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. Lilly

    Why even have rules in place if Hillary can get them reversed?

    She agreed to the rules before, why change now? because she's losing?

    There is NO WAY I would Ever vote for Hillary. She makes me sick!

    May 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Judy

    Hillary agreed Florida & Michigan would NOT count. But, now that she's losing, she tries to steal those votes. She's so transparent. C'mon W. Virginia, vote Obama and maybe she'll get the idea and quit. Or Superdelegates, it's time to do your party's work! As for those in Florida and Michigan, your argument is with the DNC, not Obama.

    May 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. James

    How happy will Hillary be if she steals this nomination from Obama through super delegates?

    May 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Hotlanta

    Hillary was all in favor of punishing Florida until she needed the votes

    May 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Jim

    So, failing to win the nomination in the light of day at the polls, Senator Clinton retreats to the Clintons' favorite stomping grounds–the back rooms. Senator Obama should start seriously watching his back now as the Clinton machine starts drawing in favors accrued over the past couple of decades.

    May 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. tom

    the only way she can win is thru backroom deals. politics as usual.

    May 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. MurphyMorseJohnson

    The picture of Hillary Clinton's unsmiling face says a thousand words!

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Mark

    Michigan: Obama's name was not even on the ballot. To say that is fair is absolute insanity.

    Both Florida and Michigan broke DNC rules. All Barack has done is play by the rules. Saying he would go with the DNC's decision about what to do about Florida and Michigan.

    You cannot possibly play fairer than he has. He's never flip flopped.

    You cannot rewrite the rule book mid-way through in a way which benefits either candidate. That just will not happen.

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. rw

    May 7th, 2008 7:14 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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/ the party, did this mess, Hillary waited her turn, after Gore, after Kerry. The party did this 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 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. D.Kimbro OHIO

    There is no case to be made. Didn't she try and paint Obama as an elitest. That doesn't wash with 11 million she has lent herself. By the way when is she going to pay the vendors in Ohio?? This lady sickens me. Why doesnt the DNC put an end to this mess. It doesn't matter she has gone a long towards political suicide. She will forever struggle to be relavent after this.

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. richard west

    Hilary Face the fact you lost fare and square. now you dont want to concede to Obama. why? because You just want to damage obama so badly that he ends up loosing the election. your clearly not a true democrat. why? because if you were you would have conceded and done the math to see that you have lost fair and square. but now because you are loosing you want to get the florida and michigan votes counted now. what about before when things were going good for you. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT YOU SHOULD DROP OUT EVEN THE MEDIA AND THE SUPERDELEGATES. but no one wants to be seen as the one telling you to drop out. you are a very educated and experienced person so use your common sense and get out of the race now.


    Your gonna damage your own self, and be careful you might just loose re-election in new york.

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Sad

    Hillary and McCain both represent all that is wrong with politics in America. The current 2 party system that pits "Us Against Them" "democrats vs republicans" is crap and ensures that politics remains just a game.

    Can't we try something different? Just this once?

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Susa

    There is no way you can seat the MI delegates for Clinton and throw out the 40% of voters who voted Uncommitted instead of for her – as that was their other choice. The Clinton supporters advocating this clearly do not care that every vote is counted, only that votes for Hillary's vote are counted.
    And I am so tired of hearing that she can beat John McCain better than Obama. It would be a bit more believable if she could even beat Obama.

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. cory,fl

    i wish people who commented on here would only comment on what they know, florida dems did not have a choice on the day, flroida republicans voted on that day because they controll the state house, and i dont care who wins florida but i want my vote to count just like you would too, if your vote was taken from you what would you say?

    May 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    tim – how is this clean and simple?

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS: If you vote McCain (as many of you say you will, then YOU will be the reason there isn't a DEMOCRAT in the White House, not OBAMA. Candidates don't put themselves into office, voters do. You are the voter.

    Even WITH FL & MI, Obama still leads, so please put this argument to bed. If it were a game shifter, I could see your point, but it still keeps Obama in the lead.

    You have your personal reasons for not liking a candidate – fine. But is this so important that you were willing to vote in another Bush term? All of these candidates (Clinton included) will be fine financially after the GE, but what about you? You stubborness will have you under the authority of the likes of McCain. You will not have OBAMA to blame.

