Patrick: Superdelegates will back winner

March 16, 2008 at 11:49 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that superdelegates will rally behind the Democratic presidential candidate with the most delegates.

"I think the superdelegates in the end will ratify the will of the people and the pledged delegates," the Democratic governor said in an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" program.

Patrick, who is backing Barack Obama, said if he has more delegates and wins the popular vote over Hillary Clinton then he "will have earned" the party's presidential nomination.

On criticisms of Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who has drawn headlines for controversial comments he has made, including that blacks should not sing God Bless America, but "God Damn America," Patrick said it is Obama who is running for office not his pastor.

"I'd caution everybody to remember who is and who is not the candidate," Patrick said. "The good reverend is not the candidate. He's fortunately not running for president."

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