March 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 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. Joseph

    Here we go CNN see if you'll post this. Hillary's not going to win the nomination! It's mathmatically impossible for her to catch him now. She would have to win the remaining contest by 60% to 70% and the only place she has done that was AR and do you really believe this will happen in NC and MS. Even with all of the networks help she can't do it. If you really like her please tell her to drop out of the race after tomorrow, or her name will be a cliche in the democratic party as a sore losser for god sake she is behind 150 pledge delegates and 1 million votes it's over just let is go so we can get behind Obama against McCain. Hillary can be a powerfull voice in the Senate to get things done but it's not her time to be President.

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. MR CEE

    Really, lets admit it THIS IS SO MUCH FUN !!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. tryme

    The Dems are tired of being blackmailed by FL voters. For all you FL Bushinites and Clintonites, go vote McCain in the general. Who cares about tyou anyway? We do not need you. After all, you were stupid enough to vote Bush instead of Gore. Why are we even listening to you? Yopu need to be removed fromteh US and moved to CUBA.

    March 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. phillip

    the rep gov of florida is hoping to help his party by pro-long the dem nominee race and continue the negative rants by hiliary and just mess everything up in nov for the demorcrats the votes dont count in fl or michigan for a reason this was agreed upon several months ago so just becauuse the powerful clinton who was the front runner "back in the day" she didnt mind them not counting then but know she has lost she is beggin and looking for any way to get ahead in true clinton fashion. this sound very familiar to an election that happened in florida a couple of years back i guess we didnt learn our lesson then!!

    March 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. John White, Texas

    Sen. Clinton is over and she has run her campaign and showed the world that she is not the democratic candidate of choice. Sen. Obama is the candidate of choice.

    Sen. Clinton is now running a campaign of slash and burn against Sen. Obama. She has gone so far as to imply an endorsement of Sen. McCain over her fellow democratic Sen. Obama. How can she do this and still say she is a definite democrat?

    It is one thing to be pro democrat. It is another thing for her to prove herself to be a liar and a republican disguised as a democrat. Clinton is wrong and should not be supported by democratic voters.

    Obama 08!

    March 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Derrick

    This is politics at its best. The republican government announces an offer to hold a new primary just in time so if Hillary loses on Tuesday, she will have a reason stay in and continue to attack Obama. If the DNC do not take the Gov. up on the offer the republicans will spin the situation to the effect that the democrats do not care about your vote when it comes November. If the DNC take him up on the offer it will give John McCain more time to raise money, make less statements on the record, and watch his opponents keep battling. Go Politics!

    March 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Vig

    Florida and Michigan delegates should go to CLinton. She won the states fair and square. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the way to the White House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. michelle

    regan was a puppet president and john mcain will be the next puppet president they will just keep him on somthing

    March 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Nacy

    Vote for BARACK OBAMA.
    A man with a million qualities.
    World has not seen anything like before.
    It will send a strong signal for the whole world leaders to engage in
    right kind of democracy.

    Vote for BARACK OBAMA.
    God bless him.

    March 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Sonya

    Florida and Michigan would never have moved up their primaries if their primaries counted for anything! I live in North Carolina and I don't get to vote until May 6th, after CNN and Howard Dean and all the rest have decided the contest is over. That is outrageous. I'm a tax-paying, voting, legal American citizen. NOT ONLY DO I DESERVE A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR MY CANDIDATE (CLINTON) , MY VOTE SHOULD COUNT. Why is this order of primaries carved in stone? Why is the order not random? Why don't the candidates campaign for say, 6 months wherever they want, and then everyone vote on the same day? There are numerous solutions to this unfair procedure. New Hampshireans are not more entitled to vote than North Carolinians!

    March 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. happycats, Wisconsin

    Of course, FL MI should be seated. Rule is set by stupid party leaders, not millions of voters!! Voices in FL MI needed to be heard. Obama says during the Ohio debate he would redo Nafta then tells the Canadians he was only saying that for votes. Obama gave a great speech about how it was wrong to go after Alqada in Iraq and we should have gone after them in Afganistan yet when he is appointed to chair a commity on the fight in Afganistan he accepts the post and does nothing because he is to busy running for President Obama works for Kerry in his run for president and says he is not sure how he would have voted if he would have been in the senate at the time of the vote for the war in Iraq.

