June 3rd, 2008
05:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Rep. Waters switches to Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/art.waters.ap.jpg caption=" Rep. Maxine Waters supporting Obama."]

(CNN) - California Rep. Maxine Waters, a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday she is switching her support to Barack Obama.

“Senator Hillary Clinton has run a superb campaign and has proven to be a hard worker while gaining the support of many key constituencies that will be essential for Democratic success in November," she said in a statement. “Despite that, Senator Obama’s delegate numbers more than describe the enthusiasm for his candidacy and I believe that by the end of the day, he will have the necessary numbers to become the Democratic Party nominee for President."

“It is now time to close ranks and time for all remaining delegates to put their support behind the presumptive nominee, Senator Obama. Senator Obama has run an effective campaign and has overcome many obstacles to create an energy that has brought many new Democrats into the party," Waters also said. "Together, both of these candidates have generated an unprecedented involvement in Democratic Party politics. This is something that all Democrats can be proud of."

Speaking to CNN in early February, Waters said she endorsed Clinton over Obama because "It’s clear there are two different campaigns, one is about hope and inspiration and the other is a campaign about concrete proposals and solving problems - and I think Senator Clinton's experience emerged very clearly."

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Fish, MN

    Way to go! Really, the time for change has come.

    June 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Obama Supporter

    Better late, way late, than never.

    June 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Catherine

    Its over HIllary. Give your going away speech and throw your support behind Obama.

    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Ben (New York)

    It ain't over till its over...and if everything was done legally and ALL the states i.e counted Florida and MI, the she wins.

    She is the only candidate who can overtake Mc Cain...shame on you
    cowardly DNC and superdelegates all caught up with this youthful nonsense of the totally inexperience that is B.Obama.

    If she is not the nominee her supporters will either abstain or vote for McCain

    June 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Venus

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man what a freaking day!

    Obama only needs 16.5 superdelegates and counting!

    What a great way to seal the deal!!!

    I love it! In your face Hillary!

    Go Obama go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    Well said! Just don't try to twist his arm to have her as VP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Veterans for Obama

    Another one.....

    June 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Army Wife

    ------what took her that long?????????????

    June 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. KiloWhiskey

    The first of many "loyal" democratic "leaders" to try and jump on the winning band wagon. Makes you want to gag!

    June 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Addis - observer

    ... that is what i call being "bold enough to tell how u feel" !

    June 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. polly miller

    like it or not obama and hilliary need each other in order to get to the white house.i belive they will work their issues and be a great team i am a female and a women of color this is very exciting for our country.

    June 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Ralph

    Bye, Bye Obama!!!

    Run Independent Hillary...your supporters will NEVER vote for Obama...he is a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. s.boat

    Now Go And Tell All Your Friends!

    June 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Victor, NJ


    June 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Fox; Albuquerque NM

    When it rains... it pours. Wow I saw like 4-5 super delegates in the span of 5 minutes! This is busted.

    June 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. cameleon116

    Ralph : lol

    June 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Michael

    Sellout. Nothing more, Nothing less.

    She supported clinton until it was time to jump on the boat of losers and then she jumped on.

    Probably should see how much she'll take for her grandmother's teeth.

    June 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. John from LA

    Shame on Her-I had the upmost respect for her-oh well-Time to vote Rep! or Nader!

    The Media picked him in Jan.-Why?-a Novice-hmmmm-didn't we just get done with an 8 year run with a Novice-

    I guess some of the best ones-Never get into 1600 Penn. Ave.-Gore and now HRC!

    Have fun Obamabots-McCain WILL WIN!!!-Remember-Obama will be a Puppet-The Daley Machine is behind all this!

    June 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Barb

    Is this really the kind of action that will unite Democrats? Obama doesn't even need her support to win the nomination - all Rep. Waters did was turn her back on someone that plenty of women in this country continue to support and admire, and at the 11th hour. Seems like Rep Waters just wants to be on the winning team, not necessarily bring the party together. Shame on her.

    June 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. It was her Idea...........

    Hey, Hillary told the supers that they were free to change their minds. Looks like they are.

    I don't like Obama so I am going to be a spoiled child and vote for McCain. Hillary's supporters need a time -out.

    Go Barry!!!

    June 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Chuck

    RIGHT ON Barb!!!

    June 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. True Democrat

    Look at the person in pink in the background.

    I think she feels that Judas should be impeached.

    June 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. ms. sims

    I don't get why the Clinton supporters want to vote for McCain....both Clinton and Obama have 98% of the same exact policies! And for those who say she has more experience...Prove it, being the First Lady doesn't mean you have experience to be the President (If so the Repubs should have nominated Mrs. Bush). What did she do as First Lady besides...attempt a health care plan that failed. I mean i don't get it someone please explain it to me! And how do you feel the election was stolen Obama followed the rules....Clinton didn't (whose fault is that). You wanna know who lost the nomination for Hillary just look to her left. Many people don't like Bill for the things he did while he was in office and when they see her they see him. Regardless, take ur vote to McCain, there equally a number of Republicans who are switching over to vote for Obama, and speaking of switching over how many Republicans do you think voted for Hillary due to Operation Chaos that wouldn't have voted for her in November. I don't know about yall bout i'm ready for a change!!!

    June 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Fred

    The moderators would rather see posting by ignorant people saying they'll swicth their votes to McCain. Racism will always be a part of the USA. I can't wait until I leave this hateful country. If you ignorant people cause Obama to lose, I can't wait for the day to come when McCain sends your loved ones to war and they don't return. I can't wait to see poverty take over and the Republicans get richers. Obama doesn't need Hillary's supporters anyway. Goof balls!

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Cold hard truth

    I'm a political analist from Mississippi, so i know hat im talking about. Most clintins supporters are being very unreasable. Just because clintin didnt win, they vote for the person that they really dont want as a president. They're just mad their canidate lost, so they dont want him, they want George Bush the 3rd. by the way ben, if you really think that, then you dant check your facts. The way the democratic party works, they would practically split it. And sorry to say it, its over. I have inside info that already enough superdeligates to put him over, he just wants it to seem like montana or south dakota put him over. Thats very admirable. Lastly, Ben, keep telling yourself that that their was sexism and bill ruined it for her, both canidates recieved some discrimination of whatever kind and both had trobles, like clinton under sniper fire. Please write again Ben, id love to shut u down again

    June 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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