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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama campaigned in Florida Thursday."]
(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. Jim

    Do Obama supporters notice that Super Delegates are going his way because he's the presumtive nominee, not because they think he's best.

    May 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Kat

    Hillary's Army threatens to vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee or veep! What a headline! Go ahead – you all deserve each other. What children – sorry examples of womanhood – vindictive and as determined to have it your way as your candidate is.

    May 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. js

    What happen to Pelosi, Dobbs, Richardson, and Obama himself comments,"The superdelegates shouldn't go against the will of the voters." Where is Pelosi, Dobbs, Richardson, and Obama now, now that Clinton's delegates are going against the will of her voters. All these supporters talked about riots on the street if the the superdegates chose Hillary as the nominee over the will of his voters. These leaders are silent now that the superdelegates are choosing Obama over the will of Hillary's voters. This is another reason to vote for McCain this year, because of the corruption and dishonesty coming from the democratic party. Besides, McCain seems to be a better candidate anyway as a moderate republican.

    May 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    We need to stop telling Hillary to stand down...and instead DEMAND THAT THE REMAINING UNCOMMITTED DELEGATES STAND UP AND DECIDE. They are the ones hurting Democracy in America...not Hillary.

    May 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Lisa


    Please wake up and stop the stupid accusations. There will be a place for her , but not President nor Vice President. You guys are unreal.

    May 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. CB

    Welcome, welcome, welcome.

    It's time to get this over with!

    Even with FL and MI Sen. Clinton will not receive all of the Delegates, which mean she still can not over take Obama. Sen. Clinton should have care about the little state when it matter. Now she wants to pretend she care. Give us a break and stop being so phooooony.

    I don’t want to support a president who do not have a plan B in the event that plan A don’t work. But if Sen. Clinton manage to get the nominee I will vote for her, because I am a true democrat. My loyalty lies with the DEMOCRAT PARTY NOT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL. I have routed for the democrat nominee who ever they were for years whether I like them or not, which leads me to believe you who say because Sen. Clinton don’t get the nominee are not true democrats as simple as that and just plan crazy.

    Obama to reach 2026 minus 1965 needs 61 more votes for the nominee.

    Clinton to reach 2026 minus 1779 needs 247 more votes for the nominee.

    Who do you think will get there first?

    We have DEMOCRATS who say they won’t vote for OBAMA, but we have just as many REPUBLICANS who say they will. Just something to think about for you CLINTON SUPPORTS who won’t support OBAMA.

    It sounds like an EVEN TRADE TO ME, except the cross over REPUBLICANS is getting the better part of the deal. Just my 2 cents or 1.

    Now is the time to SHANK HANDS, KISS and make up to get ahead of the game.

    Just my view as an under educated voter against the well educated voter.

    Obama 08!

    May 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Carli

    I went to the Nevada convension and it was a dissaster, all of the Obama people change the rules at the last minute, and they pretend to be Hillary supporters to get the us to vote for them as elected delegates. These people have no shame and are liars and decietful just like thier leader. Obama supporter are the most hateful, vile people Ive seen in a long time, their hate is what guides their vote, they look like idiots wearing those hideous t-shirts like his some kind of rock star( gross). they are rude and very offensive towards African Americans that are Hillary Supporters and Senior Citizens, If I hadn't seen it first hand I would have tought it was a lie, this cult need to be stopped or they will ruin our nation.

    This is why many of us will stand by our word and vote Hillary or McCain.

    We are with you Hillary all the way to the convension!

    May 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Keep saying McCain will will if it makes you feel better because in reality he doesn't stand a chance.

    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Sandy

    And the sheep keep falling in line, so they'll be in good with the likely winner . . .


    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    It appears some of Hillary Clintons supporters feel that the primary is not over. I think this is one of the biggest disappointments of the Clinton campaign. Sen. Clinton is having people ignorantly donating to her campaign, and they truly believe that she has a chance.

    The primary has been over for a while folks. Just like Mccain with the republicans, Obama is the presumtive candidate until the convention. If you need to vote McCain because the Obama campaign ran a better campaign and because Hillary WAS NOT ready on day one... then so be it. But don't let the Clinton campaign bamboozle you much longer. The fall is going to be hard no matter what, but extending it or worse, not accepting it, will only make things more difficult.

    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. RL JONES

    Senator Clinton is approaching the place where an elegant exit is almost beyond her reach. Senator Clinton is an extaordinary person.
    However I for one am beginning to questioned, is this determination to go on about
    (U.S.) or about HILLARY.


    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. OlderBudWeiser

    What a mess! When rules are made BEFORE the start of the race, everyone agrees, signs a pledge, and their off and running, you can't start changing the rules to suit one of the competitors. If the popular vote counts, the caucus voters are disinfranchised, let it go! Change the rules before 2012 election. No matter what the outcome is now, someone will be disinfranchised. Hillary did in fact do some campaigning in Fla under the guise of "fundraising", I watched it on TV. This is a very big example of unsportsmanship. Hillary is acting like a lobbyist in her own special interest. Trying to create further uproar by cheating. This is not a good example to set for honest, rule and law abiding Americans. When democracies rules are trashed, anarchy will follow. Learn from history.

    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Weaker day by day

    The superdelegates are playing politics of damage control.

    The party and the DNC made the early mistake of pushing Obama on the voters. It backfired badly as voters refused to go along with fixed elections.

    Then there was an even bigger backlash to the terrible, biased and hateful treatment of the better candidate. This just caused people to support HRC all the more and to vow NEVER to vote for Obama.

    The superdelegates are throwing their support behind the weaker candidate in an effort to save the party and salvage a win in Nov.

    It won't work because the people realize that of the 3 candidates, Clinton is the best and Obama is the worst choice.

