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. Matt

    Hey Fred, if men were thinking with their male hormone, wouldn't we be going for a woman instead of a man????

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. independent

    obama i love u and u will make it dont be afraid FLORIDA is behind u ,we all love u and we are praying hard for u we all also have a plan too for the hillary u no u thought us not to talk has u use to do u hardly coment about the way ur oponent treats u dont worry if its not u then its no to hilary we are many now and more people are sighning on so dont worry they think they have a plan for the convention we too are on standBY we rather scatter it all.OBAMA 4 PRESIDENT.

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Jay

    Okay! Lets go Obama. Let Hillary go back to Arkansas and praise LBJ for cilvil rights instead of MLK. That lady is a joke!

    Obama/anybody but her! 08

    p.s. go vote for McCain crybabies....hahaha.......roflmao

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Jason

    Come on Superdelegates!!!! Everyone jump on board and do the same. Hillary needs to realize she agreed to these rules a long time ago when she was the huge front runner. SHE AGREED AND SIGNED that Florida and Michigan broke the rules! Now, she wants to change the rules to suit her. She doesn't care anything about Democracy or making sure every vote counts. If the roles were reveresed and she was in Obama's shoes, do you think she would still want the FL and MI delegates seated???????

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. james

    It is very clear the hard place the SG's are in. They call know they are in a no win situation. Hillary is the more electable as shown in the recent polling where she leads McCain by significant margins in states vital for electoral count. The SG's would like to get behind the candidate who will win for certain, Hillary, but know that we would potentially have uncivil rioting and unrest should they do so. So, they will eventually go with Obama and use his own words by "hoping" he wins as he does have a chance but not certainty like Clinton.

    The DNC has screwed up once again and the dems will pay the price in November. Of course, Hillary will be blamed but I believe reasonable minds know exactly what happened.

    I intend to remain supportive of the stronger candidate, Hillary, and will vote for McCain simply to keep with my own convictions for what and who is best for this great country.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Sharon Minneapolis

    I agree with An Independent Hillary that the two party system should end. People should vote on issues which don't need to be aligned with some party rhetoric. Candidates could be pro life, and still pro environment, pro equal rights and pro less taxes. People are smart enought to determine what issues they support.

    However, I do not think Hillary should run as an independent. She would not win and I don't think any one candidate would get the majority. Furthermore she is so similar to the democrats and Obama on the issues there is no reason for her to do that other than spite. If she really cares about all the things she says she stands for she can push and accomplish them with Obama and the Democrats. I really don't understand this anti Obama sentiment of the Hillary supporters- does that make me naive?. He didn't wrong her in any way- he just ran a better campaign.

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Mike

    I got this in my RSS feed...

    Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Endorses Obama; Delegate Countdown – 61 To Go *Chicago**, IL** –* Today, Mississippi Democratic Party Chair, Superdelegate and former United States Congressman Wayne Dowdy endorsed Barack Obama. Dowdy is the 308.5th superdelegate to endorse Obama. Obama is now 61 delegates away from securing ...

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. hamka

    Anericans are known for fair play and I am aghast that any candidate aspiring for the highest office of the land would argue in a way that demeans the two most cherished qualities of leadership; morals and ethics.

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Linda31

    Also, those who say that they would vote for McCain ARE NOT real Democrats.

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. JDC // Ohio

    Obama is unelectable!

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Janet, American via Canada

    All are Welome and Moving on!

    First of all – what kind of President do we want?
    Someone who can run a campaign in the RED?

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Matthew, San Francisco

    I hate this stupid party!! This is so stupid!!! These are the educated elite? I am so over this. LOU DOBBS, I am proud to be an INDEPENDENT now!!! I'm so angry with this foolish, foolish process. Way to go guys. It's 2008 and this is the best we can do? Sick.

    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Joe

    Jaci, I for one think Clinton has a better healthcare plan, which is the biggest most important issue for me. I also like Clintons idea for gas, even if it doesnt work, or works short term... with the summer coming up even a short term fix is good enough for me. Obama says it won't work, fine, how about saying what WILL work then?

    And again, he can not beat McCain in a national election, he can't get the big swing states. And as much as he may be leading against a McCain showdown in the polls... what actually happens will be a MUCH different story.

    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. CNN loves Hillary

    Actually, Obama picked up 4 supers this morning...two from California, two from New Hampshire.

