May 21st, 2008
06:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama willing to ‘go more than halfway’ on FL, MI

(CNN) - Obama senior adviser David Axelrod says the Illinois senator’s campaign is “open to compromise” and willing to cede Hillary Clinton the advantage in talks over the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

"We are willing to go more than half way. We're willing to work to make sure that we can achieve a compromise," Axelrod tells National Public Radio’s Michele Norris in a Wednesday evening interview. "And I guess the question is: is Senator Clinton's campaign willing to do the same?"

Clinton spent Wednesday in Florida highlighting her push for full delegations from both states to be seated in accordance with their January votes, which were not sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee because of the early primary dates. Her campaign has charged the Obama team with blocking a compromise on the issue – a claim that campaign has denied.

"Well obviously, any compromise is going to involve some give, and that means if there's something on the table, we're willing to consider it," Axelrod told NPR in the interview set to air Wednesday evening. “That may include us yielding more delegates than perhaps we would have, simply on the basis of the rules."

Obama now appears likely to finish the primary season with a delegate lead, including superdelegates, that would not disappear if both states’ delegations are seated based on the results of January’s contests, in which his name did not appear on the ballot in Michigan. Clinton won both primaries.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Jimmy VALENTE

    REALLY REALLY She is a DISASTER THIS HILLARY !!!
    She wants to do anything to be a President. I think if we ask her to sacrifice her family for this, she will do oi !!!!!!!!!!!

    In any game any sport, I never saw a match between 2 boxers for exeample and the loser saying I am the real winner because I won the 12th round..

    Or in Soccer game, the loser team saying: I've palyed better but unfortunately I didn't score, so I am the winner..

    My godness This Hillary should not be in Politic.
    Let's send her to Afganistan to fight the Talibans!

    The rules are the rules

    Shame on you Clinton's Family.. So arrogant.. Why you do not regognize that somebody (Obama) is better than you?

    Why you do not count also Mexico, Brazil, Europe, etc.. until you will get the nomination?

    If Americans people wants to promote another 4 years crash, put this woman as President.. You will provoke World war three for sure.

    She is really A DESASTER WOMAN..

    Jimmy
    PhD.

    May 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. JamesAAMale

    Who the frig does this obama think he is, this ain't his call. this is what the voters want, whether he likes it or not, the voters should have the say. What is this guy a dictator. What a facist pig.

    May 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Sabotage

    Clinton is clearly trying to sabatoge the Fall election for Obama. She is a sore loser, and no matter what she says when he becomes the official nominee, she is doing as much as she can now , so that he won't win in the fall. She has her eyes on 2012. Even with MI and Florida she can't win. Her objective is sabotage. How can anyone respect that. NO JOINT TICKET!

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Hillary Is Scary As Hell

    That's right Sen. Obama...rise above and do what any rational sane and fair-minded adult would do for one who is behaving in a spoiled manipulative immature manner...feed them enough cookies to get their tummy full (FL/MI which they didn't outright win or earn and who also signed off that their delegates wouldn't count with the help of THEIR campaign people at the helm) and then put them down with a bottle (pledged delegates/SDs – 2026) and a nap (Democratic Presumptive Nomination)!

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Rollie

    THE MATH, THE DELEGATES & OTHER B S
    THAT OBAMA PEOPLE FEED IN YOUR BRAIN DON'T MATTER
    TO US. HILLARY IS WINNING MORE VOTE AND THAT THE
    ONLY THINGS THAT MATTER .

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Rj

    This is my first presidential election, so I may be missing something here, but shouldn't the fact that Obama's name WASN'T EVEN ON THE BALLOT in Michigan affect this decision more than it seems to?

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Charlie Manson

    I endorse Obama.

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. anthony

    obama cant seat the delegates you dumb as s the dnc has to a lot of you people are so dumb to believe that he's the cause of this it's the states not the canidates htey only follow the rules now she wants to break them because she's losing you dumb fu cks

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. MARC.D

    HILLARY HAD AGREED WITH THE RULES BEFORE,SO WHY SHE WANTS TO BREAK THEM NOW? THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF PRESIDENT I THINK AMERICANS WANT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.......

