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. MARILANA

    WEREN'T THE SUPER DELEGATES SUPPOSED TO ENDORSE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATE? STARK, I THINK YOU NEED TO READ UP ON THIS. THANK GOD EDWARDS WILL NOT RUN WITH OBAMA, THEN WE WOULD HAVE TWO IDIOTS ON THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT.
    SUPER DELEGATES, NEWS MEDIA, RUSH TO HILLARY, A SAFE AND SANE CHOICE!

    May 16, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. John

    The fat lady is beginning to sing for Hillary Clinton! Please Hilary – don't run for President again!

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Ed

    "...he advocates universal health care, and he delivers a message ..."

    Clarification: Hillary is the one who advocates universal health care, not Obama.

    Yes, Obama delivers a message. And that's all he has done. Where are the accomplishments and accolades to back up his bluster and gravitas? Sounds like one empty suit clinging onto another empty suit.

    Notice how it has taken an entire day for Obama to respond to Bush's comments about Hamas, while Hillary THREW DOWN with just a few well-worded, off-the-cuff remarks? Oh, that's right... he needed his speech writer and advisory team to craft each word. Just what we need in a leader...

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. EC

    THANK YOU, Mr. Stark! We're on our way.....

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. USAF Sr. Airman

    What?! Iron Man endorsed Obama?!

    Haha kidding.

    Go Obama!

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Abiodun Esho

    Can you call up your other colleagues to do the same so we can make this thing real quick.

    All Nigerians say thank you.

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Greg Pa

    MT,

    You need to vote!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't care which way you vote. It is your job as an American. I know i can't inspire you to vote but you should think about it and don't let anyone tell you how to vote.

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Every single Democrat can vote for Obama and he still won't win. The Electoral College elects the President. He will not win in PA, OH, WV, KY, FL, TX, NV and others and so, he will not win.

    I suspect we will witness a landslide victory for McCain.

    No one will be to blame for this more than the man himself. He has divided the Democratic Party and plays dirty politics while claiming not to.

    May 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. christina

    I agree, let's unite the party and get the idiot Republicans out of the White House!

    Signed,
    Former Idiot Republican

    May 16, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. louiec MO

    Hey Fred, you are on all the blogs yelling; if not Hillary than McCain. Quit telling us and just do it!!! SO WHAT!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Dennis

    It's clear that blogger 'fred' is quite intelligent and should be running for the white house himself.

    Write in fred '08!

    May 16, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. peter in PA

    When I see McCain's speeches, I see a old man.

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. BJ

    Yes, it appears the DNC have chosen Obama as their nominee.

    It's ok with us... however, it will not entice us to vote for him on any ticket, because we Hillary supporters feel that the DNC has treated her shabbily. And it's not because we're sore losers either! We just don't believe Obama has the credentials and qualifications needed for such an important office, at such a pivotal time.

    We won't take a chance on an intern. Too much is at stake.

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Dean - Colton, CA

    TROLL! Troll in the blogosphere!

    Just thought you'd like to know

    ~faints~

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. M.A.Chatman

    Congrats to Dems. For those who are sad concerning Hillary, don't let the GOP divide us! See limbaugh CHAOS for detail and manipulation.

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Greg Pa

    Obama fans ,

    look cnn posted it . NOW STOP CRYING

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Val

    FELLOW DEMOCRATS.....whether it's Obama or Clinton.....WE MUST UNITE!!!!
    PLEASE THINK ABOUT OUR COUNTRY AND STOP HATING!!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Holliwood

    Hey mt...The comment made that Barack inspired young voters is a general statement. If you were not inspired by him and "your not alone" fine but dont show your age with silly comments like that. Come on. Not even Jesus was all things to all people.

    May 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Terry in New York

    My only question is his ref. to Hillary's many years of service? Good God she hasn't completed her second term yet. With any luck NY won't be stuck with her for a 3rd and she'll disappear into the dark.

    May 16, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. JC

    Obama/Richardson is a great ticket.
    Obama/Edwards is not and I am glad Edwards agreed.

    It is not a betrayal if you choose one over the other for the good of our country, but it may be a betrayal if you don't.

    May 16, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Helen

    Mary May 16th, 2008 12:16 pm ET

    Mary you sound like you are JEALOUS.

    Get over yourself...

    May 16, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    A little late but better than never. welcome and thanks for your support
    now BRING OUR TROOPS home

    May 16, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. mds

    why would anyone vote for Mcsame over Obama? I guess that you reallly love Bush then! If Clinton does not get the nominee then I am sure that Hill will vote for Obama, and so should you!!!! GET BUSH OUT

    May 16, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Susan Missouri

    Mistake

    May 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Fred – you sound scarey – please keep your negative stuff to yourself. The people of this country are down enough without people like you pushing down further with your sophomoric remarks.

    Please stop the negative stuff.

    May 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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