March 18th, 2008
09:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton will visit Michigan to press for re-vote

MILLERSVILLE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Hillary Clinton has scheduled a last-minute campaign stop in Detroit for Wednesday morning, a move the campaign says will spotlight Michigan's efforts at a primary re-vote and keep the pressure on Barack Obama to consent to another election in the state.

The Wednesday morning event is billed as a routine "Solutions for America" campaign rally, but Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said the trip is intended to put the focus squarely on Obama, who has resisted agreeing to re-votes in Florida and Michigan.

"The ball is in Obama's court," Elleithee said. "Senator Obama is in the way, so she's going to go to Michigan to press the case personally." In a conference call held earlier in the day, Clinton aide Phil Singer also said the ball was in Obama's court.

"Why doesn't he go ahead and say, 'Let's do this'?" said Singer.

A draft proposal currently under consideration in Michigan calls for a new Democratic primary to be held on June 3, to be paid for with private money. That plan would have to be approved by the state legislature. The state Senate Majority Leader, a Republican, has said he will not give his support to any plan that does not have the consent of all the parties involved, including both presidential campaigns.

The Obama campaign on Tuesday again accused the Clinton campaign of attempting to change the rules late in the electoral game to garner delegates, saying it continued to harbor "valid concerns about the proposal" to hold another primary in June.

"We have raised these concerns, as legislators in Michigan did today, and we're waiting to see if these issues can be resolved by the legislature," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Laura

    What is Obama afraid of?

    March 18, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Phil in Texas

    HERE WE GO...HILLARY WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET THE NOMINATION!! I FEEL FOR THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA BUT THEY HAVE ONLY THEIR STATE LEADERS TO BLAME FOR THIS. WHY DIDN'T CLINTON GO TO MICHIGAN WHEN THE DECISION WAS MADE TO PENALIZE THE STATE....NOW THAT SHE NEEDS EVERY DELEGATE/POPULAR VOTE/ SUPER DELEGATE, SHE'S ALL ABOUT MICHIGAN!!! AS THE DAYS GO BY, I THINK SHE'S IN THIS JUST FOR HER OWN RECOGNITION!!

    March 18, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Lone Star Wolf

    Come on DNC you know these votes in Michigan and Florida should count. After this election if you don't let it happen. You will never be my Party of choice again. Too much KENNEDY< DEAN. Risregard anything the liar Obama has to say about it. HILLARY 08

    March 18, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Floridian

    Clinton will win the rest of the states. Super Delegate will not go with Obama as a result of years of sermons wishing to institute some real change, what kind of change are we talking about thought? How much change? and what....what are you going to do when you sit down with N. Korea, Iran, Cuba...how much are you going to change after sermons of haiting how America has been what we brought on to ourselves. Make you go Hmmmm?

    March 18, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Grif

    Mitch again... Lets hope he don't let you down this time.

    March 18, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Slap Stick, Florida

    Wow, talk about pushy. This is why I did not vote for her in our Florida primaries because she needs to learn when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. This is the exact thing that scares me about her is that she is just wayyyyyy to demanding. Good leaders know how and when to push the limits. I guess all of her alledged experience did not teach her that part of Leadership 101.

    March 18, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Michael Toder

    A do over is patently unfair, no matter how much Clinton (who agreed until she was behind), her crazy staff (who by the way enacted the penalty in the first place) and her supporters (who are lusting hyenas?) say it should happen. It won't.

    March 18, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. J Bates

    What is Obama afraid he will not win in this state. What kind of a leader is that. I know, just words, just more lies.

    March 18, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Bob

    I guess we can count on Clinton to press for a do-over in spite of the apparent rule breaking. To the Clintons, breaking the rules isn't any cause for the consequences to be endured! What does this say to America's young?

    March 18, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Robert

    A last-minute campaign stop to continue to try to destroy her party. Why isn't everyone freaking out about this?

    At first I just thought Hillary's antics only discredited her own brand (the kid who you didn't want to join your game on the playground b/c they can't play by the rules). However, I am starting to see her as something far more dangerous.

    March 18, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Carl from Pa

    The clinton campaign is being divisive. The Obama campagin isn't really against a re-vote but want to make sure it is help properly. Don't forget who was complaining about the Nevada and Texas caucuses – and they have been set up prior to this election. It has never been about the people for Hillary, but about winning. This is not someone I want in the White House.

