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. cnn rocks

    Dems are really funny people,this election has been tailormade for you guys,unpopular war,bad economy etc,yet you guys are so divided.
    independents will never vote for your girl hillary,obama has a better chance with independents.putting hill on the ticket is a kiss of death.

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I see Hillary is making the VP play now.....

    HRC is the time to realize that EVERYTHING you have been parroting back in the blogs is a lie that was spoon fed to you by Clinton – now if Obama truly had less experience and was judgement compromised – would she want to serve as when you are "entitled" and power hungry – you do

    Stop with your nonsense...people who read know that Hillary is playing you..."votes in MI and FL need to count" – she agreed to the penalty – now – she's pandering....."we need to cut the federal gas tax" – offers this up on May 6th....knowing that she would of needed to submit it to the senate for consideration by May 2nd....supported needs to change.....(whereas a month before it was "good for NY") – she promised NY jobs....didn't deliver – NY is an excellent place for any carpetbagger....enough angry....but be angry at the right person – Hillary lied to you from day 1

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. fred

    Another one going for a loser!!!




    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Jimmy C

    Finally, the superdelegates step up to the plate to be counted! This is the best news for what should now be a fantastic weekend! Thank You Congressmen. Thank You for telling it like it is. We all can't stomach the rules of the game being changed in the 4th Quarter.

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. F. Lynn

    I can't find any reason for Clinton to be in Florida stirring up trouble for our candidate. Hillary, it's over, you'er only causing trouble. We can't focus on McCain with you back stabbing Sen. Obama. You, Bill and Chalse are the source of rumors and trouble. Go Home! Write a book and get it off your chest. Leave our candidate alone, he's not bothering you, never asked you to leave the race and is quit competent to run this government without YOU.
    If you are staying in to get your bills paid annd bank account reimbursed, just say so. Ask your donners to bail you out. Leave us alone. "Ready on day one"? You can't even run your own campaign financing let alone a government this big! You couldn't even win starting with all the toys in the toy box – a coranation to follow in November. If you can't do this, how are you qualified to run the US on day one? Just another Clinton Lie!

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. joe

    I loved Clinton but then she started getting negative with her speeches. I think it turned many people off. She should go the distance but stay positive eventhough she can't win. It is good for the States where they are contesting.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Sean

    I'm glad the party is starting to unite. Let's set aside our personal frustrations and focus on electing a President who will get our young troops out of danger. The idea of leaving our teenagers in a life-threatening war simply because we're upset that our personal favorite candidate didn't get nominated is, quite frankly, disgusting. Let's focus on what's really important.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. PatrickTM

    Not only is he gaining, but she is losing. Every time Obama gains a former super delegate of Clinton's he actually gains two. More and more, Clinton's theory of convincing the super delegates that she is more electable is falling on deaf ears and is losing credibility faster than her campaign is going into debt.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Joiner in Texas

    YEA !!!!

    2 more SMART people to add to the books.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Ras-putin

    Say GOODBYE! long !

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Wasn't Born Yesterday

    We're almost there.

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

    Welcome on board.
    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. michelle

    ISN'T ANYONE LISTENING? Hillary's not going to quit on us...... it's over when she says it's over...... no matter what is said by super delegates, elistist media/politicians/liberals and BO lovers.

    She will continue to work as hard as she can to be our next president. I respect her for this. She's takes her cajones out of her purse when she needs to use them....... and if anyone can beat McCain... she can !!!



    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. victor

    yess , Go Obama

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Chut Pata

    From GE 2000 to primary of 2008, Florida has demonstrated to be an area full of old and less intelligent people who creates trouble. Since too old, too stupid, and too uneducated do not vote for Obama, he should just write off Florida like he wrote off WV and Kentucky.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Zelda of Pittsburgh

    Perhaps if the rest of the superdelegates got some courage and decided to back Obama, they could send a message - that the Democratic Party will not be damaged, along with our chances of winning the White House, for the ambition of one person. It's time to utilize some common sense.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Jane

    By not allowing Senator Clinton to change the rules that she previously agreed to, the DNC is being sexist. The actual rules, which were created by Hillary supporters on the DNC, are sexist. The DNC is sexist. Anyone who doesn't agree is sexist. You are sexist. I am sexist. Everything in existence–except casting a vote for Senator Hillary Clinton–is sexist.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. James

    Shut it over FL and MI! Geez... They violated the rules. If the people of those states are angry, blame your ELECTED OFFICALS that moved the dates, knowing full-well the consequences. Stop trying to cry to the DNC. Impeach the losers out of office in your own state that wronged you. Move on!