    In fact, Obama reveals more and more weakness every day.

    Is pandering to African Americans and the youth worth losing the White House by installing the left wing radical elitist that no one will vote for?

    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Confused

    I can only sit here and be amazed at the lack of knowledge and ignorance that you Obama supporters have. If his racism doesn't stop you, his wife's lack of patriotism doesn't stop you, the fact that he cannot put two words together and has everything written for him doesn't stop you, his lies don't stop you and lack of patriotism (holding his jewels while the national anthem was playing) then by all means you all deserve your faith. Are you Americans really that stupid? Please wake up before it's too late!!

    May 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Phil From VA

    She is staying in to see if she can 1) Pay of her debts 2) Get a VP slot 3) or get anything on her way out. Sort of like on your last day at work, you just want to get anything you can.

    May 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Joe Regis

    Somebody is soundly asleep.

    Is she up yet?

    May 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Terry, Kansas City

    Sherri Jones said on May 23rd, 2008 12:16 pm ET

    I'm so sick of the superdelegates switching sides before the nomination!

    This Democrat will never support Obama!

    Hillary is the only one who can get this country out of the mess we are in. But if I don't my 1st. choice. Guess I will be switching parties this election.

    This position continues to baffle me. First, if Hillary is the only one who can fix this country..why vote for anyone else period let alone the opposition party. But, c'mon who is closer to Hillary on the issues Obama or McCain?

    Someone please exlpain the logic to me.

    May 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Gloria

    Ok, one last time. The subject of race was brought by the Clintons. When that did not get the results they wanted, they turned to the sexist issue. Just face the ran an unorganized campaign and lost

    May 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Vik

    Some people here keep saying that Obama's inexperience and isn't Presidential material. I say look at all that Obama has accomplished, exciting younger voting blocks, older adults who have never voted before, and opening a lot of people's eyes to the politico process. If he can achieve that, he can do so much more. Please stop being negative and saying he isn't Presidential or a leader, when he's proved and still proves that he's qualified and a great leader. I hope those of you who once supported Hillary will help support Obama to beat McCain, because we all deserve a better life and a stable environment. We need to refocus on the United States, end the war, and helping the future generation become more competitive in this globalized world. Democratics need to unite for a better future!

    May 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Marian from Canada

    Watching from afar, I found it very interesting to see a comment on the Cafferty file from a person in Florida who made the point that "because he knew the Florida voting would *not* count, he didn't bother to vote." Makes sense. NOW - Clinton wants the delegates counted and claims not to count them would disenfranchise all those voters. *BUT what about those who did not vote such as this individual who said he didn't because he knew it wouldn't count? To now count those who did vote would most certainly disenfranchise those like him and there are probably many such people. The only way I can see to settle this is to have the PRIMARY all over again in Florida and Michigan. CNN doesn't seem to mention very often that Obama's name wasn't on the Michigan ballot. It would be interesting to see how result had he been on the ballot would it not? How Clinton and her followers can claim victory in Michigan and Florida is beyond me - and they do it with serious faces. They must think everyone is a fool to believe the likes of that!

    May 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. vw

    Wow, two more politicians come out to fool the Americans and choose defeat in Nov.

    May 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. It's now clear

    hillary is now trying to mucle her way unto the ticket. Obama will correctly resist her but he needs help from all right thinking people ( uncommitted super delegates included)

    Obama has demonstrated the important qualities needed in a leader of such a diverse country. He is steady, thoughful, intelligent, visionary inspirational and honest!

    Hillary has demonstrated tenacity and determination, also good qualities, however some of the arguments she has recently made in her bid to sway voters and super delegates, like the" FL and MI must count as is" are tantamount to being dishonest. Do we really need such a president? I think not. the experience that Hillary and Mccain have is precisely the kind of exprience that has caused the mental paralysis Obama wants to rid this country of. it is not that we do not have ideas to deal with the countries issue, it is the division and influence of interested parties that make sure that big problems are never resolved.

    John Mccain also seems like he could be more of a uniter. Unfortunately he is stuck on the wrong side of change. He has had to abandon some of his core beliefs in order to be where he is today and that suggests he would be unduly pressured in office.

    Of the three canidates left Obama seems to be the only one who understands this and is willing to do what is necessary to end the paralysis nd division and move this country forward.

    May 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Debra ElAzraoui

    I want to see Obama's and Clinton's medical reports! I will not vote for them unless I see them come out. What types of lesions are on these 2 people. What may come up within the next 4 years on Clinton and Obama ? Does Obama have high blood pressure? Are Hillary's hormones on track? I want to know. I am a Democrat. However, I felt it so sleazy that McCain had to advertize his melanoma, etc.
    What is good for one should be good for all. I want to know

    May 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. this far

    How the heck did Obama make it this far on just lofty rhetoric and empty promises of change?

    Day by day he reveals more insurmountable political weaknesses.

    He is still trying to figure out where HE stands on the issues. In typical fashion, Obama keeps redefining his position until he hits it right with the people he tries to pander to.

    This guy is all hype and no substance.

    Even the superdelegates can not save him.

    May 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Michael

    I am curious Paul, what facts do you have to support your contention that Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing? What facts do you have to support your contention that Obama is a media golden boy? What facts do you have to support your contention that Obama hates American? I love it when people start spouting off silly ideas that have absolutely no basis in fact. Some of you cry because you don’t want McCain to win the election but refuse to vote for Obama, like that makes a lot of sense. If you want a republican in office then vote McCain, if you want a democrat vote Obama, if you don’t care then don’t vote. It should would be nice if we all could have rational, adult conversations about the election based in fact and not paranoia, rumor, and innuendo.

    May 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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