James Clyburn to Endorse Barack Obama

Jun 2, 2008 1:22pm

ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: Respected civil rights leader and Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., will endorse Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president formally on Tuesday, ABC News can confirm, as reported first by the Associated Press.

Clyburn is calling other superdelegates Monday to get them on board before the last Democratic primary contests. 

The South Carolina congressman had expressed concern about the negative tone of the Democratic nomination race and has criticized how Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has dealt with Obama.

Clyburn was incensed when former President Bill Clinton dismissed Obama’s South Carolina victory in January, comparing his win to those of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 primary wins, and later said the Obama campaign "played the race card" on him.

"How do you play the race card on the ex-president of the United States?" Clyburn asked at the time. "How do you do it? I would like to know how that’s done and who they [are]. And I’d like to see these memos he’s talking about. That’s what’s so bizarre about this."

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