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Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama

You heard it here first. Council member and newly elected superdelegate Harry Thomas Jr., initially a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is announcing in minutes that he will cast his vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for Sen. Barack Obama.

Thomas received more than 100 phone calls and e-mails from constituents who feared that he would use his power as a superdelegate to vote for Clinton despite the city's overwhelming support of Obama in the Potomac Primary.

"After meeting with the candidates and listening to my constituents, I have to honor the 83 percent who support Barack Obama," he said in an interview, referring to the results of the Democratic primary.

Thomas will make the announcement at 10 p.m. at a debate watch party.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 16, 2008; 9:47 PM ET
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Thank you Mr. Thomas for your support, welcome to the team and plenty room for ALL.

Posted by: nointeam | April 17, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Thomas!

Posted by: Granny4Obama | April 17, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Last night, the corporate hacks at ABC declared war on the Democratic Party. As former Clinton official Stephenopolous obsessed over paranoid right-wing conspiracy theories, Charlie Gibson remained fixated, not on the issues that matter to normal Pennsylvanians, but elite curiousities like the capital gains tax. All the while, Hillary Clinton gleefully participated in the shameless pile-on, operating under the deluded assumption that she wouldn't be getting the same treatment if the situation were reversed. Democrats, ABC has declared war on our party, it's time to fight back. Thank you, Henry Thomas!

Posted by: Klaus | April 17, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Any quotes from the announcement? Did any reporters attend the debate watch party? Is anyone from the post going to call Thomas for a post-endorsement quote?

Posted by: KCinDC | April 17, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit that ABC is the worst in tv history to hist a debate.

Posted by: Lakisha Jackson | April 17, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The way the moderators asked the lynching questions of Obama they need to be fired. I am demanding that George and Charlie be off af ABC

Posted by: James Barnett | April 17, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Thank you thomas!!! That was the most noble thing that you could have done!! As well all know obama won the potomac primary elections hands down. Come november dc,va, and md will pull through again for obama to bring change to washington! thanks thomas!

Posted by: corin | April 17, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Thank you so much Mr. Thomas for seeing through the smoke screen of a lynching disguised as a debate...your support is appreciated by millions of voters who see the truth behind the tabloid driven media who try to further their own agendas while meanwhile we suffer in our own bitterness and anger...With Barack Obama we have hope...thank you

Posted by: Susan | April 17, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Let Hil-liar-y continue and she will see IF she has any support in the Black community after this. Let's see her win this with just the small town Americans.

Posted by: IslandGyal | April 17, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

thank you. it was a disgrace last night. i think barack held up well, he can take it folks!!

Posted by: jb | April 17, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Thomas, you are greatly appreciated!!

Posted by: Marion | April 17, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

what a hatchet job by gibson and Stephenophous the worst debate questions ever it sounded more personal than political But as usual Obama like the Phoneix rose from the ashes shame on u ABC I thought better of gibson the other guy I really felt he was continuing his work for the clintons .Did anyone but me notice the disdain on gibson's face when he asked Obama questions like how dare he act presidential and not even wear the flag pin.Several candidates wear the flag pin and look at the mess this country is in.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your change of heart Mr. Thomas.. we all must unite for Obama..

Obama, Obama, Obama!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sable | April 17, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Smart move Mr. Thomas...

Posted by: Wisconsin | April 17, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Thomas for your endorsement. I am so sick of the same old politics. That debate last night is the exact reason why people turn away from politics.

Posted by: Katrina | April 17, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Gibson not only appeared biased against Obama
and appeared to be come really upset when he heard his Soc.Sec. cap may be raised on his pay category ("have mores"). Where were the important issue
discussions a debate should offer?

Posted by: hr | April 17, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Thomas for honoring the will of your constituents. The same cannot be said regarding some elected officials here in Houston, TX.

Posted by: Houston | April 17, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow, had no idea Thomas was even considering Clinton. Wow would I have been angry with him as a ward 5 resident. Needed good news after watching that attempted lynching of Obama disguised as a debate by ABC last night. G Staph. and his goofy sidekick should be fired if ABC is to reclaim at least the appearance of a network that values real journalism or decency. Until then, I am done with that network and many more. I'm moving towards the internet blogs and I know many more who plan to do the same.

Posted by: Marie | April 17, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Klaus (9:02 AM) says it all. Your constituents support your decision Mr. Thomas. Big props!

Posted by: Rob | April 17, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

SHAME ON YOU ABC. SHAME ON CHARLIE AND GEORGE. THEIR QUESTIONING WAS REPUGNANT AND LEFT ME QUITE "BITTER".

Posted by: Linda | April 17, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

That was not a Debate but rather a Lynching or Roasting and some say Hatchett Job. Here is letter to Charlie & George from a Philadelphia Repoter who is mad as...

http://www.philly.com/...

Excerpt

It's hard to know where to begin with this, less than an hour after you signed off from your Democratic presidential debate here in my hometown of Philadelphia, a televised train wreck that my friend and colleague Greg Mitchell has already called, quite accurately, "a shameful night for the U.S. media." It's hard because -- like many other Americans -- I am still angry at what I just witnesses, so angry that it's hard to even type accurately because my hands are shaking. Look, I know that "media criticism" -- especially when it's one journalist speaking to another -- tends to be a genteel, colleagial thing, but there's no genteel way to say this.

