April 25th, 2008
08:36 PM ET
6 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. Quit Crying Obama-Votes Should Count!

    I don't understand why Obamanites keep saying rules are rules when their candidate broke the rules by running TV ads in Florida.

    He also VOLUNTARILY removed his name from the Michigan Ballot. Why did he remove his name, THAT WAS POOR JUDGEMENT!

    Quit crying about Florida and Michigan, those people deserve to have their votes count. Those who stayed home because you thought your vote wouldn't count I hope you learned a lesson. You should always vote!

    As far as the Turn-Coat, let him run. We don't need quitters in the Clinton Camp. He can go over to the wimp camp where they are scared to answer hard questions so they have to dodge debates.

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

    The early primaries should not count as is, as they were not conducted fairly with regard to both candidates and their supporters. Whatever is negotiated for the convention must give voice to BOTH candidates and ALL people and delegates in MI and FA.

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

    I am so ashamed of this so called Democratic Process. If Barack Obama is ahead in every respect and the DNC monkey's with the rules enough to put Hillary in the lead, I will never vote again. This is a despicable way to run the United States of America. Of course, we should be used to it by now. The road to HOPE should be straight forward. I guess money does buy pretty much anything. Even the presidency of the United States. Wake up clinton supporters!!! They are just money machines in this for their own good. How soon we forget.
    GO OBAMA

    April 25, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Jim

    Nothing to meet on. Reverse, and I'll never vote Dem again!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Sharon Minnesota

    Count the votes in Michigan and Florida. Mr. Obama made his choice not to put his name on the ballot in Michigan. Florida would have gone to Hillary no matter if he had campaigned there or not.

    The rules were that no one could campaign in Florida so no one broke the rules that I can tell. Howard Dean broke the rules when he declared that Florida and Michigan would be ineligible because they moved up their primary's. He should realized Florida had no choice because of a republican govenors devious tactics.

    Lets be fair and include all of our states in the democratic choice of a nominee for president.

    April 25, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Stupid Americans

    ====Billary want it both ways...first they don't count, now they do?!===

    ===mClintons Leave Our Country Alone, Enough of You 3===

    April 25, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. JLPR

    slip it 50/50 in Florida is not right as Hillary won 50% there
    but in Michigan I understand it and do support the 50/50 there

    so Florida count it according to the primary
    but Michigan or organize a last minute primary or 50/50
    =)

    April 25, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. nancy

    I am so ashamed of this so called Democratic Process. If Barack Obama is ahead in every respect and the DNC monkey's with the rules enough to put Hillary in the lead, I will never vote again. This is a despicable way to run the United States of America. Of course, we should be used to it by now. The road to HOPE should be straight forward. I guess money does buy pretty much anything. Even the presidency of the United States. Wake up clinton supporters!!! They are just money machines in this for their own good. How soon we forget.
    GO OBAMA

    April 25, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Salin

    Lets put it this way. Hillary Clinton is not concerned about the voters in Florida and Michigan, not of Democrats and the Democratic Party. All she needs is nomination. I bet she would have asked these two states delegates to be seated if she had been in Obama'a shoe.Common Hillary, we all know,.. You just want the nomination. and If you get, I pray to god You win , Coz I am a true democrat. But I have no respect for you anymore..

    April 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Silvia Salcido, Fresno, CA

    Florida, which had all the candidates' names on the ballot should be counted. Obama keeps whinning that he didn't campaign there.... well neither did Senator Clinton - and she still got democrats to vote for her.
    Michigan is another matter, because Senator Obama did not put his name on the ballot - however, it was his choice to make. Either way... the voters of these two important states are not being heard... and that's positively undemocratic!!!

    April 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Chris in Va.

    Simple question CNN, why don't you report on the Paul vs. Clinton scandal? What are you afraid of? No more interviews with Larry "the Hack" King slobbering all over Hillary?

    April 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. annie

    Let the people vote. Everyone has the right to vote and should not be penalized by some higher up politicians who tried to change the rules or Obama who is afraid of the Florida/Michigan vote count.

    April 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Susan / PA

    The delegates should count....a combination of both states, divided by 2, equal 1/2 for each.

    Obama wasnt on the ticket in Misc....and Clinton only won Fl.due to her common household name...hell, they didnt even know who Barack Obama was, cept he was black. ( FYI..I am white, non-racist)

    No way in Gods green earth should those votes be counted toward this primary. Both states broke the rules...PERIOD...

