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. Dr. Brad Burke

    Not so dumb after all!!!

    Oh, you poor saps in the media! Too blind to see it coming, weren’t you. Well, as someone who has not been turned into a complete idiot by generations of punditry, I knew this was coming. Just didn’t know y’all ‘d be suckered in so bad.

    Pooooooor Hillary! Oh, how the press has treated her sooooo unfairly. What? Did anyody actually question it? Well, of course for the first few days. But go back over all the interviews, press releases and conference calls by the Clinton camp. Just how many times (per hour) did they spew the poor Hillary crap. Again, and again, and again, and again… until you saps actually believed it! Amazing. People with decades of experience covering campaigns and you still couldn’t see the obvious. Which is…


    Hello, NO ONE has been kind to the Clinton camp because they have USED everyone they possibly could, lied continually, and fed the press with a delusion followed by an ever-changing goal post.

    And after all that…. Shame on you all!!!

    Clinton has 20 Rezko’s. Most of them are already in jail. She still is using much of their money (Obama gave away any money remotely related to Rezko, Clinton… well not so much). A no-go suddenly has become front page SIMPLY BECAUSE LITTLE MISS “I’LL DO ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED” HAS BEEN LYING LYING LYING. Did Clinton somehow forget that she and Obama are on the same team? Remember… the Democratic Party? Oh, I guess they aren’t in her little narcissistic world.

    Once upon a time, I loved the Clintons. I defended them more often than I care to remember. And I am DISGUSTED by what they are doing to “their” Democratic Party. But I’m even more disgusted by so-called political experts who jump and coo over Hillary. And if they stop drooling, she just pulls out the “you’re picking on me” threats. Politicos should have the common decency to check their facts before they become the wagged to the Clinton tail.

    You've been had.

    March 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Jack, CA

    I would strongly support that. Hillary would still win big because there are a lot of older voters in Florida, who strongly favor Hillary.

    March 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Andrew

    Florida and Michigan should not be allowed to hold another primary. The results of the early primary are perfectly valid and are what the political parties of both states wanted regardless of outcome. The only thing that should be discussed is whether those delegates should be seated, which I saw yes, by all means seat those delegates. But this debate is moot, as a clear frontrunner will emerge within the next month, even if they dont have enough delegates yet, but enough political pressure will be put on the other for which they will be forced to drop out.

    March 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Emily

    First of all I do think that the people of FL should be able to vote again. The ones who voted for Hillary the first time, I do not think that they all understand that there vote for Mrs. Clinton would not count. Because if they did why would they have gone out and voted. I would not have voted for anyone, if I knew they would count.!!! . I also feel that she should not give up as long as she feel there is a chance for her. If she win either Texas or Ohio I think she should stay in. Go Hillary.

    March 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Patrick


    Clinton has FOUGHT against letting Florida and Michigan redo their primaries. The only scenario that favors Clinton is letting the results stand as they are. Allowing both candidates to campaign in those states with a revote would do one of two things:

    1) Put them in the Obama win column

    2) Result in more stalemates

    There's no way she would outright win them if both candidates were allowed to campaign and a revote held.

    As for the rest of CNN: Grow a spine. Just because SNL makes fun of you doesn't mean you have to start shilling for Clinton.

    OBAMA 08'

    March 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Druv

    Funny the extent to which the Republicans, and the Republican-friendly media, are so bent on having the clintons as the nominee.

    March 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. CB

    The DNC decided long ago the outcome of having early state elections. To bad Hillary ignored the rules and place herself on the renegade states ballots anyway. FL and MI are out of luck and knew the consequences of their actions. NO to a recount. Gov. Crist is an republican, what is his motive in this?

    March 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Adam, Los Angeles

    Smells like Republican Trickery to me!

    He just wants to keep our party divided for as long as possible.

    March 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    I just don't understand all you people talking about "Florida's voice should be heard"....what part of THEY BROKE PARTY RULES do you not understand??? They were WARNED not to move up the date or delegates would not be seated and they said SCREW the DNC we're moving up they date.....and NOW they want to cry foul??? That's the most childish thing I've ever heard!!! No wonder children today can't get their stuff together....the grown ups these days are worse than children!

