May 7th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton makes case at DNC

 Clinton speaks with reporters after exiting the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Clinton speaks with reporters after exiting the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton met with Democratic Party officials and undecided members of Congress Tuesday afternoon to make her case for the party's nomination and press for a resolution to seating the delegations of Florida and Michigan.

The meeting, which lasted approximately two hours, took place at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Clinton spoke briefly to cameras while departing the building, saying she had met with "members of Congress and others who have a role to play in this process."

She refused to say if she won any commitments from any undecided superdelegates.

It was not immediately clear with which members of Congress Clinton met.

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  1. Kirk

    I'm Form Michigan , Obama And his Campaign BLOCKED The Re-vote Here In Michigan . He Will Not Get My Vote . If He makes it To the General Election . I Feel The Democratic Party Has Given Us A Bad Choice If Obama Gets The Nomination , And Will Vote For Sen. John McCain !!!!. I'd Rather Have 4 Years John McCain , Than 1 Day Of Obama !!!

    Obama Pissed Off This Michigan Democrat !!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Lilly

    I can't believe all the nasty Clinton supporters and their comments. I guess I should expect that.

    May 7, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. gina

    I was just called by a friend to turn on the "best political team on t.v. (CNN) and am dumbfounded by the response to a question posed by the host (4:50 pm). She (don't know her name) asked a panel of old men with fancy titles about the fact that the outcome last night was expected, so why so many political analysts calling for Mrs. Clinton to bow out. There response; uh, um...well...

    I'm sickened by these so-called political analysts giving their opinions on how the democratic party is being hurt by Mrs. Clinton's candidacy. GOOD GRIEF!!! This is perhaps the most exciting time in our history in regards to presidential candidates. Hey, CNN why don't you find some other 'opinions" from people who are not so far removed from what Americans truly desire. Their pretentious attitudes and elitist opinions are disgusting!

    May 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. pam

    Sharon from Minnesota – THE most misinformed person on this board. You are showing your ignorance. Obama & Hillary's policies are virtually identical & both are FAR different than McCain's, You are obviously voting based on something besides issues so what is it? Race, maybe? BTW – it sure seems to me that Hillary supporters are the rude & outrageous ones. They want to cheat to win & see nothing wrong with that. Pitiful. They're splitting the party in 2 & don't care. Selfish ANTI-AMERICANS !!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Democrats unite

    Welcome former Clinton supporters!

    Hey, Bill Richardson was my first choice ... but I've warmed up to Obama. The movement behind him is fantastic, as are his organization and people.

    Check out Obama's web page – the spin about him not having detailed policy positions is just plain not true. If you supported Clinton for her policies, you get almost all those same policies with Obama and without Clinton's baggage from the 90s.

    I would have supported Clinton had she won – a McCain administration, the continuation of this immoral Iraq war, is just too ghastly to contemplate. Please do your patriotic duty – vote Obama and end the war.

    May 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. nikki

    I don't understand what arguement HRC could be making to the superdelegates. Her arguement that she can win the big states sounds good, only if you believe those states won't vote that way in the General Election if she is not on the ticket. Is there anyone in the country that believes that NY and California will somehow become Red States this fall? Plus there are 2 more things she is forgetting. Obama has won in states that are traditionally Red. In NC by himself he had more votes than all 3 people on the Republican ticket combined! And that has been the case with several of the Southern states that he has won. So there is a good possibility that Obama can put states on the table for Dems that have not been on the table for a long time. Lastly, she keeps making the arguement that he can't win the rural vote or blue collar vote, but has it ever dawned on her that she is not winning the African-American vote. I have news for the superdelegates the Dems can't win in the fall without the African-American vote. That is why it is time for the party to unite behind the candidate that has won, and by all measuring sticks that person is Obama.

    May 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |





    May 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. kim

    That was pretty racist. Nothing else to say

    May 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Erika

    I am astonished at how uniformed people actually can anyone blame anyone except FL and MI for breaking the rules? All other 48 states and US territories followed the rules. Obama did not disenfranchise anyone. Furthermore, how could anyone think it's fair to add MI delegates to Clinton's count when Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot?? If FL and MI want to be seated, they should have another least have another one in MI...the expense is just a penalty for breaking the rules.