You implied throughout the broadcast that you wanted to reflect the concerns of voters in Pennsylvania. You asked virtually nothing that reflected our everyday issues -- trying to fill our gas tanks and save for college at the same time, our crumbling bridges and inadequate mass transit, or the root causes of crime here in Philadelphia. In fact, there almost isn't enough space -- and this is cyberspace, where room is unlimited -- to list all the things you could have asked about but did not, from health care to climate change to alternative energy to our policy toward China to the deterioration of Afghanistan to veterans' benefits to improving education.

You ignored virtually everything that just happened in what most historians agree is one of the worst presidencies in American history, including the condoning of torture and the trashing of the Constitution, although to be fair you also ignored the policy concerns of people on the right, like immigration issues.

Posted by: Angellight | April 17, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Ditto to all of the above. It's great to have the supers come forward and show their support for our next president.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

A BOYCOTT of ABC Sponsors is one way to bring back some civilty back to this presidential campaign.

Considering that the USA is the world leader in our global economy, it is unfortunate that the moderators for the ABC Debate in PA focused on tabeloid issues rather than the critical issues that face America today.

This ABC Debate wss a terrible representation of one by one of the U.S. major news organizations of presidential debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

From someone who also switched from Hillary to Obama, I understand and congratulate Mr. Thomas! Hillary is turning off the members of the Democratic Party one at a time. Her despicable Republican-like tactics where everything goes ("throw the sink" strategy) turn off the Democrats and may cause us a loss in November. I like Obama more and more! Last night when he was ambushed by a coalition Hannity-Stephanopoulos representing FOX-McCain and ABC-Clinton (George Steph. used to work for President Clinton), Obama did well taking into account the circumstances. He tried to elevate the debate but there was a collusion. Gibson and Stephanopoulos should be fired by ABC!

Posted by: CommonSensePlease | April 17, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Unless my math is wrong, I count 5 new supers for Obama in the last two days, and one minus for Hillary, for a net gain to Obama of 6!!!!!

Stick a fork in her lying mouth and turn her over. She's done.

Posted by: jeffp | April 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I could hardly watch but I listened to the talking heads and almost puked.Only Olbermann got it. Matthews acts as if he's plugged into ALL of Pa. (He's pushing that Senator thing which he won't get.We will show him that he's very out of touch!) Anyway, it was a horrble debate if you call it that. More like a hit squad. ABC I'm sure is reeling from the barrage of letters yesterday/last night.

Posted by: Tia | April 17, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Thomas. Please encourage other superdelegates to do the same. Not because we want Barack (although we do) we want an END to this tabloid TV/ primary coverage. Everyone (Barack and Hillary supporters) agrees it is up to the superdelegates to put us out of this misery. Please help us end this NOW.

Thank you.
A concerned Independent.

Posted by: Sincere Thanks | April 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

It is not the superdelegates job to vote for who thier constituents voted for. If that were the case then there would be point to the super delegates. Why dont people get that?

Posted by: Randy NYC | April 17, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

What a waste of time.You insult the American people.Where were the issues? This was not a debate.You practiced yellow journalism against Obama.Hillary has not been vetted on what she has said and done during this campaign,which has nothing to do with Bill's past.

Posted by: Greatgran | April 17, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

it was the worst debate ever witneness. The moderators were hopeless.
SHAME ON ABC !

Posted by: colly | April 17, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

An Obama supporter switches to Clinton supporter!

Sadly, I'm not alone in this... I've been talking to others the past few days who've also switched to vote Clinton next week. There's something beyond petty lies from a candidate in the heat of the battle.. however, there's another thing about Mr. Obama that scares the hell out of us. It's more of his unknowns that have made me decide not to support him now.

Posted by: Scott-Philadelphia | April 17, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

representative democracy at work. thank you for listening to your constituents, councilperson thomas.

Posted by: alan | April 17, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

You know something, reading all the nasty negative comments by Obama supporters makes me sick! You all are the reason I will not vote for Obama.

Posted by: Paul | April 17, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

i will boycoting ABC and hope all democrats should follow.The debate last name was a sham"true right wing tactics"
Why not ask HRC about her church and pastor, nobody knows what church she keeps talking about.

Posted by: Kaks Ngang | April 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

oh paul... such a baby!!! like anybody cares.

Posted by: philadelphia phreedom | April 17, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Please BOYCOTT ABC SPONSORS.This will teach them a lesson.BOYCOTT,BOYCOTT,BOYCOTT

Posted by: BOMA | April 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Hope there are more like you! It is a travesty how HRC and her cronies (Stephanopoulos) are swift boating Obama! It is detestable and WRONG! This is America and does she have no decency? The scorched earth politics of HRC may get her the nomination but then what???? I have no respect for her.

Posted by: Mita | April 17, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

As a lifelong yellow dog Democrat, I predict Obama not only will get the nomination, but he also will go down to crashing peerless defeat in the fall.

