March 14th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Kilpatrick wants June 3 primary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Michigan, told CNN that she is continuing to work with Michigan Democratic leaders and the Clinton and Obama campaigns on a plan for another vote to ensure that all of Michigan’s 156 delegates get seated at the convention.

“We are trying to get there. It’s not a done deal yet,” Kilpatrick said in a brief interview just outside the House chamber.

Congresswoman Kilpatrick says she has participated in several conference calls with “high level campaign officials,” but has not talked directly to the candidates about the proposal to hold a new primary on June 3rd.

Rep Kilpatrick described three options that have been on the table . The first idea is a “redo” that the state will pay for. The second idea is a mail-in primary which she said “was too hard to do.” The third option, was to “have the two candidates get together” and agree to a way to apportion the delegates.

A spokeswoman for the congresswoman said Kilpatrick is working with three other Michigan Democrats – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, Super delegate and Democratic National Committee member Debbie Dingell and United Auto Workers' President Ron Gettelfinger.

Kilpatrick said they are scheduled to talk again to the campaigns later this afternoon about the details on June 3 proposal, but added, “the DNC will make the final decision.”

Rep Kilpatrick, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, has not endorsed a candidate yet.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh

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  1. Richard


    If there will be another vote to ensure that all of Michigan’s 156 delegates get seated at the convention take into consideration that white and black human beings physically and mentally are more alike then males and females. NONE OF US CAN DENY THAT! At least 50 per cent of the American population are women. Of course it is their turn this time! How many per cent are black, white, yellow ....etc? Women must not be discriminated against on the "labour market"! FRIENDS – IT IS NOT IN ANY RESPECTS RACISM!

    March 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Jessica, MI

    Please, Kwame Kilpatrick's mom, DO NOT endorse Obama. It would be a kiss of death. 😦

    March 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Dave

    So instead of punishing the 2 states that broke the rules, the DNC will allow them to become the kingmakers?

    March 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. EBC

    Rep. Kilpatrick and Governor Granholm:

    Michigan should PAY for any re-vote process. I don't feel that the DNC or anyone else outside of Michigan should be penalize for reimbursing Michigan for their Governor's decision to violate the rules knowing the consequences.

    If Michigan wants a re-vote then they should PAY for it themselves. I don't agree with having my hard-earned tax dollars pay for their violation.

    This is NOT a democrat issue, it's a Governor Granholm issue.

    March 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Go Michigan

    I am from Michigan
    Go Michgan
    Michigan for Hilary!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. mary cleveland, ohio

    If Michigan wanted to be sure their delegates were seated at the convention, they would have followed the rules of the DNC to begin with. If they blame it on the Govenor it is still their fault for not contacting the DNC for resolution AT THE TIME.

    The Dems in Fla. and Mi. "made their bed" and must sleep in it, in spite of what Hillary Clinton wants.

    March 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. G Waggerby

    I do not feel that Obama should have ill remarks made about his religion, or his nationality. I feel we should be consentrating on the man. Obama did not play a role in the Bombing, so why is this even being brought up???
    He ca not be accountable for what his priest says, Obama can only be held accountable for what he does and for what he stands for.
    WHY are we concerned with his nationality? Hhas been a Senator for God's sake and has done a good job, He wants to make changes. Hillary wants to just be in the White House again.
    American people for God's sake lets use our heads for once in this election. Do you want change? Are you ready for change? Do you want the Clintons back for a second term? I say go with OBAMA. Let his Priest say what he wants, thats not Obama talking, We have and are still dealing with the terrorists of 911. OBAMA was not one of them. For God's sake wake up.

    March 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. david

    Kilpatrick chairs the Congressional Black Caucus and hasn't endorsed a candidate yet. Gosh...I'll have the a total of 1.5 seconds to figure this one out! LOL

    March 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Nick

    Endorse Obama! Hillary Clinton is not as trustworthy!

    March 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Rick in Florida

    How can anyone "apportion" the delegates?? By giving Hillary 55% and Obama 45%?? Who's to say the original primary wouldn't have resulted in Obama 45%, Clinton 35%, Edwards 20%? Trying now to "apportion" delegates would be a turkey-shoot and without basis.
    Either re-do and let the candidates campaign fully, or make Michigan stick to the rules and seat the delegates (but without voting rights).

