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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Shane

    Funny. Hillary started out as the front-runner and led by over 100 superdelegates. Now, not so much. Popular vote: Obama. Pledged delegates: Obama. Superdelegates: Obama.

    NO SOUP FOR YOU HILLARY!

    This has to be an epic meltdown. Clinton just doesn't resonate enough with people. They don't trust her as far as they can throw her and that is a problem, whether she wants to admit it or not. Amazingly, I think she still has the opportunity to bow out gracefully.

    May 16, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Welcome sir

    Come on in sir, the water is fine.

    May 16, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Learn from your mistakes

    Thank you Mr. Stark!

    To all of the people who voted for George Bush and the Democratic deflectors why would we ever vote for another president who does not believe in diplomacy? People who believe that we can fix the economy, education or anything else while spending billions of dollars on this war are delusional.

    Look at John McCain's health (don't) care plan. This man is not the maverick he once was. He is another 3rd term Bush. I know Clinton supporters are dissapointed but you need to vote with your head not with your heart. HRC is a loyal democrat. She will not run as an independent or encourage this ridiculous write-in notion. She will support the democratic nominee as should everyone who cares about our country!!

    May 16, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. jimmy

    Obama Supporter-
    what are you trying to say? It sounds like you represent what Obama is all about... if that is your point then I'm with you.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12
    Obama, well,never
    The MOVEMENT has begun...

    May 16, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Obama v McCain

    i saw on CNN yesterday that there are a lot of women who feel VERY strongly about Hillary's losing and that we should expect them to default to McCain should she not be the nominee. Outside, i can say I'd understand your anger.. but on the inside i am screaming "dont let this be your reason!!" the reason most of you are voting for Hillary is the stark contrasts between her and McCain(or at least it should be).....so to vote for him out of spite...well that wouldn't accomplish very much. Both Democratic Senators are voices of change...something you will not be gettingfrom McCain..or it may be a change we will deathly regret!

    May 16, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. FedUpDem

    I posted this an hour ago on the article about Edwards turning down obama fo VP....obamage gets spewed at a rate of 10:1 over anyone else why is that? Happens with CNN and MSNBC. Its amazing how obamabiased the media is.....

    FedUpDem May 16th, 2008 11:25 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    LOL….don't you obamidiots get it?
    Edwards is now trying Hillarys playbook.
    Let obama have the nomination and, after 4 years of McCain, run for the presidency. Neither Edwards or Clinton is STUPID enough to go down in flames with obama in November.

    Backing the one that doesn't pretend to have a magic wand to make your fairy tale come true…McCain 08……then HRC2012

    May 16, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain is a complete idiot. He has no clue to what the heck is going on.

    May 16, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. La Raza.

    Did McCain say 2013?

    May 16, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. grandma at45

    I don't think it would be a betrayal to vote for McCain if Hillary isn't the nominee. I think it would be a betrayal for America to vote for the likes of Obama.

    May 16, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. SP

    fred must really have a man crush on Obama

    May 16, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Marissa

    CNN, why is it that there are people whose legitimate comments don't get posted, and yet you let these crazy idiots flame all over the place about "hate" and other such nonsense? I come here to participate in dialogue...this isn't myspace. What the heck?

    May 16, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Vee

    I am a True Republican. But i am tired of these Conservative Republicans who spread hate all over. People like Rush Limbaugh, hannity make me sick.

    That is why I am voting for Democrats even though I do not believe in Democrats policies

    I think what McCain is doing is absolutely fine. We cannot bring troops back soon like Obama is saying. McCain is a great guy.

    I think Democrats should unite and get rid of people like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh..

    Vote for McCain is vote for these idiots who have spread so much of hate in the US

    Refer to "Kevin James in Hardball (you will see what true Conservative Republicans are like)

    May 16, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Mark M Kansas City

    Fred please take your pathetic claim and move to another country. If you cannot see how far and away McCain is from Clintons and the democratic ticket, and are going to cry that if not Hillary then you will vote for McCain, then go join the GOP. We do not want or need you if you are truly that stupid. "If my candidate can't get in office, I will take 4 more years if Bush".

    You are probably one of the morons who voted for a 2nd term Bush because you didn't want gays getting married. Congrats! We now have $4 gas, a war with no exit plan, and an economy plummeting-but by god Chuck & Larry can't get married.

    Good choice you dinkus.

    May 16, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Mike Guinn

    Keep em coming! Many more from here in California should step to the plate for the benefit of the party.

    May 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Stay the course...

    The hateful comments from both sides should just be ignored. This has been a hard fought campaign, and though the fat lady hasn't sung, she's warming up. If you don't want to vote for Obama if he wins, don't. But don't snivel when MCain doesn't do anything other than give vanilla speeches that steal the Democratic Party's ideals, all while doing nothing for spiking fuel, healthcare, and living costs. Don't whine when the draft is re-started (McCain has said he'll do this as soon as he gets into office) and your sons and daughters go to war, over and over again (the average miltary member serves 3 tours in Iraq or Afghanistan). Don't whine as nothing changes.