Posted by: Mike Meyer | April 17, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I only wish our Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Cleveland, Ohio would do the same thing. Her district went to Obama in huge numbers yet she still supports Clinton dispite all of the dirty tactics they have used in this campaign. I think she might find her re-election a bit harder this time.

Posted by: Nancy Abraham | April 17, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

republicansforobama.org = 2008SWIFTBOATERS = Trainwreck the Clinton Campaign!

Obama Campaign, there is a wolf among your midst! It is not possible for Sandi Navratil-Lincoln to be an Obama *delegate* from Cerro Gordo County, Iowa as she claims all over republicansforobama.org as well as her MyObama page, when the Iowa Democratic Party has never heard of her as confirmed by the Iowa Democratic Party's Delegate Chairperson! She is not now, nor has she ever been a Registered Democrat.

Let them know you will not allow this in the name of Obama! sandi@republicansforobama.org

Posted by: backbeatrocks | April 17, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Jumping on the bandwagon! Good Luck in November, Obama will need it!

Posted by: Anthony | April 17, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

weak.

Posted by: wudda | April 17, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

GOOD NEWS.
OTHER SUPER DELEGATES SHOOLD LISTEN TO THEIR CONSTITUENT AND DECLARE TO KILL THE RACE BEFORE 22/4/2008

Posted by: AWAKI | April 17, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

ABC now stands for = Attack Black Candidate

They are fueled by Right-Wing fear monger "Hannity" who gave George his talking points. Silly George... you should have researched the connection that the Clintons have with the Weather Underground before using it against Obama. Bill pardoned 2 members of the WU and Obama simply knows one.

I can't believe this farce they called a debate. It was more like a Re-Hate, more of the same negative and nasty clintonic tactics.

Posted by: BITTER ABOUT ABC | April 17, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Harry Thomas, Jr.

We hope that all of the superdelegates in states that Senator Obama has won will come out in support of Senator Obama. Last night's "debate" was a travesty of justice. We hope that the supers will put an end to the destruction of the Democratic Party by Hillary Clinton by endorsing Senator Obama before the Party is fractured beyond repair.

Posted by: Kathy F | April 17, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Thomas. Keep the sanity coming. Obama handled the tabloid journalism and then some. He provided insights into the running of the political machine that all Americans need to understand if they want to make their life better. I can not tell you how good I will feel once he is President. Imagine being proud of your President instead of ashamed. We will have a President who is intelligent and a leader. He will bring the best that America has to offer to run this country. Just like the ground breaking and amazingly effective way he has run his campaign. I'm for Hope.

OBAMA08

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that the aggressive pursuit of Black SuperDelegates and others like Tavis Smiley is so intense that people do not feel free to react in a manner they think is in the best interest of the country.

We are suppose to be proud of this? I think it is a very sad state of affairs in our country.

I don't think Obama should be getting a pass because he is black skinned. Actually I think he take civil rights movement backwards and it is apparent in many ways.

It is funny to read the comments here about the debate. It was not a lynching... these are still very mild questions and fair! We are voting for a President and we need to know about them. Obama is unknown, he chose to run before his time.

Also.. OBAMA himself said in 2004 that he didn't ahve the experience to be on the ticket in 2008 and he believes that you need to be qualified for the job you apply for so there fore... I will NOT be on the ticket in 2008.

He MUST be subjected to scrutiny.. why should this junior senator get a free pass?

Posted by: Percy11 | April 17, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

How very shameful of ABC and Charles Gibson and George WHATS HIS NAME should be forced to apologize to Sen. Obama and the American citizenry !!
I am a 62 yr. young white male and I am shocked that ABC let this happen !!
The only thing that I can see is the Clinton's must have paid Gibson and George a large sum of something or they are just for Hillary Clinton "period" !!!
Again, ABC should and MUST force those two monkey's to apologize !!!!

Posted by: Ken and Liz Collins | April 17, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Harry Thomas, Jr.

We hope that all of the superdelegates in states that Senator Obama has won will come out in support of Senator Obama.

Posted by: lefty | April 17, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

As a public school US history teacher as well as a supporter of Sen. Obama, I am pleased to hear support of more SDs for Obama. I am dismayed however with the type of "debate" that was offered to the American people. I believe that ABC did such a tasteless/tabloid job on this "debate" and mocked the Founders of this Union by holding this style debate at the center. Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton each had their short comings but nobody would have allowed such a "shallow" debate to occur. An apology is owed to the American people.

Posted by: jrw34 | April 17, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the purpose of the debate was to denigrate Senator Obama and Senator Clinton to advantage undecided voters to chose McCain. I guess the point is if Hillary could have advanced as rapidly in the republican party she would have. The likelihood is Senator Clinton is a closet republican or a RIDC whose ambition was easier realized in the democratic party. Bill Clinton was nothing more than a means to an end.

That the republicans win with her as the second choice after McCain may be why the moderators strove so hard to make Senator Obama uncomfortable. It seems to me that the real purpose remains the wedge issues of race and sexism of which the republican party is more sensitive to anyway. The fact that the program was devoid of substance says as much about the moderators' disrespect for the first African-American candidate and first viable woman candidate.

