March 6th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
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Clinton repeats calls to seat Florida and Michigan

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Watch Clinton's comments Thursday.

(CNN) Hillary Clinton repeated Thursday that delegates from Florida and Michigan be seated at the Democratic Party’s national convention this summer, and appeared to suggest she is open to the possibility of holding do-over contests in both states.

"I'm going to let the leadership of both states see what they think is the best approach," Clinton told reporters in Washington. "I think that it would be a grave disservice to the voters of Florida and Michigan to adopt any process that would disenfranchise anyone and I'm still committed to seating their delegations and I know that they're working with the Democratic party to determine how best to proceed."

Clinton's latest calls for the delegations to be seated come amid an increasingly heated back-and-forth between officials from both states and the national parties. Both the Republicans and Democrats sanctioned both states earlier this year for holding their primaries ahead of February 5 - the Democrats said Michigan and Florida's entire delegations would not be seated at the convention while the Republicans said only half of each state's delegates could be seated.

The Democrats’ decision on how to proceed with both states' delegates could have critical impact on the presidential nominating race - both Barack Obama and Clinton are locked in close contest for pledged delegates, and neither will be able to attain the needed 2,024 to clinch the nomination.

Obama's campaign has criticized Clinton for seeking to "change the rules" after Florida and Michigan voted, and said it will follow the party's leadership on the issue. Clinton came out on top of both states' meaningless contests in January. Neither candidate campaigned in the states, and Obama was not on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton's comments come the same day Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a supporter of the New York senator, formally wrote a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, calling on him to pay for a re-vote in his state. (Read Nelson's Letter [PDF])

“With two outstanding candidates battling so closely for their party’s nomination, there’s no way you can tell nearly two million Florida voters they don’t count," he said.

Dean has said the party will not pay for do-over contests.

"[The DNC's] job now is to elect the President of the United States and we're not going to have the resources to run a primary in Michigan or Florida," Dean said on CNN's American Morning Thursday. "So we hope they can comply with the rules, but they're going to have to figure out how to pay for it."

Related: Florida Gov Charlie Crist discusses the potential of a second primary

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. ray

    clinton is a parasite living large off of hard working americans, just type in clinton scandal and and look at all of the federal investigations,lies & dirty deals.
    clintons are so corrupt anyone who would put them back in the whitehouse is very stupid. people forget the clintons were impeached pretty much kicked out of the whitehouse.

    March 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. ted

    This lady is really getting on my nerves. HC says she did'nt campaign in florida – maybe not officailly but she was there fund raising and i'm sure she said a few words in her behalf while she was there. Some floridians have said that she had been pormising them their votes would count, and to please go out and vote well before the election day. If that's not campaigning – i dont know what is, especially when trying to play the ' im the only one who respects your vote' card.

    March 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Garba

    I give in. Let us seat the FL and MI delegates but since the election was not fair or conducted normally, then the seating should rectify that.

    Half the FL and MI delegates go to Obama and the other half to Hillary.

    1. They get seated
    2. Their votes count
    3. They are not alienated
    4. Everyone is included

    Anything else is not acceptable.

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. LA-Ann Arbor

    I think the delegates should be allocated in proportion to the popular vote for Florida and Michigan. Senator Obama took his name off the ballot in Michigan, a seldom mentioned detail by him or his campaign. It probably wasn't the best judgment.

    Florida should be allocated as is, since the vote to move the primary was requested by a Governor and legislature led by the other party.

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Ed

    If the votes had gone Obama's way she wouldn't be saying this.
    THE CLINTONS ARE CORRUPT TO THE BONE!!

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Sacramento

    I'm all for a do-over, but if they give unearned and undeserved delegates to this desperate, cheating woman, then I'm moving to Canada.

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Joel, VA

    This is a clear indication of the lack of character on the part of Hillary. As a parent she is sending a very destructive message to children that "rules are meant to be broken."

    I would have thought that Americans with ethical standards would come out in droves to condemn this practice. Rules that were set by all participants should be honored in order to validiate the integrity of the process.

    Attempting to change the rules in the middle of the game because it suits you is a disgrace to democracy and begs the question, "WHAT OTHER UNDERHANDED APPROACH HAS HILLARY USED TO GET HER THIS FAR IN THE RACE?"

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Ric

    ha ha ha. Dems are gonna lose.... ha ha ha!

    Mc Cain – Lieberman '08

    ** funny how John Mc Cain will be the one to unite the parties.
    poor Dems... busy fightin each other. Took your eyes off the ball.
    Thanks Obama and Clinton. Couldn't have done it without you!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Lucas lederer

    the delegates should be seated I have idea why to we tell Wisconsin and conneticut and Georgia there votes dont count and see how they like it. Obama supporters should go by the structure of a democracy and let everyone have a say.

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. PF- Florida

    Did she not agree, months ago, with the Democratic Committee, not to allow them because Florida wanted to vote early...does she not realize that MANY people in Florida, like myself, DID NOT go out and vote because we knew the votes were not going to be counted! Also, Obama was not on the Michigan ticket. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. uchujin

    How about this:

    If the candidates want Florida or Michigan delegates, let them fund the primary redo by turning over $10M apiece to each to state to re-administer the process. Their fundraising machines are quite capable of raising the $20M each would require. That way no one is disenfranchised even though they deserve to be.

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. andrea, Illinois

    This woman just makes me sick!!!
    Rules are rules, ALSO FOR HILARY!!!
    It's pretty obvious that now that she needs the delegates, she wants to change the rules. Didn't she and everybody else agree to the rules before?At that point she probably didn't expect that in March she would not only not be the nominee, but also trailing. Her way of politics are just disgusting and that's why we need CHANGE!

