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. Gino

    It is a calculative MISTAKE of all of these people who come out so open and endorse Obama. Think rationally. Clinton has the most of the democrats in her base. Obama has less (20% or more than Clinton) in his bag of the democrats. Obama has independents who make up this difference, and more. These independents make the apparent increase of Obama's current popularity and gain. Now if these very independents go away in the General Election (due to McCain's overcoming of them or due to other attractions such as Liberatian parties, etc.) Obama can/will be defeated. McCain does appeal to independents more than he appeals to the general Republicans. All he is got to to do is to talk like a Democrat. A likely independent (who really favored Obama against the negatives of Clinton) is not likely to vote for Obama knowing his inexeperience against veteral Senator and old timer McCain, and knowing less about the character of Obama or knowing more about his character in terms of Rezko, Ayers, and terrorist (whose send off he went to), and finally the Reveren Wright as well as his once liking to live in America first time proud wife. Believe me all those Superdelegates, Obama is lose-bound in General Election, no matter what. It is the independents swing states this time.....Watch It...you obama lovers..I know u are cramming the iNternets and cyberspace...

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. fiona

    He doesn't inspire at all. How can someone that neglects Florida and Michigan be taken seriously. If Hillary isn't the nominee I'm voting Mccain. Democrats are losers for picking Obama

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. AB

    This whole Obama thing is make believe. The superdelegates see people praising the emperor's new clothes and join in. They're willing to wear them too for political gain. If we all band together we don't need platforms or plans, we can run on hope! We might view the founding fathers as inspriational now but you can be sure most were hard at work, not just smiling, waving, and implying that their election will bring racial harmony!

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Marc

    To Democrats Unite: It's about the Nation, not to a Party. Deal with it. People will vote against a candidate of the same party or vote third party or not at all.

    It's about The Democratic Republic of the United States of America.

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. LINDA,FL

    to FedUpDem – I am not moderator, but sure – You sound like an I-diot.

    WEhy don;t You bother Yourself to think – it does not hurt

    May 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Robert

    Great! America need people to be united and Obama will do it!
    GO OBAMA!

    May 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. milk

    mt, that's because you're a WV redneck. Go back to your trailer park.

    May 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Eli, how have they done wrong? Because of Michigan and Florida? They broke the rules and they were punished according to the rules.

    The only reason you claim they broke the rules for Obama is because POOOOOOOOOOOOR HILLARY lost.

    I'm not buying it. Obama is the nominee and that's it. And I feel like he should put her on the ticket so all of you knuckleheads will vote for her again instead of being like babies about it

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. R. Squibbs

    To the virulent, angry Clinton supporters:

    I understand that you're angry that Clinton has lost the race. I also understand that many of you think the media has been piling on her unfairly. I also get how you'd be angry with the supposed Obama supporters who, in their comments here, have been less-than-gracious in victory, to put it mildly (though I suspect a number of them are trolls).

    What I don't understand is how any of you would actually vote for McCain in November, given his policies and politics, which seem diametrically opposed to Clinton's (and Obama's).

    Can someone please give me a reasoned account of what it is about Obama and his policies that's so deeply offensive to you that you'd consider voting for someone whose policies are just like Bush's? All I'm hearing is "I won't vote for Obama - I'll vote for McCain!" (with a pout and a stamping foot), but no real reason WHY you'd do something so apparently counter your own politics and convictions.

    Please enlighten me.

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Tejano

    I don't call taking down a dictactor that was killing and torturing his own peeople (Hussein) and taking out the Taliban in Afghanistan so that WOMEN could be educated and their female children attend school a failure in foreign policy.

    McCain is not Bush, Many of us wish he were. He will win however, because he is not a Conservative Republican like Bush and only cares for the welfare of his country. He is a true Patriot. That I cannot say for Obama. Who knows where his loyalties lie and I will not take that chance.

    May 16, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. ambrose

    Welcome sir, this is the way. There is hope, America is about to rise again. Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. John

    This is great to have another superdelegate endorse Barack Obama! It's bringing us closer to having a nominee. I only hope we can reunite the democratic party once we have a nominee.

