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. Matt

    All you who say you will vote for McCain if Hillary does not get the nod. Wake up! You would be voting against your own personal interests!!

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Jenni

    Don't know where this inspiration is with Obama? And is't this about solving our problems in the whitehouse not inspiring people? Obama is not qualified for this job.

    May 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. CC, Chicago

    What's with the continued bashing of Hillary Clinton? I'm an Obama supporter and find some of the comments directed at Sen. Clinton by bloggers on this site a bit offensive. She's not campaigning negatively any longer and we will have a nominee, whether she continues campaigning or not. When are you bloggers going to move on to the fall? Seriously, it's time to move on. Oh, and perhaps a few congratulations to Hillary Clinton who put her heart and soul into the race would be in order, regardless of the fact she lost. She deserves some measure of respect.

    May 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. AoA - Seattle

    Hal & Fred - GOOD RIDDANCE!
    People like u who cannot see beyond race though they prefer to hide behind their blind support for Hillary need to get out of the Democratic Party! The Republican party will welcome you with open arms. Racisim is their mantra!

    And When you are voting for McCain, just be honest with yourself. It's not that Obama does not have the right ideas (him and Hillary are basically saying the same thing). It's because you cannot stand the fact that he is half-white half-black, and that in your twised way of thinking makes him unpresidential. Yes, everytime you hear someone say "it's not about the race", more often than not it is!

    Try again in 2016, if you are still around.

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. A.

    I pray that the Democrats will unite. We can't afford four more years of Bush.

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Jumponcoatails

    Amazing how the "flock" of superdelegates jump onto the candidate who looks like they'll win the nomination so they (the superdelegates) don't get stuck endorsing a loser. What a bunch of fickle, useless, jerks. I hate that these chosen few are selecting Presidential nominees and NOT THE AMERICAN POPULAR VOTE!

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Sick and Tired

    It is a sad day in America that people would rather see the Republicans in the White House for four more years while waiting for HRC 2012. In the meantime the country will fall deeper in debt, gas prices will reach $5 – to who knows, heathcare already sucks, will get worse, more americans will lose their lives in Iraq and more Americans be living on the streets because they can't pay their mortages.
    How very PATRIOTIC WE ARE.

    May 16, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    You will now see how the general elections has now been handed down to McCain!!! Cant stand it???
    With Hillary's folks not behind you and the republicans bashing you and your PRODUCT …you will lose…and you deserve it…
    even if Hillary begs us to support obama(especially if she is not vp) …even as we respect her…WE WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HIM!
    WE WILL NOT BACK HIM NOR SUPPORT YOU MINION FOLLOWERS..
    like I said before I have a Savior…and it is not OBAMA!

    May 16, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Caligirl

    For all of the Hillary supporters who say that they will not vote for Obama but will vote for McCain, you should think long and hard about your decision. The next president will most likely appoint a minumum of three (3) Supreme Court Justices. These are the people who really shape our country and give/take away our rights. Do you really want McCain to make those appointments? I'm formerly a Hillary supporter now for Obama for a variety of reasons, including this fact.

    May 16, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. SlimSista

    TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE OBAMA HATERS....

    WHEN YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE GETS BETTER, NO HIGH GAS PRICES, FOOD PRICES GO DOWN, THE WORLD DOESN'T HATE US, OUR TROOPS ARE HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES...AND NO MORE WARS....

    THEN WHAT FAULT ARE YOU GOING TO FIND THEN?

    GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU BARACK OBAMA, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! !!!

    May 16, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. noemi in los angeles

    Democrats 08.
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    Jimmy:

    Can't you see that "Obama Supporter" is merely a Republican in disguise, taking orders from Rush Limbaugh?

    The crazy Republicans are trying to divide our party and they'll succeed if you continue to listen to them. Don't be foolish. Obama supporters, nor Hillary supporters, would never use foul language.

    Democrats 08.
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    Democrats 08.

    May 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Yoselly Ramos Democrat NJ

    This is so exciting!!!

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

    I keep hearing it is time to unify or that we will all come together. Saying it doesn't make it so. So far I don't see a good reason. Former First Lady and 2 time Senator Clinton has been and continues to be treated with disrespect. Every insult strengthens my resolve to support her and turns me away from Senator Obama.

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

    welcome aboard sir

    any one hear obama's speach. he is fired up and ready to kick but.
    i was so proud of him

    barack obama for president all way to 1600 penn. ave

    jenni
    get used to it

    May 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Susan

    Hal:
    All of CA did not vote for Clinton. She may have carried the state, but not by 100%. This is like the SuperD from NC who endored Clinton because she carried his DISTRICT, not the state.

    I am so tried of all of the mean comments from both sides. We are one party – remember? Do you really want four more years of Repubican policies. Hillary is right! She will vote for Obama out of policy, not McCain out of spite.

    One party = Democratic ideas. Hate = Bush's (in the body of McCain) 3rd term.

    Think about it.

    May 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. noemi in los angeles

    Don't be fooled by Stark's unflattering picture. CNN always picks the worse pictures.

    May 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    IT'S TIME FOR BOTH OBOMA AND CLINTON SUPPORTERS TO COME TOGETHER SOMETHING GREAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    May 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Jenni – Excuse me sweetie – but I don't see your qualifications for determining who is qualified.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. CNN please provide needed information

    On how to do a write in vote, given most of us will required to use voting machines. MILLIONS & MILLIONS of us want to know. Please get this information to us asap, so we can be ready (pens in hand!) come November. We have been called stupid, uneducated and names I can't even print online but we all know how to spell
    C L I N T O N. See ya in the Fall bye

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Jon

    sorry james. I ain't voting DEMON-CRATIC in the fall or any other time. they all be demons.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. mrkusn

    It is clear that Obama is going to win the nomination of the Democratic Party for president. Good for him. To win in November is going to be a bit more difficult as McCain has the ability to get independents into his corner. Obama can do this but he needs to keep his message as non-partisan as possible on issues that unite rather then divide. What will hurt Obama is actually going to be issues like the definition of marriage and life issues. Most people of course will ignore this as those issues are deemed irrelevant. Neither candidate from either party will achieve victory in November without the support of the independent voters. Plain and simple. Barack as a person is not polarizing. His voting record and standing on issues is.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. kenneth

    I'm still trying to understand, especially given the Carl Rovian tactics the Clinton campaign used, what the Obama camp has done that has engendered so much animosity amongst the Clinton supporters. If someone can explain this to me (seriously) I would much appreciate it.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Mike Birmingham, AL

    Pay no attention the the "Operation Chaosers" posing as Hillary supporters trying to rally support for writing in Hllary or switching to McCain.

    We're on to you guys!

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. LT for Obama

    I find that so many of you keep putting down Barack Obama on substance and "empty suit" comments.

    Have any of you really listened to him speak? There is a live stream from SD on cnn.com that I am watching and listening to while I write this on and all I am hearing is details, details and details on how he plans to make change, distribute monies from the rich and large corporations to pay for healthcare and impovements across this country, how he plans to improve the benefits to veterans, helping local farmers, the issues of better trade agreements with China and Vietnam and others... shall I go on?

    He is showing that he is very well educated on domestic policy as well as foreign policy.

    Lastly, he addressed the Bush comments yesterday as well as briefly today and then moved on to the questions of those at the rally.

    Presidential material is what I am seeing and hearing today.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Deezy

    YEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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