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. merlin

    It's funny, because I thought those super delegates would support the candidate that they think would do a good job in the white house. And not because the other candidate has more pledge delegate. I think american politicians are starting to be more like the ones in the third world countries. How do you say that? Where there is some hot soup, there you can sip..
    Loyalty should be respected, and not to be swept off by fame or popularity by the other candidate.
    The Bush administration has placed the american people at the end of a cliff, Obama will be the one pushing if he get elected.

    May 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Sandy

    1/3 of the country urged her not to support and go to war (she is still responsible for her vote by the way) and now we are all asking her to walk away from her temptation for power – some people just don't learn!!

    May 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Kelly Hardiman

    Limbaugh need to shut his tramp up with his racist self. I can't stand him because he is so ignorant. DO YOU REALIZE HOW DUMB YOU ARE? I support Obama 100% and God know who he wants in there or do you believe in God. It is time out for the negativity that goes on in the tired country call the United State. Yes, the United States is very tired. We are always sticking our nose into other people's affairs and can't seem to take care of the people that need help here. Somebody got to try and clean up the mess Bush has gotten us in. He and his dad, how about that. Why don't he send those tired daughters of his over there and send Limbaugh the idiot too.

    May 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Joe

    92% of African Americans voting for Obama- Dean allowing two states to move up the dates (South Carolina and Nevada) but decided not to allow Florida and Michigan. Not counting two states in the election process (the republicans had the judgement to only remove 1/2 the delegates) WHY- Hillary wins Texas primary but allocated less delegates! Hillary wins Nevada but is allocated less delegates! Why do certain districts get more delegates, a vote is a vote! Hillary wins Florida (Obama had news ads on the air) and Obama fights a revote so gets no delegates. *If Obama does not support a revote in Florida and Michigan, he does not get my vote in the general election. I want to know if the college kids that voted for Obama were registered in the state that the vote was casted.
    *NEITHER candidate can reach the magic delegate number, That is why you have to count Florida and Michigan- Obama did not work hard for a revote- Why didn't the DNC support Hillary!- Obama could have gone for the next election after we had a chance to get to know him better or could have been a vp on Hillary's ticket and then President after Hillary's term. I'm a registered Democrat, If Hillary is not on the ticket (as president or VP) – I'm changing my party affiliation. Is there a party divide, Yes- thank you Dean

    May 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. char19145

    We need someone who can open doors, NOT ask where they are. I cannot and will not vote for Obama, or McCain for that matter. Super delegates should wake up and maybe read some of these blogs, to see how people really feel. Numbers are just numbers, but what people say, or blog, is from the heart. God Help Us All.

    And Hillary, whatever happens, you did your parents, husband, daughter, and the rest of your family, and us, your extended family proud.

    May 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Carl

    Give Florida and Michigan a rest already. Unless there was a fair revote – the vote cast can and should not count. I'm sure if she didn't win she wouldn't be so excited to have them count.

    She is really getting on my nerves.

    May 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Pat in Cali

    Hillary has to continue her campaign so that she can use her supporters to raise enough money to pay herself back and to pay her campaign debts.

    Don't be naive. She need the contributions to get out of a financial bind. Glad she's not going to be balancing the Federal budget.

    May 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. T.W.

    Obama has no chance against McCain. If the democrats want to "retake" the white house (as if it wasn't handed to them in the 2004 election) they need to nominate Clinton. McCain's experience trumps Obama. You may say that experience does not matter all that much, but in actuality, it does matter when Obama has no experience with legislation/leadership/results to back up the two foundations of his campaign 1.) change and 2.) transcendence of party lines. The GOP machine is going to break these 2 foundations down piece by piece and Obama will have nothing to defend himself other than his inflated rhetoric. As an independent voter, I am certain the average American will see the truth behind Obama's empty campaign.

    May 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. SAM

    Obama WAS NOT ON THE NICHAGAN BALLOT. How fair was that? And how fair will it be to give Michagan to Clinton? AND HOW MUCH INTEGRITY DOES CLINTON HAVE TO INSIST ON THOSE DELEGATES? She's like a rabid dog and will be in the race until somebodt has to put her down when she foams at the mouth.


