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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  1. Esther

    By the way, if FLORIDA doesn't count in the primary, NEVERRRRR will count in the general election, we have 27 electoral votes and that count or are people forgotten what happen in 2000?

    FL, FL, FL......Hillary Clinton State!

    March 3, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. barry

    All of you people that say rules are rules are not concerned about peoples right to be counted, you are just concerned about your candidate winning the nomination. You are the same people who do not want the super delegates to decide the election. Rules are rules. Florida and Michigan should count . Quoting Obama supporters "let the people decide" Quit being hypocrites. If this was the other way around you all would be crying just as hard. The fact is you do not want it counted because Obama just might lose. You could care less about the millions of people's vote not being counted due to fighting within the party. The people didn't ask for this.

    March 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. simple thought ?

    dr. brad, take a chill pill dude!, it's gonna be ok.
    the world will still turn tomarrow. promise.

    March 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. April

    Florida Democrats voted from January 14, 2008 until the primary on January 29, 2008, with a few days off after the two weeks early voting. Hillary WON Florida. Everyone's name was on the ballet, because I voted there early. There had been a year of debates; we understood who these candidates were, and Obama's national ad was airing here. She won the state fair and square. We should not have a revote. The state of Florida is thinking of cutting vital programs that have been around for years because of financial troubles. Why would it want to pay for another election, when it already paid for one and then didn't fight for it to count.

    March 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. whyputaname

    Obama is such a phoney, I just read and article about his "hopes" for foreign policy. Yeah like he knows anything about foreign policy. Chairs a subcommittee for Iraq and Afganistan and hasn't even shown up for it.

    Votes 130 times present and 2 of those bills were about Children and guns and keeping Adult Book (Porn) Stores from establishing a business near schools.

    I guess he couldn't make up his mind, proves he dosen't have good judgement.

    If you believe him on Rezko then I have a bridge I can sell you!

    I can't wait for that to start unraveling!

    Why are the Republicans pushing to have him nominated, could it be because they bit their nose off to spite their face when they went after Hillary in the nineties.

    Obama's people pressureing the delegates to come to his side. Well I guess they didn't learn any thing from the civil rights movement. We mite as well be living in Russia!

    But if that was the Clintons....boy Oh boy everyone would be all over that like a new suit!

    That deal with Canada just proves he is a liar! A sweet talker, phoney as far as the canadians are concern the cat is out of the bag now!

    The media bias against Obama.....boy that's laugh! They all but gave him a pillow and a lollipop to make him feel comfortable.

    Hillary stay strong we are behind you all the way!

    "Hillary 08"

    March 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |


    March 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. michelle

    john mcain looks like he is on prozac or zyban, the man was a pow and was in a mager plane crash in the real world he would hardly be employable as we see so many vet come the wants to spend our taxes hunting down the so cal cuban that came over to nam and torture him that will be his mission if the was any such cuban i still say john has mental health issue PROZAC

    March 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. JP

    The only reason why George Bush became President is because his brother was the Governor – I happened to live in Palm Beac and EVERYONE there was with Al Gore. The U.S. is the only country in the world where the majority vote does not elect you as President. Change the format and let the majority truly have their say so

    March 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. CT Apple

    Yes, Florida and Michigan should be counted and should be heard. This is the right of the voters.

    However, that said, I think we're lucky to have 2 strong, devoted candidates in the Democratic camp. Either way, we win.

    The Democrats will have the election sewn up whether we have Hillary or Obama - and that's a good thing!

    March 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. pmet

    Can't people separate themselves from Hillary long enough to see what this is all about? First Rush Limbaugh starts pushing for Republicans in Texas to vote for Hillary and now the Republican governor in Florida says they will hold another primary to "help" the democrats. Give me a break. They are trying to keep this contest going, essentially giving McCain a free ride for another few months. In addition, Limbaugh has already publicly come out and said Republicans would much rather run against Hillary because they know they can beat her. One of the reasons he wants Texas to vote for her, he said, is to "bloody up Obama" because he doesn't believe Republicans will do it and Hillary is already trying her hardest to do so for them. Wake up, people. Even the Republicans know that Obama would be harder to beat in a general election.

