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. Didi

    HILLARY, these people DO NO DESERVE YOU!
    Take a look around and form a NEW PARTY!

    Democratic party is a big goulash , write now.

    Clintons are good , heard working , smart, very advanced!
    Many people will follow you!

    You have made them , now they are trashing you!

    That is enough!!!
    Love you Clintons!

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Len in Washington

    Ok. Now when this is over...we all need to work on getting the Democratic Nominee elected this fall. It's time to stop all the nasty rhetoric, bury the hatchets and join as one to stop McCain and his cronies. A Republican in the White House got us into all this and we don't need to see it happen for another four years.

    Come on folks....Vote "Democrat !"

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Dan, NJ

    If Senator Clinton is such a "tough fighter" why is she being treated with kid gloves? Try as the Dems will to avoid it, she will cry "gender" when she loses and a number of mostly older women will believe the lie. The truth is if any other candidate were in her position, this would already be over.

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. NObama

    Sure they will~!

    Obama has donated more $ to superdelegates through his PAC's

    I will be writing in Hillary Clinton in the fall

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Bukky

    Obama should bring out all the superdelegates as soon as the winners of the tuesdays elections are announced. All he needs is 46. Name em. even if she won't stop she will have OFFICIALLY lost.

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Clinton & her suporters must think the rest of us are utter idiots – we've all seen and heard the divisive things she has said and done since February, she's used every low-down, dirty tactic available to her, she's quoted Rove, she used O'Reilly @ FOX as a platform, she used ABC to her benefit (a shameful use of a "debate"), her surrogates have said the most dreadful racist things about Obama, she went back on her word and her "pledge" (isn't a "pledge" a promise, your word?") regarding FL & MI, she and her supporters have claimed the "popular" vote, to claim to have won MI too all of which is a down right lie, "COUNT ALL VOTES" – except those that didn't vote for me!!!???? What kind of person is she??? What kind of example is that for our children??? She has lied and cheated her way through the nomincation struggle – without dignity, honor, ethics or morales.
    That's the person the Clinton people want in the WH – thank goodness for all the sane people out there who have used GOOD JUDGMENT and RATIONAL thinking – something sadly lacking in the Clinton's!!!
    She's a fraud – PETER PAUL VS CLINTONS – go on line, check it out!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. John M

    When will Obama supporters realize they're only defeating themselves by continuing to criticize and insult Hillary and her supporters? You're going to need them in November when Obama is the nominee. Hillary supporters really won't need you then, and your continuing insults only drive them farther away. Take a lesson from your own candidate – don't attack those you still need support from in November. Which is dumber? A Democrat voting for McCain or staying home because their candidate didn't win the nomination the Democratic nominee's supporters trashing the very people they need support from to win the presidency? Either way, Democrats lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Myke C

    The superdelegate should be brave enough to save their party. They have treated HRC fair enough over Florida and Michigan. Obama should not suffer for been obedient to the set rules of the party as such HRC should stop decieving herself and like minds that she won popular votes.Can she please tell us the total number of votes Obama got from Florida and Michigan.
    HRC knew for long that she will not get the nomination,the Clintons are trying to sell their daughter Chelsea. They should not divide the party in doing so. She have to accept defeat and let the democrats unite to face the fall,else Clinton is ceding the oval house to Mc Cain indirectly.

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Sheri


    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    Move out of the way Senator McCain we will STOMP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Sally in Dallas

    These Senators are just chicken. They want to endorse Obama AFTER Clinton withdraws so that it won't tarnish their standing with Clinton. THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF POLITICS THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE IN WASHINGTON - politicians afraid to act on their conscience. If more had done this back in 2002 and 2003, we might not be in Iraq.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Delton

    Really Hillary. It's time to go.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Harm

    In front of the whole world she shows her weakness: stubborn, selffish, talking controverse about anyrhing.
    We are witness of her lies, cheating and twisting like a row.
    Does she and her supporters really believe her and expect she can be the trustworthy President of America? I don't think so.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Marc, Toronto

    One would think the DNC would want Obama to make his victory speech in St. Paul tomorrow night, site of the GOP national convention later this year.

