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. Patricia in Las Vegas

    It is obvious that the people ranting about Senator Obama not being qualified have not done any research. Please do your homework. I agree that people who would vote for McCain rather than a black man are truly cutting their noses off to spite their face! You do NOT judge a book by its cover, it is what is inside that counts. Senator Obama is intelligent, has integrity, is HONEST, truly loves and cares for this country and all its people. I am a very hard working, over 55 white woman, raised Catholic, single mom who not only voted for Senator Obama, I continue to contribute to his campaign because I truly believe he is what this country so badly needs now. thank you for listening.

    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. jackie hyde

    i will tell you there will be alot of people in my state will vote for mccain
    for the first time in my life!!!!!if mccain wins hillary 2012

    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Sam

    I salute a few of the opinions I've seen in this blog – I don't care who wins of the three, I only care that he (or indeed, she!) is the best thing the country needs at this time!

    May 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. INDEPENDENT VOTER

    Hillary supporters KILL me with their bribe (put Hillary on the ticket or else.) Well, I say OR ELSE WHAT? You're going to vote for McCain?? Okay, vote for McCain and watch this war continue until....whenever. ALL OF YOU HILLARY SUPPORTERS SHOULD GO TO EVERY FUNERAL OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS AND EXPLAIN TO THEIR FAMILIES WHY YOU VOTED MCCAIN. You all should have to be the ones to tell them it was because Hillary wasn't on the ticket! You all should be the ones to tell thier children that it was out of your STUPIDITY and SELFISHNESS that our contruy must continue to suffer!

    May 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Al

    All those who are now claiming they were supporting Barack and now are going over to Hillary because of Edward's endorsement or any other reasons – are just a bunch of envious cry-babies. You've been supporting Hillary from the start. If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.

    Al

    May 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. dee

    To TM. When in life, nothing inspire you, you ultimately inpires nothing. For the first time, we have somebody who can revive our interest in politics. Go Obama!

    May 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. I faced the truth

    To all the Hillary supporters who will be voting for John McCain. Should McCain win, I will see you in the gas line, the soup line, the unemployment line, the draft line, the homeless line, and any other line that poor people will be standing in. All of these lines are reserved for the poor, while the corporate fat cats keep getting richer. While you are standing in those lines, just remember that your racist vote put you there.

    May 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. John in Missouri

    An open invitation to all HRC supporters: If you do as you have promised, and vote for JMC, you will have accomplished one thing and one thing only. You will have elected JMC President. HRC would not be able to run in 2012 as she would be labled, fairly or unfairly as divisive to the Democratic Party. In the Primary she would win NY and SC and perhaps a few other divisive States but would have fewer people involved in the process because they see more of the same gridlock we have seen for over 8 years. It is time to realize that, if you believe in the Democratic policies, then voting for JMC(Bush) would only divide the country more. Please rethink your stance on supporting whomever wins the Decocratic nomination. Hillary has made it very likely that a woman will someday be elected to the Presidency, give her credit and move on. I see little difference between HRC and Barack, and I support both in their efforts to end a costly war that serves only to crush the American economy, to take on the greedy oil companies and countries, to change the way we take care of our own people through health care and education, and the way they have both been in the forefront of promoting an America the world and Americans can be proud of. JMC is simply out of touch, whether because of senility or just because he just has not learned from past mistakes. Go Democrats in 2008, no hate, no divisivness and no more mistakes!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. genie

    I am definitely not inspired by BHO. Even if he is the nominee, I am definitely not voting for him, Republicans here I come.

    May 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    Come on everybody and unite with the Obama Campaign!

    Hate Hate Hate 2008
    Hate Hate Hate 2008
    Hate Hate Hate 2008

    Hate Bill Clinton!
    Hate Hillary Clinton!
    Hate George Bush!
    Hate John McCain!

    Hate Hate Hate

    Obama '08

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Kim

    For those of you who speak to Obama's "inexperience" Bush had none other than being Governor and he was lousy at that and he is lousy as president, yet he was given the opportunity. HRC's only experience is Senator of NY, which we find out now wasn't all that great for the people of NY. Not to mention, being first lady does not give you EXPERIENCE; give me a break! As democrats we should embrace the democrat nominee and be thrilled that we are finally back on top. It is very childish and immature to not vote for him because you wanted so desperately for HRC to win. That reminds me of Sweet Pea, Popeye's winning baby!

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Adam C

    Obama/Webb 08 lets go !!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. True American, True Obama Supporter

    To the one who tagged his/herself as an "Obama Supporter" and wrote the "Hate" message, you need to stop. If you know anything about Senator Obama, you'd know that he would not condone such remarks. Please don't do that; it is not called for. When it's all said and done, this is and must be the "United" States of America.