    IF NOT OBAMA.......MCAIN 08

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Kaylee

    The only thing Hillary deserves is a swift kick in the bu**!!!

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. king from toronto

    this is why she gets the uneducated vote!! this has nothing to do with obama.this was the party rules that they both agreed upon.that the states broke.rules are rules.why don't you reward ur kids,when they break the rules?? oh wait!! maybe u do! shane and DGH!!

    May 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Jack-The-Ripper

    The LastTime I Checked Mr Interesting Or Mrs The Delegate Count To Win The Democratic Nominee Were 2025 Has Mr Obama Accumulated That Amount Already.Fact Of The Matter Is You Ignorant People Who Support Mr Hussein Has Some Serious Mental Problems When It Comes To The Formal First Lady,Most Of You Are To Young To Remember The 80's,& The 90's Just Like Most Of You Who Oppose's The War Are Not Volunteering For Service Now Are You,It's Easy For Cowards To Sit Back And Discredit Someone Who Did Take A Stand On The Issues,Did Mr Obama Ever Take A Stand On Anything Except His Personal Hiding Place,Under Michele's Skirt.Besides I Here Senator Clinton Is Considering Running Independent Ticket If Not The demo,So Stick Around Folks And Let's See What Happens,Down The Road.

    May 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    So...count the Florida ballots and face a law suit by those who did not vote because they were told it would not vote.

    Count the Michigan votes but not the "uncommitted" and blame Obama because he took his name off the ballot because he was following DNC rules that she agreed to.Isn't it communist countries that do only put one candidate on the ballot?

    Don't count the caucus voters even when she is the one "taking up the torch" for the disenfranchised.

    Change the rules to whatever makes her win! If not the "supporters" will vote for McCain who has not one woman in contention for VP, and heads a party that can not attract minority groups.

    I was part of the civil rights movement and a supporter of women's rights and this woman is going against almost everything we fought against.

    This is not democratic and the superdelegates have to stand up and end this thing and people who care about this country have to start speaking up for what is right and goos!

    This woman and her followers

    May 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. igis,

    DGH said it 100% right, how the Obama Campaign works.
    He unmasked Obama.
    The arrogance in this mens face makes me sick.
    The same is true with his wife.

    May 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. David from SC

    It is all Senator Obama's fault! He forced Florida and Michigan change their primary election dates. Then, he made the DNC disqualify the two states' primary elections. After, he forced all eight Democratic Party Presidential Candidates to sign an agreement that they will not campaign in Florida or Michigan; and not accept any delegates from those states. To make matters worst, he made both of those states' congresses vote not to hold re-elections. Next, he made them come up with compromise delegate seating that favored Senator Clinton. The worst part is that he made Senator Clinton reject those offers.

    Lesson here: Never trust a black man to be honest about his words or intentions. He will make the government members do all sorts of things that they do not want to do; and he is going to pretend not to do anything. I don't know why so many Americans are duped into believing that honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, straightforwardness, transparency, fairness, and openness are the kinds of characteristics we want in a President. Senator Obama has too much of these things and that makes him a poor choice to be President.

    What we need is a lying, cheating, sneaky, deceiving, hiding, under-handed, unfair, divisive, and secretive person to become President of the USA.

    Now that I am not going to vote for Senator Obama because he is too honest, I will vote for Senator Clinton because of all her President-like characteristics.

    May 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY

    Don't do it Obama! She wouldn't do it for you if the tables were turned! She's not worthy and it's not fair for her to move the finish line every time the numbers don't work in her favor. The facts are
    The voters in FL and MI knew their votes wouldn't count BEFORE they voted.

    Hillarious knew that their votes wouldn't count BEFORE they voted.

    The DNC stripped both states of their delegates BEFORE they voted,

    and Hillarious SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE TO NOT HAVE EITHER STATES' VOTES COUNT BEFORE FL AND MI VOTED.

    So, there's no "cooling off" period on this one; HILLARIOUS HAS RESULTED TO THE "BAIT AND SWITCH" TACTICS WOMEN GET ALL THE TIME FROM UNSCRUPULOUS CAR DEALERS AND REPAIR PERSONS...Oh the Irony in this one!

