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. Mark

    Hillary voted to not have these states count. Please someone respond to this.

    April 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Lisa

    They should count Florida votes and have Michigan do a revote. There Problem solved!!! The decision shouldn't be up to Obama anyway he's a lame duck.

    April 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Those states broke the rules! I understand that it's not fair to the people and they have the right to vote, but rules are rules. They had the opportunity to revote, that didn't happen. So split the votes in half and select the delegates based on that. They could alway hold a caucus, but Billary would allow that!

    April 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Eff the rules. All we want is the highest office in the land, so why should we have to follow the rules?

    Hillary and Nader suckas.

    April 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Liar Liar

    And Hillary is faking that southern drawl again while campaigning in North Carolina. Years ago she claimed she had Jewish roots when she was campaigning for the Senate seat in NY. If she loves Pennsylvania so much why did she not go back and live there? or in Arkansas or in Ilinois where she also has roots? Hillary is an opportunist and a liar who would say and do anything to steal the nomination.

    Michigan and Florida are now irrelevant. The people from these two states should remove the party officials who broke the rules to begin with and started the mess they got themselves in. Don't blame Howard Dean this is not his own making. We have a nominee.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    The ONLY acceptable solution is to give Hillary 1/2 of the delegates and Obama the other half in each state. To do otherwise will be unfair since Obama played by the rules.

    The only hope Clinton has is to receive delegates based on two races that both candidates agreed they would not campaign in. True to form, Clinton broke with the rules once she realized she was not a shoo-in for the nomination. . .which was a huge miscalculation on her part!

    I am hoping and praying the DNC will decide in a fair fashion. . .or there goes the Democratic party down the drain.

    April 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Sharon Minnesota

    This is on the topic of the Hillraiser defection. I absolutely must have a say on this subject and the blog was closed before I could get to it.

    I just have to say that I have posted a lot of comments on this blog in favor of Hillary Clinton and I do not want anyone confusing me with the Sharon Walker who made the inflamatory remarks in the blog about the Hillraiser defection.

    However, I have heard many nasty and abusive comments about Hillary and her family on these blogs by Obama supporters. Those also should have never been put into print, but that's no excuse for those remarks of hate.

    I'm really hoping that no one would pull a dirty trick and try to make that commentary appear to be a real Clinton supporter. That would be above and beyond dirty politics.

    CNN you have a responsibility to the betterment of our society to put a lid on some of these hateful comments. Free speech or No.

    Remeber everyone, you have only one vote, use it wisely.

    April 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. alh

    You ignorant people who say clinton is behind getting the FL and MI delegates seated are absurd. If you were from MI or FL you'd feel differently. I live in FL....I voted....and MY VOTE SHOULD COUNT! I am no less red blooded American than any of you. I did not have a say in my Republican Leaders' decision to move up our Primary...and because of that, our votes should count.

    If the election wasn't so close, it wouldn't matter. But since it is, it makes counting the FL and MI votes SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!!!

    So if you Obama lovers who don't want FL & MI counted really want to beat the Republicans in November...you better suck it up and get behind seating FL & MI delegates. Dems will NOT win in November without us! Use your heads folks!

    April 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Sid-California

    The Clinton's already claiming herself that she has recieved the highest Vote counting Florida and Michigan. I dont think it matters at this time because both the canidates will only agree to what gives them the edge.
    Does anyone even care how it would be fair to Obama who was not allowed by rules to go there before the Vote and was not even on the ballot in Michigan.

    There is no other solution but to "ReDo" the votes again to be fair.

    April 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Obama wins MI & FL

    If Obama campaigns in Florida, he would win. If Obama had campaigned in Michigan, he would win. To be fair, everyone has to know that every candidate agreed before the elections started that Mi & FL votes won't count. Sen. Clinton herself told that. Now that she is losing, she wants them to count so desperately. Anyway, The best solution is to divide the votes into 50-50, or take 30% of votes as casted, and 70% based on who is leading the popular votes, Obama's name was not even on MI ballot, he agreed to the rules & played by the rules. Hillary agreed to the rules, but now wants to change the rules now that she's losing, and the media has been lately playing a pro-hillary campaign on this. It's sad that media is not telling the truth to the American people that everyone agreed to the rules.

    April 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Ric

    They HAVE to seat the delegates or lose those states in November. And when they do, the votes become valid. Hillary DOES hold the popular vote(for now), so expect her to push that notion BIG TIME.
    She wont get the nomination this time, but this way they've made everyone kinda happy. She gets a nice cushy spot at the convention and then never campaigns for Obama. He loses in November and she runs again as the 'front runner' in 2012.
    Only, then she'll say "i told you so". Over and over. Brace yourselves.
    Its politics. Everyone does something for a reason. You dont really think she plans to win this year? She's working on 2012.

    April 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. James Bedard

    If Florida and Michigan break the rules laid out by the DNC then they should be held accountable. Senator Clinton should know this more than anyone, and she's recieved far more than her share of accomidations in every sphere this primary season. However, the decision of the committee should be upheld and respected by both campaigns.

    Their verdict should serve as a precedent for similar situations in the future.