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Kim

    For those of you who speak to Obama's "inexperience" Bush had none other than being Governor and he was lousy at that and he is lousy as president, yet he was given the opportunity. HRC's only experience is Senator of NY, which we find out now wasn't all that great for the people of NY. Not to mention, being first lady does not give you EXPERIENCE; give me a break! As democrats we should embrace the democrat nominee and be thrilled that we are finally back on top. It is very childish and immature to not vote for him because you wanted so desperately for HRC to win. That reminds me of Sweet Pea, Popeye's whinning baby!

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. doris

    For those of you "not inspired" by Obama. Apparently he inspired more people than you can shake a stick at. As the saying goes...you can inspire some of the people some of the time - you may be able to inspire most of the people most of the time - but you will never inspire ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME. So what's new.

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. spencer C. Akins

    Hilary called out Obama on his statement to talk to middle eastern terrorist without any conditions. Where was the press and other democrates when this happend? Obama has made comments in the past where he called Israel a sore and wound in efforts to settle the middle east tension. So is it his idea to cast away Israel at the expense of peace in the middle east?

    May 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. True American, True Obama Supporter

    To the one who tagged his/herself as an "Obama Supporter" and wrote the "Hate" message, you need to stop. If you know anything about Senator Obama, you'd know that he would not condone such remarks. Please don't do that; it is not called for. When it's all said and done, this is and must be the "United" States of America.

    May 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. I Believe

    Barack Obama is going to be the next Presidemt of the United States.

    May 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Sam Reed

    Just one more step toward the nomination. Glad to see the older white guys like me getting on board.

    May 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. White Male -CA

    The FORCE IS WITH OBAMA!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Miss B in Texas

    You folks who would not vote for Obama if Hillary does not make it are not wanted by the Democrats. You are more interested in Bush's business as usual. I do find that there are more Hillary folks that would rather have McCain than Obama folks...hummmm. I find that interesting and I really believe that these Democrats are just posers and were really BUSH-MCCAIN folks to begin with. Be honest with yourself folks... we won't get mad.

    May 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Steve

    I can't believe the number of people in denial "GO HILLARY!!" at this point in the campaign. Go where? She cannot win without hanging on and buying people off at the convention. Or maybe that's what you'd want...

    Many folks making a big deal about the timing of the W. Va primary, like it's late momentum or something of an omen. All along, Hillary proudly goes after older, WHITE, poorly educated people. West Virginia was her perfect storm of demographics. It just so happened that this primary was late in the campaign. So it is not momentum, it was a state's turn to vote where her followers constituted the main electorate body.

    What does it say about her that she is still stubbornly campaigning, spending MORE money go go MORE in debt without any chance to win? Is it love of America, a fighter till the end, deluded, obsessed? Does she feel a sense of entitlement such that all the votes so far cannot count when all is done, and she is owed the nomination?

    At this point, even as she is "running," she is telling her supporters not to vote for McCain over Obama in November. Would someone who thinks they will win make such a statement? The campaign vitriole has been turned down, she's defending Obama against Bush, deals are made to help pay the debt.....

    Is there a doubt things are in the works to end this campaign? Let's get it done!!! Like him or hate him, there comes a time when sane, logical people admit defeat and move on, Don't vote for Obama if you think his wife is a racist. (that's kinda funny since you wonder what it is that brings out such hatred in the Hillary or nothing bunch.)

    But let's admit this thing is over. Add in FLA and MI if you want. Doesn't matter. It cuts into his 180 delegate lead by only 60 and does NOT give her the popular vote lead. It is a done deal, and no conspiracy against Clinton was undertaken. The only reason Hillary may stay in now is to cause some conspiracy to win it, because she cannot do so otherwise. Let's go after McCain!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Amber

    HILLARY CLINTON- Vice President
    JOHN EDWARDS- U.S. Attorney General
    JOE BIDEN- Secretary of State

    Talk about a DREAM team!!!!!!!!!!

    Whoo hooo…. "Get 'r done, Democrats"!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. john

    YOU KNOW FOR THE BEGANING I KNOW THAT OBAMA WILL WIN GENERAL ELECTION I KNOW IT.

    SO WHATEVER HILLARY OR OTHER SUPPORTER VOTE OR NOT VOTE DOESNOT MATTER AT ALL.

    OBAMA WILL WIN GENERAL ELECTION WRITE IT DOWN.

    OBAMA08.

    May 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. CNN please provide needed information

    Dear Mike, I'm not a poser. There may be some posting online, however, if you think there are not millions of us who are and will write in our choice come November, your only fooling yourself. Last I looked this is a free country and we will not be told who we can or cannot vote for. We know delegate support is brokered and people who can stand a canidate will smile shake hands and say whatever the DNC tell them to say. What we need is no delegates no electoral college, just one person one vote and anyone is free to run for President. The system we have now is completely corrupt.

    May 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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