June 19th, 2008
05:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Clyburn: Some House Democrats might not endorse Obama

Clyburn said it's important for members of Congress to evaluate the mood of their constituents.

Clyburn said it's important for members of Congress to evaluate the mood of their constituents.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Thursday he expects some Democratic legislators to hold back from endorsing Barack Obama because it could prove politically unwise in their congressional districts.

On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Clyburn was asked if some Democrats might follow the path of Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren, who said last week he would not endorse Obama because the presumptive Democratic nominee holds liberal positions that are out of step with his constituents. (Yesterday, Boren clarified that he will indeed vote for Obama.)

Clyburn said “most Democrats in the United States Congress are going to be very supportive of this campaign” but predicted that others may be more hesitant.

WATCH Clyburn's interview from The Situation Room

"A lot of them are going to look at their congressional districts and see how the congressional district voted,” Clyburn said. "And they'll be holding back, waiting to get some signal from their constituents as to how they ought to conduct themselves."

It's justified for some conservative Democrats to withhold their support, Clyburn explained.

"That's how it should be, Wolf," he said. "It’s one thing for us to have a big tent party. But it's also another thing for these candidates to stay in close touch with their constituents. And I understand that."

Clyburn, who accused of Bill Clinton of using racially-loaded language during the Democratic primary and once told the former president to "chill," thinks Clinton will eventually campaign for Obama - on his own terms.

"I think that President Clinton will come to this campaign when he thinks its best for him to do so. But I expect him to be very supportive of the Democratic ticket."

soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Cody, MI

    I'm glad Hillary's gone, now on to John McSame. We will, we will Barack you.


    Obama 08

    June 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Matt, CT

    Unlike Hillary, Barack only has one shot. So he's got to win in November.

    Let's go Democrats–yes we can!!!!!

    Obama 08

    June 19, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. NC Voter

    As a North Carolina Democrat, I will not support any North Carolina member of Congress who endorses Obama. Obama is too liberal, changes his tune with the political winds, says what is expedient at the time, and will lead to higher taxes, higher prices, joblessness, inflation, and the list keeps going. America deserves better, and North Carolina Democrats in Congress need to consider their roots before they jump on board with this opportunist.

    June 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. deepintheheart

    To Shannon and David,
    Where are you seeing the Washington Post story on Obama and the Prime Minister of Iraq. I checked both the Post and MSNBC's websites and could find nothing on this story. Are you guys spreading lies?

    June 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. NoMcSame

    Dem der good ole boys ain't goin to vote no brother if der life depended on it. So, come January we will see them beg when their districts need help from Obama. You close the door on me so it will be closed to you. Payback is a what?
    That is how I would be but Obama is not that type of guy and many of them are lucky. In a few years their people will vote them out for not supporting Obama. Their people will question their judgement.
    Obama08 with or without you.

    June 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Former Republican

    that is really sad that they would feel that way.

    June 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. JonRoss

    I can't support a Marxist coup. I can't support Obama.

    June 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. henry of cleveland

    hilary just thought playing the sexist card would push her ahead she thought she could fool the dnc she's been a victim of sexism all these years but now its when she finally decides to speak up about it

    June 19, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. La Raza


    He appeals to you too. Stop lying and keep it real.

    June 19, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    And they really thought it could be a runaway train...200 years and the country is still learning. Good Lord!

    June 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. who needs them

    who cares, not a big deal

    June 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Billiam the Kid

    Daniel Wagle, if you believe all of that, just go ahead and vote for McCain, lets see how far your gay rights go then.......

    June 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. andy

    I would say so and the majority of the latinos better listen to us we do not support obama and who is saying we do they are not telling the truth because of one poll that indicated this but it is not what i hear on the ground !

    June 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. 1926

    How about the juvinile Obama's favorite book? Potter!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Wake-up

    CNN, you are cowards, afraid of the truth.

    June 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Herman in LA

    I don't trust McCain after I heard about that he could be a national security threat by being a POW. I wouldn't trust him if he weren't a POW.

    June 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Didi




    June 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |


    June 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Well, just maybe those House Democrats have half a brain after all. I guess for the next election the DNC will have to select a more obedient crop of House candidates to support their DNC selected presidential candidate.

    June 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. JIM


    June 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. kayla

    he will win, with or without them Obama 08

    June 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. NickNas

    SO? It has ALWAYS been that way and it is the same for both parties. It seems like this is a story pushed only to make it APPEAR like Obama is different or weaker than candiates of the past.

    June 19, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Jenna

    I hope Bill does not support him, Obama tried to ruin his life-long Civil Rights record. It was dirty pool...

    Democrat for McCain

    P.S. I hope McCain picks Clinton as his running mate!

    June 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Jenna

    Dear Billiam the Kid:

    McCain told Ellen Degenerous he would walk her down the isle.

    June 19, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. nitro

    All that tells me is that we are electing racist people to congress and you question michelle obamas love for this country.

    June 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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