May 27th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama supporters planning DNC counter-protest

Both Clinton and Obama supporters are planning to protest outside Saturday's RBC meeting in Washington.

Both Clinton and Obama supporters are planning to protest outside Saturday's RBC meeting in Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supporters of Barack Obama’s presidential bid are planning to demonstrate outside the Saturday meeting in Washington where Democratic officials are slated to debate the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations at the party’s summer convention.

The move comes days after backers of Hillary Clinton’s White House run announced plans to converge on the Washington, D.C. hotel where members of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee are meeting.

“Hillary Clinton's supporters are going to be bussing in protestors for the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting, so it's critical that we show up for the counter-protest,” wrote on organizer in a post on the Daily Kos Web site Tuesday morning.

Last week, the pro-Clinton Committee to Count Every Vote said it was organizing a day-long May 31 rally outside the RBC meeting.

“Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama. Michigan and Florida, however, in addition to Hillary's strong support nationwide, cannot and must not be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party.”

The group said it was organizing buses to carry protestors to the meeting site, and could offer some overnight housing for those who could not afford to pay for accommodations.

Earlier this month, Clinton told a group of bloggers who support her candidacy that she encouraged efforts to lobby the committee.

“I thank you for zeroing in on the May 31 meeting. There will be a lot of activity around that meeting,” she said on a conference call, adding that it was “important your voices are heard” by DNC members.

A limited number of seats inside Saturday’s meeting were scheduled to be made available by the DNC at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday – but as of 10 minutes after the hour, all those seats had been claimed. Limited same-day registration will be available as space permits, according to the party’s Web site.

Those who make it inside will have to abide by strict guidelines banning “banners, posters, signs, handouts, and noisemakers of any kind” – and they won’t have a chance to weigh in, since there is no allowance for public comment.

Clinton’s campaign has pushed for both the Florida and Michigan delegations to be seated in full in accordance with the results of their January primaries, which were not sanctioned by the DNC because they were scheduled early in defiance of party instructions. Clinton was the only major candidate to appear on the ballot in Michigan, and won both contests.

The DNC, state Democratic parties and both presidential campaigns have said that they are eager for a compromise that would allow both Florida and Michigan to send delegations to the party’s nominating convention in Denver – but all sides stress that the solution would have to be acceptable to both campaigns.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod signaled in an interview last week that the Illinois senator might be willing to consider a compromise that would give a slight advantage to Clinton.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (530 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obliterate Iran?
    This woman is crazy, that means kill every man woman and child in that country. She is a nut case and needs to be away from power.
    What the Hell is the matter with her?
    Put her in a stray jacket already.

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Bill L

    What message does it send to our citizens when politicians change the rules in the middle of the game? If you don't like the ref's call, just ignore it and play the game your way. What happened to integrity?
    Also, the party rules say that the candidate with the most delegate votes is the winner, not the one who has the most popular votes.
    And what about the people in MI and FL who stayed home and did not vote because they understood the votes would not count? How do they get their voices heard at this point? Or do we only count the votes of those who ignored the rules?
    Neither state government would approve holding a second election, so why is the lack of a re-vote blamed on Obama?

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Zoey

    And all this non-sense about Hiliary "taking care" of the people is foolish. Hiliary is taking care of Hiliary. She didn't care about MI or FL when she was in the lead. She verbally mentioned that MI and FL doesn't make a difference for her. So all this jazz about Obama cheating is non-sense.

    Hiliary, you made your bed..now lie in it.

    May 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Carrie

    How slight of a advantage? I want the caucus votes included also. The MI vote was all off key because people had already voted absentee and voted in a way they would have wished to change. We are certainly watching to really see the fairness in this situation. And not the slant toward the Clinton machine.

    May 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. "sherrie50" -- what have you done lately?

    Nothing even remotely close to Senator's service to YOUR country for more than 35 years, I'll bet!

    May 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Obama supporters are hoping for a victory next week.But she will be pushing to get the finish line moved out even more.She is not going to accept defeat.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Phil

    Man anyone who makes gambling bets on elections is missing a few screws.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Griff

    Obama! Take a Hyke, Hillary Clinton is not a Byke... Find yourself some other transport, to the White-House... She can do it, without you...

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. curtis

    If the rules comittee allows clinton to steal the nomination you can count blacks out of the democratic party for a generation. Blacks have supprted the democratic party for years through good and bad times all we expect are for the rules to be followed as explained to both candidates before the primary began. No matter what happens in the general election he beat the clinton machine and that cant be ignored.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. JJ

    Another thing. it kills me to read the attacks from Hillary's supporters and Obama's supporters. Can we all just sit back and hush up until May 31st? Blaming eath other's camp is not going to resolve anything. Let the DNC meet and decide what's best the solution.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Harv

    when will you Obama supporters WAKE UP!!!!!! Obama is full of EMPTY promises and disillusion, no substance (except nicotine and whatever drugs he had taken as a youth), no experience, loves his reverend and never disavowed him until he got caught in the hate mongering episode. remember it wasn't Hillary that pulled her name off the ballot it was Obama's. let go to the superdelegates. he'll have the delgates, she'll have the popular vote, momentum, swing states, and more dems will vote for her than they will him.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Todd Michaels

    Hillary is just plain dangerous. She lies to the camera and to her supporters with such a straight face that it is bordering on psychpathic. The fallout may be devastating to the country (i.e lead to McCain), but Hillary seems not to care. The problem is not her smarter supporters...they know that this is a political game, and will rally behind Obama. The problem is that her less knowledgeable supporters are bound to believe all these hysterics, and blame Obama, leading to a McCain victory. This is really sick.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Obama DID Campaing in Florida!