    Florida and Michigan are OUT...period....They can vote in the general. Next time play nice with all the other children in the sandbox.

    March 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Pepe Le Pue

    Wolf, we will leave it up to you to Clinton's bid.

    March 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Micke

    How about we re-run the Florida votes and leave Hillaries name off the Ballot and see how Obama does? with out either campaigning ofcourse...

    Then we can see her vote numbers in early 2008 vs. his

    March 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. reality check

    Clinton already won both these states. A do over plays right into the hands of the republican agenda and Obama. This is both unfair and undemocratic. Give Clinton her delegates at the convention and to hell with those idiotic rules. The millions of people that have already voted are going to let the DNC know what they can do with their do over and their rules.

    March 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Think about how scary this is!

    1) Dmitry Medvedev wins Russian presidential vote by a landslide with a scam vote!

    2)Troops from Ecuador and Venezuela have been ordered toward their borders with Colombia amid a tense crisis that threatens to erupt into war

    3) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants us out of Iraq


    We can all hold hands and "HOPE" that things "CHANGE" !!

    March 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. John

    I am a Fla resident and I am behind Governor Crist's support to a do- over primary for the Dems and if that one doesn't work a third do-over, how many ever it takes to make the Dems slander each other to the last very last blow. Thank you Dems for your unconscious support of the Republican cause. Love it.

    March 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Angelica11

    I think Obama supporters are missing logic 101.

    If in last 10 years, Obama could not change anything in Chicago's SICK politics. In fact he is/was part of that.
    What is he going to change in Washington Politics?

    March 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    Lets face it Wolf, elections are big business. Hotels get full, restaurants get lots of business. Just look at all the reporters that follow these candidates from state to state. All those vehicles using all that fuel. The CNN express must use a lot of fuel all by itself. Delay the process and maybe the economy will rebound. Michigan could sure use another round of money spent in its state.

    March 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Arnold, WV

    No there should not be new elections in those states,they both knew the rules and should have to live with them.What is next a new Super Bowl to give New England another chance??

    A Anyone
    B But
    C Clinton

    March 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Nik

    Uh oh. Hillary's not as strong when there are other names on the ballot.

    March 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Cindy Rochelle

    Since polls are showing that McCain can more easily win over Clinton than he can Obama, it is no wonder that a republican would do what he could to increase the chances of another republican in the White House – Same old politics, different day.

    March 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Chris, Orlando



    Please Governor Crist, allow us to have our voices heard in Florida. A new primary with 1 week of early voting is not too much to ask.

    March 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Craig H, Mpls, MN

    Of course Republicans want to help Hillary because they know that their base hates Hilary and she will motivate Republican voters to get out and vote against her. The polls show that McCain can beat Hillary but not Obama.

    March 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Freida NYC

    WOW Karen,

    You sound just as dumb and mislead as the rest of all the other Obama's supporters. Where did you get that he has more senate experience? Let me clear your puzzled-confused-and mis-informed head of yours. Mr. Obama has not even completed his first term as a senator, he became a senator in 2004. Whereas Hillary is at the end of her 2nd term. SO if you do the math, who has more "senate experience"? MATH 101.

    Hillary 2008.

    March 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Jeremy

    Its very unclear as to why he waited so late to offer this. Holding another election in Florida will hurt the entire Democratic party. That would be a shame!

    Also, if he becomes the vice president candidate, this goes a long way for Crist because the people of his state of Florida will be proud of a Gov who would offer them the chance to be involved with the Dem Primary process.

    March 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Jasmine - AZ

    @Gretchen do you know about all of Hillary's indictments from Watergate...???

    March 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Caryn MH, WDC

    Hillary is so pathetic. She was too arrogant to plan past February 5th so now she's doing whatever she can to stay until the National Convention.

    By her own words, Texas and Ohio were her firewall. Now she's going to stay in if she wins either or? She doesn't care about this party she only cares about her own foolish ambition. Anyone else would have been pressured to leave. "Holier than thou" Clinton gets to stay in until she's the last man standing.

    God help us all.

    March 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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