What it comes down to is the trivializing of the process while debasing the democratic candidates. The upshot for me is Senator Clinton played into the gamesmanship, while Senator Obama refused to play. This is also why he is regarded as uppity or arrogant or sly or...you fill in the word...it is because he won't play. He won't participate in political self-affliction. Senator Obama is resented because he has ideals.

Senator Clinton is the quintessential BS artist whose fifteen minute answers make agreement easy just to get her to shut up. I mean, after talking for so long and saying nothing -- many listeners must get lost in the contortions and convolutions of her mind, and clap just to prove they understood what she did not say, but man whatever she said was great!.

The republicans want John McCain but Hillary Clinton is better than Senator Obama because he is after all not a white American. He is an elitist African-American because he graduated Harvard. He is too good a role model of hope. Better to have more Black role models like Michael Steele who fully understands he is a republican first and a black American second. There is absolutely no way Michael Steele will ever get it into his head that he could be President of the United States. Like Hillary Clinton, Mayor Nutter, and Ed Rendell, Mr. Steele "gets it" and what they get is exactly what they deserve.

What about you?

Posted by: Onusomos | April 17, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It was so unfortunate that Mr. Charles Gibson was the Moderator in last night's debate. He lacked the insight and the skill to ask meaningful and thought provoking questions that were relevant to the current and future climate of America.

I was perplexed when he was so determined at the start of the debate to get Senator Obama and Senator Clinton to decide at that moment if they were willing to be one another's other vice president if the other loss the nomination for the Democratic nomination to be president.

Mr. Gibson came off as if he was the strong parent and who was the only capable one of the three who would bring order; because the candidate were incapable of doing the task themselves.

Wrong time and wrong place Mr. Gibson!

His question to the candidates regarding a possible tax increase on the middle class was so transparent of the views of the Republican Party that as voter; I was insulted.

What about the poor, Mr. Gibson?

Are they not apart of America? Do they not have anyone who has a voicce in support for their needs?

Why on earth did ABC ask a loyal Republican to moderate the Democratic Primary debate?

I am sick and tired of being sick, and tired of these "shameless" tactics with these politicians and the media.

Senator Obama is correct: Lets move away from the same old politics as usual where you run a negative campaign based on race and name calling; and move in a direction where we can all discuss exactly what is wrong with America; and how we all can be apart of the solution to fixing it.

Simple, yet brilliant!

Did you hear that Senator Clinton and Senator McCain, and Charles Gibson...Simple, yet brilliant!

Posted by: Anthony-Philadelphia | April 17, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I anticipated hearing our concerns debated ( oil prices, jobs, housing, college) all week. I planned on making my decision based on the debate. ABC saw fit to run a tabloid Q and A rather than debate the issues, and Hillary just saw fit to try to push that agenda. Based on what I saw during the "debate" and post-debate interviews, Obama gets my vote, I feel that the Clintons should be drummed out of the party, and I'll never watch ABC again!

Posted by: PA voter | April 17, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This is great news! Good for Mr. Thomas!

I have been wondering what is going on with the Potomac-area superdelegates. Despite the enormous turnout, incredible enthusiasm and huge margins for Obama in the voting in Maryland, Virginia and DC, most of the superdelegates from all three areas are either uncommitted or for Clinton. If I lived in that area, I'd be outraged, and I would make myself heard to my elected representatives.

From politico.com: Maryland- 11 supers for Clinton, 5 for Obama, 12 uncommitted.
Virginia- 6 supers for Clinton, 4 for Obama, 6 uncommitted.
DC- 10 Clinton, 9 Obama, 5 uncommitted (they have Mr. Thomas as uncommitted).

Call these people! Express support for the concept of letting the voters decide!

Posted by: mtfbwy | April 17, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This is good news. More to come, I hope, ASAP.

Clinton has no chance of winning the popularly-elected delegates. Obama has a growing lead and she can't possibly overtake him - the math has been proven again and again.

The Democratic Party won't let the superdels override the popular vote, because they can't risk angering so many Democratic voters - the newly-registered young voters & African-Americans, who will stay home in Nov - and thereby risk giving up not only the White House & the Senate, but also the chance to appoint one or two Supreme Court justices

So why don't the superdelegates get on the stick and declare for Obama? Now. Before the PA vote. Face the facts and end this agony.

Posted by: stonepier | April 17, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama has all the delegates and votes he needs to move on out of this race and go to the next. The upper-level Democrats now this. If the situation was reversed Obama would have been run out of town a long time ago. How can she make up the delegate numbers--simplply put--she can't! Meanwhile, our hops of winning the general elections diminishes everyday that Clinton puts her ego before the party.

Bill
White male middle class Dem.
KY

Posted by: Bill | April 17, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

ABC gets millions in political advertising dollars and then sends out two National Enquirer wannabes to turn the debate into pure farce, stirring up trifling controversies in order to, what, get more advertising?

Posted by: doug | April 17, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

How can we know if Obama is a patriot to this country, since he doesn't wear the American Flag lapel pin that is required for all American patriots?