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. SONIA

    Sen. Obama’s decision to go explicitly negative suggests that he is unable to make an affirmative case for his candidacy beyond ad hominem attacks. Why isn’t he discussing the hearings that he held on the Foreign Affairs subcommittee that he chairs? Why isn’t he talking about his travel through Latin America? Why isn’t he briefing the public on his comprehensive plan to address the foreclosure crisis now? Why isn’t he stumping on his universal plan health care plan? Because he can’t and so he is advancing a campaign strategy premised on process and personal attacks.

    March 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Neil

    “With two outstanding candidates battling so closely for their party’s nomination, there’s no way you can tell nearly two million Florida voters they don’t count," he said in a statement.

    We just did.

    March 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Alexandra

    I can tell from the posted comments that everyone belives Hillary is a fraud. But what i don't understand is why everyone keeps falling for her dirty tricks?
    How is it that Ohio and Texas voted for her despite her negatives?
    I think America is not ready for a change at all.
    America wants the same old corruption and enpeachment scandals of the 90's.
    If Hillary wins the nomination Obama's supporters should vote for McCain. He has run an honest and positive campaign just like Obama
    Obama/Edwards '08 or McCain/Huckabee '08

    March 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Tyler

    Well its sounds like the Obama fans... excuse me... supporters, are getting a little scared!

    Hillary 08'

    March 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. TKS

    Isn't the "The Bushesque...I'm above the rules" thinking what we were all trying to get rid of? Yet, here we are again. What is it about the AMerican people that makes us say one thing and then do another?

    We say we want change in Washington...yet so many of us are still voting for the same old people hoping to get a new result. We say we want to have people who are not so arrogant to think they are above the law, yet here we are saying that we are considering letting the states that CHOSE to forgo seating their delegates so they could move up their primaries have another go at it AND we are considering it because Hillary keeps calling for it?

    Wake up people. Where was Mrs. Clinton's indignation when the decision was made? Why is she only vocal now that she feels that she is going to benefit? Examine the motives of all the parties. And then we question why we are in the state we are in as a country.

    March 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Michael, North Carolina

    Sen. Clinton will destroy the Democratic Party if she tries to get those delegates seated. Michigan and Florida will clearly be favorited for her. It would be different if Sen. Clinton said in the begining that she was against not seating the delegates, but SHE WAS NOT, RULES ARE RULES. I can not imagine what Sen. Clinton would do and say if she was in the position of Sen. Obama. Bill Clinton would raise all kind of sand if Sen. Obama wanted to change the rules in the middle of the game. Sen. Clinton should just save face, and bow out of the race for the sake of the Democratic Party.

    YES WE CAN
    OBAMA/EDWARDS "08

    March 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. SV

    Shame on Hillary. Clintons are known for their lies and fraud.

    All these days she was dreaming about someone and suddenly she is misleading everyone.

    DNC Chairman Howard Dean shouldnt bow down to these cheapos. They should stick to the rules.

    Shame on people of Florida and Michigan also. If they are too keen on showing their support to any of their candidate they should have voiced their opinions in January itself.

    March 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. democrate in LA

    I feel better now after watching this clip. Howard Dean will NEVER authorize DNC money ($18M!) to pay for a 2nd primary due to a Republican tactic to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Florida Democrats. It was a brilliant strategy on the part of the Florida Republicans, and it will surely gain Crist front-runner status to become McCain's running mate. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

    If Crist sticks to this position in Florida, Floridian delegates can plan to watch the convention on TV with the rest of us. Unbelievable. If the DNC caves in, there will be mayhem in the streets. This very tactic will motivate the DNC to broker a nominee with the superdelegates sooner rather than later. All the better for Mr. Obama.

    March 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. doug

    Go Hillary, to the moon and do'nt come back.

    March 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. abby

    what a lady.. she is never to be trusted. she says something today and the next day its something else... so what are the rules for? and why did she agree to it... on the other hand I think democrats must not anger these states despite the fact that they choose to break the rules.. to make it fair Just split the delegates.. Re -do will cost so much. I believe we have better things to spend this money on.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. sam

    Sen. Obama’s decision to go explicitly negative suggests that he is unable to make an affirmative case for his candidacy beyond ad hominem attacks. Why isn’t he discussing the hearings that he held on the Foreign Affairs subcommittee that he chairs? Why isn’t he talking about his travel through Latin America? Why isn’t he briefing the public on his comprehensive plan to address the foreclosure crisis now? Why isn’t he stumping on his universal plan health care plan? Because he can’t and so he is advancing a campaign strategy premised on process and personal attacks.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Goodheart

    How can anyone be against this re-vote? It was not the Florida and Michigan voters fault that they were mis-represented. They don't deserve to be left out of this historic primary. Whatever their representatives did to them, now they should not be dis-infranchised.
    Let their voices be heard... they are a big part of this country and important states in the general election.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Jake NY

    Forget about some stupid rules and who agree to what and where. Didn't Obama pledged to abide by public financing and now he has no clue about this "pledge". Fact is...this is a democracy and if people desire to vote, then they should be allowed to vote and have their vote count. It's bad enough that Florida already had a scandel with the voting in the last Presidential election, do we want to follow that debacle again by not making their vote count? Just have the election and whoever wins, wins. You can't tell the voters in Michigan and Florida they are citizens but they can't vote? What kind of nonsense is this, especially from the party that is supposed to be "for the people"?.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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