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. Judy, South Carolina

    Why do everyone who want Hillary to win will not vote for Obama. If you can see or hear how this country is headed now, you would think twice. We may be in war before the Presidential Election. No matter who wins we as Democrats should unite together if not then roll on over to the Republican side and see what you will end up with.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Idiot endorsing Idiot. The end of our Country 1/20/09.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. norma - Wisconsin

    Big Deal.

    Thanks to John Edwards who says his announcement for Obama wasn't done to upset Hillary's win. Baloney – he knew exactly what he was doing and why. I use to have a lot of respect for him, but he's not fooling anyone – he knew exactly what he was doing, or he would have waited a few days to make hsi announcement. He's just another flip/flopper who's looking out for his future position in the Obama camp, should that happen.

    If for nothing else, Hillary should get the nomination for her true grit, dedication and perseverence. But, she deserves it even more because she's the one who can do it best. A big grin is good for cartoons, but wears very thin after overexposure.

    I would hope that if Hillary gets the nomination – she would get rid of the whole lot of those who jumped ship. They are such hypocrits/

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Rick Maryville TN

    Yes he certainly has, and it fact I would say the last time was 1972...how did that work out

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. sanger, tx

    Because of obama, the democratic party will loose. go MCcain!!! YOU HAVE MY VOTE, Regardless of what hillary say's i will never vote for someone so hypicritical and racist like obama.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Obeewanabe

    Too bad, Edwards didn't listen to his smarter half. Americans are gluttons for punishment. Enjoy another 4 years of Bush III.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Clinton backer

    Why does Obummer get all the credit for bringing out "new voters"?

    Hillary Clinton brough out and inspired millions of new voters too!

    Vince is right – "Obama is as fake as the hair on Starks head. "

    CLINTON OR NO VOTE!

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Jeane

    Hey HILLARY supporters...
    Pleeeease do understand OBAMA and Clinton share same values mostly and they are democrats and no bush-fans..
    So if you want to see a better tommorow,support A DEMOCRAT..and Obama is not as bad as MCSame!!
    Please UNITE !!

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. fred

    No Uniting for Obama!!

    Down with Obama..get out now!!

    MILLIONS OF HILLARY SUPPORTERS WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!!

    Say goodbye to Obama!!

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Yes!, another great endorsement from another great American. Sir, I thank you and the American public thanks you! Sir, you are truly a great American! Come on SuperDs lets wrap this up, lets put Hillary out her misery.
    Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. gerald strother

    GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Rob - WA

    All of you Baby Boomer ("me me me me generation") women who would vote for MacCain just out of the sore loser mentality go ahead – help elect McCain and then you will have been personally responsible for trashing the very womens rights YOU so valiantly fought for during YOUR prime. Your mentality is truly pathetic.

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. rayofhope

    mt and bho... may God help you both.

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. G-Man

    Obama / Hagel in 2008 Change we can believe in!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Mike - Texas

    Taxes...

    Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these
    statistics enlightening and amazing.

    http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html

    .....................Taxes under......Taxes under
    .....................Clinton 1999.....Bush 2008

    Single making 30K – tax $8,400 tax $4,500
    Single making 50K – tax $14,000 tax $12,500
    Single making 75K – tax $23,250 tax $18,750
    Married making 60K – tax $16,800 tax $9,000
    Married making 75K – tax $21,000 tax $18,750
    Married making 125K – tax $38,750 tax $31,250

    Both democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates.

    It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above
    think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest
    President ever.

    If Obama or Hillary are elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen.

    This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even know what happened.

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. fred

    CAN'T YOU PEOPLE SEE THAT IT IS THE DNC PUSHING OBAMA...AND CNN IS PLAYING THEIR GAME!!

    DOWN WITH HOWARD DEAN AND DOWN WITH OBAMA!!

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. John George

    I am extremly dissapointed in CNN's biased role in democratic primarries. Seems like Wolf blitzer and John King are acting like Obama's running mate. Most of the CNN team are ignoring the integrity of pure journalism. What a shame !

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. 45 white male in PA

    HILLARY , GO AWAY and NEVER come back...OBAMA 08 and 12

    It is sooooo good to see the Clintons knocked down from their elitest perch

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Fred

    People keep endorsing Obama so that the Republicans can take the white house once again. WAKE UP!

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Dee Wells

    Who cares!

    I endorse Ralph Nader!

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Marc

    35 years and never heard of him on the National Scene.

    May 16, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Sweetie

    Obama has inspired me to become a McCain Democrat!

    McCain 08

    May 16, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. georgia

    Dems unite,
    racists flight.
    Courage & commitment of the inclusive majority rules !!
    Obama 08'. !!!!
    Edwards Atty. Gen.,supported by americans commited to creating the best USA fo posterity .!!

    May 16, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Venus

    Thank you Mr. Stark and welcome to the "O" Team!

    Go Obama! We are on our way to 1600 Penn Ave!

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Mark

    Now we're waiting for Tony Stark of Iron Man fame to endorse Obama too!

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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