May 31st, 2008
07:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Florida compromise seats delegation, gives each half vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rules and Bylaws Committee narrowly voted Saturday against a motion by panel member Alice Huffman to fully seat Florida's delegation, sparking chaos in the ballroom where the panel was meeting, before voting almost unanimously to seat the full delegation but halve its voting strength.

The crowd grew increasingly vocal during the vote over Huffman's motion, as many in the audience began shouting at the members of the committee, hissing and chanting "Denver! Denver!" the site of the Democratic National Convention this summer.


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  1. Alfredo (SSG)

    I think what was done was best. Initially everyone including Clinton was for stripping both Michigan and Florida of all of their delgates. Now because she trails she desires to change the rules and her position. I'm not sure if this means anything as Obama is so far ahead it doesn't make a difference. The reason Hillary Clinton lost the nomination is because she took it for granted. Now she has to deal with it.

    May 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Politically Speaking

    Hillary supporters were awfully nasty during the whole process. Unbelievable.

    May 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Sharon

    Welcome President McCain... no way the 20 years of tolerance of hate can win American hearts..

    May 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. georgia

    So who in 2012 get's to play the "we're special,rules don't apply card " ?? where does it end if not now ?
    Clinton OUT ,NOW !!!

    May 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Amy

    I've been watching this debate for most of the afternoon and I must say the actions and displays by the Clinton supporters are disgraceful, disrespectful and pathetic. Oh, wait, they reflect their candidate.

    Obama's supporters were very well behaved, didn't boo and disrupt the debates but no one could shut up the women for HIllary. Not all women are for her – apparently just the obnoxious, man-hating ones.

    And what a funny thing that it was to watch Billary's panel supporters go on about how important the rules are when THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE FORCING THE BREAKAGE OF THE SAME RULES THEY AGREED TO!

    Hillary – Bush – is there ANY difference????

    May 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Truth

    Clinton supporters need to bite the bullet and accept the truth. She can not win. She has in fact already lost. Florida and Michigan did not play by the rules. They shouldn't be counted at all. We have now only encouraged other states in the future to do what they did and not pay attention to the rules because they will not be held to the consequences.

    May 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Marie

    The Clinton groupies........Bitter, divisiveness, and disrespectful.,.....just like their candidate! The world is watching America and can see very clearly how HRC has divided her country, her party and lost all respect from those of outside looking in!
    If HRC can not get back to the white house, she will make sure no democrat will! How sad and narcistic!

    May 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. THE DNC JUST REPLACED THE WILL OF THE VOTERS WITH THEIR OWN WILLS!

    AND, IT'S ON TO DENVER!!!

    As a lifelong Democrat, I can promise you that we, the Democrats WILL NOT be unified in November.

    We do not allow the DNC to replace the WILL OF THE VOTERS with THEIR OWN PERSONAL WILLS!!!

    I think WE SHOULD lose the election in November. I have always voted Democrat. In November, I will be voting for McCain!

    May 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Obama's November Loss

    Denver Denver Denver Denver.

    Obama's gonna lose, us Hillary Dems will make sure of that.

    May 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. John Morris

    Florida deserves no delegates. Come on you guys, play by the rules. OH , I forget we are talking about the people that wasn't even smart enough to punch a minute CHAD out of a paper ballot. What will they cry about next. BARNEY THE DINOSAUR FRO PRESIDENT

    May 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Shawn

    Hey DNC

    Look what is going to hit you? where it hurts

    May 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Mike in PA

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MI and FL are now seated! Lets unite.

    Obama '08!

    May 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Obama's November Loss

    Hillary Dems unite...............Down with Obama.

    May 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. Lorna, NY

    The Clintons have lost the democratic party!

    May 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Hans-Erik Iken

    It is time Clinton took control of her supporters the way Obama has done. She should make it clear that this is the best possible result and tell them to accept that as she does (should).

    May 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. B not for obama

    Just another sham from the Democratic Party. Hillary please don't stop this race . America needs you ! This Democrat will vote Republican this year.

    May 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Jose A Goenaga

    the vote of the people is written in the constitution, and no one can take the vote away!! Vote American, Buy American

    May 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. sdnalednas

    4 or 5 people grew increasingly vocal

    May 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Nathan

    Rise, Hillary. RISE!

    Obama should be ashamed of seeking to trample upon the civil rights of voters of Michigan and Florida. And to seek to disenfranchise the voters of those states. And to seek to illegally obtain votes for which he is not entitled. We have the New George Bush in waiting.

    Hillary we shall see you in Denver. Never give up.

    May 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. George

    Thats it FULL STOP. Lets get the General election on the road full speed
    ahead. HRC is a perennial flip-flopper. First she was dodging bullets then she was not. First she was for the rules then she was not. First she was for the war then she is against it. ENOUGH ALREADY.

    OBAMA 08

    May 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. It's Official!

    The Democrats will LOSE in November!

    May 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Roshonn Texas

    Finaly an answer.... but clinton still feels cheated, now the answer is why?

    May 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    I can live with this. Now let's say good night Hillary.
    The fat lady has sung!

    May 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. spencer

    Obama should have got no votes from Michigan...I hope Hillary takes it to Denver....It is not far when you get something for free.. Hillary should have got all the delegates from Michigan...I will not unify....

    May 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Maxwell

    I just believed that DNC is not even able to respect its own rules and enforces them. Tomorrow, it would be a challenge of our constitution because it does not favor who would like. Is that the kind of democracy of cheating we want?

    May 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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