March 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Could Florida's Republican governor help Clinton?

 Will Florida vote again?

Will Florida vote again?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Florida’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, tells me he’s ready to let the Democrats hold another primary in his state if necessary to allow Florida delegates have a say at the Democratic Convention in Denver at the end of the summer. Right now, the Democratic National Committee has prohibited Florida from seating those delegates because the state moved up its primary against party rules. (The same is true for the Democrats in Michigan.)

But now, Crist says he would be ready to let the state organize another round of voting for the Democrats if that’s what they want and need. That is significant because state primaries are paid for by the taxpayers; state caucuses, which had been suggested by some Democrats as a compromise solution that would allow the state’s delegates to be seated, are paid for by the parties.

The whole question of seating the Florida and Michigan delegates, of course, would become moot if Hillary Clinton were to drop out of the race. But if she does well Tuesday in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas, the race will continue to Pennsylvania on April 22 and maybe even longer – perhaps all the way to the convention in Denver.

Under that scenario, both the pledged and superdelegates from Florida and Michigan could be critical.

When it comes to an election re-do, Hillary Clinton’s campaign would strongly prefer primaries as opposed to caucuses. That’s because Barack Obama has had a clear advantage when it comes to caucus results.

So in effect, Crist would be doing her campaign a huge favor by authorizing another primary in Florida. The same, by the way, would be true if Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm did the same thing in her state.

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean would love his party’s nominating process to wrap up long before the convention. He and other party leaders fear a prolonged and bitter Democratic fight would hurt the eventual party nominee, especially because the likely Republican nominee, John McCain, would be able to spend that time rallying the Republican base.

All fascinating political scenarios - but first, let’s see what happens Tuesday.

- CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Peter Canada Obama 08

    Oh! That is great if the democratic party allow that to happen. And I think it will favour Obama who will be able to go there to campaign.

    March 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Theresa

    They should hold another primary in both Michigan and Florida. All interested voters should have their voices heard.
    Hey why not on April 22nd when Pennsylvania goes to the polls. I can feel the excitement already.... Go CLINTON 08

    March 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hillary won back then when it was name recognition and without campaigning by both parties, she will not win Florida today.

    March 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. democracynow2008

    the rules are the rules and both Clinton and Obama agreed on them.
    Florida had its vote and decided to move their Primary up against the DNC Rules so noway should Florida be able to start all over again.
    Live with it.

    March 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Jeff Radun

    Obama says during the Ohio debate he would redo Nafta then tells the Canadians he was only saying that for votes.
    Go Hillary

    Obama gave a great speech about how it was wrong to go after Alqada in Iraq and we should have gone after them in Afganistan yet when he is appointed to chair a commity on the fight in Afganistan he accepts the post and does nothing because he is to busy running for President
    Go Hillary

    Obama works for Kerry in his run for president and says he is not sure how he would have voted if he would have been in the senate at the time of the vote for the war in Iraq.
    Go Hillary

    March 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Perfect solution.
    I'd be willing to send 10 bucks to help make it happen, and I'm sure you can find a million others that would be willing to do the same.

    They should do the same in Michigan as well. Again, funding should be no problem.

    March 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Jenny MA

    Go Hillary! This is great!

    More and more people will realize the true color of OBAMA!

    Vote for Hillary!GOGOGO!!!!!!2008!

    March 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Goodheart

    Hillary won Florida by hundreds of thousands of votes and Obama's name was on the ballot. How can the DNC even consider not counting these votes? It's undemocratic. Hillary won CA, NY, NJ, FL, MI. Now, she looks good in OH and TX. Obama won caucuses (which are so confusing to voters) and small states. Get real.... she should be the nominee.

    March 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Where is the DNC?

    This bitter, partisan and hugely expensive primary season has me promoting two ideas:

    1. A national primary day
    2. A new DNC chairman

    Where are the so called grown ups (i.e., party leaders)?

    March 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. P. Traxler

    Interesting report–I hope the Dems will live up to the name of their party and not allow either candidate to be nominated by sidestepping the preset agreements in Florida and Michigan. Calling in favors from political cronies is SO not a Democratic tactic.

