March 18th, 2008
09:01 PM ET
7 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. Oklahoma

    The votes of all qualified voters should be counted toward their favored cadidate and in this case, it was Senator Hillary Clinton who received the most votes. If these votes had been cast for an Africian American candidate, there would be no question as to whether the votes would be counted. Every civil rights attorney and Black ctiizen would be demanding justice--that the votes count.
    Hopefully, one way or another, the voters in Michigan will have a voice in the race for the President of the United States.

    March 19, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. Adam FL

    Good, Im glad someone is fighting for our votes to be counted!! She has mine!

    March 19, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  3. Bill, Sacramento

    Check out 'Hillary- The Movie' on You Tube or on the website The Clinton Project. Also check out Paul v Clinton forthcoming court case involving ALL the Clintons including Chelsea. Very interesting reading before you cast your votes.......

    March 19, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  4. Freddy

    Hillary is desparate. She is sceeming every direction she can. I still want to see what she is hidding on her taxes. So many secrets it is starting to catch up with her. So is reality.

    March 19, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  5. Gabriel

    Mr Obama, the uniter of all people, except for those Americans in Michigan and Florida. He only wants voices heard if they are on his side of the fence.

    March 19, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. Wisconsin

    Billary is making the possible re-vote a non issue. With all her campaigning how could you have a fair election???

    March 19, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. Vig

    Obama can do no wrong – his speech today is being received favorably even though he has a close personal relationship with a racist. Obama tries to be all things to all people – what kind of leadership is that? Clinton should do whatever it takes to secure the nomination – Obama has had enough underserved glory worship.

    March 19, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. dlr

    Please Mrs. Clinton, know when your time is done. Let America and the DNC heal and close out your campaign. For once, do it for the people and not self......

    March 19, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  9. Rj

    It is over .!!! the rules are the rules. OVER!!!! taht all I'll say ....

    March 19, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  10. Scorbin

    Something to ponder.....if there is a re-do what will prevent the Republicans from voting for Hillary? Anyone can vote in this primary. Republicans believe Hillary would be easier to beat in November. Why would Obama agree to this??

    March 19, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  11. tomdavie

    As long as the LIBERAL media is CORRUPT and is OWNED by Obama , this is irrelivant.

    CNN could very easily run the angle and Obama attempting to block the voters a chance to have a say. Just like florida.

    But NOPE. Its all done thru 'surrogates' for Obama . Obama is making a huge mistake here, but so what? He is utterly unelectable in the general election anyways.

    March 19, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  12. Alston

    Hillary knows she has no chance in hell of taking the lead in pledged delegates even if she wins the remaining states..

    Her silver lining was Florida and Michigan .. Florida is out of the question now, so shes desperate for a re-vote in Michigan..

    March 19, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. elijah

    Rules are Rules!! As usual, Hillary Clinton is ALWAYS trying to change the rules!! Michigan and Florida both knew the rules of the DNC!! They chose to move their primaries ahead and consequently have to pay!! What is the old saying" "When you dance, you have to pay the Fidler?!!! Hillary –best thing you can do is substitute Elton John for the fidler and have a dance at your fundraiser!! SORRY HIL!
    NO REDO'S IN FLORIDA OR MICHIGAN!!

    March 19, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. Steve

    Can't change the rules in the middle of the game, Hillary. Get out of the race.

    March 19, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  15. Ryan

    Can someone please point out to me how Obama is preventing a revote. He has not done anything to stop one and is only following the DNC rules. It is not Obama's job to create a revote in Michigan, and it isn't Hillary's either. She is just trying to continue making it look like Obama is against Michigan votes counting when he is not as long as it is done fairly.

    March 19, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  16. Chris In California

    Why should the voters be subject to Barack Obama's approval for a re-vote? Their original votes should be counted, regardless. The voters of ALL states in this union have a RIGHT to have their voices heard and their votes counted. Who is the DNC to tell the states when they are allowed to hold their own elections anyway? And, why should Barack Obama be able to suppress the voices of the voters??? This makes me very angry.

    March 19, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  17. kevin

    Obama knows that he has no chance in Mi and Fl so he is trying to spin it. After seeing how he tried to spin his minister's words, I won't put anything past him. The reality is that Mi and Fl votes have to count period. If not, then take two large wins from the Obama column to make it a fair game.

    March 19, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  18. Cecilia,Calgary,Canada

    The people with the very rash, negative reactions to Obama's speech are only reacting in this manner because they are fully aware of how brilliant the speech was and how positive a message it carried.

    March 19, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  19. Bob, Lyons Oregon

    Clinton and her do anything to win kind of politics. Too Bad.

    March 19, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  20. Henri

    As a 27 yr old well-educated independent voter, I would never vote for the monster. Its either Obama or McCain, in that order.

    March 19, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  21. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    SHE SHOULD ALSO REMIND THEM THE REASON OUR ECONOMY IS TANKING IS BECAUSE OF HER VOTE FOR THE 100 YEAR WAR. NA THAT WOULD BE TOO HONEST. HILLARY WILL PROBABLY REMIND THEM THAT SHE IS WHITE.

    March 19, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  22. rrr

    Come on Hillary just play by the rules for crying out loud..

    March 19, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. VLK

    I'll bet if Obama was behind in delegates, he would be right there with Hillary pressing for the re-vote. I understand Florida and Michigan broke the rules, but this is the single most important vote Americans have—voting for president of this country, and especially at this time. I believe this should be looked at from the aspect of fairness in picking the nominee and for no other reason. Obama's refusal to support a re-vote would seem to indicate that he is less confident and less inclined to fairness.

    March 19, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  24. Isaac

    Of all the things that have bothered me about the Obama campaign, his lack of concern regarding the FL and MI voters ranks as the highest. Because of this, I don't believe he will practice what he preaches. I am a Clinton supporter but in all honesty I could care less about Rev. Wright or Ferraro for that matter. What I care about is how the candidate themselves stand for in the world. It is obvious he doesn't want to open the MI and FL votes, he is hiding behind the comfort of those states not counting, and that is not the kind of candidate he has positioned himself as. I'm glad Clinton is going there because no one else (like the media's treatment of him before this) is going to bring it up and actually fight for the people's vote to count. Yes, I believe a fighter is in order these days. Obama seems to bend with the wind, especially when it is beneficial to him.

    March 19, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  25. WILL MCNOUR

    SHAME ON YOU HILARY AND CNN FOR TURNING THIS INTO A RACIAL MOTIVATED ELECTION. THUS PROTECTING YOURSELVES AND AS USUAL PLAYING THE FIELD ON ALL SIDES.
    I WISH WHEN YOU WOULD INTERVIEW PEOPLE TO DISCUSS ABOUT OTHERS , YOU WOULD TELL THE VIEWERS IF THEY ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATES. THEN AND ONLY THEN WOULD WE TAKE THEIR OPINIONS MORE SERIOUSLY.

    March 19, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
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