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. Creative Woody

    Does anyone else notice Hillary supporters will never be satisfied unless someone rules her the winner even though she's behind in every count imaginable?
    Supers? Traitors.
    Delegate count? Stolen from Hillary.
    Popular vote? Every vote counts! Except those states with caucuses.
    States won? Only the big states that will vote Democratic in the GE anyways count.
    And so on, and so on, ad nauseum.

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


    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. martin

    obama did just win,ralph!get over it.this is just the beginning.now you can stop pretending to support hillary,and you can go back to republican blogs at fox news.your limbaugh campaign has just failed.

    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. kelvin M, OHIO

    Forgive OHIO, we are still catching up with the rest of the county, GO OBAMA!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Alex

    Who gets the nomination now is really of no consequence. The super delegates will drive the final nails into the Democratic coffin with their vote for Obama. Election day in November will merely be the funeral of the divided Democratic Party for another 4 years. Way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Deb

    Take it to floor if you have to Hillary!

    We the people have spoken!

    And if the Super Delegates are smart and want to win in November with their Lifelong base in place, they will listen to the Will of the people!

    If the will of the people is ignored….

    I will be registering as a Republican and working the phone banks and donating all my disposable income to see that a qualified candidate is elected to our Highest Office!

    Hillary 08

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. james from brooklyn

    AND the winner is ........BARACK OBAMA, yes i'm proud of America for given Mr. future president Obama the chance to lead the world. For the first time in my young life, I can i honestly say that i'm proud of this great country.

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. james in st lou

    simply pathetic and disgraceful human beings (typical politicians, hardly people)...
    Once all behind Hillary and turned their backs the minute they got scared they would be seen as they represent 'the old establishmen'...
    news for you idiots- Obama is the same old slimy politician, just happens to be a bit younger.

    McCain'08 for Clinton'12
    Obama – NEVER!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Support him NOW so he can win the nomination after the Montana Primary !!! Make our candidate look good NATIONALLY !!! Stop babysitting the Clintons and kissing their behinds!!! It is over , let them get on with supporting the party !!! Things have changed ...it is time to support the new direction of this party. Could these Senators be anymore insulting to OBAMA ????...Forget theClinton's feelings ... they didn't think about Obama's when they tried to destroy this good man. We are trying to make a statement Tuesday night to the WORLD !!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |

    Mrs. Clinton, what are y ou waiting for? It is about time your turn
    around and say for the UNITY of the great DEMOCRATIC Party,
    and the people of the U.S.A. I now just want to show my willigness
    to cooperate with all of us for this country continue being the greatest of the World. Lets go Hiraly ! Wait no more time. Thank you...

    Jose Alcantara, New York City.

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Its Over.

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Chuku

    Are they scared of the Clintons or something?

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. old white woman for barack

    I am so glad this will be over!!! And Bill and Hillary go home, and Chelsea can go back to her job with the hedge funds corp. But, I am also glad that they are waiting until all of America has voted, and at least let all of USA vote. When was the last time that all of the USA was involved in electing a nominee? I think it is great, and that WE have elected a nominee.

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Comedy Central

    I am holding my nose! May the best loser win.

    June 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Dr Williams MD. Florida

    This is excellent!!!! GO Obama! He will be a wonderful president. For all those who complain he has no experience. He has a plan and he will make sounds judgements. Go Obama!!

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. donna

    Bye Bye Hillbilly

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Austin, Texas

    Ralph, stop being so negative; wait to see what happens? Are you a repub.? Why do you hate Senator Obama so much?

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Michael

    Stop this pointless contest superdelegates please.

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Ralph, how is it that Obama can't win when he took out one of the most powerful people in the Democratic party? Answer that!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Jimmy Johnson Jones Jemimah

    I am a HUGE Hillary fan. I supported her the whole way. But screw that! She's finished! GO OBAMA!! Hillary ... nobody likes you anymore

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. A Proud American

    Let Hillary go to the end. It's not over yet! Can't you losers see that! Obamo doesn't deserve to be President. He's not worthy!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. David, Silver Spring, MD

    As the old Nick Lowe song went, sometimes you have to be "cruel to be kind." Super delegates backing Obama should have come out weeks ago. It may have seemed cruel to her, but in the long run it would have saved everyone money, given us more time to go against McSame, and would have prevented the incredible rift that HRC has slashed into the Democratic Party.

    June 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. wwf

    What oh what will you people do when Obama wins the general? I know what I will be doing. Handing out a ton of crow.

    June 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Ralph

    Can't wait for Hillary to declare as an Independent!!!!

    Over 17 million votes for Hillary and 17 million less for Obama!!

    Goodbye Obama!!

    June 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. REAL American for Obama

    Hey, Ralph:

    Just because you say something over and over doesn't make it true. Obama has as much a chance of winning the GE as Hillary. Contrary to popular Hillary supporter belief, Obama's chances are probably slightly better than Clinton's as more Republicans and Independents are leaning toward voting for him.

    There is only one NEVER that you can count on. HRC will NEVER win the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination!

    Thank You. Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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