    I believe that Barack Obama is using his own unique form of politics and is the most in-touch with the american people. Hillary Clinton has been using traditional politics throughout her campaign. It's time for a change. John McCain will not bring any change at all. Hillary Clinton will bring some change. Barack Obama will bring the most change!

    May 16, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. lol

    my inspiratation is to register independent for the way the dnc treated hillary throughout the primaries. they have shoved obama down our throats. UNITE AND WRITE hillary's name on the ballot if it isn't on there. the crooked dnc and pundits will not make hillary's loyalist back obama.

    May 16, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Deb

    We are all Americans who should be inspired not only by the candidate but the urgency of what is happening to us. The high cost of gas, food, travel, etc. What more inspiration do you require???

    May 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Sandi

    Americans are gluttons for punishment. Enjoy another 4 years of Bush-McCain! Dec 2012 will come not a minute sooner.

    May 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Yes we can!

    any hillary supporter that votes for mccain deserves for their right to vote to be stripped. you are showing you care more about your ill feelings than the issues....how can speak so highly of hillary and what she represents when her policies are on another plane than mccain. how can you vote mccain when hillary disagrees with every single issue/policy mccain has....how can you be against the war, poverty, the poor healthcare system, poor education system, bad economy and vote mccain.....THAT'S JUST DUMB!

    May 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Stevie J

    It's sad that democrats who support Clinton will not vote Obama but McCain in the general election. That mistake will take four long years to go away. Tha's a really long time to wait for the skies to clear. America needs someone who is going to clean up it's image abroad. It used to be really cool being American anywhere in the world a few years ago, not anymore. Now entire nations look at Americans as being big bullies that will stop at nothing for oil. It's almost impossible to see it unless you have lived outside the US.

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. petra

    Nice move Rep stark,,,,You ve thought of generation now and yet to come,,good initiative from you,,,and For FREDwho wouldnt vote for Obama,, the best thing you should do if Obama makes it to the white house is,,, commit suicide by hanging yourself,, im sure you would be one of those awkward minded hateful Rednecks or whatever it is called,,,, and for those not willing to vote for macCain,,, let nobody plead with you,,you have all been through hard times so it isnt new anymore,, you would survive the next 4 or 8 years of the hard headed aggresive old man,,, perhaps you might not,, if so you will not be wellcome to mexico for Refuge by the time macCain is through with you all,,,,, concerned white european,,,,cologne

    May 16, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Travis (in the real world)

    I truly laugh at all the Democrats ( but don't be fooled, they're probably Republicans in sheeps clothing)....anyone that says they would vote for John McSame in spite of their Democatic nominee, think on this...then you are not a true Democrat....you would actually want the war to continue, have another 4000 killed,...pay $9 a gallon for gas, then you deserve everything that's coming to you. Don't be crying "I told you so" just look in the mirror every morning and say " I screwed up"

    May 16, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. minority report

    "If not Hillary….then McCain."
    RACISTS '08!

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. William

    mt, Sorry you feel that way, but I was not happy when George Bush won the presidency either, but here I am 8 years later. It is not the end of the world when your candidate doesn't win. You are still an American (I hope). Do what Americans do, get over it and move on.

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Welcome aboard a winning campaign!

    Clinton Supporters, a.k.a Clintonites, Join us.

    YES WE CAN

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Robert L

    Well, if Tony Stark supports Obama, he definitely has my vote.
    Oh wait... never mind.

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Jerry, Fresno

    It is time to unite and formally set out a program for a Democratic government led by Senator Obama.

    Senator Clinton should become the next Senate Majority Leader. If there is any hope for a Democratic program it must be acted upon in the Senate. That is where Senator Clinton would be most effective by seeing that Senator McConnell's obstructionism is negated.

    Congresswoman Pelosi is a total failure and should be replaced. She has not used the 'power of the purse' to any good effect; cheerleading is insufficient action. Just as in the Senate, the House needs a courageous leader if anything is to be accomplished.

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. LYC

    I've also been inspired to vote ... but not for a presidential candidate. I'll just vote for whatever other issues or candidates are running (keep the Dems in Congress in the majority) and leave the Presidential choice blank (since I can't vote "none of the above").

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