    March 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Delia

    THE FACT IS I'M NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA, OTHER THAN THAT I'M UNDECIDED. I WANT AMERICA KEPT SAFE. MCCAIN HAS THE EXPERIENCE, SO DOES HILLARY RODEM CLINTON. SHE HAS THE MILITARY BACKING OUR TROOPS NEED. HUCKABEE IS NOT OUT, AS FOR NADER HIS RUNNING MATE SHOT ANY CHANCE HE HAD, NOT THAT HE HAD ONE. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN BEFORE NOVEMBER NO MATTER WHO THE NOMINEE. SO I MUST MAKE A DECISION NOT ON A PRIMARY BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF AND THAT MEANS I MUST CONSIDER WHO THEIR RUNNING MATE WILL BE. WE WON'T KNOW THAT UNTIL THE NOMINEE IS CHOSEN. BASED ON THAT I MUST CONSIDER WHO THE CANDIDATE IS SUPPORTED BY, WHAT THEIR STAND IS NOW, WHO IS SUPPORTING THEM ON INTELLIGENCE NOT EMOTION. I CAN'T SUPPORT OBAMA BECAUSE OF WHO HAS ENDORSED HIM......KENNEDY, ROCKEFELLER, FARRAKAHN ETC. HIS RISK IS TOO HIGH RIGHT NOW DUE TO THE CRITICAL NATURE OF THIS ELECTION. HE CAN PROVE HIMSELF IN THE FUTURE AND BE GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE, FOR NOW, HE'S SIMPLY NOT TESTED ENOUGH AND PROVEN HE CAN BE TRUSTED.

    THAT IS HOW I JUDGE HIM, NOT OUT FOREVER, BUT OUT FOR THIS ELECTION.

    March 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Martin

    Should Hillary lose, John McCain can appeal to Dem voters who went for her. Not all those who went for Hillary will go for Obama; if Hillary has a total of 40% of delegates, McCain can appeal and attempt to snag 20%. McCain's executive experience is clearly showing. It might even be a blessing if neither Obama nor Hillary gets a plurality of delegates by convention time. Compromise candidates like, Al Gore, can then have a chance to be nominated. God help the USA if it ends up with a president lacking in proven executive experience.

    March 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. DJ

    FL and MI both went against the DNC to move up their primaries to become more of a focus in this primary race. It's too bad they made this decision for their state because it means those votes won't count. But, to now spend FL taxpayers money to do a re-vote and "change the rules" at this state of the race is completely unfair to all involved. I think that all would agree that this is a big mess for the democratic party and I hope they've learned some lessons for next time, but rules are rules and they should be abided by, not changed in the middle because someone says so.

    March 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Zac, OH

    That's ridiculous...if that happens I'm voting for Nader.

    March 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. KOR

    There's no reason for a revote in Florida...nobody campaigned, everyone was on the ballot, everyone had an equal chance. For Obama to say he didn't have name recognition down there because he couldn't campaign is insulting to the people in Florida. Does he think they had there heads stuck under pillows in the months leading up to the primary??? The DNC was wrong to deny the people of Florida their right to a vote–it was unconstitutional. Let the results stand. The only place that needs a new primary is Michigan.

    March 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Paul

    Why would a Democrat voter in Florida or Michigan not think they were disenfranchised? The DNC said that Florida and Michigan elected delegates would not be allowed to vote at the Democratic National Convention in August because the states moved their primaries to an earlier date. This is a no no according to the party rules. Many of the candidates did not campaign in those states and many voters did not vote since they thought their vote would not count.

    Now lets get to the good part. The Convention Credentials Committee may overturn that decision and let the delegates from Florida and Michigan vote. This would disenfranchise the people who did not vote in Florida and Michigan. However, the super delegate's from Florida and Michigan get to vote. Now the elected delegates are disenfranchised. Why should the super delegates get to vote and the elected delegates do not? My guess is the DNC does not trust the Democratic voters to make a good decision.

