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. Jayhawk34

    Its too bad for Hillary that the Democratic party is not a monarchy.

    March 15, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Rick

    why hillary, you want cheated numbers?

    March 15, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. sharon

    Way to go Hillary if you say anything the media willtry to say you told the preacher what to say i still wouldn't be suprised if they don't try to put you in it somehow !

    March 15, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Sam in Atlanta

    Yeah Hillary, lets count the Michigan votes. You would like that considering you were the only major candidate to not remove their name from the ballot, and therefore the only major candidate on the ballot. That sounds fair to me! Funny, Hillary Clinton agreed to the Michigan rules months ago but she didn't really care until now.... hmmm... I wonder why?

    March 15, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. jim kelley

    Sen. Obama did not even care to put his name on the ballot in Mi, So why should there be a do over give it all to Sen. Clinton. And in Fl. Sen. Clinton ran no ads and Sen. Obama did after they agreed not to go to Fl. No do over give it all to Sen. Clinton.
    Now that we have been shown that Sen. Onama is racest we can't aford for him to be elected anyway.

    March 15, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Edgar

    That is what you call leadership and solutions! Let the people decided so we can have a process by the people for the people. I know you will be one standing in the end!!!

    March 15, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Mark

    .... you may want Florida and Michigan.

    However, the American people want your tax returns, release of Bill Clinton's White House papers, and an accounting of New York State earmarks.

    Mr. Obama has been quite forthcoming to expose his judgment calls, earmarks, errant surrogates, and continues to honor the American people with a commitment toward transparency, integrity, and good governance.

    When will you do the same? If not capable, you do not deserve the White House.

    March 15, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Bob

    The Dems can't even run an election, yet they want us to trust them to be President! They must be kidding. The tax and spend Dems are as incompetent as the big government that they wish for!

    March 15, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. C. Sharp

    . . . .How about Hillary releasing her tax returns by the end of the week?

    March 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Ronald, Patriotic expat

    It is disturbing that no complaint was issued when the decision to strip the two renegade states of their delegates was first made. The decision was supported by several of HRC's most ardent supporters. Now they want to violate the rules they helped put in place. I hope this is not indicative of what an HRC administration would look like. We've had enough of a president who thinks they are above the law.

    March 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. JOHN

    SO HILLARY IS CALLING ALL OF THE SHOTS NOW? SHE WANTS A RESOLUTION BY THE END OF THE WEEK. WHAT ABOUT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT? SHE'S TO MUCH OF HERSELF.

    March 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Bubba

    She is so sleazy, it's really unbeliveable !

    March 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Burl McQueen-Chicago

    I really would like to know a few of the "things" in the entire "lot", that was in "violation of the rules" for the States of Michigan and South Carolina.

    Her FRUSTRATION is NOT GOOD for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    March 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Hillary unsensord visit youtube. get the picture yourself.

    I like this lady, she knew Hillary is not the first female president that America is hoping for.
    Hillary had campaigned for Mccain instead of Obama, how will any leader of Party allow a person like that to get the nominee.
    Hillary just want to be th nominee eventhough the party like it or not.

    If she have her way that good for her but if she doesn't have her way, she will rather destroy the Democratic party.
    This is how I look at it, elect her and have peace within the party or don't sellect me and i will campaign for the opposition.
    So, democrat's leader, should makeup your mind or wait another 4 years to take back the white House.

    March 15, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. jinohio

    too bad, you are not a quessa nd this must be decided outside of your lopsided per view. nobody cares what you want, it's what the American people what. America is more than just you.

    March 15, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. William

    Fair is fair, Hillary. Everyone agreed that Michigan and Florida would not be allowed to seat delegates. You too.

    Your blind ambition is showing.

    March 15, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. FrankSmith

    The Republicans will replay all thess mess for the Dems in the general election, and the Dems will not like it!!

    As an example, soon, I expect to see videoclips of

    "I never.. to that woman, Monica Lewinsky.."
    plus
    Interviews with Paula with a question such as:

    If Hillary cannot control Bill, how can we expect her to control the men in her potential cabinet? Folks, stay tuned!!! This will only get uglier, if you cannot get back on track!

    March 15, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Dan

    She is right.

    March 15, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. julie

    Cnn maybe you need to look into the obama and howard dean angle ,Do they really belong to the same church? And Dean is in Vermont, the state that wants to leave America,WOW, Im a democtrate but the party is filling up with a host of radical loons and why wasn't new hampshire and south carolina penalized.Anybody but Obama.

    March 15, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Whatever *QUEEN* Hillary wants...*QUEEN* Hillary Gets :)

    The coronation is sometime in January, right?

    Hail to the *QUEEN*!!! Long live the *QUEEN*!!!

    When did the US become a monarchy?

    March 15, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Where is the vetting with Clinton?

    Oh Queen Clinton, you have spoken and will bow down.

    March 15, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. MCNEIL

    I LIVE IN CANADA AND THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH VOTING............. ITS THIS SIMPLE – TWO NAMES..........EITHER AN X OR UNDERLINE THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE VOTING FOR................HOW HARD IS THAT.......THIS IN FIGHTING IS JUST NONSENCE...........WRITE THE NAMES DOWN AND PUT X NEXT TO IT .A PRIMARY STUDENT COULD DO THAT..............

    March 15, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. La Petite Sorciere

    she wants to be president by the end of the day!!!! she knows she will looseeeeeeeeee
    where are her tax returns???
    can anyone ask her that ?
    can CNN ask her that?

    ask her we want to see her tax returns by the end of the week!!!

    March 15, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. M. S. Indiana

    "We saw New Hampshire and South Carolina change their dates, no penalties. That was in violation of the rules." was that not a part of the plan she agreed on ??
    Just like they agreed on not to seek the delegates in MI and FL ??

    March 15, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Michele

    Whats "so difficult for people to really understand and follow the rules" ?

    March 15, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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