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

Three more superdelegates for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/13/art.romer.ap.jpg caption="Romer, a former DNC chairman, endorsed Obama Tuesday."]

(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. no joke!

    Superdelagates are afraid of a WOMAN as president. Obama is in the pockets of lobbiests and old white heads in public office. The best is yet to come when he os elected and what a great mistake America has made. We will be scarred for a very long time. Just like all of you who supported the war at the very beginning. A lesson yet to be learned. Americans are not smart when it comes to voting people into public office.

    May 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. LYNETTE IN CA

    Keep it coming! Go Obama!

    May 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. elvispresley,freddie mercury & johnlennon.

    »»Excellent news. Go OBAMA!!...Hillary "So FAKE" Clinton already LOST.OBAMA already WON the ominatio. VICTORY!...V..VICTORY!!...GOODYE LIARS!...GOODBYE CLINTONS!...

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. An American in Canada for David

    HE STILL DOES NOT HAVE THE MAJORITY OF DELEGATES NEEDED.

    HE STILL HAS NOT SEEN THE VOTES OF THE REMAINING STATES.

    HE STILL HAS NOT SAID, PLEASE CAN I BE YOUR PRESIDENT!

    WE SAY NO, NO, NO, IT BELONGS TO HILLARY R. CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Marshall

    People...I am guilty of bashing. Yes, I can admit it. But we all are. It is time to stop blaming each other. Both sides did it. It wasn't just the Obama supporter or just the Clinton supporters. IT WAS BOTH SIDES.

    We need to get past the he said, she said playground justice and focus on the real issue...KEEPING MCCAIN out of the White House.

    As I said before, I am guilty. I bashed on both sides. I started supporting one candidate and later changed sides. Who I support doesn't matter because their stand on the issues is almost identical.

    Rush wants us to continue to bash and to keep us weak because he knows we could get anyone elected if we stood together. He fears US...A UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY!

    So let's leave the name calling and finger pointing to the children on the playgrounds and act like adults. Once again, me included.

    Let's end the negative and focus on the challenge...Beating McCain.

    This is my pledge. Who stands with me?

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Chicago for HILLARY !!!

    Republicans will swallow Obama as soon as They will have a chance to do it !!!!
    Voters be SMART, make a calculation, before the End for Democrats will come !!!!!
    No Nomenee ticket for OBAMA !!! McCain !!!!!will WIN BIG against Obama. Poor!!!!! Obama's Voters !!!!!
    You are so naive !!!!!!
    VOTE FOR HILLARY !!!!!! ONLY HILLARY COULD WIN WITH REPUBLICANS !!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Anna, Chicago

    Hillary's main concern now should be how to get her supporters back on board to support the democratic nominee, aka Obama.. Yet she is still desprately trying to find a way to get the nomination somehow for herself.

    She has many good qualities, but sound judgement is not one of them.

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. sheryl

    Good bye Maya

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. David

    You guys, SD are highly welcome to the right side.

    Obama 2008, DNC 2008

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Shannelle Marshall in DC

    Now the rest of the Superdelegates need to come to their senses!

    For the "democrats" who say they are voting for McCain if Hillary isn't on the ticket.....This is immature behavior resembling that of a child who doesn't have his/her way. Are you going to fold your arms, stomp off into your room and slam the door as well???? I mean really....grow up people. It's this sort of STUBBORN behavior that has landed this country where we are today.....people in leadership positions refusing to hear out something other than what they had in mind.

    Closed minds raise poverty lines!!!! As we've all seen over the last 8 years.

    Get your acts together and act like adults.

    Obama 08!! Time for change and to bring my baby HOME!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. SlimSista

    TO THE HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTERS...YOU ARE SO QUICK TO SAY OBAMA IS STEALING THIS ELECTION....MORE AMERICANS HAVE VOTEDFOR HIM THAN HILLARY...HE IS WINNING THE POPULAR VOTE...SO WHAT IS YOUR ARGUMENT????? AS FAR AS FL OR MI, HILLARY AGREED THEIR VOTES WOULD NOT COUNT....SHE CHANGED WHEN SHE SAW SHE WAS LOSING...FROM DAY ONE HILLARY'S CAMP THOUGHT OBAMA WAS GOING TO BE A PUSH OVER....OOPS!!! HE WAS NOT... HE HAS BEATEN IN EVERY ASPECT OF THIS RACE, MONEY, DELEGATES, SUPER-DELEGATES, POPULAR VOTES.....

    TAKE YOUR VOTE SOMEWHERE ELSE IF YOU FEEL TO DO SO, THAT'S WHY THIS COUNTRY IS CALLED AMERICA....

    STOP WITH THE RACISTS REMARKS ...AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN, I HAD TO VOTE FOR A WHITE AMERICAN PRESIDENT FOR 30 + YEARS...IT DIDN'T STOP ME FROM VOTING CAUSE HE WAS WHITE, NOT TO SAY I DID NOT HAVE A CHOICE....

    AND IF OBAMA WAS NOT DESERVING OR QUALIFIED FOR MY VOTE I WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM....BUT HE IS QUALIFIED AND BRINGS A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS...

