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. Doug Newton

    When Bush spoke to the Isreali's and badmouthed the Democratics I had to remember how the exact same behavior on a much smaller scale and a much smaller message was exploded by the Republicans into a feeding frenzy against the Dixie Chicks. Remember? How dare they go to a foreign country to show displeasure with an American politician. Some gall huh?

    May 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. eric from canada

    TO FRED FELL FREE TO FOLLOW THE LEADER PRESIDENT BARACK STOP YOUR STUPID DIVIDE.

    May 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Jeno

    Those of you who do not want to vote for Senator Obama that is fine, but remember, when you get another four to eight of the current mess, do not say one word, especially if you do not have a job now or have one and before you know it, you are out of one.

    It's always the people that complain about the problem of this country, but because of ignorance, stupidity or prejudice – take your pick think they are going to get better if its someone they like, always ends up with something worst.

    Think about how many of you put Bush into office thinking you were going to get better, and guess what? YOU AS WELL AS MYSELF AND OTHERS – GOT WORST!!!!!!

    SHUT UP!!! if you don't want to vote for Senator Obama, then DON'T!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Rave

    I think CNN is a strong supporter of the Republican party. They did the same thing in 2004.. Made sure John Kerry wins the nomination and got Bush elected.
    You want Obama to be the democratic nominee and loose with the old fart McCain.. but your estimations are wrong. Obama will win this election in November in a Landslide majority.
    I know you will scrutinize these comments CNN, but no matter what you do... Barack Obama will be the 2008 – 16 President of United States of America and he will be remembered througout the world as one of the Best US Presidents. Our Country will flourish and regain it's old charm that we had during the Clinton era.
    God bless United States of America and the Entire World.

    May 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary supporters:

    Still waiting to hear 'bout all that experience ... qualifications ... Funny thing ... that ... silence ... there these days ...

    I guess that empty (pant suit) argument wasn't working either so now she's trying nice ... again ... Oh, that mask?! ... We've not seen that one since her last medication refill ...

    May 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Dylan

    my my my... there are truly some small-minded and petty Hillary supporters left. These "if not HIllary, then McCain" and "he'll never win in November" are really lame statements, especially coming from people who consider themselves "Democrats."

    Bottom line is this: If you cast a vote for John McCain or do not see the ramifications in doing so, then you are a disgrace to the Democratic Party.

    Get over your hurt pride and do what's right for the country.

    May 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Crush Rush

    Stark is another nail in Rush Limbaughs coffin.

    May 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Shirley

    this country will never be ready for a black man to become president.

    May 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. sherrie50

    Obama has more electoral votes because he won the majority of the caucas states, not states with elections. If ;the caucases were like Texas, choas existed and possibly should be thrown out as it did not reflect the will of the people who voted for their selected candidate. It was a sad and pathetic caucas the night of the election.

    May 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. petra

    Grandma at 45,,,, and who are you betraying by voting for Obama,,, i hope you have made enough provision for your children and grandson for 8 years,,,of macCain,,, perhaps i can speak with MacCain to deploy one of them to Iraq,,and know what it feels like,,Grandma indeed,,,sounding so cruel,,,Good granny???

    May 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. faye, NV

    Mr Stark welcome aboard. I agree it is time to unify to party and begin defeating John Mccain/George Bush policies.

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. noemi in los angeles

    Thank you, thank you Mr. Stark!!

    If California could do a re-vote, Hillary would not win!

    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. James

    CA was won by Clinton. I thought Obama and supporters thought the supers should vote the will of their state. Oh, that's right this statement does not apply if they back Obama. Change, NOT!!!
    There may be a whole new crowd after this is brokered. Their name will be "Clinton backers for McCain". I can already see the posters. McCain needs to thank each and everyone of you Obama supporters for the hatred you spew.

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. James

    REading the blog and all the hatred for eithe canidate is crazy.Our main object should be to get Bush out and keep McCain out.People like Fred shows their true colors.Dont judge aperson by the color of thier skin.We need change in this country and it dont matter what race you are ,lets pull together to bring about that change.Unless you are rich and famous you suffer witheveryone else with this bushanomics.

    LETS VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN THE FALL!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Harry C

    Go Obama; He will defeat McCain/Bush this fall and become the President.

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. sam texas

    fine MT dont vote stay home and cry like the clintons will, BUT DONT SAY A WORD NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT ANY THING IN THE NEXT 4 YEARS IF YOU DONT VOTE THEN JUST SHUT UP AND YOU COULD AND SHOULD EEVEN MOVE OUT OF THE US, SINCE YOU DONT VOTE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GETTING YOUR WAY THEN YOU SHOULD LEAVE

    May 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Herman in LA

    mt May 16th, 2008 12:15 pm ET

    my inspiration is to not to vote for very first time. Obama did not inspire me to anything. Sorry. And I am not alone.

    Then go and live in Iraq...

    Obama 08!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. anthony

    the person on here thats saying he is a obama supporter is a lie he uses different names on here saying he hates america and hillery he is just on here trying to stir the pot a coward one might say

    May 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. The Dude

    Finally, the Iron Man endorsment...

    May 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. James

    So, yet another Superdelegate ignores the will of the voters of his state and cast's his vote for Obama. Wasn't it the Obama camp who said they should vote with the people?

    If I were Hillary Clinton, I would leave the Democratic party and run as an Independant. Seeing as the Dems have basically thrown her and her 17 million supporters under the bus in favor of their own agenda.

    This life-long Dem will be staying home in November.

    May 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. No Hillary

    Good Job Pete.... This is why I will continue voting for you...

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. R. I.

    Well done Stark, and welcome.
    Let's move forward to the White House.

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Pamela

    Reading some of the comments makes me wonder whether people know we're talking about electing (ostensibly) the leader of the free world and not cheering for our favorite team in college football.

    No matter who's nominated and who's elected, let's at least agree to have someone who can try to unite the country and salvage our global image from the last eight years of unilateral action and saber-rattling.

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Hey Stay The Course – you are exactly the problem with Obama supporters. You actually believe that he is different. That he doesn't know how to play politics. You are in a dream world. First of all, he hired many operatives from Bill Clintons first run. Does that sound like change to you? LMAO at all of you that have been played like a fiddle.

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Stephen

    It must be painful for Senator Clinton to endure the daily endorsements of super delgates declaring for Obama. But that is the process.

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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