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. Bit

    And life goes on.......so does Obama.

    June 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Yes, and those than went against their districts to endorse Obama, better be looking over their shoulders come November too.

    June 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    I'm not sure about you... but I see some good here... Aren't Politicians supposed to somewhat act for those they represent?

    It's cowardly... but logical...


    June 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Who cares not every GOP member endorsed McWar either!

    June 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Billiam the Kid

    Its not a big deal, I understand them. I actually think its a good idea, we will need a majority in the house to get real change anyway......

    June 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA




    June 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well of course some wont, you knmow the ones that have to get re-elected in racist districts.

    That's OK

    Watch the landslide this november boys.

    June 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    June 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Down with Obama

    I hope Bill doesn't give them an ounce of help. Obama is going to fall flat on his face in November!! YEAH!!!

    PUMA DEMOCRAT voting for John McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Defeat all incumbents (including Mr. Kerry) that changed to Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. demagogue

    A lot of Democrats were forced into endorsing Obama- but they saw what was happening....
    Obama is the master of dirty politics.

    He lets his team do all the dirty work while he pretends he is not involved in it.

    Yeah... right.

    Obama is a pompous egotistical liar.

    June 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Shannon

    I hope they don't. The Washington Post is reporting that Obama is lying about pulling the troops out. They said he told the Prime Minister of Iraq not to listen to what he says in public. The Prime Minister confirmed this to MSNBC. Wow, what a deal we are getting with this guy. Promise anything to get elected, but once you're in you can do what you want. I hope the people who voted for this guy are proud!

    June 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. ???

    That's fine, they don't have to endorse him, it's a free country. I just hope that people vote on substance, not who has the most endorsements.

    June 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. puppet leader

    Bid deal....

    You all already succeeded in installing him as the party nominee.

    He lied, cheated, played the race-card, attacked HRC, blocked the vote in Mi and Fl..... and still you all turned the other way and gave him the nomination.

    The democrats went against their own party ideals of equality and fair elections.

    June 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    Why would their constituents want republicans in any form, the house, the senate or as president? That baffles me. They, the repubs are lawless, anti christian and evil and could care less about them.

    June 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Anita from Arizona

    I agree with Concerned Independent in CT. Cowardly, but logical.

    June 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Brandon-Little Rock

    Can't this guy just go away? He's partly to blame for fanning the flames during the primary. We don't need him out there telling us how other people are thinking.

    June 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. dirty politics

    Obama is a puppet.

    The dirtiest politician ever.

    I will never vote for this pandering hypocritical opportunist.

    June 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I agree with those, who districts did not vote for Obama to cast their votes the way their districts voted. That is understandable and will not be held against them. But it will not matter, because Obama will be President anyway.

    As far as Bill Clinton is concerned, I wouldn't want him. The way he mistreated Hilliary. He was really happy she did not win, because they had agreed to a divorce if she didn't and agreed to stay married if she did.

    Now he has other fish to fry and it does not include Hillary or the Democratic Party.

    June 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Power to the People

    McCain did not vote for George Bush but he won nonetheless.

    Obama 08

    June 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. rey

    One white old lady for McCain!

    June 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Mary

    It's unfortunate that some Democrat leaders have a problem with Obama mainly,with his "Race". Some Democrats are in the same boat as Republicans. Will the real Democratic leaders stand up.

    June 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. rumpusgoopus


    June 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Bill, Covington

    Members of congress, such as Dan Boren of Oklahoma and others who opt out of supporting the negro-caucasian candidate for president will feel the rath of people like Clyburn, Rangel, Kennedy, Piglosi and a multitude of oyhers that are adament about electing that useless lap dog that they controll. GOOD LUCK!
    Some of us have other plans.

    June 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. C-Lo in Texas, Obama 08

    today is June 19, The african americans in texas are celebrating hisorical freedom. Now only if were actually free from racism..............

    June 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Belle2

    No Democrat should be expected to endorse if they do not believe in Obama. The DNC clearly does not know what party unity is-the Clintons should also stay home. Obama used smear tactics to inspire hatred and animosity. The Clintons are loyal to this country and, I am sure, realize that Obama is the worst kind of politician. The Clintons do not owe anything to the Democratic Party or to Obama. Maybe they can forgive Obama and the DNC but I can certainly understand if they cannot.

    June 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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