May 1st, 2008
11:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama picks up Texas superdelegate

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee member John Patrick, a 31-year member of the United Steelworkers union and vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO, officially announced his support for Barack Obama Thursday. The nod is Obama’s second superdelegate endorsement of the day.

Earlier Thursday, former DNC Chairman Joe Andrew switched his vote from Clinton to Obama. The superdelegate gap between Clinton and Obama stands at 18 in CNN’s latest count.

"Senator Barack Obama has spent a lifetime standing up for American workers, and he will be a crucial voice for us in the White House,” Patrick said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “He has consistently opposed unfair trade deals that fail to offer protection to American workers - like NAFTA. Senator Obama has a real plan to put money back in the pockets of working families by restoring the manufacturing base in America."

Patrick had been a supporter of former Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid.

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soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. jz


    May 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. susie

    How can these people go for Obama, he sit in a church for 20 years listening to preaching on anti-America? Politicians are so stupid!!

    May 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Indiana will deliver

    O Man – you are absolutley correct!

    May 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Patty

    If they give it to Obama, I'm switching my vote from Hillary to McCain. We need some competence for God's sake.

    May 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. susie

    What position is Obama offering these idiots if he gets in the White House?

    May 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Csokas

    The only way Obama doesn't win in November is the bitterness of Clinton supporters. While I voted Obama back in February, I was, at that time, extremely ready to vote for any Democrat. Now, if Clinton is the nominee, she only gets my vote because I cannot vote for McCain. As a baseball fan, I can only point out to the Clinton campaign that if this was a race for the playoffs, she would have already been eliminated. I just love how Washington, Idaho, etc are less important than New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. Talk about disenfrancishment. Take a look in the mirror, Hillary, and let's stop all this bickering and let Obama get on with doing what Clinton says is most important to her – the people's business. Walk the walk don't just talk the talk.

    May 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. kw50

    CNN, I see you pick and choose what is put out here. All the negative things about Sen. Obama is accepted. Anything current factual info about the Clinton's you pull off. How biased is that.

    TO: Kay Lani Ray Rafko May 1st, 2008 1:25 pm ET
    Facts are a stubborn thing.
    You're right and the fact is your candidate is not going to catch up or win the nomination. So, get over it, it's time we get back to the issues at hand. Getting this country back on track with President Obama's help.

    May 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. popoye

    Go OBAMA Go...this is coming to the end!

    May 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Jason, Omaha, NE

    What will you Hillary supporters say if she comes out and tells Democrats to unite behind Obama if he is the nominee? Will you go against the wishes of your candidate and party? Will you vote for McCain who wants to continue to give tax breaks to the rich, keep us in Iraq, and not change the health care system? Obama and Hillary have similar policies, so you will vote for a 3rd Bush term because you are bitter your candidate lost? Makes no sense to me. I support Obama, but I would vote for Hillary over a 3rd Bush term. Remember Bush is the lowest rated President ever, do you want 4 more years of that?

    May 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Make a Choice- Orl

    It's amazing to me to see how much the media is attempting to control this election. I wonder who they are working for?? What happend to the good old days when reporters just reported. There is way too much personality and opinion in the news. Let the voters think don't think for them. Obama has to be strong during this bombardment of criticism and doubt. We all knew it was coming. The Rev. Wright thing is just the beginning. Ohh yea... what ever happend to the story with John McCain and that lobbiest woman. Mann... they buried that story deeper than Uma in Kill Bill 2! LOL

    May 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Tracy

    Obama will be our next president of United it or not!
    As the saying goes Hilary, if you can't beat them...join them. Hilary, It times to throw your support behind Obama. You are doing too much damage to the Democratic party, you won't be forgiven for it. Maintain some sort of dignity and bow out gracefully from the race.

    May 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Interested foreign observer

    Obama comes across truly as a once in a lifetime leader. America is indeed very fortunate for having someone like him coming forward to contest for presidency, at a time like this.

    If Hillary, despite all her antics, is nominated and eventually elected, then America should apologise to countries with despotic and corrupt leaders, the world over.

    May 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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