January 29th, 2008
10:19 PM ET
8 years ago

Clinton thanks Floridians, promises to get delegates seated

Watch Sen. Hillary Clinton thanks supporters in Florida Tuesday night.

Watch Sen. Hillary Clinton thanks supporters in Florida Tuesday night.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton held a victory rally in Davie, Florida Tuesday night - even though the Democratic National Committee has stripped Florida of all of its delegates to the nominating convention, and no Democratic presidential candidate campaigned in the state.

“I could not come here to ask in person for your votes, but I am here to thank you for your votes today,” Clinton told her supporters. The New York senator also promised the crowd that she would do everything she could to get Florida’s delegation seated at the Democratic convention.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday night that Clinton was “trying to assign meaning to a contest that awards zero delegates” after her recent loss to Obama in South Carolina. “Sen. Obama is disappointed that Florida will have no role in selecting delegates for the Democratic nominee, but looks forward to competing and winning in Florida during the general election,” he said.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: Florida • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (581 Responses)
  1. Huh???

    I'm sure Hillary will promise to end tropical storms in Florida as well.

    January 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Paul in Kissimmee

    Even with all the hype that the media gives to Obama and Clinton, I think the Dems are in a bad position right now. Obama will look like a scared little boy as soon as he has to go up against the republicans in a debate. If his speech writer can't write it for him, he's doomed.

    There is so much hate for Clinton, especially since Bill got mouthy, that some Dems and Independents may vote Republican.

    After all of the dirty tactics by both sides, they could not endorse one another and they simply couldn't run on the same ticket. I've noticed quite a few people are hoping for a Clinton/Obama, or Obama/Clinton ticket, but that would be suicide for the Dems. All the Reublicans need are soundbites about what they said about each other. I can't believe they were both destroying their own party to be on top. When the general comes, that's when they'll feel the pain.

    I know the Republicans don't agree on certain things too, but it's over policies. The Dems turned personal, (He worked for a slum lord, she disrespected MLK, He was rude to me, she's likeable "enough", etc. etc.)

    This is why I will not vote for a Democrat. Talk about power hungry. These 2 would probably sell out their own families if they think they could get another 10 points.

    January 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Cliff CA

    A huge win for Hillary in Florida! Obama and CNN have attempted to dismiss it. CNN saying "Tuesday night's results are virtually meaningless to the Democratic presidential race." and Obama declaring it a "beauty contest" and "a tie: Zero for Obama, Zero for Clinton". They wish!

    Hillary won by a huge margin and it was a meaningful win. Even knowing that they had been denied their delegates, Florida voters poured out in droves to show their support of Hillary: a testament to a strong candidate who speaks to the real issues they care about. She won fair and square, playing by the rules, and it gives her bragging rights and momentum going into Super Tuesday. The results show how strong her support is among Democratic voters. The delegates are a different matter. But there is a strong possiblity of them being seated at the convention after all. For Obama to call it "a tie" is simply an attempt to further diminish Clinton and a great example of sour grapes.

    January 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Jesse

    Hillary has support that outweighs republican suppport in a very important state for November.

    Do you really think Obama's whining are a winning strategy for November, Republicans will eat him for lunch!

    FOCUS on the Big Picture Folks ... November. Put aside the media's smoke and mirrors.

    January 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Sean McM

    If Edwards has any integrity he will split his delegates for Clinton and Obama. He then would make a great Attorney General!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. brenda

    hillary is the best person for the job.who best to clean the government and the white house then hillary. hillary 08.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Ed K.

    Hillary's win in Florida is proof what can be accomplished without CNN's influence. If the democrats had campainged in Florida CNN would bash Hillary as usual and the vote would lean toward Obama. I wish CNN would just report the news and not try to make it.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Joss

    Doris – name one thing that Obama has lied about.

    January 30, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Yola

    Go Hillary Go Hillary 2008 Great!

    January 30, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. martha

    Victory in Florida was great for senator Clinton, rembember what happen in 1952
    History repeat once again.

    Congratulations SENATOR CLINTON

    January 30, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. volcano

    Obama is going to try to disenfranchise Florida voters the same way he did to teachers in Nevada.

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Sisi

    Stripping the Florida of its delegates is about as undemocratic as the DNC can be. The democrat voters there must feel disgusted and excluded. I'm glad Clinton is trying to get the delegates back. I personally think that if Obama indeed is champion of the disenfranchised, he too might want to do the same. To not allow any state their delegates is demeaning.

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Peter Parker

    I don´t agree with the decision of the DNC to disenfranchise the voters of Florida and Michigan. That is very wrong and it needs to be changed. States should have independence to set their primaries date as they find it convenient to them not to the DNC party or who else.

    On the other hand, the race is very interesting but it pretty much all ends on February 5th for Obama. If he continues to get 80% of the black votes, 30-35 % of the white´s and 30% of the latino´s; he will win around 5 states.

