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. mbgoldie

    Won't unite, won't vote for him, never, ever.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. carl in louisiana

    They say it is'nt over till the fat lady sings well I think she is singing her heart out

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Billy J Austin, TX

    I would have preferred another candidate besides either of these (Clark, Biden, or Edwards) But of these I preferred the Hillary (as flawed as she is)

    BUT! After tomorrow she needs to step out gracefully and start being very generous with her time and efforts to get this guy in office. ( I just hope he can get more done than Carter did, and doesn't damage the Dems and African-American Politicos who will come after him )

    Maybe next time we can get a populist in there.... we are in dire need of that ideology in Washington

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Florida Democrat

    The only Super delegate shift HC will see is the one from the HC camp to the Obama camp.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Vig

    How can anyone endorse a person who belonged, for 20 years, to a racist and sexist church? This is akin to having an affiliation with the KKK which promotes racist teachings. Obama should disqualify himself for the nomination based on his participation in a bigoted institution.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. lin

    The Clintons had again moved the goalposts in getting the Michigan and Florida delegates seated, and Obama has again to prove he has won the nomination. This is like the sixth time the goalposts have been moved. More of this refusal to give him the victory after he has won FAIR and square by every metric–including the popular vote–and this senior citizen Asian American feminist will lose her cool and ignore the Obama campaign's pleas to be reconcilatory. Millions of us citizens will march to Washington DC to demand that the Clinton dynasty be forced out of town and that the winner be named. Enough with cowardice in the face of Clinton bullying and dynastic entitlement! The US is a democracy where the Constitution and rule of law reign, not Bill and Hill. The Party elders should pay attenttion to our escalating frustration. The next civil war will be in the Democratic Party.

    June 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Independent

    Finally, I won't have to see her hideous face again.

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Zika

    HRC is a republican. Period. For her and her supporters (and her husband) Obama is almost a communist, he is a "boy" and he is black. Same as for McSame. Division here is not between dems and republicans, but between one-party system that rules America, and possibility of real two-party competition. In order to save the "order" HRC and people behind her will do anything, ANYTHING. Watch and see how Obama gets destroyed by HRC and McSame united. They think that they protecting famous "American way of life" by protecting big money interests and politics of the same in Washington.
    McCain/Clinton 2008-2108 war in Iraq/Iran/Corea/Venecuela/Cuba/Canada/Russia/China etc.

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Edel

    Hillary...I feel your pain.

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Linda

    I really think everyone has gone crazy. It seemed impossible that the Democrats could lose after Bush, but with Obama as a candidate it's a dead certainty. How did Obama raise so quickly through the ranks because of one well received speech at a convention? How can he keep screwing up again and again with the church of his choice and the people he still surrounds himself with? Does anyone care he bounces back and forth between Rezko and Bill Ayers? Does anyone care that he offers himself up as the candidate of change - but if anything he practices the old-time Mayor Daily politics of Chicago. He's a sham. The Republicans will have a field day with him, and all I can say is don't blame me. I'm from MA and I supported Senator Clinton!

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Subhash

    The people who are supporting Obama just because what he has been saying should give it a deep thought. This guy was with people who are openly racist and dont love their contry and dont have faith is the constitution. Now he is leaving his church. why he did not do it before? He is unrealistic and lying. Can he really pull the troops out of Iraq? No way. Can he fix the economy? No way. All this will take time. USA is not China where the contry is run by a few. Keep this in mind people. You cant fix your contry in 4 years. Dont go for what he says. he just says what people want to hear. Ask him for plans and how he is going to accomlish what he promises.

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Not So Republican

    Ralph....you WILL eat those words...Obama will change the face of America and restore us to glory once again...btw...do you enjoy paying 5 bucks a gallon?

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. corinne

    It's about time.... this should have ended along time ago. This marathon has done no good to anyone – least of all the democratic party. I hope her supporters will listen with an open mind to Obama – he will do more for them than mccain -kind of like 'biting off your nose to spite your face'.

