March 12th, 2008
08:58 AM ET
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Florida Dems v. Nelson on re-vote

 Florida Dems go head to head with Sen. Nelson.
Florida Dems go head to head with Sen. Nelson.

(CNN) - Tuesday night's statement from Florida's House Democrats stating their opposition to Sen. Bill Nelson's primary re-vote plan came after an unhappy meeting between that group and Nelson's chief of staff earlier in the day, according to a neutral Democratic source familiar with the talks.

A majority of the state's congressional delegation opposes both a primary re-vote and vote-by-mail, and feel Nelson was trying to dictate both without their consent. They gathered again after their unhappy meeting with Nelson's aide and released a statement stating their opposition – a move meant to send a message to the Florida senator that despite his public statements that a deal on terms he's described is imminent, the effort will not be successful if their concerns are not addressed.

"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."

The group is not unified in their objections – but enough are opposed to Nelson's plan to potentially short-circuit the proposal. In order for the plan to be approved, Florida leaders need to sign off before it can be considered by the Democratic National Committee.

Wednesday morning, Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams released an open letter to her counterpart on the Obama campaign, David Plouffe, saying that both the Michigan and Florida votes - which were not recognized by the party - "were fair and should be honored." Williams indicated that a primary re-vote would also be acceptable, and said they were in contact with leaders in both states - including members of Florida's congressional delegation - to ensure that one of those two options occurred.

Florida and Michigan are both weighing options that would allow their delegations to be seated at the party's presidential nominating convention this summer. Both lost their voting privileges because of DNC penalties resulting from their decision to hold their primaries in January, in violation of party instructions. No major presidential candidate campaigned in either state.

–CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report


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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Deborah

    In order to count the votes in Michigan and Florida there MUST be
    a RE-VOTE!!!

    No other way is acceptable.

    March 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. The One

    If they don't inforce the rules they made before the election started,how are they(DNC)going to stop another state from moving up their election in 2012. Those states will say," what are you going to do if we move our election up?Not seat our delegates,yeah right". They know nonthing will happen to them because the follow through on penalties have been set.NONE! That's the precedent being set in the DNC politics.

    March 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Pon Mao

    If Clinton had delegates lead now, and if Obama's name was the only one on MI ballot, I am sure Clinton will NOT want seat those delegates.

    And if Geraldine Ferraro think her comment was a fact , then she should consider the FACT that Hillary Clinton is even in this year's election is because she's a woman (and sticked with a cheating husband).

    March 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Jason Carter

    The FL Democrats are really shooting themselves in the foot, now. A re-vote is the only way to get an accurate picture of the will of voters in FL. You can tell, just by reading the posts on this page. If FL voters are disenfranchised – which they will be if the status quo is maintained – then the national Democratic Party will be fractured. If the FL votes are counted as-is, the national Democratic Party will be fractured, since a large percentage of rule-abiding voters would be outraged. The Republicans are barely concealing fits of giggles right now. This started as FL's problem, but now it's the Party's problem. Tell the DNC to organize a special fund-raising effort to hold new FL elections, and get it done pronto. Otherwise, say hello to President McCain.

    March 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. fred

    To Pon Mao,

    No Hillary's name was not the only one on the Michigan ballot!!!

    What you are saying is that Obama's name wasn't on the ballot.....WHY. Because he was too dumb to get it on there!!!!!

    March 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Enough Said

    PLEASE DO NOT MODERATE
    Hillary's campaign is trying to garner voteds from the covetly racist part of America. This is the part of our country, people want to pretend doesn't exist. Hillary has alienated the black voters that she will need to win in the fall. if she manages to steal the nomination from Obama, Obama supporters will either boycott the election or vote for John McCain.

    March 12, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Alexis

    SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURN HILLARY! Or ARE YOU BUSY GETTING it FIXED UP TO LOOK GOOD! SHOW US!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. WY, Missouri

    Florida and Michigan broke the rules. I've seen comments from around the world from people who have a firmer grasp on rules and democracy than most Americans do. There are consequences if you do not follow the rules.

    But we are quickly becoming a society where everyone gets a trophy for simply participating. It wasn't too long ago when there was a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. To everyone else, thanks for playing. And you tried harder next time. You didn't whine and complain and ask for a do-over.

    Hillary's camp needs to grow a pair and follow the rules they agreed to at the start of this process.

    March 12, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Laura Long

    I am concerned about the prospect of a few wealthy private individuals financing an election - creates at a minimum the appearnce of a conflict of interest.

    March 12, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    For those making comments about leaving the Dem party if this matter is not resolved are brain dead. I live in Florida and the reality of the matter is it is not fair to either candidate because if Hillary is given these two states, there will be many angry folks who may not vote for her due to the HIGH HIGH level of divisiveness that she has displayed throughout her campaing (from racism to lying). If Obama is given these two states then Hillary will complain that the process was not fair and the media will try to make him out to be non-patriotic. So it is not a win win situation for either.