    Clinton agreed to the penalty and now has changed her mind. AGAIN< how much integrity doe her behavior show?

    May 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. jeff - Dallas

    I'll bet she offered all kinds of empty promises. Most delegates, most states, most popular votes, most money raised. The choice is obvious.


    May 7, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. FRED Atlanta, GA

    BILLARY supporters fail to realize yet AGAIN that FL and MI doesn't even matter she will STILL LOSE!!!!!! it's not going to bring her any closer unless she wins these next 6 primaries with a substantial percentage which is highly unlikely she's staying in the race so you guys can donate to her campaign so she can pay the rest of her bill plain and simple. This race is OVA!!!!!!! she and bill know it, especially bill!!

    OBAMAM 08/12 YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL!!!

    May 7, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Mike Guinn

    To the "Yes we will- Hillary or McCain 08" folks--You can do what you want- but McCain will NOT WIN in November and your disloyalty to the Democratic Party and your Country won't be forgotten. When you don't get your way, you wanna cry and leave the playground taking the ball with you. Lame.
    Your "chickens will come home to roost" because there is such a thing as karma.
    You people sicken me.

    May 7, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Terry Rutch

    The best way to let the voters in MI & FL to have their states be counted is: to let the voters that did not vote at the primary
    only vote for their primary in August. In other words: if you missed
    and are registered, you will be the voters!

    May 7, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. mn mama

    So much hate. so much division. You mean the great uniter cannot unify this party? He is a scumbag pure and simple. He has played the race card from the very begining. He has friends who are utter trash, who trash and terrorize the very country he wants to lead?
    He said the Rev was a crazy Uncle and that he never heard the things he said. Then he admitted hearing them and said but I still care for the sinner. Then the sinner said that he was just doing what politicians do and what happened??? This issue will not die. It has is growing as we speak. Do you ot see the Divide that OBAMA has created in the Democratic party. What the pundints don't realize is that unlike the republican party who is for only the PARTY, democrats are for their country. Country 1, party 2. It is in my countrys best interest not to have a president who does not respect this country and treat it with the utmost honor. He sat under the preaching of a man who dares say God D- America and he's just a crazy old uncle??????
    For 20+ years. And there are those that say that if you don't vote for Obama you are racist. If that were true I would hate my own flesh and blood. No the republicans will not play poor black man with this issue.
    They will fight to win and win they will.
    I cannot trust my country to a president who would dam it. He supported the man in doing so he supported the words. He did donate cash to him andcalled him his Spiritual Mentor and his political sounding board. OH boy if nearly 50% of Democrats thought this was a problem, then at least 80 % of republicans will.
    Mccain over Obama, My country before my party.

    May 7, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. It's NOT over!

    The primaries are NOT justly over until all the voters have voted in the final primaries - and until Florida and Michigan votes are counted! There's absolutely no reason why Hillary Clinton should quite before then – NONE!

    May 7, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Susan MO

    We strongely feel Hillary Clinton is a lot more experienced.

    We do not need a president who lacks experience.

    Clinton is for the people.

    She is a fighter. A very strong person.

    She is the one we hope gets the Democratic nominee.

    May 7, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. liar, liar, pants on fire

    Funny how delegates are committed to Hillary, but not the people of the united states, not the party. Funny. They are giving her way too much power. Hillary is obviously a member of the "good 'ol boys" club. Their own ways of doing things, rules are made to be broken and don't apply to them, they can't accept "no" for an answer.

    Funny...actually, sickening....

    May 7, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Anna, SW Missouri

    If you use Terry McCauliff's logic (Clinton campaign chairman) that he wrote about in the book he wrote after he was the DNC chairman, if you seat the delegates from Florida and Michigan, it will create total caos within the democratic party. All States will go against the rules in the future. He very forcefully fought Senator Levin, Michigan in 2000 and 2004 about this very issue. Now that he is on Senator Clinton's campaign, he wants to change the rules, in the middle of the game.

    The fact that the Clinton camp is getting away with blaming Obama for something he did not do is unbelievable. Senator Clinton had almost half of the rules committee of the DNC as supporters of her campaign. The other half was divided among all of the other candidates. ALL of her supporters voted to strip FL and MI of their delegates. That was when she was supposed to be crowned. Hillary Clinton's supporters ot the Democratic caucus from Florida were all over the news about why they would not support a revote!!! Why is it Obama's fault when the evidence clearly shows that Hillary's supporters are the ones that did not allow that to happen?

