May 23rd, 2008
11:49 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama adds two superdelegates, one's a former Clinton backer

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(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama pocketed two more of his party’s superdelegates Friday.

California congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza are endorsing the Illinois senator, according to a statement released by his campaign.

“While I continue to greatly respect and admire Senator Clinton and feel she has made history with her campaign, I believe that Senator Obama will inevitably be our party’s nominee for President,” Cardoza, who had previously supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, said in the statement.

Cardoza also waded into the controversy over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations at the Democratic convention. “I will not support changing the rules in the fourth quarter of this contest through some convoluted DNC rules committee process. Yet, we must find a resolution” to the situation with Florida and Michigan, Cardoza said. “I believe we need to avoid this potentially divisive situation by uniting behind one nominee and bringing the party together immediately,” he added.

Costa said electability had helped drive his decision. “In my opinion, it is clear that Senator Obama will be the strongest presidential nominee for the Democratic Party,” Costa said in the statement released by the campaign.

Obama leads the delegate race with a total of 1,967 total delegates including 309 superdelegates, according to CNN’s latest tally. Clinton has 1,779 total delegates, including 279 superdelegates. The number of delegates necessary to claim the Democratic nomination is currently 2,026 but that number may change once the Democratic National Committee decides how to resolve the situation regarding the Florida and Michigan delegations.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is set to meet on May 31 and hear appeals from both states that were stripped of all their delegates to the convention because they held their primaries in violation of party rules.

soundoff (681 Responses)
  1. steve

    Who the heck cares! We are going with the VOTERS only.....

    if it is NOT Clinton, sorry CNN and Obama, you lose your ratings and your electability are pi*s poor!

    Clinton or Mc Cain in 08

    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. shaolinPrince

    This is why the youth are voting for Obama so overwhelmingly because Clinton will do anything to win. Florida and Michigan both knew the consequences of their actions before they decided not to abide by the rules. Furthermore, the ones that are pushing for the Florida and Michigan vote to count, what example are you setting for the youth of America. You are telling the youth that it is OK to break the rules if it is to your advantage. The youth of this nation are smarter than most adults realize. They (the youth) can tell when you are being hypocritical, or truthful. The youth of America seems to be more honest than the adults. The adults can learn from the youth and stick to what was established and agreed to before hand. If you show the youth how to circumvent the rules and laws than you cannot become angry when they (the youth) do so because they are only learning from the adults’ example.

    Basically, Clinton is trying to breach a contract and if the adults who supports Florida and Michigan (being seated the way they are) they have no right to ever chastise a youth when they flaunt the rules and laws. This is not the example I would want any youth to learn. Maybe society needs to stop saying grow up and start saying revert back to being a youth. The supporters of this breach of contract has no leg to stand on (if it were a court of law) and the youth see this overwhelmingly. Go head and look the youth in the eye and explain why you support breaching the contract and they will no longer respect you because they can look through your hypocrisy.

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. NeedPositiveChangeIn'08

    Isn't it funny that MOST McCain supporters always have something negative to personally say about Obama, Obama supporters keep taking THE high road and not fall for what seems to be insecurity of their NOMINEE of McCain, me personally have nothing negative to say about McCain, he is defintely a war hero, but feel he will NOT be the best person to take OUR country into a new direction. This country needs healing and RACE is at the center core. With off base reference to ObamaOsama is another example of how narrow minded some people are. Pray for all Americans and once and for all bring ALL people together no matter what affiliation.

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Tired of the double speak

    So FL and MI have the RIGHT to be seated but Hillary Clinton ignores the RIGHTS of all the Caucus states to support her ridiculous popular vote argument. Clinton has the RIGHT to stay in the race but Senator Obama does not have the RIGHT to select his own VP. (Come on people. There is no mathematical way for her to win the nomination. She is trying to force herself into the VP slot). This is not about anybody's rights it is about selfishness. Think about all the people who can not take 4 years of Republican policies when you deliberately attempt to destroy our party. People are losing their homes and children are losing their lives. You remember that!

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Vivienne

    I have already put the Obama campaign on notice that they will lose my support if Hillary Clinton is offered the VP spot. Right now, Bill Clinton and Hillary aren't trying to blackmail Barack into a co-presidency. I really want him to have the opportunity to change the politics of Washington. I believe he can do it and a new leadership will spring from the Democratic Party. It's time to put these old party Dems out to pasture if they can't be unselfish enough to make room for a few new fresh faces with new fresh ideas about how this country should be governed. If he has Hillary on his ticket... he won't get anything accomplished and his White House will be filled with scandal from Bill Clinton whoring around. Do you doubt it?

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    It's all over now.. say bye bye Hillary.. no VP for you either!

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Lance

    Is Hillary really defending democracy by trying to get the Florida delegates seated... or promoting oligarchy?

    See more on YouTube
    Search: Hillary Clinton Vs. Democracy

    Words you need to know:
    Oligarchy-rule by "A" few (and their interest)
    Democracy- rule by "THE" majority (and majority interest)

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Ashton

    It is time that super deligates put a stop to this on going war and greed by one candidate. I hope others will follow and bring an end to all of this. Let us unite around one candidate and concentrate on the election ahead and John Mc Cain. Thanks for the sopport keep them coming.

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Joe Regis

    Changing the rule now is

    The people have spoken.

    The nomination is about to be official.

