April 25th, 2008
08:36 PM ET
10 years ago

DNC to meet next month on Michigan and Florida

(CNN) — The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee — which is tasked with ruling how to seat Florida and Michigan delegates at the party's summer convention — will meet next month to discuss the situation in Washington, D.C.

"The main item of business on the Committee’s agenda will be the consideration of two pending challenges," write committee co-chairs Alexis Herman and Jim Roosevelt Jr. in a memo sent to members Friday. "We hope you are able to attend this very important RBC meeting."

Filed under: DNC • Florida • Michigan
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    Why is it that Obama's supporters do not want all Americans votes to count?

    April 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. HD

    Glad to hear a committee will meet and spend money discussing how Florida and Michigan democratic leaders broke the rules and punished their own people.

    It makes no difference in the current race. Obama will have a good showing in NC and Indiana and Clinton will not be able to gain on him even though Puerto Rico has 55 delegates and is a "winner take all" election. Yeah, let's let Puerto Rico choose our presidential candidate even though they don't even get to vote in the general election and they are not even an official state.

    April 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. John

    Ambasador Gabriel Guerrra-Dragon is not a top fundraiser as CNN would like you to believe.They love playing Hillary down,as a winner and a fundraiser.Well CNN,keep on licking your chomps-the fact is you continue to look partisan.In the Hillary camp,we have enough non dragons,who are in the process of raising mega bucks to place Hillary in a winning situation.What is CNN going to do when Hillary is the winner??? Go Hillary,we are not stopping until you win it all.

    April 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Susie

    Remember when the Democrats could not lose this election. Then Howard Dean and the DNC stepped in to wield power over states that they could not control. The media touted the historical nature of two candidates, who always had very little chance of being elected in November. The Democratic Party hopped on the band wagon and anointed Obama. Clinton is no more negative than Obama–they just believe there will be less controversy if they hop on his band wagon, so they demand that Clinton drop out before the Party is destroyed. Now, this country is left with Obama–the least qualified of all the original candidates. Still, I am sure HD and the DNC are not finished, they will find another way to ensure further damage. As soon as this primary is over, I will register as an Independent–the Democratic Party is crazy.

    April 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Democrats Rule

    This situation is just silly. There are a lot of solutions but they sure don't include having Senator Obama follow all the rules – not even allow his name to be on the ballot in Mich. based upon the rules and then have Senator Clinton move the goal posts and declare the match. I find her position here to be absolutely AMAZING. I sure hope these folks come up with something fair because it really was the Republicans who messed up Florida (again). Michigan is another story unto itself!

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Delaware

    Florida and Michigan need to be split half and half to be fair to both candidate. Hillary Clinton broke the party's rule by staying on the ballot in Michigan and held fun raising in Florida.

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. aliou salam FL

    stop bleeding the party. I don't accept the 50/50 i want the votes that are already expressed in the nation to remain unchanged by the sitting of these delegates.

    we cannot make the rules to fit one person.

    It was said from the beginning that florida and michigan would not count. so why are we talking about them now? because clinton is crying about it? people who like to rewrite laws in their favor are dictators.

    That's what I would expect from Paul Biya, Robert Mubabe, Yian Smith, Rhodes and Pinoche. not from any American leader. But I have noticed lately that not only do we crown our own dictators while we are giving lessons in democracy at gun point, we are also making new ones on the campaign trail to change the old one.

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. HD

    I disagree with Texas Vet......we should not blame republicans. We should blame the democratic leadership in Florida and Michigan and the democratic leadership of the DNC who allowed this to occur.

    This all took place several months before we knew Clinton had competition. No one cared then. When Clinton started to loose then people (mostly Clinton herself and backers of Clinton in MI and FL) began to speak out that "all votes should be counted."

    What should be counted is delegating the blame of this entire situation on the right people, which are the national DNC leadership, FL and MI democratic leadership and the main leaders of the democratic party including our former President Slick Willy.

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Matt

    It is not about American and not American. It is about who was actually on the ballot, as well as what states BROKE THE RULES!!! If you want your vote to count you go on the day to vote, you don't make up your own day!

