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. Roger

    If this race is ended by anyone before Denver you will have a split party. There will be a revolt and the Democratic Party should not count on a single vote from Hillary Clinton supporters or even neutral Democrats, Independents, or Republicans that are not solid Obama supporters. We have viewed all this Democratic Party leaderships repeated calls for an early “Shut Down” as nothing more then taking sides for what is only in the best interest of Obama not the Democratic Party or us. If they do this “shut down” half of the Democratic Party and all those that were leaning that way will have no part of the Democratic nominee and will join the Disenfranchised Voter Party or the Write in Party of Americans. Joe Andrews is wrong and is a old boss who is trying to do old boss power play crap! Bottom line is if these guys “Shut Down” Hillary Clinton's bid for the nomination before she chooses to drop out from POPULAR VOTES cast or an open convention in Denver loss then the only votes you can count on in November are only those who are already solidly in Obama’s camp the rest of us will make sure you will lose in November! Now that is splitting the party not letting us the voters play this out! Joe Andrews you are wrong! Leaders like you are tearing the party apart not Hillary! They are trying to shift blame is all they are doing...SPIN! SHAME ON YOU JOE ANDREWS! YOU HAVE THE SAME VOID OF MORALS AS OBAMA! BAD JUDGMENT ABOUNDS NOW IN THE PARTY!

    May 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Obama Kool-Aid Drinker

    YAY! Texas For Obama!

    May 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Danny

    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.

    May 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Alec - Barbados (Caribbean Paradise)

    This is such good news for Sen. Obama and it makes me so happy. Here is a candidate of integrity and honesty who had the gumption to condemn the hell-raising rhetoric of his former pastor with whom he had such a close attachment, (I wonder howmany people would have done that?) whilst being honest enough to tell the good people of Indiana and by extension the rest of the U.S. that the relief on petrol promised by HRC and John Mc Cain were just the usual Washington style of politics – Throw a few crumbs to the plebs and they will be satisfied enough to give their votes, and then??????
    By contrast his opponents, especially one, seem to be so blatantly dishonest.
    On a different note, it is really appalling to see how the standard of journalism has been dragged into the gutter by the likes of Blitzer, Dobbs, John King and a few others. Notable exception Mr Jack Cafferty and Larry King.
    Shame on you CNN!!!

    May 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    lets go OBAMA


    May 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Pam

    Ok Hillary supporters...let the John Patrick bashing begin!

    May 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Peter

    It doesn't matter how many supers support him. He's not going to win the fall election if he's the nominee!

    May 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. proud american

    Take that Hillary! You can't claim to be some sort of heroine to working families!

    While Barack Obama spent the 80's working as a community orgainizer and fighting for laid off steelworkers, Hillary Clinton was a corporate lawyer serving on the board of Wal-Mart!

    And don't forget how she insulted America's homemakers on national television by saying "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas."

    May 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Tim

    Oh yeah!!!! Let them come!!! Another Super Delegate. Two in one day!!! This will definitely end after NC. Senator Clinton's 160 Super delegate head start she had even before Senator Obama started his campaign is now down to 18. Senator Obama will soon lead in every conceivable category. Now if that isn’t momentum, please tell me what is. Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Af.

    I am drinking a latte at the moment, Richard. Suck it!

    May 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Tony Isaacs

    I am an Independent supporting Obama
    CNN please No more Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s
    I feel like a Headless chicken . CNN you can lead by example

    May 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. AVEMBE The sun

    hey i wonder how polls will do when people will read this :
    "Hillary Clinton required to testify in Nevember" and also
    "ABC corrects Clinton's Indiana tale blaming Bush for closed factory"...
    By the way CNN what about gov. Rendell praising Farrakhan in april 1997=I haven't heard HRC "denouncing and rejecting" Mr RENDELL

    May 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    GCG – Haha, maybe he's one of those latte drinking steelworkers with a Yale education, born into a family of wealth and priveledge?

    In all seriousness, thank God that the superdelegates of *finally* been deciding to do the right thing and *MAKE DECISIONS* ...

    May 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. JN

    Yahoo Barack! That's two so far and counting! Thank you John Patrick and thank you Mr. Hill! Welcome aboard the Obama train!!

    May 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Dusacre

    Music to my ears! Let them coming!

    May 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. oh really?

    you're next, sheila jackson lee!
    get with the program

    May 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Chris O

    It is supprising to know note that people are not talking what would have been the outcry from the Clinton camp if Obama was the person behind in supperD, popularV, number of stateW. He would have been pushed out by now by the press and the Clinton political machines..Why has anybody in the press ask them this question..i am curious to know the ans.
    Chris..Ottawa Canada

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

    The more the merrier I always say! Thank you Mr. Patrick and welcome to the sunny, uplifting, inspiring, positive, truthful & trustworthy side of the street.

    May 1, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Way to Goooooooooooooooooooooo!

    Another one for the good guys!

    I have a question. Just as recently as yesterday, I have been hearing the States are now requiring voters to show proof of citizenship (or residency or whatever is needed to legally cast your vote) Do you mean that States have been allowing people to vote without showing Govt. ID? If this is/was the case I think this is simply appalling! How do you know that these votes are legal? The reason I am questioning this is because I have been watching the huge rallies on this US Immigration Day, and boy this is a huge number of so called illegal immigrants, most of whom it would seem, may very well be Sen. Clinton's supporters. Another reason I am questioning this is because of these Polls. How do the Pollsters determine the legal status of those people they are including in their "Sample of the Population" This may very well be part of the reason there is such a significant variation in the Polls taken by different Pollsters.

    May 1, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    This will hurt I am sure. Somewhere along the lines, this Columbia and China thing needs to come out to the forefront just as hard and heavy as issues with the other candidate has. I wonder if it will receive the same level of attention and media coverage that it should. One can not say I am against NAFTA, and plan to push a China trade deal as well as have a spouse that openly supports a Columbia trade deal.

    May 1, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. reggymack

    This is just another example of why Obama is the better candidate. The world needs to change and it will not change under Hillary or McCain. Obama will help change the world for the good and not the bad. You know that you are the one when people switch over to you side. Can any of you Hillary supporters tell me why this keep happening. You can't because you are probably to blind to answer. The world will end up being more peaceful with Obama as president. This will end up helping the economy because when we are not at war we save billions and billions of dollars.

    May 1, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican – and I plan on voting for Obama....I want to vote for what I believe to be in the best direction of the country now – and thats Obama.....try running Hillary...and "running" is what the Republicans and Independents will do...

    May 1, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Sam

    Thank you John! You are a true American.

    Hillary, please go away. I am tired of you!

    May 1, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. gideon

    Obama will have more superdelegates by Friday. He won this nomination fair and square a longtime ago and the superdelegates are not going to let Hillary destroy the party more than she already has.

    May 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. King Dan

    Welcome Mr. Patrick, you have made the most important decission by honestly think what will be the best for the democratic party. Hoping the rest of the superdelegate will follow your foot steps. Again thanks for backing honesty candidate OBAMA!!! MD

    May 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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