June 4th, 2008
10:01 AM ET
13 years ago

Dem leaders urge superdelegates off the fence

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.unity.gi.jpg caption="Democratic leaders are urging Superdelegates to make their preference known."] (CNN) - In a bid for unity upon the conclusion of the prolonged presidential primary season, Democratic leaders on Wednesday urged all undeclared superdelegates to make their preference known by the end of the week.

In a statement released jointly by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Governors Association Chairman Joe Manchin, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, the leaders said it's now time to turn the party's attention toward the general election fight against Republican John McCain.

"To that end, we are urging all remaining uncommitted super delegates to make their decisions known by Friday of this week so that our party can stand united and begin our march toward reversing the eight years of failed Bush/McCain policies that have weakened our country," the statement said.

According to CNN's estimate, 145 superdelegates remain undeclared. Barack Obama has support from 394 superdelegates, while Hillary Clinton has 286 in her camp.

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. F. Lynn

    Wow so many people want to drag this own and declare they won't vote for him? If you look closely, he has a little more people who may not vote for her.
    That may stun you, but he made it through the stalemate and won the nomination. He gives her respect, she gives nothing but nastiness. It's like running against 2 McCains with Bill thrown in. I guess that means he can win it without so many sour grapes people. If the situation was reversed, I would have to hold my nose and vote for Hillary. We can't afford 4 more years of McCain/bush. Maybe you can, but the rest of America can't!

    June 4, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Lee Chang

    The Democratic Party is not democatic at all – 1st they say, the superdelegates should back the person with the most popular vote or the winning nominee of their states – they the Press and the DNC pressurize them to do otherwise – so when the popular votes count change – they want the superdelegates to come out to push Hillary out!

    SHAME ON YOU – CNN AND THE DNC. Hillary supporters – go vote McCain – I think he is the lesser of the 2 evils (mcCain vs Obama)

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Rave

    These 145 superdelegates want to play with people's choice?
    They probably want to lobby for Hillary to be VP...but that wont happen
    To all the remaining 145 or so Superdumbs..now accept Obama as your leader.
    General Elections are getting closer.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. MaryG in Houston

    There you have it, the solution to my problem. Hillary will be the write in on my ballot. If that is not an option, then I guess I will cross party lines to vote Republican. Everyone seems to be worried about whether we will lose Republicans who crossed party line in the primaries to vote Democrat, well what about Democrats who will cross over in November. I believe Republicans crossed in the primaries because McCain had their nomination and they voted for Obama because they knew he was the weaker candidate.
    And as far as the superdelegates, they do not have to say who they support yet. Maybe they are just waiting to see how much blood McCain draws when he challenges Obama. And now Michelle is fair game too. I believe Kerry's wife lost it for him. Lets see how Michelle stands up.

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. rose, texas

    hillary supporter will not vote 4 obama in nov. they did her dirty and they deserve 2 pay come nov.obama will not win without hillary's supporters.mccain in nov......bush congradulated obama,cause he know the republicans will keep the white house 4, 4 more yrs.i hope hillary takes 2 the convention, those democrat leaders need to focus on other things that r more important than pushing hillary out. media sure didn't help either. mccain o8...........

    June 4, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. joey

    The democratic party is full of corruption. I'm not voting democrat this year! I hope Hillary decides to go Independent!!!!

    Being in the Senate for 2 years does not give you experience to be a president.

    June 4, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. louie

    I mean lets think about this lol Obama has more pledged delegates and supers but all the rest of the uncommitted supers aren't supporting a candidate even tho Obama is the "presumptive nominee" lol and rumors are that as soon as Hillary drops out Obama is going to reinstate all Florida and Michigan delegates so is that the kinda candidate we want to run our party and maybe white house...... So are a dedicated CLINTONITE i will be voting for Mccain in the fall so go MCCBUSH

    June 4, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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