May 31st, 2008
07:03 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Cindy in California

    Job well done, now the Florida and Michigan issue has been settled Can we move on now?

    May 31, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Timothyt

    Great Job DNC! Go Florida! Go Obama!

    May 31, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. carrie,obama baby

    *yawn*
    who cares?
    obama is the next president

    May 31, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. jamil

    We say a Big THANK YOU to Hillary for causing this problem

    May 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. change 1

    HAROLD ICKLES JUST SHOWED THE WHOLE WORLD HOW BITTER HE AND THE CLINTONS ARE. USING DESPICABLE LANGUAGE ON NATIONAL T.V WAS A SIGN OF DESPERATION. THE CLINTONS NEED TO GO AWAY. THEY ARE CORRUPT

    May 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Ileana

    I think it was a fair decision. The DNC had rules they were not followed.

    May 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Disappointed

    So if you don't follow rules, you get to be a decider. What a great way to kick off a loss for the Democratic party.

    May 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Chamorrita60

    Why is this so surprising? Is this truly about Clinton's personal ambition or about WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY?

    Because Sen. Clinton is NOT what's BEST for this country. Bottom line.

    I think the Committee made that fact very clear today. Clinton supporters created such a display during the sessions that it was downright disrespectful. They may have done MORE damage than good.

    I think Mr. Ickes may have also caused more damage to any support Sen. Clinton may have had tonight with his insults and accusations. He did NOT help his candidate at all, he only helped to seal her fate.

    May 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. James Rick

    It is so sad that Hillary will keep dividing her party with this. She wants the rules of the game changed in her favor because she is loosing. She did not run a good campaign and lets be honest with ourselves. I am a clinton supporter, however, my concious will not let me do wrong knowing what she is fighting for is not hers. What example are we going to teach the younger generations? Steal and cheat?

    May 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Independent

    In turn, Huffman scolded the jeers as immature. And the quote is... Oh Wait. CNN doesn't want to report her exact words because it was not divisive enough!

    May 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Dan (TX)

    Hey FL voters, do you think you can get it right in 2012 or do you enjoy being the laughing stock of the nation when it comes to elections?

    It's a "2 for 1" special on Democratic voters in FL and MI! :)

    May 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. Eric

    If Hillary takes this issue any further, it will be clearly obvious that it is strictly for personal gain and not in the best interest of the party. The party did what it could in the best interest of both parties, and to keep this dead process going is useless.

    May 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Donna

    I'm disappointed that Hillary didn't get all of Florida. It's too bad. I wonder why the DNC is so against Hillary?

    May 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Habib Captan

    I wonder how hard Hillary would she be willing to fight if Obama has won Florida and Michigan?
    Do they really think she cares about them if she had lost the two primaries?
    I don't think so.

    May 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Bridgett

    The beauty of the Democratic process in motion was fair and concise.
    In each race the moral creed should include playing on equal grounds. The Clinton legacy will go down in history for the comfortable economic growth of the 90's but after President Clinton lead a promising nation he forfeited the position of favor when he signed the free world trade agreement.
    Those jobs which were the backbone of the American economy were given permission to find cheaper labor in other third world countries. After that we see dear Bill doing commericals with the first President George Bush and we digest that (the American People) along with the fact that you were almost caught with your pants down in a scandal.
    What was once a first lady who was endeared by many became a "I do and say whatever I have to just to get the nomination!."
    The decision made for a fair fight today, one where Hillary did not get her way in an election process she once upheld and then condemned because they didn't count when it worked to her advantage.
    Mrs. Clinton should be admired for taking us through the (most) interesting process of politics. The first woman to fight for the nomination so diligently but she should concede that it is meant for a Anglo Saxon/African American man will become president this time.
    We as a nation are saying we understand that it is not about the color of our skin but the content of our character.
    That our decision this year will determine more than our preference but our purpose and intention to unify as "We the People," ones that finally understand that divide we fall but togetherness brings about a change.
    God bless American

    May 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Karen Neal

    This decision shows that the Democratic Party is in trouble. They are not following their own rules.....a divided will NOT stand

    May 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. edgar, duluth,georgia

    is everybody ready for 4 more years (at least) of republican fiasco???

    May 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. LeRoy Mace

    This is fair considering that Clinton signed the agreement not to campaign in Florida and Mich. and the rules state that the delegates should be completely stripped. Clinton cannot make up her own rules and she is lucky to have gotten any delegates. It was not democratic to break the rules to begin with.

    May 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. The Lady

    Great job DNC,

    May 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. DCtrain

    It's over now. The best thing for the country and the party is unity.

    the Clinton.National.Network should update the delegate count now.

    May 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Sandee

    My hat is off to them for trying to make it as fair as they possibly could. It was especially interesting to see which members were trying to unify the party and which didn't really care about the party, just their own candidate

    May 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Tubby The Tuba

    Those would be Clintons people! The ones that were rude and discourteous. Obama asked his supporters to NOT protest. This speaks volumes about his presidential qualities. What a cool dude.

    May 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Concerned Canadian

    The DNC robbed Hillary Clinton and the American voting public their right to democracy. This fight will go to Denver. !!

    May 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Low

    Well there you have it

    Obama 08

    May 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    OK! WE FLORIDIANS WILL GIVE NADA, NOTHING, ZERO, MIERDA

    NO FREAKIN VOTES !

    NO HILLARY IN THE TICKET IN NOVEMBER AND WE WILL BE STAYING HOME !

    NO TO OBAMA

    EONUGH !

    May 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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