Posted by: Gabe | April 17, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama brings Honesty HOPE.

Hillary brings baggage in the form of lies in a Tote.

Obama already won the vote.

Hillary should bow out but says nope.

I'd rather vote for hope than a lying dope.

Post Poem Comments: Hillary you are full of transparent self promoting lies. I do not beleive that you would put Americas... no the peoples best interests ahead of your own which is plain to see. By the way is your good buddy Mark Penn still involed in your campaign? Way to support the working class... more trade agreements.

I can go on and on but you know what I won't because HRC at this point is not worth the font that this is typed with.

Dream Ticket- McCain/Hillary

Posted by: Whatever Man | April 17, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

IF THATS THE CASE... THEN ALL THE SUPERDELEGATES MUST FOLLOW THEIR REPSPECTIVE CONSTITUENTS, AND RICHARDSON AND KENNEDY MUST BACK CLINTON... EVEN IF SHE ONLY WON NEW MEXICO A SMALL PERCENTAGE. OTHERWISE, IT IS HYPOCRITICAL POLITICS ( LIKE THERE IS ANY OTHER KIND!) AS USUAL.

Posted by: d. marcus abir | April 17, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess this means Kerry, Kennedy and Richardson will be voting for Hillary. You can't have it both ways. Hillary won their states, so they should follow the will of the people and cast their votes, for her.

Posted by: Janet | April 17, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone challenging Hillary about wearing a flag pin in her pants suit lapel?

Posted by: wilder4obama | April 17, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that the attempted 'lynching' will create even more momentum for Obama. The idea of having a real leader in the White House, one who isn't beholden to the special interests, has to be frightening to many of the "old school", sold-out pols.

Obama made a conscious decision to run sooner rather than later, just to avoid getting sucked-in to the whole entrenched system, and he was right to do so.

Mr. Gore, today or tomorrow would be a fine time to declare for Obama, you know you want to!

Posted by: William | April 17, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

We got you Barak!!!!

Posted by: Barbara Texas | April 17, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a disgrace that the comment by Islangyal makes it to a spot such as this. This writer states that Clinton should just wait and see if she has any black supporters left now and to wait and see what the "smalltown" voters do for her! That to me is racism rearing its ugly head at the worst. Isn't that what Obama is AGAINST ? Why does race have to be brought into this again.

Posted by: cfcbf | April 17, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Too bad you have to give in to strong arms tactics. I'm sure you want to retain your elected position. Too bad there are small minded people in this great nation of ours who can only get their way by threats and intimidation. Sometimes I am ashamed of my fellow countrymen. Last night at the ABC debate I was honored to see the MSM finally show some spine and ask the hard questions. Great job only wish we had more time to get to more issues that face this country and the nominee .

Posted by: Tisha | April 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

When Hillary was getting all of the heat. None of you that's on this post wasn't saying a thing. Obama thought he was above
all of you blacks. Just because ahe is half black you all just taking it out it the wrong way. Obama dosen't have the experience. WE have groups that we have called together in different States
all over the United States if Hillary don't win, We have ask all groups to vote
for John McCain. He wan't be the president
Alexrod have done all kind of wrong campaining. He threw that race card against
Bill Clinton. He knew that was a lie and
got the black people all against Hillary.
That's bad politics. They have been dirty
against Hillary this whole 15 months. It's
time that she have some good people like
George and Charlie that can see threw this
dirty election. He need to be vetted more.
Chris Matthews and Keith Olderman has been
wrong against Hillary, She stood up and took it bcause she can win the nomination.
Obama can't beat John McCain it was proved
last night that he is not ready.

Posted by: ttodd | April 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU!!!!!

We don't want a fighter in office, we want an end to the fighting! The Clintons may have helped a lot of people, but we weren't among them. It's time for someone else to have a shot at it.

We support Barack Obama!

Sincerely,

An older white woman and her white husband, both middle class, "bitter" Americans who have finally had hope rekindled by a remarkable man.

Posted by: K & M, PA | April 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Sean Hanity is EVIL, his obsession with Obama should be investigated and should be taken seriously.

Posted by: Ashley | April 17, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Thomas; joining a losing team!!!

Posted by: Fourthsign | April 17, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"OMG, thank you Mr. Thomas!"

...you Obamaniacs are hilarious.

Posted by: a visitor | April 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

As the republican candidate for presidency, even I was appalled by the ABC 'tabloid' debate. And Tom, thank you for voting Obama.

Posted by: John McCain | April 17, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Thomas! We are the change we have been waiting for. Yes we can!

Posted by: Katy | April 17, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I think it is fine for Thomas to vote for Obama if he won the majority of the vote in DC. But, why is it then ok for superdelegates in other states where Hillary has won for those delegates to go against the votes of the people and support Obama? I just don't get the reasoning be used to justify voting for Obama not matter what criteria is being used. The concept of going with how your state votes sounds fair until you start to see what is actuall happening.

Posted by: debbie | April 17, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

If people don't see that the debate last night was a right-wing attempt to deride the front runner in the PRESIDENTIAL election-- this country has failed me.

