March 7th, 2008
08:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Levin: No practical or fair way to hold a Michigan re-vote

(CNN) - Michigan Sen. Carl Levin - one of the most powerful Democratic politicians in Michigan - has weighed in against a re-vote that would allow the state’s delegation to be seated at the party’s national convention this summer.

“Senator Levin doesn’t see at this time a practical and fair way to hold a ‘do-over’ election in Michigan given the immense financial and logistical hurdles, and in any event believes that a change in course would require acceptance by both candidates,” read a statement posted on his Senate Web site Friday.

Negotiations over a new vote - involving representatives from the state and national parties and the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - hit a snag Thursday when the Michigan Democratic party chairman Mark Brewer said that it could cost as much as $10 million.

Levin’s statement said that unless an agreement was reached before August, the decision would fall to the Credentials Committee that certifies delegates – with their ruling subject to appeal to the full convention.

Michigan and Florida lost their voting power as a result of Democratic National Committee penalties for their decision to hold their primaries in January, despite party instructions.

The major candidates all signed an agreement that they would not campaign in either state before those votes, and most withdrew their names from Michigan’s ballot, with the exception of Hillary Clinton, who won both contests.

Levin has not backed any presidential candidate this cycle.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Michigan
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Chappy

    It was the REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE AND REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE CRIST WHO VOTED TO CHANGE OUR PRIMARY DATE.
    Two million Florida Democrats did NOT change the date.
    Michigan Democratics changed their date. So don't hang voiding our
    votes on us. HELLO Gov. DEAN and the DNC, are you listening?
    You send us EMAILS asking for MONEY and SUPPORT yet deny us
    our votes for the primary. SHAME ON YOU FOR YOUR LACK OF
    ETHICS. I'm going to go watch "Hanging Chads" in the general
    Election.

    March 7, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. gary

    WHAT KIND OF FREE SPEECH IS THIS? YOU WANT COMMENTS AND PEOPLE GIVING THEIR OPINIONS. MY OPINION IS YOU OUGHT TO LEARN HOW TO RUN THE MEDIA WITHOUT SO MUCH BIAS. YOU JUST ABOUT RUINED THIS WHOLE RACE WITH YOUR SLAMS ABOUT THE CLINTONS.YOU ARE ALL OBAMA LOVERS.

    March 7, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Jazz

    Is it true that Obama made a deal with Iowa to remove his name from
    the MI ballot to help Iowa keep its first in the nation status? He did win Iowa. Why wasn't his name removed from the FL ballot? Is it really about following rules or was it strategic planning? The games people
    play.... It's politics. It's all in the game.
    Both names were on the ballot in FL and Obama was well known by this time. There was plenty of free favorable media, Kennedy Family
    propaganda, Obama commercials in FL and fuel added to the fire by national black radio. It's amazing Hillary got any votes at all. More independents registered as republicans to help save McCain. Guess who they're supporting in November. Split MI 50-50.

    March 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Chuck

    I live in Florida and have voted mainly democratic for 30 years. I think I will vote republican this year. They at least seated half the delegates.

    March 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Nicholson

    Samantha Power's -The Real American Hero.
    She knows democrats will be fooled again and again by billarys playing the colour card in texas and ohio. sometimes black & sometimes white

    March 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. eric tarver

    50/50 split is the only fair, no-cost way to get the delagetes to the convention. The delagates have to be seated, but the states that violate the rule need to be punished in some way so they do not effect the election outcome. Neither candidate will be totally happy (especially one), but they still have 10 contest to go to show their worth to the voters.

    Unfortunately this 50/50 split should heve been done before the end of 2007. The DNC really screwed this one up big time.

    March 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Sarah

    SEAT THE DELEGATES DEAN OR RESIGN!!! YOU HAD NO BUSINESS PUNISHING THE DEMOCRATS IN FLORIDA THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MOVING UP THE PRIMARIES THE REPUBS DID, AND YOU PENALIZED THEM, HOW THE HELL DO YOU JUSTIFY THIS, WHEN YOU ALLOWED SC, NH, IO TO MOVE UP THEIR DATES AGAINST THE DNC RULES.

    STOP DISENFRANCHISING MILLIONS OF VOTERS!! STOP MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO WIN THE GENERAL. SEAT THE DELEGATES OR RESIGN, DEAN YOU HAVE BEEN A HORRIBLE CHAIR!

    March 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Independent

    If Florida has a do-over by mail, Michigan needs one too. It is unfair to let Florida go ahead with its hispanic and retiree populations, while suppressing African Americans' votes in Michaigan. Clinton's supporters Bill Nelson and Michigan governor failed their voters by violeting the rules. The do-over must not be selective.

    March 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Ilene, Livonia MI

    They better not seat the delegates!! Many many people in Michigan didn't even vote in that primary. They figured why bother!! It is NOT a fair vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Paul

    The instant Michigan found itself aligned with the imbecilic and cursed Floridians, they should have known it was a huge mistake, and had the sense to reconsider.

    No one should be at all surprised that Florida is at the center of this sad tale. If the voters of that unfortunate state were permanently disenfranchised, it would be a service to the nation. They've proven themselves incapable of mastering even the simple butterfly ballot.

    Good riddance.

    March 7, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. LeftyLadig

    Rules are rules. Don't seat them. If they want their votes counted, let the states pay for the re-vote. If they can't afford a primary, do a "fire-house" caucus. Don't reward these states that broke the rules.

    March 7, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. John

    Every vote counts! It is apparent Obama despite the fact that he(Obama) withdrew his name together with John Edwards,Obama got a lukewarm support.The situation in Florida is not so much of a difference.That is the fundamental reason to re-do the Primaries in both States.Senator from Michigan is great American and a decent fair leader in both the senate and Michigan.This however will be tantamount to supporting what happened in Florida in 2000 elctions.Cool heads and transparent will win the day for the voters in both States.As a Clinton supporter,I think she is the better of the two. Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary! Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Cheer

    To those saying that Clinton wants democracy because she counts Florida votes, do you really think that everyone is so stupid to believe your trash?? Don't we remember how Bill Clinton tried to suppress Casino votes just last month? They do everything and anything to get power. They are a "monster" of a kind, called "Clintonism."

    March 7, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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