    The voters in both states knew long before their actual primaries were held, they should have written their governments and complained. They didnt...and thats that.

    Please print this CNN...you never do

    April 25, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Umpire

    Re. Michigan: state courts barred a re-vote, so don't blame Obama, Dean, etc. for the absence of a second try. In Florida, the TV stations claim that Obama bought the air-ad time before the DNC ruling on the Florida primary; that's why his ads ran after he had withdrawn. The Democratic National Convention can vote to seat any delegation, just as it, alone, rules on contested delegations. If a motion to admit the Florida and Michigan pledged delegates reaches the floor of the convention, a plurality will decide the issue. I suspect that the convention will try hard to seat delegates from those two states, but that the only likely move will provide for an even division of the numbers. It would be difficult to seat the all of the Clinton delegates, and impossible to give Obama even one more delegate than Clinton in a split.

    April 25, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Leave it to Beaver

    Ok, this isn't rocket science folks. Yes, the republican run state of Florida changed things up. Guess what, they were in charge and they had that right. If the residents of Florida don't like that they have the chance to change it (remember the first three words of the constitution "We The People"). Same goes for Michigan.

    Unfortunately this time Florida and Michigan lost out in the primaries but they still have the general election. If your candidate is not the nominee, write them in during the general election if you really can't deal with the candidates on the ballet. It's a better alternative than note voting or voting for the "other" party (albeit democrat or republican).

    April 25, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. b

    If you break the rules, you must deal with the result. They, by that I mean all of the Democratic candidates, were asked to take their names off the ballot, at least in Michigan. I don't know about Fla. Hillary Clinton is the only one who left hers on. You Michigan and Florida voters should have already known your votes didn't count. Lots of people did and they didn't vote or in Michigan they voted
    Repub to not have to vote for Hill.....

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

    Wow, hey, Obama supporters, if he gets the Democrat nomination, you are going to need Hilary supporters to win in November. Right now, I am staying home!

    I won't vote for a person who attracts the type of hatred that I see in Obama's people. The country would be better off with McCain then a man that inspires such hatred.

    April 25, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Kay-Arizona

    Liar Liar... for your information, the date for the primary in Florida was set by the Republican controlled legislature and Governor of that state. There was nothing the democrats could do about it...

    So. the Democrats will not allow them to participate because of what the Republicans in that state did. They are simply caught in the middle and their own party has turned their back on them. I hope they can forgive us when the general election comes around in Nov. The Democrats have sure done everything they can think of to drive them off.

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

    Everyone is moving in the direction of Obama, the right direction.

    Obama '08

    April 25, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Chris in Va.

    I find it interesting that if Obama doesn't eat all of his breakfast he's a SOB, but no news about Paul vs. Clinton? Curious.

    April 25, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. gary

    Than the country will see HRC is our best canidate for leader. O.B. is so sure he is going to be our president. Not in this life time. HRC is the only canidate that believes everyones votes count. She is the one that FLA. and Mich. showered with votes. O.B. took his name off because he was unknown. He still is unkown. He will tell you anything you want to hear and he wants to tell you.His life is a closed book. HRC has been opened for the whole world to see. Like they say, What you dont know wont hurt you. Think about America. GO HRC.

    April 25, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Ric

    Racism is 92% of a race voting for their own skin color, despite the issues or the history of the candidate. Racism is accusing whites of voting for their own, while doing the same.
    Racism is YOU.

    April 25, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Bubba

    the people on this blog who are dumber than a sack of hammers
    are from PA and CA. some of their posts are beyond belief.

    April 25, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Jack in ND

    ""That if MIchigan and Florida are left out that they sue the DNC – take it to othe Supreme Court if needed.""

    They'll laugh you out of the courtroom. This isn't the right to vote in November guaranteed by the Constitution, this is the selection process of a party's nominee. Your participation in the process is a courtesy extended by the party...one they could rescind at their leisure. They could just as easily decide their nominee behind closed doors.

    April 25, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. California Girl

    Obama will not win in the general election. The mean Republican machine will play the Rev. Wright video and Obama's comments re: PA and Midwest people over and over and over again during the general election. Our only choice is Hillary if we want a Democrat back in the White House. Obama is a junior senator learning as he goes along. Obama will be ready in 8 years.

    April 25, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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