March 11th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Florida Dems oppose re-vote

(CNN) - Florida's House Democratic delegation said in an issued statement Tuesday night they oppose a re-vote in Florida of any kind, including one done by mail.

"We are committed to working with the DNC, the Florida State Democratic party, our Democratic leaders in Florida, and our two candidates to reach an expedited solution that ensures our 210 delegates are seated," the delegation's statement read. "Our House delegation is opposed to a mail-in campaign or any redo of any kind."

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is strongly advocating a re-vote done by mail.

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Wow. Really disturbing all the Obama supporters on here who are delighted that the people in Florida and Michigan won't be heard in the primaries. Strange. I wonder if that's what things will be like with Obama as president – not that different from life under Bush, so I guess we're all ready....

    March 12, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  2. Adam

    They will revote. The Obama camp is pushing hard with the house delegation to not revote. Barack would lose by a landslide in Florida. Regardless, the superdelegates will have to push one way or another at the convention in Denver. Based on strategy, it is clear that Hillary can carry the critical states at a much larger margin than Barack. Sorry Obama lovers, but the black vote won't win the critical swing states. His struggles winning latinos, women, and white blue-collar workers (also known as the majority of the democratic party) has increased ever since his run of the small RED states wins.

    March 12, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  3. ladyliberty724

    Then there delegates should be seated and counted for Hillary Clinton. Obama was on the ballot, it was a level playing field, neither campaigned in the state.


    Thank you very much.

    March 12, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  4. Tom, Iowa

    They should go King Solomon on this one.

    Let one campaign divide the delegates into two groups. Let the other campaign pick which group they want.

    (It should be noted that the primary being bumped up was done by the Republican state legislature.)

    March 12, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  5. George from Minneapolis

    If they dont want to have a revote that is just fine. The original voting wont count.

    March 12, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  6. rl

    count the existing ballots. just as absentee ballots are submitted before a vote, just consider these ballots the same way – submitted prior to the primary election day. count them and let democracy win over rigid rules . forget who is to blame and stop and trying to punish the florida democrats. i really think Howard Dean is on a power trip.

    March 12, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  7. Okon Effiong, Kyoto, Japan

    What lesson are you democrats teaching the rest of the world? Why blame criminals, illegals and other law-breakers? Those who broke the DNC rules have their hidden agenda which are clearly not in the interest of the party. Mugabe will be smiling if "rules are no longer rules" in God's own country. The world is watching.

    March 12, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  8. A Florida

    For the record Obama did advertise in Florida and Hillary did not !! Oh my ,St Obama broke the rules!!!!

    March 12, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  9. Democrat from Florida

    Florida Democratic Party spokesman Mark Bubriski said Tuesday night that the plan is a draft, and doesn't represent a final decision by the party on whether to pursue a mail-in revote.

    He characterized the plan as "hypothetical" and said the state party executive committee, the party's main decision-making body, would have to vote on a final decision to propose it to the national party.

    March 12, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  10. pgg

    50/50 split of florida and michigan delegates is the only way ,and would be fair for each candidate. Then the delegates can be seated at the national convention.The rules where made by the DNC and the florida and michigan Legislators new the rules for the actions they took.You cant change the rules of the game in the third quarter because one party is behind in the game. Mail in ballots wont work because of voter fraud and lack of security.

    March 12, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. Jeff

    Since Clinton has already shown she has no loyalty to the Democratic Party, perhaps the Florida votes should be split 50/50....between Obama and McCain.

    March 12, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. Dennis

    Tens of thousands of people didn't bother voting because they knew it was a beauty contest with no importance. You can't seat the delegation results in an artificial election.

    This is the only state that had a higher republican turnout during the primaries, that alone tells you most of the dems stayed home.

    March 12, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. John

    No one will believe in Obama, he does not want to count FL and MI.

    March 12, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  14. Ryan

    I would like to put forward that the educated and informed stayed home because they knew their votes didn't count. Hence the Hillary landslide...

    OBAMA '08

    March 12, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  15. JT

    Florida voted already, Hillary won!!

    If they vote again, Hillary will win again!!

    A lot of people know now that Obama is a great speaker but nothing much to support what he is preaching about. Take a look at his record as a state senator, take a look at his record in Washington. Almost no major accomplishment.

    No record of any bold change that he accomplished. As a state senator, there were no evidence that he challenged the stablishment .

    Hillary is a better choice for the democrats!!

    Winning red state in the primary is meaningles for democrats in the general election!!

    March 12, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  16. Delaware

    If Florida oppose e revote of any kind a 50/50 vote to each candidate sound fair in Florida as well as Michigan. I know that Florida has 210 delegate; each candidate should get 105 of the delegate if they oppose any revote. Florida knew the rule they chose to broke them.

    March 12, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  17. Nanthu

    Florida legislators are the reason for this debacle. DNC took the right decision but VOTING is a fundamental right in a democracy.

    Americans must change this SYSTEM to accomodate all the citizens in the selection process.

    Obama is leading and Clinton's poli-tricking is not working much. Any way Americans are intelligent people.

    Nanthu, Canada

    March 12, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  18. Democrat for McCain

    To all Obama supporters: Are you going to vote for a Clinton/Obama ticket? I am curious to know.

    March 12, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  19. randall

    obama is afraid of florida and mi....its a shame, he is supposed to be the canidate for you all and yet he has no problem letting the votes of a couple of million people not be thats a presidential candidate for you lol....I bet for the 2nd time in Michelle Obama's adult life she is proud to be an American...God Bless America.....I know Al Queda is praying to Ali for a Barack Obama Victory.....this is degrading to patriotism

    March 12, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  20. Marty

    luis wrote

    March 11th, 2008 10:04 pm ET

    if Obama wins the nomination latinos will support McCain. without the latino vote Obama can't win the white house that"s a fact!!!!

    Well luis, if Clinton STEALS the nomination (which is just about the only way she can get it now), what do you think African American voters will do in November – stay home I reckon! This is where it is because of the Clinton's sense of entitlement. How dare anyone nominate against her. It's hers and if she has to destroy Obama's chances of beating McCain to get it, then that's a price worth paying! She knows no shame.

    March 12, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  21. Christian Matthew Holes

    Thank you Florida, I am a proud Floridian again. They oppose a redo and justly so. They, as a democratic party, should appologize for putting Florida in the position in the first place. Take a 50/50 split and unify the party. Good day Hillary DROP OUT and UNIFY THE PARTY!!!

    March 12, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  22. Jeff

    To Jay in Kansas,

    Count Commarade's Clintons Votes in Michigan? Sounds like the way they ran the political system in the Soviet Union.

    Florida republicans were responsible for their mess – why do they not clean it up?

    Michigan Democrats have no one to blame but themselves – they voted to move up the date.

    On the other hand, why not split the vote – Clinton got 50% in Florida. You know what? Give her the 55% and give Barack the 45% – he played by the rules. What a great lesson to students these days for them to see our politicians get punished for following the rules.

    In all, it won't matter, because Barack will still beat Hillary – I just hope that Hillary does not go nuclear and destroy the party in the process.

    March 12, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  23. Black man for Hillary

    Inspiration can't buy me bread

    March 12, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  24. No More Pillows

    What is so hard to understand. The Florida House Democratic delegation is saying they oppose a re-vote in Florida. This means they want the first one to count. Good for Hillary.

    Obama supporters, please read more carefully. Can't you understand simple sentences? This explains a lot.

    March 12, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  25. Black man for Hillary

    Smart Obama supporters. By blocking the results of Florida and Michigan, Obama may win the nomination, but he will 100% lose the general election.

    March 12, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
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