May 13th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Three more superdelegates for Obama

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(CNN) - Barack Obama picked up endorsements from three more superdelegates Tuesday, extending his lead over Hillary Clinton in that category to seven.

Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, and former Colorado Gov. and onetime Democratic National Committee Chairman Ray Romer have all announced they are backing the Illinois senator.

In a conference call with reporters, Romer acknowledged he has known both Clintons much longer than he has known Obama, but said he feels it is now impossible for the New York senator to win the nomination.

“There is a time we need to end it and direct ourselves to the general election. I think that time is now," he said.

According to CNN's tally, Obama now has the support of 280 superdelegates compared to Clinton's 273.

soundoff (386 Responses)
  1. Women Scorned

    I am a women also and a Clinton supporter, but as I read these messages by other women who say they won't vote for the nominee it makes me angry and sad all at the same time

    We are always complaining about being treated in a sexist way but we ask for a lot of the treatment we receive because of this type of reaction. We don't do as men would and stand by our party, instead we whine and get our emotions involved and spite our own party because we are scorned because our candidate loss. It is getting sickening to hear this coming from mostly women or feminine men in some cases. Men are loyal to what they believe and they believe in the Democratic party they don't sway according to their feelings. It is something we need to learn and that's how to put our personal feelings to the side and do what's right
    Women are blaming Barack for what some other people are saying and the ignorance of his supporters. Sure I am upset that Hillary didn't win but I will be more upset if Mc Cain gets into the Whitehouse with the same Bush policies.
    I WILL NOT VOTE FOR MC CAIN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU !!!!!!!!!!
    We must pull our emotions together and be the strong women that we are and show some solidarity for our PARTY! for our children and our families. We are in a mess and the repulicans want us to do just what your saying your going to do , so that we will lose and they will LAUGH AT US!!!!!!!PLEASE LISTEN!!!!

    CNN you must post this. Thank You

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

    Hopefully before it's too late for this nation, the delegates and superdelegates will realize what a drastic mistake they have made. There is No way Obama is smart enough to run this country. Hillary is intelligent, experienced, and has the integrity to be President to where as Obama would just be a continuation of disappointments just like Bush has been. Besides, hard to picture his wife as first lady when she is just now proud to be an American! The Clintons have loved this country all along and now to hand it to someone that doesn't even have enough intelligence...God help us all!

    May 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Steve in DC

    Obama...if you are listening....PLEASE do not choose Hillary as your running mate. You dont want this woman and Bill running around in the White House.

    Obama/Bloomburg

    May 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Pls change your numbers on your front page to reflect the Super gains for obama

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

    No to Hillary as VP. She is still not to be trusted. Even in 2nd spot. She could not be honest even if her country depended on it. She has no credibility left.
    A marriage of convenience is not a marriage. She should know.

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

    If It isn't a ticket that includes Hillary, I will vote for McCain

    May 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. nic from england

    Im a white conservative in the uk (you can call me a torrrey )
    but obama represents something we havent seen b4 in any country not in this century any way .
    Give him the bloke a chance
    At least he seems like some one that willl step down if he is not doing a good job much like tony blair (my torey friends will hate me for that)
    but he is good no matter how much u hate him ..You know there is a diffrence in how he has held his campaign compae to what hilary did .

    Hilary Democrats give the bloke a chance..In UK we already pay 8 dollars a gallon thanks to Bush..This is what you will get if you go republican

    The united kingdom is watching it wold be a shame if you voted for the wrongest person just because the person u like did not get the go ahead ..
    Republican are gonna continue to lead USA and the rest of the world to higher ,gas prices,higher food prices ,higher medical costs(as they own all insurance companies) and higher cost of education.
    Dont shoot youreself in the foot for sentiment reasons

    Obama for president of usa .
    Obama for king of england

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

    Come on...this is not a good idea at all. She is strong headed person who is obsessed with herself and there is no way they can work together in good terms. She can be Secretary of one of the portfolios. It is reasonable to let him pick somebody he can trust and confide to. I do not see them trusting each other. It is plain bad idea. There is real bad blood and it is not reasonable to even contemplate. David once summed it…Obama has to get food taster if she is the VP.

    May 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Mike

    Answer to Mark Cross above who said the country is doomed when we vote for Obama:

    Would that be more doomed than under George Bush or less doomed. Give me the exact percentage.

    Seriously, what exactly are you afraid of? That he might actually win? That he might LISTEN to both democrats and republicans to move our country forward unlike Bush with his endless vetos and gangster, cowboy mentality?

    Don't just spout useless garbage, get a life.

    May 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. TNK U SUPERS

    Thanks to those super delegates that have committed, we need more of those, so democrats can face the real issues.... and If the clintons want to continue the efforts in futility, so be it.

