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. Zach

    "a grace period"? How about February to June? You'd think being 2nd place in a 2 person race for 5 months would be long enough.

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. A.M. Saqib

    It has been a long fought compaign, and as much as we are happy and very pleased to see our candidate 'Obama' win the nomination, I humbly say to 'Clinton;' supporters that there was never a time that we did not believe in her sincerity, loyalty, and a true dedication to the party. If anything she definitely proved this year that she herself is a great leader without her husband, 'Bill Clinton', or even better than him in many ways.

    I know that she will support and help the democratic nominee 'Obama' to win the white house in November.

    All the bst "Senator Clinton".

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Brian

    For crying out loud Senator Reid, get with the program. Senator Clinton does not have a chance at the nomination no matter how much she whines and crys. You might as well get used to the fact that Senator Obama is going to be the nominee and join us in defeating Mcbush instead of dragging this out.

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. c

    hilary is another huckabee

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. John, OH

    Who saw that coming? That's probably not going to work for Clinton, eh?

    Careful, guys. You might end up deluded and inconsequential, the way things are going.

    June 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Hbg, PA

    What a shame that this country is ready to push aside a candidate that is a fighter for 'the people'. What a shame that this country is so quick to judge Hillary. We as Americans know all there is to know about her but do we know that much about Barak? As soon as the general election begins, rememer that the Republicans will dig up everything and anything about Mr. Obama...and they will. Look what they did to Mr. Kerry in '04 and this country put Bush back in the White House...what a shame.

    I am in complete agreement with Ralph.

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Regardless of how much Hillary Clinton tries to plead, beg and even threaten some superdelegates into supporting her, most superdelegates clearly are not affected nor impressed by the Clinton Machine (Hillary and Bill) anymore. The old-way of doing "politics as usual" is over. It's broken, divisive and un-American. Change is paramount and Barack Obama has delivered a refreshing and positive message that is resonating clearly with most superdelegates.

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Generation X

    Republicans would you please stop blogging as Hillary supporters. Go to Fox and blog with each other. Obama supporters you did a great job in financially and emotionally supporting your candidate.

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Julius

    Yes,its time to turn the page and write a new chapter in America polities,thanks superdelegete

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Helen

    Why not show HRC the respect she has shown the Party and Sen. Obama? Never mind that, lets get on with the General and beat McSame. It is past the time to unite.

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Independent in Oregon

    My Oregon state senator Ron Wyden told me in an email that he will not endorse anyone until the Democratic convention. He is a super-delegate.

    It will be interesting to see if he keeps his word.

    Newly independent in Oregon, writing Hillary Clinton in as president in November

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Terry from Illinois

    One thing we was must always remember, "life is about timing". I agree that if the politicians/ super delegates wanted this drama to end they had the power to end it long before now but I think Hillary should get through the Primary and get all the votes she can but after tomorrow" The time has come" time to put this race behind her and to look towards the general election. But there will be a presumpted nominee after Tuesdays final primaries in SD and Montana and it won't be Hillary and Billy.

    Lets be patient and lets begin to heal and move forward to November 4th.

    I know this will remain in "moderation" but at least I got this off my chest!

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. truth

    Well what can we say? Hill tried her best to slip through a slippery loop hole but it did not work.

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Terry

    Obama will win simply because we can't tolerate another repeat 4 or 8 years of George Bush. We need to unite around Obama and to think he can do worse than Bush just isn’t true.

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. JVD


    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Chelly,TX



    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Maria

    Clintons, the losers! It's Obama's party, now, hon!

    Go home, or stay in PR... We don't want to hear about you anymore, dirty liars and losers!

    OBAMA 08+12

    June 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Janice

    If you count Hillary's current delegates, and compare it to Obama's delegates from 2 months ago, she is winning. She also has the popular vote if you don' t count some of the states.

    Go hillary! It's not over till she says!

    June 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Bill

    Go Team.
    Wooo Hoooo
    Oh Yeahhhhhh

    June 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Geez

    Harry Reid is such a 'Profile in Courage' – he is pushing on the other uncommitted super delegates to choose, but he is going to wait until everyone else votes.... Way to go, Harry !

    June 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Anson

    So the end is near! She could have made it as Vice President, but she got out-of-hand and too destructive. Adding her on the ticket as Vice President would mean Senator Obana would no longer be able to run as a candidate of "Change". We might find something else for her that will be useful, but she will have to be with us 100% with all her heart and strength.

    June 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Chris

    Cool, hope this will send her back to DC to work on the gas tax thing she promised. Her solution has been very ineffective so far...

    June 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Victor Shaw

    “the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period.”

    She will take all the time they give her and then they'll decide to give her more time because she is not gonna go away. They can continue to act chickens**t as long as they want, she will take full advantage.

    June 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Dan

    A grace period? What the heck have the last 3 months been? Anythiing short of a decisive conclusion to this primary Tuesday night is going to further divide this party...

    These senators are cowards, but I understand they are in a tough position. They are basically going to badly piss off 45% or 55% of there base... I see why they have continued to choose to punt.

    June 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Omegaman Dawg

    We are looking at the countdown for HRC to give it up!! Will should one please pull her tail that the process is OVER !!! Please UNITE with the party

    June 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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