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
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  1. barry

    below are Howard Deans comments from an interview in the financial times...

    The Democratic party’s “superdelegates” have every right to overturn the popular vote and choose the candidate they believe would be best equipped to defeat John McCain in a general election, according to Howard Dean, chairman of the US Democratic National Committee.

    April 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Spirit of America

    Unless the Democratic Party wants to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in November, it better grant Hillary all the delegates she won and votes she received in Michigan and Florida. The Obama machine stopped a revote in both states. Says something about his commitment to democracy, doesn't it?

    April 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Mike in Houston

    Get ready Obama. Howard Dean is on his way to steal the election from you.

    April 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Peter

    In Florida Hillary and Obama were on the ballot, and the people voted so let's give the delegate accordingly.
    If you don't have Florida and Michigan have their saying we will lose both State in November and the W.H..
    Hillary 08

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. M.S. Indiana

    So when HC dont win, we will have to do a new election for her to too ?? at least in the states she lost..

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. MikeT

    they still voted even if their delegates don't count

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Tjaye

    Why is that Hillary supporters are accusing Obama supporters of not wanting votes to count, but they want to superdelegates to NOT COUNT the votes that have Obama in the lead and just give HRC the nomination? Is hypocracy contagious?

    Obama O-8!

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. John in Iowa

    Florida gets counted as is-PERIOD!
    Obama ran television ads all over Florida and still got clobbered!

    Hillary or McCain '08-NEVER OBAMA!!!

    April 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. I could have sworn I made a comment CNN?

    Just were did it go? You are soooooo for Obama. I hope Hillary stays in until the end and fights for Florida and Michigan all the way to the end!!!!

    As for all the African American's that Bill and Hillary did so much for in past years and now you have turned your backs on them (like so many other "so-called" friends") you are really self-serving, just like Obama.

    Are you going to take this out to CNN?

    Vote Hillary for Vote for McCain

    April 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. ratgurl

    …& 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 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. dred

    ALL Dems have the AA vote.

    Bill Clinton 90+%
    Al Gore 90+%
    John Kerry 90+%

    It was ok when Hillary was polling at around 70% of the AA vote.

    When it was going to White Dems it wasn't a problem.

    Now it's a problem?

    April 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. NC Girl

    Lisa... and Mad in Florida...
    It is not that Obama supports do not want ALL Americans to vote. It is just that if they are going to count it should be done the right way... The DNC made a rule and Obama followed the rule. So he did not campaign in Florida or Michigan. In Michigan his name was not even on the ballot... So do you suggest that noncommittals go to him? Florida votes for Hillary based on her husband and there are a lot of people black as well as white who are supporting her based on the Clinton years as if he is going to be running the white house again... but what happens if Bill dies? Does that change anything? People should be supporting her because of who she is and what she can do.

    You guys are always talking about fair.. it is not fair... to Hillary so if you are truly agents of fairness then Florida and Michigan should both vote over or the delegates should be split and if that is not acceptable to you then think about how you would feel if you were in his place and you followed the rules and then all of a sudden someone wants to change the rules....

    April 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Lisa S.

    Rules are rules.... if this is overturned.. this just let the people know that no vote really counts... stop changing the game....this should not even be a consideration...

    1. Might as well.. let criminals out.. they broke the rules... my argument is that their verdicts should be overturned

    2. My child should not be punished for doing wrong.

    3. Disobey all rules.. its clear rules are not valid!!

    April 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. sasha kando

    Of course our votes must count!! However delelgatess must not be allocated to what was the "illegal" election run by those who broke party rules. It must be a fair allocation and Hillary is not the winner of MI or FL. If the race is run today in MI, Obama would be a big winner, and his name wasn't even on the MI ballot. So how can one claim to be the winner unless her middle name is Mugabe??? Even FL could be a toss-up, if the race is today! We want our votes to count, but we did not vote earlier since we were informed that the election then was not sanctioned and thus would not be counted. Let our delegates be seated, but they should not be for either Hillary or Obama UNLESS they are allocated fair and square.

    April 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Shannon

    I can't believe that now as democrats, we are no better than republicans. We are suppressing the votes of millions, because King Obama doesn't want their votes to count. He's got the media, and the elite establishment behind him. I laugh ever time his campaign says we need to listen to the will of the people. He won't even let the people vote. This man is such a hypocrite, it's just sad this is what our party has come to. Politics of hope and change, what a joke!

    April 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Carl

    Well if the democrats want to win in Florida in November then the delegates must be seated. Im happy either way if the delegates are split based on the votes of the primaries, Hillary winning in both states then she will dramatically gain on Obama. If they do something stupid like split the delegates, Obama doesnt have a chance of winning Florida and maybe Michigan in November so he isnt gonna be President.

    April 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. D Montoya, El Paso, TX

    Be fair to Michigan and Florida voters. Their votes must not count.

    Take it up with your party officials in your state. The rules were broke, their votes must not count. A revote sure but how do you pay for it or have it after all parties agreed to not count these states for acting in rebellion.

    April 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. David

    What happened to loyality? He may well be a democrate, but let's face the music here... we need a democrate that can beat McCain and win the major electoral votes come Nov....right now the best person for the job is Hillary. It seems short sided and narrow minded to think that this "all must end now" I disagree, and frankly this is healthy for the voting American's.... you don't here the voters complaining...only the unloyal's and the media seem to stir up this far fetched idea that the demo party is heading for disaster... not gunna happen!


    April 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Why not?????

    Just make some kind of decision. This election can not get to November soon enough for me. I support Hillary but will vote for McCain. I can stand four years of Mccain better then one day of Obama as President. Let him steal this primary we will have McCain as President.

    April 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. mike,Iowa

    Count them or dont count them already. You would think the DNC would have made a choice by now since they want this race to end soon. I personally think its rediculous to go back on the rules that HILLARY and OBAMA both agreed to and for HILLARY to make a big deal about them once she fell behind. What are rules for if we can just break them? If the rules of the DNC are that complicated then maybe they need to make new rules. The way this is all playing out i smell another FIX bruing.

    April 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. No Hillary

    1) Both candidates agreed right before entering the competition that Michigan and Florida will not count.
    2) Sorry Hillar we cant keep changing the rules until you win.
    3) Hillary, would you have had the same position on this issue if you were leading on the delegate count? certainly not!!!


    April 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Ca Native

    LOL... imagine the DNC and their candidates in charge of your healthcare!!!!

    April 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Sick of Her from Texas

    Oh he_ _ no.

    Bill and Hillary are re-writing election laws and changing rules daily as it is. If you give them an inch they WILL take a mile. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would like to have re-votes and I'm pretty sure Obama would come out stronger than ever.

    Don't give the Clintons what they are whinning about. That will NOT stop them. They are planning on destroying Obama even knowing Florida and Michigan won't change the outcome. If the Clintons wanted every vote to count they would NOT be ruling out caucus states with the fuzzy math.

    April 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Eliot

    The democrats should change their whole system of choosing their nominee, make it simple like the republicans.

    April 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Jason

    I personally favor a solution involving counting ALL of Florida's votes and perhaps some sort of a revote in Michigan or possibly working out a deal. Counting the votes caste in those states towards the popular vote is perfectly reasonable because they came from registered citizens who felt that their candidate was the best for the country. As far as the Michigan delegate situation goes, it is unfair to give Clinton all of the delegates she won there but they should not split them evenly because she won with OVER HALF of the vote, therefore she should have a slight delegate advantage in the state. We MUST honor the results caste in Florida and Michigan (but modify Michigan's delegate distrubution because Obama wasn't on the ballot) because these states are vital to the Democrats in the general election.

    April 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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