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. gtonyh

    She won fair and square the first time and she will win again. Obama is TOAST!!!

    March 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Lee Chang

    Go Hillary Go. It is laughable if the Democrates nominee is a guy whom i called NATO ("No Action Talk Only) – and did not even win the must win states in a General Election – OBAMA did not win NY, CA, MA, Florida, Michigan – these are the must do or die states in a General Election.

    Salute to the Governor of Florida.

    March 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. JennyM

    It sounds like the Florida and Michigan people just want to go to the party in Denver. Don't worry, by the time Hillary is done trashing this party, the convention won't matter and McCain will be President.

    March 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Sharad Radia

    All of the above comments are mix bag of truth, opinion and white lies. My concern is are we (means ordinary U.S. citizens) are able to decipher the truth? Look at Harvard graduate (Mrs Obama) reads written document in front of her husband supporter. This alone created quite a bit cintraversy.

    March 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Brenda in SC

    Give Hillary the votes already – she won them already

    March 3, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. JennyM

    The Florida and Michigan people CAN vote in November. If this goes to the convention, the Republicans will win anyway so it's a moot point .

    For the recored, I HATE .. that is correct HATE Hillary and her lies, and lawsuits, and psychodrama marriage. I'd like someone in the white house who isn't worried where their husband is every night. Hillary has only stayed with Bill for power . Why else would someone who has an education tolerate someone who has humiliated her for all of their marriage? I just hope Texas and Ohio end this one way or the other .

    March 3, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. gtonyh, FL

    Go Hillery! Good Luck on Tuesday! God Bless

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Glenn , FL

    I don't know where or how Obama got this far, but the Party is over! He is a fraud and it will all come out.
    Good luck Hillery in all four contests tomorrow.
    Florida WILL be counted!

    March 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Jean

    I'll try one more time to get my comment posted. All you Obama get your head out of the sand you are smelling your butte and it's clouding your judgement. HILLARY IS THE BEST ONE TO BE PRESIDENT and you know it. Besides obama's father wasn't even an american citizan's he was a Kenya citizan so will obama favor Kenya or America? Jean

    March 3, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Geri

    When are you going to stop bashing Clinton?? Does Obama send a tingle up your leg too?? You and Cafferty are so biased that its pathetic. Why not more on all the stuff coming out about your "fair haired" boy and holding him accountable?? He's really gotten a free ride from you and Cafferty. Now you're starting in about McCain. Give it a break and chase down some of the stories about Obama. Also why are the blogs being closed so early???

    March 3, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Sky

    If the voters lose their constitutional right then the highest court in the land should weigh in. The justices should don their robes and review the constitutional law because this issue needs to be resolved. Until that happens the fight should continue.

    March 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Tubby The Tuba

    I strongly disagree. That's what this nation continues to do; bend the rules to fit what they want. Think about what this says to our high school children who are watching and observing our behavior. The Democrats of Florida made their decsion with the knowledge that they would forfeit their delegates to the National Convention. Let the reap what they sow.

    March 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Sky

    There is a rumor out there on one of the blog sights that people who lived in Illinois also voted in Missouri. That would be a shame and certainly illegal.

    March 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. bh

    The voters in Florida already voted. Hillary won!

    March 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Chavez

    Florida voters should not be penalized for what their leaders did. If Obama feels that the DMC shoud listen to the people and their votes then he needs to take his own advise and not dipsute Florida in having their delegates seated in the convention. There does not need to be a redo in the primary as it would be too costly and the people have already decided. I understand that Michagan should not be allowed as his name was not in the ballot although that was a choice his compaign made.

    March 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Tizzy

    It is sad that CNN has been intimidated by the Clinton machine into treating Hillary as a frontrunner after losing 11 straight primaries and by everything they have done in the past week has been to aid her to win tomorrow but the question is – Can you stop an idea whose time has come? Obama will prevail to the disappointment of many tomorrow.

    March 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. CE, Wisconsin, USA

    Wolf, have you even considered the possibility of writing a pro Obama piece? I find it laughable to hear about media bias against Hillary after scrolling through your blogs.

    March 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. John

    Maybe Charlie hasn't heard that the state is running low on cash and taxpayers are tired of wasted money. Of course he would have heard this is he kept his tail in FL instead of sucking up to McCain on the road all the time.

    March 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    HA HA HA. Joke of the Day. Charlie to save the day b/c he does not want to see McCain go up against Obama LOL. Think about folks.... Many Republicans have announced on world news stations that they would much rather run against HRC b/c of her BAGGAGE. LOL and not even her Supporters argue the baggage part.

    OBAMA 08

    March 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Mitty, Miami Gardens, Florida

    Governor Crist would help Obama, not Hillary. Obama was not well known during the first election. This time the election would benefit Obama due to the fact that that more voters have hear him and believe in him. They know what he is all about. Hillary is riding on Bill's coattail. She will say and do anything to get votes. She claims that she and McCain have the most experience and Obama only has a speech. To say Obama only has a speech to be as an African American she is simply saying he is a fraud. That is an insult to me. I despise this woman. If she should win the primary, I will sit out the general election. She is dividing the party.

    March 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. mike

    Its interesting when Obama gets caught in a lie he blames hillary for it although the canandian press brought this to the voters attention. Now his slum lord ex- boss is in court in which Obama may be called to testify.

    March 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Mike

    It's kind of sad when you see all these Hillary supporters clinging to their last hopes that she will pull this race out and then go back to Florida and Mich. but thats not going to happen.
    It's time for her to go home to her loving husband bill and get back to work in the Congress thats if she does not go to jail when the Peter Paul and Stan Lee case comes back to haunt her.

    March 3, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Joel K

    It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Billary in the cockpit of a kitchen sink. Oh and for those who THINK CNN is one sided, don't be silly, the Clinton News Network always gives us both sides.
    Obama O8

    March 3, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Sam

    I am a resident of Florida and the people of Florida had no say in moving the vote up nor did the Democrats. This idea was the GOP's and our legislature voted on it, with the blessing of Gov. Christ, and the GOP voted it in. I do not know why the DNC decided to punish the voters. More voters voted, all names were on the ballot, the only person who broke the campaign rules was Obama (He ran TV ads in the entire state) and a large percentage of the voters did not know their vote did not count. I have yet to personally here one person say they knew in advance their vote would not count. This is not right to take the vote of a citizen away. Quite frankly I did not know that anyone could just say my vote did not count. After all this is supposed to be a democracy.

    And by the way when a news person goes home or takes a day off, do they not watch TV? I can't believe they are so shocked that everyone says they are biased for Obama. Every study has proved it and all you had to do was watch an hour of political news. Gee, just listen to jack – everynight the first question is a snide remark and a question re: Hillary then sometimes all three are. Where is all the questions about Obama and his wife. Ask about Bill Jack should ask about Michelle. She is not the most soft and all sweetness woman I have ever seen. Something tells me she can stand and tell you off good and proper and will not be shy with her two cents in running the government should Obama win. C'mon Jack get off Hillary back and onto Obama's. Be fair. We all know how you feel about Hillary. You have told us enough. Sam

    March 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Cindy

    A revote is the only fair solution. Dunno how that helps Clinton more than Obama, cause it seems, the more time Obama gets, the more he catches up.

    March 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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