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. Chiman

    SHAME on the Media for INSULTING the 1 million plus Democratic AMERICANS in Florida who went out to carry out their right to VOTE but later finding out that the media ignoring their VOICE. The elections are about PEOPLE and Floridians have SPOKEN but their voices are NOT being heard by the nation. Are we to believe that MEDIA has more power than PEOPLE? I have never seen Media being so PARTIAL and helping one particular candidate in whatever way they can block any good news abot the other candidate in wahtever way they can.
    GO HILARY!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Obama 2008

    Obama is the ONLY democrat that craw draw both democrats, independents and SOME republicans to the polls. Hillary can't even get most democrats and she expects to win the general election?

    If Obama is the nominee he has a better chance at beating whom ever the Republican is than Hillary.

    January 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Chiman

    For those 'cry baby Obama supporters': The Florida primary was a fair contest as NONE of the candidates campaigned. Why are you blaming Hilary for winning the contest and INSULTING the 1 million plus Democratic Americans in Florida who went out and exercised their right. This is so unfair for the people of Florida as their voice is ignored by the MEDIA!
    GO HILARY!

    January 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Rick

    Let's get this right, Obama supporters are bashing Hillary for wanting to seat the Florida people, after, or if she wins the nomination, and somehow its twisted into Hillary wants Florida's primary vote to count? Hmmm, something seems amiss since she never stated that at all, in fact she made it perfectly clear that she would have those chosen Floridians and Michigan del.. be seated after the nominee is picked so that those two states would have a say so in the final nomination process or what some might say the horse and pony show of the Democratic convention. Reality, what a concept and obviously something our poor educated young voters just can't quite grasp.

    January 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. RENEA

    JUST SEEMS TO ME IF HILLARYCARED ABOUT THE VOTERS OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA SHE SHOULD HAVE URGED BOTH OF STATES NOT TO MOVE UP THERE ELECTIONS.IT SEEMS PHONY TO ME TO CLAIM YOU CARE AFTER THE FACT!

    January 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. gene

    mommyof3inga- Its not the number of people in the state, its the number of registered democrats. I don't know this for a fact, but the media reports that in S.C. the numbers are 55%AA and 45% for rest . Obama had a solid win in S.C. and it included a 20% white vote. I do beleive that,as we move into super tuesday we will see a different distribution of the vote.

    January 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. arvind chhabra

    First, why everyone calling it a victory that does not count. Do these people think democrats can win in November without florida and michigan? If not why turn you back on eligible voters of two states in the union, who have every right to get their voices heard and their decision be the part of the collective decision to choose the next president of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Secondly, why call hillary`s victory a sham. Did she actively campaigned in florida and other candidates did not? I think not. Did she held fund raisers in florida and other candidates did not? According to Dana Brazil (DNC), certainly not. Did her surrogate tried to influence the voting there? Absolutely not. So if unions wanted to vote democrats only on the provisions on the ballot, the voters had that choice, right. So in spite of that if hillary managed to musted almost one million votes in florida, I think democrats need to be proud of the fact that there is such voter enthusiasm in florida. Its pathetic that this election is becoming a superball contest played by media, which will create a hype of a victory for obama in a ethically bifractional state like South Carolina, but ignore the victory for Hillary in an ethically divers state like florida. Remind you all, most states up for vote next tuseday, fall in second category. So people supporting obama get ready for the next wednesday morning, when the MEDIA BUBBLE OF OBAMA BURSTS IN HE THIN AIR!!! By getting ready to the posibility at least it will not hurt too much. About hillary, she absolutely apprears to know how to handle defeat after Iowa and cherish her victories after nevada and yes flrida. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT IN 2008. CHEERS!!!!

    January 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Bobbi

    I'm not really a political person but I have been very interested in this election. I do not understand why delegates are not allowed because of holding early "elections". It seems to me the people of these states are being penalized not just the delegates. Correct me if Im wrong but doesn't that mean; No delegates......No representation for the people, if that is so that is unacceptable.

    January 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Larry

    Hillary supporters will back their candidate no matter what.

