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. bo

    hillary's the better candidate. i will never vote for obama.

    March 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Fantastic-Florida loves Hillary

    March 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Grace Benjamin

    Wolf...I really enjoy your situation room...however...I just cannot sit and listen to that Gloria Borger (?) person. She is so anti Hillary Clinton, that even if the subject is related to another candidate, she always find a way to include Hillary in the most negative fashion!!! Get her off your show...she is too obviuosly biased. Just now you were discussing Obama's dilemma with NAFTA & his pal Renzo...and sure enough Gloria Barger began her negative smear toward Hillary Clinton. She needs to lighten-up!!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. paula

    Wow!!!! I thought Obama was so sure of himself. What is he afraid of? Maybe he thinks letting Florida voters vote over is just SILLY. Please, we are all Americans and All our voices should be heard. His name was on the ballot just like Clintons. Unfortunate for Obama, Florida is Clinton country. Hillary 08

    March 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Grif

    As it just mentioned on a TV show. Let's not use words, that may be used as a: "Spring Board" to further discussion of this matter.

    March 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Annamica, OH

    I commend all of you standing up for FL and MI. Why do some Obama supporters say the superdelegates will disinfranchise the American people, yet they are the same ones saying FL and MI shouldn't count? Sounds like Obama's hypocrisy to me...

    And yes, Obama was on the ballot in FL and ran television ads, yet he sad.

    I'd be happy for a another primary in both states, but I think FL delegates should be seated already.

    March 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Felipe

    When this is all over, all you obama fans will realize how obama is a big phony. Hillary has mentioned many times before that obama is all talk and no action. He has a disturbing voting record as senator and he changes positions and puts out false and misleading ads all over this country. All you obama suppporters if obama does end up president, i can't wait for all your hopes to crumble because he say's he will not be just another politation in the white house and all this junk, and then you come and find out that he is doing behind the sceen deals with canada. Lol, i can't wait to see all you obama supporters get played by this liar who all he does is lie and do what ever it takes to become president.

    March 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Lynn in NM

    OK. Why would Florida have another primary? The DNC made the rules when Hillary was the "guaranteed" nominee. Now that she is losing, all of a sudden they need another primary. Don't think so. Of course, that would be another example of "winning at any cost."

    March 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Michigan too, while you are at it. We finally will see the true Obama.
    I will even send a hundred bucks to each state as I am sure others will do too, to get this thing going.
    I am so happy about Florida, I am jumping up and down.

    March 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    How about this as a solution? Seat the Michigan delegation or this state punishes you in November by going red!

    March 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Pat

    Hillary Clinton is clueless of the fact, that Republican Party would prefer Mrs. Clinton as a front runner, oppose to Obama. They would have a better chance of winning the election. Dah...

    The Media is so hypocritical. They build you up and then tear you down. I saw only one positive news clip on Obama, today ,regarding the Arab community at large and how they view this election. Why was it only air once? What great timing for all the scrutiny.

    March 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. AnnAloha FairMedia,PA

    Oprah Should Flip The Bill For The Re-Do Primaries

    BTW Just for the RECORD
    Nobody Campaigned in Michigan and Florida NOBODY
    Get the facts straight or sit this one out.

    Rock On Democrats
    NEVER BURN YOUR BRIDGES As the Obama Campaign did by calling the primaries in Florida and Michigan as a Beauty Contest.
    hehehehe NOW That's the 'BEAUTY' of this report.

    March 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Wolf, I as a voter would like my vote to be counted even if it didn't make a difference, look at the Ron Paul soppoters they just want their vote to count. Wolf good job let's see what happen tomorrow.

    March 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. MikeSmith

    Why are Latinos voting for Hillary? She has never shown that she has their best interest at heart. She can't even articulate her ideas on immigration, for goodness sakes!

    Obama is by far the best candidate, his policy ideas are much more realistic than hers.

    March 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. d

    don't kid yourselves in saying that the canadian government will be influenced greatly as to have a battle break out or whatever you are trying to say. Give us some credit.

    March 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Felipe

    The national media is bias and clearly trying to select our president. I think so many americans are brainwashed. They make their decision based upon speaches not solutions. This country is falling behind because we have the media picking our president, and americans brainwashed following the media. Listen this is very sad, how people are turning their backs on the clintons who made our country just about great during the 90's. Bill clinton did so mutch for the african americans and latino community's i can't believe so many sad people in this country. What cnn and other bias media outlets are doing is just plain sad. We are falling in love with speaches not solutions, we are not researching our candidates before we make our decision. This is all very sad.............. American women should be supporting a women president not another man in the white house. You want change a women president is the biggest change in the history of this country. American women have been very disapointing, you should be pround and supporting another women for the greatest and most powerfull person on earth, not supporting just another guy who will be just like any other politation in the white house.

    March 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. redrox

    You have got to have Florida and Michigan vote again. If not, then it's not a democratic primary. It is a tight race and to deny them a voice will essentially be for the DNC to decide Clinton is not going to be the nominee. Not what you want if you want Clinton supporters to back an Obama Presidential run.

    March 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. bond

    The rules apply to everyone. What's done is done. Florida's and Michigan's Dem leadership ignored the rules and paid the price. If voters are unhappy, then they should vote out those leaders who caused their situation. I truly doubt voters would want to use their tax money to pay for another primary, not to mention Clinton and Obama spending millions of more dollars campaigning and energy mudslinging with each other which could be better spent beating McCain in the general election. I'm sure the Republicans are loving all this.

    March 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. dem08

    Here in Florida we should blame the REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE for being disenfranchised on 1.7 million democratic votes on Jan.29,2008.
    1). The Florida Democratic primary election ballot had all democratic candidates listed.

    March 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Becky in Indiana

    Obama never even campaigned in Florida. I think that everyone deserves a say and Florida residents will choose Obama when they have had a chance to do their homework.

    Obama for President!

    March 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Angela

    Voter turnout was high in Florida during the Primaries despite the fear that may not count. As high as it was in past elections when their vote did count ( except in 2000 -but that's another story)
    Just use the votes we have and seat the delegates in Florida.
    Having another primary in Florida will set a bad precedent for future elections. Every state, candidate and voter will want a do-over for some reason or another in the future.. Not a good idea.

    March 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Okay, fine, here's a real solution to the matter. Michigan and Florida will select full slates of uncommitted delegates each. The delegates will be seated at the convention, but be barred from the first round of voting. If there is no nominee by the conclusion of the first round of voting, the delegates will then be free to vote their own convictions. It's a simple solution that doesn't require an expensive revote, nor commit the retardation of trying to bar two vital electoral prizes from the Democratic convention. Of course, the other simple solution is that the DNC can stick to its guns and Republicans will run round-the-clock ads talking about how the DNC singled out these state's voters for disenfranchisement. Really want to run the risk in November that your election hopes hinge on two states you kicked out of your convention?

    March 3, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. carlo

    The part that concerns me the most about all of this is that by saying that Obama supporters are duped or hypnotized really slaps young people in the face. After so many years of apathy and discouragement amoung the young, Americans should be thrilled to see young people making such an investment in this election. This is their future not the baby boomers who have had their time and have shaped the country they want.

    Remember, the same young people you accuse of being naieve, immature, and stupid are the ones who will have to take care of you one day.

    March 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    The voters in Florida and Michigan should be heard. It wasn't their decision to move those dates up, and they shouldn't have to pay the price.

    March 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. dln

    I really do not understand people, How can vote to have another 4yrs of the Clintons.

    March 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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