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. Joe

    1. Edwards changed his position on almost everything. He voted for it when he was in senate but he is against it now. He wants to end poverty but spend $400 for a haircut.
    I like his position now but you can't trust him.
    2. Hillary is a very smart and tough women. She will be a great president better than Bill Clinton. The only problem is republican in the house and senate will oppose everything she want to achieve. Democrats might end up losing lot of house seat and few senate seat. The only way for those democrats in the red state to hold on to their seat is by opposing Hillary. so nothing will get done.
    3. Obama is young, likable, smart guy. But republicans will rip him off in the general election. His connection with the 'Slum Lord Rezko' will hurt him big. He didn't do anything wrong but republicans will do whatever it takes to connect him to Rezko. He couldn't stand the Clinton machine i don't know how he is going to sustain republican attack.

    Florida Win – Whether people like it or not Hillary won it. The one thing i hate is she had a victory party when no on was competing. Thats a very cheap thing to do. Hey anyway you can't take that victory from her.

    I support Obama but if he is not the nominee i won't vote for republican but i don't know if i have the enthusiasm to go to the polls to vote.

    January 30, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. charlieblaze

    To the person that asked about Obama supporters' opinion of the FL primary, if he won. It would still be "So what?" Hillary should be applauded for winning, but the biggest issue is that Florida's Democratic Party Chairs violated the DNC rules and they knew that they would be punished for it. And let's be frank, Clinton is using this as a PR victory. FL is an important state, but just like MI, their votes do not count at the moment. Even if Obama won, I'd still say "So What?" Now, we'll have to see what happens on Tuesday, but Clinton's victory is not a gamebreaker.

    January 30, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. Roger from MA

    Hillary's catchphrase for this evening:

    "I Beat Nobody!!!"

    January 30, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  4. John, NYC,NY

    I'm 63, a life long dem. but if Clinton wins the nomination, I'll vote republican for the first time. Thank you.

    January 30, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  5. Rob

    All of you guys make me sick. You want to beat up on Hillary because she went to a state that had no delegates after the votes were complete. Ask yourself why would someone do that? Obama or Edwards didn't give Fla. a second glance. Why is that? I'll tell you because that's what George Bush did to La. during Katrina. Iraq was more important because there was much more to lose then good ol American folk. You people need to get your story straight because everyone counts in this country it's only a shame that one candidate can see it. Last I was told that every vote counts.

    January 30, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  6. Corey, Maryland

    Hillary is just trying to act like she is important before, she loses most everything on super tuesday.

    Tyran you are a very smart individual because i have been trying to spread that message as well, but Hillary supporters are just to busy listening to Bill Clintons lies, to listen to reason, and the truth. She cant win the general election, I and many Democrats will be voting for McCain rather than her. She is worthless and will ruin it for the Democratic party and for Obama, who has said many times that this is the only time he will be running for president.

    Obama Edwards 08!!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  7. Jim Petre

    The issue isn't whether or not the voters in Florida matter. Of course they matter: they all matter! However, their own state party betrayed their vote by violating party rules that the entire national party had already agreed to. Since the Florida state party decided to disenfranchise its voters, all of the candidates agreed to not campaign in Florida. I think that both the national and state parties are acting ridiculous, but all three candidates chose to abide by those rules months ago, right or wrong. It doesn't mean that they don't care about Florida voters. Clinton got around that rule by holding at least three "fundraisers" that just happened to be planned right before this election. Despite that, her "win" was not that impressive considering all the polls before the election had her up by at least 20 points, usually 25-30, but she won by less than 17%. That is a pretty big shift since the last polls were done, and may indicate things to come in other states, no matter how bad Clinton tries to spin what is happening.

    January 30, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. peter oriavwote

    These Obama supporters should understand that Hillary is a woman and that there is no way she could talk with a baritone voice like Obama does. This is a great woman with great ideas for this country, but unfortunately some American people are getting carried away by the Obama speeches, which seem energizing but without substance. These speeches will not help the ailing economy and the mirage of problems facing us at this time. The Obama campaign simply storms States with young computer folks who immediately use the internet to distort the good works and intentions of Hillary and make the public believe that Hillary is on the attack. The results from Michigan and Florida prove this point. If Obama had stormed those States to campaign he would have used the Computer wizkids to destroy Hillary. This has to stop, the Hillary campaign has been quite mature in this regard. Any way, Time shall tell.

