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. stephanie

    Why did Obama, Edwards, Biden and Richardson voluntarily take their names off the ballot? Why did Obama, Edwards and Richardson jointly encourage their supporters to vote uncommitted? WHY?

    The DNC totally botched the Michigan count. This will be hard to reconcile with many Clinton supporters. It looks very dirty.

    June 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Rachel in MD

    This will soon be over. Our "leaders" have wanted to allow HRC to exit gracefully but there has been nothing graceful about this nomination. I am appalled at the depths to which Hillary has sunk in order to win. She has lied repeatedly and blamed others even when the facts have been presented to her. She has run a shoddy campaign with debts well over $20 million and her short-sightedness on planning beyond February 5th has been a poor reflection of her "35 years of experience."
    Thank God it's almost over!
    We are hungry for a leader of integrity that will implement a masterplan to get us out of the mess that we are in. If HRC cannot manage a primary campaign, she certainly cannot manage this country.

    June 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Spirit of America


    June 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. alee21

    A sure way to lose the general election. Never in the past 40+ years has there been a less qualified candidate for the Presidency, in real credentials and person integrity. No amount of affirmative action activism and bleeding heart liberals will salvage Obama's doomed run.

    June 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Texan for Obama

    It will be so refreshing to have this nasty campaign end. I sincerely hope Hillary and Bill Clinton will fade far away from the public eye. They have once again disgraced themselves and this entire primary. Thank God we had another option to McCain or Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. william

    Is this the person we want to stand behind, He has split our party in half and i do not think that he can beat McCain, The Republicans will destroy him.
    1. His wife has said she had never been proud to be american.
    2. His Preacher hates the united states.
    3. A major backer/Friends is a criminal and he took money from him.
    (oh gave it back after it hit the spot light)
    4. Thinks most poor people are bitter.
    5 Thinks he is better then most
    6. Only left his church after months of how hateful his church is toward the U.S.A and white people that don't bow down to them
    7. Took 20 years to do number 6.. Why did it take 20 years to make a easy choice like that, You dont have 20 years as president/
    8 Read his first book to see how he feels about white people
    \here is a quote

    In his first memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” Obama wrote:

    “I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites,”

    June 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Desmond Sequeira


    June 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. tj

    I know CNN never post my notes.
    All you, superdelegates can endorse your lovely golden boy.
    DNC can press and force you to back him.
    But fortunately DNC is forceless to do the same thing with voters.
    Nothing can force me and my friends, moderate democrats to vote for this phony candidate even if Hillary ask for this.
    I think it's time for democratic party to split. Hillary or Bill can be at the header of the party.
    We need a new party of moderate democrats and let's all left wingers stay with old party.
    We will see how it works.

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Rad

    Clntons cannot accept the loss. They will blame the DNC and will run as independent, just to ruin the chnces of Democrats

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Arron

    *puts a quarter in the jukebox*

    Clintofascists, this one's for you.

    Hey hey hey

    I heard a self-described 'progressive feminist' say on NPR today that she'll write in Clinton's name come the GE. Good on her! If enough do it and split the vote, in comes McCain with potentially three SC justices to replace with conservatives. The loss of Roe v Wade? Sounds like progressive feminism to me!

    Most reasonable HRC supporters have conceded she's lost and are ready to move forward with the party that refelcts their ideals, ideas, and goals.

    Its only the twisted, bitter souls who persist with the fiction (and it is fiction) of HRC as the rightful heir to the Democratic throne and refuse to at least consider supporting Obama.

    Whine made from sour grapes! Now who's got the cheese? ; )

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Geri

    Years from now we will read what a disaster Obama's years were.

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Eva

    If Hillary Clinton was in Obama's place, she would have already forced the superdelegates to take side. I hate she has demeaned herself, and she has supporters but she also has haters. She is definately not liked by Republicans because of loose Bill.

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Tina

    How much more 'grace period' do they need to give HRC. This is getting rediculous - are they that afraid of opposing the Clintons'? It would have made much more sense for most of the uncommitted Supers' to have endorsed whomever before the last Primary race, so that it wont appear as though they are putting the winning Nominee over the edge. If they wait until the end of the week, we are going to hear the Clinton supporters complain again.

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. adam

    just like the Democrats to send the weekest link to the general election. Republicans crawl from the woodwork in november and Obama is to liberal to pull this one off. I consider myself a liberal ,and i don't even like him.

    June 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Dealt

    Somebody will have to explain to Clinton that she's destroying the Democrat party with all that talk about marching on to Denver. Her maths are crazy, she'll bend an exact science into<any sort of curve that suits her.

    And if she doesn't care about the Democartic party (which I'd say she most clearly does not) maybe her followers will finally understand that she couldn't care less about Michigan and Florida, she wouldn't be urging them on like a pack of trained dogs if she was ahead.

    She's also tarnishing her name and her husband's legacy but then she also seems to be past caring for that.

    Party leaders say there will be plenty of time for uniting the party... but will there? Not with the kind of arguments she's been throwing around. She's creating a pack of fanatical followers and creating terrible damage and division. Sexism is playing a card in the race? Well, she plays it a lot... She's even got her followers into saying Obama is very sexist. Care to give an example instead of just repeating a false argument?

