March 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
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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. Matthew

    Its amazing after Hillary cried on CNN shoulder now your spot lighting ever possible dirt you think that can stop Obama from winning this nomination. I notice CNN your now giving Hillary a free ride. Hillary wants documents from the land deal Obama made, let her present her taxes. Trust me if she should snake her way back into the election, she will never win with my vote. We will once again watch the US go down the toilet with Bush Clone Mccain.

    March 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Had enough in Ohio

    I have to comment about the person stating that Hillary is going to cause a split in the democratic party. I believe it is Obama supporters that are doing this. The media has reported on a few occasions that when Hillary supporters were asked if they will vote for Obama in November if he wins the election, most of their answers were yes. On the flip side, most of his constituents said No. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT PARTY FACTION.

    March 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Linda

    First of all, many democrats didn't vote in Florida, because they were led to believe their vote wouldn't count.

    Secondly, yes, the primary should be redone and the Florida Democratic Party should pay for it, since they caused the whole mess by moving the date. The National DMC told them not to do it, but they did it anyway, so they should pay.

    Next, I am sick and tired of hearing Hillary tout her experience. What experience. Obama has more legislative experience than she does. Additionally, compare the way both campaigns have been run. Obama has run a much more superior campaign than Hillary that's why she is now scurrying around like a chicken without a head trying to get delegates. And, now, she's pulling the gender "thing." Oh, pleeez, Hillary; give it a rest.

    Also, where does she get off demanding the Obama reveal the amount of money Rezno gave him. He has done this already, and gave the money to charity. Where's Hillary's tax return? Did you see how uncomfortable she was when Tim Russert brought this up at the debate. She can't produce the tax return, because Bill and his buddies haven't finished "cooking the books," yet. They don't want anyone to see where their money is coming from, because it will produce ANOTHER Clinton scandal. They are despicable!!!!!

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Billhary.

    March 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Veronica in CA

    It's appalling that the voters in FL and MI may have NO SAY in the nominee this year. What a ridiculous idea to begin with.

    OF COURSE they must vote. Is this a democracy, or not?

    March 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Kelly

    First, this topic should have nothing to do with who broke the rules and who did not because it was not the average citizen of those states who did anything wrong, but the ones who suffered the consequences of losing their vote. How would any of you feel if your vote for your favorite candidate did not count after you voted? Maybe we should just take Super Tuesday away because of a stupid technicality? Silly, yes! It is fair to have Florida's count stand and have a re-do in Michigan since Obama's name was not on the ballot in Michigan. In Florida, Obama placed ads campaigning before the primary breaking the parties rules and Hillary went there celebrating her win even if it didn't count. Both did something in Florida when the state was suppose to be ignored and both had their names on the ballot so the vote should count. If Obama can't agree to that, it is because he knows it would cost him the election. If you don't think it would cost him the election, then don't be so threatened by it and let it stand. Just because you don't like the results does not mean that they should not count. This is about the American vote and that means ALL Americans in every state!

    March 3, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Terry from Lancaster, PA (born in Ohio)

    Unfortunately, I think the FLA Dems shot theirselves in the foot and can't have a "do over" at this point or someone will call "foul".
    I know many retired folks in FLA (like my mother) that would love to help Hillary make it to the White House.

    I hope Ohio and Texas have an epiphany today that Hillary is the right one to lead us now. I have 3 reasons:

    I support a Clinton/Obama ticket. Obama will be great in a few years when he has experience ‘Day 1” and for the next 4-8 years we need the know-how of Clinton to mend fences internationally, and get many fundamental crisis of our nation fixed. Then the US and the world will be ready to embrace Obama’s great vision and he will have had the best education and exposure as VP under Hillary.

    If anyone saw how he looked to Hillary to answer the debate “jump ball” question about Russia’s leader it should tell us that not only is he not ready to go head to head with McCain, he is not confident enough in his grasp of international politics to face other leaders – yet.

    Lastly, I am sick of hearing about how Hillary voted on Iraq. In my opinion it was Hillary that answered the “3 am call” correctly. She based her vote on the information at hand about WMD that our (cough) President said they had. At that time did she know he was lying? No. Obama took a wait & see answer to the “3 am call” . Going on the “intelligence” at hand at that time, his vote was the wrong one to protect our nation. He just lucked-out that there were no WMD and our President was an egotistical liar that wanted to attack no matter what.