Wake the hell up-- and realize that the reason they are giving Obama such a hard time in the media, and giving Clinton and McCain a free pass-- is because the mainstream media doesn't want Obama in the White House. He would actually be GOOD for the country, and get people to quit being so lethargic about bettering themselves and this country. How can the media make money reporting on Anna Nicole Smith and Brittney Spears if people are bettering their lives? They cant!

They want the sheeple to mull over minute details of the campaign, so they forget about the REAL problems this country is facing. I for one, HAD more faith in the American people to be able to see through these old smokescreens and diversions-- and return this country to a great nation again. It seems that I was wrong. If McCain wins the Oval Office--I am moving. If Hillary wins, there will be NO chance for peace in the middle east, because those leaders WILL NOT NEGOTIATE WITH A WOMAN! I know that sounds sexist-- but frankly, it is...and they are.

Posted by: Nik | April 17, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The abc moderators have lost sight of what is important to the people of America.

Posted by: Joe from Harrisburg, PA | April 17, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank you sir, you are appreciated.

Posted by: Kris | April 17, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I too am disturbed by the shameful attempt by ABC to humiliate Obama. The problem is that professionalism has gone out the window. I saw Charlie Gibson in a light that I had never seen before and both he and George were shameful. You know, George is one of those people that it would be very hard to trust, as the clintons were his friends at one time and when he left the white house, he pretty much trashed them. What real issues were addressed last night. With one minute left, the issues were addressed. It looks to me that Obama's complexion is bringing out the real deal in people. This Bill Ayers thing that Fox news has been on does not hold water, yet, these people have continued to try and raise issues were there were none. This is about the pettiest,,,, racist thing that I have seen in my life.

Posted by: Ceina | April 17, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The debate that really wasn't! It was a right-wing pile-on with the news commentators operating as an echo chamber for all of the trivial 'news' that they have been making for the last few months. Hillary continued to operate as Hillary, incapable of taking a high road and staying focused on the concerns of Pennsylvanians and America. They shamelessly wasted the viewers time.

There is one protest that we all can use to demonstrate our disappointment/disgust with ABC. Turn them off and leave them off until their sponsors help them change their direction. The best thing that ABC can do right now is apologize.

Posted by: Ron B. from Montclair, NJ | April 17, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

After last night's Democratic "debate" in Pennsylvania? As a long time registered Independent - I now have made a decision on to whom my vote will go to and that will be to Barack Obama. HRC and her gutter politics at long last may come to an end. I wholeheartedly support the candidacy of Barack Obama, the junior Senator from Illinois.

Posted by: Bernie Moore-Knowles | April 17, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

A Clinton supporter switches to Obama supporter!
You know something, reading all the nasty negative comments by Clinton and her supporters turns me off!
A vote for Obama is a vote for the future.

Posted by: natalie | April 17, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I am turning to CBS at 6:30 PM from now on. Gearge S. and Charly Gibson should be ashamed. They have no morals or pride. ABC shoud expect this from Stephanopolis, Disappointed in Charlie Gibson. My dial will change to 10 or 3. None of your soap from me.

Posted by: Voluntad from Philadelphia | April 17, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Okay... we give in. Your Hillaryness could have Richardson, Kerry & Kennedy. We'll rightfully take the other hundred or so Super Delegates that seem to be "waiting" to endorse against the candidate their district voted for which was Obama.

Like I said take these three Super Delagates Obama does not need them. HE LEADS IN DELAGATES HE WILL NEVER LOSE HIS LEAD IN DELEGATES. This is what p*** me off.

HE ALREADY WON THE DELAGATE COUNT NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT. HILLARY CANNOT WIN THE SUPERDELAGATES UNLESS A LOT MORE THAN THREE OF VOTE AGAINST THEIR DISTRICTS.

Dream Ticket - McCain/Hillary

Posted by: Whatever Man | April 17, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Nancy
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Cleveland, Ohio was promised a spot in HRC's group if she is elected. That's why she won't change her stance! A shame how easily a bribe can be used.

Posted by: Dave Z | April 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Mike meyer===we got a saying here---he aint worth a yeller dog.

Posted by: oldman&theC | April 17, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

randyNYC===so maybe the guy just decided he liked Obama better and wanted to stay in good with hisd constituents.Who cares?

Posted by: triptomars2008 | April 17, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was very wrong---you can choose your family , you can choose your spouse. She should have got up and walked out 20 years ago.

Posted by: majorteddy | April 17, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Major Teddy you are "Wright" -

Way to choose a spouse LOL...

By the way where is that red dress?

Dream Ticket - McCain/Hillary

Posted by: Whatever Man | April 17, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What a farce. I used to think a lot of Charlie Gibson. I can expect something this weaselie out of Stephenapoulis, but Charlie, you surprised me. This was pretty amateurish, especially taking a question from Sean Hannity. That is about the lowest. Is ABC going to try to hire away Bill O'Reilly for the nightly news? I couldn't believe that crap about a flag lapel pin. I've never seen Hillary wear one, she wasn't wearing one last night, but they never said anything to her. They weren't wearing one. Are they anti-American. I'm Bitter. at ABC.

