May 23rd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama pledges to make up 'lost time' in Florida

Obama is looking to claim the crucial swing state of Florida this fall.
Obama is looking to claim the crucial swing state of Florida this fall.

SUNRISE, Florida (CNN) – Democrat Barack Obama said Friday that he wishes he could have spent more time in Florida over the past few months when DNC rules prevented Democrats from campaigning in the Sunshine State.

"We've had a great three days here in Florida," the Illinois senator said, "and I regret that we couldn't have campaigned here earlier, but I promise you we're gonna make up for some lost time."

Speaking at his last event on his first campaign swing through the state since long before the Iowa caucuses, Obama told the Florida crowd that "Florida Democrats will be seated" at the Democratic convention in August.

"Your voices will be heard," said Obama, "and most importantly we will work together to make sure that Florida goes Democrat in November, and so does the rest of the country."

On Saturday the White House hopeful will campaign in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that holds one of the final contests of the primary season.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. silence do good

    The empty preppy suit speaks. "Sorry I didn't stand up for a revote – I am uh, changing my mind (maybe) now – but hey can I have some money".

    May 23, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. H

    DON'T BOTHER COMING TO FLORIDA – WE LOVE HILLARY – SHE IS NUMBER 1 AND IS THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. LOOK AT HOW MANY VOTES SHE GOT IN FLORIDA AND YOU WERE ON THE BALLOT. SO ENOUGH IS ENOUGH PLEASE LEAVE US ALONG.

    HILLARY 08/12

    May 23, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM.

    May 23, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Joann

    Go ahead and make up your time since you were the only one that followed the RULES.

    May 23, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    IF OBAMA CAMPAIGNED IN FLORIDA, HILLARY WOULD LOSE.

    May 23, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Justice

    Ok, now he promises to seat them. 2 mos. ago, he blocked efforts to do so... what's up? He's campaigned for 3 days now, so perhaps now he feels he has a better chance?

    If it smells like a fish... it IS a fish!

    May 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. BIG ED

    Clinton is a politician who's presumably in touch with the world at large. The parallels between Obama and the Kennedies have been legion. People are worried for his safety. She should have known better than to place herself in this position

    May 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    IF FLORIDA HAD THEIR ELECTION TODAY, HILLARY WOULD

    HAVE AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE.

    May 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Michigan Voter !!!

    LARRY SINCLAIR IS WAITING FOR YOU THERE !!!!!

    HE'S GOT THE LIMO ALL WARMED UP !!!!!

    May 23, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Susan

    We hope FL votes for Hillary Clinton.

    She is experienced, for all the people, and a fighter,

    She has spoken for FL!

    Hillary 08

    May 23, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. Olivia

    If Obama is so set on having the FL delegates seated, then why did he block the revote when everyone elsed okayed it and the money raised?

    This man is all BS. Don't be fooled by this sweet-talking arrogant phony. It makes me mad to see the way he twists and turn, playing people like puppets, treating us like fools.
    I see him......so do a lot of people.
    He is no match for Hillary. He is good at playing on peoples' emotions and reving up a crowd. All talk...and a lot of promises, so far.

    May 23, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Really

    How dare you say that Obama. You blocked all revote efforts in Florida. Now you try to act like you wish you could have campaigned in Florida. Do you think the voters are that stupid?!. We know you prevented a revote because you knew you would lose. So you would rather disenfranchise voters in order to win.

    Shameless. You are sleazy.

    May 23, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. Nia

    I think it would also be good to make up time in WV, KY and the urban portions of PA and IN for good measure. Shouldn't give people another tired excuse not to vote for you Mr. O. On another note...I'm with you all the way!!

    May 23, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Nia

    PS, for all the votes lost on people who will not vote on you based off of appereances (race and gender), there are twice as many folks in the more cultured areas of IN, WV, KY and PA who will, just reach out to them more.

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. Moe, NY

    Obama....if you are as smart as I think you are....you best bring on Hillary as VP...enough said!

    May 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Sunshine State

    Obama will lose Florida in November. Clinton would win Florida in November. Shame on the DNC and Obama for blocking the revote efforts and shame on the DNC for stripping all of Florida's delegates when the rules only provided for removing 1/2 of the pledged delegates.
    The DNC has been trying to block Clinton's nomination from the start and has been bolstering up Obama's campaign. Florida and Michigan were no accident but rather an attempt to stop Clinton's nomination. Shame on Obama for disenfranchising voters by blocking revote efforts.

    May 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. Chula

    TOO LATE.......Obama didn't want to count the votes and made it clear.

    No matter what happens Florida will NOT vote for Obama.

    NO OBAMA

    May 23, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Reality Bites

    Obama the citizens of Florida will not fall for your fake lines and insincerety. You blocked the revote efforts.

    You will lose Florida in November if you are the nominee.

    May 23, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. stayingathomewoman

    first he was against it, now he is for florida's votes. What a joke he is! Floridens are not stupid

    May 23, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Venus

    Way to go Bam! Just lay if on the table and tell the truth!

    Hillary should be taking notes on how to run a campaign and how to win!

    Stay safe Bam!

    May 23, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Slick Obama

    Obama you are the slickest politician I've ever seen. No one can make any statements concerning history without you pulling out the "I'm offended" tactic. You twist Clinton's words. You jump on Republicans for questioning your wife's comments. Apparently, no one can say anything in this country if it in any way casts a negative view of you or your staff. Stop playing the race card. It's pathetic. I'm shocked that a liberal democratic candidiate won't allow anyone to speak without fear of being labeled a racist or otherwise by Obama.

    America, we deserve better than Obama.

    May 23, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Florida Voters

    Don't waste your time. We don't want you here.
    GO AWAY – FLORIDA WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU NEVER

    May 23, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. sam

    Is there any possibility that Obama is campaigning in Florida not only for the General Election but because he believes that there will be a revote following the May 31st Democratic Committee's meeting? Intersted to find out...

    May 23, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. joe

    This confirms what I said that Hillary has a major drinking problem!!

    May 23, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Florida Gets It

    Obama you are not going to fool the people of Florida. We will not support you in November because you tried to block our votes merely because Clinton won our primary.

    If Obama ends up with the nomination, then I'm writing Clinton in on my ballot in November. She is qualified, she is experienced, she supported the re-vote effort, she won the most votes this primary season, and she would make the best President.

    No to Obama.

    May 23, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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