June 2nd, 2008
05:19 PM ET
14 years ago

Clyburn to endorse Obama


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/02/art.clyburnmay.gi.jpg caption="Clyburn has been critical of former President Bill Clinton."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Several sources tell CNN that House Majority Whip and superdelegate James Clyburn of South Carolina will endorse Senator Barack Obama Tuesday.

Clyburn, whose congressional district went overwhelmingly for Obama in the state's January primary, had said that he would wait to weigh in on the presidential race until the last nominating contest had been held. Earlier this spring, he had made remarks critical of Bill Clinton, calling his conduct on the trail "bizarre," and telling interviewers that some of the former president's actions had deeply upset African-Americans.

"There are African-Americans who have reached the decision that the Clintons know that [Hillary Clinton] can’t win this," he told Reuters. "But they’re hell-bound to make it impossible for Obama to win.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. FRED Atlanta, GA

    It's funny how clinton supporters act like she just played this game fair and square and how they refuse to see the lies she's told over and over again and running a HORRIBLE campaign. All of you who won't vote for obama just because your candidate lost FAIR AND SQUARE mind you are just as selfish as your candidate WE WILL WIN THE GE without YOU!!!


    June 2, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Chad

    If Clyburn previously said he would wait until after the contests, why is he coming out the day before?
    Anyway, I hope Clinton supporters will put an end to their irrational and visceral anger. Obama won this nomination by following the rules that ALL candidates agreed upon. If we allow specific candidates to change the rules mid-game, then the integrity of the process is lost and there will be a precedent for rule-breaking in the future.
    Please, Obama is the only candidate who can be trusted to get us out of Iraq (Clinton and McCain voted for the war), find real longterm economic solutions (not temporary gas tax breaks that will have a worse effect months later), and brings new approaches (uh, diplomacy) to international affairs (Clinton and McCain both said they want to bomb Iran!).
    So please – for our future – vote for progress and not pandering and warmongering.

    June 2, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. California For McCain

    And to the folks hating on Bill Clinton:

    Bill Clinton: 2-time presidential winner.

    George McGovern: loser.
    Jimmy Carter: 1-termer.
    Walter Mondale: loser.
    Michael Dukakis: loser.
    Al Gore: loser.
    John Kerry: loser.
    Barack Hussein Obama: future loser.

    June 2, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. christie

    i AM SO FRIGGIN SICK OF ALL OF THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS TALKING OG ALL OF HER EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She WAS NOT President her husband was. She was the first lady with a failed health care plan, end of story. She didn't do one dang thing that gives her more experience. So she has a couple of years on him in the senate, BIG DEAL. She hasn't mad any great strides in that capacity either. HE is smart and has a plan and I believe is genuine. Lets get behind him and beat the dang republicans. Can you truly vote for MCCAIN when you support Hillary's policies? Why dont you just thinkl please.

    June 2, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Mr. B.

    America Is ready
    Obamm 08

    June 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Wise White Guy

    Attention Hillary Supporters! I said on Saturday you needed to pay attention closely to what Bill Clinton said because he is her lead surrogate and what he says, she says. I also said pay attention because it would be another example of them lying to your face and i wondered out loud if you would yet again ignore the Clinton camp lying to you and using you as a pawn. Well..... Bill Clinton said "we will abide by the decision of the rules committee" and of course we now we hear that they reserve the right to challenge the decision. So, whats it going to be people? Is it ok they lie to you or not because it sure is not ok with me.

    June 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. prncssntsoprfct

    sen obama has more respectful to sen. clinton then she has been to him........all due respect to the hillary clinton supporters on just about every issue sen . obama and sen clinton they see eye to eye it's about winning in nov. and fixing this mess that bush is leaving behind.

    June 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Beverly, Houston

    President McCain

    She DID NOT win the popular vote!!!

    June 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. WHAT'S NEW???


    June 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. hypocrits all

    First divide the party by playing the race card and attacking the Clintons by calling THEM racist.

    Then strong-arm and cheat your way to small wins at the flawed caucus format.

    Then spread propaganda about how electable you are.

    Then disenfranchise the HRC voters.

    Then mock and demean Hillary Clinton.

    Then ridicule and demean Hillary Clinton.

    Then threaten the DNC to pressure the superdelegates to your side.

    And when Obama is STILL TOO FLAWED AND TOO WEAK to win on his credentials and merits- then cry foul again.

    What hypocritical losers the Obama camp is

    June 2, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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