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. Creative Woody


    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Angus McDugan

    I am not so sure about Obama now that he has thrown his church in the ditch. Wow, what a demonstration that he will do anything to get elected and not stand for anything he believes in. Very very sad. How can you throw your 20+ year convictions into the trash just because of public opinion? I want to see a candidate with some guts and who will say "so what" to the press if they challenge their convictions.

    June 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    about time.....................we can not longer stand this mess.............
    why is everone so afraid of the clintons?

    not even the colonies waited so long to stand up agains the colonizers.........geee

    please SD do something...this is not fair, seh is not entitled to the presidency and she ought to give not take............and divide..

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Welcome aboard!

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. obama =supporter==ARKANSAS

    we will welcome them all
    she ran a long hard fought campaighn and now is time to let it go
    god bless hillary and all the usa

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Chuck

    Thank goodness. The party needs to come together as soon as possible.

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Illinois Voter

    Here comes the flood.

    Now it's time to wash over McCain.

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Abby

    I think their colleagues in the senate should know a thing or two about who is the best person to work with. However, she’s the one who has to go back to work with these senators and I feel bad for her on that.

    Congratulations to Senator Obama!

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. neutral2

    "............Obama supporters have been “pressing” for these superdelegates to endorse earlier in the week..........."

    how fair are these elections? All the pressure, forcing, from Obama's camp. How outrageous!

    He is not entitled to anything. Not at all. He is scheming to win to the point of many people turning away from him, politics.

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Nugent

    They don't want to pound Hillary? OMG.

    As if Hillary isn't pounding Barack and any shred of Democratic Party dignity into the ground every day. I think 150 Supers should declare today just to stick a thumb in her eye for alienating so many in our party.

    Adios Hill. Good luck winning your Senate seat next time (not).

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Andrew, IL

    I was pretty sure that Obama was planning for a big sweep of superdelegates at the end and this could confirm that.

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. proud army and navy mom

    what's so funny about this is that it was painfully obvious that these superdelegates was trying show some respect for hillary by letting her prepare with dignity to give up, but she acts as if they were waiting to nominate her. that's how dillusional she has become. how pathetic!

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. JC

    Great! Like we need more reason to vote anti Obama in November! This election has been so biased against Clinton thats its sickening. The DNC and media decided in the beginning to destroy her chances.
    No problem though:

    The move is on : Clinton supporters will not vote Obama!

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. barackobama4prez

    great. I can hardly wait.

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Democrat

    AMEN!!! thank you superdelagates thank you!! I was a Hillary Supporter and I know she deserve all the respect, but is time to unite to win the election on NOV and believe me we will win. Thank you to all you superdelegates thank you for coming together!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. FL Independant

    Harry Reid.. like many Dems... All bark and NO BITE.. lol

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Anthony - Morgantown

    So by my calculations...Clinton needs around 90% of the remaining super delegates to take the nomination...which means she needs roughly 183 of them? So, that means that Obama only needs to get around 20 more super delegates to take the nomination. If he takes at least half of these 17 Senators....then he only needs around 14 more to seal the deal.

    How is Hillary going to overcome this?

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. chicago chris

    finally, a light at the end of the tunnel of madness. cue the Hillary supporters complaining about elite males forcing Hillary out and calling them stupid for supporting BO. have any of these commenters figured out that they believe Obama has a stronger chance of winning the GE and are not paid off or eat every line that Hillary spews? I realize you all have your own opinions but calling someone stupid for supporting a candidate that isn't your choice is inherently stupid because of its constant circular debate.

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. He's a better man than most

    Obama is a better man than most despite what Clinton supporters think of him, most men would have pounced on her and would not let her have a graceful exit.

    He is definately Presidential material.

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. John Smith

    I simply don't get it:

    Most active women supporters of Hillary are bitter and even pissed because of the "so-called" ways in which Hillary has been treated, as a woman. I listed to one of these on the Diane Rehm show this morning–

    Well, how do you think the Middle East leaders are going to treat Hillary, like a Queen? I wonder how the Iranians will "call Hillary."

    Well, I thought both Hillary and Bill said this was a "rough contact" task; so, are these women crying now that the game is getting tough? I hope they snap out of it as other moderate women supporters have decided to move on with the reality- Hillary has too many NEGATIVES. She is NOT the front-runner, so no one is paying attention to those negatives!

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. rachel

    sickening really why wait we all know it was a set up anyway. Yeap Obama is your run of the mill politician.

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Debra

    So what will they do if she does not drop out. i don't think she should be humiliated but time is up after Tuesday. This needs to end by Wednesday. Everyone doesn't have to endorse right away, just 35 or so, PLEASE!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Michael

    If this is true, then Hillary needs to step aside by the end of the week.

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Damion K. Miles

    It's hard to watch a long time champion lose. That's what this is all about. Hillary's been winning lately because she's been campaigning against no one. No one is crying to quit the race, she can stay as long as she likes or until June 4th, whichever comes first.

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Former Obama Supporter

    So the party elite is going to vote against the will of the people. Hillary Clinton has the popular vote not Obama.

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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