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. True American

    Hillary has been given too much rope. After all her terrible conduct throughout this campaign its a wonder she hasnt been shown the door. If the tables were turned, Obama would have been forced out a long time ago.

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. mjc

    as soon as the obama camp lines their pockets enough, they'll come out and declare.

    way to go democrats, pick ANOTHER loser.

    obama nomination = mccain presidency.

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. anthony

    its sad to see people who are not real dems they are just for their canidate we should be on are way to smashing the repubs but its to many men still wearing a skirt under thier pants lookking for a woman to lead them just a bunch of wimps if your not a true dem just step

    June 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Dumbfounded

    Mercedes – "Please endorse Sen. Obama as soon as possible. He is aging so fast and more slimmer than when this election began. The way he is going he may get weak."

    Of all the things you could have said, that is what you have to say? My god, ignorance is bliss.

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Brianna

    Can you image Clinton as VP
    Obama better sleep with on eye open her recent remarks make on think that she will do anything to get what she wants

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Rob

    Am I the only person who sees that since Hillary won't be the nominee this time she is sabotaging Obama and will simply run again in 2012?

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Michelle

    I am so glad this is almost over. Go Obama!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Paula

    CNN needs to update the delegate count.Other news sites all show him only needing 44.

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Mike in IL

    I guess we all better get ready for another Republican as President... Obama can not win in November and that has been very obvious for the last month... If he was such a strong candidate he should have won all the remaining contests... instead he still can not win with out the help of the superdelegates...

    I voted for Obama and I can see the writing on the wall... Clinton has proven that with her support she is actually the stronger general election candidate... it seems that the democratic base is not willing to support Obama...

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Laura

    She should stay in. The American people are still voting for her–now more than ever. That should tell the superdelegates something. Things would be very different right now if we would have known more about Obama in the earlier days of this campaign. It's like now, his supporters and the DNC can admit they've made a mistake. Since when do we push out the stronger candidate? Don't give up Senator Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Peg

    Lets come together as Democrats and Americans. We cannot afford four more years of Bush/McCain. Neither can our children....

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Margi

    Grace period – she has had a lengthy grace period and taken advantage of it by refusing to bow out GRACEFULLY!

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Marty Ohio

    Here's the thing let's do a little math. A democrat can't win an election in this country it hasn't happened since 1976 and since then electoral votes have moved to red states and they are well protected by the red states. Clinton only won because it was a three party election ( Perot) other than that it hasn't really been that close. The best the blues can do is to get Gore's electoral map but that wouldn't be enough either. If they had Gore's map and New Hampshire they would still lose. Its all based in math, Obama or any Demcrat can't win they would need Florida or Ohio and neither one are possible. Its simple math.

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. carolflowery

    If you think West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, and Michigan will vote for this blantant liar you have got to be kidding me, all the speeches in the world he gives will not make them forget what he did or didnt do, most of it what he didnt do which is normal from this jump-up candidate

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Mary Smith

    Good, about time they got rid of that woman, she worse than bad news, she's a recurring nightmare. Poor Bill Clinton!!

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. D-Man

    I am a Hillary Supporter who will now support Obama. I am a democrate and I said I would support Obama if Hillary lost and I now will through my support behind Obama 100%. There is no way I would vote for McCain I served in the military and was educated on the G.I. Bill,but it did not cover much. So how can McCain vote against the new G.I. Bill that will give more toward the education of our troops who has given so much in this crazy war. They deserve everything we can give them and the troops who was killed their child should be able to use the G.I bill for their education. How can McCain ask us to support our troops when he does not.

    Democrates in 2008

    June 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. nafta

    NAFTA was the down fall of the Clinton machinery.

    The independents saw through the mistruths and will bring Obama
    the presidency.

    He stayed the high road- a leader for the future

    June 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Isaac

    If she continues on with the contest beyond Tuesday and tries to strong arm the superdelegates into switching their vote, then all she'll accomplish is making a sizable portion of her own superdelegate supporters switch to Obama. NO ONE wants this to drag on any further, and NO ONE likes a bully!

    June 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. ChaChaCha

    BE CAREFUL, Ralph and Debby, you might have to eat your words and your actions. "NEVER SAY NEVER:"!!

    I think the DNC came out STRONG and RIGHT ON! The RULES had been made and were agreed upon by all candidates. THIS was not an issue to argue going towards the nomination. THIS was not a candidates business to try to change. SO IT IS DONE. I am proud of the DNC's handling of a situation that should not have been a situation for them at all. FOR THE STATES, yes, since they broke the rules. OBAMA is being very kind and frankly, I wouldn't have been, and that is why I am running for any office. BS is BS and to call it by any other name is nonsense.

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I look forward to hearing Clinton give a gracious concession speech within the week if not sooner.

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Kristen

    Well it has certainly taken long enough. Good for them and Good for Obama. Obama 08 !!

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Steve

    I'm just glad that they're all listening to their constituents – just like Sen Byrd did..............................OOPS!

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. TYE

    This party looks like its trying to come together for the good of the party and the country. I just hope if this happens they wont lose what americans have said and showed over the last four years. We want change. First the house now comes the white house.

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. AJ, IL

    Finally. The news stories throughout this morning are starting to make sense, i.e. Hillary giving her "celebration" speech in New York city.

    Democrats after June 3rd, its time to unite behind our "presumptive" nominee, Barack Obama!

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Dutchboy52

    Some will move on Tuesday so Obama can reach his magic number.

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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