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. Jessica in IL

    The latest polls do show that Obama IS more electable that Hillary against McCain. If the Obama haters are going to quote "facts" I wish they'd get them right.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Wayne

    If they decide in Hillary's favor..can anyone tell me what would stop 49 other states from moving thier primaries to the same day as Iowa next time around?

    The precedent is that rules do not matter. Iowa, CA, TX, NY..they will all vote on the same day next time.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Honest man for Obama

    So, these are the people Hillary Clinton is planning to use against Obama so that he may not be fit to contest? Hillary you need to be investigated the FBI needs to tap your phone conversation to determine who you are planning with to do away Obama so that you will steal it from him.

    Shame on you disgracing yourself for race that is over, cryinf fowl whining everyday. How shameful it is to see well respected ex-President falling in a deep hole because of his embition to be co-president.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Flaws of Humanity

    Pardon my interruption.....
    I'm looking at our candidates to see who is truly "presidential". I look at what they do along with what they say, how they run their campaign, how much respect are they showing for each other being both are DNC politicians....and for the DNC itself.

    A lot of women support HIllary because what they feel she represents. However, there seems to be a willingness to turn the cheek when she's doing it in a way that at times really isn't very representative of women at all. Actually, a regression.

    The answer is brighter than staring at the sun directly. Hillary quite simply put.... is not "presidential". She is not now, she will likely not be in 2012 or 2016. A LOT of the current chaos and friction that exist in this contest is because of the strategical efforts made by her campaign to take back what they carelessly lost to begin with. Unpresidential indeed.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Can I Get An Aswer

    Will someone please just ask Hillary if she agreed to the rules? Did she not sign the same agreement that the other Democratic candidates did? I only wish I could change the rules the games I play when I am losing. I love to gamble!

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Zika

    Hillary is Republican, as was (is ) her husband. Obama is the first candidate since Carter who talks like a democrat.
    With people like Clintons, America has only one party – republicans. And no wonder those who support her, will vote for McSame in November. She uses same arguments and plays the same cards like Bush did in 2000 to get elected. She supported attack on Iraq, she said she would destroy Iran... Democrat? I don't think so. Wouldn't be surprised if she goes on a ticket with McSame.

    May 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Steve

    Narrow minded bigots still abound in this country. I wonder why these uneducated idiots feel they are better than others. Can you explain that Hilliary?

    May 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Polly

    I will write HILLERY name on the ballot if it is not there for PRESIDENT 08.

    May 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Why is it CNN that you do not post a very large majority of my comments? Always left in moderation even after may comments were posted after mine. Are my comments too honest and fair? Or are they too well thought out and realistic compared to the majority of those hateful, inciteful remarks that you do publish?

    This is pure stupidity. Any protest at this point in time is mute. This will be dealt with and resolved by the DNC. There is absolutely no need to protest in any way shape or form, in doing so it only shows your ignorance.

    As for Hillary Clinton and her campaign organizing, paying for transportation and hotel expenses is absolutely outlandish and only adds fuel to the fire as to why many bloggers insist that her campaign end now. Sen Clinton in January and the months befor stated many time that FL and MI were not important in that the broke the rules and their votes would not count. Now that she is so far behind and ever since she fell behind to the extent of questionable recovery in late Feb and March; she now has one hope and that is Michigan and Florida.
    Then and only then did those votes in Florida and Michigan become important and relevant. Fact is that had she been successful in February and March to the point of closing the door on Senator Obama; as planned in her original campaign strategy ; Michigan and Florida would have remained an unimportant and irrelevant issue.
    That everyone is the plain and simple truth. Why? When the DNC made their ruling and all the candidates signed off on those rulings, not Senator Clinton did not voice any reservations or concerns as to the rights of the voting public of Michigan or Florida.

    May 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Ken in Washington

    For all those who say the results of the Florida vote should count, what about those in Florida who did not vote because the DNC said their votes would not count? You want the Hillary votes to count but you want to forget about those who followed the rules and did not vote because they were told their votes would not count..