    In a Daytona Beach News Journal Friday February 29th there was an article about the super delegate. The DNC was unhappy with George McGovern when he lost 49 states in the early 80's and they were not to happy with Jimmy Carter. The super delegates were created to discourage anti-establishment candidates and guide the party away from a disastrous choice. In other words your vote means nothing to the DNC if you vote for someone they do not approve of. The DNC does not trust the Democrat voter to chose a good candidate. If they did there would be no such thing as a super delegate. When I vote, I do not want my vote to overturned by the DNC or RNC

    Paul Pollard

    March 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Genia (KY)

    I just saw where Hillary said she signed an agreement to "not campaign" in the states, but that the Democratic Headquarters made the decision to not count the votes. By her wanting to go against what was decided by her own Democratic leaders, it just goes to show what the Clintons still cannot be trusted. She, like her husband, will do ANYTHING, legal or otherwise, to get what they want. It reminds me of those famous words... "I did not have sexual relations with that woman".... well, as it turned out he DID have relations, and Hillary DID agree to not have the Florida, Michigan votes be counted... now she lying about it in order to try and win this race. Is this REALLY the kind of "person" (woman or man) that we want running our country? I think not!!!
    OBAMA.... 2008

    March 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Bayou Joe

    One person got it right (Barry). It is about fairness to the Fla and Mi voters, not about whether Hillary or Obama would benefit from a new vote in both States. No one in this country should be denied the opportunity to vote. They also should be closed primaries, not open so that each party can determine who their best candidate will be. By the way this happened in all the open primaries. They should also be winner take all as in the Republican primary. Get rid of the super delegates. My vote should count the same as everyone else. In the years prior to the civil war. The negro vote was 1/16th of the white vote. This tells me what the Democrats really think of my vote. The Republicans don't have Super Delegates every vote counts and the majority always wins.

    March 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Shayne

    If Obama had won Florida and Michigan, Obama supporters would be decrying the disenfranchisement of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of voters in those two states. Rules or no rules, neither candidates campaigned in those states and Hillary STILL won by huge margins.

    If we counted those votes, Obama wouldn't even be floating right now. I'm glad his idea of "change" revolves around a defective party that ignores the votes of thousands in key general election states. What a sham, that isn't the politics of hope, that's deceptive politics of self-promotion.

    March 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Grif

    Nobody can willingly help Hillary, NOW!

    Unless the supporters who keep coming CNN are told once and for

    all:

    'When you lie and cheat,

    Don't expect CNN, to keep backing you up.

    March 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Jim, American in Paris

    Florida had it's primary and the whole world knows that Hillary won handily. This should be counted as is. And the fact that Obama took his name off the ballot in Michigan is his problem since the DNC didn't make him. Here you can see the forsight and intelligence that Hillary had by leaving her name on the ballot.

    Unconstitutional and unfair is what the situation is today in Florida and Michigan. Voters of these two states have to raise hell starting now and don't quit until the DNC seats all of you like the other 48 States!

    All 50 States have the right to participate in national elections and so does every American citizen who is not prevented from doing so because of legal problems.

    Florida and Michigan stand up and fight for your rights and have your delegates seated at the convention! RAISE HELL!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Jan in MI

    I don't believe Obama will win Michigan in the GE....and I don't think you can win the GE with out Florida and Michigan.

    Florida delegates should be counted....ev eryone was on the ballot. Michigan is a different story, however, Obama and Edwards chose to take their names off.

    It's an interesting year for sure.

    March 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. tryme

    You can aget a good indication of who you are by seeing those that work with and around you think of you............Obama has the support of more senators than Clinton. Obama has the support of more governors than Clinton......

    Now consider that Clinton has been in the senate longer than Omaba; and Clinton has also has had an opportunity to work longer with, and more closely with governors than Obama;- what does that say about Clinton? Do not forget that Bill Clinton was president and before that he was the the most senior governor........

    Even the only military personel endorsing Clinton are policital military men- "those with many badges" and who once had been given power by promotion durng the Clinton era.
    Basicaly all those genarals that have endorsed Obama have at some point been in the Air Foce One when Clinton was president.. So go figure.............

    March 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. kathy mae

    bring it on...Obama will win, he wins after people get to know him better. Everyone voter should get the chance to vote, but each candidate should get a chance to campaign fairly and fully in every state, first.

    March 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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