March 20th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Would a re-vote be that difficult?

 Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely.

Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely.

(CNN) - It’s too bad that Michigan and Florida don’t seem to be able to get their acts together to have Democratic presidential primary re-votes in early June.

For those of us who cover politics, it would have been very exciting to see two more fiercely fought primaries in two critically important states.

But more importantly, it will be a pity for all those millions of Democratic voters in those states if their delegates wind up having no say in the selection of their party’s presidential nominee at the party convention in Denver at the end of the summer. And the ramifications for the party from that could be very significant in November.

The Democrats in Michigan and Florida lost their delegates because they moved up their primaries to January against Democratic Party rules.

Some of those frustrated Democratic voters will walk away from this process with an awful taste in their mouths. And it’s possible that could convince some of them to actually vote for John McCain or Ralph Nader in the fall or simply stay home and not vote at all. At least, that’s what some of those voters are telling reporters and pollsters now.

There is still time for the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaigns to work out some other compromise that allows the delegates to be seated without having make-over primaries. Indeed, I still suspect something along these lines will occur.

But I still don’t understand why it became so complicated to organize these make-over primaries. The actual ballot would have been rather simple – you could vote for Clinton or Obama. Put an X in front of your candidate. How difficult is that?

- Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Garner, IN

    No Wolf,

    We know you support Clinton, so why don't you pay for the revote, work the polling boothes, and throw every vote for Barack away.

    You can throw your integrity away while you're at it.

    March 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Carlos, NY

    Sorry Wolf. Your Clinton support is showing. So much for impartial journalism.

    March 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Patrick Harris

    If new primaries would $10 million or so for each state, have each state democratic party that wants their existing votes counted pay the national party that cost as a fine. Pretty simple.

    March 20, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Carlos, NY

    Michigan and Florida did not follow the rules. They knew the consequences going in. They should live with them. Just because your favorite is not winning does mean you get to do a do-over.

    March 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. P Graber

    Put women in charge of this and it will be done quickly and correctly.

    March 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. justobserve

    The question is not whether it is difficult or not but why do we have the change the rule now to humor Clinton's wish? Whatever Clinton's spin about MI's & FL's votes not being counted, Obama already won! It's beyond me why people are still talking about Clinton.

    March 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Mary

    I agree, it should not be so diificult to organize a revote. Again I see this as another political ploy against Senator Hilliary clinton. A fair revote or allocating the delegates between the Senators should be a task that can be achieve, regardless of who it puts ahead. Let all americans be heard.

    March 20, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Its about the money, not about the toughness of doing a re-vote, nobody wants to pay for it.

    March 20, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. NotWonOver

    Florida does not need a re-vote. All names were on the ballot. HRC held fundraisers that were apparently approved. Obama ran TV spots "accidentally." Both had exposure. People had a choice. They made their decision.

    Seat Florida...

    March 20, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Justin

    If any of you raises this issue before MI and FL primary, I would respect you. but now, it is just a spin, including you, wolf.

    Both cadidates agree the agreement. I just don't understand why HRC's campaine, including you , wolf, thought votes and voices were not had to be counted and heard then? how difficult is that?

    March 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. AllVoicesToBeHeard

    We can only have one chance to vote for our president once every four years. Please let the voices of every citizen in the US to be heard and it's not fair to leave anyone out. I thought we are trying to unite this country, why should we leave out two states? Not letting Florida and Michigan votes to be counted same as we are abandoning them. When our kids don't behave at home, should we just abandon them?

    March 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Velma Williamson

    If Sen Obama was not afraid that Sen. Clinton would capture most of the votes the decision would be made very quickly. One cannot help but think that the election is biased in favor of Sen Obama.What is the big problem? How can the Rep. votes count anyway and not the Dem.? Is this legal?What is the problem with the Dem. Party?

    March 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. William Martin

    It is as reported earlier the fault of Obama in Michigan. He has not favored a re-vote in either state. Florida's fell apart. And when it seemed that Michigan was going to allow a re-vote Obama's campaign basically said no. What is he afraid of? I am disgusted in him.

    March 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. StopwatchingMSNBC, Rochester, NY

    It's difficult when Obama's surrogates in the Michigan and Florida Legislatures, refused to give their blessing to the process. The DNC approved Michigan's revote process, so did Hillary, but Obama stayed silent, just like he did in the Illinois state senate whenever a tough vote came up. He did exactly that for the Michigan voters, "Not Voting".

    March 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. JAMES

    Of course you would have that view Wolf. I think the media should stop insisting that the remaining 48 states that followed the rules aren't important. Michigan and Florida broke the rules knowing what the consequence would be. If voters in those states are so irrate they should take their frustration out on the elected officials of those states. If they chose to vote for McCain or Nadar simply because of mistakes their elected officials made then so be it. I guess they would prefer 4 more years of Bush instead of punishing the right individuals.

    March 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. MJC

    Mr. Blitzer it should not be a re-vote. Stick to the rules.

    March 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Debra

    Obama didn\'t see a gain on this and so let everyone waste there time on it when he knew he would not accept it all along. Since Obama did not want a revote they should just seat the delegates as is. He had his chance. Instead he chose to accuse Clinton of only wanting it for her sake. How about the sake of all the voters in Michigan and Florida. Did he think of them or were they just wanting their votes counted for Clintons sake also. I think they wanted it for their own sake. They needed to give Obama the choice. A revote or count the votes as is. Then maybe he would not have drug his feet and wasted so many peoples time. Its easy to say he will go along with the DNC but then not sign off once a soulution is provided. .

    March 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. NOBama

    Obama's camp and supporters are doing everything they can to block it so Clinton can't win more delegates.

    That's fine then – seat them as they voted originally.


    March 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. john

    Wolf I agree. Know matter who you support, every State should be a part of this primary. I remember in 2000 the DNC was in Fl. begging for the votes to be counted. I am a democrat in Fl. and if they do not let Fl. revote I will not be voting for a democrat in Nov., I will vote for Ralph Nader, he would be better than McCain.

    March 20, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. GaVoter

    When do I get to re-vote too??

    March 20, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Grif

    Everything! Is only just as difficult, has you want to make it..

    It's hard to comment on things that happened a year ago...

    March 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Robert in CA

    What is wrong with the Democratic National Committee sticking to the rules? If the people of Michigan and Florida feel they have been disenfranchised, they should complain to the respective state legislators and not the DNC or the campaigns. Sure, it would be an easy ballot, but what message does it send when rules are broken and there are no consequences?

    March 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Peter

    It is not complicated, Wolf.

    The problem is Howard Dean is trying to prove he is in charge, Barack Obama has the lead and is trying his hardest to avoid revotes without actually having to say so as he tries to run out the clock, and you have have party hacks from both parties in both states who are unwilling to do the obvious.

    If revotes are not held, I hope Hillary fights this all the way to the convention floor in Denver and if that costs the Democrats the election in November, so be it.

    March 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Jdona

    It isn't difficult at all. The problem is Obama's camp doesn't want them to vote because he is afraid he will loose the nomination. He wants to win anyway he can, and is willing to do anything TO win. Including disenfranchising over 2 million voters. Just what we need in an American president, huh?

    March 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Grif

    I wasn't that long??? It seems like it.

    March 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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