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. Toni

    To exclude such a large portion of democrats from the election process is just UNDEMOCRATIC AND STUPID.

    March 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Dave

    The other complicated thing would be the 10 million dollars. Would you pay for it?

    March 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. gary

    Its a shame Fla. and Mich. cant have re votes.Thats part of U.S.A. too.I know someone screwed up,but Iam sure it will make them feel not part of our country.Obama is afraid to let them vote ,because it isnt his way. I thinlk Obama had enough of this race his way.From the media ,press etc. he has played them all.I think there should be primary's in both states.This race is starting to be one big joke.

    March 20, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Warren Richart

    Wolf, I heard you say one day this week that you hoped the problem would last. My question to you is, why do you keep the revote alive, when you know that Michigan and Florida broke the rules knowing that the vote would not count? You help Clinton and you know it is not up to her or obama to fix the problem.

    March 20, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. magie

    Exactly Wolf.

    The revote is not difficult at all. People should just have the courage and let people's voice be heard.

    March 20, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Ardnuas

    YES it would be difficult because it is UNFAIR to the states that obeyed the rules! Split the votes equally so we can concentrate on beating John McCain!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. michael

    East Rockaway, NY

    It is not difficult. The money can be raised and each state wants a re-vote, but Hillary does not want a clean slate election. If she really does care about the voice of the people, then let them vote. Barack Obama has every right to question a limited election. Everyone who can vote should vote.

    March 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. g4hillary

    is it the states that are having the problem or is it obama who has the problem??i don't think he has a chance of winning the states so he is fighting with all he has to stop the re vote. cnn and its constant backing of him is of no help either.

    March 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Jane

    Obama hides behind pretty words and well delivered speeches.

    Yet he prevents people from going into a polling station and voting in private. The truth is he's afraid of what might be the outcome, plain and simple.

    March 20, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Allen from Visalia

    Poor Wolf. Your non-stop shilling for Billary just isn't getting the same results it used to. Why don't you stop reciting Clinton talking points and do some actual journalism?

    March 20, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Mike f.

    What's wrong with sticking with the agreed on rules?

    March 20, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Kathy Ritch

    A re-vote in Michigan and Florida would not be difficult. It's not happening because Obama is stonewalling all possible methodologies which do not give him an advantage. He won't approve re-vote ideas because he is afraid he would lose in those states and jeopardize his position in both delegate and popular vote count. Obama is exhibiting old style "politics as usual" behavior despite his new politics ethic rhetoric. Call him on it.

    March 20, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. jcbama

    Oh, What a shame. The rules may be enforced after all,

    March 20, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. scarey

    Are you seriously so delusional that you do not understand the issues and problems with this? Good lord, man you are in a position to have some depth and perception....... did you miss that day at school???

    March 20, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Joe From Florida

    Real simple cout thr votes already cast or lose the states in November. It's the voters stupid

    March 20, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. JimC

    What part of "Florida and Michigan knowingly broke the rules and now they'll suffer the consequences" does Wolf Blitzer not understand? Responsibilty means taking responsibility for one's actions. Why don't people like Blitzer not get it?

    March 20, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. wolf blitzer sucks

    Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper are morons. Why doesn't CNN get some real reporters?

    March 20, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. joe

    1.5 million voted in fla. when told it didn't count. they must have cared who wins. why doesn't howard dean?

    March 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Lorenz

    That awful taste in the mouths of Floridians will be democrats voting for McCain in November- Thanks DNC

    March 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. LJ

    Well Wolf, you have not done any investagative reporting. You only say what the Hillary says. Well, you need to look at what the DNC rules were and how many people stayed home because they knew their vote would not count. What about the "rule of law" about primaries, redoing primaries and financing them. Who is going to legally finance these "redo's"? What about fairness? As usual, you only say what Hillary says and you do not do any investagation.

    March 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Ken Murray

    Hillery refuses to play by the rules unless if favors her.

    Obama has WON the primary and can only lose if she can cinvince her party to change the riules and have a re-vote.

    Also CNN is pushing the re-vote being a Clinton supporter.

    What A loss it will be if they take away his victory now.

    March 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Mike

    It's very difficult when some of the people involved in the discussions and decision making are Republicans and/or Democrats who have a very vested interest in one of the candidates. It's not about the people, it never has been – it's about politics!

    March 20, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. arnod

    Why is every CNN program about telling and asking your guests what Sen. Clinton needs to do to win the election. Does that seem one sided to you. Why does CNN feel obligated to save Sen. Clinton in this race? That doesn't say much for CNN

    March 20, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. richard roks

    well guys today did it. I can't stand to watch CNN with Blitzer and Cafferty. It just is not balanced news and I cringe after watching for awhile. Going to MSNBC and Fox to try to find some balanced comments

    March 20, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Teresa

    Yes. Because it doesn't justify why the States should vote after the deadline. An agreement was sign between the two candidates agreeing to follow the rules. Now that the candidate that no longer in the lead wants to change the rules in the middle after agreement. The breach of contract/broken promise to commit to the rules. That's what difficult. It's difficult to ask someone to help another person cheat knowing that both of them agreed follow the rules.

    It's flat out cheating Blitzer, no matter how you slice it. I realize you are a Clinton supporter and you are willing publicize what you want done for her votes.

    March 20, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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