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. James

    Obama just knows he'll lose Michigan and Florida to Clinton by solid margins and he doesn't want to look bad.

    Not allowing the people of Michigan from taking part speaks volumes of Senator Obama and his campaign for "change."

    He lacks the backbone to lead and make the tough decisions.

    Because of the way his campaign has handled this and the fact that I know he'll lose Michigan to McCain.

    March 18, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. vince

    Obama is a standard politician, he knew he would loose Michigan so he took his name off the ballot.
    Now he knows he would loose again so he is stalling a revote until it is too late, similar to the recount on Florida in 2000, were Harris said they should recount but it was too late.
    Similarly Obama has the double standard on the Wright issue, refer back to his handling of the Imus (MSNBC) issue:
    ""There’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude,” Obama told ABC News in an April 11 interview."
    So he did not have the same unifying understanding for Imus as he did for Wright obviously. Obviously at the time it was not strategic to come out in the open with the race issue.

    March 18, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Josh

    Michigan does deserve to have their voices heard regardless of who they choose for the Democratic nominee!

    Are Obama supporters delusional??? They must be! How can a man sit in a church for 20+ years listening to racially charged hate speeches and expose his children to those messages on top of that?! I think that's poor judgment on his part! SHAME ON YOU BARACK OBAMA!!!

    HILLARY '08!

    March 18, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Andrea

    Talk about disenfranchising the voters! How does Obama think this is going to play out in the general election IF he were to get the nomination? Talk about trying to do anything to get elected! If Obama doesn't work towards a new election in Michigan (and also Florida, although that seems unlikely now) he will be putting his political aspirations in front of the voting public. How can democrats discount two of the most important states in the general election! It is ridiculous! He should agree to a re-vote in both states and them campaign so they can deem the election fair. If the situation was reversed you better believe he would be asking for a re-vote. Wake up democrats of both Clinton and Obama supporters! If this was your state wouldn't you want your vote counted?! This should be appalling to all democrats no matter who your vote is going for.

    March 18, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. RAM

    Hillary intent on changing the rules. How petty and typical.

    March 18, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Teresa W. of CA

    To the Obama campaign managers,

    Do not allow them to pressure you. The Clinton campaign has broken the rules and must abide by them. It is un-american to cheat when knowingly you agree to a previous agreement. It not the Obama campaign fault that the State of Michigan and Florida broke the rules. I would not agree to re-vote in neither state because it is not attended for Obama to win any votes nor to win the primary. I smell a trap. The DNC should not allow this to happen. This not fair. I will protest against this even after the primary election are over. The American people can not afford to spend more money on re-vote election. This is the same thing happening all over again when Gore and Bush were campaigning.

    March 18, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. Kirk

    Michigan Welcomes Hillary , and wants a re vote .

    March 18, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. Madtown

    My understanding is that there isn't the money to have another election. This has nothing to do with Obama not wanting an election and everything to do with the state of MI messing up to begin with and now trying to change the rules.

    March 18, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Nancy

    She never stops her shameless acts

    March 18, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. Ron

    Strange that when Hillary's game plan was to have the nomination wrapped up by Super Tuesday, she didn't say boo about the poor disenfranchised voters of Michigan and Florida. She made a pledge and now shamelessly refuses to back it up. makes you wonder what will become of pledges that will get her elected?

    March 18, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. Kiwi Pete

    Yes, counting votes in an election is not a good look for anyone, especially if they call themselves "democratic"!

    March 18, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. Move On

    Move on people. Rules are Rules. If Hillary was so concerned about voters is Michigan and Florida she should have spoken out BEFORE the rules were set or at least have made an issue out of it early on. Now she can't just go back and cry about it now that she's down and needs there votes. People in Michigan should feel offended not only that there vote didn't matter to begin with but it only matters now because she needs them.

    Loved Obama's speech today and am looking forward to the one tomorrow.

    OBAMA 08

    March 18, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. No Clinton Zone

    This woman is a disgrace.........

    When will she get it in her head that the American people do not want her and her dishonest tactics?

    And that goes for THE LIAR " I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinski" husband of hers......

    All they are doing is destroying the democratic party.

    Billary needs to just forget about it and try again in eight years.


    March 18, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. Kiwi Pete

    Yes, counting votes in an election where there is only one candidate is not a good look for anyone, especially if they call themselves "democratic"!

    March 18, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. doug

    Why not,like a fly hovering over a turd, will stop at nothing. So today I'm watching cnn for a while instead of the bedbug network.

    March 18, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. willis




    March 18, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Ankie


    March 18, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. Alice

    The problem is that there is no way to have a fair re-vote. Under Michigan law, Obama supporters who voted for McCain (because Obama was not on the ballot) would not be allowed to participate in a re-vote. This is one bell that cannot be un-rung.

    March 18, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. J. McCaskill, MS

    Way to go Hillary!!! You are the strong leader this country need at the present time. Solutions for America. Keep fighting.

    Hillary '08'

    March 19, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. tracker

    IObama didn't want Florida and Michigan's vote before with his friend ,and minster Rev. Wright's outburst he really don't want to go there now..Like I have said all along it is his campaign throwing dirt,and race into this..Obama didn't have anything to say about the issues facing our country ,so his campaign decided to start with Bill while he was president then play the race card....He wants the African american people to follow him ,but I think they will get beyond race and get down to the issues at hand..There are bigger problems to solve in our country now..The point is who has the best experience???I know Hillary voted for the war,and if people are honesty who wouldn't have??Some people say they didn't vote for the war but was it because they Could'nt?The people that live in those two states have the right to vote as well as we do...After all it was Obama that said this is about the people..He didn't say except the people in Florida Or Michigan...Hillary is the one that can walk in on day one and do what is best for all of us..

    March 19, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Nick, Arizona

    If I remember correctly the Michigan proposal was no republicans voting, no one that already voted for the republican ticket can vote again, and it is funded by private money. It would be a purely democratic vote to show how they want the delegates to be seated. This would be the voice of Michigan. What does Obama think .... People don't deserve a second chance when there is a mistake. Do you think people don't deserve a second chance? Do we want to CHANGE and fix the mistake America. Who really wants to bring this country FORWARD .... the man who isn't even allowing peoples voices to be heard because "the rules are the rules". That doesn't sound like change now does it. Do we squabble like the past and allow for another Republican election?

    March 19, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  22. Harold Haddix

    Subject: Remember this picture on election day!
    Let's all remember this on election day...if you have family serving in the military, make sure you send it along. I had heard about this but a picture is definitely worth 1000 words! God save us!!!

    Vote Hillary
    Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem.
    Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real name).....the article said he REFUSED TO NOT ONLY PUT HIS HAND ON HIS HEART DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, BUT REFUSED TO SAY THE in the hell can a man like this expect to be our next C ommander-in-Chief

    March 19, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. Eileen Kinney

    Hillary I know we all want those votes heard. I have heard they are working on it! It is in the best interest for Dems to count. But, rules must be followed and concerns addressed. Your aggressive
    appoach by going to Michigan looks totally a desperate move and may cause more harm. I trust you will use good judgement before another outburst. The DNC is on our side!


    March 19, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  24. aware

    Hillary the only HOPE of 08 and the smart choice. :)

    Barack blew it when he didn't ask Americans to forgive him for his initial, hair splitting lie about his knowledge of Rev. Write's words/views. Reconciliation and personal accountability is not Barack's style.

    March 19, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. MrJimM

    Give them Hell Hillary. Please persevere. Ou hearts are out to you.

    March 19, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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