March 6th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton repeats calls to seat Florida and Michigan


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. ljh

    It takes Hillary and her dirty political tactics to play a "fair" game. If she considered Texas and Ohio was a fair win.

    March 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Tlove

    When both candidates started this race, the rules were set from the beginning. What was established from the beginning should hold until the end. It seems as if the Clinton campaign wants to change the rules too late in the game. The overall fairness of the decision was determined before the race began, its too late to change it now.
    The field of play was determined before the race began. The uproar should have occurred long ago when no delegate counts were in....
    It seems as if someone is trying to manipulate the race and IT WON'T WORK!

    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Let Hillary and Bill as well as Hillary's campaign pay for any primary do-overs! Let's see $30 million out of Hillary's $35 million will leave $5 million to campaign with over the next month! Time for another Hillary and Bill loan of $5 to $10 million!

    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. kathleen kennealey

    Why are we talking about this at all?

    Michigan and Florida knew the consequences of breaking the DNC rules. Now they must live with those consequences.

    End of discussion. Let's move on!


    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |




    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Seat the delegates as is... she didn't know that these states would even be necessary.... but she still did amazingly... don't silence millions of Americans. Obama choose not to have his name on the ballot thats his fault!

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Rich

    Why didn't she say anything prior to it being a benefit to her?

    Do we really want the Clinton Circus in the white house again? Remember the bickering and fighting back when Bill was President. And that was just between her and her husband.

    But my question is, does Hillary like Cigars too?

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. DJ, LA, CA

    WHY??? Hasn't Florida been through enough pain, hardship, and controvery since the Gore/Bush legal feud?

    Hillary is losing all credibility by insisting on changing the rules in the middle of the election to suit her cause.

    Respect the rules and the DNC decision. Quit trying to be a weasel.

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Peggy

    Everybody knew the rules going in, and everyone agreed to them INCLUDING Clinton. So how can we break the rules and have them count after the fact? Doesnt make sense.

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Marie

    Now she goes again... It's unbelievable how much she wants power...Please anybody could tell her to wait and see what John Edwards will decide....

    March 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. PeterO

    The states screwed it up, the states should pay for a revote or just live with the mess they created.

    March 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Rick in Boynton Beach

    Split them 50-50. It's the only fair way to do it. Holding new elections changes the finish line which favors Hillary and only extends the race. The only fair thing to do is split them up evenly so they get seated but it favors no one. I'm a FL democrat who has been disenfranchised and I still think you can't change the rules while your in the game.

    March 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. BS

    Hillary, you're a liar and a cheat!!! You're a polarizing phony, and must give up before the right wing wins. I can't believe you're actually paying compliments to McCain!!

    Hillary, your standing in the way of a movement this country has not seen for over a century. Every day you lie, spin, and cheat to stay in this another day of harm you inflict on this country!!!

    Set aside your personnel ambitions!!! We all know why your running in the first place. It not for the good of the country...its for the vanity of Hillary!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    March 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Melissa

    I am a Michigan resident, and an Obama supporter. Shame on you, Hillary Clinton, for trying to drown out my voice and many others who wanted to vote for someone other than you. She says it is not her problem Obama's name was not on the ballot. Wow, he needs to be penalized for FOLLOWING DNC RULES. Mark my words, if the delegates are seated as they are without a do-over that will be the most undemocratic thing to ever occur. I want my voice to count too, and I want my candidate to have his share of delegates as well. Stop trying to cheat, Mrs. Senator

    March 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Jane

    I am glad Howard Dean is standing his ground on this issue.

    March 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Disregard the rules, move the goal posts, cheat, steal, anything to win.

    Hillary you can't win.

    For the sake of the country and our party, PLS. DROP OUT NOW!

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Canuk

    omg this woman is PATHETIC
    win at any cost ,sneak, cheat, lie , taint, it goes on and on
    thank God her lies about NAFTA gate are coming back to haunt her!
    when are Americans going to wake up about who this woman really is!!
    go to the polls and vote for real change in your country and its NOT her

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Michelle

    If anyone votes for Hillary AFTER all the nonsense including this that she has DONE .. they deserve the DRAMA she and Bill will bring them .

    The elected officials of their OWN sates are to blame. Next time they have STATE elections vote them all out of office. THAT IS THEIR POWER .

    When was the last time a democrat won Florida in a general election ? I think Florida is definitely going to the Republicans as usual .. So yes lots of people, in a state that could not figure out hanging chads last time.

    Where were all the Florida people in 2000 NOT DEMANDING A DO OVER !?!!??!?!?!!?!? HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOO ... Where were the DEMOCRATS IN THAT STATE THEN ????

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Grif

    Go Hillary! Show these women, they to have a voice in,

    "Uncle Sam's" – Domain! This is your roots. as well as all the other female spous's of

    America. Show the Country what women can do. The men have had all their own way

    so far. Come on you Mothers and Daughter. She needs you!!

    Don't complain in the future, if you let it go now....

    A woman in the, "White House".. Bill's no competition' to her these days.

    Remmember "ALL the KIng's Men" Your choice: " All the Women's ?????? "..

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. blake andrew

    why is american so blind about the dishonesties of the clinton? women vote for with integrity and honesty. remember most once a cheater alway a cheater. clinton trying to change rule to thier advantage should tell voters a lot of the integrity of her presidency. she can not release her tax return and her first lady record. why should american trust her. if she had nothing to hide she would have release them by now. so let stop kidding our selves and vote the for the honest candidate.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. TX Richardson

    Anybody tries to shut down the voices of millions of people is a crime.
    Revote or not, Hillary is and will be the winner of FL and MI.
    Just live with it O Fans!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Zeke-Florida

    You're right. Floridians shouldn't be allowed to vote-AGAIN.
    Maybe they shoudln't have to pay taxes either!

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. R Johnston

    If Senator Clinton was winning would Florida and Michigan really matter? She told the nation that she care only about winning in the big states, is this any indication of how the people in the little states, in the little houses will be treated when she moves in the BIG White House?

    We are wondering if the IRS calls at 3 a.m. asking for tax returns will ANYONE answer phone?

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Mike99123

    If you consider winner take all as will be done in the general election,
    Clinton is still leading 1721 to 1142 for Obama.
    The Caucus games are over and let us now get behind one candidate who has shown she can win the big states where all the electoral votes are sitting for the general election. DNC should stop playing games . Elections in Nov will be a serious business and let us move on to beat the Republicans. That is what it is all about.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Vanessa

    Since I am one of the people from Florida who voted in January, I think I have earned the right to speak. I say let's follow the rules and move on! There are several key points to why our delegates should not be seated at the convention. 1) Our governor knew the rules and chose to take other action and you must suffer the consequences of your action. 2) The votes in 2000 were not counted because we had to follow the rules. To count these votes at this point would be a mockery of our democratic system.

    I agree with the Chairman of the committee that this would tear the party apart. It is time that we democrats stop thinking about the battle and look toward winning the war!

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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