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Carl,CA

    The minute Hillary announces she is stepping our ot the race, this life-long Democat will slap a McCain bumper sticker on my car, pound McCain signs in my front yard, and volunteer to work at a local McCain headquarters. (When Hillary goes, we've lost our very best candidate and best shot at getting our country back on track. McCain is an experienced, not too far right Republican, and I can live with him as my president for 4 years. As for Obama: never!)

    June 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Mike. Obama supporter

    woo hooo Obama!
    If Obama win, does the White House still call "White House" or it will be call "Black House"?

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. ryan

    For those who think Senator Clinton is ruining the party,

    NEWSFLASH – The Party's Over!

    Dead and Buried!

    McCain or Bust!

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Greg285

    For all those people who say that Obama will never win, I wonder what they are going to say when he does? For all those Clinton supporters who claim that they will not vote for him, that's fine, but please provide a legitimate reason and not Clinton talking points...What are you all afraid of, that he will turn out to be a great President? Some of supporters sound just like those crazy sports fans who act like the world has ended when their sports team loses….

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Larz

    AMERICANS!!!!Don't forget we voted for Bush in 2000,and we lost a great man like AL GORE.LOOK what happened to us in the past 8 years!!!We CAN NOT let this happen again with McBush dressed in McCain suit!!McCain is BUSH (8 years of destruction)!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE AMERICANS,LET"S OPEN OUR EYES!!!!!!!!OBAMA IS THE MAN THAT CAN RESTORE OUR LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!GOD SENT HIM 46 YEARS AGO TO BE BORN IN AMERICA TO SAVE OUR NATION AND WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. BGVono

    The people of Cuba were also "fed up" with corrupt government and wanted someone they hardly knew who also was promissing change! Just look at the change they got – it was/is still historic change that not even a 50 year embargo has been able to destroy. Those who want change...move to Iraq, Iran, Cuba, China, Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and North Korea. Voting for someone we hardly know....will bring change big time....not for the better must I say.

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |

    the whole world is wating for Obama to safe the world from this didaster.

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Valdez

    The idea that a candidate can fall asleep at the wheel for a month during the primaries like hillary did during February and still be embraced to lead our country in serious times like this is beyond me. Additionally, how can anybody support a candiadte as clumsy and forgetful as McCain is mind boggling. Go Obama!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. IAMWMD

    All you Clinton supporters that are crossing over to your real party, let the doorknob hit you where the good lord split ya on your way out.

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. oldjerseygirl

    At this writing, Obama needs 45, Clinton 102. Obama should win the nomination in less than 36 hours. That is a good thing for all us Americans, I see him winning in November also. Now let's all get to work. Brainstorming Ideas:
    ** Change 1) Recind the Supreme Court Decision that allows municipalities to envoke Eminent Domain for commercial purposes. This invites corruption.
    ** Change 2) Stimulate the economy by encouraging Puerto Rico, and other areas with a suitable climate to grow sugar cane and turn it into gasoline. Build on Brazil's example. Sorry U.S. farmers, but corn is not cost effective for this purpose.
    ** Changes 3,4,5, ......) Let's here your ideas.

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Vivienne

    Democrats are a bunch of weak individuals. Why can't the nominee say I am the nominee when he is the nominee. Nobody can say it until the witch says so? Okay. I don't want the Clinton nowhere near the presidency. Hillary will cause a rea unification for the Republicans and not the Democrats; Bill is still running around with his pecker out offering up to young girl. Great!

    What's fresh and different about this?

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. BJ

    This is total BS... If they are really going to nominate him, they should do it NOW, rather than lead Clinton on. This is not a "grace period", this is an ambush!

    This will further alienate voters who are supporting her! When media describe Hillary's "supporters", they refer to reps or surrogates. They should state voters are her supporters! All these others are just in it for the ride, or what's in it for themselves. ONLY the voters are pure supporters... the rest have vested interests.

    Get it over with already, so we register as independents!

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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