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. Gnomepark

    Fair.....now back to our regular scheduled programming

    May 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. iclayton

    THE CLINTONS AND THEIR SUPPORTER ARE A BUNCH OF BRATS
    SCREAMING AND ACTING LIKE 2 YEAR OLDS. THEY WANT THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. ALL THIS TIME ALL SHE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WAS THAT SHE WANTED EVERY VOTE TO COUNT. NOW THEY HAVE BEEN COUNTED (HALF WAY). BUT IT IS BETTER THAN NONE (ZERO). FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN BOTH KNEW THE RULES BEFORE SETTING THE DATE FOR THE PRIMARY.......(WANTING TO BE THE ONE TO ELECTED THE PRESIDENT) THAT'S A JOKE...NOW
    IT IS MONTANA AND SOUTH DAKOTA TO MAKE THAT CHOICE NOW.
    THE LAST 2 PRIMARY ON JUNE 3, 2008. EVEN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA MADE A CHOICE....... THANK FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN......SO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS THAT 1/2 OF YOUR DELEGATES WILL COUNT.....AND NEXT TIME STICK TO THE RULES OR GET PREMISSION BEFORE CHANGING ANYTHING.

    May 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Yolanda Diaz

    Shame to all of you half a vote Shame

    May 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Kim

    I would have liked for Michigan, as an independant leaning towards Obama, to have NOT COUNTED the Uncommited.

    I personally think that legally you can't give those uncommitted votes to Barack.

    However

    I would have liked Hillary to have recieved her 50 percent and Barack none (he does have the majority and can handle it) however I would have stripped Hillary from saying that she recieved the popular vote
    from Michigan. And in return Hillary should have agreed to step down wedsday morning.

    I think for the "democratic" party this would have united, now what do you have going into Denver?

    AS to Florida that works

    May 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. c

    mccain is reflection of another bush administration..he talks of self-proclaimed differences between bush and himself but his action is the opposite..if you want more of bush like president vote mccain..he wish to stick with the old ways and is not of change...the old politiicans cannot accept change because its too inconvenient for them..they have the notion that sitting down with hostile leaders is crazy and its beacuse of this old weak leadership the world is where it is today..go barack 08

    May 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. c

    mccain is reflection of another bush administration..he talks of self-proclaimed differences between bush and himself but his action is the opposite..if you want more of bush like president vote mccain..he wish to stick with the old ways and is not of change...the old politiicans cannot accept change because its too inconvenient for them..they have the notion that sitting down with hostile leaders is crazy and its beacuse of this old weak leadership the world is where it is today..go barack 08

    May 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Rauji kibet

    let her go to denver and lets see what she will achieve there,she will go in history as a person who behaved like a baby who cried for everything to win

    May 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Mark Palmer

    From the math it appears baring a miracle Senator Clinton has no chance of gaining the nomination. The talk of Hillary Clinton willingness to accept the VP slot is without merit. Her past behavior and pronouncements clearly suggest she ha noregard fo Senator Obama. Why would Senator Obama select someone that considers him an Elitist, someone who is guilty of DISRESPECT (Boy meet in Ohio for a debate)REDICULE(Angels will come down wave a wand and change will occur)Someone who has belittled him(John McCain and I has past the Commadering Chief threshold and my opponent has a speech)

    If Senator Obama rewards Senator Clinton's bad behavior with the VP spot, his judgement will be seriuosly questioned.

    May 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. skip1955

    Clinton is such a liar and cheat!

    May 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. All American

    I don't understand the Democrate party. Flordia is under the thumb of the republicans and still the democrats punish them for voting early. Flordia tried everything within the party rules to revote. Obama fought every step of the way to prevent it,knowing that he couldn't win. Still the party punishes Flordia and Obama almost gets the same amount of delegates, Hillary did ,when she beat him three to one.

    Then comes Michigan .They get seated but with half votes. Giving Obama some of Hillarys delegates and all of the undecited. All this is in direct violation of party rules. Right after they give all these speeches about following the rules to keep order. Who are they kidding.

    Again Hillary got railroaded with a illeagel act. Bad enough she had to fight the media for fair play and all the sexest remarks, now the Democrates put the screws to her. And they call this a democracy.

    Well, I don't know about Flordia but I intend to vote and campaign for McCain and Don't be suprised if Michigan votes republican in November. If this is what the democrates think of us. then they deserve what we give them. And don't tell me about party unity . The party hasn't demostrated fair play. Go McCain ! Michigan is here for you.

