May 16th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Stark endorses Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/16/art.stark.ap.jpg caption="Stark endorsed Obama Friday."] (CNN) - California Rep. Pete Stark became the latest superdelegate to endorse Barack Obama Friday.

Stark, who has represented California's 13th District for 35 years, said Obama has "captured the imagination of Americans in a way we’ve not seen for decades."

“He’s inspired millions of young people to register to vote and join the ranks of our Democratic Party, he’s consistently opposed the war, he advocates universal health care, and he delivers a message that transcends party politics at the same time," Stark also said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “I have the greatest respect for Senator Clinton and for her many years of service, but I believe the time has come to unify our party.”

By CNN's count, Obama now leads Clinton among superdelegates by 18, 292-274.


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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Praeclarus

    IT'S INEVITABLE, OBAMA WILL BE THE NOMINEE & PROBABLY THE NEXT U.S. PRESIDENT! For the Obama non-supporters, BE PRACTICAL and accept reality. Clinton supporters who are not planning to vote for Obama (if he's the nominee) in November should show their true support to Clinton by following her lead in whatever actions she will take eventually...Clinton supporters, be magnanimous (which I believe Hillary will surely be) if your candidate lost the nomination.

    May 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Eddie

    I think,if you look at it,Obama is a Harvard law school graduate,community organizer,Illinois senator,has good judgement,andis a uniter,and looks like he embodies the best of both races.This is all the experience and character that any president should have.The dumb people need to stop spewing this no experience non-sense.

    May 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Sammy, CA

    Obviously old Pete hasn't bothered to look at Obama's health care plan which leave out at a minimum 15 million Americans. I guess that is ok because Obama has continued to emphasis he is an elitist and doesn't need the blue collar worker's votes so I guess he doesn't feel the need to provide them with health care coverage as well. Petey probably is also one of the many, many people who has endorsed him that cannot name one single accomplishment from Obama either. What a joke!!

    May 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. MillionMan, Washington, DC

    I am confused by Hillary supporters who indicate they will vote for McCain if Obama gets the Dem. nomination! Are you folks not Democrats!!?? Would you really prefer to cut off your nose just to spite your face?

    McCain is not an independent! He is a Bush Republican! He has sold out any "maverick inclinations" in him to pander to the right-wing conservative base of the Republicans. His reversal on the tax cuts, his speech on appointing conservative judges, his denial of not having voted for Bush, etc. all speak to this pandering.

    Obama is a black man running for president. He has received Secret Service protection earlier than any other candidate in history. His life, his wife's life and the lives of their two daughters are being threatened every day. Would not only a patriot go through this!?

    Don’t Obama and Hillary agree on most major issues!?
    Thus, the questions become: Are you more racist than Democrat!?

    Are you more racist than pro choice!? Are you more racist than anti-tax cuts for the rich!?

    May 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Sam

    I'm surprised at some of the attitudes I've seen and heard in the course of this run of elections. It's like some people – a lot of democrats I must say, are more interested in winning the presidential race than seeking the better management of the nation. That seems to show in the number of Clinton that would vote for MCain over Obama if he's the nominee and vice versa. I'm not American but I'd say to all of you, make sure you vote, but choose not just the person or the white house, but your country!

    May 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Son

    Anyone who's a Clinton supporter and is going to vote for McCain is a Democrat-in-Name-Only. I support Barack Obama, and I'm voting for him for POTUS whether he's on the ticket or not.

    The least you can do is write in Hillary in November. It's more respectable than voting for John "McSame" McCain.

    May 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. donna smith

    All you ladies out there. If the reason you are voting for Hillary is you beleive in what she stands for, and all the work she has done. then dont let MaCain take that all away. He will only make life worse for women. and will continue to take this country in the opposite direction
    Hillary wanted it to go.

    May 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. joyce

    BOB
    i have defently changed my mind
    i do want hillary on the ticket
    we have to amazing candidates who have worked so hard. it will be up to barack. but i for one will support it

    come on every one get behind barack so we can get hillary in and go after the bushes and mcsains

    by the way mcsains have stock in sudan and others bad countries. cyndy sold off two million dollars in shares yesterday how bout that

    May 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Amber

    Big surprise. The boys club sticks together.

    May 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Greg, Pennsylvania

    One more idiot came out of the closet!

    May 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Denial

    FOR HILARY SUPPORTERS WHO SAY THEY WILL DIVERT TO MC CAIN!!!!!!!!

    WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING HILARY?????

    I KNOW FOR CERTAIN IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF THE ISSUES, BECAUSE MC CAIN AND HILARY'S ISSUES ARE POLAR OPPOSITES .. WHILE CLINTON AND OBAMA ISSUES ARE SIMILAR >>>>

    SO REALLY WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING HILARY??

    I THOUGHT PEOPLE SUPPORTED CANDIDATES BECAUSE THEY SUPPORTED (COULD RELATE TO) THEIR ISSUES >> SEEMS I WAS WRONG....

    May 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Swiss in Canada

    Fred, Sharon MN: There are specialits out there for people with your condition. The blog-writing-therapy seems not to work....

    May 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Mike

    To all those Hillary supporters that are going to McCain. I hope you do not have children or grandchildren because a vote for him and a win for him will mean a draft and you acknowledging that you may be sending them to additional wars and to possibly to there death. We need a President with a new vision for the American people and there are only two choices "Nader or Obama" and my vote goes to President Obama.

    May 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. what???

    MillionMan....are you saying that if hillary supporters don't vote ffor Obama we're RACISTS!?!??! Yeah, that's what i thought you said...you answered your own questionas to why we won't vote for Obama, playing that card is a HUGE trun off...I'll stay home.

    May 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Adam C

    Obama/Webb 08 Webb's son is in iraq, he is a war hero, and has allot of foreign policy experience. In addition, Webb was a former republican. It goes well with Obama's message to unite the country.

    May 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Crush Rush

    Pinheads that spew hate on here are Limbaugh followers.Imus was first,next is Rush.

    May 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. NOBAMA

    hey, MillionMan….are you saying that if hillary supporters don't vote ffor Obama we're RACISTS!?!??! Yeah, that's what i thought you said…you answered your own questionas to why we won't vote for Obama, playing that card is a HUGE trun off…I'll stay home

    May 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Jan from Boca Raton FL

    WHO CARES....

    STARK LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE OUT OF A COMIC STRIP>

    May 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. petra

    sometimes wen i come up here i try to read all comments hoping to pick one or two lines of wisdom here,, but in the long run i have found out that clinton surpporters become abusive and violent in reactinghey seem so irrational in their thinking when you keep shouting and yelling experience, to me experience doesnt neccessarily comes with age,, moreso how would you relay your experience if you lack wisdom in many delicate issues and keep coming up with wrong judgement,,,,Iraq war, nafta,bosnia lie,,,,and all you say is experience ,,you people just like someone that would promise you things not possible in a year to happen in a day,,, some that can promise you endoskeleton from a cockroach body,, thats who you clinton supporters want,, and she is doing that,, you hate to listen to the bitter truth,,,,the young down to heart man that is well equiped with God wisdom,,just because he is an african-american,,,think twice,,,

    May 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. CNN

    CNN, you're SO in bed with Obama, you won't even post comments that question him in your lousy blogs!!! Slobber on Obama and you're in, is that your criteria????

    May 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. HP Boston

    Some people are stark raving mad.

    May 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Jane

    All these pitiful little people rushing to get their vote in before the country's votes are counted, hoping there will be something in it for them.

    May 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Ted (NC)

    They say getting a bunch of young voters who have never voted before is a good thing...

    If they haven't proven they know how to vote in a general election at the local or state level why should they have the right to vote for the President of the US.

    These young voters are going to put the "Internet Marketing" candidate in the White House only to regret their decision when they get 4 more years of the same 'ol stuff because he doesn't know how to get anything done in Washington.

    You CANNOT change Washington no matter what some suit tells you. You have to work WITH Washington to get the things you want done accomplished.

    Like it or not... it will take Obama the first 3 years to figure out how the whole system works.

    Now all the old politicians are getting on the 'hipster' bandwagon. So funny.

    May 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Beverly, NYC

    HSNP, why so bitter hon? Are you looking back on your life wishing you had applied yourself , gotten a better education, ran for public office and had the opportunity to make change for the better? I am sure Barrack Obama or any other black person has not kept you from being all you could be. It's too bad being a President of the US, means putting up with people like you.

    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Gary Mitchell

    Welcome to the party Pete, it's better late than never. Four days from now Kentucky with a 60-40 split Clinton over Obama will give Hillary the state and Obama the nomination (with a pledged delegate majority). Cutting it a little close there Pete. Four days the difference between getting on board and missing the boat entirely.

    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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