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

Clyburn: Some House Democrats might not endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/15/art.clyburn.gi.jpg caption="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. FRED, Atlanta, GA

    PUPPET LEADER your just that a PUPPET!! what u stated is so untrue and you know it....LMAO!!!

    June 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Steven in Oregon

    that says a lot about Obama

    June 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. The Lady

    I am quite sure we all know that every single person in this country will not be voting for Obama so why do you all make a big deal out of who will or won't vote for him. Do you know how many people will not be voting for McCain? I know one-me.

    June 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Devin, MO

    Clintons supporters who will vote for McCain are morons. Don't you think we won't remember this when Hillary runs again. If you don't support Barack now, we won't support Hillary later. Trust me on that.

    June 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. DAVID

    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.

    June 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Unethical tactics to steal the nomination

    I guess everyone needs to be forced to support Obama to create the desired image.

    Never has a candidate had to force people to endorse him.

    Many of us are sick and tired of the Obama manipulations to get his way and to give the appearence of strength.

    Anyone trashed and bashed by the Obama bandwagon of unity by hatred and division, should vote against such tactics. Otherwise Obama's race-card playing, lying, cheating ways will become the norm for future elections.

    June 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Only those who are against ridiculousness–and prefer not to wander down the path to a socialist state.

    Likely conservative white males–who will surely be labeled as racist–despite the clearly wierd and untested agenda of Obama.

    Hey–come join the rest of us who are tired of people like this running our country.

    Libertarian 2008

    Got common sense? You do not have to vote for the best of the worst!!!!

    June 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Eli

    I can not in good faith vote for a man that is not qualified for the position and who the media and the DNC have tried to shove down my throat. JUSTSAYNODEAL.COM

    June 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Eric from Somewhere

    Good for them. This is a Representative Republic. They should always vote the way the majority of the people they represent desire. Too bad, more often then not, almost all of them (Rep or Dem) vote party line. That is why they never get anything accomplished.

    June 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    As an Obama supporter,
    I hate to say it, but reality is reality. Some of these folks in Congress know that therere are members in their districts that still feel Senator Obama somehow "stole" away Senator Clinton's coronoation. That's not true, but I also know that perception is reality to a lot of people. Especially emotionally charged people.

    So, some recognizing their positon, and not wanting to endanger their ability to get re-elected will not "endorse" Obama. But none of them, and I mean NONE of these representatives, will be endorsing Senator McCain. They are Democrats and they'll tow the party line just up to the point it upsets the apple cart. But, by then, Obama will have the 23 states he needs to wrap up the Presidency.

    June 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. hahaha

    I wouldn't vote for OBAMA if he was the only one running. There's something, I just can't put my finger on it. Well, remember one thing,
    "Becareful what you wish for!"

    June 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Tejano

    Thank God for some decent Democrats that will not support Obama simply because the party tells them to do it. Some of these Democrats come from very conservative districts and will face the wrath of their constituents after the election. Even Gov. Richardson will face the consequences come time for his re-election.

    We the American Patriots are keeping notes on all the elected officials jumping on the Obama bandwagon.

    June 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Anita

    I hope President Clinton turns his back on the party that betrayed him and Ms. Clinton. This will go down in history as the worst political coup in this country. The DNC soldout Ms Clinton. WE ALL KNOW THAT.

    June 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Shannon

    Mr Hope and change, Mr I want to unite the country, what a bunch of crap. This guy is as dirty as they come. Ask the women in their head scarfs if they are feeling the unity. Hope and change....LOL
    Anyone but Obama!

    June 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. hmmmmm.....sounds fishy

    young black man for Obama..........Hoooooooahhhh........it is funny how cowards act when the tables are turning on them..........all you racist need to get over his blackness......and see his policy......or gas will be 10 dollars a gallon next summer

    June 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. J.C.

    That's good.
    We all should think independently.

    June 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. tyler

    I don't trust Obama after I heard about the farm bill he voted for. I wouldn't trust him if I were them.

    June 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Olivia

    You mean there are some
    house democrats trhat will stand with their constituents? Did I really read that correctly?

    I applaud them. their people will appreciate them. On the other hand, those that went against the wishes of their people should be voted OUT.

    June 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. RosaCA

    Why are those people who can't endorse, vote with the party even running as Democrats.
    AND Shannon that story was really OLD about 5 months ago. New cool aid for you to drink and be hateful. BTW that story was proved to be WRONG.

    June 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. too polite to tell you where to stick it

    The Clintons should politely recuse themselves....

    After all....you spent millions over the past months demonizing ALL things Clinton.

    The greatest president of my lifetime.

    And a true woman warrior for all Americans.


    June 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Xena

    I will never ever vote for obama. He is as dirty as they come. Hopefully more will wise up.

    June 19, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Nando, Florida

    well God Bless them Barak will just repay the Favor in a Few Years when they are riding his NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Joe Six

    Democrat cowards. So what else is new?

    June 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Anne Woods

    Any house Democrat not supporting Obama....IS SMART!

    June 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Jason

    There are AT LEAST 16 GOP house members who have stated they will not endorse John McCain....And yet CNN has constantly refused to post that story. CNN and the rest of the MSM clearly has a bias against Obama.

    June 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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