(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean wouldn't say Thursday if he supported the Florida Democratic Party's proposal of a combination mail-in vote and in-person election, saying only that the best option is whatever he can get Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to agree to.
"The best option is whatever we can get the candidates to agree with, which puts a vote back in the hands of the people of Florida and Michigan," Dean said on CNN's American Morning Thursday. "That's going to be not so easy to do. Once you're three quarters of the way down the track as we are in this race, to go back and change something, that makes - that's a big deal."
Dean's comments came shortly after the Florida Democratic Party released its plan in a memo sent to party leader's Wednesday night. The estimated cost of the proposal would be between $10 million and $12 million.
Earlier this week the Obama campaign expressed strong reservations with any mail-in vote, noting Florida has no history conducting such an election. Speaking to CNN Thursday, Dean said he is seeking a proposal that both candidates consider fair.
"When you change the rules in the middle of the game, which is what's proposed here, you've got to do it in a way that both campaigns agree is fair," he said.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney