March 7th, 2008
08:28 PM ET
7 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. JOHN

    ONE LAST COMMENT, I THINK HILLARY HAS AN IDEA THAT OBAMA MAY WIN IN MICH. ON THIS ONE I THINK SHE'S RIGHT. HELP ME OUT HERE, DID JESSIE JACKSON WIN MICH. IN 1988? HOW CAN SOME ONE SAY I WON THE FIRST QUARTER AND THE LAST QUARTER OF A GAME IN SPORTS BUT THE OTHER TEAM HAS MORE POINTS AT THE END OF THE GAME, BUT I WON THE BIGGER QUARTERS SO I SHOULD BE DECLAIRED THE WINNER. OBAMA CAME OUT OF TEXAS WITH MORE DELEGATES, HILLARY WINS BUT SHE LOST GROUND.

    March 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Kim Lee

    I can hardly believe that "Dennis" above comment parrots Hillary's shameless lie that the Republicans caused the Florida Democrat Primary to not count. Please have some tiny amount of pride or are you actually stupid enough to believe Hillary in her sad attempt to grab votes that she does not merit. Even the DNC Chairman Dean put the blame where it belongs, on the Democrat Parties of Florida and Michigan. Not on any evil Republican conspiracy. Hillary is pathetic!

    March 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. vl

    As a Michigan voter, I have to admit that I am hurt so many people have such hatred toward us. It was not OUR choice to move the primary up. We still went to the polls to have our voice heard anyway, and in record numbers. Though it wouldn't be fair to John Edwards even though he's no longer running, I think most MI voters would accept giving the 40% uncommitted votes to Obama. NO DEMOCRATS CAMPAIGNED IN MICHIGAN! But, we did have the advantage of watching debates, researching candidates on the web, and LENGTHY discussion with friends and family. I really don't think there'd be much of a difference if we re-did it. Besides, MI is so bad off right now, we couldn't afford it. As for caucuses....... THEY ARE A JOKE!

    March 7, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Amy, Kazoo

    If the citizens who voted want to vote again, and since they seem to be able to afford $5, 10, 25, 100+ campaign donations, why not charge them a $5 "cover charge" to vote again. I know, it seems laughable and absurd, but I'd sacrifice my Starbucks one day to vote again in a PRIMARY as we previously had and not drive MI further in debt. otherwise, I simply don't see how we can afford it. We can't even find the money for the low budget caucus and Clinton wouldn't accept that anyway, much to my dismay.

    March 7, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Greg

    It was against democratic rules for either party to campaign in either state however Clinton did what her husband did with the "I didn't have sex" speech. She found a way to campaign without campaigning. She campaigned for these states delegates to be seated even though the states didn't want to follow party rules. When she did this she won over voters in those states, thus campaigning in the states. Also she showed up in both states on the days of their primaries and her presence is a way of campaigning so she broke the rules or bent them to her advantage. Obama on the other hand thinks that rules are made to make this fight fair and that the rules should not be broken. This shows what type of leader he will be and shows you exactly what type of person Hillary. She cares nothing about the American public or about the Democratic party or she would have already conceided to Barack. All she cares about is her own well being.

    March 7, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. david gonzale

    howard dean candidate b.h. obama wouldn't benefit from delegate of michigan and or florida so he keeping them out why do you think all liberals back h. obama keennedy, kerry, jesse jackson, etc.,etc., etc.

    March 7, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Miz OH

    If they do a re-vote the people of MI and FL should not have to pay for it. It is not there fault. And Obama's right we need change, WE NEED HILLARY, GO GIRL!!

    March 7, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. GGamma

    everyone is asking that who will pay the expense of re-vote? it was clear who fault is that? must pay for....or just let the people of these two states decide what they can do with their governer... is done no justification.

    March 7, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Jake, California

    The best solution is to split delegates from each state 50/50.
    There is no way Hillary is going to take all in an unfair way.

    Just look at MI for example, she won 50% against 'no body' let Obama represents 'no body' [we know he's better than that] and just get the other 50%...the Obama camp would prefer a re-run though but just for the sake of peace, that 50-50 proposal would be fine.

    Another way is to award the delegates proportionately according to currently won delegates(Obama 1520, Hilary 1424] but again she'll say that's cheating b/c Obama has won more delegates...crappy as Clintons.

    Then there's the super delegate thing: Let them vote according to their hearts b/c it will also be a test of that privilege. If they chose the wrong person to run against McCain, they nullify the SUPER delegate thing and nobody will ever want them again. If they get the right person[Obama or Hillary] then they keep being SUPPER!

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

    Obama, your supporters are disappointed in you, and they are running away. If you don't come out and fight hard, you will lose all of your supporters.

    As for Hillary endorsing MCcain - TRAITOR TRAITOR TRAITOR

    And CNN, POST MY COMMENT

    March 7, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. CAN YOU SPELL C-A-U-C-U-S???