    2 super delegates so far today. About 20 more to go. Common ladies and gents.

    On a side note doesn't Senator John McCain remind you of DR. EVIL from the Austin Powers series, especially when he does his overused TWO FINGER-TWO HAND QUOTATION GESTURE WHILE RELYING ON HIS GOOD OLD TELEPROMPTER? HE KILLS ME. HOW CAN ANYONE TAKE HIM SERIOUS AS A LEADER OF A COUNTRY?

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Kevin in St Louis

    It's time for democrats to focus on McCain and healing the divisions in the party. Obama has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to win the most states, the most delegates and the popular vote when including caucuses. The supporter delegates need to decide as the democratic nominee ASAP. The cost of waiting will be severe and offer very little chance of winning in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. paolo brandi

    ...“the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period.”.... Well, I think she earlier had plenty of moments to drop out gracefully! Come on! Enough. Gentlemen!

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Chip in Puerto Rico


    OBAMA.. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. jennifer

    I don't expect to see this message on CNN but I will try anyway. Obama and Pfleger go back twenty years as friends. Pfleger was a major supporter in Obama's 2000 election. Obama called him a guest pastor like they are strangers! Pfleger's picture was on Obama's campaign website till this Hillary hate "sermon". How many racist friends does Obama have? What does this say about Obama and his true feelings?

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Andrew

    It Is About Time!

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. No McSame

    The truth. I could see myself voting for Hillary or Obama because they are about the same, which is good. I thought that they would make a great team no matter who was at the top of the ticket. But I got turned off by the way Hillary began to play the race card and push the people apart. Obama stayed the course and on point the whole time. At one time I even thought that Obama maybe should let her have the front because he is younger and has more time to get the training for the next eight years,that is if she did a good job. It's a shame how this thing has turned out. Now McSame may win and more American lives will be lost because of it.
    What are we going to do?

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Tx4HILLARY

    Don't you just love the arrogant, negative and nasty Obama supporters who have never caught the so-called positivity his campaign touts?

    The naive will lead us right into defeat in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. w spivey

    I'm sorry that the delegates are taking so long. It would be nice if they would commit today or tomorrow so that President Obama could make his Victory speech tomorrow night and take the air from the Blimp and her tie down husband.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Belle

    Because this is a PRO CLINTON post, CNN will be sure to leave it in the Moderation bin....

    Clinton LEADS Obama by 183,000 total votes. So BEFORE you call Clinton supporters idiots...you might want to keep in mind, in order to unify the party...those that support Senator Clinton do so because of HER experience and the belief that she would make a better President.

    In effect you are calling 17.6 million people idiots. Do you REALLY want to go there Obama supporters? Keep up your hatred...you will ensure a McCain Presidency. YOU are NOT doing Obama any favors right now.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Laura

    There is no chance in H- that I will ever vote for Obama. He needs to take his lying butt out of the race. Everytime he comes on television, I have to turn it off... He literary makes me ill and you dont know what you are getting this country into voting him in. He plays a good show but I am not buying it.....Run as a independant HILLARY and kick him back where he belongs.....HILLARY 2008

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Michelle, Indiana

    Why are they giving her a grace period?? They're bending over backwards for her and I cannot understand why! She's done nothing to try to unite the party but to divide it even further, she's lied to us repeatedly, whines like a spoiled brat, moves the goal posts to suit her needs, twists everything, and has played the race and gender cards. I'm appalled to claim she's of the same gender as me let alone from the same country. Send her to political purgatory on the fast train where she belongs!

    Please good people of New York, remove her from the Senate floor at her next re-election.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Matthew

    Good jobs Dems, you've ensured at least four years of a John McCain administration. Truth be told, I'll likely vote for him over Obama. At least I know where he stands.

    June 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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