Superdelegate Gail Rasmussen: I'm for Obama

GailrasmussenAnother Oregon superdelegate has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Gail Rasmussen is the vice-president of the Oregon Education Association and is an at-large member of the DNC.

Her entire statement:

This primary election season has been historic on many levels. As one who believes in the power of civic responsibility, I have been thrilled with the level of participation. We have witnessed record turnout both in Oregon and across the nation. Voters have had the opportunity to have a real voice in the process. It will be an honor to cast a vote at the Democratic National Convention in honor of the support shown in Oregon for Senator Barack Obama.

Our Democratic Party of Oregon will be the hub for the presidential campaign in Oregon. I hope you will join me in volunteering with the DPO to turn Senator Obama into President Obama.

This leaves three remaining undeclared superdelegates: DPO Vice-Chair Frank Dixon, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, and Senator Ron Wyden.

Obama now leads 7-2 among Oregon superdelegates - and has received the endorsement of all four superdelegates to declare after Oregon's primary election.


  • Matthew Sutton (unverified)

    Thank you SO much Gail!!

  • Syd Barret (unverified)

    Gail, I support your decision - and I wish there were more African American super-delegates and more diversity with the supers.

    I am also disappointed that so many votes and people in Florida and Michigan were disenfranchised. Millions of people will not be counted as a result. That is a travesty of justice.

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    I heard Bradbury say on the Thom Hartmann show that he will not declare until after all the primaries. His reasoning was hard to follow (I think Hartmann was confused too) -- something about being a SD by virtue of being Secretary of State, and wanting to show respect for his fellow Secretaries of State. Didn't make any sense to me, but I expect he'll make his position known shortly after the last primary.

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    Pete -- Bill is a superdelegate because he's been designated thusly by the Democratic members of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Also, he should probably stay neutral until Oregon's election results are officially certified.

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    OK, thanks for clearing that up!

  • Barry Edwards (unverified)

    I wholeheartedly support Gail's decision to endorse Sen. Obama for President of the United States and encourage other superdelegates to do the same.

    Barry Edwards, A "Road Scholar" from Portland CC and Mt Hood CC

  • Bill R. (unverified)

    Thank you, Gail, for your endorsement and strong statement!

  • COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall (unverified)

    Dear American Voters,

    Hon. Senator McCain and Obama, besides each having many attributes and characteristics. The critical differences in my professional, political, and personal opinion are as under:

    1. Presidential "Temperament and Integrity".
    2. Little Washington "insider Versus outsider" connectedness.
    3. Vision and mission for our nation future rather than past.
    4. American policies first USA centric than other countries centric.

    In my professional opinion one senator has it and the other does not. We need one for our Greatgrand Nation to address our all these challenges with a fresh, clean and new slate.

    God Bless America. its diverse people, and our Greatgrand Nation.

    Yours truly,

    COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas NV

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    Thank you Gail. It is much appreciated.

  • becky (unverified)

    And so goes another lemming off the cliff. Shame on Oregon Superdelegates for not following their offical charge: to do what's best for the country and best for the party. Shame on them for not waiting until every American has voted. I've said it all before. Obama is untested, inexperienced, and will lose against McCain. The polls are telling us that now, please pay attention! Are we serious about winning in November? Anyone around here remember McGovern? I repeat, shame on you for not focusing on victory in November. This is why Democrats keep losing!!

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    Becky, the polls are telling us Clinton has 53% negatives and rising. Obama supporters are focusing on November, they just reach different conclusions than you do. Despite what you say, the case that they are wrong is not obvious in any way.

    Obama's nothing like McGovern (more's the pity on policy); the places where Clinton supporters argue her to be more progressive than Obama are closer to McGovern kind of opinions. If I trusted her to do what she says now rather than follow her own history, and if she weren't so damned belligerent toward Iran, I might even have voted for her; if she hadn't shown herself to be so untrustworthy and bellicose in foreign policy I would have stayed neutral.

    I hope that other Clinton supporters who on other threads complain about Obama supporter attacks on Clinton supporters notice your "lemming" language. People who support Obama are no more lemmings than you are brainwashed by Hillary adoration. Those kinds of insults are unworthy.

    Let's imagine that numbers of supers change their minds for some reason between now and August, and Hillary Clinton did get the nomination. Do you think insulting Obama's supporters in this way would help her win in November? Clinton could not win without Obama's supporters, just as he cannot win without Clinton's.

  • edison (unverified)

    I appreciate that unpledged PLEOs have responsibilities. However, I'm not quite sure thanks are in order. I also remain uncertain that declaring before the convention is the most appropriate course.

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    "I am also disappointed that so many votes and people in Florida and Michigan were disenfranchised. Millions of people will not be counted as a result. That is a travesty of justice."

    Oh, give me a break.

    The "travesty" is that a group of people who think there should be zero consequences for breaking clearly defined, openly agreed primary rules, also think they should be put in charge of running this country of ours.

    Last time I checked, the President is in charge of administering our nation's laws. Doesn't this sort of imply the President should follow the rules? Or is that expecting too much?

  • Max (unverified)


    I think the country has gotten used to a President that defies the laws that Congress has passed with his liberal use of signing statements.

    Hillary is just going to continue that tradition. Notice the twists and turns her campaign has taken with regards to the agreement on the invalid Michigan and Florida primaries.

  • Sgt. T. Bigfoot (unverified)

    To Ms. Rasmussen, Thank you Ma'am! As an Oregonian who is an active duty military member overseas I do believe thanks are in order. I do not create foreign policy, I enforce it. As such, its high time my brothers and sisters can enforce some just policies rather than this hullabaloo we are currently galavanting around for. Senator Obama, above and beyond the other two Senators, Clinton and McCain, has shown through word as well as action that he is indeed prepared to make changes for the benefit of this nation's people as opposed to this nation's special interests. My only reservation is the overt support of Israel, and all parties conduct this action, therefore its not a viable issue to differentiate upon. Kind Regards,

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