March 12th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: Don't disenfranchise Michigan and Florida voters

 Clinton is urging the Michigan and Florida delegations be seated.
Clinton is urging the Michigan and Florida delegations be seated.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Wednesday it is crucial Michigan and Florida voters not be disenfranchised from the 2008 primary process and, and that the dispute over how Democratic votes from those states may be counted needs to be resolved quickly.

Her comments came amidst a fresh push by her campaign to ensure delegations from both states are seated at the party's summer convention, as negotiations over a resolution seemed to hit roadblocks.

"The nearly two and a half million Americans in those states who participated in the primary elections are in danger of being excluded from our democratic process and I think that's wrong. The results of those primaries were fair and they should be honored," she told a breakfast gathering hosted by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington. "In my view there are two options: honor the results or hold new primary elections. I don't see any other solutions that are fair."

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton campaign manger Maggie Williams sent a letter to Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe, urging that the two camps come together to forge a speedy resolution to this problem - even though any such agreement would not be official Clinton's name appeared on Michigan's ballot, Obama's did not. Both candidates' names were on Florida's ballot, but neither campaigned actively there. Clinton did make an appearance in Davie, Florida on the evening of that state's primary once the polls had closed.

"Whether voters are clamoring for solutions to the challenges we face or not or whether people are coming out in droves to be heard we have a basic obligation to make sure every that every vote in America counts," Clinton said, echoing comments she has made since both states voted in late January.

"I hope that Senator Obama's campaign will join me in working to make that happen. I think that that is a non-partisan solution to make sure that we do count these votes."

Clinton is scheduled to attend closed fundraisers in Washington and will address the National Newspaper Publishers Association Wednesday evening.

– CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson


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soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. John

    Go ahead and redo them we'll roll over Hillary there too, give us a little time, people will flock to Barack just like the rest of the country, it onl;y takes about 5 minutes for people to see what a monster Bill and Hillary are. Two headed no brains monster. Give them a cigar. lol

    March 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. RJ Hopkins

    Can the Clinton's sink any lower than they alread have ? First, they support the DNC, now they demand a re-vote or let the previous election stand. Are these the actions of a President ? Or are they Presidental ? For the past 8 years, we have lived under these exact same mind set, make the rules up as we go, when it benefits ! The DNC will forever lose control over the states, if they bow to this self-serving pressure. No states in the future will follow their rules,

    March 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. intellegant voter

    to all voters in mich and florida......do you guys really think HILLARY is doing this for you or her campaign...lol....pretty obvious to me.....rules are rules....but even if you break the rules and revote i believ OBAMA WILL DO QUITE WELL.....A REVOTE WILL SECURE HIS NOMINATION WITHOUT A CONVENTION..........HILLARY WOULD NOT BE SO PRO MICH AND FLA IF SHE LOST.......SINCE THESE 2 STATES LET TIME EXPIRE FOR ANOTHER PRIMARY.....AND NOBODY WANTS A MAIL IN......THAT LEAVES US TO CAUCUSES OR SEAT THE DELEGATES 50/50......OBAMA OUR NEXT PRESIDENT....LETS ALL GET BEHIND HIM.......ALLOW THESE YOUNG AND INDEPENDANT PEOPLE TO EXPAND YOUR DEMOCRATIC BASE.....DONT YOU WANT THAT.....ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG PEOPLE......CREATES A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS....U WANT TO CRUSH THERE HOPES FOR THIS PARTY......SHE CANNOT CATCH HIM

    March 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Karen

    They said on CNN last night that if Hillary wins all the other states and BEATS Obama 65% to 35% in both Florida and Michigan than she will win the nomination and have the most votes. Also she WILL win PA. She might be able to do it...There are not that many black people in those states and she will get the majority of the white vote in them. I don't think he has a chance and I think it is time to face it, she will be the nominee. However I think she will have to change her tactics to beat McCain, because it will be hard for her to use race card going up against him. I think the sex card is what she will use. However if you notice 2/3 days before every election takes place she or someone from her team shakes up a debate...Try to reel in people. Start noticing how she does it...She is good at this game.

    March 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Governors Punished their people

    48 States followed the rules. Only the gvernors of 2 states decided to violate them. Give thoses states a way to revote and I garanty you that next time 48 states would feel no obligation to be tied to thoses called rules. The only people the population of Florida and Michigan should accuse is their governors. The Governors desenfranchised them, Not the D. Party. Knowingly they deceided to violate the rules. Hwo chose the governors? Ask for answer from your governors! The D. Party has nothing to do about that!

    March 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Interesting

    Clinton spends more time trying manipulate the public than discussing the issues. More and more she reminds me of George W in her tactics. With her experience she shouldn't need all these tricks.

    March 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. kombo kikiechi florida

    Let the party official decide on the rules of voting and let not the so called clintons try to quiz the rules.However whichever the way Obama is going to emerge as the winner. AM Hillary supporter but i know we can not win in this two states coz the no of the democrats is growing on the need of a presidential candidate to tackle McCain by holding the bulls horns. Let us UNITE TO WIN

    March 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Kiwi

    Senator Clinton, please, please shut up. As a Florida voter I am so tired of hearing this over and over. I see no reason as to why my state should get to vote again after we very obviously and very blatantly broke rules that we knew about. So, whatever. Not changing who I vote for.

    March 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. connie

    i live in florida ,i think everyone should have their right to vote heard. we as voters did not chose to vote early it was decided for us,by republicans. maybe i am the only one that feels this way, but if my vote doesn't count now,way should i vote in the general election. politics are so crooked.i voted in the early primary,only to learn later that it didn't count. Every year it is something different.I am a democrat that would vote to Mc Cain if the country doesn't in such trouble, guess i probable won't vote at all since Florida isn't part of the U>S> anymore and we don't count.

    March 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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