    January 30, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. JohnS

    If Obama or Edward had won FL, they would have had the ETHICAL guide NOT to show up there for a victory celebration!!

    As an Independent, I do not think I would have celebrated for Obama or Edwards either, if they had shown up in a state that has no RESPECT for basic rules, only RIGHTS.

    Rules have consequences; the Republicans will use this victory of Hillary AGAINST the Democrats in the general election. If Democrats CANNOT be TRUSTED to keep their own basic rules, will they have any respect for the rules of the nation? The answer is simple– look back at the legacy of the Clintons!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  10. January

    Sure, Hillary – you can do whatever you want – who cares about the DNC rules?! What's next?! I've got an idea for you. How about asking the DNC at the end of the primaries to multiply the number of delegates that you'll get in states that loose to Obama or Edwards by the number of years of your "experience" in the White House (8)? I think that should work for you just fine 🙂

    January 30, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  11. California Lady

    Now she had pissed off New Hampshire because she lied to them just to get their votes. She told them that she would honor the DNC decision and not recognize the vote in Florida or Michigan.
    What a liar and cheat she is.
    Every time I see her face on TV I want to throw something at it. The only thing that stops me is that I don't want to break my TV

    January 30, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  12. Xavierism

    I don't understand how Democrats can be quick to state that if Hillary wins the nomination, they won't support her but rather have their vote go to a Republican. That's insane! Republicans won't change a thing within their platform if they gain the White House. Only thing that will happen is that Democrats will regret voting for their own candidate. I support Hillary...but if Obama wins the nomination, you bet I'll do all I can to see that a Democrat takes back the White House!

    January 30, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  13. Jeff

    As a tried, true, and blue Democrat this is another reason I will NOT vote for Hillary.

    In 5 states she has now?

    She's:
    -Cried in New Hampshire (suspicious, overblown, border line pathetic)
    -Unleashed the dogs on the lowest level right after (dirty is as dirty does)
    -Trying to get delegates from Michigan when she was ONLY one on ballot? (fair play?, she'll do anything)
    -Took the Nevada Casino decision to court once she got scared even though rules were announced months before (do we really want to sit through this for 4 more months or 4 more years?)
    -Went out and claimed 'huge victory' from Nevada even though Obama had more delegates.
    -Didn't give a concession speech (broke the rules of decorum) after losing SC, which she campaigned full tilt in by 2-1 margin.
    -Florida BS

    Please, enough is enough!

    January 30, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  14. CLIFF

    CONGRATS HILLERY YOU WILL WIN THE WHITE HOUSE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOUR YOU ARE IN YOUR OWN LEAGUE WITH NO COMPETION.

    January 30, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  15. Patrick

    Even with no delegates at stake, the Democrats are so energized that they beat John McCain in voter turnout!

    With 99% of the precincts reporting:

    HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON- 856,944 votes

    JOHN McCAIN- 693,425 votes

    GREAT NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS!

    January 30, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  16. Truethis

    i just looked through my Crystal ball..........I think an endorsement from Al Gore is coming soon and I see Oprah heading to California

    January 30, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  17. Frank

    The whining and vitriol I see here and elsewhere from Obama supporters is quite unbecoming of a campaign that purports to be about hope. The words "petulant brats" comes to mind. As long as they get their way everything is peachy. In the case of Florida, though, Obama gets out-voted by over a quarter million votes and the Obama supporters want to spin their candidate's drubbing as the product of dirty tricks?!? I'm starting to recognize this refrain coming from the Obama campaign. They call their political enemies "evil doers" and they want to invalidate votes in Florida. Hmmm. Sounds familiar.

    January 30, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. kathy

    I do not plan on voting for Hilary or Obama, but I think the people of Florida and Michigan should have the same opportunity to vote and be heard as everyone else in this country. The DNC were hot to demand every chad in Florida get counted eight years ago, why are they now suppressing the vote? In a close race like this one, the delegate votes from Florida and Michigan might be significant to the outcome. The current primary system is screwed up, giving greater weight to some states (that really have no business having so much say so). Instead of fixing the problem the DNC and RNC decide to punish voters in Michigan and Florida. Isn't that modern politics for you.

