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. Jessica, MI

    Allison Marie –

    1) Do you really think Oprah "bought" the election for Obama???
    2) Have you read the news, I don't think you can refer to yourself as "uncounted" anymore...
    3) Is there any basis for anything you say?

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Ross Foyee

    It seems as though we have seen yet another rigged election take place prior to the general election in the fall. This sorry deal committed by Democrats within their own party, simply to get a nominee solely based on race is pathetic. This country is in dire need of overhaul at this time. What is going on here is black rule of the political landscape in this country. Now that they have succeeded in getting their candidate based on the color of his skin, it is time for this buck to perform. If he can't make the change that he has designated as his platform to run on, he should be kicked out of orifice as soon as he shows signs of weakness. This country is on its way into the toilet of space in more ways than just flying commodes to its dumb waste-taxpayer-money space station circuling round the earth with no real purpose! Space travel is a useless waste of money and time. What business does man have screwing up other unpolluted planets in the solar system, much less the rest of the galaxy and universe? The unprioritized problems exist right around the corner...right here on earth!

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. PA for Obama


    Real women will support the Democratic nominee. Get on board or get out of the way.

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. The Truth

    We Need Obama to defeat the "Repugs" blicans in November....

    If Hillary could not win the primaries she is the wrong choice....

    Obama is the one to defeat McCain...He is the right choice!....


    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Phong Nguyen

    Make the wrong choice and the Democratic Party will pay in November!!! We should thank S. Kennedy and Tom Daschle for sowing the seed of division within the Democratic Party for supporting S. Obama knowing that S. Clinton is well liked and well qualfied for the job!!!

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Tara in Sarasota June 2nd, 2008 4:41 pm ET

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

    Yeah, and you also have yourselves to blame Tara, when millions of people, all Obama supporters don't vote for Hillary in 2012 because you voted against Obama now. Better think ahead, turnabout IS fair play young lady.

    Obama/Sebelius '08!

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. BCC

    The Democratic party has a serious decision to make. Win the presidential election with Senator Hillary Clinton or lose the presidential election with Senator Obama. It's that simple.

    June 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    The pissed off feminists won't vote for Obama? Talk about STUPID! Here's the summation of decades of "feminist thinking" :


    Maybe Hillary will run as a third party candidate, gathering up all the feminists and other whiny malcontents.

    June 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. B in Indy

    The DNC acted fairly, because Michigan and Florida were not supposed to get any votes counted. Hillary supportes are mad because they didnt get 4 more delagates in Michigan. Even if they gave her 104, she'd still be losing. She lost get over it! and if they steal it from Obama, i'll be forced to vote for McCain, because i dont think she is ready for thet top spot yet. She ran her campaign in to debt, has cried and whined numerous times ( way to show foreign country's were tough) a whole lot of lies and even when Obama has been nice to her and not talked about the sniper fire, or all the scandal's she stills try to throw the kitchen sink at him. The DNC or the super delagates did not give the the election to Obama. 17 million plus voters did and we want our voice heard!!!! Please post CNN cause you guys have a tendecy of not posting my comments.

    June 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Frances L

    I am a 45-year-old woman. All you women who are hurt, mad etc that are talking about voting for McCain. Think about what you are saying. We women say we are ready to lead, well then let's lead. Just because we have been beat fairly. Even if they gave all the votes as Clinton campaign wanted, that would have netted 4 more delegates. The delegates are who decides nominee. The U.S. I think is ready for a woman president but the Clinton campaign did not run the campaign to win the caucus states, which is where they went wrong. Obama won 120 something delegates from these caucus states. Blame Mr. Penn partly for this. Many people out there say women could not handle the world of politics. Well, right now many of us are not. It is not becoming of us to be sore losers. You are all proving their point. It is time to come together and vote democratic. If you like the way Bush has run the country than by all means vote for McCain. If not, it is time to vote for Obama. Even Rupert Murdoch predicts a landslide victory for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    Griff, So why is Hillary so much better then Obama, they are from the same party, they vote about the same and they are running their campaigns 99% the same.....

    Could it be a little bitter Republican here ??

    June 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. JDR

    It's time for this to be at an end - Senator OBama only needs 40+ delegates ..... ok - SUPERDELEGATES get some guts and support OBAMA.........are you all really -- afraid of HC or BC --GO OBAMA

    June 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Mary

    I hope they make the right decision or else they can write President McCains acceptance speech. Cause no way americans are voting for Obama If they don't go with Hilary then they might as well have cast their votes for our next president.John McCain

    June 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Chi4Obama

    It's so nice to know that John McCain is getting "free votes", from Hillary Supporters that are upset about their candidate losing to the better candidate in the Democratic primary.