    May 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. Mark Palmer

    From the math it appears baring a miracle Senator Clinton has no chance of gaining the nomination. The talk of Hillary Clinton willingness to accept the VP slot is without merit. Her past behavior and pronouncements clearly suggest she has no regard for Senator Obama. Why would Senator Obama select someone that considers him an Elitist, someone who is guilty of DISRESPECT (Boy meet in Ohio for a debate)REDICULE(Angels will come down wave a wand and change will occur)Someone who has belittled him(John McCain and I have past the Commadering Chief threshold and my opponent has a speech)

    If Senator Obama rewards Senator Clinton's bad behavior with the VP spot, his judgement will be seriuosly questioned.

    May 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. A.M. Saqib

    It is about time that we should settle all hot temper attitude on a side; and let's join our hands together to work together to win the election in November.

    Obama will be the greatest president and history will see that happen. Hillary Clinton has been a remarkable candidate, and we should and we do admire her tenacity during the compaign; with salute to her for her dedication, we extend our hand of cooperation and will to work together with Clinton supporters to make sure that we make sure that in November 'Obama' becomes the president of United States.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. MD Democrat

    Most of DNC have become just as bad as the republican party with their backroom deals and the forcing thier will and not the people. This new era of corruption within the voting system gets worse as time goes on. You'd think that after the injustice in the Gore vs Bush election they would stand against this kind of corruption. It is hard to tell the difference between the two parties. That is why I am seriously considering goin independent.

    They are talking unity in the party but fail two realize that the anger that they have created with this kind of nonsense has driven a wedge right down the middle of the party. Hillary isn't dividing the party, it is many of the DNC big heads and their so called uniter Obama. People forget that the current leader promised to bring the country together too.

    May 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. sacto joe

    It's over. Sanity has prevailed. All aboard the Good Ship Democracy!

    May 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Okay, okay. We're still winning. Moving along.

    YES WE CAN!

    May 31, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Bill - Charlotte

    Take a good look at "Ickie." If this is the way they react to not getting their way, do we really want this in the White House? This is what you get with the Clintons.... divisiveness

    Won't they please just go away before they destroy the Democrat's chances for this fall?

    May 31, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Rose

    I think the committee did their job well., after all they did break the rules and should have known there would be consequences.

    May 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. ln

    Anyone could have seen the writing on the wall. DNC it was about time to step up! Robert Wexler made a clear case. However, I felt the DNC had already made up their minds and were just waiting on the different representatives’s input.

    The following step needs to be the super-delegates. What in the world are they waiting for? There is no time left for Obama to get a good grip on his strategy for the race against the republicans.

    Now let see what else are the Clinton’s going to come up with.
    Right at this moment many of the Clinton crews and ms Clinton are livid and seeing red. I wished i was a fly on the wall to see the faces.

    Now we have no more blogs about who will win Florida or Michigan.
    But watch out for Harold Ickes statement about the credentials committee, because Ms Clinton wants this comes Hell or high water.
    That’s one evil Moma.

    May 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Paul

    DNC shows that every vote does not count.
    Party elites will tell the common people who they will vote for!
    And they will do as told!

    May 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Mary Kansas City, Missouri

    Finally. Now we can get on with Obama's nomination. The Clinton's need to pack it away, it's over, and this time the lady in the pantsuit can keep her mouth closed. The rightful nominee will emerge soon."YES WE CAN". OBAMA 08

    May 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. MANDY, California

    Well, that is fair. They did have to pay a penalty as agreed early int eh electorial season.

    May 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. Bit

    That was the best compromise under the circumstances.

    Now can we move on?

    May 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Cathy in MD

    Fair decision. I think Harold Ickes is a sad, troubled man. The Clinton supporters in the crowd behaved rudely, as I expected they would.

    May 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. shay

    It appears to me that HRC got exactly what she wanted. Animosity within the Democratic Party. There is no way she could ever convince me that there is nothing that she would not do to be president. If she is not the nominee she will do everything in her power to destroy the one that is selected to be the nominee.

    May 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Karen Grand Prairie, TX

    Well, thank goodness, somebody finally made a sane decision. It is unfortunate that this all had to happen at all. My unanswered question is that just because the Republicans moved up their primary, why did the Democrats have to do the same? Could they have had a separate primary. Why were the Dems bound by what the Republicants did knowing it would cause an eventual problem?

    Well, I guess we can move forward now and let this primary season go down as one of the best but worst in the history of the Democratic Party. I am going to become an Independent after Nov. 2008.

    May 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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