    The facts are the facts and they are IN WRITING – HILLARIOUS' WRITING and OBAMA's WRITING! So for all of your people who say if Hillarious is not the Pres. nominee they will vote for Mc Go Get Your Cain, just imagine if Hillarious tried to change the rules of peace treaties, or played the "sexist" card with middle eastern countries, or better yet, what if sanctionions are necessary to impose on a country then when they meet all of the requirements fair and square, she changes them!
    IS THIS THE LEADERSHIP YOU REALLY WANT? IS THIS WHAT AMERICA WANTS FOR IT'S FUTURE??? I THINK NOT.

    Get real people! It's time to unite the democratic party and I hope that the SDs are seriously considering the ramifications of what Hillarious is doing to this party and to this country's future. It's time for the SDs to act... We, the people know that you did not want to be the deciding factor in this race, but this scorched earth campaign has gone on too long and every single one of you SDs know it. Now...is the time; make the RIGHT choice NOW. It is your commercial hitting the airwaves proclaiming " UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL" Now it's time to UNITE, both pledged and SDs...We have done our part, now do yours!

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Really I Mean Really

    Well it looks like we are about to teach our kids what it means to break the rules and get what you want. Hillary Clinton has taken this party to a new low it seems as though we have taken a step back in History were some White Americans still have hatred towards Black People the only thing that West Virgina & kentucky showed us was that some peple need to venture out side of there neighborhood and see the world we live in today. The good old days are gone and they are never coming back.

    No Matter how how you spin it these two states broke the rules and moved their primary ahead of the scheduled states they were told if you move your date you will be punished and tyhey did it anyway. I don't fault Florida to much because it was a Repubilcan Governer how moved up their date know that the DNC told them not too. So really Obama & Clinton are not to blame it was the Republicans just like 2000 all over again.

    Remember their were rules established and they were broken

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. gg

    I am macain supporter. I am secretly happy that clinton is messing democrates. Because this gives mccain an easy win in november if there is any democratic candidate to face him. However, I will be sorry for obama if he is not the nominee. Clinton doesn't deserve to be senater let alone president.

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Ann

    I posted twice on here but I never see them...I've noticed you throw in a Clinton supporter every once in a while....

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Steve From Oregon

    You see Hillary? If you had just taken the high road like Sen. Obama has consistently done this whole primary instead of making up stories about ducking bullets; folks might have, you know, not scored you as "untrustworthy". It's over...you lost...be a team player. Go Dems!

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Robert

    It is sad, but if Hillary and Obama are not on the ticket together...Republicans win.

    Sorry.. we have come a long way but Obama needs Hillary

    Not so sure Hillary needs Obama but She would make the dream ticket a reality.

    Go Red Team

    The Democrats are leaning to the right... No matter what the media pit bulls believe.

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Black Republican, New York, New York

    for all you Hillaryites who read but do not easily comprehend, please read this extract from the above story:

    "Obama now appears likely to finish the primary season with a delegate lead, including superdelegates, that WOULD NOT DISAPPEAR if both states’ delegations are seated based on the results of January’s contests, in which his name did not appear on the ballot in Michigan. "

    Even if Hillary gets the delegates she won in Florida and Michigan and Obama gets the rest, she still won't overtake Obama!

    So what exactly is she fighting for? No wonder Bill cheated so many times! The woman is disagreeable!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Lovely in VA

    I like your post Shelly.

    IMO, hillary's 'girls' on here and other blogs have some issues with either past or present personal relationships. They all talk about Obama in a personal tense, faulting him for various personal attributes, none of them know him personally yet condemn, which is what? Personal issues being blamed on someone that can remain calm, rational and collected when they cannot. Strong men intimidate them and they don't like it.

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Marlie:

    Why? Why should he meet her more than halfway? That won't be enough. Nothing will ever be enough.

    May 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. RULES

    Keep it real people, the only reason Clinton is pushing those states is because she got a majority of votes there. She is so disingenuous. She would not be pushing if she had not won.

    Talk about fairness, what about those who stayed home because they were told it would not count? Don't we want to be fair to those people.

    The DNC should grow a pair and stick to the rules!

    May 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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