    May 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. Serious Discussion

    Calm down everyone. There is no way Clinton can catch up. I'm a 64 year old woman (white since everyone is asking these days) and when I turned 60, I had a hard time accepting that I was not always right. I had to work on understanding that no one, not even me, ever stops learning. Just give her a little time and she'll learn how wrong she was to denigrate this quite wonderful potential President called Obama. Really, for all her "breast-beating" about "women", she takes her cues from Bill. I was active in the women's movement in the 60's and I see all the signs in Hillary. She does not make a move without him or Howard! But, as time goes by, it will be more obvious to the younger women just whats going on there. So...calm down everyone, we'll get there and if she goes off on O again, even her high level supporters will start to leave her. Already the trend is there. As for THAT MANIAC RUSH. He'll overdose or have a coronary–take a look, you know he's straining his heart!

    May 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Jennifer

    A primary primer:
    1.) Primaries are not federal events so those of you who argued it's your federal "right" to vote are incorrect.
    2.) Primaries are run to identify a nominee based on facts (such as delegate count); intangible criteria tied to events that have not yet occurred (such as electability in a general election) may provide some momentary speculation but in the end, do not matter
    3.) Ah, Florida & Michigan-your individual votes will not count BUT you will be seated-the question to our friends in FL & MI is do you know the difference between counting votes & seating delegates
    4.) Hillary & company know it's over-they need to (and should) go out with a win (and perhaps some additional donations to dent her debt). After a win in May, they can say, "gosh, we tried hard, blah blah, let's move on."
    5.) Those of you who are already refusing to vote for Obama in the Fall should at least be open minded and intelligent enough to conduct your own independent research instead of falling prey to sounds bites from redneck racists.

    May 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Ross in Aus

    Guys and Gals,

    I am safely ensconced down in Australia and away from the hype and partisan games being played. As an intereseted observer I think the arguments over Mi and FL are silly and self serving.

    The rules where for all that the vote would not count. All campaigns planned for this and did not do their thing with appearances, GOTV and registration campaigns so the results are not reliable. Indeed in one of the contests only one front running candidate was on the ballot.

    If the rule was 50% delegates but campaign your heart out then it is likely that Sen. Clinton would have still won but by how much, not the margin she claims and is it possible that Sen. Edwards would have achieved a result to keep him in the game? You just cant guess what ifs.

    No campaigning always means the highest profile candidiate has an advantage. All the candidiates followed the rules more or less and no individual candidate should be disadvantaged by having these flawed results I support the idea of seating delegates as it will be required to get the dems home in Nov but it has to be done equitably. Here lies the problem, neither candidate is really interested in this being done equitably.

    Sen. Obama is ahead comfortable and barring being found in bed with a dead woman or a live child should get the rest of the delgates required for the nomination on the rules as they stand. The will want the delegates seated but probably only on a 50:50 Split to not loose ground.

    Sen Clintons campaign must know they are no hope to get the nomination but for 100% of the delegates being seated on the results as they stand. Even then it is only going to get closer, not a definite win for her. To cut the delgation numbers to 50% or sit them on an a basis equal to the average winning margin in Clinton states will still not get her the numbers she needs to win. And that is the only goal of both campaigns.

    Sen Clinton's argument conveniently fits with the justice model but have no doubt if the show was on the other foot whe would be agruing the other side. Here only hope of wining is all or nothing so she is shooting for that.

    If anyone can put a logical argument why a compromise or negotiated seating plan is not the only fair way forward I would love to here it. We can all take the candiate talking points about how we disenfranchise 2 million voters etc, but the answer is they knew this when they voted and we have already disenfranchised up to another million that may have enrolled or voted had it been a contested primary. From the Sen Obama side he must simply agree to have some delegates seated or write off November. If that is the case what is the point of winning the endorsement.

    May 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |



    May 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Obama Not on the Ballot

    Why is it soooooo hard for people to understand? Obama WAS NOT ON THE Michigan ballot! How can anyone say that the vote should count in MI? Its mind boggling to me how anyone including Hillary can seriously say that these votes should count. She says “count the votes” it’s like telling Boston Red Socks that we are going to give the World Series to the Yankees even though they did not play in the WS. She is really sick….

