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Webb Willing to Overrule Convention Delegates

Tim Craig

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) said today that superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention shouldn't feel bound to support the presidential candidate who wins the most pledged delegates elected by the voters.

"If they didn't want the superdelegates to have independent judgment, they wouldn't have created them," Webb said during an interview on ABC's This Week.

Webb is the only Virginia Democrat in Congress who has not endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill), who won the state's Feb. 12 primary with 64 percent of the vote.

Obama leads Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in pledged delegates, and many analysts believe she is unlikely to catch up before the primaries end in June. Clinton hopes to secure the nomination by winning over superdelegates, such as Webb.

Webb said in the interview he remains conflicted over who he will support.

"You know, I have the luxury of having two candidates in this party who are really exciting the country and brining more people into the Democratic Party, either of whom can be a very fine president," Webb told host George Stephanopoulos. "If I saw that one of them would be a markedly better president, I would endorse them. But I'm really happy at this point to support them both."

Webb's relationship with the Clintons has improved since they left the White House in 2001.

Webb, a former Republican, once called President Clinton's administration the most "corrupt" in history. But both Clintons campaigned for Webb and helped him raise money in 2006. Obama also stumped for Webb, and his staff says he has good personal relationships with both presidential contenders.

By Tim Craig  |  April 6, 2008; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , James Webb , Tim Craig  
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Comments

"Obama leads Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in pledged delegates, and many analysts believe she is unlikely catch up before the primaries end in June."

This metric is wrong. NEITHER candidate can win without super-delegates. Any talk about The Math is a pre-emptive move to shut down voters in the remaining states before they've voted.

Despite his huge funding lead, Obama has not been able to close the deal. Statistically both are tied and the only way for Obama to win is for Clinton to drop out, which she has said she will not do.

Posted by: cab91 | April 6, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes lets just follow Republofasist Webb's lead and let all the Republican delegates vote too!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"If they didn't want the superdelegates to have independent judgment, they wouldn't have created them,"

It's hard to agrgue with that logic, although both campaigns do when it's to their advantage to do so.

If Superdelegates were required to support the presidential candidate who wins the most pledged delegates elected by the voters, what's the point in having them? They'd just be Pledged delegates themselves, wouldn't they!

Posted by: NoVA | April 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Superdelegates should all vote how I feel they should vote!

Posted by: everyone | April 8, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Webb is a coward

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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