May 28th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
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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. Jane, College Park, MD

    Sen Clinton's supporters are beginning to remind me of the Mafia.

    May 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Chi4Obama

    She is like an annoying gnat, buzzing around the Democratic party. She just won't go away.

    May 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Dave

    I can Not wait till she has to go back to the Senate, when all her other party members get to look at her and whisper about the "sure thing" that failed.

    Not to mention how hard it's going to be to find allies after the lies, and the do anything to win.

    she's tossed her party under the bus, maybe they should return the favor.

    May 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Mary Sue

    Halfway will not satisfy Hillary. Halfway will ensure a fight all the way to the convention.

    The DNC should have nipped this fight about FL and MI in the bud when Hillary first raised it by standing by their original decision. Their spineless has guaranteed a convention fight and a probable Democratic loss in November.

    May 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Canadian EH!

    Boo hoo hooo She is never going to win..Such hypocro!!

    May 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. meredith

    Hey Diane who hates' pantsuits – Man, why don't you just go stomp the Flag with Ayers cause that's who you sound like – or are you a parishner from Wrights church? Your hatred is overwhelming and has no place here.

    May 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Chris from Delmar

    Whatever the rules committee comes up with, I hope that they exclude the superdelegates from Michigan. Those are the nitwits that got the voters in this mess in the first place.
    I have much more sympathy with the Florida superdelegates simply because to some degree they got pushed into this mess by the Republican-led legislature and the Republican governor.

    May 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. jonny

    Congrats to Obama for his 3 new super delegates this morning!

    May 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. rajah kahn

    I agree with the compromise, the RULES have to be maintained, The Clintons do not have the POWER to change the rules.

    May 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Lisa from TX

    Obama will still win in the delegate count and his name was not even on the ballot in Michigan. It scares me to think that Hillary has a choice to try and unite her supporters behind our candidate or she can keep doing what she's doing. Dems need a win in November. Please Hillary supporters, do whats right for OUR country.

    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. R.R

    I'm worried about the Dem. Party!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Sabrina

    Obama supporters let this play out and stop with all the nasty comments, You are suspose to be for change but most of you are just mean spirited and nasty. You all keep say Obama was not on the ballot in Mi........Well he was but took himself off......then had surrogates working for him, send out mail saying not to vote for her but to vote un commited, also did this on the radio. That way she would not have a landside. He also advertised in Fl. with CNN. Are all Obama people working for Obama? I'm sure some of you are!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Kim from WV

    WV Congress; please listen very carefully. in 2012, we would apreciate it if our primary is held on 2nd January. Is that clear?

    May 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Debbie,NJ

    Don Hillary will take her drama into the GE and for the next 4 years if she wins the WH. That's why she's not going to win. There is too much at stake to play "As Hillary's world turns".

    May 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Enough Already

    By now it's painfully obvious to even the most delusional Hillary supporter that the only way Clinton could possibly win–unlikely as it is–would be by pulling some underhanded, Nixonian trick. Were that to happen, the Obama supporters who magnanimously claim in polls they'd vote for her if she became the nominee would move heaven and earth to see she lost the election.

    Clinton stands to go down in history as the biggest sore loser in American politics.

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. As You

    What's going on there? What is that woman looking for exactly?
    There is now way the DEM. Party leaders can stop this division/destruction?

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Tommy

    Remember the Obama campaign person who called Hillary "a monster?" At the time, I did not think someone should have used a description like that. Now, I think it was prophetic!

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Unbelievable

    Diane your comment is hilarious! No more pantsuits! No more pantsuits! Laughing!!!!

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Tim

    It won't work!!!

    Obama 08/12

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Nothing but........

    Nothing but a revote that Florida and Michigan deserves. don't allow democracy to fall.

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Debbie,NJ

    Give her Florida votes. She still won't win. ANd while we're changing rules in the middle of an election count the votes from the causcus states that Obama won. He will slaughter her.

    May 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Matt

    She signed off on the rules. It's on camera that she agreed with the ruling of the DNC. She needs to stop acting like she is some holy saviour of the voter's rights in MI and FL. People also need to get off Obama about not supporting them...which is ridiculous. From the start he has said that they could negotiate some kind of inclusion that will be in the best interest of both candidates. Never once has he said that MI and FL don't and shouldn't count. He supported the original action taken by the DNC but feels the same way Hillary does...that their voice does matter.

    May 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. RP

    Since we are now in the business of discarding caucuses, I would suggest that we subtract all Clinton supporters that will vote for McCain if she doesn't become the nominee. Obviously, these folks have no business in determining the nominee of the Democratic Party. If you vote for McCain, you do not count in the popular vote.

    May 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Thus far the DNC has done the right thing. It has stuck to its guns on rules that all of the presidential candidates agreed to beforehand by signature in order to enter the race as Democratic Party candidates. When Florida and Michigan broke the rules, Obama, not the Clintons, has lived up to rules as a team playing Democratic Party candidate. Because they will lose the nomination if the rules are followed, the Clintons propose to break the rules. This is the nature of the Clintons-dishonest, cheats, and, with baggage like this, the Clintons are less likely to win the general election.

    May 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. jonny

    Hillary has become selfish and pathetic, and should be ignored. Don't read articles about her or talk about her, just post about the 2 REAL candidates (Obama or McCain). Clinton is out, and we should stop letting her pretend she is in the race. She is LOVING all this attention, even if it is negative.

    May 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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