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. Dennis

    I'm not concerned by Senator Clinton's supporters saying they won't vote for Obama. I've seen way too many polls that show both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama beating Senator McCain. I believe either one of them will win in November. I think recent elections have shown there is a huge backlash against the Republicans, and it will carry over into November.

    That aside, I do believe Democrats should unite. This bickering is pointless. It has gotten childish (actually, it got that way a long time ago), and supporters of BOTH sides are too blame.

    May 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. vince

    Obama is as fake as the hair on Starks head. WTG DEMS. We can prance Obama around with McGovern,Kerry,Dukkakis and Gore. The losers club. What a sad day for the DNC.

    May 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Jim

    To mt: You are what you are, and you should stay what you are. However, you'll soon realize that you should've boarded the Obama's Train.

    May 16, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Not voting

    Hillary is a party loyalist so she will ask her supporters to unite behind the Democratic nominee. As a Hillary supporter, I do not believe it will be that easy. Hillary supporters have attacked Obama on the issues, whereas Obama supporters consistently make vicious personal attacks against Hillary and Bill. Obama is winning, but his supporters are still so ungracious and disrespectful. The Democratic party does not deserve to win. They have let the media and haters "select" the Democratic voters. For the first time, experience and qualifications will have nothing to do with the candidate that will represent the Democratic party in the general election. Hillary has fought for civil rights, women rights, children rights, health care and the democratic party for over 30 years. If offered, I hope she does not accept the VP position because if Obama loses, she will be blamed. At this point, I really do not care if McCain wins the Presidency.

    May 16, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Creative Woody

    Cue all the "loser" comments from the Hillary supporters.

    May 16, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Hal

    All the ones who are going for Obama when Clinton won their state should be ashamed of themself. The people of California voted for Clinton and not for Obama. He is not doing what a the will of of the people voted for. The DNC has screwed this Dem. Party up so bad that I will vote Republican from now on.

    May 16, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. woodowl

    CNN, please update your popular delegate-counter website. I know it's hard, with new superdelegates coming on board the Obamawagon several times a day. But look at how many hits this site is getting. Many thousands of Americans know where the real election story is!

    May 16, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. sporter

    2 losers! Go Hillary!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Bridgette - PA

    Yeah! Keep them comin' boys and girls! Let's unite as one strong party. The Republicans will not stop us. For those who will write Hillarys name in or vote McCain over OBAMA but are supposed to be Democrats, you would be voting against the will of the party – WHICH MEANS.....YOU ARE UNDERCOVER REPUBLICANS AND WE DON'T NEED YOU ANYWAYS.

    OBAMA 08/12

    May 16, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. alejandro canton

    Being a foreigner, not even living in the US, I am somewhat concerned about the lack of correct information.
    Obama just mentioned "the 60th anniversary of the 'independence' of Israel."
    Well, it is not "independence" but "creation of the State of Israel." It was created in 1948. Israel did not exist as a state previously; therefore, it could not become independent. In fact, it has always been independent.

    May 16, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. BJ

    This is the reason why the Democratic party cannot win the presidency back! They have the 2 best candidates... what do they do?

    The pit them against each other till they X each other out! They should have backed Hillary and groomed Obama to take over after. By that time, there will be no questions about his experience and credentials.

    McCain is a moderate Republican, so it's not much of a move for some of us. He should consider Meg Whitman (founder, former CEO of EBay) as his running mate. SHE can fix the economy, and he can focus on foreign policy.

    May 16, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Marc

    Welcome to the Obama family Stark.

    May 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. RIP J McCain Unite the Clans!

    Time for DEMS to UNITE THE CLANS!
    It is not Hillary v Barack. It is us vs them. Let's take back this country from the valueless hate/war mongers of the Bush administration.

    Democrats 08

    May 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Holliwood

    Hey Fred! So you would rather vote for McBush if Clinton does not get the nod? You and others like you on both Clinton and Obamas side saying that is so dumb and porbably a bit hateful in some cases. Wake your behind up Fred!

    May 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Nancy

    Thank you sir: you are a smart man. The curtain is coming down. I want to introduce you to the next President of the United States of America; Barack Obama!!!!

    O8AMA

    May 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Jamaal Kansas

    Keep them coming and maybe my Tuesday we will reached the magic Number 2025 and get this General Election Going because we Need TO Defeat Mcsame! Democrats Unite

    May 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Ralph

    Welcome Rep. Stark.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Inspirational

    To the supporters in here that say Obama didn't inspire them to vote, pay attention to the world, etc. are lying. By you simply taking the time to make comments on this website proves he inspired or made you pay attention in some way.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Dee

    Calling all Delagates for BHO.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Mauo

    TOO MANY OBAMA JOCK STRAPS AROUND HERE.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    If you want inspiration.

    What kind of change will you get from an un-experience politician who will have to create a cabinet of experienced washington political insiders like, Kennedy and Kerry.

    It would not be any different that Dubya and his cabinet.

    Fortunately we won;t get that far. McCain will win in a landslide. The far left liberals just set off an issue in california that will bring out the Evangil vote.

    Looks Like the old man is the next president.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. CALL ME SWEETIE ANYTIME

    Thanks Honey!

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Paul

    I for one am waiting to hear who Tony Stark endorses.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Tin

    Hello everyone.
    I'm a Hillary supporter but i'm a DEMOCRAT. i can't bear anymore Bush-Mccain politics..Clinton & obama are both democrats,and they cannot be compared with republicans..i want to see no-bush/mccain..so it's ok if its even Obama..
    Dems UNITE

    May 16, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Jeff

    This is great and brings us closer to the end. I have to admit that Hillary's out of hand rejection of Bush's appeasement comments yesterday was inspiring and shows that she can be of great use during the general election campaigning for Barack and the democrats. I think she is coming to grips with reality and could possibly be gracious about this after all.

    May 16, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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