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. Lucy in Illinois

    I think that her and Bill should stay home this weekend and work on their conspiracy theories. After this is over with Hillary should get him to a doctor. Most people that spout conspiracy theories are usually extremely paranoid which means there is mental illness. This family is unbelievable! It is a good thing they have each other. I hope their insurances will cover it.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Democratic

    Counting out Hillary and her supporters... and using filthy language.

    Sen Obama and supporters, do you think you are thinking democratic ?

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Marc

    Keep it up! Make that statement, fight amongst yourselves, belittle, berate and soon McCain will be President!!

    Good work Democrats, you are doing McCain's job for him!

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. R.I.F.

    Dan Lee May 27th, 2008 11:42 am ET

    Thank You. Please continue to post those quotes. The Clintons are being just as disingenuous about MI & FL as Bush was about taking us to war in Iraq. Do we really need four more years of deception and lies?

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. susan Clarke

    We are tired of reading and hearing that "Hillary won Michigan". How does won win an election when there were no other candidates on the ballot? If any group of voters should be enraged, it should be the democrat voters in Michigan and those in Florida who stayed away from the polls thinking their vote would not count!

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Dolores

    First we had the Bush corrupt election win in Florida and now we have to watch the Clintons try to pull off the same thing. The Clintons are notorious for lying and deceiving when they are so bent on being on top.
    When do they stop fooling the American people with their disgusting and disgraceful tactics. And please keep her out of second place, as VP. We want real change with Obama. Hill is old school and over the hill of shame. Bill and Hill please go home.

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. fred2..since another stole my name

    Obama will lose a heck of a lot worse than Kerry did!!

    May 27th, 2008 11:32 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It isn't going to matter…Obama is NEVER going to win!!

    All the way to the convention Hillary!!

    Millions of Hillary supporters will WRITE IN HILLARY or VOTE FOR McCain!!

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. George

    A good time for Hillary to have care was when the DNC Rules Committee made their decision. She went along with the rules until she realized that she couldn't win without Florida and Michigan. Before this it was all a "delegate race", now it's a popular vote race. Hillary you have no integrity – take your ball and go home and play with Bill.

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Mel

    I am so sick of the Bushes and the Clintons. What you see is what you get and it is very unlikeable. Bill Clinton was macho-man in Pennsylvania, talking tough about not going on the field if you can't play with the men. His wife said "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen". We'll.... if the heat is too much, they already proposed the solution. Unfortunately we know from Florida and Michigan Senator Clinton does not keep her word: she agreed to FL and MI before she was opposed to FL and MI (or she agrees to what is in her self-interest). What happen to Rocky? Annie Oakley? The Whiskey drinker? Now she is playing the girl card – the boys are picking on me. Is that going to impress the Iranian President, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez? When she answers the phone at 3am is she going to say, remember "I am a girl" and so play nice?!

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Samantha

    Is Obama protesting the protest to seat Florida's delegates? Obama was campaigning in Florida all week last week. Why? Obama should not get 1 vote from the state of Florida. Choke it down and vote for John McCain, Florida. At least he thinks you count.

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. JA Cook

    How can Clinton say she supports everyone having their voice heard and every vote counted – THEN turn around and point out entire states to be excluded from "every vote"?

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Don

    This just goes to show the Democratic party does not know the meaning of Democracy . . . "with liberty and justice for all".

    McCain understands.

    Vote McCain in 08 ! ! !

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Alexis

    FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN,

    YOUR STATE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN IF YOUR STATE BROKE THE RULES, YOU NEED TO BE PROTESTING IN YOUR STATE. THAT IS UNFAIR!!! THE RULES ARE THE RULES, AND YOUR STATE IS NO BETTER THAN THE NEXT, SO YOU HAVE TO SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR THE ELECTION IN NOV. TO GET YOUR TURN. IF THEY LET YOU GET AWAY, THEN THAT WILL NOT BE A GOOD EXAMPLE, ON THE REST OF THE STATES. YOU BROKE THE RULES NOW SIT BACK AND BE QUIET!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Math Teacher, Texas

    Veteran in Kansas his name is Howard Dean. And, Clinton and her supporters have done more damage than Obama ever could. Get real and stop the blame game. I admit the negative back and forth between the Obama campaign and the Clinton campaign needs to stop, but who really started the trash throwing??