    Just as Hillary supporters say their vote should count, why is it not fair to say that many Obama supporters did not vote because they were told that their vote would not count. To accept that vote would not stand up in court for that very reason, it is called disenfranchising the voters if everyone is saying the vote won't count, (it was all over the news media for months) and then try to count the vote that took place. It would not stand up in court.

    However, the courts also say that each political party has the right to set their own rules for their primaries, and the court will not support counting the original vote, if that went to court.

    May 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Erin

    Senator Clinton should stay in the race for the White House for as long as she wants. She is the only viable candidate that can make a difference in the White House.

    In sports and other arenas, a win is a win even if you win by

    May 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Nicole, Canada

    You people are ridiculous. All you do is argue and fight like children. The media slanders and spins things and you suck it up like sponges. The US election coverage in Canada is different than down there. We actually read about the issues and those of you that say Obama is just talk should do your research. He's got some very intelligent plans. Yes, you heard me PLANS. Us canadians just want to shake the sense back into you people. Who cares if his minister is a raving lunatic...Wright is NOT Obama! Where is the sense in slandering the guy who wants to put money into your children's education, who wants to fix the economy not cause more havoc with quick fixes and quiet illusions (ie gas tax), who wants families to keep the homes that hold all their memories, who wants to give you a reason to be proud of your country again. There is one simple difference between Obama and Clinton that everyone is missing. Obama CARES!!! You hear it when he speaks. He gives a voice to a people that have lost theirs. He puts a face on the forgotten and I can guarantee he won't forget about the people when he takes office. This isn't just some joke. The repercussions of your choice are not only going to affect your future but our future. Whether we like it or not we are attached at the hip and some Canadians would like you all to get your heads on straight. So stop bickering and start looking at the issues because the world is watching and frankly this is getting ridiculous.

    May 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Norman

    Hillary Clinton must be a John McCain fan. She can not win, yet she stays in the race. She's convinced many of her rabid followers that Obama represents centuries of female repression and a vote for him would be lead the country to destruction. Pill poppin' Limbaugh has campaigned for her, too; so my question is: what party is she on anyway?

    The answer is she is the princess at of the party she threw for herself. Too bad Hillary, all things must come to an end.

    Oh, and Sharon from Minnesota: you are possibly the dumbest person of a long list of dumb people I've read on these comment pages.

    May 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. No reason for Hillary to quit!

    The primaries are NOT justly over until all the voters have voted in the final primaries - and until Florida and Michigan votes are counted! There's absolutely no reason why Hillary Clinton should quite before then – NONE!

    May 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |


    May 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Karen in Ohio

    Obama's win in N.C. is the end of the field campaign, but the beginning of the last phase of this primary. Do not underestimate Clinton. She was humulated, angered and sadden yesterday and this will only make her mad and hardened. She is a danger.

    The fight over Clinton is no longer about her, but about her loyaists and supporters. Some will leave based on logical calculation, others will leave only after they realized what a liability and disearter she is to their own cause. She will not quit unless her loses of these supporter cut down to her bones. She'll get what she deserves.

    May 7, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Florida democrat

    If you are one of the idiots that will support McCain over the eventual nominee then you are part of the problem of this country. It is exactly you type of people that cause the problems we are in.

    The bottom line with MI and FL is this (I voted in FL): The states broke the rules and now they must pay. Period. There punishment was notified to them BEFORE the primaries were scheduled. Period. They chose to go ahead with it anyway. Period. Since the race is close, they do not like their punishment and are trying to change the rules. Period.

    MI and FL should be pissed off at your own states. They are the ones to blame. Are you HIllary supporters to stupid to realize this???

    My vote in FL should not count because FL broke the rules. I have certainly made the state party and state democrat politicians fully aware of my opinion of how the state handled this year's primary. You should do the same.

    Rules are rules. It is that simple. Hillary is trying to find every little gap she can find to win the nomination.....she makes me sick. However, I would definitely vote for her over McCain.

    May 7, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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