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. Deb of RI

    The Democratic Party is going dowwwwwwwwwwwwwwn! This will forever live in the History books NOT speeches nor writings by Obama.
    McCain 08'

    June 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Concerned Democrat

    They can endorse Sen. Obama until their last breath but it doesn't mean that he will be the next President of the United States. A poll conducted in Michigan after Saturday's fiasco at the DNC rules committee shows that John McCain would win this state. Saturday did not do anything to help Obama, especially since he was awarded 4 delegates that he did not even win.

    June 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Wise White Guy

    She has had way too much grace period already. It is clear her intentions are not good for the party and it is time to end this on Tuesday night. I cannot believe how much people are afraid of Hillary and it makes me that much happier that she is not going to get even more power by getting the nomination. This American is breathing a big sigh of relief!

    June 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Clinton tromped Obama in Puerto Rico. That should say something to the Super Delegates. News organizations like CNN, especial Jack Cafferty have made Obama the darling of CNN. And given Clinton the shaft. All Cafertys question of the hour or day have all had a leaning to make Clinton look bad. After obama gets the nomination, I for one will quit watching CNN and might even write the sponsors and let them know how "The Most Trusted Name" is NOT. I think all Clinton Supporters should stand up and vote for McCain and show people like CNN that your pick is not going to be forced on us. My family are all from Michigan and Florida – their voting for McCain after this travesty.

    June 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. MD in OK

    Hillary feels that the nomination belongs to her because she has been planning for this day for years. Now that she is losing she is hurt, and it pains her to see the nomination go to Obama. I don't believe it has anything to do with race; she's just vindictive. She's has thrown everything at Obama to see that she wins. It's amazing that a lot of her supporters are willing to believe the spin she and her advisors are spewing.

    June 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Kiah

    Uh-oh the HRC supporters won't like that!

    June 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Tim

    I'd like to respond to the ardernt HRC supporters from this blog and the 'Vilsack' blog. You have every right to stand by your candidate. She is an amazing politician and a truly remarkable woman.

    However, calling Obama supporters "stupids" and bashing the other candidate is counter productive. Many site their aversion to Obama's elitism. Hillary and Bill made $110M last year. They are as close as it comes to a royal family in America. One cannot possibly make a legitimate run at the presidency without being elite.

    So you would prefer to vote for McCain over Obama. Why I ask? Because McCain is not an elitist? Because he shares your values more than Obama? Or have you been duped by the Clintons into thinking that Obama robbed HRC of the nomination? Obama did not make the decisions regarding MI & FL. Further, those contests were held very early when Obama wasn't as well known. I guarantee that Obama would have done much better than 33% in FL and 40% in MI (if he'd even been on the ballot). If you can't bring yourself to vote for Obama for a legitimate reason, just don't vote, or vote for Barr. It would be irresponsible as a democrat to vote for John McCain. I will you agree that McCain has more experience than Obama. Sometimes judgement is more powerful than experience. Bush has 7 years of presidential experience, yet he continues to destroy America's prospects on a daily basis.

    Again, I sympathize with the HRC supporters, but don't vote for McCain out of spite.

    June 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. NObama

    Yes, sadly it is time for Hillary to call it a day. The democrats have made the same mistake, YET AGAIN. They didn’t learn in 2000, 2004, and now in 2008 they have the same liberal democrat as their nominee again!

    Don't worry, nobody will be able to call you a quitter when you run against McCain in 2012!

    June 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Leo - Arizona

    It's been a long haul. Let's finally end this thing and move on to the GE. Bitter people can continue to grumble for awhile, and then make a decision: either go home or support what we have been saying all along. Our message has not altered, our campaign has been solid and steady. Management has been superb. All through this campaign the Obama team has been solid as a rock and we have accomplished what at one time was unthinkable. Well folks, it's time to start believing ...

    GO OBAMA !!!

    YES WE CAN !!!


    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Neutral

    Hillary is displaying all the characteristics of an African leader – Mobutu, Mugabe etc. If she were in Africa that's exactly how she will behave. Sad.

    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Jaime

    The superdelegates are the ones tearing the party apart. If only they had stepped up and supported one candidate or the other many many months ago, we would not be in this ridiculous position. I am personally tired of the whole Obama/Clinton saga and i wish the supers would do what they are required to do : Support one of the 2 already !!!!! Clinton has damaged herself and her chances of ever winning in November by playing dirty politics and continually bringing new theories on who should be the nominee. Why cant she just follow the rules on how a nominee is selected? Her own campain managers stated in the beginning that popular votes do not nominate a candidate, its delegate count that matters. So what is all this talk about popular vote? Lets not forget that the woman is a politican and as she said, a fighter, so anyone expecting her to do the honorable thing needs to come down to Earth. She wont do the honorable thing, she wants to win, she is a politician. The super delegates therefore need to grow a pair and support one of them NOW. Dont be expecting either candidate to leave. They will need to be pushed out and thats what the supers need to be doing. We are all sick of this mockery of the Democratic party by party members themselves. Geez !!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Lorna, NY

    At this point, I don't really care who the nominee is, I just want to start on John McCain....he has gotten a free ride.

    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. larry

    Time for Hilary to go independent so we dont have to vote McCain, but i see no other choice.

    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. denesem

    I'm just an observer of US politics, but all the way out here in the Caribbean, HRC is giving women a bad name: 'women are irrational and never know when enough is enough". She may spoil the chances of the next female running for a top post.

