May 28th, 2008
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Democrats mull Florida, Michigan compromise

 Clinton paid a visit to Mt. Rushmore Wednesday. (Sasha Johnson/CNN)

Clinton paid a visit to Mt. Rushmore Wednesday. (Sasha Johnson/CNN)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Party is likely to meet rule-breaking Florida and Michigan halfway when it comes to seating their delegates at the national convention, two members of the rules committee said Wednesday.

Such a move may help Sen. Hillary Clinton close the delegate gap with front-runner Sen. Barack Obama but not overtake him, said sources familiar with party deliberations.

The sources did not want to be identified because the full committee has not yet discussed the problem or ruled on it.

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soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. SLO Bear

    Superdelegates, need to stop this madness; the integrity of the party and its future success really depend on it.

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. No Way

    Please they broke the rules. They need to live with the consequenses. What message does this send?

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Count the votes and delegates. We are not in some third world country to skip votes ...

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Marie-Lynn

    The rules are the rules , if you don't like it don't play...

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. mususbahu GERMANY

    im asking the clintons all her supporters ,this questing. the Clintons honest?? if yes then why dont they stand by their words to the americans.when she was doing good in the race she opened her mouth and promised all the americans that no matter what happens florida and michinge delegates will never be added.becourse the 2 states violated the rules and law.this same person who promised american is changing her mind becourse the race does not favour her,my worry ist what will she do when become president.this shows that she only think of her herself not the american people.2.what will be next when voted as president is she really going to keep her words as she did with florida and michinge??or is she really going to keep her promised.if we need change in american then we have to start first by respecting the laws and rules of the country.and this complie to everybody inclunding the president.i mean how you creat laws and rules to protect everyone but break them when its disfavours you.thats only the fact.its painful to lose that dream but think its not about clintons,obama mccain or anyother persons alone.its about millions of americans who need somebody who keep is own to protect them even its disfavours him.please stop judging by personal emmotions.give cesser to what belongs to cesser

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    You know this will not satisfy the whining baby...

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Diane

    I so hate pant suits now. I am calling for a National Pant Suit Burning Day!

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Don for Obama

    From what I know, the popular vote does not

    count in November, so why should that be her sole argument, will she be

    telling McCain to give up the presidency in November if she won the

    popular vote and lost the electoral college votes?

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. rada

    just do it and kill any chances of winning in November. We are mad and sick of this. We were punished enough... JUST GO AHEAD LETS LOOSE ANOTHER ONE!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Dorothy

    I do not care how close she get as long as she do not over take him He is nearly 200 deligates ahead of her.
    He shoud get half the delegates, but if he do not , We the millions of Obama supporters and Doners are waiting to see what happen because Hillary can not win anything not even a dog fight with out us.
    I will not vote for mcCain I just will not vote at all.

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Sky- kissimmee, FL

    So Sad. . I think she's gonna really go into deep depression when this is all said and done.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. rumpusgoopus

    Kevin, you're right and wrong. This isn't a third world country, and in this country we follow rules and laws.

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Oh Good Grief

    This won't work; it will still mean she loses and the whole argument is that she needs those votes to try to beat Obama.

    BTW, why didn't this process bother her when it worked for her husband in 1992?

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Moses, Ca.

    The DNC must stick to their guns. If they let people break the rules this time, how about the next time. There would be no control in the future. every State would do what thet please, because they wouldn't have to worry about what would happen...

    May 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. joe m

    Compromising now will only open the door for more troubles in the future. DNC needs to hold fast and the citizens of FL and MI need to take this out on the real culprits, their elected officials, during their next election. a child learns not to stick it's fingers into an electrical socket only after they've done it once and found the experience to be unpleasant but instructive. lesson: finger + live elctrical socket = not good.

    May 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Chipster

    So, the Democratic Party is willing to perhaps halve the votes in FL & MI? Does this mean they will cut the votes in SC in half as well? Why was SC allowed to move its primary date from 2/5 to 1/29 and then to 1/26?

    Hmmmm ... SC voted for Sen. Obama; I wonder – no, it can't be; Hmmmm.\?

    May 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Crazy Broad

    Let's see what happens when a FAIR compromise is put on the table and Mrs. Clinton does not agree to it.

    Any decision that doesn't involve her getting the maximum number of delegates will not be agreed to by her.

    Of course, her nutty supporters will go right along with her insanity and still blame it on Obama when the delegates are not seated.

    May 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. fpjv

    Obama is loosing the popular vote and is ahead in delegates only because the caucus system granted 8 delegates per 10,000 caucus votes while the popular, direct primary vote only gets 1 delegate every 10,000 votes.
    If you do not believe this make the math yourself, go to thw CNN www, add the results and see...Obama's 390,000 caucus votes give him 320 delegates !!!Democratic??

    May 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Shawn

    Clinton supporter's arguments:

    1) 'Obama should drop out because he can't win the general.'
    – never mind that hillary can't even win the primary.

    2) 'Obama has no experience.'
    – as opposed to hillary's 'experience' as a first lady?

    3) 'Obama is not trustworthy'.
    – as opposed to hillary who lied, slung mud like a champion, flip flopped, lied some more, changed rules mid game. (bosnia sniper, chelsea jogging, race card, feminist card, agreed to FL and MI disqualification when it suited her, discounted EVERY economist and sided with the opposition to support the gas tax relief, does not want caucuses counted)

    4) 'We will vote for McCain (and 100 more years in Iraq and $10 gas and roe vs wade overturned) even though we are democrats and even though Obama and Hillary have identical positions...because supporters are mean!'
    – I don't even know what to say to this.

    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. martin

    obama needs 46 delegates ,now ,after recieving 2 more sds. ,so far ,today.hillary has recieved 0. hahahaha!.hillary's gone!bill's so upset!his face is red with anger,at the thought of his hillary not becoming queen of the us.if hillary can't be queen,he can not be king,and chelsea will never be a pricess.awwwwwwww,poor poor dare americans treat them this way?they have every intention of taking this to convention,and destroying the dems chance at taking the white house back.yesterday ,hillary began her old attacks on president obama,saying he would lose against a new poll out,today,if hillary ran independent,against obama and mccain,obama wins by 58%,next is mccain with 30%,and last is hillary with 12%.

    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |

    this is like givin a students all the points he got from cheating, thus allowing him to have a better grade then those who did not cheat !





    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Sid

    Shame on YOU HILLARY for DISENFRANCHISING voters from the following caucus states:

    north dakota

    You DID NOT win the popular vote, even with Michigan and Florida. Don't spread these lies.

    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. tidho

    She just needs to walk out of that meeting praising Obama's cooperation and publically supporting the outcome while reinforcing that it ensures the people's voices were heard. Then she will have lived up to her word.

    If she has one of her puppets make the first statement and it contains language talking about the popular vote then we know it will be an exciting convention.

    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Jane L.

    The news media is fond of phrases such as "overturning the rules" and "will Clinton muscle her way in." It is all part of the extreme and blatant bias they've shown since the Iowa vote. It is absolutely disgusting and obscene. I've never seen anything like it.
    The truth is that Sen. Clinton has run an admirable campaign. She and Sen. Obama have both made gaffes, but hey, this has been over a year now. And despite the media news shows and chattering pundits painting her as the villain, she has a very good argument, and the rules committee should listen. Most voters want her to be the nominee.

    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. hakeemsdad, Florida

    Ha hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Yes you lead in the popular votes but if you count the states you have won. (Let's give you the chance to become a president of the states you have won)

    Billary don't be stupid and make up your own math (Billary math). I am a math specialist and yes you look helpless and stupid when you claim that you lead in the popular votes.

    May 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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