    Clinton and team have been down in the dumps sense Iowa.

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Azar

    She is a trouble maker. She should get out of the race. It is over for her.

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Brian

    haha Obama supporters can act as childish as Clinton supporters!

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Gaylon Barrow

    ISN'T THIS ALL THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS CAN DO. TURN OVER CARS SET THEM ABLAZE THEN LOOT A STORE. BEER AND WINE STORES NATURALLY. WITH AN EXCUSE THEY'LL GATHER ANYWHERE TO DEMOSTRATE. ALTHOUGH, IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THEY DO.

    HILLARY YOU NEED TO QUIT NOW EVEN THOUGH YOU COULD WIN. BUT AFTER CONSIDERABLY THINKING YOU DON'T NEED TO BE PRESIDENT OR VP OF THIS DISASTEROUS COUNTRY. LET IT FALL WITH OBAMA. IF PEOPLE ARE CRAZY ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR HIM LET THEM HAVE IT.

    HOWEVER, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN BECAUSE HE CAN NOT WIN COME NOVEMBER. WELCOME TO ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WITH A DO NOTHING DEMOCRAT CONGRESS. NEITHER WILL HAVE MY SUPPORT.

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Sammy

    Good luck to Hillary's supporters. You will need it. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do the math! If Barack Obama were to be awarded RIGHT NOW even 80 per cent of the delegates that he would have gotten, had Michigan and Florida not broken the rules, then he would already be the nominee.

    If you wish to push this forward, then at least understand what you are doing. It is not helpful to insist that she is the "better candidate." She may be in your view, but for the sake of what you like to call "democracy," we should all realize one thing: Mr. Obama has more delegates, and will have more delegates at the end of this primary season - no matter what the outcome of the final three (or five) contests coming up.

    Thank you.

    Sammy
    Boston, MA

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. GO OBAMA

    The whole WORLD is laughing about the clinton team and their supporters.

    The y can't accept that it is over.

    Just pathetic!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Lee

    This entire process just reaffirms the belief that the Clintons are all about themselves and not the Democratic Party. They have no intention about helping Barack or the DNC.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I'm not sure what is more disenfranchising: Not counting voters, or using voters to your own means.

    Florida and Michigan, Clinton doesn't care about you, she only cares that you suit her current agenda.

    Even with Florida and Michigan, the math still overwhelmingly favors Obama. Clinton is using these two states to keep the battle going and dividing the party because that benefits her the most.

    Anyone show me math that Clinton will still win with Florida and Michigan....and not Clinton math (like her version of the popular vote). Math based in the reality 99% of people use.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. hello

    I see Obama a big time looser in Nov. beaten by John MaCain in Florida Michigan, ohio, Pensylvania, west verginia,Kentucky, and other Mid West state.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Jack

    Of course Obama is going to protest. He doesn't want Florida and Michigan votes to count. That way, he wins. If Florida and Michigan count, then he has to campaign longer because Hillary will be in the lead and that is something that Obama and his major supporter, Howard Dean doesn't want. Obama has yet to carry a major swing state so why does the Democratic Party want him on the ticket? At the rate things are going, John McCain will have the biggest blow out since Reagan's re-election in 1984.

    The more that Hillary and Obama argue back and forth, conservative Democrats like me are starting to listen to John McCain. As a former Hillary donor, I have stopped my donations since CNN.com has reported on numerous occasions that she has already prepared an exit strategy. I can't support Obama because he is a political novice who is making all sorts of promises about change without any ability to follow through. That only leaves John McCain as a realistic alternative for 2008.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Priscilla for Obama

    Hillary has caused so much dissention between the Democrats. This shouldn't be happening. Obama needs to forget her support because there is no way Hillary will support him or encourage her voters to do so.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Eco Geek

    It is amazing to me to see the similarities between the Clinton supporters of 2008 and Bush supporters of 2000. After watching "Recount" I realize that FL's votes are once agian being manipulated. Why doesn't the press cover all of the Obama supporters that sat at home because their votes weren't to be counted. The Clinton's continue to claim the popular majority based on the inclusion of the Mich. vote, where Mrs. Clinton's name was the only prominant candidate on the ballot. Which was supposed to be an oversight. Once again many people sat home because they were told that their was going to be counted. We are sending terrible mesaage to our younger people and the rest of the world if the rules of the game are changed in the last inning so that one team can change the final score.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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