    57 delegates to go!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. ASam

    As with others, Welcome. Your support is at the right place. One more thing – i couldn't agree any more with you that the rules cannot be changed in the fourth quarter. It looks as though Sen. Clinton is fighting a loosing war and in a very bad way at that. First, Iowa didn't mean much to her after she lost. Next, she agreed with other candidates and the DNC to strip Florida and Michigan of their delegate votes. Then she goes back and campaign in those states, put her name on the ballot, and by the contrary to the agreement of the candidates. She wins a basically uncontested election and when the race became tight, she wants the result of her single-candidate context to count and count fully. She must be thinking that Democratic presidency is a birth right. By the way, why is that no one is yet to tell her that going back to context in a place that they all agreed should not count calls to her credibility to stand to the terms of agreements and the ability to stand firm? How do we trust that next time, she will stick to any agreement that she enters into?

    A good majority of the people that voted for her in KY agrees that her attacks are unfair and most probably, unwarranted. It appears to me that she does not know how to quit, and you the press can do us all a favor by calling her campaign to tell them how she can do just that.

    Funny, every state that she wins is the state that counts most and which Democrats must win to win the presidency in the fall. That is old politics and runs contrary to the spirit of change that voters want. Basically every state in this election is up for grabs – the voters want to discuss issues – stop polarizing this by telling us which state a democrat must win to win the general election.

    Funny: When was the last time a democratic candidate defeated a republican in white votes? Even the lovable Bill did not win the majority of the white votes for his presidency.


    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Joshua College Station Texas

    Zoiks! Another defector. Clintonites are sure to declare him a Judas.

    Loyalty is a sad thing in politics. It's a less effective way to operate. Just look at the Bush administration, where the metric for every appointee is loyalty and not competence (the so-called "Aggie Network" at work). It's important in family and friendships, but politics and governance have to be about judgment and principle. Sorry Clintonites, but I have to say, Cardoza is doing the right thing.

    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Sour Grapes?

    Jaci, you won't find one other than what you mentioned and the rants of rabid feminists who'd take Bonnie Parker over any male. It's sick! Hopefully, the "drip, drip" of Supers will continue until even Clinton can't fib about the math any longer. Oh, and how about the past due payables to all those vendors and suppliers. Clinton stiffs again.

    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Joe Regis


    Obama/Jim Webb



    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. LuLu

    I have the perfect idea for Obama's VP pick! It boils down to this – Obama wants to pick up Hillary's supporters, without having the baggage of Hillary herself working with him. He needs someone that Hillary's supporters would rally behind. So here's my pick – Geraldine Ferraro. Think about it – she has experience running as a VP, and all of Hillary's supporters would rally behind her finally getting the chance to be the first female VP. If he could get Ferraro out campaigning for him, there'd be no stopping thei ticket. Let's go!
    Obama/Ferraro '08

    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. ov


    May 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Josh - Fort Worth, TX

    Clinton is a brilliant woman, and is well qualified to be president, but conveiniantly defending the voting rights of FL and MI isn't very impressive. Obama, Clinton, Edwards, and the other Democratic candidates at the time should have fought against the DNC ruling, yet none did. A damaging mistake in an easy year for the Democrats.

    Democrats 08. Spitefully voting for McCain is foolish, and it definitely won't hurt the candidate you don't support. If they lose, they'll go back to being a rich politician. I doubt you'll be so lucky.

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. cory,fl

    Obama is all talk, he might have ideas but hasn't said how he is going to get any of it done, he has flip flopped on his foreign policy, his Health care policy is lacking, he has been a chair of a committee that hasn't held on important meeting since he has been running it, where is his economic policy and how is he going to get it done, he hasn't said facts only ideas, I like ideas but right now we need facts, he has a lot more against him I could go on forever and I do know Hillary isn't everything but she is much more and she will fight for you and me

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Darrell

    Democats for Clinton or McCaine 08

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. HSNP

    Eric – One would think that John McCain would have faced some tough decisions as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for 5 years.

    Or as a fighter pilot.

    Or as a fighter pilot who had to extricate himself from a burning jet on an aircraft carrier.

    Sounds pretty weak, huh?

    Obama whines about not getting to eat his waffle in peace. Get real.

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. joe

    To all those people who think that FL and MI voters were disenfranchised by the DNC: Do you think your vote will count in November if you vote before the polls open? I think not – disenfranchisement has to do with valid votes not being counted. The debacle is FL and MI is different, it has to do with in-valid votes not being counted.

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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