June 2nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/02/art.obamasen.gi.jpg caption="Most of the 17 senators who remain uncommitted will announce their support of Obama, CNN has learned."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Most of the seventeen Democratic senators who have remained uncommitted throughout the primaries will endorse Barack Obama for president this week, CNN has learned.

Sources familiar with discussions between Obama supporters and these senators tell CNN’s Gloria Borger that the senators will wait until after the South Dakota and Montana primaries to announce their support for Obama.

Two sources familiar with the sessions said the endorsements will come sometime later this week.

Obama supporters have been “pressing” for these superdelegates to endorse earlier in the week, but according to one source, “the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period.”

A series of meetings on the topic have been facilitated at different times by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Durbin and Daschle are Obama supporters, while Harkin is uncommitted.

According to CNN’s Candy Crowley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will remain uncommitted until Clinton officially drops out of the race.

soundoff (795 Responses)
  1. Lawrence

    Just like you don't want to accept defeat now, how are going to accept Barack Obama as President of the United States of America. What will the rest of the world think about the sore losers in America and their racist tones?

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. christie

    I agree with Bill Pike 100%.

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. robenson from Loganville, Georgia

    It's about time a group of Senators will agree on something positive for this country. Let them of rally next to fix this downfall economy.

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. R.A.

    I'm for Obama...but not because I'm a Democrat, I'm a Republican. It's not the Republicans at large that got us into this mess....it's the present administration and their failure to learn from history. All you Democrats who want to blame the entire party for the actions of a few...REMEMBER VIETNAM !!! Democrats, Kennedy and Johnson, got us into and perpetuated that mess. Republicans got us out AFTER 58,000 dead Americans. This time it's the Democrat's turn to clean it up. We would all be better served if we stopped snipping at one another and acted like adult, responsible AMERICANS. The world is watching us make idiots of ourselves....don't contribute to the idiocy of the race card or the gender card and for God's sake, cast your vote for America like an adult and not for the sake of spite against someone, like a five year old would do.

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Nel from Chicago

    Oh please I hope this is true – let's get this over and unite, democrats! We can do it!!

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Sophia Beck

    As this campaign continues I am more convinced I did the right thing by switching from Clinton to Obama-I have been watching, researching and listening to both-Frankly Obama is very wise for his young years, patient, respectul and full of grace. I have said over and over-The Clintons don't play well in the sandbox with other kids-What has crossed my mind after 18 years of support for the Clintons is that they are very immature in many respects. Self Serving, don't listen, can't seem to find the truth and many tantrums along the way. They somehow feel that rules don't apply to them. It almost seems like they are behaving like children. I feel sad for them because, this ongoing of not letting go will only strengthen the lack of respect for Bill and his years (of what was left morally for him, which is little)

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Montana is Obama Country

    .......Hillary Clinton's epitaph will read : ...

    Here Lies Hillary Clinton...
    She Was...
    Hill Bent For Election........

    2007- 2008

    ......Yes....WE.... Can.... 2008

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. katiec

    You so called Clinton supporters (think half that spout off are
    really republicans) who say you will vote for Mccain are a
    disgrace to womens rights.
    He voted a couple weeks ago against equal pay.
    He and his fellow republicans will keep trying to get
    rid of Roe vs Wade.
    He and his fellow republicans have put our country in a
    crisis that our children, grandchildren and great
    grandchildren will be burdened with for decades and
    have to suffer for it.
    I have been for womens rights from day one, but, as an
    original Hillary supporter, she lost my respect with her
    and Bill's anything to win tactics.
    We need a leader we can trust and with integrity. Hillary
    fails on both counts, due to her politics as usual

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Levi Cro

    if someone has no grace.. they need no grace..... period.....

    that being said.. it will not matter to hrc anyway.. she intends to destroy the party.... and take this all the way to the convention.... then no doubt she will run as an independant...

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. robert

    its about time– this has gone on way too long.we need to shorten this process.I t's about time

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Gina in Chicago

    To Bill Pike who wrote:

    "...as that white,older, vet,vet who got college degree on GI bill, businessman, republican who is voting and supporting obama financially..."

    Thank you so much for being a real American and supporting the best person for the job with your vote and your money. It's people like you who will save this country from these Hillary nutjobs who are trying to hold us hostage with their threats of voting McCain. I keep hearing about the 17 million who won't vote Obama. But who's counting people like you, who are joining hands as Americans ACROSS party lines to save our country? CNN should do a story about that.

    I've met so many like you who have never voted democratic but are doing so now because they love America too much to see this Bush nonsense go on one minute longer. So God bless you and thank you, and please pull as many people across party lines as possible. God willing, with the help of people like you, we won't need their 17 million votes to get the war criminals out of government.

