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. Dancindukes

    Hillary – Take a line from Nancy Regan " Just Say No " to continuing your run for president. It's not going to happen. But it's your money, and your debts to pay.

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

    How is Reid going to call for the other supers to declare while he remains uncommitted?? How about a little "leading by example" here??

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    Please super delgates put your support to Obama, we all know that she has something planned to stay in this race. And we all know it will be a very sad time, cause the clintons will do any thing to get in. So Hillary good luck on your way ou

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Too bad

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Watermann

    did she gave a grace period to the DNC?

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Allan

    People who oppose Obama keep claiming, "We really don't know him very well."

    But the US Senators who are his colleagues and work along side him day in and day out overwhelmingly prefer him to Hillary Clinton, another one of their colleagues with whom they have worked 4 years longer than with Obama.

    I trust their judgment.

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. William

    We must go forward and support Obama now and put an end
    to the catastrophic failures of the current President and his legacy of debt, death, and destruction of the American dream.... . and he still has no clue in how to govern!

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. william

    Ok lets see if CNN allows comments. Funny that anything bad about NOBAMA they close the comments after just one comment or dont allow any. DNC understand this NO HILLARY then there will be no DEM in the white house period.

    Hillary or McCain,

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. No Hillary

    "Harry Reid will remain uncommitted until Clinton officially drops out". I believe this is unacceptable. If you are a LEADER you have to make tuff decisions so others can follow you. You are a bad leader Mr. Reid. You will never ever get my vote again.

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. J Hallmark

    Just like politicians : always a day late and a dollar short. If they are going to endorse, why not now ? That way Obama can declare as the winner Tuesday after Montana and S. Dakota.

    Hillary can still do a lot of damge in two days with her popular vote delusion and other false claims. She has no more won the popular vote than my cat. Obama has the most votes, the most pledged delegates and the most super delegates. He has run a superb campaign while hers has been a fiasco with high drama.

    They want to spare her feelings. Pulease !! When has she spared his feelings.

    We are going to beat McCain and you can take that to the bank !!

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Kelby from Houston, TX

    We have become so caught up in Nominating process. We have got to put this behind us. At this point, it does not matter who the Democratic nominee is. They both agree on all the improtant issues anyway. The important thing that the party must focus on is advancing the Democratic platform of belief, practices and ideals.

    We must. We have established a clear difference between the GOP and the democratic party and we have the more favorable view.

    June 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Dee, St. Louis

    Hillary supporters and Republicans blogging as Operation Chaos, it is over. Obama will be the next President of the United States. HA....HA.....HA Get over it!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Elisabeth

    Obama may never win.

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

    HRC fought for all deligates to be seated..MI and FL. that was all done this weekend. what will she stand on now. she is still not happy with that decision. that woman is never satified. I am soooo tired of this and the party thanks to her is in ruins. I hope and pray that we will all come together behind OUR nominee who will be Barak Obama to defeat the repubs. lets not fight one another anymore..no more harsh words..let join together for the real cause..taking back the white house from the repubs and clean up our country..the fight is not Dems vs Dems is should be Dems vs Repubs.. lets fight the real fight now Please!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. carolflowery

    "uncommited" means these folks are crazy they just havent been commited yet vote em out of their seats when the time comes, send em all home

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. beverly

    no matter what you give hillary it will never be enough, every one knows what she wants, nothing else will do, she not true to her word she flip floped when it came to florida and michigan, she will do anything even throw the kitchen sink to get what she wants. that does not make a good president it make her a dangerous one. SHE NOT HONORABLE NOR IS SHE TRUSTWORTY, PLUS SHE LIES

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Lee

    So we had 8 years of a puppet, some one who knew nothing and everybody else did his work for him, so great and good luck Dems if he gets in which is a long shot you will have 4 years of another puppet and another fool that has no clue on what to do as i said GOOD LUCK. How much longer do we put up with unexperienced liars.

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. terrance


    OBAMA '08

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Tony

    Senator Hillary Clinton supporters, let's all unite behind John McCain and beat Obama in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. JJ in NY

    Will she stay in the race ?

    Let's see how stupid hillary really is ...............

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Dena in SC

    Ralph, if you are so sure Obama will never win then you don't sound like a happy camper to us Obama supporters. We know we are backing a winner!!!!!! The super D's know it too. I trust their experience over yours any day.

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. PSmith

    Clinton democrats unite!

    Vote McCain and we will get it back in 2012!

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. victoria


    Too bad…they are going to be backing a loser!!!
    Obama will NEVER win!!!!

    GET OVER IT! Isn't that what Hillary is, a LOSER?
    Get a grip! We all need to come together in November and stop this petty arguing.

    June 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. marylou, colorado

    It's only a matter of time until Obama gets the nomination, so Hillary and Bill should best be folding their political tent and fade into obscurity. It's OVER, the orchestra has gone home, so the last one out turn out the lights.

    June 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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