    And speaking of fair play, Wolf, I always think you are a straight shooter, but I'm starting to wonder about CNN. Is CNN trying to compensate for the bias SNL claims news media are showing Obama? Just now in a random check of the CNN webpage, I found 3 headlines focusing on Hillary ("Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Beaumont, TX"–a live feed!–"Clinton Hammers Obama on NAFTA," and "Clinton Relaxes With a Beer") but not one item focused solely on Obama. I hope SNL hasn't got so much undue influence that it can actually tilt election coverage in favor of their own obvious favorite.

    March 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Dave from NH

    I want to make sure everyone knows what's going on right now in the Canadian Parliament...there is a battle breaking out as they are calling for the Prime Minister to disavow and fire anyone invoklved with the false reports and interfering that is going on with the American election. They are saying (both sides actually) that the report that Clinton's people are putting out is FALSE. That the report of how that meeting or if that meeting happened is manipulation somehow...that it is false and may have never happened. Both sides are saying that...

    You have to see it.

    March 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Corey

    Enough is Enough is Enough!

    OBAMA '08

    March 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Tyrell Evans

    The Question I would like to be answered is: Has anyone asked Sen. Clinton about the $340 million worth of earmarks she helped secure in 2007. She was one of the top ten senators in 2007 that secure Earmarks. Don’t you think that should be something that is taken in to consideration? (From a tax payer’s point of view) By her running for president she would have the responsibility of help get our economy back on track and I would just like to know can she provide proof of what that money was used for and if the companies that she provide the Earmarks for were some of the ones that endorsed her?

    March 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Tom

    Clinton and her supporters will do anything to win and we all will lose when McCain gets elected. The party broke the rules knowing full well what they were doing. what a bunch of hypocrites.

    yep "Go Billary 08"

    March 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Nate in Mpls

    Jeff Radun decided that he didn't spell the word "believe" incorrectly enough times in the first post so now he needs to copy/paste his silly comment again in this one and it doesn't pertain to the topic at all. What is going on, Jeff? You're perpetuating the Clinton lower IQ follower myth...

    March 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. jessica






    March 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    I think a straight Democratic vote in Florida and Michigan could prove benificial. Registered Dems. only, we don't need Independents and Republicans deciding our candidate!

    March 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. April in Texas

    Well it would be interesting but this sounds as childish as a do-over. They moved up the primary voting day and now they want to do it over again, That seems like typical dirty politics. Could this be why the Clinton campaign seems so broke and using personal financing as well as the delay on those tax records she hasnt yet produced.

    March 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Jenny MA

    Goodheart: I totally agree with you!

    The person who win CA, NY, MA, OH, FL has chance to win the General election for sure!

    It is Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2008..... GO GO GO!

    We are behind you!

    March 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. mick

    Obama had adds on the air weeks before the primary, Clinton went to Florida the night of the primary to make money in which is legal. Obama had his name there as well as Clinton plus She never turned her back on the people in Florida or Michigan. Those people will not forget that so have another vote even thou the first one should count, THE PEOPLE SPOKE

    March 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Maggy

    I bet he would love to ... there is nothing better than a Clinton nominee for the Republicans. Even I would vote against her (and I have never voted for a Republican before)

    March 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Trev

    Wow, there are a lot of anti-Clinton posts here that have NOTHING to do with the topic.

    I think there should be another primary in Florida. If that is the only mutually acceptable way to get voices heard, that is great.

    Hillary won Florida once and she can win it again! Why not MI too. Put everyone on the ballot and see who wins.

    Hillary 08

    March 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Shannon Shiflett

    this 1000 times over reaffirms that obama is the true progressive whilst hillary clinton is and always has been–her husband included–a republican in democratic disguise.

    March 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Why not have a do-over of the 2000 Presidential race rigged by Jeb and affirmed by the Supremes? If you don't like the results of your own silly rules, just change them midstream and try again

    March 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. NickNasc

    Obamas People stayed at home and only Hillarys came out to vote for...well who knows why. I say let it go ahead. She has still not learned her lesson She WAS 20 points ahead in Texas and Ohio too. She has lost BIG in many states where she had a lead. I think Florida will be humilliateing for her. Even will all her whineing I am SURE She would rather just try and twist arms of the superdelegates than risk getting trounced and humiliated again. It would be the end of her political career. Not that I think there is much left as it is now.

    March 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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