    March 3, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. democracy

    woo, is this what Clinton meant when she said I am just warming up?
    First of all, this is too much. Rush has a crush on Hillary, he should admit it , well he, like Hillary and Bill, they all have huge egos so they are similar to each other and thus they dislike one another
    2) We all know that Hillary is divisive, the majority of people (not just Republicans) don’t like her, don’t like her politics, her baggage, her flip flap stands, her lies, her vote for Iraq, her multiple personalities (mmm… so convenient), her negative attacks, her sense of entitlement and on and on.
    3) Rush Limbaugh knows very well, that she will be so easy to beat in the general election, a blind could see that.. so why not set it all up now.
    4) Rush Limbaugh and many many republicans and those who have come out for Hillary (like Ann Coulter _ who also has a secret crush on Billary) fear and I mean FEAR losing to Senator Obama and they sense it now. Rush and Ann Coulter, and Bill Clinton just like Hillary, never in their wildest dreams or lives, or realities or surealities (like that of Senator Clinton_ she is out there so far away from reality) thought a young Senator would rise up so high and not just create a movement, but change history. The worst for Billary and also for the Republicans (with all due respect to Senator McCain), they have absolutely nothing on Senator Obama, even if they try their dirtiest tactics, which they have been doing, they cannot win against him. So this is but a desperate tactic and cry……..Sorry Rush Sorry Clinton you all belong in one barrel all together_
    5) They fear terribly that Senator Obama will win, and Rush as Hillary (both old status quo, although I give more credit to Rush) will try anything, and I mean anything, these are desperate times..............
    6)Give it up Hillary.
    7) it appears Rush L and Ann C has identified their idol……………
    8) Go Obama 08 our nation and our people is behind you no matter what they say or do now.

    March 3, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. DJ Florida

    1.75 million FL Dems voted – a record. It is ridiculous to think we didn't know who we were voting for. I for one, vote on issues and the record of the candidate – not the stump speech. With cable news, internet and debates aired nationwide, there is no need for ads etc..
    No need for a do-over, no hanging chads this time. The Florida delegates will be seated. Eventually the DNC will have no say in the matter.

    March 3, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Jeff

    I happen to believe that the Republicans in Florida moved the primary up to cause this problem in the first place. A Redo? That wouldn't be fair to anyone. Interesting how all the campaigns agreed not to campaign in Florida but Obama's national cable tv ad ran. The national media likes to pretend that Floridians don't have television, radio, internet, or newspapers. Everyone was on the ballot. We need Floriday in the general election. Seat them and be done with it.

    March 3, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Mark

    Hey "democracynow2008", you must be a total moron. Why should the voters of a state be penalized due to no fault of their own? The Florida voters did not choose the date of the primary. I can sure tell an Obama backer when I see one. You must be afraid he will still get beat even with a re-vote. Sucks to be so insecure in your choice for president. Go Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Alex Mackin

    It's not about hillary 'whining,' 'armando.' It's about giving millions of people in florida the democratic voice they were denied by their rule-breaking state legislators.

    So, unless you don't believe in democracy, i dont think you can argue against this. Although if you're an obama supporter, i'm sure you'll try.

    Good luck with that!

    March 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. KOR

    Yea to Mischelle from Illinois. You can bet if Obama had won Florida he'd be pushing hard to get those delegates seated. He says he lost there because he didn't have name recognition–what, do Floridians not have TV and newspapers? They didn't know who was running? Le's not insult their intelligence. There is no need to a do-over–it's another attempt to fawn all over Obama.

    March 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. isaac

    how many blue states have obama won so far?all his are mostly red states where republicans turns to his side in other to pick weak candidate to face mcain.hillary is the right candidate to win in november.

    March 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Delois

    No one will say it so i will, if Obama don't win it will be because he is a black man, never mine how much experience he has, Bush didn't have any being first lady does not give u experience, being a prisoner of war does either, of all the people that has run for office experience was never talk about until a black man just look like he just might get ahead.

