March 10th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Sen. Nelson: Florida and Michigan deserve a do-over

CNN

Watch Nelson's comments Monday.

(CNN)—Florida Sen. Bill Nelson warned the Democratic National Committee Monday that denying Florida and Michigan rights to a do-over would be a terrible mistake for the states and the Democratic Party.

“It would be a tragedy for America and especially for Florida,” Nelson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer adding that his state still feels the effects of the controversial 2000 presidential election.

In an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Nelson praised the 3.6 million Floridians who headed to the polls Jan. 29, and pushed for a speedy resolve by the DNC.

“With so much at stake, and the race so close, it's apparent to me that a new election in Florida is a fair way to provide both candidates with another chance to win needed delegates in a state that is certain to be pivotal in November,” Nelson wrote.

The Florida Senator’s proposed plan: a mail-in ballot which he says worked in Oregon for years. However, Nelson explained, one challenge would be signature fraud on voter registration cards.

–CNN’s Emily Sherman


Filed under: Florida • Michigan
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Barb

    No revote and no delegates seated. The rules were broken by both elected officials. The governors should be held responsible by their constituents by not being re-elected.

    See you in the general election Michigan and Florida. Better luck in four years, if you should decide to follow the rules then.

    What has gone on with this is shameful. Clinton said she would honor the ruling of the DNC in January and now this.

    The only fair option: no delegates seated or split the delegates in each state.

    March 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Sean McM

    Give the votes to the delegates....Obama pulled off his name in Michigan...tiugh luck

    March 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Hussien Obama

    Just another attempt by the clinton scum to steal votes away from a black canidate who is whipping her but

    this is all about how hillary doesnt want a black man president

    go home little lady

    March 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. D R

    The Clinton's are "dumpster diving for delegates" costing millions of tax payers dollars! IT"S just like the congressional hearings when we tried to impeach them! Wake up America!

    March 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. FAIR GAME......

    WILL SOMEONE TELL THE GOVERNORS THAT THEY CAUSED THE PROBLEM AND TO STOP TRYING TO MAKE THIS THE DNC PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!! THE GOVERNORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS NOW THEY WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR IT. I DON'T THINK THAT IS RIGHT!!!!!! THEY BROKE THE RULES AND THEY SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE!!!

    March 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. maynard

    Fla. and Mich do not deserve another chance at this. They knew the rules before this happened. Remember the deal with Gore.. This was Jud Bushes and the fearless leader we have today, to keep a good man out.

    NOW THEY WANT TO DO IT AGAIN..WELL LET THEM TRY.. IT WILL BE THE START OF A REVOLUTION IF THIS HAPPENS.

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    March 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    As a Floridian, this is what I think of our political (DEMS & REPS) stand ins are full of >>>>> >>>>>>> They knew what they were doing and what the outcome would be for moving up the primaries so I fault them; especially so-called Governor Christ.

    March 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Willis

    CAN ALL THE STATES WHO VOTED FOR JOHN EDWARDS OR OTHER CANDIDATES WHO HAVE DROPPED OUT OF THE PESIDENTIAL RACE HAVE A "DO OVER"?

    BESIDES EVERYONE KNOW THAT "DO-OVERS" STOP AFTER THE AGE OF 12. EVERYTHING THEREAFTER IS "FOR REAL"!

    March 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    Sen. Nelson should have thought of that, before they moved the election date up!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. kally

    Whoa! Hold the horses! Michigan and Florida break the rules, make a lot of noise, then get to do a Re-Vote? Where's their slap-on-the-hands?! If that is the case then, at the very least, the Michigan / Florida Superdelegates should be stripped of their votes, since it was their idiocy that created this mess.

    March 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. DrFill

    With the poor leadership in Florida, in the 2000 Election, and the legacy that continues today, as a former Florida resident, I can't weep for Florida.
    You elected these fools, and they've dug you a nice sized hole.
    I'm for the tough love on this one.
    Considering your voting history (Jeb Bush, George Bush, the current GOv and Senators), you have proven unqualified to decide ANOTHER election.
    Thanks, but no thanks.
    DrFill

    March 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Don, San Francisco

    This mess is a Catch-22. While the Democratic Party needs to worry about upseting Michigan and Florida voters and the image of their disenfranchising millions of voters, the obvious effect of do-overs is that the increasingly negative primary campaign will trudge on. This will naturally delight the Republicans as well as run the risk of dampening the spirit of Democratic voters. Plus, should this go to the Convention floor, the possibility of backlash from Clinton or Obama supporters is very real and time better used in the run for the White House will be spent trying to heal the rift. Florida once again might cost the Democrats the White House, but at least they'll have Michigan to keep them company this time.

    March 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Scandalous = Clintons

    Shut up Nelson!

    Wonder how much the Clintons "borrowed" to pay him to stand up and whine like a baby.