    March 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. vanchava

    Obama could def win this state. The AA population and young voters is huge.

    March 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. G Waggerby

    On the June3 redo. Yes I feel that we need to do this. Hillary Clinton was suppose to remove her name as everyone else, but did not, so as usual the Clinton's will play every dirty trick they can to win.. Hillary knows, and so does Bill that she is not qualified to lead this country.
    What would she do in a situation like 911?? Oh God what would she do????

    March 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Grif

    No – Caucus!!!!!!!!!!! Might work

    March 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. DT, from Michigan

    Thanks, CNN, for telling me who to call and voice my displeasure.

    I am from Michigan, and I believe we had our chance, and we blew it. The Democratic (and Republican, for that matter) parties were WARNED before they held these primaries. They ignored these warnings. They had their chance to change the primary dates, and did not; they wanted more power over the political process, and figured they could talk their way out of any punishment.

    Now , they want to have their cake and eat it too, when what they should be doing is sucking it up, admitting they made a mistake, and learning from it.. If they want me to even consider voting for their party in this upcoming Presidential election, this is what they should be doing. But instead, they are like a child who isn't getting her allowance because she didn't clean up her room despite warnings, and is now crying bitterly "It's not fair!"

    Grow up, and remember that growing up necessary process to prove one is truly a responsible adult.

    March 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Chuck in Oregon

    I would like to draw your attention to Glenn Becks comments on this as well as Roland Martins. I agree with their position and would like to add that the DNC needs to lower the required vote to win the nomination by a number that represents the impact these two states could have on the out come had they followed the DNC rules.
    Sorry that the voters will not count but it is the leadership of these two states that are to blame.

    March 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Celia Ann

    Rep Kilpatrick, don't let them use and manipulate the voters in Michigan without informing us!!! Sen Clinton needs to discolse her issues first. The Michigan voters are fortunate to have Congressman John Conyers, Rep Kilpatrick, and others who have dealt with Deceptive Election practices. I would prefer that we did not to this RE-DO. I am suspicious of anyone who wants the rules to be changed for any reason. Oh, I think that it is a conflict of interest for Rendell to raise funds for Michigan. I have made leadership aware of my concerns.

    March 14, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Henry

    This is just a lot of noise for nothing, talk, talk, and talk again.
    If they want now to attend the convention clearly knowing what they did before by breaking the party's rules, it's simple, divide the delegates number in 2 and share them equally between the 2 candidates, it's simple...

    March 14, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Grif

    There's none so blind as those who cannot see!!!!

    Why do people bother to comment ,

    When they don't believe things so Blatantly

    their eye's Anyway's..

    March 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Yvonne

    I don't get it! Why are we changing horses in the middle of the stream?? Sure it is sad that all those folks votes cannot count but they need to blame their own leaders. The rules shouldn't change just because they say they want them too. Or is this a safe-guard that the Clinton regime put into play "just in case?"

    March 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Nobillary Andobama

    Read Glenn Beck's great commentary on the Michigan/Florida debacle.

    I'll sum it up for you...............TOO BAD!

    This is the price you pay for knowingly breaking the rules.

    now awaiting the typical liberal excuse making and the typical liberal underwriting of poor decision making

    March 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Paula Miller

    Have the Clinton and Obama split the delegates and the superdelegates. This is better than leaving Michigan out at the convention. These votes will not change the overall victory of the leading candidate at this time. It is impossible to allow Clinton to be the only one in the contest and have it count. Save your money. This is a lesson for future states that decide to change the structure of the DNC. Have the race acknowledged as a 50-50 split.

    Thank you,

    Paula CA

    March 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Chris W. Dunn

    Sadly, the Democratic Party is beginning to remind me of a bumper sticker that was originally aimed at the Bush Presidency:

    "Where am I going and what am I doing in this hand basket?"

    March 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Nando, Florida

    I personally think Obama will win by 20points

    March 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Jack

    Great news for both Hillary and Obama….

    Dems can't expect to win in Nov. by "punishing" Mich voters when they had nothing to do with breaking DNC rules.

    Hillary can now win Mich legitimately and increase her share of the popular vote.

    Michigan being the last primary of the season will give her good momentum in talking to the superdelegates.

    March 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Trev

    I love all the Obama supporters who want to punish the voters for something that party leaders did. It really isn't that hard to figure out.

    March 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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