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. disgruntled in CA

    wow, the superdelegates are blind. polls have consistently shown hillary beating mccain, especially in an electoral match-up, and obama losing to mccain. she has had several blow out victories which shown there are a lot of people not willing to get behind him.

    when all is said and done she will be tied up with him in popular vote and will have closed the gap significantly in delegates, so it is all superdelegates.

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. lewc

    I am glad to see that there is a slow but constant move (delegates) to unite this party and begin preparing for the GE. We can not lose this election because of personal selfishness. I hope to see more of these types of decisions being made: Those which are best for the Party.

    This election MUST result in a Democratic Victory!!!

    No more Bush Politics!

    May 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Dan in Chicago

    what pathetic took them this long to decide who to back? they just wanted to make sure they were backing the winning candidate.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Obama supporters, let's be positive and not attack anyone. Especially Senator Clinton supporters.

    Recognize the following:
    Michigan – McCain may be damaged there with a sizeable Muslim population (after the Parsley comments)
    Pennsylvania – with a strong Dem presence in Pennsylvania, Obama should lock that state down
    Florida – and with Hagee's comment about Hitler's hunting, Florida may be a battleground (and the fact that a lot of newly registered Dems are coming into the process in Florida).

    So, Obama keeps the other traditional Dem states and tacks on Virginia, he wins in November. And ALL the Dems – from Biden, Dodd, Edwards, Gravel, Kucinich, Richardson to of course Senator Clinton will win with their agenda.

    Clinton supporters, she's coming to the realization that she probably can't get the nomination this time (for whatever reason). When she then pivots towards Obama's campaign full throttle, I pray that you too will recognize what is at stake this year (and with 2 or 3 Supreme Court judges) for the next 30-40 years.

    God Bless you all and may you have a wonderfully memorable Memorial weekend.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Kjetil

    Smart not too change rules. Why did the Clintons not say anything while the rules was made?

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Environment

    And switching parties because clinton is losing??????


    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Less, Austin Tx

    Yippeee.. !!!

    Another Happy Day for Obama and Supporters. Thank you.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Walt Doering

    It is time for Hillary to stop living in denial and gracefully bow out. If she continues to life in her fairyland world and deny the math, she will only hurt Obama and the Democrats in the next election.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Dem Supporter

    I wish HRC would end this farce. She is totally wrong in what she is doing. Her campaign was outplayed and there was no game plan after Super Tuesday. This was an unexpected move by Obama. He is the better candidate and has proven it time and time again. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. HRC needs to readjust and look at this experience as a learning experience. This is a new day and new age. People want change. Out with the old and in with the New.

    Yes, Senator Obama is new in Washington, but he is not new in politics. However, he brings fresh ideas. Believe it or not with him as our next President I feel that America will begin some healing process with alot of our world leaders. Other countries are watching and have been waiting to see when America was going to change.

    My last thought, Fl/MI were aware of the rules. The problem is that they are upset that the rules were enforced. There are bloggers on here who want to blame Obama, however he played by the rules that were handed to him at the beginning of the game. Not once has he deviated from them. If anything, he did try to compromise and is trying to help w/a decision that will be good for both he and HRC. The problem I see with HRC supporters is that they feel that Senator Obama should cave into her and let her have her way. But didn't she want to be an equal player?

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. fixbone

    sorry but i think that any hillary supporter (that is a democrat and not simply someone crossing over to vote for a woman) who would vote for McCain vs Obama is stupid!!!!! (or worse)

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Not as bad as Rev. Wright

    Wow. Wright preaches social injustice. These guys preach pure hate. But every individual who will not vote for Obama, yes because he's black, not because of inexperience etc., will sound like a Hannity/Limbaugh clone and say he wasn't there for twenty years! McCain himself said that Hagee and Parsley are great men. That says it all. McCain is doing this now because he doesn't want to go through what Obama had to go through with Wright. I have to agree with the amerikkka comment meant because it is being proven to me right in front of my eyes. Amazing!

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. silence do good

    The DNC has failed many of the people it represents. To put up a racist, antisemitic, sexist, empty preppy suit is going to come back to haunt them. This is just like 1968 Chicago DNC convention. One candidate ahead, but because of the people (remember the people?) there were riots in the street. Read history then read the news. The DNC lost it that year too, to Nixon.

    The trouble with cults is you forget history.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Batman

    We need Change for the old way of doing things.

    Gas is expensive.

    My cousing Johnny is in Iraq and we want him and all of our guys back.

    Ive been blessed to keep my job but some of my family members lost there jobs and others have low paying temp jobs. Sad

    We cant afford to have a republican in office. EVERYONE must vote and must vote smart. I have voters who will vote ther other way because... well just vote, enough said

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Von Bismark VIENNA

    Why areyou very much in a haste?As you were posting this in the blog many more are coming.

    It's time for Hillary to let the world know what she is looking for or else she will lose everything by the time she comes out of the trance.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Ted

    Interesting how delegates who switch to Obama instantly become "loosers" (sic) to some commentors. When Hillary switches and becomes a supporter of his (as she has indicated she will), I suppose she will necessarily be branded a "loser" too. One thing for sure: McCain already is a loser and those democrats who pout and support him because their candidate lost will be the biggest losers of all.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Bob, West Palm Beach

    What good is it going to do by the same one or two Hillary voters coming
    on the blogs over and over again "threatening" to vote for McCain. That
    is not going to change the fact that she lost. Like Hillary, you must have
    been a republican in disguise all along. Spare the voters who don't
    feel that way the trouble of having to listen to the few traitors of the democratic party, who like Hillary, are too contrite and contrary for their
    OWN good.

    May 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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