Leaders: Superdelegates Should Announce by Friday

Posted June 4, 2008 at 9:28am

A day after Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) secured the magic number of delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, top party leaders on Wednesday issued a joint statement directing all uncommitted superdelegates to endorse by Friday. This includes roughly 70 undeclared Members of Congress.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin — chairman of the Democratic Governors Association — said the end has come to what has been “an exciting primary and caucus process,” and attention now must be directed to the general election.

“To that end, we are urging all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their decisions known by Friday of this week so that our party can stand united and begin our march toward reversing the eight years of failed Bush/McCain policies that have weakened our country,” reads the statement.

“We once again congratulate all of the candidates for their leadership and dedication to providing this country with a New Direction. We look forward to working with them and with all Democrats to win the White House, Congressional seats and state capitals so we can deliver the change the American people deserve and demand.”

Party leaders praised Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for contributing to “such a transformational election.”

Their full statement is below:

“We have come to the end of an exciting primary and caucus process — the voters have spoken. As the Democratic leaders of the Senate, House of Representatives, the Governors and the Democratic National Committee we commend all of the participants of the 2008 primary process, especially Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, for making this such a transformational election. Because of the enthusiasm our candidates have inspired, our party has brought record numbers of voters to the polls, gained millions of newly registered Democrats and now has advantages in states many thought were difficult to win. We are grateful to the millions of Independents and Republicans who have crossed over to vote for a Democratic candidate for President.

“Democrats must now turn our full attention to the general election. To that end, we are urging all remaining uncommitted super delegates to make their decisions known by Friday of this week so that our party can stand united and begin our march toward reversing the eight years of failed Bush/McCain policies that have weakened our country.

“We once again congratulate all of the candidates for their leadership and dedication to providing this country with a New Direction. We look forward to working with them and with all Democrats to win the White House, congressional seats and state capitals so we can deliver the change the American people deserve and demand.”