    Yes, HRC supporters, that's real rational thinking (sarcasm).

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. JB


    You say that women are going to vote for McCain in the general election.

    Are you aware of McCain's position on Roe v Wade? Are you aware that he plans on loading up the Supreme Court with justices who plan on overturning Roe v Wade.

    How on Earth has Obama given you an inclination that he will do more to harm women, and women's rights?

    You are shooting yourself in the foot. And if Obama loses, it will be because of Hillary and her supporters. There is no other way to look at it. So don't go spinning and say "I told you so". If you didn't act ike a 4 year old, Obama would win. If he doesn't, get ready for more war, and less rights as a woman.

    Then I will say, "I told you so".

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. texastwostep

    Tara give it a rest. You speak as though Senator Obama has no women/female support. Uhm...news flash. Senator Obama has plenty of female supporters. Threatening to vote for McCain? Whatever makes you sleep better at night.....you seem to think that will somehow punish Senator Obama? What twisted logic is that? Your finances, your family and your fundamental rights are the only thing that will suffer.

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. already lost

    Obama is already too flawed to win the GE.

    He is divisive and hateful.

    Few trust him anymore.

    The HRC democrats will defect.

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Sean

    Gail AL: Get your facts straight. She only leads popular vote by her own math. And popular vote isn't how you measure a candidate. If it were, New York, California, and Florida would decide every candidate for the rest of the country. A state like Indiana cannot compete on a per-vote basis, hence the delegate role.

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. M. Richter

    Here's a nightmare scenario for us Dems: I was fiddling with the CNN Delegate Map, and noticed that, if Hillary gets at least 74% of the remaining uncommitted superdelegates, both candidates will hit them magic number! What happens then?

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Remember . .

    Before you pea brains continue to "trash" the Clintons, just remember that, because of the Clintons, Obama today has the political room to run.
    • Clinton took race off the table by successfully building a coalition of blacks and whites .
    • Clinton tackled racial issues such crime and welfare.
    • He made it clear that people who didn't work won't get much help from Washington.
    • In 1988, crime was the biggest issue in the campaign. Today only 1% of Americans feel that way.
    • Clinton’s proposal for 100,000 new cops helped bring down the crime rate.
    • No one even knows what Obama's position on the death penalty is. And because Clinton embraced it then, Obama now doesn't have to.
    • Above all, Clinton restored the Democratic Party's reputation for economic management, which Carter nearly destroyed.

    But of course you don't remember. You're either too young or - judging by your ridiculous comments - can neither read nor write.

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Sammy

    Both leaders in the house and senate have bigger things to worry about than which Democrat they hope will be president. They both control their respective legislatures and will not sacrifice them because of a protracted nomination battle. Actually it shows something about the party: controlling the house and senate (who write the laws) is more important than controlling the white house.

    June 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Mike from Westchester

    Tara in Sarasota: You can blame a lot of people. The 17+ million who voted for Obama, the 32 states plus DC that voted for him, many overwhelmingly, the record number of ordinary Americans who put their money where they mouths were and donated to Obama, the incredible number of volunteers who worked tirelessly for his campaign, all those who endorsed him, from Ted Kennedy, to Robert Reich, to Bill Richardson, to John Edwards, to Caroline Kennedy, to Oprah, to Warren Buffett, to the many labor unions and other organizations, to Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, and Rupert Murdoch, who almost swallowed their tongues trying to avoid giving an endorsement.

    Question: What will you do when Hillary Clinton urges you to vote for Barack Obama for President? Will you honor her wishes? Will you heed her call? Or will you let yourself be ruled by bitterness and vengefulness? Will you support a vision of America, the world, and our future that mirrors that of Hillary Clinton or for a vision of the world that flies in the face of much of what she stands for? The choice will be yours.

    Personally, I hope to be wearing my American flag tie on Wednesday in celebration of a big step toward a new future for America! January 20, 2008 cannot come fast enough – and that would be true if Hillary were our candidate.

    June 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Real Change


    Good Lord Almighty is about time!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Obama 08!!!!!!

    Heck, or just be nice and give them to Hillary. She could win the last 2 states and a huge majority of superdelegates..... and STILL NOT WIN THE RACE!!! She should of left the race months ago, just like she should of left Bill after his affairs with Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky... but Hillary's never been able to stand on her own two feet.

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

    Gail AL: I love your logic. "Democrats, only unite if the cadidate is Clinton. Otherwise, unite against Obama".

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