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. karen from philly

    Where's Jon Edwards & Al Gore's endorsements??

    May 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. R.I.F.

    It apears that the media is totally disconnected from reality. They talk about Wright, Wright, Wright, and the Supers keep coming in Drip, Drip, Drip. Get a clue CNN.

    May 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    What a surprise, eh?

    May 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. sacto joe

    In spite of the media moguls trying to pull him down, Senator Obama is pulling ahead.

    We are looking at the next President of the United States.

    May 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. The Dude

    I bet we'll see the rest of the superdelegates go public next week. This is awesome!

    May 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Ron L

    This is just a guess but I feel that many seasoned Democratics view Hillary Clinton coming up with this PHONY gas tax vacation suggestion as THE LAST STRAW!!

    SHE is WAY TO SMART to think this will work, or that she could get it approved in less than a few weeks by Congress and yet SHE STILL ANNOUNCED IT and tried to convince everyone it was a GOOD idea...

    This is PURE pandering and IS NOT what Americas needs right now!!

    If I am correct there will be MANY more defectors and new annoucments in the next few days.

    I WAS a Hillary supporter but she disappointed me when she became a PURE OLD SCHOOL POLITICIAN in womans clothing..

    May 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. vjh

    Finally an AFL-CIO member who knows the impact of NAFTA !

    May 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Hillary McCain

    I like the emphasis on NAFTA.

    Unlike Hillary, who campaigned for it NAFTA in the 90s and is now lying to everyone in Ohio and PA that she was opposed to it.

    Both Clintons have taken money from Chinese lobbyists – you know, China, the place where all the jobs are going to now these days.

    Hillary says she is against Columbia Free Trade, but yet both Bill Clinton and chief strategist, Mark Penn, were on the Columbia government's payroll!

    So, it makes you wonder why the other two recent AFL-CIO democrats endorsed Hillary.

    Welcome aboard John Patrick!

    May 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Deezy

    Hillary despite of her well choreographed campaign is not convincing at all. Check this out she won PA but the superdelegates she's counting on to win the nomination have literally cancelled her narrow delegate margin in favor of Barack. The writing's on the wall ma, please quit and let the Dems race against the republicans and not you!

    May 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Matt

    Obama/Edwards 08

    May 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. MJL

    WOW!!! THIS IS # 10 SINCE PA

    YES WE CAN!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. dbacchus

    So... Is it LESS THAN 20 S-D difference now?! Starting from almost 200? Great news! We should really have this OVER by May 7th.

    May 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. mike from texas

    Proud texan.

    May 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. gerald strother


    May 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Honest Abe

    That superdelegate lead keeps shrinking and shrinking. I guess all she'll have left to offer superdelegates are the 'POLL OF POLLS' that she does so well in! HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!!!!!

    SHE IS PATHETIC! And so are her supporters who will vote for McSame when she is dragged out! I bet she'll vote for McCain this fall.

    May 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. FEDUP

    When has he stood up for American workers? How or what has he done for American workers? Name just one?

    May 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Paul

    He's not a Hill-Billy?

    May 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Fed Up with DNC

    For the good of the party, Senator Clinton must DROP OUT NOW!!!

    Then again, she can always run as John McSame's VP.

    You want a debate, how about Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton. Michelle will clean his clock!!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. WesternKid

    It's confusing to see polls favoring some rebound for Clinton, while the SuperDel count tightens in favor of Obama. I think the polls reflect too much the tabloid side of politics, the up and down of who's had the latest gaffe or "misstatement," whereas the SuperDel count is an inexorable march (too slow, in my opinion) to backing the right candidate. At latest SuperDel count, it appears to be a spread of only 17 between Clinton and Obama. With a comfortable lead in pledged delegates, and small likelihood of a changed total ratio by June, it's Obama v McCain this fall. The sooner we get there, the better.

    May 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Brian - Trinidad

    So Obama spent a lifetime standing up for the American workers? Boy,he sure kept that and a lot of his other activities well hidden from the public.Too bad the media is so anti-Obama that we never see video clips or transcripts of Obama doing/saying these things in the past.We just heard about him last year!We don't even know his full name,oops .... its BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

    May 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Joel, VA

    From the bottom of my heart I believe that the Obamas are really good intentioned people. If we look deeply into the issues he could have trhown his former pastor under the bus, instead as any tru and decent Christian should he gave his pastor the benefit of the doubt.

    This shows character as most politicians would immediatly severe themselves for political gain.

    This is refreshing to me and i honestly admire Senator Obama for how he handles this crisis. I wish him well on the campaign trail.

    May 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Teresa of Newport Bch

    Obama has always been the underdog that's way his gaining momentum. It is the underdog that has a the day. It's not over yet...I said by the end of the week there will be 40 delegate standing by Obama side.

    Keep your head to the sky Obama there's more where that came from.

    Obama 2008

    May 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Darrell - Wisconsin

    Keep 'em coming! I think it's funny that Clinton surrogates have changed their minds on a few things.

    1. It's all about the delegates. Now, it's all about the popular votes.
    2. Polls don't mean anything. Now, oh look, we are gaining in the polls.

    Stick with one story already

    May 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. kim

    everbody on these political tickers are just ignorant obama supporters. clinton supporters are not going to back him in november.

    May 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. CW in DC

    That NAFTA part has to sting!!

    Is the media ready to talk about Peter Paul vs. Clinton in court in California yet? I'll be dancing in the streets the day this happens.

    May 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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