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. mona

    Hopefully all remaining super delegates will back Obama before
    Wednesday. This needs to end now. Hillary needs to back up the person who will be general election in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Linda VA

    Dems lets unite and kick some repulican butts...
    Not only will OBAMA 08 win , but he will win again Obama 12.

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    United We Stand... Divided We Fail...period!

    Yes We Can & Yes We Should
    Obama 08'

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. tony

    It's been pure cowardice on the part of the remaining uncommitted superdelegates. They saw the splintering in the party because of the prolonged primary race, yet they stayed on the sidelines. Many of them stating that the race was over, but refused to stand by the conviction of their words by endorsing a candidate. The fracturing of the DNC is as much a fault of the Hillary's refusal to accept the math as it is the superdelegates refusing to to take a stance and do what their title requires of them.

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. lisa

    To all the Hilary supporters- don't you realize after this contest if you vote for Mccain, Hilary will still be rich and able to afford all the econonic hardships we as country will have to face if Mccain is in office. Do you love Hilary more than you love the economic well being of your families. If so, I hope you enjoy eating ot of the trash while Hilary ding in exclusive resturants.

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Carl

    It's about time. The only reason they have not come out sooner is due to the power that the Clinton family has over Washington. If Obama wasn't such an amazing candidate he would have never stood a chance to the Clinton machine.

    This is quite an amazing feat. I am very impressed and elated that Obama will be the nominee – it's about time for CHANGE.

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Jim

    Mechelle suposely said.
    ..Apparently, if the tape ever comes to light, her words will sound something like:

    Whitey cut folks off Medicaid?
    Whitey let New Orleans drown?
    Whitey do nothing about Jena?
    Whitey put us in Iraq for no reason?*

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Nick


    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    Any woman Clinton supporter who is genuinely concerned with women's rights needs to think long and hard before voting for McCain who has promised to appoint more extremely conservative judges. There will likely be at least two spots open on the Supreme Court this term. Are you really willing to cut off your nose to spite your face?

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. BHO

    Democratic Party hold the cards and I hope most of the uncommitted super delegates will endorse Obama next week. American politics is going to change for ever.

    People are suffering with the policies of Bush. McCain is the follower of Bush policies. Who need McCain in White house?

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Beth - Florida

    Hey Nobama folks,

    If you want Hillary and her supporters to back Nobama. Then you people should start requesting that he offer her the VP right now.

    I figured you say no way. See, you guys are just as divisive.

    You dislike Hillary just as much as we dislike him.

    In that case, if no Hillary in VP slot then lets Go McCain.

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Bob

    Also, the women who are very supportive of Hillary and hate Obama...very often they mention the fact that there are no other credible female prez candidates on the horizon and how they might not see one in their lifetime, etc.

    Does that mean if there were a legit female candidate for prez in 2012 or 2016, they would not support Hillary as much as they do, or possibly at all?

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Pennsylvania

    PLEASE let Senator Clinton bow out gracefully!

    We need Hillary and her supporters to beat out McCain. Even though it seems like a slam-dunk for the democrats to win this time around... well, we've all heard that line before. Take nothing for granted.

    Be patient, be gracious, it's almost over!

    Got Hope? YES! We've got Obama!

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Gary Chandler in Canada

    joke okay?
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will remain uncommitted until Clinton officially drops out of the race.
    -same day McCain gets out of Iraq

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. John

    I love the insane comments from Obama supporters on posts like this...who is being divisive? Obama didn't win this nomination in a landslide...he isn't the choice for the OVERWHELMING percentage of Democrats. Winning the nomination by .5% is no MANDATE. Everytime one of you criticizes Hillary and her supporters, you are driving the wedge in the Democratice party a bit more deeply. You might have a case if 49.5% of Democrats didn't vote for Hillary. Look in the mirror...it's you that are destroying the party.

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. The Lady

    Why do they keep pacifying Hillary, this is what has allowed her to stay in the race this long. Hillary will continue to be in denial about losing as long as you allow her to.

    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Carol

    once they endorse obama, all loyal democrats will vote for McCain.

    Everyone wants someone who has experience. I rather choose McCain and go through another 7 years of the same enocomy than let this clueless-democratic leaders controlling obama-unable to commit-wannabe hollywood star run this country.


    Or are we so caught up in the hollywood glitz and glamour and forgot about that. I am sad to say, we have given up our intelligence for these superficial nonsense.


    June 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Dennis in IA

    It is time that the Super D's step in either today or tomorrow to push the count to put Barack over the top once the pledged delegates are decided on Tuesday. Enough is enough – Hillary and her supporters on Saturday were a disgrace to the human race! It was her own supporter on the RBC that voted for the proposed deals – and Ickes did not come up with any other plan, he was the one that wrote most of the rules for the party, what a shame. Hillary did not lose to the Good ol' Boy's club as some women want to say it was her own campaign that torpedoed her election by not campaigning in the caucuses states. She does is not winning the popular vote – she does not include Iowa, Kansas, Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota among many others that caucus!

    June 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Karma

    Hillary has shown some very very bad judgement in not listening to those telling her its time...She is being controlled by Bubba, that's obvious. Obama has clearly shown right from the beginning he is the man to get the job done. He will get the job done and lead the country to some sanity. Hillary is showing signs of being mentally unbalanced in lots of respects. She has done tremendous damage to the party and will take alot of work to get it back to some degree of normalcy.

    The Democrats under the leadership of Barack Obama will win in a landslide. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, has a nice ring to it, I'm just saying.

    Hillary and Bubba can head back to the hills of Arkansas, its a trip that is long long overdue.

    June 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Graduate Stduent

    I wish the name calling would stop...like yesterday...please!!! We are behaving like children!

    Obama 2008

    June 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. rdbtwthlins

    Once again the voters will is overridden by the elite..

    June 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Proud1of 26% in WV

    According to AP she is now going after his superdelegates along with the uncommitted superdelegates.It is like Flordia and Michigan she feels she is entitled to everything.I think that the superdelegates will see things the same as the rules committee of the DNC did.FAIRLY!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. PCM 01

    It is time for the Democratic Party to support Mr. Obama. After all he has the largest amount of :
    *Pledeged Delegates
    * Super Delegates
    * States Won
    * Caucases Won
    * Popular Vote ( common math; not fuzzy math).

    Mrs. Clinton should graciously deliver the women over 45 to Mr. Obama.
    The latin vote will be delivered by the Republican Party ( border fences, deportations, right wing talk shows, etc.). The Democrats do not have to work on that one.

    June 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. mike

    YES, they have to come together, we need them for unit not for racial divider or superstitious.

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. James

    I agree totally with the first comment made. Leaders that are in high positions should set the example. The Democratic party needs to come together and if important Democratic figures such as Harry Reid do not acknowledge this fact than they will learn it the hard way. We, as the voters, do not want to see this contest continue into the Democratic National Convention because history has shown that the Democratic party's attempts for the presidency when the party has been split has resulted in a turmoil. Let us Unite! That's all the voters ask. Senator Hillary Clinton has put up a wonderful contest with Senator Barack Obama that has resulted in record-breaking voter turnouts and voter registering to vote, but now all we, as the voters, are asking is that all this momentum and support now turn in the direction of the general election. McCain has been campaigning for the general election for a while now and he needs it but if the Democratic party doesn't change its direction soon the battle with McCain will be all but finished.

    Politician -> Partlow

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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