    May 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Richard, FL

    Polls showed in Indiana and North Carolina that more than half of Hillary's supporters don't believe her and trust her judgement and they will vote for McCain. They think she can't be trusted and is not honest when she makes statements like that. They believe that she would put her party ahead of the sake of her country.

    May 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. Mike, Iowa

    regardless of who i support this race needs to be over now. We need a candidate now. Not after McCain makes his acceptance speech! How can you make a case that you should be the super delegates choice when your behind in almost every poll that actually matters in this race? Get over florida and michigan becuase you cant include their votes fairly unless both states have a redo. You cant expect the DNC to just hand you votes. Obama is not the reason they arent being counted. They are not being counted becuase obama AND HILLARY.... AND HILLARY agreed to not have them count a long with the rest of the DNC! She didnt care when she was winning, they didnt matter then! Unless she has something huge against Obama just waiting to be unleashed and ran into the ground she has no real chance. Obviously her negative attacks back fired and i believe that was her last resort so now i think shes left too beg and plead like a spoiled little girl who isnt getting her way. Its not like she cant ever run again. I can understand wanting to be the president and to save our country in one of its toughest times today but when you dont have the highest score you cant win the game. We elected bush twice! so obviously it dont matter how good you are you still wont win with out the high score!

    May 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. franco

    The Democractic Party is in quite a dilemma. They probably know that Hillary Clinton would be a more formitable candidate against McCain,
    but they are being held hostage by the block of African-American voters. Well... there is still 75% of other voters that are not using the race card as the criteria to select a President. If Hillary is not the primary choice, McCain will win. GO HILLARY.

    May 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Yes We Can

    I watched Hillary on the news. It is so very sad. I feel so sorry for her. It's over and everyone knows it but Hillary. I expect Bill and Chelsea to defect to Obama very soon. Hillary will still be campaigning in January when Barack Obama is talking the oath of office. Hillary must be very lonely. The Super Delegates need to step up and pledge behind Obama to stop this. Hillary is not going to do anything but continue to damage the party. It appears she doesn't care. YES WE CAN UNITE EVERYONE. OBAMA 08

    May 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Anthony

    Gee, Guys and Gals, enough already. Are we all Democrats. Both Hillary and Barack are superb candidates, but only one can be nominated. I prefer either as President of the U.S.A. and it would be sweet if we could have them both on the same ticket. So, let's stop name calling and bickering and support the Democratic Party in 2008.

    May 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Jane, NC

    I think Fla. and Mich. should be outraged at being disinfranchised by the democratic party in this election process. Had they not been told their votes wouldn't count and had they been given a fair election early on like everyone else, Sen. Clinton would have carried those states. That screw-up, plus the ridiculous and complicated process of selection from the primaries and caucuses, may have cost her the nomination. Those things, plus the obscene Obama-biased media, with few exceptions, are the reasons there are serious questions about whether her supporters will either vote for McCain or sit out the election. It's not losing an election that causes bitterness; it's losing it so unfairly.

    May 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Frankie

    I seem a bit worried by now, if we want a Democrat in the White House in 2008, I believe the better candidate is Hillary. Obama can not get the Blue collar worker votes, nor will rural America vote for him. If Obama win the nomination, then I will worry about having another four years of Republicans Take it from me, if Rush Limbaugh endorses Obama, I would be worried.

    May 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. FEDUP

    Well, if as some above have suggested, Hillary cannot win even if we seat the delegates of Michigan and Florida as they voted, then why not just seat them? Everybody is happy and Obama still wins. We still lose in November, which will make The GOP happy.

    May 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Sharon Minnesota

    Kim in Dallas, TX and all the other misinformed democrats out there:

    How you ever come up with Clinton being to blame for dividing the party is ludicrous. It's you and your rude friends who have had a great deal of influence in turning us off. Pride has nothing to do with our choice to support Hillary or McCain. Come out of your smug delusional state and admit that you and Barack Obama are the divisive factor in this situation.

    We happen to believe that Barack Obama is not fit for the presidency and John McCain is the next best choice after Hillary Clinton. So, please get off your high horse and give a little credit to us people who have a right to make their own choice and a vote to use as they see fit.

    Get off Clinton's back. The blame is all on you and your candidate.

    May 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. wouldn't it be funny if

    i hope someone demands a recount in one of the states, and we can have dimpled chads and hanging chads. and maybe they'll push back the november election because of it, and we'll have bush in office for 2 more years.

    or maybe we can settle this with a chess/boxing match.

    May 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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