    Fact is:
    – Hillary's "35 years" of service is the biggest overstatement of all time.
    – If not for Bill, Hillary would be a nobody. A nobody.
    – Half the country absolutely hates her. Hates her.
    – Women who vote for her just because she is a woman are sexist.
    – She is running a dirty campaign...one even her supporters acknowledge.
    – Even if she wins the primary, she cannot, will not win the general election.
    – OBAMA is the better human being, candidate, and politician and you know it.

    January 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Senkump

    Clinton Supporters.... why are you getting frustrated.... everyone knows Clinton can win only in no mans land. She has so many disabilities... why are you all back of Obama ... first fix your own problems then talk about others. Every American is pissed off with her... she can now run for actress post in Hollywood. She is very good in acting... watch her face her eyes her smile all so artificial... all her campaign will be featured in next Academy Winner for best acting.

    Wake up Clinton supporters ... you are so valuable ... don't fall down for a stupid lady. Support the Truth and Hope.... Obama'08.

    January 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Cliff

    To JohnS,

    You state: "Wake up people; other nations truly and correctly laugh at us in the US because most of us are so uninformed, ignorant.. you name it!!!"

    What do do think about the SC voters? Were they duped by SC Congressman Clyburn, the Obama camp, and the press?

    It is sad that the TV and printed presses (including the commemtators and pundits) INJECT RACE to the Democratic's Presidential Race.

    The media FOOLISHLY took the baits from Obama surrogates and SC Congressman Clyburn and turns the "fairy tale" comment by former President Clinton, and the "MLK and Johnson" comment by Senator Clinton into the race issue. The fairy tale and MLK and Johnson comments from the Clintons are factual and are NOT racial.

    The media took the “race card” spins from Obama surrogates and SC Congressman Clyburn. The truth is the Obama surrogates and SC Congressman Clyburn play the race card and successfully manipulated the press.

    Congressman Clyburn is NOT neutral. There is nothing wrong for Congressman Clyburn to perform his civic duty by voting for Senator Obama at the polling place. However, Congressman Clyburn is disingenuous for manipulating the press (particularly Joe Scarborough) to wrongly accuse the Clintons of playing the race card.

    I witness Congressman Clyburn used Joe Scarborough of the Morning Joe shown on the S.C. election day. On this particular show Congressman Clyburn implied that the Clintons' "fairy tale" and "MLK/Johnson" comments are RACIALLY MOTIVATED code words. Joe Scarborough stupidly bought Congressman Clyburn race-bait's trick.

    January 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Jim ( Independent )

    Hillary Clinton is exactly whats wrong with Washington today. She has ZERO integrity and will say or do anything for personal gain. If elected , she brings with her a house divided and another do nothing congress.

    January 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. to mommie of three in GA

    Most of the white vote in SC is republican and even more will be for McCain if Obama wins! Learn your STATS! Obama only got 25% of the SC white vote (EVEN LESS IN FL – 23%). These are the facts: blakc and white.

    January 30, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. to KAT

    SC was a tie: 18 delegates for each (isn't that how your camp spins things)?

    January 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Joe

    Hillary's vote in Florida was more than Obama got in all of the past states that just voted. Go Hillary!

    Another huge victory for Hillary.

    Hillary 2008 !

    It takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush !

    January 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Andrea L

    Media, Media Media, How do you ignore 1.3 million people.
    Pepole who you told to stay home and they refused not to be heard

    How do you win a national election without Florida, you don't go Senator Clinton

    That is why we could care less about your poll

    January 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Chris, Washington, D.C.

    Ugliness all around on this story. Shame on the DNC for the nonsensical dropping of certain state delegates, and shame on Clinton for boasting about a victory that, according to those rules shouldn't exist. Just because I don't agree with the rules doesn't mean I approve of disregarding them.

