February 19th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, Obama camps: No plans to poach pledged delegates

(CNN) - The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both denying they might look to woo “pledged delegates” earned by their opponent in primary and caucus contests.

"We have not, are not, and will not pursue the pledged delegates of Barack Obama," Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson told reporters in a conference call. The Obama campaign also denied they would consider the tactic.

Over the past few weeks, the battle between the two sides over “superdelegates” – Democratic elected officials and party leaders who are free to support any candidate they wish at the party’s presidential nominating convention – has captured the headlines.

So far, “pledged delegates,” which are awarded proportionately based on election results, have not been considered in play.

Pledged delegates are typically strong supporters of the candidate they represent at the convention - although they are technically not bound to cast their vote for that candidate.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Joe

    The so called Super Delegates is nothing more than potential
    for RIGGING a vote. Super delegates can sway a nomination contrary of what the voting people want. What a disaster, just waiting to happen.

    February 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Eric

    I'm with Sam the tactics that Clinton is using remind me of Mr. Bill! If shes th Nominee, sign me up to stump for Mcain.

    Go Obama!

    I'm tired of The Bushes and the Clintons. These people should just have children and we can have Kings and Queens.

    February 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Jahbir

    The appointment of the Democratic nominee should not be up to the decisions of a few delegates. I think it was fair when it came out of the Obama party that the delegates should go to whomever is winning the most votes of the people and states. If you subtract the super delegates from the equation thus far it is obviously Obama who is more popular among voters. Perhaps these delicates should consider what a democracy is and compare it to an oligarchy. Then see what goverment their decisions falls under.

    February 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. J. Laughlin

    I would trust the Clinton's as far as I could throw them.

    February 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Scott M.-Kalamazoo, MI

    Yeah, sure Howard, just like you were going to respect the DNC's decision not to seat Michigan and Florida delicates...until you're losing anyways. Give me a break.

    February 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Here's a surprise – that isn't what the Hillary camp said yesterday. I believe it was Hillary herself that pointed out that the delegates are not obligated to vote one way or another... Do you really want a President who speaks out of both sides of her mouth has frequently has Hillary Clinton does?

    February 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Isn't pledged the same as promised?

    February 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Jack

    Should not the democrat primary voters decide who their canidate should be? If thats the case, Hillary Clinton will win the nomination. The media has ignored this fact, but Clinton leads the popular vote among real democrats. Obama's current lead is due to heavy voting by republicans. So why are democrats going to let the republicans decide who our canidate is? I wish the media would explore this, the facts are there. This election has been skewed by voters for one reason or the other, they are either scared of Hillary, or feel Obama is an easier target. Whatever the case, democrats have voted more for Clinton than Obama.

    February 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Christopher

    I believe that many of the superdelegates jumped the electoral gun by so prematurely supporting Clinton. Now they are backing away from that stance in favor of Obama. It would be a travesty for the superdelegates to come in and essentially reverse a popular vote. It would discourage voters for decades to come (including me) and throw the Demoncratic party into a tailspin as well.

    February 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Mario

    Obama is acting like a victim. A change we can believe in??

    Hillary 08..

    February 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. ben

    didn't I see somewhere Hillary's daughter was spending time talking to superdelegates?

    February 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Kevin,FL

    Dont Count out the Hillary... dont ever count out or underestimate her or her team..she may just clinch this thing... remember bill clinch the nom in June of 92...if i remember clearly

    February 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Tina

    Hillary Clinton will do whatever it takes to win. She and her husband will lie, cheat, and steal their way to the whitehouse again. I will vote for John McCain before I vote for her.

    February 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Joe Jacques

    One word describes Hillary and her whole operation best. DESPERATE! You can bet she will attempt anything and everything to steal this election. She does not care about the rules, the Democratic party or the majority of people who have voted for Obama. Merely inconvenient incumberances to be conquered by the Queen and her entitled hordes of followers. She makes me ill.

    February 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. jp/michigan

    The Super delegates should vote for the candidate who would be the best one for the country. Pledge delegates should vote for the candidate that won them. I read an article on Policical.com. Where the Mayor of Richmond, Va. talked of possibility of riots if Obama is past over for Clinton by super delegates. Now this bothers me and takes me back to the 60's and 70's.

    February 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Jason

    Ok, we all know what's going to happen…if Obama gets the nomination, Hillary supporters will not vote for him, if Hillary gets the nod Obama supporters will not vote for her. Simple solution, Obama needs to realize that the one with more experience should have the job and he should concede. Then Hillary should nominate him as the VP and we will go after McCain at full force with everything we've got. Dems can't lose!

    February 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Lee

    This seems kind of obvious. The general impression is that the public would be outraged by superdelegates taking the nomination from the winner of the most pledged delegates, so I can't even imagine the response to an attempt to overrule the pledged delegate counts.

    February 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Joe, Boston

    Yea, until Obama decides he wants to change his mind. Like public funding, like not wanting to let the superdelegates vote.

    February 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. O8

    I would not trust anything the Clintons say............... it will not be over until is over. We have seen all the tactics lies, etc.. .for years...
    and still they are going.... I dont understand why they feel so entitled....

    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Susan

    Considering the Hillary/Bill recent swift boat attack on Obama's alleged plagiarism there is nothing they won't do to win. I'm getting a retro image of Bill shaking his finger and telling us , "I did not have sex with that woman..." and Hillary nodding in affirmation of the lie. Fast forward...no she's lying. Her conduct during this campaign has verified every negative thing said about her.


    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Joe, Boston

    Obama's campaign is also calling the superdelegates. It's not illegal Ben, it's part of campaiging. It's sad how Obama's supporters don't know the system and think that he should be annoited now.

    February 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Marc,WSU

    I love watching women faint and swoon over male politicians They make great domestic women who love being dominated.

    Use your mind.

    February 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Christopher

    Ben, all of the candidates are talking with the superdelegates, including the 21-year-old superdelegate who appears frequently on CNN now.

    February 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Lee

    And to people commenting on the wooing of superdelegates: This piece is just about the pledged delegates. Both candidates are still wooing superdelegates, they're just saying they won't take away delegates awarded proportionally through primaries and caucuses. Technically it would be possible to do so, since the delegates awarded in those contests aren't forced to vote a particular way.

    February 19, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. suzy

    Obama does not appear to be tough enough, IF TOUGH AT ALL WITH HIS FLIP-FLOP ANSWERS.
    Hillary – tough to the end.....and we haven't seen the end yet!
    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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