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. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Richard writes, "This guy is another elite, latte drinker."

    I don't understand why some people hate latte drinkers so much! They are people too you know...And often times they are even honest, hardworking people just like you.....You would rather side with a politician lying through her nose and belittle someone drinking a latte...what's with this kind of logic!

    May 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Oh How Sweet It Is

    DeAnn Noel wrote:
    "...They have so stabbed that woman in her back that they do not dare let her live. But God willing she shall prevail for no one watching the FOX News last night can claim she does not have the goods to be President!"

    This statement smells of naivety. Hill is the one with the knife back stabbing and threatening her way back to that White House so she can prove she is a better man than Bill. I see you watch Fox News and that speaks volumes...

    May 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Pamela

    Thank you Mr. Patrick. Let the healing in the party begin and lets support the Obama presidential campaign. This is a journey the nation can look forward to. YEAH!!!!

    May 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. t

    Danny May 1st, 2008 1:19 pm ET

    This wrong support….all I know is White politics just like this. They said support Obama but the final they going to support Hillary for sure. Elect President is not only those superdelegate it must be all vote count, if their just count for the superdelegate only so why don't let those superdelegate go to war in Iraq.

    learn how to write a coherent sentence before you make your ignorant comment. And by the way, at least two ago months she was saying it was all about the super delegates and they had to decide. That didnt work out so now its the popular vote (which doesnt make sense because many state are caucuses) which she wont catch. Then she tried the electoral map rule which make even less sense.
    Hey would you look at that. I make a legitimate argument, coherently and with facts. Its not that difficult.

    May 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Mar

    This just shows you how STUPID the DNC is. They would rather lose the GE than have Hillary as Pres. How idiotic.

    May 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Chris N in PA

    Roger, WOW!! Talk aboutg playing God. Who the bloody hell does this roger think he is? Thank God people like him will never smell power or we will all be doomed except we do his bidding. Precisely the same set of mind for which people are leaving the Hillary bus in droves.

    May 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Kandi

    Oh thank God! Keep them coming. We have to move on to get a leg up on the general election.

    May 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. EC

    Clinton supporters just keep getting more bitter by the minute.

    I mean has anyone on the Obama team defected to the Clinton team? Even with all this nonsense about Rev. Wright? Can you Clinton supporters all say "NO".... What does that tell you?

    Only a fool would think a Pastor defines them. That would explain their rationale.

    It's very obvious why the Clinton supporters are so bitter. They voted for BUSH/CHENEY and still want the very same thing from Sen. Clinton.

    I mean WHY else would you have voted for someone who

    1. VOTED YES to a war before even reading the intelligence report and NEVER apologized for it?

    2. does not even know how to pump her own gas but yet wants us to believe she's just like us right – while being driving around by private drivers and being flown around in private jets!! Can you say disgusting Photo-Op?

    3. does NOT even know how to operate a basic coffee machine at a 7-Eleven "Photo-Op", because she doesn't even MAKE her own coffee, has her $109 staff BRING coffee to her from Starbucks!!

    4. took offense when she was asked when was the LAST time she herself was in church? Can she even quote what her Pastor's sermon was last Sunday? Oh, I forgot her former Pastor is in JAIL and her current PASTOR SUPPORTS Rev. Wright!!! Hummmm.... interesting.

    5. claims she has lived in Ohio, Texas, Scranton and NOW Indiana.....
    I'm sure she's even claimed to have lived in all the other states she's campaigned in. Wow....

    BUT yet Sen. Clinton really wants the American people to believe she's just like us right? Yeah, whose drinking the pink lemonade now?

    Pres. Bush was known for his "quick fix" panderings AND guess who is doing the same thing? Ahhhh, I expected it from Sen. McCain, BUT from Sen. Clinton, that's just plain despicable. She's campaigning like she's a Republican. I guess that explains WHY her own supporters constantly make the statement that they will vote for a Republican if Sen. Obama wins. They must believe their candidate is truly a Republican is Democrat clothing. Go figure.