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. White woman in VA

    I'm with you all the way white woman in MI.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Nothing But Love For Obama

    True there may be some Floridians who have been blinded by Hillary's lies on disenfranchisement, but I have to applaud all those other Floridians who, during Sen. Obama's recent 3-day stint in their state turned out to give him the numbers for the LARGEST POLITICAL RALLY EVER in Florida's history (16,000 to be exact). I also didn't hear of this big surge to attend his rallies and turn backs to him as claimed by Sen. Clinton's supporters and found it interesting that during her own visit to the state that she reportedly didn't even fill up half of a 7,000 seat stadium. Not bad for a guy so many of Sen. Clinton's supporters claim are despised by them and blamed for their sad state of affairs courtsey of THEIR elected officials.

    Oh...and about Michigan...I've heard the same tired rheortic against Sen. Obama where these voters are concerned too but based on the media coverage of when he was last in the state (where Edwards endorsed him to the world) I find it rather hard to believe that he didn't stand a chance in hell (had the voting gone as it should have) of claiming victory or near victory there either.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Exasperated

    Nag ... Denial ... Plot .. Nag ... Denial ... Scheme ... Nag ... Denial ... Twist .. Nag ...
    Now we know why Bill kept on keeping away, OMG ... Give it up!

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. THIS IS JUST CRAZY

    How do all you Hillary Supporters expect for Hillary to win the General Election without the Obama supporters? You are just as delusional as your leader.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Liziman

    Some Americans are not mature nor ready for srtong mind – BO – they are ready for Liars as usual, racism and other idiots thing...

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Lee Huai Tu

    It is interesting that a lot of Clinton supporters feel as though HRC is being victimized. But, then, Obama simply does not have a verbal equivalent of "Shame on you, Barack Obama" directed at his opponent.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. sweetpea

    If Hillary was winning she wouldn't care about seating the delegates from Florida and Minnesota. She keeps changing the rules because she's not ahead in the count. Hillary should step out of the race gracefully instead of continuing her hateful remarks against Senator Obama.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Poor socks

    I am sure that FL and MI are very important to Sen. Clinton, just like poor socks was when they were in the WH, but what happened to socks when they didnt need him anymore? They gave him away, How much will she care about FL and MI when she no longer needs them?

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Daniel from Kansas

    Who will be the president of Who-ville?

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Diana Former Clinton Supporter

    Hillary and her supporters are in denial. They seem to make things up as they go along.... whatever angle seems to suit their cause... is what they are trying today. Rules no longer matter... the Democratic Party doesn't matter... Gas tax doesn't matter. Her supporters eat up every lie she spits out ... they are crazy. I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON ...EVEN IF YOU PAID ME!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Joe

    What does the Barack Obama supporters gain from demonstrating at the Rules Committee meeting? If BO is so cles to getting the nomination then allowing the peoples votes in Florida and Michigan will only help his candidacy. Or is it that they want to repress anyone who disagrees with Barack?

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Martha Williams

    To all the Clinton and McCain supporters....what are you going to do when Obama wins the election? Hating him will not change a thing. Are you all going to leave America and become citizens of another country or stay and prosper on the new beginnings? Just like we've always had to see what each newly elected person brings to the white house, we will just have to wait and see. I wish I could take the energy you are investing into hating this man and put it in my gas tank. I could drive forever.

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Belle

    Posts for Hillary are getting fewer because of all the attacks from the Obama supporters. This is clearly not a discussion of the issues. It is vicious attacks from Obama. What is the point of posting; there is none so blind as he who will not see!!

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Netty

    Hearing Bill use the term "disrespectful" in the same sentence as his WIFE makes me want to puke ! He has been the MOST desrespectful husband in politics !

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. SlimSista

    TO GB....WHAT YOU GONNA DO LEAVE THE COUNTRY...CAUSE YOU WILL BE LOOKING AT YOUR NEW PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA EVERY DAY ON THE NEWS....

    I THINK THEY NEED CITIZENS IN...OH WELL YOU PICK A COUNTRY...

    AND TO ALL THE OBAMA HATERS....WE AS HIS SUPPPORTERS DO HAVE BRAGGING RIGHTS....CAUSE HE IS BEATING HRC ON EVERY BASE......

    GO OBAMA....THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES...MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT YOU....

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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