    March 12, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Scott

    They said the vote was "fair and should be honored". That is just another proof that the Clintons are not after what is best for the American people but after just what benefits them. How can they say that an election is fair, when you only have one candidate on the ballot. Maybe in the former Soviet Union, that would be considered fair. That is totally laughable. Give us a break.

    March 12, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Enough Said

    PLEASE DO NOT MODERATE
    Hillary's campaign is trying to garner voteds from the covetly racist part of America. This is the part of our country, people want to pretend doesn't exist. Hillary has alienated the black voters that she will need to win in the fall. if she manages to steal the nomination from Obama, Obama supporters will either boycott the election or vote for John McCain. THAT IS WHY SHE NEEDS FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN .....BUT IT WON'T HELP!

    March 12, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. independent

    it was the republicans who moved up the election in florida, god knows why the dems went along with it, but it was not voted for.

    neither candidate campaigned in florida or michigan, but obama ran ads in florida as part of a "package deal" that included many other states.

    both candidates names were on the ballot in florida.

    hillary won florida handedly.

    in a close race it is unfair for the people of florida to be disenfranchised again.

    why should they have to re-vote?

    michigan, where obama's name really was not on the ballot (by his own choice, of course), is a different story.

    March 12, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Esther

    From Floridian:
    I know several people including myself who did not vote in the primaries because we were told that they were not going to count. I felt angy at that at the time, but what could I do? And now you're going to tell me that you want to count them as they are? That's not fair and I feel like my rights are being violated. Say what you want about that I didn't vote, but I was angry and since it wasn't going to count (or so I was told) I didn't vote. I would LOVE to be able to vote and for it to count, so I would love a revote, but if many people who voted are going to be discouraged and not vote now, then the votes shouldn't be counted at all. After all, that was what the agreement was, and it had nothing to do with the people of Florida (and of Michigan I'm sure).

    March 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Brian

    Don't these people love counting ballots? I figured they'd be all over a revote.

    March 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Ade

    >Please do not moderate:

    >For the last time Hillary did not campaign in Florida or Michigan. She >came to Florida after the voting was over. Obama campaigned by >putting ads on TV and then said oops, I am sorry. He should be >penalized as he and only he went against the rules.

    Susan, FOR THE LAST TIME, the Obama ads that were shown in Florida, were ads that he purchased as part of a NATIONAL campaign.

    They were not exclusively purchased for Florida.

    March 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    SLOPPY POLITICS BY THE DEM AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN THIS STATE. YET AGAIN FLORIDA HAS SCREWED THE PEOPLE. INSTEAD OF GETTING MADE DURING THE GENERAL ELECTION, THIS WILL BE THE TIME TO VOTE THE IDIOTS THAT ARE REPRESENTING FLORIDA IN A NON DEMOCRATIC WAY OUT THE DOOR!!!! ...................***slams door and walks out***

    March 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Bonnie

    FIRST, LET ME STATE THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS ARE MY BELEIFS AND ANYONE IS FREE TO DISAGREE ALL THEY WANT. IN MICHIGAN, ALL THE CANDIDATES HAD THE OPTION OF TAKING THEIR NAME OFF THE BALLOT OR LEAVE IT ON. THE JUDGEMENT OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES WAS TO REMOVE THEIR NAMES EXCEPT HILLARY CLINTON AND DENNIS KUCINICH. THERE WAS A THIRD OPTION IF VOTERS DID NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR EITHER NAMES ON THE BALLOT WHICH WAS " UNCOMMITTED" AND SOME VOTED THAT WAY. HILLARY CLEARLY WON MICHIGAN NO M ATTER WHAT SO THE DELEGATES SHOULD BE DEVIDED BETWEEN HILLAY AND DENNIS K. BESIDES, NOW WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE THAT THEY VOTED ON JAN. 29TH OR FEB. 5TH.

    March 12, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Betty in Miami

    The Democrats are imploding and Hillary Clinton is leading the charge. I have lost respect for her completely. The Clintons were known for fighting dirty when it came to the Republicans. But to use dirty tactics against a member of your own party is insane when what the Party wants is the White House.

    Clinton should denounce the ugly, racist comments made by Geraldine Ferraro. How would Clinton respond if an Obama supporter said that Clinton is only a Senator because, "She slept her way to the top by being married to a President?" Recall - she didn't even live in New York when she ran for office and wouldn't be the current Senator any other way, period.

    March 12, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Dani, PA

    NEVER OBAMA !!!!

    COme on democrats in PA lets support the best candidate.

    Hillary '08

    March 12, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Cecilio Moraga

    A case of "a house divided". The Republicans are very, very grateful to you Geraldine.

    March 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Kenneth

    I wonder if Hitlery will endorse McSellout over Osama again as being better qualified?

    March 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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