    March 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Archyne Woodard

    No do over, no way! There were established rules, that seemingly intelligent state leaders understood and chose to bastardize. Frankly, if Obama were in the #2 positon, I don't believe there'd be any talk of do overs. The Clintons would be the first ones throwing a flag on the play. The DNC made the rules, the states agreed to the rules and Michigan and Florida chose to thumb their delegate-rich noses at the rules. They chose to do this because they, just like Hillary and so many others, thought this election would be in the bag by Super Tuesday. Unfortunately for the arrogant and self absorbed, Obama was able to say a resounding "GOTCHA" and prove himself to be quite the formidable opponent. So, because the little damsel in distress is in the #2 slot, we're actually considering revamping the rules? Hogwash. Michigan and Florida made their beds, now they have to lie in them. This is called the consequences for your actions. Those who put Granhom and Crist in charge, who are now known as the disenfranchised voters, should be pissed at their two leaders, not the DNC.

    March 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. jw, canadian,ok

    Da heck with da DNC, the votes have to count.

    March 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Maybe you should ask Al Gore what to do, after all he has experience with Fl.
    Maybe it would be better to wait until the convention and pick Al Gore as the nominee. Hillary and Obama are just too devisive.
    Gore 08

    March 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Paul

    Hmmmm, another Clinton supporter desperate to get Michigan and Florida to revote. For good reason.....Hillary does not stand a chance without a revote. She probably doesn't stand a chance with it either but they are truly desperate. Now they're calling for Obama to help pay for it. Are you kidding me, he played by the rules so why would he now pay for a process that tried to cheat and only now wants to change the rules because they are losing. Give me a break.

    March 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. James RR, PA, Independent

    Florida voters! Remember what Obama said about your votes! He compared your votes to "Beauty Contest". Obama thinks your votes
    were not important! Well then show him that it's important by giving
    Sen. Clinton at least 80% of your votes! Show Obama that Florida
    voters are not fool and you have feelings too. We don't need a candidate who thinks our votes are not important, who thinks that our votes he compared to a "Beauty Contest". Vote for Hillary Clinton – She cares about your health care, your job security and mostly she cares in restoring the American dream.

    March 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Eileen from Hillarys own Back Yard Upstate NY

    HMMM. THOUGHTS OF VOTER FRAUD FROM HILLARYS SUPPORTER.
    IS THAT JUST IN CASE OBAMA WERE ACTUALLY TO WIN FLORIDA?

    I DO THINK FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN SHOULD BE COUNTED- BUT SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE SO NEITHER CAN GAIN AN ADVANTAGE FROM 2 STATES THAT BROKE THE RULES. FLORIDA GAVE US GWB- THEY HAVE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE!

    THEY DID IT SO THEY COULD HAVE GREATER INFLUENCE AND NOW GUESS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL!
    I AM A LIFE LONG DEMOCRAT-DISGUSTED BY MY PARTY (FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE)

    OBAMA'O8
    SECOND CHOICE- MCCAIN
    THIRD CHOICE NADAR NEVER A CHOICE -CLINTON

    March 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    Sen. Nelson is a staunch Clinton supporter desperate to get Michigan and Florida to revote. For good reason.....Hillary does not stand a chance without a revote. She probably doesn't stand a chance with it either but they are truly desperate.

    Now they're calling for Obama to help pay for it. Are you kidding me, he played by the rules so why would he now pay for a process that tried to cheat and only now wants to change the rules because they are losing. Give me a break.

    March 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Teresa in Michigan

    Hey who really seems to care??? this is America and wow!! we can simply decide not to count millions of votes, should of thought about that before making a a big democracy for other countries to live by.

    Hillary has my vote, and the rest of this families vote. Oh and yeah we do live here in drweamy michigan

    March 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. M

    NO, NO, NO. As a loyal Democrat I say, you made the rules, you play by them. Too bad...

    This question should not even have to come up. What is wrong with everyone?

    March 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. MCNEIL

    I DID NOT HEAR OBAMA SAY HE THINKS THERE SHOULD BE A DO -OVER..........WELLI GUESS HE WOULD BE QUITE HAPPY IF FLORIDA DID NOT GET TO VOTE AGAIN...... SOME ONE SHOULD COME RIGHT OUT AND ASK HIM...MAKE HIM ANSWER THE QUESTION ...I BET WE WOULD NOT GET A CLEAR ANSWER............MAKE HIM SAY WHAT HE THINKS AND NOT WHAT THE PARTY THINKS......

    March 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. The Orange Crush

    OMG-Groundhog Day again. Florida not again....oh, no.

    March 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. gary

    THE DNC MADE THE MESS LET THEM PAY FOR IT AND DO THEM OVER. NOT A CAUCUS OR A MAIL IN REAL PRIMARIES

    March 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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