    YES DARTH, YOU ARE ENTIRELY CORRECT... CAUCUS.
    BUT DARTH LESS WE FORGET, PRINCESS HILLARY DOES NOT LIKE CAUCUSES.

    CHARLIE CRIST IS A HYPOCRITE!!! HE DID THIS TO THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA AND NOW WANTS TO PRETEND TO BE THE SAVIOR.

    IT LIKE CUTTING THEIR LEGS OUT FROM UNDER THEM AND THEN HANDING THEM ROLLER SKATES.

    March 7, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Vivian

    There is no way having a revote in Michigan and Florida would be considered fair. Number 1, some of the candidates have now left the race, number 2, Clinton may sound as though she really cares about the voices of those who voted, but you and I know that that is not the truth. Had Obama won there, she would have supported the fact that the deal was made, agreed to and delegates were not being counted. I am convinced that if you had a revote, the democrats will lose the general elections this fall. Guaranteed!

    March 7, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Frank

    It is not about who "wins" the nomination (though each candidates's supporters might believe so) but it is about the people having a voice. I have a preference but I will not present the person here; the bottom line is you CAN NOT deny Florida and Michighan; too many voters; let them speak.

    March 7, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. Eleanor

    the only fair and practical way is to split them evenly and for both camps to accept that
    You cannot in all fairness give them to Hillary when it was the rules of
    the DNC the votes were not to be counted because their govenors and other officials took it upon themselves to break the rules and move the primaries up!!

    March 7, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. James

    Why can Michigan not just run a caucus as they stated they planned they will do later on this election cycle? Michigan has the right to run the vote as they seem please. A caucus is an effective way to run an election.

    Hillary needs to stop acting like a spoiled child and pushing that it is her way or the highway. The election is up to the American people to decide, not Hillary Clinton. Hillary is not the queen of the Democrat party and she should not disenfranchise voters to attempt to steal and election.

    March 7, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Seamus the Terrible

    Interesting.

    Florida and Michigan move their primaries up to January in order to have more influence on the nomination process. They did this knowing they would lose their delegations. They made the choice of going early to get early headlines. They've already made their influence.

    Now they want their influence again on the back end of the process at the time it turns out is most critical in the process.

    In other words, they want double influence.

    That's not fair.

    March 7, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Trev

    So we punish the voters of Michigan for the actions of the party elite. Sounds like the poltics of hope to me. I think they should revote, then suspend the Michigan superdelegates. The suspension would hurt Hillary in the delegate column, but at least then the DNC would be punishing the people responsible for the mess.

    Hillary 08

    March 7, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. mal

    Clinton is trying to destroy obama chances in the General election to come back and run in four years herself.

    The Clintons has strategized about their way back to the White house before they left there the first time. that is why they moved to new york, that is why she stayed with bill it is all that she seems to live for . They just didnt exspect Obama to get as far as he did.

    If she have to give the election to McCaine she will destroy the Dem. Party to get what she thinks belongs to her.

    It is time the people of the US retire the disengenuous Clintons from politics. They are too devisive and she should know that the kind of support Barack is getting she cannot match it especially from the young people.

    There are more Bushes to come but the country and the world needs a break from these two power hungry families.

    March 7, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Chuey

    Spending $10 Million to try to secure a Clinton nomination is simply outrageous. Even if she was to win the State, this will not secure her the nomination. The citizens of this state (both Democrats and Republican) should be vocally opposed to this callous expenditure. This money can be better used for othes projects that will benefits the citizens of Michigan. I find appalling for Clinton to support this option. This is a clear indication that Monster is looking to feed of it's prey. Shameful

    March 7, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. c

    Instead of writing and complaining on CNN Ticker that your votes in FL and MI do not count, write your boneheaded legislature YOU voted to run your states. this money should not come from the DNC,maybe Christ and Grishold should forfeit their govenor salaries and put it too funding a re-vote if thats what they want. Had Obama won and not Hillary(im a Obama supporter) I would still say re-vote. Fairness across the board,not when your treading water to stay afloat. All blame should be directed to them,infact I will right now write to both Govenors and thank them for all the craziness they caused.

    March 7, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. True Democrat

    NO VOTEY NO SEATY!

    March 7, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. SR

    Uh, it would seem Levin HAS chosen a candidate, since everyone knows Clinton will win both states in a re-vote...

    March 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. ed brace

    is there a possibility that if FL and MI voters were allowed to vote as all of the other states did or will, might there be a drifeent outcome. ex. the dem. canadates that did drop out might have not dropped out , due to the driffent results in dividing the votes?

    March 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Jim in FL

    Guess it was a "typo" that left Hillary's name, and only HIllary's name, on the ballot.. I've got a bridge for sale.

    March 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. maynard

    CNN DOES NOT WANT THE TRUTH SAID ABOUT THIS REVOTE.

    WHERE IS MY ANSWER TO THIS.....

    March 7, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6