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Denial

    If nobody haven't realised it yet .. Hilary is running for the VP. She well knows Obama would never offer it to her. So she is try to divide the party as much as possible by acting like the DNC stole the nomination from her, the media bias, sexism etc .......

    So Obama wouldn't have to no choice but to add her to the ticket .. to help unite the party .. the more Clinton campaigns the more the party is divided ..

    I can't tell Obama who to choose .. but i hope he doesn't pick Hilary .. i've got my reasons why (tired of listing them) .. if he does choose her .. I wouldn't mind .... and I hope if he does not choose her .. the Clinton supporters can respect his decision ... it's his choice to make .. not mine, nor you or anybody else ...

    didn't mind Hilary being on the ticket a month ago .. once bill stayed away from the White House (He is going to boss Obama around, and i believe to things to undermine him)

    But now Clinton is becoming to divisive..... and this right here turned me off ...... of her being VP .....

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. heads up!!!

    Just using this opportunity here to remind us all that many of HRC's supporters are really Republicans hoping to manipulate the demorcratic outcome.

    Nothing against HRC but the Republicans are VERY nervous about the prospect of OBama securing the nomination. They know that in all likelihood Obama will win the presidency.

    Many of the postings you see that come supposedly from HRC supporters about how they would vote for McCain over OBama is because they are Republicans and they intend to do just that.

    Many of the postings that claim Obama cannot possibly win is an attempt on the Republican's part to cast doubt on your vote for Obama. Mind games.

    As an aside, please keep this fact in mind when responding to HRC supporters with inane, hateful comments. Many of them are not authentic HRC supporters.


    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    The title says it all.

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Harry C

    Finally the Superdelegates are waking -up?? My wife and I have no idea why it is taking them so long?? We live in WA State and are really dissapointed in Senator's MURRAY & CANTWELL who are still backing Clinton when WA state supports Obama overwhelmingly.!!! Most America is also wondering just what Ms Clinton is waiting she wants to change the process... wow why did she not ask for this change way back when the campaign first started.. Oh, I Forgot ,she thought it would be over on Super Tuesday and she would be the walk away candidate... She is a VERY SORE LOSER!

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. R.I.F.

    Well said. We can't change the rules in the fourth quarter because someone is upset they can't win. RULES are RULES. The DNC and the Obama camp are ready to comprimise, even giving Clinton more delgates than a 50/50 split even though both agreed to not count but the Clinton camp is being greedy and wants all of the delages seated including giving Obama zero in MI. If you live in MI and are an Obama supporter, how would you fill if your candiidate, the one who, along with everyone else except for Clinton, abided by the rules and the agreement and look his name off the ballot and you couldn't vote for him, or voted in the repulbican primary then to see him get zero delegates would be an outright injustice.

    "He chose to take his name off the ballot" – says Clinton. So did every other honorable democratic candidate. Where does that leave you?

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Casey

    Now we are sure those that has been attacking Obama in the guise of Hillary supporters are actually McCain supporters, Go to other blog and see the bigots embarace McCain , Hagee and Presely.

    Now, true Hilary Support it is time to heal the wound and win in Novemeber. NoMcBush

    May 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Eric

    I just have to say that McCain appears to be a weak person when confronted with tough decisions. If he's asked a question, he answers it in a way that appeals to voters even if it's not what he truly believes. Not to mention he points the finger when backed into the corner... and he's a so-called "Maverick?"

    Also, lets face it, he's a Warmonger.

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