March 20th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 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. jtool

    So Wolf, no idea why neither state was able to work out a solution? Here's a clue: the Obama campaign doesn't want a "make-over primary", nor does he want the results of the original primary validated. All he wants is half of each state's delegation, which he did not earn. When it comes to enfranchising voters, as in so many other areas, Obama is all talk, no action.

    March 20, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. ANTI CLINTONS

    Blitzer why don't you shut up! the rules have been broken by these two states state government and sad as it is, that is the way it is going to be, no revote! If Blitzer isn't for Hitlery I don't know who is! Blitzer is a one sided moron!

    March 20, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. dj

    instead of asking about how hard it would be to rerun the primaries in michigan and florida, why not ask how hard it would have been for them to have simply not broken the rules, and ran the primaries as scheduled?

    March 20, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. White, Female Boomer for Obama

    This is still a democracy...If the vote is fair and includes all eligible voters including thos who voted Republican thinking the earlier vote wouldn't count and is paid for by the DNC.

    Clinton's silly outrage actually disenfranchizes people. If her tactics are the way she will negotiate with Congress or other countries, friends or allies she isn't someone that should be in charge of America...other Bush...my way or the highway...hiding papers...slinging mud and distorting the truth..

    March 20, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. bond

    No primary. No delegates. No revote. This is what happens when you break the rules you agreed to follow. Too bad, so sad. Vote in November.

    March 20, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. loginname22

    I cannot figure out why no one cared about disenfranchising Michigan and Florida early in the year. Why was the DNC allowed to exclude these states in the first place, and why didn't anyone make a stink when the punishment was handed down by the DNC?

    Both candidates look bad, but this mess is not either candidate's fault. It's the DNC's fault.

    March 20, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Willy

    Who would pay for the re-vote Wolf? Tax payers. I don't think so. Howard Dean and his DNC did this so let the Dean pay for it.

    March 20, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Ratgurl

    Wolf,

    Do you think, maybe, that preventing fraudulent activities in a re-election might not be an issue?

    If it were so simple as to have an X next to a name, the voters could just mail in a letter of support for their candidate of choice. Why have a ballot at all?

    March 20, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Boca

    It's pretty difficult Wolf, when you disenfranchise the democratic voters who were LIED TO in January saying their vote didn't count. Many of these democrats chose to vote in the republican primary and would be disenfranchised from a revote. I enjoy your show, but I don't understand how you could look past that Wolf.

    March 20, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. James

    Wolf, its difficult because there are rules people are bound to follow. For example, if you kill someone, you will go to jail. There is no two ways about it. So people should be realistic and stop trying to manipulate the system.

    March 20, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Sonya

    It would be very difficult, Wolf. Chairman Dean has already picked my candidate for me. You would undo all his hard work.

    March 20, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. john q public

    You are ignoring an important concept. Why should the two states that broke the rules now be rewarded with the crucial say at the end? As in glenn beck's article..too bad applies here. and if the democratic voters will not vote because their state party made the boneheaded move then they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

    March 20, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. john dalton

    michigan and florida broke the rules
    they were told what would happen if they did
    they did it anyway
    they must pay the price
    the national party makes national party rules
    plain and simple

    viva mcCain !

    March 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. chx

    How difficult is that? you ask?

    As someone not committed to any camp, even I can see what's wrong with that. In Michigan, for example, many Democratic voters, knowing their votes wouldn't count, voted in the Republican primary. If there were to be a re-vote, those voters wouldn't have their say in the Democratic primary... decidedly undemocratic.

    This is the main sticking point with a re-vote. If the rules were not as such, then a re-vote could have happened, but changing these rules would not have been legislatively easy, and the idea, despite her protestations otherwise, was not popular with HRC.

    So, How difficult is that? Very, Wolf. You're a journalist and should do a bit of investigating, no?

    March 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. thomasr@yahoo.com

    More of Wolf's Clinton bias. Why weren't you calling for counting the votes before the primary or an effort to get Michigan and Florida to move their primaries back? If you and the Clintons were really that concerned about the issue, then I think you, and they, should have stepped up at a time when it was far less politically motivated.

    March 20, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. JB

    split the delegates, call it a day.

    March 20, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Sherry

    Obama is afraid that he'd find out that there are really people out there that want Hillary. OH MY!

    March 20, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Sue Marie

    I, for one, am fed up with the DNC. I plan to change my party affiliation from Democrat to Independent before the general election.

    Signed,
    One peeved off voter in Michigan.

    March 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. s.b.

    It's time to call Obama's bluff.

    Take it to the floor Hill!

    March 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. roxana

    I am a Florida democrat. One who, as a matter of fact, changed my party affiliation for this election. Why should I vote in this general election if the Democratic Party is telling me that my vote DOES NOT COUNT.

    March 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Sarah C

    Or maybe, those people will actually decide to place the blame where it belongs and vote out the state politicians who put them in this mess to begin with.

    Holding the responsible people responsible. What a revolutionary thought.

    I'm sure that the people of Michigan and Florida are intelligent enough to come up with that solution on their own, but I'm surprised the media hawks aren't mentioning it more often.

    March 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Bill Clinton

    Re voting is not difficult. Organizing the re vote is difficult. Small difference but large issues.

    March 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Deborah

    I am sure that a re-vote would not be that difficult. However, we must remember that the rules were set sometime ago.

    Michigan and Florida must adhere to the previous rules.

    No re-vote is necessary.

    March 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Eric Baldwin

    The problem with this is that if you grant a revote at this point, you are not just showing that breaking the rules is okay, but the states that do so will be rewarded with a louder and more influential voice.

    What this all says is that we need a national primary with instant runoffs. That way every voter in every state will get to have their full plate of choices of every candidate. The instant runoff system is the ONLY way that all votes will be counted fairly.

    March 20, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Tom,des moines

    I truly hope both MI and FL will have a revote soon or I will vote for John McCain in the fall.

    March 20, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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