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. one nation under god!!!!

    Fact check time kids(obama supporters).Economy not in a ression,War in Iraq all but won,Gas has risen 2 dollars a gallon during the democrat controlled congress and thanks to jimmy "anti-semite " carters undermining of national security we have no choice but to strike iran.But please dont let the facts get in the way of electing this tomato can.

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Linda

    I don't understand what the Clintons have over these people. . . Afraid of pounding Hillary Clinton. . . If she were a man would you be afraid to pound on "him"? I don't understand.

    If these supers already know who they are going to back, why wait? Wouldn't it be better for the states' primaries to be the deciding factor to put Obama over the edge, and not the supers?

    What are you people waiting for?

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Wake-Up America

    This campaign has gone beyond politics. It's a right-down racial war that has been all too familiar in america and it's sickening. To think that a person can not run for the oval office because their skin color beyond me.

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. deep_eye

    "Senators don't want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period?????" WHAT HAVE THE PAST TWO AND ONE HALF MONTHS BEEN?

    She is not getting it, this is over, it has been over, done, finished, through – wrap it. Start declaring now. Every day this agony is prolonged serves McCain's agenda.

    Obama and McCain should have been in deep, meaningful debates and discussions showcasing each other's plans, tactics and strategies by now. Instead, Obama has had to spend this time deflecting and defending against every half-witted allegation and charge this vile gasbag has thrown at him and still she lost – GET ON WITH IT!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Angel for Obama

    This is great news for the Obma camp. This parade is pretty much finally over. Glad to se those senators will make the right decison. "YES WE CAN"

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    June 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. anthony

    Clinton and her supporters seem to be living in denial. If my 3rd grade son can understand the delegate math why can't she. The math is simple and clear to see. She does not even seem to be affected by the fact that the republicans are not even mentioning her name in their campaign, but Obama's. She's out there campaigning on her own fighting against a concrete wall. She can't raise money because people have no confidence in her so she begs for money in each and every speech she gives. You never hear such from Obama.

    She wants to do whatever it takes to win the nomination

    GO OBAMA!!

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Marie in California

    It ain't over until the woman in the pant suit says it's over. If she does that, then my allegiance will have to switch to McCain for November.

    No Abomination in the Presidency!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. frank

    Why be so considerate of Clinton....I voted for her in Del. primary but her team blew it in caucus states. I wish I hadn't voted for her now after watching her campaign trying to cheat and change the rules in the middle of the game. These Senators need to cowboy up to the plate today and help this party win in November.

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. V Independent

    Folks EVERYONE has a right as citizens to vote and the superdelegates included have the right for whom and when they so desire. Are some of you "good citizens" suggesting stomping on the constitution of the United States? I hope not. It will end when it will end. Stop the whining on both sides.

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Sharon

    I think some should endorse before Tuesday night. That way it's the primaries that put him over the top instead of fellow senators. I personally would rather be beaten by the primary then to be beaten by my colleagues.

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Obama Fan

    If Hillary would steal the nomination from Obama with one of her dirty tricks, not only Michelle has to think about voting in november for the clintons, but 20 million people supporting Obama. Period.

    So she wouldn't stand a chance against McInsane.

    This garbage talk "I'm the best" more "experienced" is all hogwash.

    Not even the superdelegates would buy that.

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Andrew

    All I gotta say is that Obama BETTER deliver if he's in the white house.

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Matt in Ohio

    if this is true this democrat will vote for McCain. I want experience not this hype!

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Regina

    never voting for Obama the fruad, wins elections by fraud can never win fair and sqaure. Chicago politics at its best

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. barackobama4prez

    I hope Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton run on an independent ticket. That way she can lose the general election as well, and then maybe her senate seat.

    Maybe then we can be rid of the Tacky Clintons for good.

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Allen

    I'm very happy to see things come to a final end. The prolonging of this would have destroyed the Democratic Party. Obama is an outstanding individual and a great leader, this country need his leadership and good common sense to bring things back into focus.
    WOOO HOOO !!
    Let's get the general election over and done with.. Obama for President of the United Stats of American!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. aware

    If you must, just suspend your campaign Hillary, and do not release your delegates. Keep your options open. It is a long time until the convention.

    Obama will lose the general because many, many disillusioned Dems will vote for McCain and never for Obama.

    I certainly have decided to leave the Democratic party if the Super Delegates tip the balance in Obama's favor. Why? Because of the way it as treated Hillary and their utter foolishness in anointing the arrogant, lying, pandering, far left wing nut! 🙁

    Disillusioned Dems unite and vote for McCain!

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. tom

    It is a crime when so called super delegates support the candidate who did not win the popular vote in there State. Any super delegate from New Jersey, PA, WV. , Calf., NY, OHIO INDIANA, TEXAS FLORIDA OR mICHIGHAN to name a few who votes for Obama on any first ballot is anti democrat and is voting against the will of the people of his or her state. This nominated process is a mess and is a travisty for the Democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    Please put her out!!! it is about time! Now the real hurdle for her will be not to just drop out, but to actually back Obama, and I bet she will not! and neither will her air headed supporters who dont want things better!

    June 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Glenn

    Once the voters have spoken, it is time. Like Hillary has repeated over and over again, " Let the peoples voice there opinion and then the Super Delegates. On or before 6/4 they can put her mind at peace and give the nomination to the rightful winner. Barrack Obama.

    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Anson

    CNN, why won't you post my fair thought? What have I done to you?


    McCain is now shaking scared. He can't walk away from his destruction, his fate. Obama will be the next Present of The United State Of America 😀

    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. BIG BOY

    Its stubborn actions like Hillary is engaging in that is so reminiscent of past failed political policy that it is clear she would just be more of the same ol same ol. Admit when you are wrong or have lost and move on...this is why we have been in five years of unneeded war. She is millions in debt and needs to throw in the towel before eventually she is pushed out and made a fool. Im also done with the shes more electable argument. She wont be able to make up her own rules in November and she cant even win in the playoffs to get to the Big Game... but shes more electable???? The media needs to do its job and stop playing into the fact shes still in it and just report that she is mathematically eliminated and that Obama is now the nominee. Im not voting for either so this is a complete unbiased reflection on the past 6 months or so.

    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. sety

    Lets us all unite and not elect the last administration back to power. It has been a horrible eight years.

    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. H



    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Ken in Texas

    They can endorse all they want...still fact of the matter is he can not and will not win in November....Case closed!

    June 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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