    Hillary with 60% of the white votes, 20 % of the black´s and 70% of the latinos will get around 20 states. So after super tuesday the media frenzy about Obama will cool down quicker than chocolate in a freezer to say the least.

    Whoever the winner is, I will surely vote democrat.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Ann Kuminns

    This is what is so typical of the Clintons in their desperate bid to win at any cost. Trying to make Florida a win when there was no competition and the state party defiant of party rules. It is the spirit of the law. Now you can see what they will say or do and this kind of dishonesty is what had been happening all these decades. This is what is wrong with the country now. Cheat and lie your way through as long as we can win. Enough of the present administration already. WE do not need the next one doing the same thing and worse. Stand up for your principles and do not let the Clintons hoodwink you into making the biggerst mistake of your life and your children's lives.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Ralph

    I guess you moderators are big Kennedy fans. Well maybe you will let this through. Kennedy is an entrenched politician, who is reliant on special interest groups, hand outs and lobbyists. The fact that Obama is embracing the establishment in Washington only proves that he is just another politician just like the rest of them. All this "about change" and "yes we can" rhetoric is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors used to romance the ignorant public into voting for him. He does not speak about substance. He votes "present" so he doesn't offend anyone. Obamaniacs refuse to look for substance in Obama, maybe because his platform is transparent, invisible more like it.

    Don't follow the Obamaniacs blindly into the abyss, vote for anyone else.

    January 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Rob

    I am register republican. That is very tired of what has gone on over the last 7 years. I am ready for a change. Senator Clinton is not change. Obama will have my vote if he is nomonated. HRC will not.

    January 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Zylo

    Get a clue people... most educated Floridian Democrats didn't bother voting because they knew there were no delegates at stake.

    Why stand in a line for a ride that ... isn't running?

    If you can't see how pathetic it is for Clinton to be promising to fight for delegates that were already deemed null and void... which effected people not going to vote, then you need to perhaps rethink what country you live in.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Ralph

    Rezko and tucc.org are good reasons you should not vote for Obama. Research these issues and you will see he is a liar, looking for handouts and special treatment, narrow minded and biggoted. Obamaniacs are trying to snow the American people with bumper sticker/slogan campaigning. Read it for yourselves, so no to the Obamaniacs.

    January 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Amy

    I saw it myself on TV last night: Hillary had the audacity to publicly state that Obama snubbed her.

    Now as a female, I have COMPLETELY lost all respect for Hillary at her latest underhanded tactic. She is back to playing the victim again. Get out the tissues.

    January 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Dan, NJ

    For all the Clinton supporters that don't seem to mind changing the rules in the middle of the game, I would like to invite you to a poker game. We can play 5 card Hillary rules.

    I will deal 5 cards to each player. After looking at my cards, I will declare what cards are wild. Who's in???

    January 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. DD, New York

    I think no matter who "won" Michigan and Florida, those voters in those states deserve to have their delegates present at the convention. To penalize them by not allowing their delegates to have any weight in the convention because they wanted an early vote is wrong. Perhaps what the Republicans did...only take away half the delegates, seems much more fairer, if a penalty were to be imposed. These voters in Michigan and Florida ARE disenchansfried (Spelling?)

    January 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. RGV for Hillary

    Doris is right. Have people noticed that Obama never says the word "experience"? That's because he doesn't have any. I manipulate people by using the word change and hope, and it's really sad that Americans are easily falling of that. Hope and Change isn't going to help America is any way. Hope and Change isn't going to help the millions of uninsured Americans or help this economy. We need someone with experience. We need Hillary Clinton as our next president.

    January 30, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Amused, Las Vegas

    Gee, what happened between yesterday and today that could have prompted Edwards to bow out?

    Only thing I can think of is the Florida primary.

    That by itself makes it count.

    January 30, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Melissa in CA

    Clinton is using the same sleazy tactics of Bush/Rove in 2000 (also in Floriday!)

    The only reason she is a contender is she is a party insider with the name "Clinton".

    Isn't that exactly why Bush was picked in 2000 by the Republicans?

    It is certainly not due to being an inspiring candidate ("yawn") or being likable or having original ideas (just rehash of Bill's old ones). She's gotten a free ride.

    The result: Democrats don't have the best possible canddidate to beat the RNC or lead the nation. Instead, they have a rigged contest which has picked other total losers like Mondale.

    Yes, she's a party insider who has clout and connections. But she is not a good campaigner, not liked by most Americans, can't compete in Red America, and will surely lose. On top of that, her sleazy tactics are turning off her own party and alienating people.

    Dems - wake up!!

    January 30, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. RGV for Hillary

    Doris is so right. Have people noticed that Obama never says the word "experience"? That's because he doesn't have any. He manipulates people by using the word change and hope, and it's really sad that Americans are easily falling of that. Hope and Change isn't going to help America is any way. Hope and Change isn't going to help the millions of uninsured Americans or help this economy. We need someone with experience. We need Hillary Clinton as our next president.

    January 30, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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