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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soundoff (547 Responses)
  1. tony padron

    If the democrats want to win in november they need to unite both
    forces Obama's And Hillary's .......................................
    Both on one ticket is the only answer now...................
    Who ever has the most votes as president and the other as vice president. Don't look to balance the ticket..... both are a first
    a woman as vice president and a Black president too.

    May 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Vote Hillary

    Im beginning to think supers want the democrates to lose! If they choose Obama that's exactly what will happen,

    May 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Anita from Arizona

    Obama had NOTHING to do with FL and MI votes not counting. FL & MI had fair warning not to hold their primaries early and look what happens? You get your paddies slapped for breaking the rules. Splittm' in half and call it a day. Ya can't do a revote, Clinton has won't have any money left.

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. TexasWoman4Change!

    I have been a democrat for more than 20 years. I'm a supporter of Barack Obama. Senator Clinton has lost this nomination process on every single level. If the "super delegates" takes this nomination from Obama in order to give to Hillary Clinton, I will walk on the democrats in November. Clinton has sought to change the rules at every single level and the facts remain the same- she is losing! Voters are speaking over and over, they do not want Hillary Clinton. Her self-centered persona will not allow her to become gracious and concede her lost to an African American. Wake up people! It's time for a change! Some Obama supporters will not allow this nomination to be taken from him unfairly. We will walk! Yes, WE WILL!!!!

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. rw

    Obama supporters,
    You need Clinton's supporters, stop alienating them.
    You need to ask the DNC chair why they would encourage Obama to run the same year as Hillary, it divided the party.
    You need to ask Obama why he did not campaign in poor black communites, why only in white rural communities, it is very intentional and race biased.
    You need to understand that the DNC screwed the party by doing this mess, Hillary waiting her turn, after Gore, after Kerry. The party screwed her to help Obama, and it is very likely that her supporters will back McCain.

    Nothing that is going on has anything to do with scandal, churches, ex presidents, pastors. This problem is on the DNC.

    Hating Hillary will not fix Washington, unfortunately, voting for Barack may not either, because DC has two party political system and conservative judges.

    All should be upset with the party leaders and should act (write to THEM

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. innocent

    The only reason for Senator Clinton to remain in the race is simply the self seeking interest of her advisors. After all where will they get the flee flowing dollars they are using to enrich themselves from once their campaign is over? Your guess is as good as mine.

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    There is a difference between making a case and making a case that falls on deaf ears. Does HRC really believe herself when she talks?

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. TimeToUnite

    Homi, you should wake up. Hillary has been trailing since day one, so she cannot possibly be ready on day one, since she can't even catch up.

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Everyone keeps saying she should drop out.

    I guess WEST VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, OREGON, MONTANA, and SOUTH DAKOTA don't have any more right to be counted than do FLORIDA and MICHIGAN?

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. OregonVoter

    "Seat Florida"...are you nuts? How about option #7 Florida and Michigan learn to read and follow the rules that everyone else has to follow. Don't like the rules? Work within the process to change them. Don't just ignore them and then be shocked and outraged when you are punished.

    Seat Michigan as though Obama wasn't even a candidate? You can't be serious. This is the dumbest argument yet. No reasonable person would suggest it. Are you on Hillary's payroll? Hope not because looking at her finances it might be a while until you see that next paycheck.

    "Tim" great comment except the part where you explain anything.

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. pablo rachi

    Hillary has a very important role in uniting the party. Do the right thing Hillary, you have lost fair and square.

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Maxine

    I don't understand why everyone thinks Obama will loose in November. Have you looked at JMcCain and I don't mean physical. McCain isn't really who the Reps wanted but was left with no choice. I think my grandma could beat McCain in November. Bush has hurt this puppy.

    If the SD decide for Clinton, with Obama only 160+ from making the 2025, they better have a better reason than beating McCain, because if you look at the pop vote he is ahead any way you want to spin it. It will look racist plan and simple and I am a white, female, 53 years of age; that's the way I am seeing it.

    May 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Tamara

    HILLARY is the clear choice for the Democratic Pary, It is now May and I still do not know what Obama is going to do for the country. I know what he is not going to do Unite the Party!!!! Super delegates do what you must do, that is why you were put in place. Obama is a weaker candidate and we will be looking at Mccain in November as the next President.

    Florida and Michigan were stolen from Hillary. Why did Howard Dean move up South Carolina and Nevada in the first place. He wanted to give Obama the edge with the Minority voters because they knew he was going to run against her. Please do not think that Hillary supporter will vote for Obama if he is the nominee. The DNC must be fair to her and why is Howard Dean stacking the credentials committee with his people.

