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. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    June 2nd, 2008 11:57 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Yup – they obviously don't want the White House in November. Caucus Electoral College.

    Being an educated, young, white professional it's not that hard to see. I'm apparently the only educated Hillary supporter, (as anyone who is intelligent is backing Obama – as they say) I'm suprised his educated supporters don't recognize the reality of the general election.

    Perhaps they aren't that intelligent after all? Hmmm.

    June 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |

    Tomorrow and Wednesday will be a waterfall, but let the Queen Bee enjoy her last day.

    June 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. JB

    Then do it already!!! For crying out loud, what are they waiting for?

    June 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    Remember,Obama=McCain win

    June 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    TIME FOR HER TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. mary

    It's Obama who is tearing the party apart! Unfortunately, folks jumped on his "feel good hope" train way too soon without realizing they had jumped on a train to no where. Folks are now figuring this out as witnessed by all of HRC's landslide wins, but it's too late to get off the moving train. He's an egotistical hypocritical politician-one of the worst I've ever seen. I will never vote for him, the damage has been done and the party is a mess in so many ways. When John McCain wins the presidency it will not be HRC's fault or her supporters, it will be those who blindly supported Obama.

    June 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Jack the Dog

    Ralph, you're a dope.

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Alfredo

    That doesn't makes sense. They've waitedthis long and Hillary proved that she is the only one who can win in November then they will vote for Obama. Those superdelegates are stupid if they will not back up Hillary who did really well inspite of overspending by the Obama camp.

    Way to Go President Hillary!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. komakech

    surely these senators should wait for hillary to gracefully bow out of the race otherwise every has seen how senator hillary is power hungry. by the endof the week obama will have wraped up the contest

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. No More Clinton!

    Oh Brother! Hillary will NEVER stop until they JAIL HER!!! She is going to proclaim she is to win the nomination long after she is defeated. She will only admit it fully if God takes over! This woman will go to the highest court of Appeals. Lord help this poor scorned woman. She needs our prayers!

    OBAMA 2008!!

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. JJ

    Well I'm glad that this primary will be over soon and we will have a nominee.

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. abn71

    They are the ones to blame for all damages Hillary caused to the Democratic Party. Why did they wait so long? Let's hope it will help reason the power-sick woman. Go OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. A Woman in Missouri

    I can't wait! This is so exciting!

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. allforoneoneforall

    to Phil from VA

    I agree with you wholeheartedly! lets go dems, beat mccain!

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Mister Anderson

    You're going to pound Clinton's supporters if you endorse after the primaries because the race will be decided by Supers in a press release instead of by the people in Montana and South Dakota.

    June 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. ds

    She will not choose grace. Just end it, please. I've come to the point where I've also lost respect for the spineless superdelegates who continue to waffle. It's like a status race where nobody wants to commit because everybody thinks that they are so much "above" the fray. Get over yourselves.

    June 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Eye Opener

    Clinton is making a fool of herself. Just how the republican joker Huckabee did.

    Its sad to see a former First lady to go to that level in greed of Power and position.

    Shame on Bill Clinton who cannot make her stupid wife understand.

    June 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Big 'O"

    That in itself will not get HRC out of this race. What need to happen is some of her delegates need to start switching sides to show her the writing is on the wall.

    June 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. BettiH. Indianapolis, IN

    Good... the super delegates need to END THIS now.

    June 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Shannon

    Are you ever going to moderate these posts effectively and fairly. What is your criteria? I have NEVER been so astounded by what you allow to post and what you don't. Let's try this again.

    It is nice that at least her colleagues recognize her transparent ego maniacal game playing. I hope she goes down with a resounding thud. Her disregard for the truth and fair party unity has been despicable. The sooner she is gone the better! She can take the crazy lunatics that are crying because their candidate wasn't allowed to cheat.

    June 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Good For The Gander

    They are correct in giving her a grace period to exit with dignity. On to the general! McCain, I want my son home from Iraq; I want my civil liberties; I want my daughter to have choice over her own body; I want our veterans to be given the proper benefits and care; I want the flagging economy addressed; I want torture to stop. What? You won't support these basic principles? Well, McCain, after eight years of Bush, you are too similar by far for me to stomach.

    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. dave

    The only way I will for Obama is if Hillary is on the ticket.

    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Most of them have no courage to do it beforeTuesday. The y should do it now to help Hillary from hurting herself politicaly.

    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Rob

    Republicans 08!!

    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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