    April 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. John

    Must be fair:Obama on his own volition and being or trying to be a smart Aleck pulled off Michigan,knowing he could not win.Why reward Obama for pulling out?? That is the reason Hillary has the right to get all the votes,for those who supported her.Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!! Go!!

    April 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. dred

    shannon- Hillary wanted to suppress the vote in Nevada, didn't want polling places on the strip. PUULease.

    Why would those winning HATE?

    Your girl ran a horrible poorly funded campaign, under-estimated her opponent and it's HER FAULT and you all can't handle it. FACE IT!

    DESPERATE ploys!

    April 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. ron

    You people really do not get it!

    Either way its going to upset one side or the other. There is not a darn thing that can be done now that will cahnge that. I really do not care anymore, I have already decided to not vote. I've had enough of the DEM BS, this fiasco was waitign to happen and now they are scrambling to disinfranchise not just MI and FL but all of us. Think aBout that.

    April 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Scott

    I love Democrats ... you talk about change in the White House, and yet look at yourselves – trying to get the DNC to change the rules so that Hillary can win – the epitome of "old-school" Washington politics. Please forget about the fact that both candidates agreed that the votes wouldn't count and that they wouldn't campaign in those states. Hillary wants those votes counted, because it's the only way she can win. But that means breaking they rules they both agreed to and fracturing the DNC even more. And instead of talking about real issues, people are hate-mongering over the word "bitter" and lies about sniper fire.

    All I can say is, as a Republican, it's great to see the Democrats tear themselves apart over Obama's "hopeful optimism" and Clinton's "win at all costs" attitudes – keep this up and there won't be anyone left standing in November. So go ahead and make a joke of yourselves – it's very entertaining.

    April 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Let us hope that this issue is decided sooner rather than later, then the party healing can begin. I do not envy the rules committee their task: it will take the wisdom of Solomon.

    April 25, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. I say

    Get rid of Howard Dean – to bad for the DNC's stupid pinhead rules – and let the people vote. EVERYONE 'S VOTE SHOULD COUNT – SAY IT AGAIN PINHEADS – EVERYONE'S VOTE SHOULD COUNT.


    April 25, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. NotThisTimeinNY

    There are no pending challenges!! The rules were broken – a deal is a deal!! Surely if HRC was the frontrunner, there would not be any consideration of anything. Seat the delegates 50/50 or in the same proportions as the rest of their delegates - but breaking the rules has consequences!!! We are not children!!

    April 25, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. laurie

    Leslie from Michigan....I am from Michigan also...I did not get to vote my choice thanks to the Michigan Legislature that did not want to abide by the DNC rules. Why should your vote count more than mine? If you don't like it, vote some of those idiots out of office in this state....don't blame Senator Obama. And if you think Hillary Clinton cares one iota about you, except for your vote, think again. She'll turn her back on you the minute she leaves the state...just ask New York.

    April 25, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Garret, Los Angeles

    Let the votes count.

    April 25, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Isabeau

    I think if I lived in Florida or Michigan I would be very upset if my vote didn't count, but I would also be asking for a fair account of who is for which candidate. Obama wasn't on the Michigan ticket because he was playing by the rules, which Hillary wasn't. She went to Florida to talk to them, Obama had one NATIONWIDE ad that aired in Florida because it was (DUH) NATIONWIDE, not nationwide except for Florida.. in case you aren't aware, that doesn't happen. He didn't campaign in Florida. No one knew him when the voting took place in Florida or Michigan. Everyone knows him now, so now would be a good time to have a re-vote. Let the people speak. But if they speak now it would be a true vote. Counting what they did illegally wouldn't be fair, but it would sure make Hillary happy, even though she originally agreed that they were not to be counted. Now that it matters to her... since it was in her favor, she wants to make it all about her again. The woman is only for power and she doesn't care about the democratic party. Why is it so difficult for you people to see that? Count Fla and Mich... in a new vote.

    April 25, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    DNC better do something soon.

    Hillary Clinton now is the best friend GOP can ever hope for in this century

    April 25, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. concerned democrat

    The primary vote was taken in 2008 in Fla. and Mich. Why was there a rule in the first place? Your not going to count their vote because they voted to soon? Strange that the democratic party-Howard Dean would not want to make the votes counted. How undemocratic can you be. Democratic Party leaders you screwed yourselves. Make it democratic and count the votes. If you dont your going to lose party followers and not get a democrat in the Oval Office. Shame on you Howard Dean.
    Go Hillary because you are the popular vote. Lets not have another Al Gore reversal like Jean Harris caused in Florida. Our nation and citizens are suffering because of George W Bush the worst president in history of the United States. He put us in debt for the next 10 years and created United States hate all over the world. Hillary and the people around her can reverse the damage and make it better. Obama does not have the experience and skills.

    April 25, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. sickoftrixeyhillery

    Well I see that the squeaky wheel does get the oil. In this case the squawking wheel. I cannot believe that after a firm decision was made to abide by the rules, they are now being changed for the good of Hill/Billy. This has nothing to do with the Michigan and Florida voters. It's a sad day in once again in U.S. history. She's got experience alright. Experience at manipulation. Too bad it doesn't work on keeping her man faithful.

    April 25, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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