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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. lynette

    Hey Richard, superdelegate Patrick is from Texas, how do you know he likes lattes???? I think the "latte" distraction was just that, a distraction which is now over.

    May 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    From a super gap of over 100 to only 18, Wow! Welcome to the winning camp Mr. Patrick

    May 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Ray

    drip, drip, drip...... 😉

    May 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. too bad their will be no dream ticket.

    Today count

    2 obama 0 Clinton.

    May 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. angela benson

    Hello can any body see the big picture here,u should cause Hillary is losing important people who stood by her are now on the obama side,end this after may 6,and start trying to beat McCain,which i know that we can,thelonger u leave HILLy in there their will be more fall outs and more trouble for our side, which we do not need,Bush has done enough ,so let Hillary go so we can more on,

    May 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Quinn

    I noticed he has the rhetoric like Obama. He also does not say HOW Obama will be improve the economy! Please also explain the LIFETIME of working for American people. Doing WHAT exactly.

    May 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. No dream ticket...ahh man

    so todays count is

    obama 2 clinton 0

    May 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Kelley

    Welcome aboard Mr. Patrick. The Obama supporters thank you

    May 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. jan

    I want to know about Peter Paul that bloggers keep talking about????????? Why are you not covering it? Who is he and what is it about?

    May 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Dana in north Carolina

    Thank you. Now we need the AFL-CIO from Indiana to jumo on board. That would be great.

    May 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. John

    News,Hillary leads,is good.The big news is ,Hillary has managed to reduce Obama's double digit a week ago lead to single low digit.I know,Obama has got an endorsement from Texas.It is equally important this posted byCNN.

    May 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. AJ

    I'm begining to hope that Obama does win the nomination. It will be fun to watch him get crushed in the GE. The Democratic leadership is pressuring these delagates to vote for Obama. Another reason why so many Clinton supporters will vote Republican in the fall. Anything to defeat Obama!!

    May 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA



    May 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. william

    Thanks for your support

    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Diana New York

    Thank you Mr. Andrew for seeing the truth and voting for ONCE IN A LIFETIME LEADER BARACK OBAMA.

    OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. John B Sheffield

    I believe strongly the words and thoughts today from Joe J Andrew echoes the feelings of so many Democrats in changing his endorsement to Senator Barack Obama

    It is time for The Party to Unite now before we completely destroy ourselves, John Edwards and Al Gore endorsement before Tuesday could be what is needed, but how much better it would for Hillary R Clinton to come out and back and offer full support to Barack Obama, our Great Country and Party must come first, then we can prepare to defeat McCain and take back The White House.

    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. robb

    I guess the Wright thing is over and the supers are satisfied. This is a continued signal by superdelegates that Hillary the Hype has run her course. Her favorability ratings are killing her.

    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Data Checker

    Report is that Obama will be pick up 3 more super delegates either today or early next week (see Sun Times)......Any truth to that one?

    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Ade

    Thank you for your sound choice. We need leaders who can make decisions that matter. We need a President who will not pander but make the best decision after carefully listening to his or her advisers and making the decision that is right for the Country. The media wants a fight. They need controversies to increase their viewership. We the people need the media to focus on the issues: the War which should have never been waged, the economy which shouldhave never been left in the hands of the special interests, our healthcare which need serious fixing, our social security which .... ... ....

    God Bless this Country,

    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. 58 old white wemen for OBAMA


    May 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Scott Morrison

    CNN, get a grip. When watching your newcast it would seem as the world is falling for Obama yet he just keeps bringing in the super delegates. Enough!

    May 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. 10 more superdelgates just announced.

    Just announced on Barack Obamas website

    10 superdelegates from Pennsylvania and Ohio have just anounced their support of Obama.

    May 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Scott Morrison


    May 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA



    May 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Dana in Maryland

    She thinks blue collar folks are foolish enough to fall for her gas tax holiday Snake oil. Perhaps some of these latest supers have started to take offense at her blatant pandering to people with real problems that need real solutions.

    May 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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