October 10th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Democrats withdraw from Michigan 'beauty contest'

Watch Bill Schneider's report on why several Democrats removed their names from the ballot in Michigan's presidential primary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Five Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday sought to officially withdraw from Michigan's January 15 primary, rendering the event virtually insignificant.

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio all announced the move Tuesday, the deadline for filing such paperwork.

The feud between the Michigan Democratic Party and the DNC comes as the Republicans face off in a presidential debate in Dearborn, Michigan.

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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. JB Boston MA

    No Hillary?

    Didn't they all commit to doing this? Why is it that she didn't? Will this make Hill fans mad, or will they come up with some excuse? I am pretty sure they can't sya "Buy Bush did it first".

    October 10, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. robert, Cleveland, OH

    "Did they all commit doing that" – no, they didn't. They commited not to campaign in the state, not to remove their name from the ballots. Hillary is an obvious front-runner in ichigan, so the rest of the candidate ddn;t have much to loose by withdrawing from the ballots. It is a political game. People here who says they're democrats but will vote now for somebody else (read – republican) are lying – they're not democrats and never were as it is difficult to explain why they would change their vote in general elections. After all, you still have Clinton and Dodd staying on the ballots and respecting your state.

    October 10, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Robert, Vivian, LA

    So they signed a pledge not to campaign there?
    Obama signed a pledge not to campaign in Florida, but did that stop him from going there for fund-raisers and meeting with supporters?
    Signing a pledge means nothing if you don't follow it up with actions that support the pledge.

    How many politicians pledge to uphold the Constitution but fail to do so?

    October 10, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. therealist

    DEMOCRATS are going to render the Michigan and Flordia voters virtually insignificant..

    Looks like the Republicans hold the moral high ground on equal voter rights too..

    October 10, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. RightyTighty

    Hillary is already the DNC nomination, is there any doubt? The vote is just for show, something for the mindless followers to do while HillBillary tries to figure out how in the hell they're going to beat a Rudy/Mitt ticket. Get ready for another Republican president you mindless dems.

    Ha Ha!

    October 10, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Allen - San Antonio, Texas

    Warts and all, our system is still the best thing going.

    Like it or not, there has to be a process, folks. You can't just have each state push to the front like a bunch of first graders, shouting "Me first! Me first!"

    Grow up.

    And any talk of abolishing the Electoral College system simply illustrates the level of ignorance of the poster... and to think some of these people are voters. When I read comments like that from ignorant people, I sometimes think the "land ownership" requirement for voter eligibility (many, many decades ago) may have had some merit.

    The Founding Fathers put the Electoral College System in place for a reason. Why not learn about it instead of pissing and moaning about something you clearly do not understand, and something you refuse to understand. This sort of rampant ignorance speaks volumes about what passes for civics education in this country.

    Florida and Michigan rightfully got their hands slapped.

    October 10, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Janice T, OHIO

    I pray that AL GORE gets into this race because I really want the DEMS to win. I will not vote for HILLARY CLINTON!!! I am a democrat and female.

    October 10, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. North, bc rockies

    There was a time when the people in public office worked for us "the Public". It seems they have forgotten.
    When 70% of the public want the war to end it does not matter. The pres does not care because he works for the people that control the money. Seems the dems are doing the same thing. They tell us how and when to vote. They tell us this is who we must vote for.. Moving to Canada. There at least no one cares.

    October 10, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. J Lyon, Silverdale, WA

    So...nobody cares that they broke the rules of the political party??? You don't just go around breaking the rules, you try to change them. What a bullying tactic. Says a lot about Clinton's campaign. I guess they feel they're above the rules. Now I know why my kids don't understand why they have to obey the rules at school when there are so many kids who don't. I guess they're the kids of the parents who think it's okay to just do whatever you want. Oh, come on people! Have some respect for the rules and do the "right" thing. AFter all aren't the dems now touting they're the moral party?? Stand up Hillary and do what's right and not what's all about benefitting you or you'll lose my vote for sure because I want someone in office for the US not themselves!

    October 10, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. J Lyon, Silverdale, WA

    JBT in Los Angeles...the reason they don't want to be on the ballot is because you're rewarding those that break the rules. You were one of those in school that broke the rules for your own gain too, I suppose.

    October 10, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. joseph, austin, tx

    dems are afraid of alot these days. afraid of fox news, michigan these people obviously have the testicular fortitude needed to be president. Thats why i wont vote dem.

    October 10, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Again with the hate!!! what is it with all of you people? perhaps the party's have it wrong, but we are judging them for sticking to their rules, the state lagislature is forcing the party's to break their own rules and that is not right either, the way to do this is to have an open discussion and to have concensus, if the parties and legislature (from ALL states) agree then we proceed to set firm dates, but until then I believe that the DNC (at least is taking the lead) on saying "you are braking the rules" we expect candidates to talk about illegal immigration and how to solve the dilemma of people in this country that broke the rules, but we are not willing to look internally and realize that states cannot just change the rules when the rules affect us ALL... Clearly there are multiple-agendas and clearly both parties are at fault for not reaching out much sooner on this issue, I hope that both Florida and Michigan and any other state that may be in this position gets a chance to help nominate their candidate of choice, but I also hope it doesn't happen at the expese of the rules set that ALL had agreed upon to abide.

    October 10, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Robert, Vivian, LA

    Why should the parties decide who votes and when? Shouldn't the people and their ELECTED officials in the state legislatures decide?

    October 10, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Ian Cook, Detroit

    Bravo two the four candidates. They are trustworthy and the people I would vote into government. All else I have to say is shame on Dodd and Ms. Clinton for not sticking to their word. They won't get my vote.

    October 10, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. lynn

    Im not to good with politics,registered in 2000
    so when obama was in florida,and raised money there,bascially you guys lost your money. is that true.

    October 10, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Jim

    well deadline for taking a name off the ballot has passed it was Tuesday at 4 p.m. Time to file necessary papers to get a name off the ballot it has expired. This is a done deal. mrs. clinton and Dodd are on the ballot, the others are gone,Gravel is on and Kucinich tried to get his name removed but his staff alleges they were too incompetent to get the job done, so DK is also on the ballot.even with her name on that ballot now i think Iowa will reward herfor standing her ground.

    October 10, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Susan, NC via LA

    Geez, all these MI and FL voters! If you feel so strongly about a candidate write them in!

    October 10, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. pam Eugene, OR

    Can someone help me understand this? We are willing to toss out all the people who support any Dem but Shrillery because of a stupid rule in FL and MI. HRC will win by default because she does not have the honor to support the desision all the Dem canidates agreed to. So it comes down to she with the least morality wins? This is not right and there must be some answer other than the rightous people do not participate and Shrillary wins by default. There is so much wrong with a system that can reward the fattest hog on the farm for eating all the food. Do the right thing Shrillery: if the playing field is not level the you need to refuse to play. Please fix this or Obama come back and play to win. Please!

    October 10, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Rose Hann New London, CT

    I think Senator Clinton was smart to leave her name on the ballot. No one has to campaign or spend money there, but it doesn't cost anything to leave your name behind.
    Florida is next, watch Obama and Edwards leave their name on the ballot. DNC has filed a lawsuit gainst Michigan and Florida. Florida has become a problem for candidates. Hope they get their act together before their too early primary.

    October 11, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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