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. Lynn in NM

    Soooo, you can break the rules and still be counted. That's the Dems for you! Or should I say the Clintons. The delegates should not have been counted at all, regardless of who wanted it. They knew the rules before they decided to change the dates of the primaries. If the people of the state don't like it, then they should get on the state Democratic party and put their two cents in. Thank God this election is almost over!

    May 31, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. Ab-TX

    Hillary then............Obama now!!!
    Let's us united and we will win in November, where the world will respect us again !!!

    May 31, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. lol

    howar dean, and nancy pelosi, pushed obama down our throats. howard dean should step down he created this mess. take it to the convention hillary. after that if your still not the nominee, run independent. take your over 17 million votes with you, and let dean and pelosi unite whats left of the democratic party.

    May 31, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. NORA, FLORIDA

    Oh oh. I'm waiting for the hit dogs to began hollering. Question to the lame brains. If the speed limit is 45 and you are doing 65 and get pulled over by an officer, is he wrong for giving you a ticket? ........ No because you broke the law.

    Why is Hillary supporters still complaining well after all of the delegates will get seated but not have a full vote. I don't get it. If you get that ticket, you best to believe you will pay for it or have your license suspended. The law is the law just like the rules are the rules

    May 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. stella

    Senator Clinton said that "the people of Michigan must be heard!". The Michigan Democratic Party was heard today. They, not the DNC, not Senator Obama but the democratic people of Michigan made their voices heard and asked for the 69/59 split. Now...does she want their voices to be heard or her wishes for them to be heard? Can she now tell the Michigan voters what they want. The Michigan Dem's told the people to vote uncommitted since Obama and Edwards were not on the ballot. They even told them that their write in votes would not count ,about 30,000. They used logic to know that those who wrote in were not voting for Senator Clinton, otherwise they would have voted normally. Edwards gave his support to Obama. The logical way to come to a compromise was exactly what the Michigan Dems did...and I say again ...THEY DID! They wanted this so Hillary should be glad that the people got what THEY WANTED...OF THE PEOPLE , BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE! The Clinton supporters are dead wrong if they wanted something different. Both Florida and Michigan put what they would accept on the table...since the rule said 50% , they both got just that! It is fair since the other states played by the rules! If Michigan is happy, Clinton should be happy!

    May 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Bill PA

    What a committee...vote Republican

    May 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Words of Caution

    Excellent job by the Florida Democratic Party, Obama and the Rules Committee!
    Now I wait for the other shoe...and there will be one...guaranteed. I suspect it will be on the issue of penalties for "campaigning".
    I just hope that the vocal 10% of Democratic women who want HIllary decide to either think about their country or get to heck out of the Democratic Party and join the Hillary Clinton Party! Just remember gals, the Republican men loathe your heroine and the women despise her just as much!

    May 31, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. denise

    I just think the Democratic Party is an absolute mess right now. I cannot believe that the party went back on its word to punish Florida and Michigan for violating the rules. The voters in both states were deceived into thinking that their votes would not count; therefore, many of them chose not to participate in the election process. I am disappointed that delegates from those states were allowed. I am pretty confident that I will not be a registered democrat by the end of the year. The politics of this party are damaging right now. I just don't believe what I am seeing and hearing and will most likely NOT participate in the presidential election.

    – Signed,
    Disgruntled Democrat

    May 31, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Michael Danahy

    The supporters of Senator Clinton need to face the reality that she was not the country's choice for the Presidency and stop with the "hissy-fits."
    And if that sounds like an anti-feminist statement, I have supported women's rights my whole life. Not false "gender bashing." Ms. Clinton, time to send the pants suits to the cleaners and take a nice long vacation. The Clinton legacy has been severly damaged. President Clinton has simply become a parody of himself. And that's very sad.
    Obama '08. Change is in the air. YES WE CAN!

    May 31, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. paul

    An attempt to change the rules half way through a game is an attempt to cheat. The clintons and their supporters want the rules to be changed while the primary election is on and almost at an end? that , I think , is an attempt to cheat. The rules where made before the primary elections began and they are ment to guide the election process.
    The Clintons have lost their political credibility. The only legacy left is the fact that Mr Clinton is a former American president.
    Hillary should have left the stage while the ovation was high. She kept dancing long after the music stopped.
    she should abide by the rules and the decision made by the Rules and Bylaws Committee regarding Michigan and Florida . An attempt to take her case to the convention is a waste of time and can be seen as sabotaging the efforts of the Democratic party towards winning the presidential elections in November. And that will further damage her relationship with a lot of party members.