    IS THIS AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE FREE? WE AS AFRICIAN AMERICAN HAVE PAID OUR DUES AND HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTORS TO THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY JUST AS ANY OTHER RACE.....AND HILLARY OR ANY OTHER CANDIDATE CAN NOT WIN WITHOUT OUR VOTES EITHER....STOP THE BIAS...

    YOU VOTE ON A PERSONS QUALIFICATIONS...NOT THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN.....

    May 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Al

    BigBen – When you're down by 170, picking up 28 delegates doesn't matter. Nobody's trying to belittle a Clinton win. The fact is, it's just not that important and has little impact on anything.

    Also – The popular vote doesn't matter.

    May 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Bill in Illinois

    The worst thing that could happen is for Hillary to finally admit that she has no chance and drop out and to then see her included on the ticket with Obama. There is a reason that people didn't give her the vote to make her the nominee and most people who voted for Obama have no desire to see her on the ticket.

    May 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. RW

    Hillary Clinton needs to start making her case for VP, Number one spot has been taken, the time has come to go after McCain, its time the Democratic Party come together as one.
    So let it begin.

    Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Paul

    Hillary is the best candidate, otherwise Senator McCain would be a good choice since FLA and Michigan are being disenfranchised by the DNC...

    We all know that she 'll be ahead in the popular vote

    Hillary 08!!!

    Keep strong we are with you!

    May 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Zackary

    If Mrs Bill Clinton was in Obama's shoes the party {SD} would have ended it long time ago. Dare I say Double standard

    May 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Thelma, MI

    First serious woman candidate and we get a nutcase. Hillary it's time to leave, don't leave angry, just leave. Wait until June if you like, and then go away.

    You are not a fighter; you're a self-serving brat to keep the party tangled up in your personal goal. Read the tea leaves, move on already.

    This country will NOT be hijacked by you.

    May 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. anette

    I have been a Dem. all my life.I feel that if Mr. Obama wins the nomination I will have to switch my vote to Rep. I just don.t think that Obama can live up to all that he is telling everyone he is going to do for the people and he just does not have the expertise to do the job.

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Farley

    The suggestion that Hillary should be Obama's VP selection seems to make practical sense in that it holds the promise to bring their two coalitions togather. However, given her almost pathological obsession with being the top dog, I wonder if she would be capable of giving him her full support. Frankly, I would be worried about his personal safety with Hillary and Bill around. Efessbee, Jacksonville, FL.

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Yes we can!

    Larry and the rest of the Hillary supporters...Obama doesn't owe Hillary anything and she hasn't earned it either....She has repeatedly attacked him, his character, his judgement....made fun of his speeches and record and his position as "young" senator....he has done just fine and winning in all categories on his own....he will win the nomination and the general election with God and millions of supporters to believe in him....Hillary represents the politics of old and he's trying do something new.....If she wins big in WV and Ken and drop out, it only proves to everyone that she is about her and nothing else....what would happen to "everyone needs to vote and be heard"....she better stay in until 6/3rd, superdelegates will put him over the top...she can bow out and we can get on the ball with beating mccain...and everyone who made up in their minds in 1957 who they would vote for and for poisoning others with this same nonsense...SHAME ON YOU!.....GET OVER IT, EMBRACE OBAM 2008/2012

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. elvis presley,freddie mercury & john lennon.

    »»Excellent news. :- VICTORY!...Hillary "FAKE" Clinton LOST,and the great OBAMA already WON the nomination.HURRAH!...GOODYE LIARS!...GOODBYE CLINTONS!...Go OBAMA!...VICTORY!...VICTORY!...

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. New Politics

    To those who dislike Sen. Obama, please explain – what has heppened for him to have the delegate count and currently the popular vote over Sen. Clinton. Is it his fault that he is winning?

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. laurie, michigan

    Hilary has fought a tough battle. Unfortunately her campaign strategy was off. She's a brilliant woman. She just hasn't shown the leadership in her own campaign to be POTUS. Her stategists were "old friends" who were trying to run a campaign like her husbands and forgot the world progesses every day. I'm impressed with Obama's skill and leadership. He has tried to unite everyone, and even though thrown off course a time or two he has shown his ability to keep his campaign on course. Glad to see the superdelegates getting off the fence.

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Tom

    you see the stupidity continues because the superdelagates wanted to ...they had the power to call it but as misguided as they all are sat and watch the circus. Hillary tried to con the system by moving Fla and MI early so she could win and the DNC agreed to that with a RP Gov stupid...who's interest did he or she had not you the voters ...they knew what was at stake ....RIP Hillary for your days are gone no more of you Bill and you bunch of "Poly Trick -Ions .... NWO.....rules

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. clueless voters

    After 25 years of voting, I'll be doing something I've never done before. Come November, instead of voting for a candidate, I'll be voting against one. Leave it to this party to repeatly put up a weak and in this case, badly flawed candidate. It is a clueless voter, who does know that all these "super d's" are backdoor deals brokered for gain. We need a better and more honest system. No delegates, just one person, one vote. End the pandering and brokered deals and fake endorsements. The Dems deserve what we will be handed in November, but the people of this country deserve and need so much more.

    May 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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