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. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Another Pimp for power–who should know better.

    May 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Lee WV

    Hey Clintonites the fat lady is clearing her throat getting ready to sing!!!

    May 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Chris from San Antonio

    Proud to hear Texan politicians get it.

    May 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. 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 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Kim in Des Moines

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

    My Response....
    You must have selective memory.... Look at his record as a community organizer in Chicago. What do you think he was doing when Hillary was working as board member for Wal-Mart? Or maybe you think unless you are in Washington, you are not working for the American workers? It's OK if you wish not to support Obama but at least open your eyes!

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. drew

    We > She
    Yes we can.

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Jim

    FEDUP: You want one piece of dvidence Obama has worked for workers?? Easy.

    Obama spent the beginning of his career out of graduate school as a community organizer for unions in the steel and factory neighborhoods south of Chicago.

    That's the one bit of info you need.

    Here is another two bit news for your candidate:

    Hillary and Bill Colinton spent the 1990s perfecting NAFTA, which has sold out thousands of US manufacturing jobs over the border.

    Hill-Billy then spent the 2000s collection up to $110 million bucks from being "consultants" for foreign governments like China, Dubai, and Colombia which have all made inroads in taking jobs away from US, sometime right on our soil (Port of Los Angelesis controlled by company from Dubai, thanks to Bill the mouthpiece and Hillary the senator on the committee).

    What else do you need to realize that Hillary is a complete hypocrite when she criticizes others for shipping jobs overseas?? Her own mouth has made that exodus of jobs possible.

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Kingsley Orji from Oyigbo rivers state Nigeria

    I seriously don't think the superdelegates are stupid.
    Clinton made a big mistake on her proposed gas tax vacation. I'm sure she was preying on the ignorance of the voters like she's been scaring them into casting their votes for her.
    She has shown weakness in her foreign policy by wanting to obliterate Iran.
    She wants to win at all cost even if it destroys the party.
    The intelligent community are watching. The superdelegates are also watching.
    It won't be long before she is put to where she belongs.

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Living in the USA

    Way to go Obama. Hiliary was right she did have to dodge sniper fire. She had to dodge all of the people that are leaving her camp and all of the Super Delegates that Obama is gonna get. Now she is trying to blame the Republicans for this Rev. Wright mess. She can't stand the heat now she is trying to get outta the kitchen. I hear ya Sun. We have not seen the media outlets play the Rendall/Farrakhan tape yet.

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. White/female/age 55/Texan

    GCG – Austin, Texas

    I completely agree. But what's cool is I am a white collar worker, who some would say, have nothing in common with a steelworker, but lo, I do – we share the same political philosophy! Obama is a uniter – no doubt about it. (I actually prefer a cafe mocha to a latte! Where did that latte thing start anyhow?)

    OBAMA – Yes we can!

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Whiteboy in PA

    OBAMA COUNTRY........................YES WE CAN..................

    May 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Akinola

    Can i make a prediction? After Obama wins the nomination and the GE election, Hillary will still continue campaigning.

    May 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Yes we can!

    Wow....everytime I check this, he's picking up another one.....way to go if NC and Indiana can shut this thing down so Obama can unite, not just the democratic party, but all the obamicans too, we're on our way to add to one of the greatest time in our history. Mr. President and First Lady Michelle we're praying for you!

    May 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Vince - Phoenix

    hey FEDUP.....

    As a community organizer on the south side of Chicago... he organized FOR "WORKERS"....


    educate yourself.

    May 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. rose, texas

    just because he has a plan doesn't mean that he can deliver, we all have a plan but half of the time they don't become a reality. he does'nt think that there is a race issue i personally think that come nov. there will be one and mccain will win. just wait a see. hillary 08

    May 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |


    May 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Joy

    Good news that superdelegates are now starting to make their choice known..

    I like most americans are tired of hearing about Rev. Wright–CNN please get off it. Would you please give the public some new news such as asking for an explanation from Senator Clinton related to Indiana company sold out to the Chinese that she blames on the Bush administration, but in fact it occurred during the Clinton Whitehouse years. We need a fact check on this as well as a number of other issues in the Clinton campaign that the media has been quiet on–Paul vs. Clinton "campaign fraud case" when Hillary Clinton ran for the senate, one of her co-chairs advising Canada "not to worry about NAFTA" (paraphrased). Voters need to know the facts on these issues. It's getting tiresome that her campaign, manipulates, twists, and clearly tells untruths.

    May 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Scott C

    Another one for Obama.

    It is funny how the media is trying to spin this like Hillary and Obama are neck and neck, when he is ahead in EVERY count (popular vote, delegates, states won) and is drawing more Superdelegates than Clinton.

    Obama IS going to win the nomination. I don't know how Hillary can stay in the race, trying to chop Obama down every single day even though she can't win.

    What is her objective here?

    May 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Tony, Miami

    Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
    I feel good, I knew that I would, now
    So good, so good, I got you

    Whoa! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
    I feel nice, like sugar and spice
    So nice, so nice, I got you

    May 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Help Wanted Experience Needed

    CNN is a fraud. Why wont you report the good news on Sen. Clinton. She picked up 2 superdelegates today. I hate CNN. Foxnews seems to be unbias to Clinton. SHAME ON YOU CNN, MSNBC!

    May 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama’s camp now they realized they can’t go to the voters so they are begging to super delegates. DNC also supporting Obama We know that DNC
    We will decide in November
    Look at the polls result today
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Mike



    HARD for The

    May 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. DB

    Thank you and God bless you!

    May 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Did I not hear that Sen. Obama was the very person, who fought for health care for your veterans? You asked for one so I am only giving you one.

    George in Indianapolis,

    You are so right about that stare. I think it is because she opens her eyes really, really wide, at the same time bobbing her head up and down. Don't forget the consistent finger pointing which is so like a teacher scolding her kindergarten students.

    May 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Tony

    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.

    Dude, stop drinking the Hillary Kool Aid – you sound drunk. People in Tibet know better English than you

    May 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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