March 15th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton wants Michigan resolution by the end of the week

 Clinton said she wants a speedy solution in Michigan.
Clinton said she wants a speedy solution in Michigan.

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hillary Clinton hopes Michigan Democrats will resolve their 2008 primary limbo by the end of the week, she told reporters during a press availability aboard her plane while campaigning here.

“Michigan is trying very hard to work this out,” she said. “I think that they’re moving in the appropriate direction to have a revote. Otherwise they should just count the votes and if they’re not going to do that they should give people the opportunity to once again express their opinions about this race.”

The New York senator was asked how she would respond to voters who felt that allowing Michigan and Florida a chance to hold new contests after being punished for violating party rules was like moving the goal posts at the end of the game.

“The rules were changed for a lot of things. We saw New Hampshire and South Carolina change their dates, no penalties. That was in violation of the rules. So the rules have been kind of difficult for people to really understand and follow,” she said. “It’s important that everybody help Michigan and Florida figure out how best to meet their obligations to their voters and I think that should be the principle concern.”

Clinton said it was up to officials in Michigan and Florida to decide how these possible “revote” contests will be paid for. Some Clinton supporters like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell have offered to help raise money to pay for the new contests.

When asked whether she was frustrated with the leadership of the Democratic National Committee for either not reaching a speedy end to this problem or for penalizing the two states to begin with, she smiled and answered: “Well, we are where we are right now so I don’t think it’s useful to sort of look back and figure out what might have been done differently.”

Clinton is scheduled to give a speech about Iraq on Monday in Washington, DC and was unwilling to preview any details.

– CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Disgusted

    Well, if it weren't for you Mrs. Clinton there would not need to be anything to resolved. You and your antics are turning a lot of voters off. Go ahead and self destruct. You'll have nobody to blame but yourself.

    March 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Jim in FL

    "Revote or just count the votes ... "

    How friggin convenient ! They broke the rules and understood the ramifications completely, which you agreed to Hillary. Don't count jack !! They were disqualified, and they stay disqualified. Hillary, always the cheater ......

    March 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. bond

    Michigan's bogus primary is prime example of this election being all about her... not about the party, the voters, or the country. Even though she was the only one on the ballot, she claims it was fair and fair to count it as such. Absolutely ridiculous. She must be related to Bill Bilichek. Its obvious they will lie, cheat, and steal just to win.

    Scoreboard Obama

    March 15, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. juan 4 obama

    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE BILLARY? I THOUGHT HOWARD DEAN HAD ALREADY SET UP SOME RULES.SHAME ON YOU BILLARY, I THINK ITS TIME YOU RUN A CAMPAIGN THAT IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU

    March 15, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Phyllis, Dallas TX

    Uh, why is she still here? This race is over. She's tried all the underhanded things she can to turn this thing around.

    This sour looser wants to be president.

    March 15, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Politico Jonze

    I guess rules don't apply to the Clintons, unless it favors them. Why did Hillary agree to disqualify the voters in Michigan and Florida before a primary vote was cast i.e. before politics and desperately needed votes became a factor?

    Hillary wants a MI resolution by the end of the week, I want her tax forms, earmarks and Clinton Library Donor list released by the end of the week.

    March 15, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. mcm

    The fault for this is not because it was hard to follow. Florida and Michigan were supposed to wait, and they did not. Blame no one else, and accept no excuses.

    March 15, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Michigan Voter

    No RE-Do in Michigan. Just follow the Pledge that EVERYONE signed and follow the rules. The lawsuits and recounts won't be done before Denver!! This is silly and Unnecessary. Follow the rules you Pleged and agreed to follow.

    March 15, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. ICL

    I am quite confused with all the problems resonating from Michigan and Florida moving up their primary in violation of the rules.

    Senator Clinton said in the above article, that South Carolina and Newhamshire changed the date of their primary without penalties. Is this correct? If so why the double standard? What am I missing here?

    March 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Phil

    I find it interesting that Sen. Clinton talks about the rules being changed regarding the N.H. and S.C. primaries, not to mention the Nevada caucuses. When both Florida and Michigan rescheduled their primaries to January 2008, the DNC rules already provided that only Iowa, N.H., S.C. and Nevada could hold their primaries/caucuses prior to Feb. 5. So I fail to see how any rules were changed, as she seems to claim.

    The point is that both Florida and Michigan were warned very early in the game that their changing of dates would not be sanctioned. And in Florida's case, the support of the lawmakers was almost unanimous, which means the Democrats in the legislature are as much to blame as the Republicans and can't just blame the other party because it was in the majority.

    Sen. Clinton's obfuscating statements don't show her in a very good light. Frankly, it seems to me that her statements supporting the seating of two delegations for states that were warned well in advance that those delegations would not be seated if they persisted in scheduling their contests against national party rules shows a regrettable lack of that judgment that we need in a president who will answer the phone at 3:00 AM. By all means, if the states can find a way to hold meaningful and secure primaries by June 10, let them do it over. Everyone deserves a second chance. But they must be fair and secure contests with no room for shenanigans or potential for the kind of situation that prevailed in the 2000 presidential elections. Nobody needs a replay of that, especially not a party that must face John McCain in the national elections.

    March 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. DEM

    What if she don't get her way what is she going to do? Go again the DNC? This lady flip flop to much.... What a first lady Oops that's why Bill Clinton had monica.

    What about Paul verse Clinton Court Case in California?

    March 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. anonymous

    It's a real can of worms. The only fair way to do it is to have a revote. The people who decided to move the primary dates up in defiance of the rules should be made to pay monetarily for that decision. The voters of the two states should not be disenfranchised. The most important people are the voters, not the politicians.

    March 15, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. HOLSTEINTOWN

    Hillary response was great – to what she thinks about DNC
    qoute:
    When asked whether she was frustrated with the leadership of the Democratic National Committee for either not reaching a speedy end to this problem or for penalizing the two states to begin with, she smiled and answered: “Well, we are where we are right now so I don’t think it’s useful to sort of look back and figure out what might have been done differently.”

    March 15, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Keith Hunter

    Clinton's attitude to "just count the votes" when she was the only person on the ballot is horrendous. Surely she doesn't think people will see through this ruse she is trying to perpetuate.

    Where was her opposition to the party rules when she was the inevitable candidate?

    March 15, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. DEM

    Why haven't Clinton give account the following?

    I) Her and Bill Clinton past and Current TAX RETURNS

    II) The Past and Current EAR MARKS,

    II) Did she do any thing illegal in the CA Fundraiser with Peter Paul and what's the Status of her case Paul v Cliton?

    March 15, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. jon

    i think clinton would not bother about the 2 state if she had won so well on super tuesday. now she want a re-vote. well good luck to you sll

    March 15, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Jay

    Good for her how does it feel to "want"? I dunno where she gets off thinking she is running things! Funny how she agreed back in August not to count FL and MI but now she is loosing she wants em seated.

    March 15, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. sad

    please folks just get it on with fl and mi. hurry up for heaven's sake.

    March 15, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Ann

    What is Hillary going to say about Iraq? That she voted to invade Iraq and now that she wants to be president, she changed her position? Please Hillary, go away.

    March 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Karen Ross

    It's unamerican to not count votes. C'mon people stand up for what is right! I'm so PROUD to be a HILLARY CLINTON supporter!

    March 15, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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