Obama closer to nomination, steals Clinton delegate

Obama is moving ever closer to that magic 2,025 delegate number, excluding Michigan and Florida of course, everyday with new superdelegates signing on or leaving the Clinton campaign. Obama is now only 56 delegates short of calamining the nomination officially if you look at the current count.

Story on it from AOL News:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Barack Obama inched closer to securing the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday, picking up five delegates, including a California congressman who switched his allegiance from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama “has proven himself to be a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and inspirational leader and will take America in a new direction, which we desperately need,” said Rep. Dennis Cardoza, who became the 14th superdelegate to switch from Clinton to Obama.

Obama has 1,970 delegates in the Associated Press tally, out of the 2,026 he needs to become the first black to win a major party presidential nomination. Clinton has 1,779.

Two of John Edwards’ New Hampshire delegates, State Sen. Peter Burling and high school teacher Deborah Nelson, held a news conference to announce they were backing Obama.

In a phone interview, Burling told the AP that he and Nelson believe either Obama or Clinton would make a superb president, but it came down to “who can win and who could make a better president.”

“We chose Obama because he so clearly understands the American yearning for change,” Burling said. “He understands it, he embraces it, and I think he has the leadership to deliver it.”

Burling said he, too, was influenced by the fact that Obama is so close to capturing the nomination.

With the numbers and momentum favoring him, Obama has taken to speaking about general election issues leaving Hillary Clinton to the wayside.

Today Obama spoke for the need to continue diplomatic relations with Cuba and the rest of Central America:

The remaining states leave 63 delegates in Puerto Rico and 47 delegates between South Dakota and Montana. Assuming Obama wins at least 50% of them all, he’ll have the 2,025 delegates needed to claim the nomination at the convention. The only thing that leaves in the air is Michigan and Florida.

  • Babs

    Ok………he’s saying Cuba has never known democracy and that’s his commitment. What is he suggesting in this video? That he’ll overthrow the communist party of Cuba and give them a free democracy?

  • Perhaps Michel can shed some light on the issue.

  • Josh

    If we would have ended the embargos against Cuba, the Communist party would have been overthrown there long ago. No matter how much the people want democracy there, if they don’t have any economic opportunities they are pretty much stuck depending on the Communists for survival. Yet another short-sighted American foreign policy.

  • Babs

    But Josh, overthrowing a government is an act of war. Do you think Obama should declare war against the Communist Pary? Do you think that’s what he’s saying he’s going to do?

  • Debi1208

    Go OBAMA! I wonder if Hillary ever reads anything online?
    She must see that she is not the chosen one. Even her own supporters are jumping ship. Its only those who fear retaliation from them that are staying. I sure their tongues are wagging when nobody is around. Can’t wait for the General to begin. It’s been a great race.

  • Josh

    No, not at all. What he’s saying is that the Cuban people would have overthrown the government themselves had they had the means to do so. If not for the embargo placed upon them by their only viable option for any kind of trade, then the Cuban people would have gotten a taste of the revenue generated by their exports, for which Cuba itself has a plethora of options. With this taste of riches (relatively) in their mouth, the Cuban people would have pushed toward capitalization on their own. This is essentially the same thing happening in China, where they have been slowly capitalizing their society for several years. The main difference, regarding a governmental change, is that the Communist party in China is far more powerful than the leaders of Cuba. It is doubtful that the Cuban government could resist the drive for economic change that would be demanded by the people.

  • Cameroon

    Obama has made it very clear that History is History and the future is the furture and he is preparing for the future.The generation of Fidel Castro is Over even though his brother is in power but that does not mean that he will be embracing All Castro’s ideas.Now is not castro’s 20th century and so things must have changed drastically and so with the new regime in power things MIGHT be different.
    No AMERICAN OVERTHROW DEMOCRACY.It will mostly depend on the Cubans as Josh says.

  • Michael

    Obama stated that never in his life time (last 50 years) have Cubans known political freedom or democracy. His point, and one he has said earlier, is that the official U.S stance– born out of Cold War fear and tactics, has not done anything to change Cuban politics.

    He is arguing for a different stance, a different take, which you can disagree with– but certainly our current policies, which have remained constant for over 4 decades, have been ineffective.

  • Michel

    Well, Nate, I have some relatives and many friends in the island and I am in constant touch with them. And yes, I can tell you that one of the main reasons of why the Castro gonvernment has endured so many years, even after the fall of the USSR, is the embargo. The embargo has allowed Fidel and Raul for many years to paint the US as the traditional antagonist, and that way paint themselves the cuban government as the protector of the interests of cubans and the holders of real humanitarian values.

    That’s B.S., of course, and almost nobody in the island thinks of their gonvernment as truthful, but the political propaganda is constant and the image of the continued U.S. administrations have always been a very flawed one. I believe that if the U.S. tries to alter the fate of the island in a more aggressive way than, say, just holding the embargo (which is widely umpopular in Cuba, for obvious reasons) then the vast majority of the cubans would turn against the U.S. and for their government. And I think that’s a very

    If Obama tries to paint himself as a diplomat with interests of improving relatioships with Cuba, the government would lost most of his main political message (standing against the imperialistic enemy). And, for that matter, Venezuela too. It doesn’t mean that Obama shouldn’t point out the obvious lacks of freedom that country has, but to have talks with Raul (which is, by the way, a much more reasonable and pragmatic leader than his brother, and is undergoing some mild-to-large changes in the island) would be actually great for the lifes of many cubans. Many many cubans. And not so good for the perpetuation of the socialistic government.

    Besides, it’s simple logic. The embargo and even more radical stances against Castro’s regime had a catastrophic impact in the island economy, but fortified the government. It gave him 50 years. The US past administrations don’t really care for what happens in the island. The embargo is almost a passive stance. It doesn’t require attention. And all the other policies agaisnt the island are only to attract the cuban-american far-right leadership of Florida (who actually make a lot of money in the media attacking Castro). Nothing more. The only ones that are injured by the embargo is the Cuban People. Not its government.

    In my humble opinion.

  • patrick

    lets be honest, the real reason he spoke on this issue is to secure latino votes. its really the only way he would be able to win the general election. lets talk about how, in a recent pep rally for himself, he said(paraphrasing) who would have thought that a “black” man would be able to get this far in the run for pres. Isnt it Obama who originally said he didnt want this to be about race. sure sounds like he is making it about race now that he has the nomination wrapped up. why is it ok for him to make it about race but nobody else can. thats a double standard that we shouldnt allow. the fact is nobody should make it about race whether your black, white or in obamas case 50% of each.

  • Sion Griffiths

    I think this whole delegate swapping is going to happen for the last three contests, however it is going to be the convention that decides who’s going to win the general election and who will likely loose it.