    January 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Mart from Chicago

    I dont see Obama's name pulled out of the FL ballot... and yet you all pro-Obama supporters said he was a saint by pulling his name out of MI ballot and wouldnt Hillary a time of day when her name is still on it and won the primary... Obama probably thought he can beat Hillary in FL or lose in a small margin... but instead, he loses by 17points and he played down the win.. I understood why you pro-Obama would think MI win is nothing since OBama and Edwards are not in the ballot, but all the names are in the FL ballot. And getting those 50%, almost a million votes, says something about Hillary. She did not campaign in the state too mind u... and she did not air a "national" ad in FL like Obama did... and to those who thinks she's breaking the rules of the DNC, she did not.... so fair is fair... You pro-Obama would probably shoutt RECOUNT if there were delegates involved. But either way, the voice of the people should be heard...

    But then you guys will see... on super tuesday, Obama is only leading in IL and CO polls... As some of you pro-Obama supporters trust the polls so much as you had in New Hampshire polls, Hillary should win NY, MA, NJ, and CA... by large margins... But i can imagine if obama wins these states, you guys will be jumping and celebrating and telling us Hillary supporters to vote for Obama instead coz he is for "change", but if Hillary wins CO or IL, you guys will shout RECOUNT... what a joke...

    January 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. averagejoe

    B.O. once said that this is election is not about him, but about the people. But when the people of Florida spoke, and when their message wasn't favorable to him, he immediately dismisses their voices as being worthless. Again, he's contradicting himself.

    All the while, he thinks that this is election is for him, for collecting delegates only. His recent actions show his true character that his words couldn't hide. He's only there to haul delegates for his AMBITION, not to champion the people's voice.

    If something TRUE is said that is against him, he quickly BRANDS IT AS LIES.
    If some REAL RESULT (like Florida's primary) comes out that isn't for him, he DECLARES IT AS MEANINGLESS.
    If something about his PAST RECORDS (like the "present" votes and Rezco deals) appears and demands his explanation, he EVADES TO SET IT STRAIGHT.
    If he wins a state using his AA race card, but loses another state in the backlash, he SPINS it as being due to his failure to campaign in the latter.

    We've seen enough B.O. to conclude that he is NOT the kind of change that America wants and needs to improve our lives. Everyone, WAKE UP!

    January 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Gene

    Ugh. If anyone wants to be mad at something, it should be the Florida State legislature. They are the ones that ignored party rules and moved their primary ahead of everyone else. The actual primary season starts Feb. 5th. Only Iowa, NH, SC and NV, under the rules allowed to go first before the official start of the primary season. So all you Hillary lovers and FL residents should go complain to the Floriday State legislature. The DNC warned them to not move ahead of Feb. 5th,they ignored them and went and did it anyway. Actions have consequences.

    And again the Obama ads where placed on national stations like CNN and MSNBC. The stations themselves said they could not prevent the commercial from being sent to just FL. If the local cable operator wanted to make the effort to sell air time for local commercials to cut in over the Obama ad they could have.

    And we won't rehash again how the Clintons love to change the rules mid game to suit their objectives

    January 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. slash

    Give the lady a break!!! It wouldn't matter what she did, she would have erred in someone's mind. I'd like everyone to think about how much guff she's taken from the media, the debating Republicans (when she's not even there to defend herself), and the nostalgic Hillary-bashers, and see how the strain and stress of that would impact your lives. But, she is resilient, hard-working, and TOUGH AS NAILS. I know men that would have gone crying to their mamas by now!!

    Go Hillary!!

    January 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Michael

    I've given up trying to argue with everyone. There are a few wise posters that seem to have a good grasp on what is really going on here, but the rest of you people are flat-out idiots. You're too superficial and lazy. All of your 'concrete' arguments are based on opinions. You feed too much on what is said rather than doing any research of your own. This leads you to pitch your own misinformed ideas to other superficial, lazy 'thinkers'. It propagates and leads to a discussion (term used loosely) about as intelligent as two people using a ruler to argue over the length of an inch.

    Good luck, lemmings.

    January 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Brian

    Typical Clinton: Lying, cheating and stealing to get elected.

    January 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. keith

    If Hillary is successful in her request to obtain the Florida delegates, it will turn the clock back to when another politican, BUSH, made Florida more of an issue than it should have been. The results, he was elected president. Now Clinton supporters, don't get happy. I'm not saying she will win.

    January 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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