Posted by: ben franklin | April 17, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

debbie ===what difference does it make?

Posted by: oldman&theC | April 17, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

a visitor===please don't call us Hillaryious.

Posted by: triptomars2008 | April 17, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie Tubbs Jones still can be in that group with Hillary--the losers group if she don't get right with Jesus!

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | April 17, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

America needs to know . . . WHERE oh WHERE were the flag lapel pins on Gibson and Stephanopoulos and Clinton????

Posted by: Paul Olson | April 17, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Fox, please outline me 10 thinks that make Obama ready to be Commander in Chief.
I will tell you 10 thinks that he is HOT ready:
- Mysterious relationship with mysterious people
- He is a snob and arrogant with people that he does not depend on, manipulator with those that he needs; behind there back he is sarcastic!
- last 10-15 years what he has done like a Community organiser, Senator in Chicago or more so senator of USA
/my answer would be :running for offices; professional runner/
- credibility issues : big time, /many things that have been sad by him / but 1/2 of the Democrats do not to accnolige it for different reasons; one of them is Clintons haters.
- lock of experience: that is NOT very responsible, because he will experiment with that country and the world: dangerous ambition
- chameleon , very , very good at it.
- he started to attack FIRST Hillary Clinton; during the debates still with Eduards and Richardson. I have a copy! The explanation was : she is a front runner!!?? Isn't it now opposite?
- his campaign uses many hidden tactics, he supposed to be "different"
-Very left - I call it SOCIALISM / NARCISSISM.
-Bad debater,;and he supposed to negotiate with world anti American leaders?

Hillary is a B... , but I am not planning to marry her, I need she to do job for me and my family!!!

Posted by: Gen | April 17, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Never have I watched such a travesty of journalism. I am a Canadian and could not believe how they tried to trash Senator Obama. Why do they want him to fail. I would examine that question, it is really quite frightening.
Senator Clinton seems to want to defeat the whole Democratic party. I was disgusted

Posted by: Vivian London | April 17, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillary just lost one superdelegate?
Hmm.
I wonder if I'm the only viewer and listener who was around to hear Hillary say that she may be many things but I'm "not dumb" ( or words to such effect ).

Not dumb enough to NOT respond "yes, yes, yes" to Obama vs. McCain question in full broadcast media mode on last evening ABC debate-vetting.

So she showed herself flopper, liar, and coward, maybe: She and her campaign are known for "no, no, no" equivalent on question of Obama vs McCain in GE for weeks now. No, Obama cannot win, cannot stand up to McCain in the G.E. is what the Hillary campaign and Hillary have been pushing under cover of MSM, on "shows" in conference calls and so forth.

So, I do not know now, if I should believe Hillary's "yes, yes, yes" or "no, no, no" regarding the ability of her opponent Barack Obama to defeat McCain in G.E.

She was cornered last evening ABC "debate". She tried a usual side-step to the question before declaring her 3 yes-es!

So Hillary showed herself to be
a -not dumb
b -a liar
c -cowardly ?

Posted by: Victoria PA | April 17, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Hillary just lost one superdelegate?
Hmm.
I wonder if I'm the only viewer and listener who was around to hear Hillary say that she may be many things but I'm "not dumb" ( or words to such effect ).

Not dumb enough to NOT respond "yes, yes, yes" to Obama vs. McCain question in full broadcast media mode on last evening ABC debate-vetting.

So she showed herself flopper, liar, and coward, maybe: She and her campaign are known for "no, no, no" equivalent on question of Obama vs McCain in GE for weeks now. No, Obama cannot win, cannot stand up to McCain in the G.E. is what the Hillary campaign and Hillary have been pushing under cover of MSM, on "shows" in conference calls and so forth.

So, I do not know now, if I should believe Hillary's "yes, yes, yes" or "no, no, no" regarding the ability of her opponent Barack Obama to defeat McCain in G.E.

She was cornered last evening ABC "debate". She tried a usual side-step to the question before declaring her 3 yes-es!

So Hillary showed herself to be
a -not dumb
b -a liar
c -cowardly ?

Posted by: Victoria PA | April 17, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

those phone calls came in due to fear. Obama was awful and everyone knows it. So to save him, his animals put an attack on. Wow a new definition of change.
All this does is reinforce if Hillary is not the canidate, we will vote for MCCAIN.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Ypou dumb left of the left loeftwingers...I wopuld be as ashamed to have this man from Ill my President just as much as I would if it were Hillary. he is every inch a CLINTON without the clintonian years.