    May 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. You can't be serious

    maya said: "Cohen's Fatal Attraction comparison did it for me. And Obama's silence. I can't vote for him and support or condone what he and his campaign represents."
    _____________________________________________________

    You can't possibly be serious?! How stupid is this?

    I think I'm going to make me some shirts that say "I Denounce You". I bet I'd make a killing. I'm an Obama supporter but I'll gladly say that neither Obama NOR Clinton are responsible for what other people say. Cohen isn't even on the Obama campaign staff...jeez.

    May 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. H-ROD

    BLACK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VOTEING FOR WHITE PEOPLE FOR AS LONG AS ANYONE CAN REMEMBER SO SOME WHITE PEOPLE ARE SCARD TO VOTE FOR BLACK PEOPLE WYH? MOST OF THE TIME BLACK ELECTED OFFIICIALS ARE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF RIGHT MOST OF THE TIME!!!! (YES OBAMA CAN)!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Bob, Papillion NE

    The tide is getting bigger, rolling faster. Obama must pick a fresh face for VP...keep the Clinton's out completely.

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. JRC

    Hillary/McCain – What kind of fuzzy math are you using?? Obama has the popular vote, not that it matters. The nomination is not based on popular vote, it's based on delegates.

    Larry – Hillary as VP would put a nail in Obama's coffin....literally. The Clinton's have a way of removing people that get in the way of what they want....IMO.

    And remember, a vote for Hillary in the general election, as a write in or Independent, is a vote for McCain. A vote for McCain is a vote for more bloodshed in Iraq. That blood will be on your hands.

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. julieMn

    I WILL SIDE WITH THE REPUBLICANS IF THE DNC FORCE OBAMA ON US !!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. BER

    It's curious how some of the HRC side in many of these threads so easily dismisses the majority (albeit quite narrow) of voters who did not vote for their candidate. If they don't respect the opinions of others why should anyone respect their opinions?

    I also wonder why they feel it so necessary to threaten to take their vote to the other side if they do not get their way. Threats rarely work. As an observer I find it sadly amusing that there are zealots willing to shoot off their own feet to get their way. Were the subject not so serious I would suggest that the behavior is rather childish.

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Derrick in Houston, TX

    Im glad the "supers" are realizing now is the time to unite behind the the pressumptive nominee. The Dems need to get it together before the convention. And NO Hillary will not be his VP. She stands for the status quo in Washington, so having her as a VP would make his fight for "change" null and void.

    Billarybots...you guys are sooo bitter. You would sabotage the general election just because billary is not on the ticket? Clearly your on the same drugs shes on.

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank you CNN for your continuance of being the best reported news.

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Bias aside

    People stop the bickering!!! Lets put this party together and win in November. There has to be winners and losers, unfortunately this time you lost accept it and stop acting like 5 year olds.

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Mike

    I know her supporters want her but, do we realy want someone running the country that keep the finances of her own campaign out of the RED. Is that not what we have now. Obama is our best shot at changing the direction of our country – today

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Ron

    i noticed that obama is now bringing up his grandfather the one he rarely mentions but i guess when your talking to veterans his name comes in handy then like his other grandparent he can put him back in the closet did you notice in his interview with wolf he went on about how mothers day brings memories of his mother and of course Michelle but he never once mentioned his grandmother who raised him and did more for him than his mother or father and stepfather all put together this guy is a puke if he doesn't need you he doesn't know you Heaven forbid he ever becomes president

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. James

    I think Ray Charles could see that this race is over

    May 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Liz

    To all those who keep saying if one or the other of these candidates doesn't win they are going to vote for McCain. . . . . .
    WAKE UP!!! Are you crazy? Have you been living in the same country I have for the last 8 years. Why would you think of going another 4 years in a ridiculous war, doing absolutely nothing about gloabl warming for another 4 years. . . . you people need to just stay home, you don't deserve to vote.

    May 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. bigg dog

    her as v p would be sodden death, get he,l need a food taster....

    May 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Chelle

    Maya – don't play....you have never been an Obama supporter. AndI didn't see Hillary saying anything about the myriad "slights" on Barack by her supporters. They are both grown-ups and name-calling has been done on BOTH sides.

    It's really time for everyone to just let this play out the way that it's going to. Hillary should stay in as long as she wants, she should just campaign as she should have done all along on HER positives and not HIS negatives. This way when it's over, she will be able to say that she competed until the end.

    People who are voting for McCain "out of spite" need to take another hard look at what's in their best interest. Clinton, Obama and McCain will all be fine regardless. You had best vote what's going to be best for you and your family.

    May 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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