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Scott

    I agree that something needs to be done about Florida...the Republicans in that state are really the responsible party for Florida moving up its date...what right have they to dictate the Democrat's schedule???

    However, Senator Clinton is mad if she believes it would be fair to have the Michigan results stand. Senator Obama was not even on the ballot. Equity states that a new vote would be required.

    My suggestion is this: A quickie primary in Florida, which would satisfy Clinton; and a quickie caucus in Michigan, which I believe Obama would endorse. Allow neither candidate to spend more than one week and $5 million. Draw definite lines. Short of this kind of negotiation, the DNC will butt its collective head against a wall...which will let one side blame the other.

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Emeka, Florida

    There is a difference between making a case and making a case that falls on deaf ears. Does HRC really believe herself when she talks?

    Emeka, Florida

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Peg

    I live in Michigan and I do not the rules changed in order to advantage any candidate.

    Obama supporters, stop and take a deep breath. It is time for you all to back off and stop the negative bantering. Hillary will decide to bow out gracefully, at her own time. So stop being nasty, just to be nasty. It is time to begin unifying our party and we can't do it if we continue to throw nasty comments back and forth.

    Both Hillary and Obama supporters have to understand if they do not vote for a Democrat, we will have 4 more years of G. W. Bush and we will have a conservative Supreme Court. Need to either hold your nose and vote for the Democratic nominee and learn to like that person. Afterall, they are very close in political philosophies.

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. JJ

    Yeah, disillusioned HRC supporters – vote for McC – that's just what Rush and the right wingers want you to do. It's NOT what HRC wants you to do, and if you are a D or like the D message and priorities, you won't like the results.
    But hey, that will teach Obama to not count Fla and Mich - Oh wait. He did not make that decision; DNC did, well before the "vote," and all candidates agreed. Do you idiots really think he got ZERO votes in MI? He wasn't even on the ballot, did not campaign, and she barely got 50% of the vote – If you are pissed, take it up with the local party, who moved the primary date despite knowing what the DNC would do in response. Don't shoot yourelf in the face by voting for McBush.

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Fazio

    As she continues her desparate attempt at power, Hillary Clinton's efforts only serve to further divide and splinter the Democratic party.

    Analysts have concluded that it's over, Hillary. Over.

    And yet, she presses on... further dividing the wedge - out of vanity, ego, self-glory... who knows?

    This is most tragic thing about this is that Clinton's scorched-Earth policy will only serve to hand John McCain the Presidency, a third Bush term.

    Is that REALLY what you want, Hillary?

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Jane Davis

    I think if Hillary cannot use Michigan and Florida's delegate count, then I think that amount should be subtracted from Obama's total delegate count. That would put them on level playing ground.

    May 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Illinois

    To all, let look at the map which OBAMA wins. Without the overwhelming support from his black buddies, can he secure the victory last night? No one can get 91%-6% win without considering something else? Please do not blindly give the US to s.o without experience. HOPE and DREAM cannot give you foods and security. WAKE UP AMERICANS

    May 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Neutral

    Just remember in 1992, Bill Clinton had to fight all the way to month of June to get the nomination, the DNC try so hard to push him out, he was not liberal enough for them.

    Today the DNC is doing the same thing, trying to push out Hillary because she's not liberal enough for them.

    If the Democratic Party believes in democracy, every vote counts, how come they're acting like a bunch of Nazis?

    Is this the NAZIFICATION of the Democratic Party? If so, it is time for REAL DEMOCRATS to abandon their party.

    May 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Kathy,Florida

    I am in Florida , the rules were broke.......plain and simple.

    We do not get seated.

    May 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Donovan

    8 Bells...

    The DNC has lost the General already, and they have lost thier finest
    Candidate in Hillary Clinton. The DNC must let her go before
    she gets into more debt, before she unretrievably hurts herself, as She will never quit, there is too much Heart in that women.

    We as a Nation have lost, a Statesperson personified and a real opportunity to truely put our House in Order. Barack Obama is
    the Embodiment of the DNC and the Democratic Party and all it stands for and more than "deserves" the nomination.


    May 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. john

    can you imagine the lies she told at that meeting?

    May 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. NoBamaEVER

    Are you people in middle school or what? The Obama supporters are full of hatred and childish comments. To think our soldiers are fighting so you can talk trash like and uneducated child. Hillary is not dividing your party-you are! She has a right to tell you where she stands, as does Obama. The race continues because the democrats are CLEARLY divided over who they want as a nominee. Hillary is a fighter-she will fight for what she wants. There is NOTHING wrong with that. She hasn't lost until the race is over-after EVERYONE has had a voice. Voters should not settle-neither should she. Keep going Hillary!

    May 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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