Posted by: bowie | April 17, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought the debate was awful. Gibson and Stephanopoulos (a known Clinton supporter) simply pounded Obama with the same old tired questions, like the flag pin issue and Rev Wright's comments, ad nauseum. It looked like Obama was more frustrated than confused. He might have thought are these two Disney characters (Dopey and Goofy as journalists) simply going to devote the entire debate to smarmy character attacks? Seemed like the case to me.
Notice how both moderators soft-balled Sen. Clinton's lame excuse for lying in her Bosnia "sniper fire" story. She was "tired" was the excuse... but no hard follow up question asking "You might also be tired at 3:00 am when the phone rings at the White House. Will you be as delusional with your response then?"
Certainly, Obama could have been better prepared to handle the childish questions and rude interruptions, but he was spot-on when he suggested the public is weary of such cheap theatrics.
Any journalist pressing McCain about his flip flops on Bush Tax cuts or waterboarding? Nope, but we'll get to the bottom of how Cindy McCains family recipes were copied from the Food Network... the important stuff that inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: Steve CA | April 17, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Finally a video of Hillary in her own words. Archive news-reel footage of
Hillary from 1992 to present.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exsmFDYyK4U

Hillary in her own words promoting NAFTA.
Hillary in her own words talking about Iraq.
Hillary in her own words talking about the importance of character.
Hillary in her own words acknowledging that voters are tired of politicians
who lie.
Hillary in her own words insulting stay-at-home-moms that bake cookies.
Hillary in her own words talking about elitism.
Hillary in her own words talking about Bill's $800,000 for speeches
supporting Columbian free trade.

People who like this video, may also like "Hillary's Inner Tracy Flick":
http://slatev.com/player.html?id=1377935786

Go Obama.

Posted by: James | April 17, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Harry Thomas. Thanks for fighting for what is right. http://theladnerreportblog.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Joyce Ladner | April 18, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Gen= if you think that Hillary Clinton with her deeply entrenched Washington politics is going to make a positive difference in your life you need to wake up. This country is NOT going to change unless we elect someone who is different. That is Obama!

Posted by: Diana for Obama | April 18, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Bowie=who are you calling dumb...have you checked out your spelling lately?

Posted by: Diana for Obama | April 18, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

To all those posting before me that have vowed not to vote Democratic in the GE if their candidate is not elected, I ask you, are you: (a) Republican; (b) Stupid; or (c) Too immature to be allowed to cast a vote?

C'mon, Dems! I have a very strong preference for my candidate, but when I compare the platforms, there is almost no difference in their ultimate goals-- and the differences between the parties is VAST.

Think about it! You are saying, "If I can't have the Dem I want to lead us out of Iraq, I would rather stay there!", "If I can't have the Dem I want working to fix the economic mess, I would rather have a recession..." ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? This is your life-- YOUR LIFE you're making a decision on-- not betting on the World Series! C'mon you-- this is not about you be right-- it is about you having a better life!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

To all those posting before me that have vowed not to vote Democratic in the GE if their candidate is not elected, I ask you, are you: (a) Republican; (b) Stupid; or (c) Too immature to be allowed to cast a vote?

C'mon, Dems! I have a very strong preference for my candidate, but when I compare the platforms, there is almost no difference in their ultimate goals-- and the differences between the parties is VAST.

Think about it! You are saying, "If I can't have the Dem I want to lead us out of Iraq, I would rather stay there!", "If I can't have the Dem I want working to fix the economic mess, I would rather have a recession..." ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? This is your life-- YOUR LIFE you're making a decision on-- not betting on the World Series! C'mon you-- this is not about you being right-- it is about you having a better life!

Posted by: Steve in NYC | April 18, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh! Chalk up another one for integrity! The stale, and downright phony "I have to follow the will of my constituents" excuse (a la John Lewis), even though those constituents did not make you a Superdelegate!

Translation: I'm so scared, because the Obama supporters who supposedly believe in democracy are threatening me! And if I dare to disagree with them, they won't be my friends anymore, so there!

I'm not wild about this Harry. In fact I find him pathetic!

Posted by: Thomas Chacko | April 18, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Good for Council Member Thomas for remembering that delegates should be representing the voters -- and their own constituents. Contrast to the Council Member for Ward 2, Jack Evans, who is continuing to try to get on the bus to Denver as a super for Hillary Clinton, even when 3/4 of the District and 2/3 of his own constituents support Obama. How odd.

Posted by: Michelle | April 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

SHAME ON YOU GEORGE AND CHARLES OF ABC NEWS. BOTH OF YOU SHOULD BE FIRED. YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO YOUR NETWORK AND AMERICA AS A WHOLE.YOUR INBORN PREJUDICES DID SHINE THRU BUT YOU KNOW--WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE B/C YOU WILL HAVE A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. OR SHALL WE NOW CALL IT BLACK HOUSE.

BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!

Posted by: faustina | April 18, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

George and Charles--you are KKK in suits--you just happen to leave your white uniform and hat at home for Obama,s lynching but we still saw thru you both last evening. ABC NEWS LET THESE TWO FOOL GO!

Posted by: UCHE | April 18, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Will Obama supporters please listen to the man and stop the sad abusive behaviour towards Hillary Clinton. Stop blaming her for the media's bias and start blaming the media and those who own?

You are getting seriously annoying and turning people away. Not that I'd ever decide not to vote for such a great man because of the insulting behaviour of his supporters. Anyone who votes of the basis of spite towards others doesn't deserve the right to vote.

Posted by: Iris | April 18, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

As Homer Simpson would say

Wooo-Hooo!!!!

Appreciate your supporting your constituents Councilman.

Enjoy Denver

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | April 18, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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