    March 18, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. many

    wow how desperate they are both clinton, just before april 25!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Becky in In.

    Revote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is the right of the people to have thier votes counted!

    March 18, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Hillary is playing fair game even she won January election. I don't understand why Obama is afraid of re vote. He said he can unite Americans, then he will unite Michigan voters, he said he inspire people then go ahead inspire Michigan voters. Obama team play foul. Obama team said split Florida delegates, it is toddlers game manner. His slogan is change, what he wants to change? Two years Senator is dirtier than others, voters are smarter than Obama and his supporters. Hillary is bigger than Obama and other men. I heard her Iraq War message on C-span, I was impressed by her brilliant message about plan. She is ready for the next President on day one. Go Hillary, you got American's support.

    March 18, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. prakash chand

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    RE-VOTE or COUNT THE VOTES ALREADY CAST.

    March 18, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. Dave

    Every VOTE should Count! No matter if you are Democrat, Republican or Independent. The Millions of Voters in Michigan and Florida did not know that their Delegates would be striped, this was done after the change in Primary dates. I'm sure if Democratic Party clearly Stated to the Voters of Both States that their Votes would not count. I'm sure the Voters would have told their Parties not to move up the Dates to begin with! It seems the Democratic Leaders are Punishing Millions of Voters for the actions of a Few Party members! And we are trying to set an example for the People around the World? Looks like the Democratic Party is becoming the Laughing Stock of the World. Pushing Democracy around the World, but you can't pull it off in our own Country! Maybe we should have all the Michigan and Florida Voters do as the Iraq People have done, line up a dip your finger in the Purple Goo. Shameful!

    March 18, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Cecilia,Calgary,Canada

    Clinton is a snake

    March 18, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Len

    No Revote

    March 18, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. SK

    What is Obama afraid of---just go ahead and do it! He's toast anyway, sine he refuses to disown Rev. Wright and his concomitants.

    March 18, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Floridian

    Clinton will win the rest of the states. The Super Delegates will not go with Obama as a result of his years of sermons wishing to institute some real change, what kind of change are we talking about though? How much change? and what....what are you going to do when you sit down with N. Korea, Iran, Cuba...how much are you going to change after sermons of hating how America has, what we brought on to ourselves. Makes you go Hmmmm?

    Is anyone else as concerned, wow!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. minnie

    There she goes again,,, always someonelse to blame, please fix your tax problem first, taljk about your trial coming in april 25, and meaby after you will have a chance to talk about 'Michigan' but please can you wait?

    March 18, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Joe Texas

    Wake up Democrats you’re playing into exactly what the Republicans want. They are hoping for a Barack Obama win so they don’t have to go up against Hillary. The media, including CNN, MSNBC and FOX News are all helping them get what they want. The male dominated media seems to be afraid of a Hillary win. The thought of women in power is bringing out the worse in the media – they are making up the news instead of reporting what is really going on. Women and Men, who truly want a change, get out and vote for Hillary – don’t let the media and the republicans control this one!
    Chris Matthews MSNBC and CNN they should be Shame They Always taking trash against Hillary enough is enough!!

    March 18, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. FreeRide

    give it up, Hil! you're looking pathetic!!!

    March 18, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Independant/Iowa

    To change the rules during the game has alway been a decitefull thing to do. And still is. Everybody knew the rules going in and the DNC has better not disappoint America with this kind of stupid/ uncalled, behavoir. Play Fair is the only way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Most every body I know is for CHANGE/ but this is NOT the kind of change we Americans are looking or deserve for that matter. You pulled the trigger and the bullet has left the barrel, so get the hell out of the way and let it find it,s mark.

    You can change the rules for the next go around and that would be just fine. #1 Get rid of Super Delegates. They are injust any way you look at them. One of them just left. Spitzer was his name. Nothing super about him either.

    We are all equal in this country and should be treated that way.

    March 18, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous-Gurnee, IL

    Gee, I thought she was going to stay out of this and let the states and the DNC work it out? Two-faced liar.

    Hey Cafferty! Add this to your "Clinton will do anything" pile!

    March 18, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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