    And his name was on the ballot. Get it?

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. washington

    McCain has begun hiring trolls to cause trouble for the DEMS. They paTROLL, sites saying all kinds of nasty things and acting like Hillary supporter or Obama supports. I have something to say to you trolls. NOT THIS TIME! NO, NOT THIS YEAR!

    OBAMA08'

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Dmitriy

    Obama camp is the one being divisive. Our contry has 50 states, not 48, not 57, but 50. Disenfranchise Florida voters and see how this all will play out. I guess so much for 'unifier'. Obama is just like any other politician.

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Lisa in GA.

    Hillary has single handed DESTRYOED the party!

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    Does the road to the white house go thru Puerto Rico now, you nut case? Yes I mean you Hillary.

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. mike

    Shannon, you have your Bush tactics mixed up. You see there is a concept called fairness. That is, the vote needs to be fair. Only George Bush and I guess Hillary feel it is fair to count the Michigan vote where Obama's name was not on it. That is because it suits Hillary just fine. Florida is a similar problem. Everywhere Obama campaigns, he ususally improves his position. If he campaigned in Florida, Hillary would probably have had a narrower victory. So if you want to count these, split them 50/50 because the voting process was not done fairly. Heck give Hillary a 10 point victory in FLA, which she declined. Obama still wins. Hillary just wants everything her way. It doesn't work that way.

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Roscoeegibb

    Hillary Clinton is shouting from the roof tops that the Michigan and Florida delegates need to be seated because she won the contests, but how can a person win if they were not to have their name on the ballot anyway. Wasn't she in violation of DNC rules. She does have a lot of nerve.

    May 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary's campaign is $20 million plus in debt and protesting makes no sense. Put your money where your mouth is if you're so supportive of Hillary continuing. It takes money and management to run a campaign and Hillary has failed in both.

    May 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Susan/PA

    Well if it is good for the goose then it is good for the gander...............

    50/50 split of delegates in both states.( delegate total count not changed from 2026)...... and no popular vote count...........she won in FL on name recoginition...........who the heck dont know the clinton name.

    Tis a shame Obama supporters have to counter suit the Clinton supporters.... This is due to Clinton wanting the rules changed mid game.................so sad

    Sen Obama will be the partys Nominee..he earn it fair and square

    May 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Alice in Florida

    What signs will the Obama cultists carry? "DON'T count all the votes?"

    Or will they just keep shrieking "Rules are rules!!!" as if all the voters are children who need to be punished because of something Republicans did?

    P.S. CNN, why are you sitting on scary hateful ugly Michelle's latest video? Waiting until every other network covers it and it's all over the Web so much that you can no longer ignore it just like you did with Reverend Wright?

    May 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Beburg Zehri

    Clintons did their best to whine, lie and change the rules that they first agreed to, but unfortunately for them the fat lady will sing next Tuesday. I hope Hillary concedes defeat in a graceful manner and doesn't whine about popular votes, Florida and Michigan. Obama beat her fair and square, no more excuses.

    May 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. j

    Hiliray supporters LET IT GO! FL & MI were both warned not to move there primaries up & they did so anyways. everyone else followed by the rules & now that she is desperate for the votes she wants them to be counted?! come on now. im 17 & cant even vote & i know that this is DUMB. OBAMA 08!

    May 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. DKLL05

    WHAT PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND HERE IS THE ONLY REASON THAT OBAMA IS WINNING THIS IS BECAUSE THEY DID NOT COUNT MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA THE TRUTH IS THAT ONLY PEOPLE HE HAS THE POPULAR VOTE FROM IS AMONG BLACK VOTERS WHICH IS TO BE EXPECTED. I THINK THAT HILLARY WILL PROVE HER POINT AND SHE WILL BE THE NOMINEE ALL THESE PEOPLE JUST LISTEN TO MUCH TO THE MEDIA AND DONT KNOW THE WHOLE PICTURE ONLY WHAT THEY ARE TOLD EVERYONE KNOWS THAT OBAMA CAN NOT WIN AGINST MCCAIN AND ILL BE THE FIRST TO MAKE SURE OF THAT BY CASTING MY VOTE FOR MCCAIN IF HILLARY LOSES BUT I DONT THINK SHE WILL THEY ARE JUST WAITING TO DECLARE HER THE WINNER DONT YOU THINK IF THE SUPERDELAGETS DIDNT KNOW THAT OBAMA CNT WIN THAT THEY WOULD HAVE ALREADY WENT FOR OBAMA? THEY HAVENT BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHO CAN REALL BEAT MCCAIN AND ITS NOT OBAMA HAVE FUN WITH ANOTHER 4 YRS OF BUSH IN OFFICE IF SHE LOSES

    May 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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