    One more thing to everyone here: Don't let it stop with Obama. State elections decide what happens to you most directly. Take a good look at your state representatives; what they're voting for and how they voted. It's all online and public record. If they suck too, OBAMATIZE THEM!!! Do your homework and investigate them. If they're earmarking funds for $250 million dollar bridges to nowhere, vote them out and elect a normal person from your community who's committed to fixing your problems. Don't just vote for some millionaire who can't ever relate to your problems with insurance, groceries or gas prices just because he/she's the incumbent. If they can't feel your pain, they can't fix your pain.

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. TJ

    I am to the point of nausium with this so called election process. It's beginning to look like a bad movie with no constructive and meaningful ending. Today I read the vanity fair, did you see what was talked about in that magazine? If not check it out. Could someone put this protracted election process out to pasture?

    June 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. bruce p staten island new york

    over ????
    so soon ??? we must as democracy demands...that we count every vote . twice even .
    for example there is still all those children who turned 18 yrs old after there states primary had already been held .
    this is so un fair not to also count there votes . and also what abouyt canadians ??? they should also get to vote !!! mayybe count them as half votes only ..ok ??

    and what about all those people who were flying in airplanes when there primary was held ??? do we risk offending hundreds of air travelers ??

    there is much work left to do before its over !!!
    people say this ..
    its not over .

    June 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Kiki in DC

    Billary supporters please clam down
    Let be real at the end of the day (June 3, 2008) Obama will be our Nom. now wheather you like it or not Billary will not. Now don't get your racist tail in between your legs, by saying you will vote for McSame aka Snoopy the dog......Good for you more power to you.....Not only do you hurt the country by that decision, you more importantly hurt yourself. I see Billary self-entitlement really rubs off on her supporters. Pack yourself on the back when you cast that vote for McSame.

    To all others that don't apply let unite behind Obama and make history!!!! Yes We Can!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. OH GOD!

    Put an end to this madness, it's obvious the lady in not well in her mind, she does not have the mental capacity to concede.( she wants the power) why the hell is Bill not putting an end to this madness. come on act like a husband Bill for once in your life, put an end to this. after tuesday if obama is short on superdelegate, even three or four.. she will continue to say she has a chance and threaten to take it to the convention, and the high officails in the senate and superdelegates are allowing this to go on and further damage the party, shame on you America. STOP ENJOYING CONTROVERSY! like they say in new jersey "just adjust!" take it from an 76 year old caucasian woman, better to be safe than sorry.

    June 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Liz

    I feel that you men are insecure about electing a woman as your nominee. Each and everyone of you know that Clinton is the better and stronger candidate yet you still support Obama. Tell me, what will the democrat party do when in September/October you see that McCain is way ahead in the polls. Will you then call on your stronger candidate to take over the reins and run as the candidate because I see something will have to happen because I can see that happening.

    Forget your insecurities and let the stronger candidate take the democrat party into the November elections and win the presidency. If Clinton is not the nominee then I can see another 4 years of republican reign. Obama is just a puppet being told what to do so therefore there is no substance in his campaign. If McCain wins, then the democrats can only blame themselves because they have chosen second best. As the saying goes......"you make your bed and you lie in it. That means when the republicans win in November the democrats can only blame all you insecure men and women superdelegates and not put the blame on Clinton.

    All you Hillary supporters if you do decide to vote in November, add Clinton's name and vote for her or just not vote at all. Let's see what these insecure and ignorant superdelegates will do after that.

    Or is that you are afraid that the blacks will go on a rampage if you decide to chose the better and stronger candidate (Clinton) or maybe call democrats racists which is their normal way of dealing with anything that does not go their way. You are not racists if you decide to go with Clinton...you have just decided to go with the stronger candidate.

    June 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Raymond Duke

    Bill I am a twenty year veteran and my family were yellow dog democrats and we have bleed red for this country. Yellow dog democrats were people who would vote for a yellow dog instead of a republican, but saying that I will not vote for a man and his wife and terriost buddies that hate america. We don't like John McCain but we will vote for him before we vote for that man and his group. That is a statement that is also made in red.

    June 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Deirdre Glascoe

    I think we should really take note of these superdelegates that have been sitting on the fence (regardless of who they support). They seem to me to be too indecisive to make effective leaders. Lets remember them at election time.

    June 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Dan

    Way to go Obama! Let's make this world more beautiful.

    O'train 08!

    June 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. mlk

    Hillary may continue on. She has said all delegates are up for grabs, pledged as well, and they don't actually vote until the convention. I am thinking of the worst case scenario. I wouldn't rule anything out at this point.

    June 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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