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. LAURA New York

    It is amazing that so many ignorant Obama supporters actually think Hillary is dividing the party and for that matter, America.

    Barack has the blame to carry for this.
    He is African American and White American – – why not run as what he is...instead of what is more fashionable and politically strategic?

    Seam From Florida actually wrote that, " It's cowardly leaders like Harry Reid that keep giving false hope to Clinton by remaining uncommitted." False hope to Hillary? Now you are gonna blame Harry Reid for Hillary staying in? She is in until there is a nominee. You and the rest of supporters like you, must all be quitters in life if you agree that it is ok to walk off the field before the whistle is blown to signal the end of the game.

    Hopefully you will quit politics in the same way, and not wake up to vote for a community organzier to run this great Nation in November.
    Even if you did, it would not matter, but he will not win.

    Let me also make something clear, i do not choose or vote for the canditate that the DNC or all of you think i should vote for.
    Therefore, I will not be voting for Obama....he is NOT my choice for candidate...and this is MY DECISION, not the fault of Hillary....but I am smarter to realize that all of you will fault her, and you will fault her when McCain wins in November.

    God Bless America – we will need all the help we can get. Look what happens when you put someone with NO EXPERIENCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    Go Hillary !! WE SUPPORT YOU 200%!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Obama the Hypocrite or McCain the Leader

    The title says it all. Obama is a shadow and an empty vessel. No original thoughts; no experience; naieve. The Democratic handlers of Obama (Kennedy, Kerry, Biden, Dodd, Pelosi, Reid, et al) cannot wait to get their arms around him and manage his every move – what a sham. We need a leader who is experienced and will not set this country back 20 years and polarize us worse than Bush – and that person is John McCain

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. dave

    This is reason I am not voting for Obama for all the Clinton haters out there. That's why we will never unite.

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. AJ

    Phil from VA and Beka – We will not unite behind your disgusting candidate. It's no longer democRat v. republican. For us now, it's about defeating Obama. If you think that the majority of Clinton supporters are going to support that arrogant empty suit, you have another thing coming. We can hold our noses and vote for McCain. Nose holding and voting for Obama won’t work. The stench coming from him, his wife and his supporters is too much for us. I urge all Clinton supporters to either vote McCain or stay at home in November. Obama will be a disaster.

    And to Bill Pike – Your candidate’s delusions of grandeur are rubbing off on you. Obama is more like G.W. Bush than Lincoln. They will be studying Obama in history all right – they will be studying the methods he used to con the idiots who support him.

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. DEW IC, IA

    Hopefully my voice will be heard on this blog this time, but if it's like it has been, it won't. lol

    At any rate, why give her a grace period. This is a race and no one has mistreated her anymore than any other candidate. No one has caused her more problems than her own mouth and own campaign. I wish she'd just lose gracefully, but that's not going to happen whether she is given a grace period or not.

    Go Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Howard

    I think it's time to get this foolishness settled as quickly as possible. I'm from a small village in Newfoundland , Canada and have thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment part of this contest. CNN have done a fantastic job of trying to figure out who will win and by how much. I think the CNN fellows like John Roberts and John King stay awake all night trying to figure out all the scenarios. I wonder what CNN is going to use for news when this is over. I get akick out of Wolf gettiong all excited and not giving himself time to speak whihout rushing his words. I also am disgusted with Lou Dobbs. This man must complain about his breakfast every morning just to get him in the negative mood. I think he has a bit of an ego also. And if he is so darn smart why doesn't he try and do something positive instead of using all his energy to destroy. Best of luck in your your reporting on the real election.

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Damian

    I'm not surprised. They don't truly feel Barack Obama is the best candidate, they just see the writing on the wall. Leave it to Harry Reid to continue to stick to his convictions and not endorse. Even though he is uncommitted it is obvious who he supports.

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Nick

    Hillary's campaign was a train wreck wrought with in-fighting, money problems and no understanding of the primary rules? What makes her supporters think she can run the country?
    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Karen in Fla

    Yeah – let the sheep fall in line on their way to the salughter.

    For about the fifteenth time – MANY of Hillary's supporters will NOT vote for Obama because we have NO CONFIDENCE in his ABILITY. It is not bitterness, it is not racism. Obama fell into this opportunity as an untested Senator with VERY LITTLE to recommend him other than charismatic speaking – and that only when it is previously written down for him. He has taken the easy way out on too many votes in the Senate – opting for "present" rather than taking a position. He can't do that in the Oval Office! But he thinks he is going to hop on a jet and go visit with the leaders of countries sheltering terrorists and no one has a problem with this naivete?

    Let's not get into the whole issue of Michelle Obama as the First Lady. While so many Obama supporters rant that Hillary should drop out (and have for months now – gee, I wonder why??? Afraid all the geese will come to roost?). Ironically enough, their choice for First Lady will not commit to support and vote for Hillary if she wins the nom. What does that say? More Do as I say not as I do.

    I don't trust them. I will vote for McCain before I will vote for another empty suit that I don't trust. Obama is the one more like Bush with empty promises. Remember where that got us... I didn't vote for Bush either time and I have had a clear conscience the last 7+ years. I will for the next 4 as well.

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. davange, NC

    Black & White finally together as one in Senator, I mean, President Obama. Let us all show the world that The United States is not just a name for our conutry, but a promise to America and the World!!

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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