    Somebody, anybody pls help her get off the train!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Wake Up Democrats!!!

    All of you that say that you will vote for McCain if your candidate is not the nominee...think about what you're saying!! Sure you may dislike some of the statements written on this blog...statements from people you don't know and don't know you. But are you seriously ready to give another 4 years to policies that have put the U.S. in economic shambles. Clinton's and Obama's stances on many of the issues that concern the American citizen are more similar than anything McCain will produce.

    I would just implore that you really think about the choice that you're making for yourself...for your children....is this truly the how we want to remember ourselves. It's one thing to vote for McCain if you truly support his agenda, but just because your candidate of choice didn't get the nomination...are we really that immature?? We have an awesome opportunity set before us...the first woman President or the first black President, two candidates that can bring a fresh look to American politics....and we're ready to dismiss that because someone on a blog said some mean things....Come on people....WAKE UP!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. tiuliama

    *** It's cowardly leaders like Harry Reid that keep giving false hope to Clinton by remaining uncommitted. What is he afraid of? This is the reason Clinton keeps trucking along. Someone needs to put her to sleep. ***

    What you expect from politicians ? All are opportunist. Its never about the the people ! Its all about themselves, stupid !

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. BigAce

    Has anyone noticed the mantra of the HRC supporters now that they are comming to the realization that their candidate will not be crowned? And they say OBAMA supporters are mean and vicious, we could learn a few things from them.

    Now that their candidate has lost, they want to take their ball and go home or better yet, tell Johnnie McSame that he's their new BFF because OBAMA would let HRC win like it has been pre-ordained for her to win.

    I'm totally confused by the White women who say that OBAMA doesn't understand them or does'nt share their values. It's okay to say that you don't like him for whatever reason, but please don't insult our intellegence with these contribed reasons.


    So in essence you are putting down your own. And what values do you have that OBAMA does not share? I see a lot of vague general statements, but no specific examples. Please elighten us OBAMABOTS.

    I'm sure the OBAMA's and Clintons will do quite well under 8 more years of the bush policy being carried out by McSame. The bigger question is how will your family make out when gas reaches $8 a gallon and their jobs are shipped over seas.

    Not being elected president will be a disappointment to OBAMA, but they will survive, any maybe give it another run. But that means 8 years of torture for loyalty to a candidate and not your values.

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Patricia

    It has been over for HRC for a very long time, she should pull up her pantsuit and go home, this is really disgraceful for her to continue dragging this out and has put her as a very sore loser. I am really getting to the point of losing all respect for her and the good things she could do as a powerful Senator.

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Wayne

    To those Hillary supporter who keep saying they will not vote in November or worse will vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee:

    Can you give an intelligent response as to why that might be the case given the major similarities in Clinton and Obama's positions on issues and the similarities between McCain's and George W. Bush's position on issues?

    Do you really want another 4 years of the Bush administration?
    Do you really want a man who is anti-choice, anti privacy rights, anti-equal pay for equal work, pro torture, pro war and who will continue to follow Bush's economic policies to win the White House because your candidate didn't win the nomination?

    I have supported Obama from the beginning but I knew from the start that if Hillary or any other Democrat was successful over my candidate, they would definitely have my support and my vote in November.

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. jackie

    Go obama all the way.
    Lets deal deal with the real issue now. Mcsame.

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Shawn T

    Lets completely OVERLOOK the FACTs that:

    Clinton lied, used every mudslinging tactic in the GOP handbook, is worth $109 million but calls Obama elititst, ran a trainwreck of a campaign that went from a sure-shot victory to losing to an unknown black man, ran into a $20 million debt, cannot even beat Obama but claims to be the stronger candidate against McCain, bends rules to falsely claim she has the popular vote, agreed to MI and FL disqualifications when it suited her, played the race and gender cards, discounted ALL economists and endorsed the oppositon's gas tax holiday, doesn't have the grace to respectfully accept defeat, is damaging the party, and is squandering her sponsors' money on what is now CLEARLY a lost cause.

    Lets COMPLETELY overlook all of the above and vote for McCain (and all the good things that will come with him) based on the SUSPICION that Obama is a closet muslim who hates America, and cite 'inexperience' as the reason.

    Yeah Hillary supporters, your continued support speaks volumes about you.

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. stowey

    RALPH you are bias and will never see the truth.there are Times and SEASON. this is OBAMA time wake up from your slumber.

    June 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. w spivey

    President Obama, congratulations on a job well done. By coming this far, you have shown that you can handle the terrorists and the negative media. Now let's go and kick some cans (Republicans that is) Great job.

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Ted:Canada

    20 Billion dollars a MONTH! You are squandering in Iraq!
    Gets the real contest going fast! You cannot afford to delay!
    Give it to Obama and the Democrats so they can start dealing with an INCREDIBLE republican failure!!

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Brad Burklow, Harrisburg, IL

    Yeah Ralph, that Obama is just the biggest loser on the planet. He has generated more excitement and new voters than any presidential campaign in history. He's ahead of Clinton and McCain on average in national polling despite being swiftboated by HRC and the Republican Party for the past year. I can remember a lot of people saying how he didn't stand a chance to win the nomination, yet he has built more than a campaign...he has built a movement that will be nearly impossible to defeat in Novemeber given the state of the economy and the unpopular war. What have you done lately Ralph?

    June 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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