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. Michael

    Good to hear another SD is on the right side.

    Yes We Can in 2008

    May 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Dan J

    I don't get how people whose states have voted for Clinton end up backing Obama. It doesn't make much sense.

    I also don't get how the Indiana superdelegate decided to endorse before the state's election, and then turns around and tells people to decided after Tuesday. Especially now that Clinton is winning in Indiana, winning the popular vote (as it would stand in a general election), winning against McCain in swing states, and has closed the gap in North Carolina to single digits... something that seems impossible.

    Hypocrites abound.

    May 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Sharon Minnesota

    Lets be sure to think clearly. Attracting the right constituency will be the deciding factor on who wins the November election. If we want to have a democrat in the White House next year and defeat the republicans the delegates need to wise up to this fact.

    It looks like the defector has once more made a wrong choice in not supporting the will of the voters. The liberal democratic wing's propaganda will split the party and ruin our chances of winning if they continue their selfish agenda in supporting Barack Obama

    May 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. GL, Bend, OR

    Obama has shown great moral character and a strong desire to unite this country. Not only that, but he is intelligent and does not evade, avoid, or lie. His qualities, honesty, & goals make him, by far, the best candidate to pull this great country out of the mess the "old guard" has put us in.

    Hillary is loud, obnoxious, can cry or laugh on cue, is a consummate liar, and has stated that she would "do anything to win" ... she also has a plan for the financial mess we are in … yet can’t handle a campaign budget. No thank you!!!

    We cannot take another 4 years of the 'old school' politicians who will 'do anything' to get their own way. We need someone with integrity and dignity ... that would be OBAMA.

    By the way, I'm a 61 year-old, working, white woman.

    May 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Posn

    Can't you see, Hillary knows Obama will win the nomination, and that she is banking on him not beating McCain so she will do whatever it takes to destroy Obama and make him unelectable and in 2012 run against McCain and her dream will come true and she becomes Madam President. She knows Obama would be a great President and she would have to wait 8 years for a white house run then she would be way to old or senile to run.

    May 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    The "good ones" that are not in this to make money (Rendall) who was
    promised the Sec. of Energy Job by Hillary. The Clinton's are robbing
    our Country while running for an election! Now, is it stupid of us to
    vote for Hillary? They have received a check of 5 Million from Dubai and $800,000 from Columbia.And send people like Penn to do the dirty work. I bet Richardson knows everything about them. Bill will not have to walk far to "deal "
    with lobbyist. $$$$ and the money will come right to Bill's pocketbook.
    The Clinton's are like the modern "Bonnie and Clyde's of our American Politics.!!!!

    May 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. bigben

    I would like to see Obama plan. Because to be honest , I haven's seen any

    May 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Tootei,

    I have a question? How has Obama spent a lifetime doing anything?

    He has only been in politics a few years.


    May 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Jay PA

    Glad to hear a Super Delegate referencing NAFTA. From reading numerous blog comments, there is a bitter divide among Hillary and Barack supporters. I find that every time a Super Delegate comes out for Barack, they are shunned as an elitist or were bought out by the campaign. I’m a Democrat first and a Barack supporter second but if Hillary happens to get the nomination, then I will definitely vote for her. For all those Hilary supporters that claim they will vote for McCain if Barack is the Democratic nominee, I urge to you go enlist in the Army/Navy and continue fighting this unwanted war.

    May 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. John Adkisson

    If Obama can get a sweep of super-delegates, including a switch ( a net of six) during this horrible week, the writing is on the wall in permanent ink. My gosh, impressive!

    May 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. John

    Ps,In my comment at 1.08pm,iwant to clarify,that the subject is in connection to the North Carolina primary as of today.The polls is by Wall Street Journal-check with MSNBC.

    May 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Ohio doesn't wake up and join the Obama camp they will stay in the "SOUP" lines that the Bush administration put them in. As a native Ohioian and whose father retired from the steel mills I know he would vote Obama if he was alive.

    May 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Jason


    May 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. chris

    Glad he can see past the political slogans, distractions, 3am ads and see what someone is really trying to do for the country... for LONG term solutions

    May 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Julie

    One thing real confuse me, why blue color workers would still trust Hillary after knowing shipping job out of country ? So Obviously that Obama present them to good way.
    Pls, wake up Hillary supporters.

    May 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. kia

    Welcome to this fast Train. You made a right choice. from bottom of my heart i welcome you and i am sure you won't be disapointed. Many others on the way so "ALL ABOARD"

    May 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. dani

    yahooooooooo. wellcome home.

    May 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Bridgette

    I think this nastiness that she has committed is what is turning them off. I think it is her cooperation with the Republicans and how she is courting them she is turning her own party off. She is truly a sick person. I really do believe that Obama and McCain really do care about this country and really do believe that they can make the country better. I believe for her it is all about her being in power and winning. If she does become the nominee by some strange coincidence she has burnt so many bridges that it will be impossible for her to get elected. Because let's get real only blue collar workers and hispanics won't get you to the white house either. She is trying to destroy the party.

    May 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Welcome aboard!


    May 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. DeAnn Noel

    I read these Superdelegates pronouncements as aa desperate attempt to sway the voters to pick Obama on Tuesday. You have to wonder why they fear what the voters will decide? I will tell you why – they know the wind of change is in Clinton's favor. 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!

    May 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Jason

    Hello folks.
    Jump on Barack's Train right now. Leave Hillary's bus because you'll suffocate there and don't join McCain's 1889 locomotive because it doesn't have a shock absorber.

    May 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. 60 years old White Lady

    You are not Desperate... How many super delegates left Hillary for Obama? How many left Obama for Hillary? This is simple...

    May 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. L Barber

    The Democrats are committing political suicide. Obama is not electable in the general election. How incredibly unfortunate to watch the Democrats hand the White House over to the Republican Party once again. Obama will lose in 2008.

    May 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. GCG - Austin, TX

    richard May 1st, 2008 12:42 pm ET
    This guy is another elite, latte drinker.


    Richard, he's a 31-year member of the United Steelworkers' union. That doesn't sound at all like an elite, latte drinking person to me. It sounds like a hard-working, blue-collar, salt-of-the-earth person to me.

    May 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Nicole

    I, like Ron L, was not displeased to see Senator Hillary Clinton run for the office of President of the United States. I have since change my mind due to negative and distrespectful tactics she has been using against Senator Obama. I am happy to see people realizing Bill and Hillary Clinton championed NAFTA. She wants to have all the experience counted to her credit when she was 1st lady, but she does not want NAFTA credtited to her. To me Senator Hillary Clinton has played the victim and the victimizer roles long enough. WE ALL NEED TO GET BEHIND SENATOR OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! He and Michelle will united us again.

    I personally believe that is what Shan Hannity and Bill O'Reilly (on the UNFAIR, UNBALANCE, complete REPUBLICIAN run Fox News) fear. OBAMA will win the nomination and BEAT Mcain to become the next President of the United States of America. Our country will heal and move on from the YEARS of President Bush Jr and Sr.


    May 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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