March 1st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton supporter rips Texas caucus system

Cisneros made calls on Clinton's behalf from her campaign office in Laredo, Texas last month.
Cisneros made calls on Clinton's behalf from her campaign office in Laredo, Texas last month.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CNN) – Former HUD secretary and Hillary Clinton supporter Henry Cisneros excoriated Texas’ arcane electoral process as “a great burden on voters” and said that losing the delegate count on Tuesday because of the state caucuses would be “exceedingly unfair.”

Cisneros was speaking to a group of Clinton volunteers who had gathered on Saturday morning at Fox Tech High School to train for Tuesday evening’s state caucuses, which follow a day of primary voting. One-third of the state’s pledged delegates are allocated through the caucuses, while the rest are determined by the day's primary vote.

Clinton herself rallied the troops after Cisneros, formerly a mayor of San Antonio, spoke.

“This is not the ideal way,” he told an audience made up of Clinton volunteers from 20 or so area counties. “Ideally it would just be a straight out vote, and that would determine who gets the delegates, but they created this intricate system in Texas, which frankly is a great burden on voters.”

Cisneros said a scenario in which Clinton wins the primary vote, but loses the evening caucuses, would be “exceedingly unfair” and warned against being “outpowered” by Barack Obama precinct teams, who have overwhelmed their Clinton counterparts in earlier caucus-based contests, outcomes he described as “tragic.”

As volunteers leafed through instructions on recruiting 25-member precinct teams, Cisneros told them, “we cannot throw away our hard work and our win by not being there at the caucuses.”

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Texas
soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. Robb, New York

    Again, they only rip the system because they know they're going to lose. If they were 20 points ahead like they were three weeks ago, nobody on the Clinton camp would be saying anything. This is a sect of so-called Democrats who are so blinded by Hillary's lust for power that they will say and do anything to get her the nomination, even if it means dismissing the say of the voters. This is the kind of arrogance and contempt that the Clinton campaign has had from the get-go and also makes her wholly unfit for the presidency. Let the coming end of the Clinton campaign be a lesson to any future candidate who dares to have the audacity to crown themselves the president before the people decide. This is America; this is a democracy. Wannabe despots like Hillary Clinton will not be tolerated.

    March 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Jen B.

    My respect for Clinton and her campaign diminishes daily.

    I am a white, female baby-boomer who now supports Obama.

    March 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. John

    Answer: When her lips are moving.

    Question: How can you tell when Hillary is lying?

    March 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. bdc

    when the rules are inconvenient, change the rules or cheat.

    Sounds like W.

    March 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. myrbailey

    I have never seen such racism as I have in the Obama camp. They are incredibly sexist also, along with being a little ageist. You cannot tell me that all the black pressure on other black superdelegates and the 9 out of 10 voting by blacks for blacks and the Farrakhan support of Obama/Osama is not an effor t to get the white devils.

    March 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Bliss

    "There is no captain on earth that can stop the ideal whose time has come. "This means that no matter what obama and co, (the media inclusive) does sen. Clinton will win the nomination, cos this is her time and season to implement her God given purpose to rule the nation and the world at large.
    Therefor i say unto you sen. Clinton, "arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee".

    March 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. N

    Wow-Hillary is so intelligent. We love her in TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just heard Eva Longoria Parker is endorsing Hillary and in Houston.

    Oh, on the causus-yes, my 86 year old mother and 87 year old father can only go to the Primary because they are too old and disabled to go back for the Causus.

    Those of you who say they don't want a woman in the White House--who gave birth to you–a woman you should have the greatest respect for.

    Go Hillary!!

    March 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Brenda Carll

    Clinton is the only qualified candidate in the democratic party.

    I think if we care about our future we will vote Hillary.

    March 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. That's It

    I'm voting for Obama!! She cries far to much to be Commander and Chief.

    March 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Kathy

    I am listening to Hillary in Dallas. What a phony.
    She is talking about the moving van going to the
    White House and then coming back to visit in
    Texas. She won't come back to Texas. Her
    voice is too far gone.

    March 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Laurence "Keeping it real"

    This process has been in place for over years. CNN what's your problem? Now I know that you're plotting against Barack Obama, when you ran a piece about her and Bill starting out in Texas helping get McGovern win the nomination. Same primary-caucus system that was in place then is the same one that is in place now. So why don't make that fact perfectly clear on your web site? Double standards abound.