    May 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. richard

    Obamabots, You may be blind but you cant place a blindfold over the American public. Obama is unelectable period. You must get over your so called loyalty and do what is best for the Democratic party....

    May 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Delaware

    America summer gas tax break isn't the solution that you need. That is all you will ever get from those who propose it; as soon they secure the nomination get ready for Exxon Mobile to get more oil from oversees that will charge you even more.Energy depency is what that we need because opect and the countries who supplies gas to us do not even like us. Do you think Exxon Mobile will get cheaper oil from them? Exxon is in busness to make money,the more they pay for crude oil, the more they will charge you. We need energy dependence.

    May 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. ellianna

    One by One - The Super Delegates are coming to Barack

    May 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. LJ Blue

    Now Rev. Wright has body guards for his speaking tours, from the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan's Black version of the KKK!

    Oh, and has a book coming out, that should be interesting for the Obama campaign.

    Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the civil fraud case against Bill Clinton until AFTER the November election! Something about defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign.

    And they were worried about running out of money for her 2008 campaign? I don't think Bill will let Hillary's campaign run out of money.
    Bill Clinton earned $31 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2005.

    May 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Carlie

    Another superdelegate makes the right choice! Thank God!

    May 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. rose, texas

    even if he wins the nomination he will not win in nov. then it's going 2 b 2 late. wake up america we surely don't want 4 more yrs. of bush, do we.

    May 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I'd like to remind everyone that:

    1`– The war on poverty was started by a Texan. Look where that got us.

    2- GWB is also a Texan–where has that gotten us?

    Think twice about any Texas endorsement–because Texans and reality don't exactly fall into the "big" picture.

    May 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. LCI

    I can't vote for Obama, I just can't as a White person. Like Blacks can't vote for Hillary, its not animus toward a race, its just because I trust Hillary like 90% of the Blacks trust Obama. You can't win this election with Obama opposing the GOP and the GOP going after blue collar workers like me. Sorry............

    May 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary has the most baggae of any canidate there is a court case that is about to start with her directly involved in Campaign Finace Fraud not even talking about Monica Lewinsky or the Pardon weatherman that her Husband Freed and the List goes on ......

    May 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. MP-Pennsylvania

    Thank you sir for putting the party first........

    Anyone endorsing Hillary supports the demise of Dems since Hillary cannot win and talso they help Hillary to keep on throwing kitchen sink wholesale at Obama and damaging him more

    May 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |


    May 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Arden

    Thank you John Patrick. You won't regret your decision. Senator Obama is the man.

    May 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. genie

    he spent a lifetime, how old is he, your a loser just like him, go ahead pick him as the democratic nominee and you will definitely see John McCain in the White House not the Black House

    May 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. John Kay

    Another 3:am phone call, Hillary answered and behold another superdelegate for Obama.

    Another 3:am phone call will soon ring again. I wonder why they choose to call her at 3:am

    May 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Jane, NC

    In the end, anyone who cannot recognize that Sen. Clinton is the most capable presidential candidate we've had, probably in the history of the country, is not seeing things clearly. Given the serious nature of our problems at this time, we will be missing a rare window of opportunity if we don't elect her. Sen. Obama is not ready.

    May 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Antoinette

    3 more coming out today

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. rj

    if you wonder why Hilary does all the posts from her supporters who think the gas tax holiday is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Anyone who has even a basic knowledge of economics knows that it's not a viable solution–even short term because it will tend to drive up the demand and therefore the price but her supporters think she's the only one who supports the common folk. These are the people that will vote for her over some stupid plan that will in the long run cause them more pain. She would've done more to lower the price of gas by not putting on that stupid show of pumping gas with her ten vehicle convoy in tow wasting more gas. Wasting gas and increased demand is what's causing the prices to rise. Everywhere Miss Common person goes, she has a convoy of vehicles behind her demanding more gas.

    Here's hoping the superdelegates have some knowledge of economics and will see through that and all of her other conniving, deceitful ways.

    May 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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