    March 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    How utterly naive of Wolf Blitzer, not that we expect much more from him, to suggest that another primary would help Senator Clinton. If there were to be another primary the Republicans would cross over and vote for Obama in order to defeat Senator Clinton, as they did in Wisconsin. The polls were so close in Wisconsin that the Governor told Obama that there were signs that he might lose. Lo and behold, he won in double digits.

    March 3, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. illinois voter for truth

    Do-over.? Roll-over? Dean is not political material
    if he can not be man enough to stand up and "denounce
    any decision to turn back time. CAN NOT BE DONE.
    Too many people will be furious and rightfully so.
    RULES are RULES. The fact that Hillary is crying the
    blues over those delegates is just too bad. Fair is
    Fair and I would not vote for Hillary just on this one
    stance for dishonesty, not to consider her loud voice
    phoniness and Bill, and exagerating the truth when
    it comes to OBAMA. NOW, let us all look at the incidents
    on land deals that she skrewed people out of money
    in Arkansas. These personality traits of hers, will happen
    to come back to haunt her.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. K.Celina from IL!!!!

    Hillary is the best candidate !!!!!!!!!
    HILLARY 2008 !!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Randall, Indianapolis, Indy voter

    The whole Michigan/Florida thing was never an issue until Hillary got trounced in Iowa, squeaked out a (shady) win in New Hampshire, and got stalled on super Tuesday. All the sudden, she then feels those delegates need to be seated at the convention. Only because she won those primaries and it would give her delegate count a much needed boost. She is so transparently fake in everything pertaining to her political career. As for the Republican governor of Florida, sure , he's all to happy to hold another primary (at taxpayer expense). Why? The GOP realizes they have a much better chance against Clinton than Obama. Even Rust Limpballs (Rush Limbaugh) is encouraging republicans to vote for Hillary (under the guise of extending the democratic nomination battle to weaken the eventual winner.)

    If the Democrats allow those delegate to be reinstated under any circumstances, I will vote for McCain

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. truth_be_told33

    Lets get real folks.

    Hillary is going to lose this nomination to Obama (even though I do feel that she might be better suited for the job).

    Obama will win the presidency and we will know in about a year or so, if he is truly who he claims to be – "The man who can get the change done"

    If he does – hurray!!! we have found our messaih (may then be we should change the constitution to make the presidency same as the supreme court justice post – be in it till you decide to retire).

    If he doesn't – well.......there is always the next election and we will hope we get the right guy/gal this time at least.

    For Hillary she can go back to being the senator from New York until she retires.

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Sue Butterfield

    Obama is an air head and now we are getting sick of CNN and there love affair of Obama.

    March 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. juan Dominguez from Texas

    Why not re-do all the primaries?? or maybe only in the States where obama won!!!! Hillary's ambition is the reason why so many of us will never give her our vote!!! STOP BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-CLINTON!!! A quarter of a century with them in the office. ARE WE BETTER???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO


    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Ann, MO

    Prediction-Hillary will destroy the Democratic Party just so she can win the nomination, but in doing so will lose the General Election. This is exactly what the Republicans want, and they know that the only person Hillary cares about is Hillary so they are more than happy to help her out.

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. Annie

    I wonder if the Democrats ever thought about the meaning of the word "Democratic" in their name?? I always thought it meant something like allowing everyone to participate in elections on an equal basis and not just ignoring some million voters ... Ask the people, otherwise it's letting decide the DNC about the candidate ... Should the democratic candidate really run in the general elections after such an undemocratic nomination?

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. juan Dominguez from Texas

    WAKE UP DEMOCRATS!!!! Why a Republican is defending this?? It's obvious that they prefer to run against Clinton!!!


    March 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. mary

    My concern about redoing the primary in Florida, and maybe Michigan, is this: At the time of the original primary there were more candidates in the race, i.e., John Edwards, et al. If the primary had been done fully in the first place those candidates would have gotten some delegates and may not have dropped out of the race when they did. That means every primary since the Florida primary or at least since the other candidates dropped from the running could have been different. Bottom line: You can't look at one primary in isolation.

    March 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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