May 21st, 2008
06:00 PM ET
10 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. Meme for Obama

    Be carefull Obama-You really can't trust this woman
    And you know it. I feel like she's gonna dupe you by all means neccesarry in other to get her way.


    May 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Joe Terrogano

    This is like a Twilight Zone episode that I once saw. The train a guy was on never stopped. Hillary, please stop. Winning by reinventing the rules is a Republican tactic.

    May 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. heartlight3

    Sharon – where have you been? Obama doesn't need their money. He has much more money than they do, and has even offered to help her with her debt. I am totally incredulous at the kind of things people say on these posts that are so glaringly untrue that it makes me wonder what planet people are living on. Please check out your facts before you waste everyone's time posting garbage.

    May 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Mike

    Remind me not to play poker with HRC,.... because somehow, in her mind, her pair of deuces would beat my triple aces, or it would be three months before we could move on to the next hand.

    Her commitment to making sure every vote counts is such a thinly veiled attempt to set herself up for 2012, regardless of what damage it does to the democratic campaign this cycle. She is self serving, manipulative, and so insincere, I can't believe she is holding the party hostage like this.

    Fortunately in this case, the righteous will prevail.

    May 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. anon too

    This is the 21st century with 18th century mindset. Really sad that some people cannot have an open mind regarding a person and what their true intentions are. I can see why they are angry when they can't seem to comprehend the 21st century.

    May 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Shelly its only Republicans blogging hate in regards to Obama, im almost certain that Hillary supporters will back the Dem Nominee who is most likely Obama in the fall.

    May 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. daleesp

    You can call Hillary many names, however unlike most people that comment to these types of articles she is NOT A QUITTER!!

    May 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Kanani

    It is really a sad state of affairs when people actually are gullible enough to believe Hillary's rhetoric, just because. She says she has the most popular vote, ah! Her counting is off, I just counted all the votes. Not counting Michigan, because Obama wasn't on the ticket, Obama has 16,508,754 to Hillary's 16,313,203 Isn't that ahead. Now if we add in Hillary's numbers in Michigan (which was totally unfair because Obama nor Edwards was on the ticket), she has a grand total of 16,641,354, yes this shows she is ahead but how legite is this. Now if you add in the uncommitted numbers from Michigan, largely those that would probably have gone to either Edwards or Obama that number brings it up to 16,746,516. I would say that is a majority, even if that number didn't entirely go all to Obama (Michigan being the reason) they were still votes against Hillary. So does this not show he has the lead in the popular vote, delegates, and supers. Hillary all you are doing is frustrating me, especially when you still believe you have a right to win. What is your reasoning now? That you will get the lower-educated white vote and Obama won't so he'll loose the White house. Yes there is racism in America, but people don't be so gullible, I strongly feel, that there are less racists than that, and if it is a decision between Obama & McBush, Obama will win.

    May 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. sophia nyc


    Why are people so ignorant and why isn't the "news" doing a better job of clearing up this confusion?

    May 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Colleen

    Its time for the party elders to take Bill and Hill to the woodshed and tell them to do what is best for the party. The constant complaining about being accused of using the race card and blatant sexism are becoming old and sound like playground chatter. It is time to see the writing on the wall and clear the way for the next president of the United States . . . Obama 08!!

    May 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Shannon

    This campagne is bigger than Barrack and Hillary. It's also Obama supporters verses Clinton supporters. Obama supporters are small
    minded eggotistical raciosts. THAT's RIGHT I SAID RACIST. They are against the whites, the woman, and anyone else who they feel might
    keep thier canidate out of the white house. They think just because Barrack is black that he will automatically see things from thier point of view. They have a big shock coming if he becomes President. He
    will no longer need you then you'll be crying foul. As for his white supporters, They are voting for him because they don't want to be called racists. All his supporters are just his stepping stones. so bend over get on your hands and knees, as he steps on your backs to get where he's going. And when he's in the white house and he looks at you and says I don't know you. remember I TOLD YOU SO.

    May 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Anne

    Shane get stuffed.

    May 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. R

    He's not doing this for nobody but himself. Now that he thinks he may be the winner, he wants the support of FL and MI. Why now Obama? Why have you constantly rejected any compromise?

