April 25th, 2008
08:36 PM ET
7 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. Eric

    Hillary Clinton agreed not to campaign in those states, and now she is trying to steal the illegal votes. Clinton should have 5 percentage points taking away from the primaries. It should be split 55-45 in favor of Obama in Florida and Michigan. It should consider the breaking of the bylaws what Hilllary done.

    April 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. mike

    DNC chair Dean and the Supreme Court have something in common: disenfranchising voters. Making sure every vote is counted is a true faith to Democracy and that should be a number one priority in any election. Dean made a huge mistake and should be forced to resign. He has taken no responsibility for his error. Imagine if Michigan and Florida votes and delagates are counted. I think the primaries in both states have been certified. I give credit in Clinton to ask for them to count or have a revote. Obama should be censored for stalling a plan to have these two important states count.

    April 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. kheard

    I did'nt fully comprehend the networks characteization of Hillary supporters being illiterate and uneducated until I began reading these messages. They constantly repeat her bias lines and constantly try to change the rules of the game during the game. It amazes me that these people even have the audacity to even want to vote as they tend to spew racist comments and back that up with self pity. They should just go away. At least that way most Americans would'nt know how ignorant her supporters are.

    April 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. kim

    hillary planned to keep her name on the ballot from day 1. despite that she agreed not to campaign like every one else. if the dnc decides to split the delegates, will john edwards get any, since he was still in the race at that time?

    April 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Greg Jones Cleveland, Ohio

    TIME TO FACE FACTS !!!! The media has diagnosed every demo there is....the old...the young...the rich....the poor...the educated....the uneducated....the bowlers, gun toters and beer drinkers.....And somehow ALWAYS finds a way to give the advantage to Clinton. But just today, the media is finally starting to raise the most incredible point in the whole race. HILLARY HAS LOST THE SUPPORT OF AN ENTIRE RACE OF PEOPLE !!!!!!!! Do you know how incredibly sad this fact is ? Hillary Clinton (who's husband was so loved as to have been called The First Black President) has alienated the black people of America to such a degree that there is no way blacks will support her EVER. This has nothing to do with Obama !!!! Keep in mind folks....Hillary started this campaign with close to 82% of the black support. But as blacks learned more about her (Goldwater Girl....Against Civil Rights Act of '64...etc.) combined with her LBJ statements and Bill's minimizing of Obama (fairy tale...Jesse won S.Carolina too...etc) blacks were first of all shocked...and then incredibly offended by these realities to a degree that can never be recovered. WE FEEL DECEIVED !!!! We hope that our friends of all races understand how we as blacks feel. This is the main story that needs to get out to the superdelegates. Hillary ABSOLUTELY KILLED HER ELECTABILTY. Simple as that !

    Greg Jones
    Blacks4Barack.org
    (A Multi-Racial Organization...Dedicated To Truth)

    April 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Frank

    These two states broke the rules of the party and all votes are null and void.

    April 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Get Real

    My gut tells me that for every "new registered" voter, a long time member of the Dem party will leave. The Dem party is no longer a party for the people. The old Dems were the fighters. The current Dems have buried their heads in the sand and let the neocons take over....they were too afraid to fight...fight for stolen elections, false stories, disenfranchising and on and on. Give me the party of the 60's and 70's any day! You never ever ever punish a voter because of the BS of a politician....NEVER!

    April 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. da

    Why don't ewelet the black BHO supports decide this, that is all that matters

    April 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Debra

    With the Clinton's spin that Michigan and Florida's votes have not been counted or re-done is all Obama's fault. Many of those voters have a bias towards Obama. All the Democratic presidential runners knew in the beginning these two states would not count. Take it from the Clinton's to want to change things to thier favor. They are a dynasty and will not be stopped – God help us if we can not them.

    April 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Peg

    I live in Michigan and I think the whole thing is a giant fiasco. The only reason our Govenor and others want the votes counted and scream "disenfranchisment!!!" is because they are Hillary supporters.

    We did not follow the rules and we should not change them to advantage a candidate. The Democratic party will really be in a fix if they change the rules and give Hillary what she wants or if it even "smells" of a favor to her, people will stay home on election day.

    People forget, this is not a general election where, indeed, every vote does count. This is a PRIMARY, and for years, many states "votes" did not count, they didn't even exist. So let's deal with reality, we're in the process of electing a candidate for our party......it's not a general election.

