bill Burton.)

So far, the Clinton campaign has released the names of four new superdelegate supporters in the last 24 hours, and the Obama campaign has named five.

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  1. Tracy

    At this point I don't care who they endorse as long as they endorse someone and get this OVER with. Democrats need to come together to defeat McCain in November.

    A message for all bloggers- both sides have been negative towards each other by calling each other childish names: Obamabot, Billery, etc. Neither candidate has been angles and neither group of supports have been either. STOP this blame game and get together. We can't handle 4-8 years of Republican rule.

    Democrats in '08

    April 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Phew! The supers are finally coming out of the woodwork! Hopefully now we can give the prospect of a brokered Democratic convention a decent burial!

    April 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. michael

    I dont understand why superdelegates keep backing Obama. I mean, i am still relatively neutral in this race, but seeing that polls have indicated that Clinton has a better chance in winning the GE, and the superdelegate system was created precisely for the purpose of ensuring the strongest candidate wins at the DNC in the event of the close race... isnt it a no brainer?

    Its also puzzling that Obama supporters (look to the other comments on other articles) have continuously bashed Clinton everytime he gets a superdelegate saying her campaign is over. The obsession that his supporters have is verging on unhealthy for our electoral process, more precisely because its becoming a game of who is more appealing and charismatic rather than who is truly suggesting changes. Obama talks about change, but rarely gives specifics on what he will do. Clinton doesnt talk about fluffy ideas of change, but focuses on policy changes she will implement. Furthermore, the attacks (and yes, Obama has been attacking) that Obama has been throwing at Clinton are oft puzzling yet never challenged. He criticises Clinton for her implementation of a mandate within her health insurance policy, but wouldnt a mandate also exist in his policy just to less people (parents for children)? as such wouldnt any problem he have with her mandate exist within his mandate as well? Why does he say Clinton is turning negative, or has been negative, when his own campaign has turned negative as well.

    I am cool with candidates going negative and pointing out the flaws with each others' policy, but when Obama CLAIMS he doesnt, and people buy into that, and then he goes on and becomes negative nonetheless- thats puzzling, and whats more puzzling is how the media buys into it too! If his campaign calls for a conference call to put generals on the phone to bash clinton with regard her bosnia faux paus then dont run your campaign on the bogus notion that you are above 'politics'. Run that message of hope and removing old politics and stuff only if thats TRULY what you stand for. The hypocrisy of the Obama campaign is so telling, yet the american public is to blind to the truth. Obama needs to have the media hound his inaccuracy and unjustified attacks NOW. He is attacking, you know that, and i know that. Now make sure Obama cannot get away with telling the Americans that he is above that, that he wants to change washington, that he wants to remove 'old politics'. Make sure he owns up to the fact that he has become washington, bought into old politics and is playing a dirty game like everyone is. America listen up, dont listen to Obama.

    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Matt


    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. kenny cole

    Satanic woman can you see that God is not with you? you always at the back of OBAMA is time for you to drop off and lets have time to face mcbush

    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Say NO to B.O.

    Obama will not win in November, I hope the super-delegates realize this before it's too late. Hillary is the only hope for the Democrats.

    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Obama '08 NC

    I think its great, once again Obama shines. Hilary can't keep a good Obama down. Learn fron Obama Hilary, Learn from Obama. Allow Obama to introduce himself: his name is Barack Obama.

    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Anonymous


    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Dan, NJ

    Great news for Obama. Clinton needs to be taking supers 2-1 down the stretch. Since she will lose the elected delegates, a number of supers will come out for Obama in June so that 2-1 number probably underestimates what she needs.

    But the real news for Obama is that as more and more supers declare, the game gets shorter and that is always a good thing if you're winning.

    April 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Sharon Minnesota

    Clinton is the best choice. Obama should drop out and save this election for the democrats. He's never going to get past John McCain in a million years!

    The liberal element in the democratic party will mess up everything for the party and eventually the country. John McCain will beat him in November.

    Super Delegates choose Clinton now.

    April 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Marc

    Because Obama's mentor and inspiration opened his big mouth again, Barack is probably going to lose Indiana. Then, we'll see a real deluge of Superdelegates for Hillary. Barack has no hope in the GE, and I am now no longer in favor of a joint ticket because of all his baggage.

