June 11th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
14 years ago

Oklahoma Dem won't endorse Obama


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/10/art.boren.ap.jpg caption="Boren said Tuesday he won't be endorsing Obama."](CNN) - On the same day Democratic leaders stressed party unity after the drawn out primary fight, one congressional Democrat said Tuesday he will not endorse Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma's lone Democrat in Congress, told the Associated Press Obama is "the most liberal senator," and said he has to listen to the wishes of his own constituents.

"We're much more conservative," Boren said of his rural district which stretches across the eastern part of the state and borders Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.

"I've got to reflect my district. No one means more to me than the people who elected me. I have to listen to them," Boren added. His congressional office confirmed the accuracy of the quotes to CNN.

Boren also said Obama's record "does not reflect working in a bipartisan fashion." But the Oklahoma Democrat said he would vote for Obama at the party's convention in August because of the serious issues the country faces.

"I think this is an important time for our country," he said. "We're facing a terrible economic downturn. We have high gasoline prices. We have problems in our foreign policy. That's why I think it's important."

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Boren's comments come a day after Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney also said he has no plans to make a formal endorsement. The freshman Democrat, who replaced Republican Rep. Mark Foley following House page scandal, told the Palm Beach Post he plans on remaining an uncommitted superdelegate and may not even attend the convention.

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soundoff (1,255 Responses)
  1. Erika, KS

    Why are you people blaming the Clinton's? Don't you realize how wacko you sound? Tell me what Clinton has to do with Boren not support ing Obama? You Obama supporters are mean and hateful. The more you spew your hatred, you less a Clinton supporter is likely to vote for Obama.

    Think about it.

    June 10, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. k.w.neal

    Dan Boren, shame on you! I suppose if your constituents favored slavery you would have to vote for slavery! A representative owes constituents more than a rubber stamp of public opinion. He owes his best judgment, based on facts his voters might not have, in casting votes and making decisions. Do you lust to stay in office so much that you would sell your soul? I am sorry you beat Kaylen Free for Congress. You might not be so lucky next time.

    June 10, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Jacob-Oklahoma

    Representative is doing what best represents his district. The man is smart and knows how a democracy works. Remember, Tocqueville's Tyranny of the Majority. Also. anybody who rips on Oklahoma being a racist state should look around. There are racists area everywhere in the United States.

    June 10, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. plb

    Look people grow-up. We all get one vote. If you dont want to vote for him just dont vote for him. But in the mean time get over yourselves, and stop trying to change the minds of the other 18+ million that voted for him. We have a right to be represented too. Not that that has happen in the past 7 years.

    June 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Common Sense

    This guy is a coward and a dim witted fool.

    June 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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