    March 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Phil, KC, MO

    Go back to the Rush Limbaugh story. It's part of the Republican plan to prolong the Democrat contest and let the candidates do their dirty work. You can bet Crist isn't doing this out of his sense of fairness or his concern for the state's Democrats.

    March 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Jordan

    Hillary supporters are funny and, almost to a T, misinformed. I guess that makes sense, considering they support one of the most corrupt politicians to ever seek the White House. Your candidate changes her mind all the time, then tells you that something seemed right at the time but in the present she realizes it was a bad decision. NAFTA and Iraq are just the tip of the iceberg. People, take a look at who you are supporting!

    Name recognition aside, Clinton would not have won in Michigan or in Florida. Ever notice how people with "higher levels of education" almost always favor Obama? That is because we look at the issues and the candidates, not the garbage put out by negative campaigns.

    Get with the picture, people. Get out, get informed, and think beyond the past few decades. I'd rather play with dice that have been right most of the time for a little while than with dice that have been around for far too long and wrong most of the time.

    "Experience" really isn't what it is cracked up to be, ne?

    March 3, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Matt

    I love how Obama supporters say that Clinton won by name recognition alone last time around.

    So, nobody reads newspapers and watches debates?

    On the flip side, then Obama refuses to debate, saying that the public has already seen enough of them.

    You can't have it both ways.

    March 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. michelle


    March 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Matt, Indiana

    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT! The *ONLY* choice for REAL change!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Jackie from Texas

    I find it very funny that as to date, Obama is the ONLY CANDIDATE who hasn't had to apologize. Every election, someone says something crazy that they have to apologize for, but Obama has yet to find it necessary. I think that says a lot. Clinton says she's a true change agent, but the limit to her change stops at her gender. Other than that, her experience is truncated by the corruption in Washington D.C. I think the American people recognize that in this election and up to now, the term "experience" is synonymous with "corruption."

    March 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Elle

    Florida and Michigan have a constitutional right to have their voices heard and it would be against all democratic beliefs to do otherwise.
    Obama should support that if he wants to be recognized as a true democrat and that a winner should only emerge if all people have spoken !

    March 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Amazed at Americans

    As a floridian if we dont count NOW dont expect to COUNT ON US LATER.... kiss bye bye to 27 Electorate votes

    March 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    If Hillary pulls out wins in Texas and Ohio, she can give a big thanks to Wolf...his Situation Room today has spent the majority of air time stirring up controversy about Obama. Hang in there Wolf...with your partisan reporting, your girl may yet make it.

    March 3, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. fred

    i dont care whos wins however if clintons wins how will other countries that women are under the radar how will that look for the us?
    will she be takin seriously?:

    March 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. WML

    it would be a good idea, however, people voted with all the candidate names on the ballot. That should be good enough. If the BO supporters didn't care about voting then the vote should count. Just like if I don't go vote tomorrow, I can't whine about so and so not winning.

    If a redo happens, it should be a primary–that's what it's called anyway. Let's not disenfranchise people more by making it a caucus at a certain time where people are penalized if they have to work and can't attend.

    And, I'm all for a national primary day.

    March 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama / (wesley) Clark 2008


    March 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Savior Obama

    Obama is our Savior

    March 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. TOM from Mississippi

    I have NEVER seen this much bias and negative MEDIA attention to Hillary-I can't understand WHY this is taking place. There is NO SUCH THING with CNN, FOX or MSNBC it ALL comes down to the amount of AIR TIME spent on NEGATIVE AIRING of stuff compared to OBAMA! Do you own math.........................thanks

    March 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Mary

    I think we should have repeat primaries in both Michigan and Florida...
    if this is to be a true election, then all voices should be heard, all votes counted. But only with a new primary.

    By the way...why are you guys suddenly turning the tables on Obama on the eve of the critical vote in Texas/Ohio/Rhode Island/Vermont? Is this a "strategy" ?

    Mind...I didn't like the Hillary bashing either, even though I won't vote for her.

    One more thing...with all due respect Wolf, do you put your Hillary pin on when you go home?

    March 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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