    March 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    The Clinton Campaign Criers need to just face facts! Fact: Barack has won 11 contests in a row. Fact: Caucuses are open to ALL Democrats who voted in the Primary- for either candidate. Fact: The Obama Campaign has the best on-the-ground-team in the Nation. Fact: The Clinton negative onslaught just reminds people of how much of the old system she is. Fact: Obama will be the nominee and next President. This continuing saga just keeps the division in the party at the forefront.

    March 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Cant_Help_But_Wait, NY

    I can't wait to see the SUPER TUESDAY II results on March 4th ...

    March 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Roger from Arkansas

    Maybe we should stop using super delagates all together. I never have ever really understood how all this voting works. Super delegates, caucuses, and then there are the people's vote.

    It sounds like it puts the super delegates lives' in danger.

    March 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Kathy

    And now, she says again, You know, when that phone
    rings in the White House who do you want to answer
    the phone. Anybody but Hillary, Please. If she loses
    in Texas, she will not thank those that voted for her.
    Can Hillary come up with anything more phony than
    the Phone Lie.

    March 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Fernandez

    Hillary needs a technical knock-out (K O) to surrender in this race. If not, she will find one excuse or another to give on why she failed.

    March 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Jerry

    There is nothing more valuable than the word from one of the many convicted felons from the Clinton White House. He was actually pardoned by president Clinton. The kind of people WE DON'T NEED in the White House again.

    March 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. LEIGH FROM TEXAS

    THE CLINTONS JUST WANT TO PLAY THE CHEAT GAME LIKE WHAT BUSH DID TO GORE WHEN GORE WAS AHEAD IN ALL THE PLOOS AND VOTES. SHE SHOULD JUST STEP DOWN AND STOP MAKING A FOOL OF HERSELF TOGETHER WITH BILL. NOW I AND EVERYBODY ELSE KNOW THAT THEY ARE "SORE" LOOSERS. STOP PLAYING YOUR STUPID GAMES AND JUST STEP DOWN. YOU WOULD BE DOING US ALL A BIG FAVOR AND FOR HEAVEN SAKES, DON'T START CRYING BECAUSE WE ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE YOU.

    March 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Mimi

    A little background on Mr. Cisnneros and his role in the Clinton administration might have been nice.

    March 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Jeannine

    The difference in the caucuses now and when Bill Clinton was running for President is that he wasn't running against an African American. It's not like you can caucus in private.......any african american that tries to caucus for Hillary will be on display and have to suffer the consequences. Its' much easier forher voters to not show up or if they are dragged there but friends or family just to go along with the flow. Not brain surgery just common sense. I have no doubt that when Hillary gets elected she will work hard to refine the voting system in the United States and I hope, as a Canadian, that she is sucessful in providing universal health care which is something I get to enjoy living in Canada. I don't lose sleep wondering if I will lose my home if ever I or a loved one get sick...everyone has equal coverage. Go Hillary...Action not talk!

    March 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. lynn

    I've been a democrat for 45 years. Can someone tell me what the delegate count is for those who actually were registered democrats?

    March 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Gaylene Douctre

    Everyone has forgotten....Senator Clinton is the most qualified candidate. Senator Obama is a nice guy, who would make an excellent VP and we could hold the White House for 16 years.

    March 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Daniel `

    I think its time for Obama to go home, Texas knows what they have to do. If you want real leadership and change Hillary is it

    THE VOTING SYSTEM IS WRONG IN TEXAS - THATS ALL THERE IS TO IT. HILLARY CAMP IS NOT MAKING EXCUSES JUST POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS LIKE I AM NOW - OBAMA IS BOY WHO KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT RUNNING A COUNTRY. O AND BY THE WAY SAME OLD SAME OLD HAS GOTTEN OLD - GO HOME - OBAMA HAS SPLIT THE DEMS - THOSE WITH LITTLE MINDS VOTED OBAMA AND THOSE WITH REALITY OF A BETTER AMERICAN, STRONGER AMERICA ARE VOTING HILLARY.

    GO HILLARY

    March 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. cordova

    Obama held to one solid message consistently, Hillary changed her messages constantly,
    Obama maintained his competent campaign staff, Hillary had to let go of some of her staff.
    Obama's organization especially in caucus states was superior to Hillary's,
    Obama showed how to run Fiscally responsible campaign, Hillary and McCain had serious financial troubles.

    Obama ran his campaign successfully, Hillary did not

    March 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. N

    Wow-Hillary is doing a great job in Dallas-Oh, great video clip on YouTube when OBama said he didn't have the experience to run for President–
    OBama also has to keep looking at his notes in a rally.

    March 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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