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. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Come on you guys everyone knows laughter is the best medicine and Dubbya and his cast of unsavory characters have provided continual fodder for world wide email jokes on daily basis for the past 7 years. John McCain has shown he is capable of continuing this trend and since his supporting cast will be from the same pool as Dubbya's there isn't any reason to believe we won't be entertained in the same way for the next 4 years. Anyone who doesn't vote McCain in November is being greedy by simply putting their own welfare ahead of entertaining the world.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. bill for barack

    Why should Clinton be shown a 'grace period" when Clinton has shown that she has no grace....or decency...or a sense of committment to anything bigger than herself ..... ?

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Chi4Obama

    Now that Obama will win the nomination based on delegate count, isn't it time for HRC to change the rules of the game again??

    What is her next argument going to be now? Probably something to the affect that we should abandon the delegate system altogether, and just focus on the "popular vote" totals. More specifically, we should only focus on the popular votes in states that she has won. She could actually be the Democratic nominee under that scenario (sacrasm).

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Bill from Alabama

    P.S.: Mat............ Obama isn't the Party,in case you haven't noticed. Clinton has the popular vote,even though she has been purposely disenfranchised from her core supporters this entire election. Can you imagine what kind of support she would have garnered if States hadn't been closed to Independents,If States had voted instead of causing,If States like Tx hadn't voted and caucused.,if some States hadn't been awarded extra delegates for moving their elections back,while Fl. and Mich. were striped of all of theirs til recently.......and then only a mockery of justice was extended? It would have been a different race from the beginning.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. ozzie

    Clinton is working for vp spot. Obama will be the next president. Americans love leos. Leos lose only to aquarians in the U.S.. McCain is a virgo. In the end, it is a matter of personality preferences.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Rick from Bowie

    This is why Democrats struggle-show some leadertship!!!! To delay the nomination process so that HRC and Billy don't get angry??? Delays mean the party is progressively weaker. Make the vote now and let's move on.

    Tell the lady it is time to move aside and now cash in the chips you earned putting her dirt bag husband in the white house. Make her support the party just as she's been supported in the past.

    Obama outwitted, outstrategized, and out campaigned clinton, and handled the campaign attacks like a statesman. I think the powers understand that Obama is going to get a lot of people involved in the political process and they will have a sense of empowerment that clinton cannot deliver. Part of me thinks that Obama should tell her that he does not need or desire her endorsement.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Jim

    The rhetoric above is why Clinton supporters WILL NOT vote for the JUNIOR Senetor. His supporters are as vile as the Reverend Wright.

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Jill

    This is a mistake, Hillary Clinton has become a loose cannon on the deck.

    Those of us who are female and do not support her get plenty of negative "sexist" remarks hurled at us as well. Plus the threats to transfer to McCain if they do not get their way. Plus attacks that are far worse against Obama. Like an "inadquate black man by one of her vitriolic supporters.

    This is like seeing a dysfunctional family try to appease a very spoiled and immature child in a restaurant. First one sympathizes, then it gets boring and soon all anyone outside the obessive family circle wants is to have them take the child outside. If nothing else the low turnout in Puerto Rico should be a clear signal that the public has had enough of the Primary Campaign.

    All it proved and continues to prove is how low the Clintons will go and letting them do it, reflects on the Party itself.

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. ClintonSpinsHerDonors

    Some one needs to put this evil woman to sleep. We can not have this woman do this to our party give her a boot and let's focus on John McBush.

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. TC

    So what is Clinton doing?
    Destroying the Democratic party.


    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Greg

    Narcissists go hard!!! Does HRC intend to take the party down with her? Oh forgot, in her mind, she is the DNC.

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. MovingOn

    What you Clinton supporters fail to realize is that if you don't support Obama he will lose but on the flip side if Obama supporters don't support Clinton she would lose. The party is divided and neither one can win at this point. Is it fair to ask that the slightly higher majority of Obama supporters pull behind Clinton while you stand their claiming if the shoe was on the other foot you would vote Republican?

    It's time for the lies and distortions to end. Obama ran a perfect campaign and beat the super star that was suppose to win, and he beat her within the rules set at the beginning. It's time for people to grow up and put the country first and put the hatred behind.

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Yup

    Imagine that.....it takes the Democrats almost eternity to begin to lead. No wonder they can never win no matter how favorable their odds are!

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    I wonder how much $$ Senator CLinton's campaign now owes. I still believe she wants Obama & his outstanding fundraising machine to help her in the repayment of some of that debt, if not all of it.

    June 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. eric

    good, i'm ready to see the first presidential debate.

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Carol

    If they do they will be handing the election to McCain. People you need to listen. The Clinton people are not kidding. THEY WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Uncle Sam

    Q: Who was the last Democratic nominee to lose the popular vote?
    A: George McGovern.

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. joy


    i totally agree with you
    and in 8 years we will back clinton and she can make history to

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. s

    To bill Pike:

    Your comments just gave me goose bumps (in a positive way). I agree. thanks! 🙂

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. ANGIE

    well its about time now come hillary supporters lets unite beat old mcsame get the repubs out and the dems in you all no thats the right thing to do UNITE UNITE UNITE UNITE to WIN

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. evelyn

    This sounds so interesting and I wish to see this come to past this week and all focus will be directed towards the general election come Nov. Hillary the game is up, the maths is against you, the smart ones can't stand the sight of you because you just makes us SICK!

    June 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |

    I have a very 'cautious' smile on my face....

    (i really don't think anybody can take this thing being dragged on for two more months until the convention.....)

    I think even the news outlets (who are greatly benefiting from this unnecessarily prolonged battle) are ready for it to be done...

    June 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. daniel

    whatever..Hillary is the only option and the only way the Democrats will take over the white house....she's the real deal, she's a fighter, she's experienced, and she should win....obama is a puppet and has no back bone and doesn't have a chance in november...everybody needs to stop getting on the obama bandwagon and think for yourselves...HRC all the way

    June 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Bridget

    I think a grace period is respectful to Senator Clinton and she should bow out with grace on June 4, rather than keep trying to press on.

    It only divides the party further for her to engage in this fantasy that superdelegates are going to change their minds, not to mention the fact that everyone else's math shows her not winning the popular vote despite her trying to disenfranchise caucus states' votes by claiming to have the popular vote lead.

    June 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Vilsack an idiot

    It may be over, but not for hillary, for Vilsack. If Obama gets the nomination, in order for the Dems not to lose the Oval Office (which they will with obama), I urge Senator Clinton to run as an Independent Presidential candidate – She will trounce both Obama and McCain in any sort of electoral contest.

    June 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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