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. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    This is great news........congrats on joining the team.......

    Obama all the way....

    June 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Darren M.


    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    Why should she be given a grace period? She has been given a very long grace period becuase th math has been so far against her for so very long. Enough is enough.

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Obama/Hillary 08

    Superdelegates need to end this Democratics mess and give us a nominee by this Tuesday night to end that mess and bring every single Democrats in one single wagon.

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Gerard in Michigan

    Thank Goodness ....common sense prevails
    ....... its about TIME, this country needs to rid
    itself of these Politcal Machines...TIME FOR
    a CHANGE....youth,vision and personality.

    It will be nice to have a Democratic Administration
    who will desire to solve things by diplomacy and
    speaking to all around the world...an not this Fear
    War Mongering Cowboy Roman Empire mentality
    of the past 8 years.

    Gerard in Michigan

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    The democratic party is a joke. I am out. We are handing the White house to the republicans. We are our own worse enemy.

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Paul

    Nice, and duh. If they were for Clinton, they'd have tried to narrow the gap for her by now. Expect a landslide after Tuesday.

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Hillary Supporter

    There's something really serious going on in the democratic party. Why is everyone in the DNC so adamant in electing Obama, even though the majority of the voters are rejecting his presidency. The media needs to investigate this candidacy very thorough before we have a grand fiasco in our hands and not be able to do anything about it.

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    That all sounds good, but hey should have put an end to this madness a long time ago! Hillary has had enough of a grace period since it was first proven that she could not possibly catch Obama in numbers she should have been preparing herself and her supporters, but she took this time to deceive her people into thinking that she was being mistreated when in fact she was the only one fighting a nasty mismanaged campaign, she was the only one that refused to play by the rules, she was the only one that changed the rules. SHE HAS HAD ENOUGH GRACE PERIOD, IT'S PAST TIME TO MOVE ON PAST HER!


    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Laurel

    Vilsack says it's over. I think it's over too. However, the fat lady may have come down with laryngitis, which is why she isn't singing yet.

    June 2, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. skip from Asheville, NC

    I guess they prefer to be kissing Hillary's behind for a while longer...can they keep going along this way all the way to denver?

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. chad

    That's great news!

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. LT for Obama

    Giving her a grace period, she will try her best to undermine the process and continue to incite her supporters. We need to move quickly and decisively to end this madness before too much more damage is done.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Realistic

    We will see a Republican win in November – Obama is unelectable and forever tainted. Why the superdelegates want someone who will not win in November is absolutely astounding.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. David

    Hillary Clinton is a good candidate but sometimes you have to face the reality.
    I know it is difficult to accept defeat, but when things don't work out, you have to adjust and move on.
    Draging this thing is selfishness.

    SD i think will make the right decision to go for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. steve

    What a good news.And i guess after that all the remaining superdelegates will follow to end this war this week.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Joseph

    I can not believe that a repeat of 2000 will again happen this time within the democratic party. I will be voting for McCain becuase the superdelegates are too stupid to realize that more Americans voted for Hillary than Obama and she should be the nominee.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Jerry

    That is a shame that Reid is scared of Hillary I wondering why Reid have to wait until Hillary drop out, he should announce is endorsement today or tomorrow I knew Hillary is a bully.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Neutral

    Obambi will NEVER be President! The Dems will LOSE majority in Congress, serves them right! Many of these career politicians in Congress and Senate will lose their seats, wait and see. Voters know how to take their revenge.

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Pope

    well its pretty obvious that its over...and will be over finally by mid week. Obama will hit the number by Thursday.

    So as the fat lady said at the DNC hearing " NO , YOU SHUT UP!!"

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Curtis Tate

    Great News President Obama!

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. audacte

    What a leader Reid is... way to go! How thoughtful of the senators to wait because they don't want to pound Hillary. One has to wonder when Hillary will give the same courtesy to Obama and the DNC.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Jim

    Pound her... do we really care? She's a big girl. She can handle it.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Bouba NY

    Yes We Can.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. matthew

    this is the game changer said by HRC, ,....... OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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