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. Lorna, NY

    Great news for Obama, bad news for Slick Hillary!

    May 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. carolflowery

    well, that shows his oil stories are true

    May 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. The Truth

    Way to embrace change we could believe in. We the people will defeat John McCain and change the world.

    May 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. dlr

    Great!!! Someone that has finally realized that Sen. Clinton really supports NAFTA!

    May 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Kris from AZ

    It is destiny. Obama is our man! Please unite and defeat Mccain come general election

    May 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. eric from canada


    May 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Sean

    I guess Democratic party does not want to win the White House in November. Obama will never win and all those that are defecting over to Obama are not thinking clearly. The party is united by having the Clinton/Obama battle. Clinton will take on McCain and mince him during debates. If they think Clinton is being too negative in her ads, just wait until the Republicans chime in. Obama is too superficial with his rhetoric and needs a spine! They say Clinton isn't likeable...who cares?!?! You need her to run the country, you don't have to invite her over for dinner.

    May 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. DD, New York

    Mr. Patrick, Sen. Obama is too young to have pent a life time standing up for American workers!

    May 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Get Real

    I have been a registered Democrat for 37 years. With each election, the Dems leadership show less and less intelligence. I am so ready for a third, fourth, fifth party and a system where everyone votes, their votes count and no politician can decide who should really be the candidate. Get rid of the caucaus process, shorten up the primary season, allow everyone's vote to count, winner take all and dump the super delegates.

    May 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. D

    The fat lady in the pant suit us running out of steam

    May 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. jj

    Hope they don't regret it in November. It will either be Clinton or McCain. Too many voted for Obama in open states so that McCain will win. They know they can win against Obama, he has baggage we don't know about yet, but I'll bet they do and are just waiting to unload it. Probably get the info from Wright.

    May 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Dee, MO

    Obama had to fight; Hillary, Bill, and the main stream media an is still going to win the nominee.

    May 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. dwayne

    Don't get too excited folks! I'm an Obama supporter and I'll smell something fishy. Okay, for sake of argument let's say Obama wins over enough Super Delegates to take the lead over Hillary Clinton. That means he'll have enough Super and Pledged Delegates to win the nomination correct? Did it ever occur that just maybe the election could be manipulated enough to bring the popular vote in Hillary's favor and the Super Del's in Obama's favor? It has been done before. Remember years 2000 and 2004? The Super Del's will never overturn the will of the people...just a little brain food. So don't get too excited. And no I'm not a conspiracy theorist. Just looking at historic events from a different angle. Elections can be manipulated! We'll cross that bridge when we get there...if we get there.

    May 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Jeannie Mitchell

    WOW! Rumor has it that Clinton has in excess of 200,000 new donors for the month of April. It's also rumored that she has taken in pretty close to 60 million for the month of April.

    Seems to me that if she would lose the nomination because superdelegates are threatened over John McCain, she would have enough money and followers to run against Barack Obama and John McCain as an Independent.

    Rise Hillary Rise! Rise above all of the Fray!

    May 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Derrick in Houston, TX

    Keep'em coming

    May 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Judi in the heartland

    The endorsments are trickling in for Obama aren't they!
    Perhaps the delegates are now starting tro realize that Hillary can't win the nomination without destroying Obama and the party in the process. She is the do anything, say anything, lie about anything, to get the nomination candidate.
    Americans need to stop listening to sound bites (who is picking those anyway–the media) smarten up, do some real research before they choose sides.
    C'mon people, we are smarter than this election is making us out to be. The world is watching!

    May 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. charmaine ventour

    Where is the moral fiber of this nation? A president stands before 250 million people and blatantly lies to save his presidency. Now a few years later , his wife in her quest for the presidency, does the exact same thing, blatantly lies to 300 million people about her experiences as first lady, in her attempt toget to lead this nation. And yet the American people are falling over themselves to put these people back into the White House. Is this the example we want to give the rest of the world and our children? That to be a leader in this country, a few lies go a long way?

    May 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. lynette

    drip, drip, drip...time for dems to rally behind the party, for the good of the party, for the most promising change.

    May 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. frank

    God Bless you for your wonderful support,people for change really appreciate you vote of confidence we will not disappoint you.Is only people with wisdom and vision we need and you u have demonstrated that.

    May 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Jim

    You lost brother, just wait and see next Tuesday!

    On to victory Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    and they will keep coming.... i wish john Edwards will follow his supporters...

    OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. IN voter

    Thank you John Patrick!

    The Obama train keeps rollin' on.

    May 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. cameleon116

    CNN stop now with Wright thats enough , tell us more from ILL ARY bosnian sniper

    Come on BARACK come on my friend

    May 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Carol in NC


    May 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Mark Anthony

    Yeah!! Where is Gore and Edwards endorsements. If they truly believe that Hillary is the better candidate why didn't they endorse her months ago?

    May 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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