    At least Barack is going to give change a shot. He has a very well-run campaign that has beaten back the Clinton Machine. Here is a guy who is "inexperienced in politics" and yet beat some of the most experienced political tigers (the Clintons) at their own game. Do you know what that means to me? He knows how to find good people, put them in the right jobs where they'll be most effective, and get them to work, all with a budget that's in the black. That's what a good president does. My vote was for Hillary. It is now for Barack. But if Hillary winds up the nominee through some magic. I will vote for her. Democratic Party O8!!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Lauren-CO

    Obama has inspired me more than any political figure has before. I am 20 years old and never cared about politics until Obama came into the picture. He has inspired millions of people to come out and vote and care about our country– and he will be an amazing president.
    Now the Democrats need to unite and come together so we don't have another Bush in office. And for you Hillary supporters that are saying "MCCAIN OVER OBAMA"– if you truly supported the Democratic party you would realize that McCain is exactly opposite of what Clinton stands for. She has even said it her self– it would be a terrible mistake to do that.. so open your eyes and come together.

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. dmw

    I look forward to the Demcrats in November with their heads hanging low because Obama loses the Presidency. Then all of these disloyal Clinton back stabbers will have something to think about over the next four years. The Democrats are the perfect example of insanity; they do the same thing over and over again, choose the left-wing liberal as the nominee, and then expect a different result.

    They have not learned the lesson that America will not pick the liberal as a President. The Superdelegates are suppose to vote for what is best for the party and not just pick the guy who is inspirational. Being inspirational is subjective. I am not inspired by Barack Obama at all, he actually makes me want to scream that he is such a fake and has fooled people. He is just a typical politician.

    So although Hillary will not get the nomination in 2008, she will in 2012 after the Democratic Party learns their lesson, once again.

    May 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Becky in In.

    Give an idiot a little power & they will walk into walls with it!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Obamarican

    This is exactly as it should be. I will admit BO is is not experienced, but none of the candidates have experience doing the job they are running for. None have been president before although Hilary claims to have filled the job by osmosis. Things are progressing very nicely toward OB winning the nomination, and there are hordes of bitter (yes i said it) racist people deluding themselves into thinking that it's okay to hide behind reverend wright or hide behind the bitter comment as reasons not to vote for a black man. reverend wright told the truth about HIS experience he does not speak for the nation nor for the candidate and white people haven't been that nice to him (as evidenced by the huge hulabaloo made by the media over his comments) And people DO cling to religion in times of hardship, guns, never had the desire to own one because people kill people WITH GUNS! Why is it that people can tell the truth as long as the truth doesn't offend anyone.
    OBAMA for President!

    May 16, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. FedUpDem

    And this one didn't go through either, will the obamerators, I mean moderators, please TRY and be even handed, I know its hard when you're an obamidiot but sheeeshh.....

    What happened to the obamidiots whine about SD's voting as their constituents did? Oh thats right it's okay when it goes your way....can you smell your hypocrisy? You are a prefect reflection of your candidate.

    McCain08

    HRC 2012

    Nobama now or ever!

    May 16, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. from CT

    jimmy, my name is jimmy too and I'm an Obama supporter, I'll be sure to cancel out your vote by voting for Obama!

    May 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Yes we can!

    it seems to me by seeing all this "white male/female" superdelegates speak so highly of Obama and so many of them are endorsing him, it makes me think why is Obama having a hard time getting the "white, blue collar, hardworking white people's vote"......the more i think about it, more i think there's a large percentage of white america who made up in their minds in 1957 they would never vote for a "barak obama"....and it trickles down to their kids and grandkids sometimes....african americans has always had no one else to vote for other than jesse jackson and they are excited for this opportunity. i dont blame them for being 95% for Obama, it's great. but blacks are only about 14% of the us population, so hello, it's the white people have carried him and put him over the top. that's amazing. i was a mike huckabee supporter and obama won me over. God bless him dearly. ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

    May 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. HSNP

    Barack sweetie, honey, sugar muffin, condescending elitist, won't be able to handle the Presidency. He'll be like a deer in the headlights.

    May 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Kenneth M

    I don't care if Obama becomes Pres or not. I just want to stop Slick Hillie and her lies. I am not sure why everyone keeps saying she is a good person. What has she done that is so good? And her supporters stink too.

    May 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Mirror Mirror

    CNN, please keep reporting these endorsements. They are after all, just that, NEWS......Although some posters have advised you not to post these endorsements, by not doing so, our media would begin to look like outlets in other oppressive countries.

    I like the postings because it allows myself, somewhat new to the political scene, to get to know the politicians supporting these candidates (whether Obama or Clinton). For posters who do not like these postings, sorry you do not like the results. Perhaps you should blog on postings you like and avoid the postings that do not reflect your thinking.

    May 16, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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