    April 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Helena

    Hillary is not going to be pleased about Lois Capps endorsing Obama. Lois has been a longtime Clinton friend & supporter. Lois is also the Chair of Democratic Women's Working Group and Chairwoman of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. This is a huge endorsement for Obama from California!
    Thank you Congresswoman Lois Capps!

    OBAMA 08!

    April 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Ed from PA

    AND THEY'RE OFF, Obama on the inside track, ahead by a length, but here comes Hillary from the outside, gaining speed due to sniper fire...

    April 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. The Dude

    Let's get closer to that 2025 today!


    April 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Obama 08

    Wow- so this really isn't helping if it continues on like this...they all need to pile on one way or the other to really have any impact. I think some of them are a bit sheepish and are hedging their bets. I mean, what ever happened to voting your conscience? Oh the exciting world of politics....you just never know what is going to happen.

    All I know is I still support Obama-I believe he is the best to lead this country, even with crazy Wright trying to sabotage his efforts. (which by the way is really sad but don't even get me started on that)

    April 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Tony

    Poor Hillary. she started the game and now she is speeding up the closure of the Clinton dynasty

    It is a great news for the Democratic Party!

    Let's get this thing over with and move on to John McCain.

    April 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Belle

    Obama supporters that think Clinton should drop out of the race are just crazy!

    Clinton has won 4 out of 5 of the last primaries. Obama, well it is nice that you describe a man as cool in crises, but since HE HIMSELF is the one who created the crises in the first place...well that is not cool!

    Bush has a record of creating crises as well! It got us into a war in IRAQ
    (By the way, the resolution was to use force to get the weapons inspectors BACK into Iraq...it was NOT a resolution of war! JUST ONE MORE OBAMA twist of the truth.

    Obama is clever, he is smart, he is an attorney...If you want drama in the White House, vote OBAMA. If you want true leadership, vote Clinton.

    Actually, I think Bush has created more drama than most of us need in two lifetimes. As for CNN coverage...Obama creates the drama, then gets hours and hours of free TV coverage to explain himself...then it is analyzed to death over the next 24 hours....HE is the divisive one, not Clinton. His pastor is correct, he is just your average politician.

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Obama Fan

    Brace yourself, I really thiink Obama will lose ID and NC.

    But he will still get the nomination.

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. amluz

    Puerto Ricans for HILLARY!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. chuck

    As of today the ELECTED delegate count. Those that come from States that held primary elections where the will of the voters count...

    The count from those states the vote is:

    Clinton 1156
    Obama 1162

    Any lead Obama has comes from party regulars that are either caucus state delegates or super delegates. The voters have this as a dead heat.

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Confused in Midwest

    Here is the endorsement from Caps!

    Today, I am announcing my endorsement of Barack Obama for President.

    This wasn't an easy decision for me. Democrats were blessed this year with many talented and capable candidates, and I believe both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama would make fine presidents. But Sen. Obama's proven judgment, his hopeful vision for America, and his unmatched ability to motivate millions of Americans eager for change made the choice for me.

    I have enormous respect for Sen. Clinton. She is smart, dedicated and a champion of those often underserved and forgotten. She has a remarkable record of achievement that inspires us all. And her election would fulfill a life long dream for so many of us who have been fighting for women's rights. She would make a great president.

    But for me, Barack Obama is the best choice.

    There are a number of reasons I could cite. He has promoted smart policies to address our nation's greatest challenges. He was right on Iraq when so many were wrong. He speaks with an eloquence that most public officials can only dream of and is inspiring millions of Americans to reconnect with politics or connect for the first time. And he can win in November.

    These are all true and good reasons, but I also believe Barack Obama is the better choice because of something larger and perhaps more important. Simply put, he has made a call to the better angels of our nature. He is challenging us to lift ourselves out of the ugliness that increasingly consumes Washington, where the heat of your argument counts for more than the light it should bring. He is asking us to stand together as Americans and transcend the traditional lines that have so often divided us by party affiliation, economic status, gender, or race. He is calling on us to rethink our approach to problem solving in the face of the enormous challenges facing our country, like Iraq, economic recession, global warming, record energy prices, and 47 million Americans without health insurance, to name just a few. I believe in his effort to put our country on a new path and want to help him make that happen.

