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. Alex in TX

    Hey Tara....use your head and not your heart when you choose who you are going to vote for.

    Don't vote angry and fall into the trap of throwing a 4 year tantrum by voting for McCain. Obama is the next best thing for Hillary supporters and could go down in history as one of the most progressive presidents in US history.

    June 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Cheryl L. Swaim

    Yes, we can. You've obviously forgotton how Hillary Clinton devoted a lifetime to standing up for the little guy. She's been a champion for the disenfranchised and minorities and a staunch supporter of civil and human rights. Did you conveniently forget all that? I certainly don't want such supporters as you as my friends. Take what you can get and dump'em. Boo on you!

    June 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    The superdelegates have been in a heck of a position. They have bent over backwards for Hillary, to the chagrin of many of us. If they had come forward before all the votes were cast, which of them would have been the kingmaker? Eventually, one of the superdelegates would have been the one to take Obama or Clinton over the finish line, now, it will happen in that manner, but won't overturn the marjority and nobody can say someone didn't get the opportunity. I was yelling and screaming about leadership and ending this thing, etc... but in hindsight, that was MY impatients. This thing is going to turn out, in the end, the way the people voted. As it should.

    Congrats. to Gov. Dean, the DNC, and the democratic party. It was ugly and never-ending, but in the end, they held an extremely democratic election.

    I am a proud and inspired democrat once again.

    Dems 08'

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Happily Independent

    Good. Finally this campaign will be over. I hope that finally the Clintons will not return to the White House. Maybe we should let Hillary be president. Bill Clinton would happily volunteer to be chief of staff so that he could interview all of the woman cabinet members and young woman interns.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Gail AL.

    If the democratic party wants to unite, they had better look at the popular vote and who is more electable. Obama can not win. I,VE been a democrat all my life but if they give this election toObama i'll vote MCcain.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Florida democrat

    If you leave the party and choose to vote for McCain over Obama because you are sad your nominee did not win then I would argue you were never a true democrat.

    Go ahead, vote for McCain....vote for four more years of crap. It will be your dirty hands that cause more suffering around the globe. It will be you to blame for a longer war that is only making life more difficult for Americans.

    You people need an education.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Seth

    Anyone voting for McCain is voting for...

    Continued (if not worse) economic problems
    Abortion being made illegal
    More War

    That is what you are voting for just to "spite" the Dem party? I wouldn't call that being Patriotic.

    I'm voting Dem no matter who is nominated and no matter who is the VP. We need to beat McCain.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. GS, Madison WI

    To the women supposedly leaving the party and voting for McCain: you will only have YOURSELVES to blame if McCain is elected and the retiring Supreme Court Justices are replaced by conservative ones, and that is a SMALL part of what McCain has in store for this country.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. JohnS

    Thank You LORD!!!!!!!!!!

    The New Era has just begun!!!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. TexasDem

    I don't understand the Hillary supporters who dislike Obama so much. They're stances on most of the issues are virtually the same. Is it that you are sore to see your candidate lose?

    I'm a Hillary supporter, but to be honest, I can barely see the policy differences between her and Obama. Actually, they're both too liberal for my taste, but they're policies will be mostly identical.

    I know heated campaigns inspire disdain for the opponent, but can't you see past the election process to their potential policies? Obama and Clinton will make basically the same decision on almost all questions of policy. McCain will bring about far different policy in our country. How can a Clinton supporter say they will vote Republican if Obama is nominated? It seems like petty foolishness to me. Can somebody explain?

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Jackson

    Tara in Sarasota (et al): You have yourselves to blame for being so selfish. I'm sure you'll feel so good about your spiteful, hateful self if McCain runs this country into the ground over next four years just because you didn't get your way early on. Way to be an adult, bravo.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Frank

    I and over two hundred of my friends and family, all democrats, will not vote for any candidate that is not ready, not experienced, and a racist, which happens to be Obama. But since we want to make sure that he doesn't get the Presidency, we have to vote for McCain to neuralize the vote of pro-Obama folks. There, all of us and I am certain millions and millions of democrats who will vote for McCain will do so not because we are now Republicans, but because we simply care enough to not put our country in the hands of a guy that is clearly not fit to be President! CNN: please post this as you keep not posting any of my very objective statements that are based on facts!

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. MD

    17 stuper-delegates getting ready to throw their reasoning over the edge and go with Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Jaime


    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Susan MO

    Choose Hillary!

    She has the popular vote!

    She can beat NcCain!

    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Shane


    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. irma

    The media has played a big role in portraying positive "spins" and support for Obama and doing the opposite for Hillary Clinton – anything she does or accomplishes seems to be deemed "too late", " insignificant", a "loss". The media perspective is total BS, inflammatory and it encourages what the population thinks. Obama is barely squeaking by and not significantly enough to make anyone think that he is the overwhelming favorite – he has an extremely narrow margin by the popular vote – the delegate count is all politics behind the scenes and is not representative of a DEMOCRACY. Open your eyes, America.
    Good thing McCain is such a loser or the democrats would have a tougher shot at winning.

    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. duh


    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Mary Euless Texas

    I ashamed of the Democratic Party. I will vote for Hillary Clinton or John McCain. I will NOT vote for Obama. There nothing anyone can say to make me change my mind.

    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Proud1of 26% in WV

    What are going to find to do next week?I guess maybe I'll actually have to do some work.Won't be long now!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Clinton/McCain

    Terrence (Winston Salem, NC),

    You are wrong about the Hillary supporters. You Obama people are the ones that are vicious and disgusting. The Clinton supporters are furious over the comments you people have made time and time again. We will not vote for the illegitimate nominee you call Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Rob (Wisconsin)

    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."

    I guess you are voting candidate and not the issues then. Just because she is a woman doesn't mean she is the best woman to do the job. If you were an informed citizen you would vote for Nader or a third party candidate rather than McCain. Wasn't it the Soccer Moms who voted Bush into office on two separate occasions? I think your just another Republican in Democrats clothing.

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. do your job

    Your responsibility is to vote for the most electable candidate.

    In a race this tight- where neither candidate wins the required number of pledged delegates- you have to decide who will run best in the GE.

    Obama is flawed and damaged.

    He can not win.

    He can't even regain the HRC democrats.

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Paul

    Well, Tara in Sarasota, you must not be for women's rights and against Roe v Wade. You must want to see many women butchered by back alley abortions because it will against the law to get an abortion. You must be for rolling back the advances women have made.

    Because if McCain wins, he WILL be nominating someone for the Supreme Court, and that person WILL be a conservative. The upshot of that will be that the conservatives will then have a solid majority that will last for at least twenty years and will be led by Antonin Scalia.

    If that doesn't scare you, you don't have a clue and you certainly aren't a Democrat.

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Jerry

    That what the republican want to brainwash Hillary supportor to switch to McCain it want happen Obama is a strong candidate who can bring our country back together we dont need another Bush in the office

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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