    May 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. fran

    This world is full of people who give up everyday and throw in the towel when things get tough. That's not a leader. But there are some people who fight until the end, and never give up, no matter what. That is the kind of President I want, a fighter. The media wants her out, Obama followers want her out, but 50 percent of the party want her to stay, so she should stay, and just maybe, she can pull it out, if not, then a least she gave her best shot.

    May 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Steven

    Why does the press have complete disregard for the over 15 million voters who have backed her? She is our representative in this race!!!
    How dare the media treat her campaign as if it were a sick exercise in which we voters do not exist! What gives media the right to decide when a nomination is over? I thought this was a democracy!

     Before her PA win, Hillary was 7 to 8 points behind in IN and was outspent over 2:1.  Despite this, she won Indiana by 2 points.  This is not just a 2 point win, this is a 10 point gain in just 3 weeks.  Obama only made a 10 point gain in PA in EIGHT weeks with heavy spending, and he did NOT win.  NC is tough for Clinton, with 38% AA population and 90%+ voting Obama.  So the AA votes alone gave Obama at least 34% .  He won at 62%, so he got no more than 28% from all other groups, combined.  

    This is not exactly a winning strategy in all of the many states where the AA population is not significant.

    May 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Tjaye


    She is too far behind. Florida would only give her about 30 delegates and Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan, but she would only get about the same amount there, too....She is more than 164 behind....still losing.

    And typical of Hillary supporters to want HER to gain from illegitimate elections, but not want Obama to get the uncommitted votes. This is why you folks are not winning. People are tired of two faced double talking misrepresenting liars who will do and say anything to win.

    Obama O-8!

    May 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. kim

    She had the African American vote on the beginning but due to her and Bill's own mistakes they started losing them.

    May 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Mike in AZ

    How come Hillary was okay with not seating the votes when she was winning?

    When she started losing, it became extremely important to her that the votes get seated.

    Bottom line – Florida and Michigan agreed to not be included. Why have rules if you don't follow them. That doesn't work, unless your name is Clinton.

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. V in CA

    "Another way of looking at the status of the candidates is to use 2004 election results to ask how many 2004 Electoral College votes in states that John Kerry won does each candidate have to date. In fact, if one sums the Electoral College vote of the states that went Democrat in 2004 according to whether Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama prevailed, one finds that Sen. Clinton again leads, with 159 of the 2004 Democratic Electoral College votes in her column vs. 85 in Sen. Obama's column. "–Beth Daponte, sr. research scholar Inst. for Social & Policy Studies at Yale 5/4/08

    159 to 85. Obama cannot win the GE.

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. RB

    This woman has lost it! I heard her comments today regarding the black vote. She's deliberately trying to divide the party Super Idiots! Casts your lots and let the chips fall where they may! She's not in the driver's seat; SHE'S THE LOSER!! And, is acting her part quite well, I might add.

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Ryan

    All of you supporting Hillary Clinton must be absolutely out of your minds. Time and time again she resorts to small time, disrespectful slander towards Senator Obama. All the while needing to spend her own money towards her own campaign and put herself so far in debt because no one else will give her any money. Unlike Obama who has set records with his donations from people such as myself. If you think that she would make a better president than Obama you need to go lock yourself in a closet.

    Now she is trying so desperately to get the MI and FLA votes because she is getting her tail whooped. It was not Obamas fault that those states voted early. If you don't follow the rules then you dont get to play. Most of us learned that lesson in the 1st grade people.

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Tracy

    Hillary is the stronger of the two candidates period. Unfortunately, this country is tremendously anti-woman as evidenced by the attacks Hillary has suffered at the "blogs" of Obama supporters. I have read such things as she should go home to her 11 cats, bake cookies etc. I will no longer call myself a Democrat after this election if Obama is the nominee. Obama played the race card and worse he played the anti-woman card.

    May 7, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |





    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Michelle Lim

    Michigan and Florida should be seated. Florida delegates should be allocated based on the actual votes, none of this BS appeasing the Obama campaign. Michigan should be negotiated between the two campaigns. That's the fair way of splitting the delegates!!!

    May 7, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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