    My vote will not vote for McCain, but my vote will certainly not go for Obama

    May 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. YesWeWill

    50 50, those states cannot impact the election, otherwise the states would disregard the rules every election cycle. Clinton will not win no matter what the delegation.

    May 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Michigan Voter !!!

    Michigan Will Have A Re -Vote In August ....... Florida Votes Will Count As Certified .. ... If This Upsets You , Go Live In Aother County !!! . All 50 States Have The Right To Vote , And All Votes Will Be Counted , The Will Of " ALL "The People Will Be Heard !!!! . This Is Bigger Than Any Canidate . To Many Have Died To defend This Right !!!!

    May 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Hillarious 08

    No No and more No! We the Senator Clinton supporters hereby demand you give her the exact amount it will take to claim the nomination. Oh and by the way we want your fundraising ability, and we want to stick bolts in your neck Axelrod so you will work for us without dissention. Also, we want every kind of unfair advantage (i.e. Race baiting voters, telling bold faced lies and policy flipping) that the American people can stomach. We want this now or else we will vote for tattoo from Fantasy Island.

    The plane boss! Hitlary 08

    May 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Billy


    Shane and others all upset and thinking this changes or could change anything, it isn't going to happen. If you give Hillary all the votes she earned in these two states, which is even directly matched up with the votes (check the wiki page on this and the related numbers), she STILL doesn't have enough delegates. You are being tricked by propaganda. I'm sorry, but you are.

    I even did the math without giving Obama ANY of the Michigan votes. Guess what? Still is ahead.

    Now it's over people, it really is. She can't win. And whoever would have won from the start, what ultimately matters is 4 or 8 years of democratic ideas in Washington instead of more Bush/McCain policy. Vote Democratic. Vote for Progress. Vote for what's right. Are we a country of sore losers, or a country for the future.

    May 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. bino

    Well here you have it folks... a greceful gesture from a gentle man.
    That's one more reason he should be president and how this kind of attitude can prevent futre Iraq's

    May 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. ACitizen

    The Obama camp blocked the re-vote in FL and MI when they knew that would change the dynamics of the election... Obama would have then lost IN by wider margins and probably crawled to the finish line in NC.

    Now his camp is willing to cut a deal... why, because they afraid that if they don't the tide might turn against them... Obama camp has been the one that has been manipulating the public:

    (1) A false message of change with out any substance
    (2) Playing the race card ever so subtly and accusing the Clintons of playing the race card
    (3) Running away from a fight when they know they can't win, FL, MI, KY, WV are examples

    What is he going to do in the general election...

    Republicans will take the fight to them and slaughter him... the only way they can win is by tearing Obama down and the Obama team has demonstrated over and over again that they can't win a fight.

    May 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. bino

    Well here you have it folks… a greceful gesture from a gentle man.
    That's one more reason he should be president and how this kind of attitude can prevent future Iraq's

    May 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |

    Romney graciously conceded to McCain for the sake of the party even though he still had momentum. I wish we could muster up some of that teamwork in the Democratic Party and go on to win in November.

    May 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. terri ohio

    Isnt this nice Hilary clintons now campaign adviser Terry McAuliffe was head of the DNC and was one of the people who demanded that if Michigan and Florida moved their Primaries ahead of Iowa they would be penalized and he would make sure that they lose their delegates. This was The Head the guy who made up the rules and set the penalty. This thing was set up before Howard Dean took office. These rules was also the same for the Republicans ( who lost half of their delegates) All parties signed and agreed Now...... What better way to know how to break the rules have the guy on your side who set the rules. Are you telling me that Hillary didn't know she could use this later if her original plan didnt work out ??? Rules are set for a reason For the Clintons to breal them

    May 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Mark Rich

    Clinch the nomination first and then agree to seat the delegates. Those were mock elections anyway.

    May 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. 50/50

    Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan, DUH, and I keep hearing them talk about revoting when Florida doe NOT permit private companies to get access to the voter rolls, it's illegal. The Clintons paint a picture that they tried to pay for a revote in Florida, that is just silly when they know that would have been illegal. Anyway, 50 50.

    May 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Vig

    Obama would be willing to become a snake handler if he could capture the Presidency. I just don't trust him.

    May 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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