McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

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June 11, 2008

Obama endorsement? Not from this Oklahoma congressman

U.S. District 2 Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, says he’s voting Democratic in the upcoming November election— but he’s not endorsing Barack Obama for president.

Boren remained an uncommitted superdelegate during the hard-fought race for the Demcoratic presidential nomination between Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“It’s a moot point now that Hillary is dropping out of the race,” Boren said.

Clinton carried Oklahoma during the Presidential Preferential Primary in Oklahoma last February.

Boren figures he may not be required to cast a superdelegate vote at all during the Demcoratic National Convention set for Aug. 25-28 in Denver.

“The nominee will be elected by acclamation,” Boren predicted. “I don’t think there wil be a role call. Oklahoma will cast all of its votes for the nominee.”

But if he has to cast a vote as a superdelegate, Boren said he will.

“There’s not a choice between two or three candidates,” he said.

Although he’s not endorsing Obama, Boren told the News-Capital he plans to cast a Democratic ballot in November.

“When I go into the voting booth, I’m voting Democratic, because we can’t afford to have a third Bush term,” Boren said, referring to the label some have given to a potential presidential administration of John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

The Congressman said the country can’t afford to have another Republican presidential administration sitting on the sidelines while people are hurting.

“We can’t keep doing what we’re doing,” Boren said.

If he’s going to announce his intention to vote Democratic in the upcoming election, then why did Boren decide not to make an endorsement?

“I rarely endorse anyone from any office,” Boren said

“Our nominee is not someone who’s going to govern from the center,” Boren said of Obama.

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