June 13th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Fmr. senator finds son's decision not to endorse Obama ‘puzzling'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/10/art.boren.ap.jpg caption="Rep. Boren said earlier this week he will not be formally endorsing Obama."](CNN) - This year’s presidential campaign has been one pitting family members against one another.

Now, former Oklahoma Sen. David Boren is on opposite sides of his son, Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren, who announced earlier this week that he will not endorse Barack Obama for president. The younger Boren's reasoning is that his district is very conservative and he doesn’t agree with many of the Democratic nominee's positions.

Listen to Sen. Boren's comments to Roland Martin

The elder Boren, now president of the University of Oklahoma and a staunch supporter of Obama, said Friday on my radio program "The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON-AM in Chicago" that he’s “puzzled by his son’s announcement.

"We’ve grown up in a family where we were taught to think for ourselves, but I have to say I’m puzzled about how much thinking he put into that before he said it," Boren said. "I think he’ll probably be saying some other things."

“He did say he was going to vote for Barack Obama. He just made the puzzling statement he wasn’t gong to endorse him. Well, when you say publicly you’re voting for somebody I think that means you’re supporting them.”

The father later added: “We all learn from things and my hope is will be a learning experience for him because, as I say, this isn’t a matter of politics, this is a matter of the future of our country.”

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soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Margaret Peters

    Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton have almost identical positions on all the major issues. McCain is the exact opposite. I hope those Democrates who supported Hillary Clinton will show that support by doing as she asked, elect Obama so that the Democratic platform
    can become reality. Please don't fall for the lies about Obama who is a Christian, who took his oath of office on the Bible. Not voting means
    more years of Republican misgovernment.

    June 13, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |

    Obama supporters are so stupid. He will not deliver anything to this country. He is a liar and a cheat and tea tea, you are so stupid.

    June 13, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. PumaontheRocks

    Nothing puzzling about it. He loves the DNC NOT Obama. He supports his party NOT Obama. He is not alone in his feelings.
    I don't like the Obama and the DNC trying to scare women into voting democrat just based on Roe V Wade. That is just wrong. Playing on someones fears to get votes. What is new about that? How does that stand for change???

    Proud PUMA Democrat

    June 13, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Tom in CA

    David we love you! Sorry about your son!

    Dan is a total shmuch! Dan shows that genes don't follow in a family...so much for family gene lines!

    June 13, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Rick from bowie

    Indiana Bob, and all of you "hillary lost so I'm voting for McCain"

    Are you adults or a snot-nosed high schoolers? You say that you are voting for McCain and you make that statement as a lucid person or are you heavily medicated one? Your candidate lost. Now grow the phuck up and let's get this country moving ahead. You will not make that contribution in that regard by supporting McCain and if stop pouting you'd see that. I have a five year old that won't have SS, will have to pay $250K to go to college, and will have to live in a world where we'll be the world's much hated USA if we don't get things back on track after the Bush disaster. Stop whining! Grow up and think...THINK!!!

    June 13, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. MS. t

    A lot if hate coming out in this election. I thank this country is showing it's true color. I wonder what the bad people in the Middle East think of all this. Vote, Endorse, Support who you want ,but remember this war, Your's and mines, son's and daughter's, will be fighting. WE together at the gas pumps paying 10.00 a gallon. WE alone with high food prices, under insured health policies, and big business running your country. Vote wisely our lives depend on it.

    June 13, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. KE

    The government has disconnected itself from the people. A head grew out of its own head telling other parts of the body “you are not important” disrespecting the fact that those other parts of the body enhances the brain.

    People are puzzled, and meanwhile the American votes have been stripped off and the delegates have been stripped off and the nomination has been stripped off and the Democratic Party has been stripped and the media has been stripped off, and the American people have been asked to shut up. And we are still hearing more crazy stuff...

    People in the political world have played so many sides and now they are in the one big tangled web.

    June 13, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Edith

    Why is everyone whining about the way Obama got the nomination. If Hillary had got it, it would be the same thing in reverse. Let's just come to our senses. And to those who endorsed McCain, just have the courage to admit you wanted to vote for him all along because that decision makes no sense. It's these kinds of decisions out of childish feelings that have cost our country so much over the years.