    I came to Washington 10 years ago after winning the seat my husband Walter held. In office for a mere 10 months before he died, he had lost none of the idealism and faith in American democracy that propelled his life. Quite frankly, I don't believe he ever would have and I know that I have tried to keep that fire burning. But I'll admit it's hard, when so much of what's going on around you is less about meeting our country's challenges and more about demonizing your political opponents.

    Walter once said that "we are strongest as people when we are directed by that which unites us, rather than giving into the fears, suspicions, innuendos and paranoias that divide." For years I have been waiting for a president that speaks to that vision. I believe Barack Obama may very well be that rare leader.

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Dennis F

    OBAMA’s Pastor and Spiritual Mentor during a speech to the National Press Club SHOWED NO REMORSE about the racist opinions and anti-American statements, he makes and has made during his Sermons. This is the exact opposite to what Obama said during his Speech on RACE, following the publicized “WRIGHT ISSUE” in which Obama said that Rev. Wright WAS SORRY for these inflammatory statements.
    During the speech at the National Press Club Rev Wright also stated that Obama WAS SIMPLY BEING A POLITICIAN, suggesting that Obama shared the same beliefs and that Obama was only speaking as a Politician to the people. In other words Obama was being insincere in his speech in showing his disapproval of the statements made in Wright’s sermons. Would a Pastor of a Church say anything such as this and lie?
    The damage to Barack Obama is significant. The issue of whether he believes or agrees entirely with Rev. Wright’s opinions or political views is not the main point. Senator Obama attended the Trinity United Church for over 20 years. His membership to this Church and his support for his Pastor speaks to his lacking in certain necessary attributes that are important for someone who wants to be the President:
    Judgement (Bad ??) and Credibility (Lacks ??)
    Certainly during that period of time (20 years) Obama who as we all know is a professional, well educated lawyer and Law Professor, would have heard or known of the radical opinions of his Pastor (who supports Louis Farrakhan , Hamas etc). In fact, it is certain that he would have been present on many occasions, where Rev Wright would have been speaking in a controversial manner. Why did he not stand up as a Leader within the Church and try to change its thinking and ways?
    Obama knew that Rev Jeremiah Wright had a history which included radical political views and surprisingly Barack Obama still placed Rev Wright on his Campaign team. Why would he do this??
    Obama defended Rev Wright during his first Speech on RACE, suggesting that he disagreed with Wright's statement but could not disown him as he could not disown his white Grandmother, because he considered (and now does not consider) Wright to be just as a member of his own family , similar to an old Uncle.
    Obama has painted himself into a corner so what can he now say to America that is believable? His credibility is in question again and if you analyze objectively his actions regarding this and other similar issues, it is very difficult to believe or take him seriously on anything he says.
    It now can be said that Obama’s “chickens have come home to roost”.

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Earl

    Once Hillary wins Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky (the latter two states that have polls showing huge leads, 28%-30+%, for Hillary), then she will be seen as the candidate that has the best chance in the midwest and south, important areas for the Dems.

    Oh yeah, don't be surprised if Hillary cuts into Obama's lead in NC and only loses by 5%. Trends are already showing that to be the case.

    Here is the reality, Obama has made some serious gaffes along the way and has shown considerable lack of judegement with his affiliation with Jeremiah Wright and these things are all starting to catch up to him.

    His stump speeches are tired and he has NOTHING else of substance to run on.

    Reality is these later primaries are telling Dem Superdelegates what Dems are feeling about the two candidates now and that is that Hillary, NOT Obama, is more ELECTABLE!

    I think after all the primaries are done, the difference in pledged delegates will be small and the momentum of Hillary's wins in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia will convince most of the remaining unpledged Superdelegates to vote for Hillary.

    She has the support of the base, she has shown more resiliency, she has better credentials to be Commander-in-Chief and she has solutions, NOT speeches, for problems with the economy.

    Hillary is the best choice.

    Of course, CNN won't post this (like most of my posts) because they tactily support Obama but I can only hope they will be fair this time.

    Yes, SHE can!

    Hillary '08!

    April 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Ms Brown

    First they ignore you,
    then they laugh at you,
    then they fight you,
    then you WIN.

    Mohandas Gandhi

    OBAMA 08 – YES "WE" CAN

    April 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Moses, Ca.

    Superdelegates want to end this thing. I think they're right. The media is still trying to bring up the Rev. want let it go. The Super delegates will bring a end to this.


    April 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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