June 2nd, 2008
04:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Uncommitted Senate superdelegates meeting

Undeclared Democratic senators are meeting to discuss their course of action.

Undeclared Democratic senators are meeting to discuss their course of action.

(CNN) — Several of the 17 uncommitted Senate superdelegates are currently holding a meeting to discuss their course of action after the polls close in the final two primaries, CNN has learned.

It remains unclear exactly how many and who of the uncommitted Democratic superdelegates in the Senate will be in attendance at the meeting, which is being held at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters near the Capitol.

CNN spotted Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Ken Salazar of Colorado, and Tom Carper of Delaware head into the meeting.

In a brief interview with CNN, Harkin said the point of the meeting is "to discuss what if anything we might do after the polls close tomorrow night together."

An aide to a senator in the meeting tells CNN's Gloria Borger that it’s “not likely” anyone will come out today with an endorsement. “It’s a how-do-we-do-what we-want-to-do” meeting," the aide said.

"Some want, after the primaries are over, to come out in a group; others feel the need to do it with state delegations. The Obama campaign wants a group of senators to come out together, for obvious reasons.”

The aide said it's “more likely,” the endorsements will come at the end of the week, but added, "anything is possible after Tuesday.”

(Updates with new information)

Earlier: Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama

soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. MD

    Why are these senators so afraid of the Clintons? Bill must have gathered files on all the senators when he was the president, and is threatening to use what's in files if they don't vote for his wife.

    The Clintons stop at NOTHING to get what they want.

    June 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Lee

    Tara in Sarasota :
    well that's good. Then they have themselves to blame when millions of us women leave the party and vote for McCain.

    Tara, you exhibit some really twisted thinking. I truly cannot understand Clinton supporters who make the kind of statement you have made. Clinton herself would never vote for McCain, and if you share values with Clinton and Obama's supporters, democratic values, then you could never make that comment nor vote for McCain. If millions of other women are like-minded then they will have no one to blame but themselves when Roe v. Wade is overturned by McCain appointees to the Supreme Court and thousands more of their children are killed in an unlawful war. Tara what is the real reason you will not vote for Obama???

    June 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Fred from California

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I think that Democratic party must get rid of this undemocratic super delegate thing. Why should a whole bunch of black suit individuals have the power to overturn the vote of majority?
    If it wasn't because of super delegates, Obama would have clinched the nomination by now (by obtaining the majority of elected delegates).

    By the way, you Hilary supporters, I know it's hard and I know you wanted to see your candidate to be the nominee so bad, but she lost ... fair and square. She lost the majority of delegates, super delegates and YES she lost the popular vote too. Stop manipulating the numbers by giving her all votes from Michigan, but 0 to Obama, as if Michigan voted 100% for Hillary, and entirely disregarding caucus votes. Only this way she comes up on top in popular vote. That's not honorable.

    Let's turn the page and focus on getting our country back from this bunch of Neo-Conns.

    June 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Tim


    Obama 08/12!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Robert

    Bart: Tara deserves it for her silly, immature sentiments.

    Honestly. You "Democrat" women who will vote for McCain over Obama need to have your heads examined.

    If McCain drafts your kids, and your kids get their heads blown off in Iran, Hillary will send you a nice note.

    June 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. thegoreyears

    Those of you who say you are voting for McCain instead of Obama will be voting for the end of the U.S. as we know it.

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. John

    I really do hope that Hillary and Bill Clinton do LEAVE the Democrat Party!!!!

    I hope all of their brainless followers leave too!!!! All of them have been a disgrace to the Party!!! They should form their own Party and call it Another Clinton Affair!

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Stop the nonsense

    End this idiocy now and get to work on the critical issues our country is facing. If we focus on the problems and toil at seeking solutions, it doesn't really matter who the appointed figure-head leader is.

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. A.

    I found it curious that women are threatening to vote for McCain because a woman didn't win the primaries, yet they are voting for someone who wants to take away womens rights. Wow.

    Grow the hell up.

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |





    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. rlblack5

    Tara in Sarasota - What is wrong with you??

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Sharon Minnesota

    No more of the Democrats drama for the rest of the election year.

    Democrats, don't forget all of the backstabbing, treachery and Obama trash when you go to the polls in November and make your mark for John McCain 2008.

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Darryl M. Arlington TX

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary Good Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    Those thousands of soldiers that died do it on your behalf. They are all volunteers (No Draft), that love their country. For their sake we cannot have Obama as our President. This would be the worst disaster this country will ever experience.

    To Andre. We won't vote for Obama because we know about him and his history, his lack of experience and the people behind his candidacy. Has nothing to do with his Race. It has all to do with his allegiance to America.

    June 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    Wonderful news. Please let it be over! Let's unite and take back the White House.

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Bubba

    HWW. Hillary's Whinning Women.

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Woman supporting Obama

    As a woman from Colorado living in Kansas–I am proud to say that I support Obama 100% and I find it disgusting that women would rather vote for McCain than Obama. I think people (mostly women) are only voting for Clinton because she is a woman and NOT what she stands for as far as issues in America. If they cared about the issues then Obama would be the clear choice because as Clinton as said herself- they are almost identical in where they stand and it would be a terrible mistake to vote for McCain.

    Open your eyes ladies- you would be making a very very bad decision.

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. She is better

    For those who wonder...

    Yes HRC's platform is similar to, but BETTER than Obama's.

    So... why was Obama favored and Clinton sacrificed?

    Why the unfairness, injustice and hatred?

    Why not simply vote for the BEST candidate- HRC?

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. bettee

    It's obvious Clinton is planning to declare herself an
    independant candidate.
    After and including all the legal challenges to the DNC

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. marianna

    The only ticket for Dems to win in November is
    Clinton/Obama 2008

    Then Clinton/Obama 2012

    He will have a chance to learn to be the president in 2016

    However, Obama/Clinton 08 WILL NOT WORK

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. kt


    You are blind, Tara is correct, millions of women who are Democrats will vote for McCain in the fall instead of Obama. Women don't forget ask any man and they will confirm this genetic trait.

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    I hope all the women who say they are leaving the party to vote for McCain do that. That way the fate of our country can rest solely on their incompetent shoulders. Just like you baby boomers to be so selfish. Get over it......there was no sexism involved....just accept the fact that your bitter because your candidate lost and you just can't handle it. You baby boomers ruined this country all through your lives it wouldn't surprise me that you'll do it again. Maybe it's time you all move to florida and just STOP trying. Generation X is going to have to fix all your mistakes. Obama 08 GO GEN Xers!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Mike, New York

    I just want to make a statement about the women who talk about voting for John McCain because there candidate doesnt get the nomination, either way a woman still doesnt get the nomination so why switch to Republican if you were fine with the Democratic Party before your candidate fell behind? I say we all unite behind OUR candidate and work to get a Democrat back in office so we can get away from these Bush politics.

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. RMD

    Obama/Clinton Ticket might happen. Just heard the two camps are discussing the possiblity. Although thee is two much Clinton baggage between Hill & Bill and i dont think Obama would want to do it but if those two are together McCain doesnt have a chance. Wednesday Night is going to be huge when all the DEMS meet up in NYC for a rally. Obama/Clinton walk out together united? That would send a message to the Republicans.

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Barb in SF

    But y'know what? They can change their minds up until official convention vote time!

    June 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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