    January 30, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  19. California Lady

    To Jay – I will answer your question but first of all I have to tell you that if it was Obama he would have won by a much larger majority. Secondly, Barack Obama is far more honest than Hillary and therefore he would still have stuck by his word not to have the Fl. delegates seated.
    We are talking apples and oranges here. Hillary is not trustworthy and Barack is completely trustworthy.
    There – are you happy. I answered your question and I have blown your case out of the water.
    Go Obama Go

    January 30, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  20. JC

    Jay – your answer:

    Obama and his suppoters think Florida voters should count. We also think that every voter should have as complete and fair an election as possible. This is not what happened in Florida today. Remember the last time we had an election in Florida which whose fairness was contested – we ended up with 8 year of disaster.

    I wish Florida had been a real election – because then we would get real results – and I suspect another win for Obama. After all in each state where he has campaigned he has over come 20 and 30 point leads in the matter of a week.

    I do understand why Hillary is claiming such a great victory in Floriday – but I also know at its core this is another reflection of how far ahead Obama is on the basic principles we should expect of our leaders: integrity, honesty, fairness, and trustworthiness.

    January 30, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  21. AJ, IL

    Dan of Minneapolis, MN...The Florida democratic primary has little meaning at this point. All the Democratic candidates signed on that no campaigning would be done since the Florida Democratic Party broke the rules of the DNC. Sure it is impressive that about 1.6 million voters went out in 75 degree weather to cast a Democratic vote, but there was no Democratic contest in Florida. The results of this win for Hillary only means one thing, the Clinton name is popular in Florida today. Hillary Clinton has said on more than one occasion that the primaries all are about getting delegates.

    Hopefully the DNC will realize that Democratic vote turnout was impressive but lower than the Republican turnout. This is a similiar scenario to the Michigan Democratic primary which got stripped of its delegates. Hillary Clinton won but the total Democratic turnout was much less than the Republican. When all the Democratic candidates are able to campaign and put forth their message, the contest become more competitive. In Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, there were record turnouts for the Democrats, which bested the Republican turnouts. Also Obama had the following finishes; 8 point win over Hillary, 2 point loss to Hillary, 6 point loss to Hillary, and 28 point win over Hillary.

    Instead of wasting time voting in the Florida primary, Democratic voters should have been yelling at their Governor and Florida Democratic Party not to nullify there voice in selecting a candidate. Florida's Governor moved the primaries up back in May 2007. None of the candidates made a stink about it, especially Hillary when she was polling well in all the states. Now that she has to fight for the nomination she is going back on her pledge to the DNC regarding Michigan and Florida.

    Obama in '08

    January 30, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  22. aware

    The Florida delegates will be seated! Florida is already organized to caucus for them. Both Hillary and Obama will benefit. 🙂 Bravo Florida!

    Graciousness counts!

    Hillary 08

    January 30, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  23. John, Jacksonville, FL

    It's true most of the dem candidates did not campaign here, in florida, but its not like we live in a vacuum and have no idea what the candidates stand for. I know its hard to believe but we actually do have TV and other media outlets in florida (believe it or not) so we too, even in florida, can watch the debates and see what's going on with in the rest of the country. Yes, really....believe it or not.

    For those of you who say the primaries are meaningless in Florida, you are so wrong. The popularity (or lack thereof) of a candidate here has huge implications when it comes to all of the voters who are yet to vote in the states who have not yet held primaries. i.e. Guiliani is pretty much done after this primary because now people won't want to waste their vote on someone who can't win. If he had won here, it would be a different story.

    January 30, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  24. Josh

    Jay-
    If Obama had one, it still wouldn't matter!!! He would get 0 delegates!! Duh. With such a obvious answer to such a foolish question it is no wonder that no one answered your question. Congrats to hillary for a pointless victory.

    January 30, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  25. Joe

    I can't believe people are crapping on Clinton about this.

    HAD OBAMA WON, HE'D BE DOING THE SAME THING.

    January 30, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
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