    June 13, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |

    Yes let's hope he does come around. i wished he hadn't made the statement the other day, it seems somewhat suspicious almost as if he was not wanting to come to terms with the fact that he has to take a stance sometimes even if it costs him a few votes, he needs to set the example for his people and that takes courage.

    June 13, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. PCS / North Carolina

    Rep Borat wants free publicity, and thinks of running for the highest office himself.

    June 13, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Amazed

    Indiana Bob,

    If your wish comes true and after McCain places 3 more
    "Judge Scalia's" on the supreme court , I truly believe you and your wife
    will be regreting your actions

    June 13, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Paul

    Go on Dad. Talk some sense into that kid!

    June 13, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Obama/Hillary

    A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for Hillary Clinton because they support the same cause. A vote for John McCain is a vote for a George Bush third terms more wars, bad economy and more country will not want to deal with our country. If you were really a true Hillary supporter who wants a better America for this generation and future generation, you must vote democratic this November. Please do yourself a good favor and vote for the democratic nominee this comming November. No hard feeling because Hillary has none against Barack. We must put the republican out of the white house. As you can see, we are in a recession and that will get worse with a third term with the republican.
    Keating 5, John McCain took money from keating for political favor.

    June 13, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Mary OK

    The problem with Obama is not that he lacks experience, His perfomance is vague and vacuous as respects the experience he has. Do you know anything impressive that he did as a lawyer, a teacher, a community organizer? Are you aware of his high level of absentee ism in the US Senate – even in his first year? Didn't he write his second book as a US Senator. His career has been a series of temporary and part time jobs. He has excelled in promoting himself, selling books, and running for higher office. I think I read that Clare McCaskill is interested in the vice presidency. Hasn't this freshman Senator spent her first two years traveling as part of Obama's team? I have voted Demoractic in every Presidential election that I have ever voted for, but I can not respect Obama and at least this on high profile member of his team. I think Obama takes more than he givesHe is a great speaker, but I am disturbed at how little committment he has shown in every job he ever had. Why would I expect him to behave differently in the next job he lands. In that respect, I would expect him to be too much like George Bush. Lackluster in his career and basically disintersted as President.

    June 13, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. bluv4obama

    "Why would anyone support an inexperience, unqualified, selected candidate of the dnc who cannot even show respect to the flag, who gave the bird to his opponent, who is going to raise our taxes thru the roof, who thinks 18 mil Americans are bitter, Bible thumping, gun totin', uneducated idiots, WHY would anyone support him?"

    Yeah annie, I wouldn't vote for a "Muslim" with a "baby mama" either for president!

    June 13, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. KW

    His son has BACKBONE. He is doing what HE thinks is right instead of being a sheep like the rest are. Like a pack of lemmings they will all run off the side of the cliff.

    Voice of Reason: Because there is a difference between an endorsement. An endorsement is tacit approval of the candidate and agreeing they should be the President. Holding his nose and voting for Obama is not the same thing at all. Clearly you can't see the "subtle" difference.

    June 13, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Still Living in Fear-Don't you think??

    Let's face it. Many American born Caucasians in this country are and always will have some prejudice against any one "not" white to rule them, PERIOD!!! Let alone someone who is part 'Colored' or " Black ' or African American" or 'Negro'. In their mental mind set, it is totally unacceptable and not a part of their make up and they refuse to change for anybody or any party!!!!. As one of their ladies said she will never accept Obama no matter what!!. They have inherited the curse of their forefathers and it runs deeply within their souls, as long as any of the older generations are still alive. And some of them may have poisoned even this generation of their children to that white supremacist mentality. This is very sad but true and these people are not believers of any of " faith" except " White Power". This is a multicultural nation but not when it comes to the Presidency. They would rather have a revoution and fight each other then live in peace under a "mulato colored person". Scared of a negro getting too much power?

    June 13, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. Spider

    Not sure what everyone's beef is here. The Clinton supporters have been asked, plead with, to put away their personal distaste, distrust and disdain for the inexperienced, racist, liberal Obama. Because we are loyal Dempcrats, who understand the importance of electing a Democrat to the White House, we are willing to force ourselves to vote for the man. But, that isn't enough? Do we all also have to walk around with that blank adoring stare that the Obominations have? I DO NOT ENDORSE Barack Obama. I probably will follow my party, like the sheep I am, and vote for him.

    June 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. Ken

    Because he is smart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 14, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
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