    April 25, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. doomed

    This party has become hateful and nasty and negative and corrupt.

    It deserves to lose in November.

    Stop fixing and rigging the primaries.

    Next time, let the voters decide who they want as a nominee.

    April 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. A.M.

    You want to hear the perfect solutuion so here it is; "Divide the total delegate votes in Florida and Michigan by two, award half of each state to 'Obama' and the other half to "Clinton', and let all the Florida and Michigan delegate have their seat at the convention.

    A sure way to keep every one happy!

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    April 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. dorothy

    If all Candidates agreed to the Rules, then follow them. Seat the Florida, and Michigan Delegates at the convention. How can this be a fair election if Hillary Clinton, can count the votes, and Barack Obama, was not on the Michigan Ballot. Since Florida, and Michigan violated the Rules, their is a penalty. The only other suggestion is to divide the Votes evenly, to each candidate.

    Jim & Dorothy

    April 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Staci, LA

    Hillary AGREED to not seating the delegates from both Michigan and Florida. If she really felt that these voters were being disenfranchised surely she would not have signed a written statement agreeing to this. Oh but NO...we are talking about Hillary. Now that she needs more delegates...of course lets go back and revisit the disenfranchished. Don't blame Obama because of this mess. You Hillary supporters amaze me....Also, for those who say they will vote for McCain...so what...be gone...leave this party. The Republican party deserves you people.

    April 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Olivier

    If Hillary gets the nomination from that, I move to Venezuela. They broke the rules and Obama's name was not even on the ballot.

    I am sure the nominee will be clear in 10 days...

    April 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. marie Mtl, Can.

    For Hillary , rules mean NOTHING... See why you should not be the nominee.. Think about it ....

    April 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. jes

    Why is Obama crying the blues over the Florida & Michigan vote. He was not smart enough to have his name on the ballot SHE WAS!!

    April 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Rich

    "Screw the rules. Go Hillary."

    At least you come out and say what you're really thinking.

    April 25, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. the_shelton

    Once you set the rules, you can't go back on them, just to please someone who is happy with the way it is going. If the people of Florida and Michigan need to be appeased and say they are not being represented, give them the same percentage of representation as is indicated with the current number of delegates. Then they can't say they aren't represented. They would probably be more equally stated than it would have been.

    Please, end this thing and let's get on with the show against McCain.

    April 25, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Dolores

    for all that keep saying Clinton was the only one that broke the rules the obama camp went as far as buying air space & ad space in fl and then pulled it out, had campaign office and also did fudraisers about four of them.

    politics as more than usual from the hypocritical candidate of change!

    April 25, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. ed

    I am so glad I don't have to vote since I am not American. In my opinion you guys down there are so stupid it's not funny anymore. We here believe now that you guys deserve another Bush regime ( McCain). Now even in politcs you cannot play fair but change the rules midway through the game. Proud American ??? B–S-–

    April 25, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. voter4 Change

    What about VOTERS who stayed home because they understood that their VOTES were not being counted? How will these VOTERS be counted?

    Who broke the Verbal Contract with the DNC and ran to Florida and Michigan AFTER Iowa VOTED for Obama!!!????!!!

    How will the Democrats be united after the "Clinton Dynasty" demanding to be given the White House inspite of the underdog having a BETTER MANAGED CAMPAIGN, STRONGER FINANCES, VOTES FROM THE PEOPLE REGISTERED TO VOTE.....

    Breaking a Verbal Contract, Negative, $10,000,000 in debt, causing racial unrest and denying the chain of events causing racial unrest unrest......????!!!!???.........

    April 25, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. ron

    The leaders should not give way to pressrue from the Clinton's on how to seat the delegates. These states could not follow the rules therefore I feel the should split them equally. The superdelagates have the responsablilty to their voters on how they should cast their votes.

    Please tell the fuzzy math lady to go back to work in the senate and stop wasting supporters and taxpayers money

    April 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. the_shelton

    Once you set the rules, you can't go back on them, just to please someone who is happy with the way it is going. If the people of Florida and Michigan need to be appeased and say they are not being represented, give them the same percentage of representation as is indicated with the current number of delegates. Then they can't say they aren't represented. They would probably be more equally stated than it would have been.

    Please, end this thing and let's get on with the show against McCain.

    April 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    GET IT OVER WITH! MI and FLA. Nobody to blame but your own state
    officials! Get over it, please, so we can have some peace.

    April 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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