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Peggy, TX

    The Clintons are the "deciders" and they have already made up their minds. There obviously isn't anyone running the DNC, so why have a meeting next month. The DNC is just one big doormat.

    The DNC, what a joke.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. George

    split the delegates down the middle or leave them out completely which was agreed to before by ALL people including Hillary.

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Jack in ND

    They had better not try and do any seating based on the invalid January contests.

    There are lot of people who will vote for McCain, who will at least have been legitimately nominated, over a fraudulently chosen candidate.

    April 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Must be Fair

    All of Hillary's supporters will be saying: "Their votes should count." And my response is, yes, their votes should count – but in a fair way.

    How would it be fair to award Hillary 300,000+ votes from Michigan, and give Obama ZERO ???

    Could a Hillary supporter please answer that for me...

    April 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Mike

    Yes Hillary monster YES YES! This is your chance to bribe, cheat, blackmail,cajol. DO ANYTHING to break the rules and count the illegal votes. It is your last and only chance to steal this nomination that you have so obviously lost but in your power hungry irrational mind, cannot accept.

    April 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Tom

    They're forming a committee to meet a month from now (when it no longer matters) to discuss what they might or might not do about Michigan and Florida.

    Maybe this is Obama's party after all. Sounds just like what he said he'd do if Bin Laden's people were flying planes towards the capitol building at 3 a.m. when Chris Mathews (a supporter no less) asked him the question. THERE IS NO TIME TO FORM A COMMITTEE

    How about you make a decision while the decision still matters, lightweights???

    April 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Demdixie

    I think if this happens it's going to be good news for John McCain. I hope they are not seriously considering doing something foolish, but, then again, it's apparently what the Republicans had in mind and we will fall into their trap.

    April 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Kenneth M


    April 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. John

    Ms.SusanMO: Is right on the money! The Florida,Michigan states votes should count.

    April 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. bebe

    When you disobey your DNC bosses in Rules and regulations you where a part off, Florida and Michigan promises you have refused to keep, How can the common people under you trust you to keep promises you make to them

    April 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Obatala

    the rules are the rules..................... they all knew about it,............

    one fair thing to do is just split them half and half.. but NO this is not fair to clinton..........(forget the fairness to the people, or the party or anyone else, ) it is about the clinton clan

    April 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. DefinitelyDem

    ...& here's what they'll say: You broke the rules, you paid the price. Don't like it? Take your ball & go home!

    April 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. deejay

    RE: Major Clinton fundraiser switches to Obama

    Must have been major bad news for CNN Clinton News Network, which is probably why comments have already been closed for that ticker, and why CNN or Wolf Blitzer has not reported this on TV all day long...instead reporting on Obama's weak 'spots' and the most rev. Wright...Many americans are no longer taken aback by CNN's lack of objectivity and bias against Obama, but the fact that HRC campaign will lag behind in all aspects from total delegates to total popular votes shows that their isn't really any other option but to resort to bias reporting by Clinton New Network. So keep pushing...

    April 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. blahza

    rules are rules first off. its not obama fault that florida and michigan did what they did; and hillary better be careftul because it could not go in her favor. mighty funny how her name was the only one on the ballet. underestimating the voice and intelligence of the people could give obama the green light. obama in 08 peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. i change from a DEM to IND

    He has the AA vote and she has the women vote

    neither one of them can afford to lose the other...lets remember there are tons of votes on both sides if its not fair.

    Peloci needs to play fair too.

    April 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    The candidates (all of them) concurred with the DNC that the renegade states (who took it upon themselves to break the DNC rules knowing full well that their citizen's votes would not count) would not be counted. Obama did not campaign in those states, and did not even put his name on the Michigan ballot.
    Now Hill sees an in and wants to count those votes.
    In short, she's a crook. So we need another of those in the White House, eh? Apparently she feels the ruling was put into place so that she could cash in on it later.
    I wouldn't vote for her if she were the last Democrat on the planet. And a lot of people I know feel the same way.

    April 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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