WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just outside the ballroom where the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee is deciding how to handle the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations, the Clinton campaign said Saturday it was unwilling to concede the "concession" offered by the Obama team during morning remarks.
Florida Rep. Robert Wexler, a supporter of Barack Obama, told the panel Saturday morning the Illinois senator's campaign was willing to make a "concession" by agreeing to the plan presented by Jon Ausman that would cut the state's delegate voting strength by half.
Outside the room where the RBC gathering is already running nearly four hours behind schedule, senior advisers for Hillary Clinton said the Obama campaign wasn't making a concession to the New York senator, but to reality.
Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones crashed a press conference with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, Wexler and Ausman meant to showcase the relative agreement among the Floridians pleading the state's case before the committee Saturday.
"We don't expect that the Obama campaign will be so 'generous' as to 'give' us the 19 delegates," she said. "It is in fact more generous and more appropriate to count all the votes as they were cast."
Clinton senior adviser Harold Ickes brushed Wexler's word aside entirely. "A concession? Give me a break," he told reporters. Under their formula Hillary Clinton loses delegates. How is that a concession?"
Wexler told reporters that 19 votes were better than nothing.
"Right now, they have zero votes, so it's a concession of 19. They have more than they started with," he said.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe chimed in: "19 delegates is a huge concession. Harold of all people should know that gift-wrapping 19 delegates is an awfully generous gesture."
The committee has yet to reconvene after a private lunch that has taken more than twice as long as originally scheduled.