    May 31, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Ron Parsell

    Clinton supporters obnoxious behavior at the hearing sealed her fate with me. Let's be honest, Mrs Clinton's path to power is derived from her husbands career. Even her Senate seat was undeserved and unearned on her own. That fact alone is enough reason to reject Mrs Clinton who thinks she is entitled to the nomination. This is not a monarchy. She has the same path to power as the current failure, who was the playboy loser son of a President. He'd never gotten a job on his own..Should we repeat this nightmare with Mrs Clinton ? I think not, and to her obnoxious, poor loser, supporters, goodby and goodluck in your new life as Republicans..They'll love you.

    May 31, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Mildheath

    Good decision!!!!

    Go Obama Americas Next President

    May 31, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. ashley

    That was the only fair thing to do.

    May 31, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Tom

    I love how the Hillary supporters were so civil and acted like adults.

    /no, you can't steal the nomination
    //not yours

    May 31, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. amy scheer

    The demoocrats just lost my vote for Hilary Clinton. I will vote for McCaine rather than Oboma. Our votes have been hijacked!! I think i may register as an independent as soon as this election is over. Most of the people I spoke to said about the same thing. I see how how slanted the news casters are in favor of Oboma.

    May 31, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. Beverly, NYC

    At last FL & MI are over. Three more to go and on to November.
    GO OBAMA!!!!

    May 31, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Blinded by the Lie

    We need to unite after this,,,leave all differences behind and unite behind the DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE...I don't cre who it is as long as it is a DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Mary May King

    There are three reasons America needs Florida: (1) Florida gives the U.S. some attachment to Key West, (2) Disney World, and (3) the most inept bunch of Democratic voters in the country. The third provides entertainment when you can't go to the first two.

    May 31, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Teri from Ohio

    "Everyone knows these votes won't count." if the Democrats lose in November. It's YOUR fault Hillary!

    May 31, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. Maya

    Hillary or McCain

    Adios democrat.

    May 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Penni Parr

    I will never vote for Obama. I will either not vote, or vote for McCain. Obama has neither the experience nor the ethics I want in a president.
    What a sad day for our country.

    May 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. one nation under god!!!!

    I see the politburro chose its premier.Now all you moderate Dems a.k.a clinton supporters now know how republicans are treated by the liberal fascist media.Reject the radicals in your party for the good of the country.WE republicans did also.Clinton should be McCains V.P because he is a 1 term president and she will be a shoe in for 2012.We can unite the country and get stuff done.If obama is elected he will be a lame duck immediately.

    May 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. VADemocrat

    Just goes to show why we lost in 2000. The DNC didn't take into consideration that it was the REPUBLICANS in Florida that changed the date, not the Democrats. The Democrats had to hold their primary on the same day as the Republicans, because NO ONE wanted to pay for an election on a different date. WHY PUNISH FLORIDA DEMOCRATS FOR SOMETHING THE REPUBLICANS DID.

    This is the same reason we lost Florida and the Presidency in 2000. The DNC was too wussy to stand up to the Republicans in charge!

    May 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Consciousness

    How can any members on this Democratic Panel Vote No and say this is DEMOCRATIC. The American Citizens in Florida that voted in this National Primary voted because ALL VOTES are suppose to count in a FREE Nation.

    If the votes are not counted 100% and delegates seated at the convention this Party, is Not Democratic and will be choosing not to support the Rights of all Americans.

    This Democratic Party by VOTING NO is TAKING this VOTING RIGHT AWAY from the Americans Citizens in FLORIDA.

    This was a POLITICAL ISSUE created by the Democrats in LEADERSHIP to TAKE AWAY the Right to VOTE making this a DICTATORSHIP NOT the VOICE of CITIZENS in Florida.

    Welcome to the Socialistic Dictatorship of the Democratic Party. Freedom is a joke to the Democratic Party!

    May 31, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. lou

    This is an indication of things to come if the Democrats take over everything. Disenfranchising their own voters, punishing their own constituency for doing what they thought was right for them. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Don't let the Democrats do to America what they are doing to their own party. Stand against this divisive elitist nonsense.

    May 31, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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