WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of planning by unions, women’s rights groups and others supporting Hillary Clinton's push to seat Florida and Michigan delegates at the Democratic convention this summer, supporters of the New York senator's presidential bid arrived in the nation’s capital by the busload Friday in advance of rallies outside Saturday's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting.
“I’m hoping we restore 100 percent of the delegates from both Michigan and Florida and the popular vote will also be restored,” said Karen Feldman, an organizer of the “Count Every Vote” rally. “...I firmly believe that in Florida that was the purest election we’ve ever had, and I think that those votes should stand where they are and should be counted the way they are.”
Florida Demands Representation, another sponsoring group pushing for the January 29 vote to be recognized by the national party, said Friday it was expecting 400 to 500 supporters to arrive by Saturday. “The Democratic party is in danger in Florida,” said organizer James Hannagan.
The seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations is a priority for Clinton, who won both unsanctioned contests and is currently trailing frontrunner Barack Obama by 202 delegates in the latest CNN count.
Hannagan said that if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee, some members of his forum will vote for McCain, write in Hillary’s name or not vote at all.
The Clinton campaign has tacitly encouraged pressure on RBC members meeting to resolve the controversy, but has denied any role in protests planned for Saturday.
THIS ISSUE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RESOLVED LONG AGO SO THAT ANY DISPUTE ARISING AFTERWARDS COULD BE DEALT BEFORE THE CONVENTION IN AUGUST. EVERY VOTE SHOULD COUNT AND ALL THE DELEGATES SHOULD BE SEATED AT THE CONVENTION. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SEN. OBAMA SHOULD HAVE HIS NAME IN FLORIDA BALLOT AND NOT IN MICHIGAN. WAS THAT A CALCULATED MOVE OR AN OVERSIGHT? HE SHOULD NOT BE AWARED ANY VOTES IN MICHIGAN.I HEARD THE COMMENT THAT DONNA BRAZILE MADE LONG TIME AGO ABOUT HER PLANS TO LEAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IF THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WERE TO BE OVERTURNED. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF SEN. CLINTON HAS MORE VOTES AND SEN. OBAMA HAS MORE DELEGATES? WHOSE WILL SHOULD BE FOLLOWED IN CHOSING WHICH CANDIDATE TO REPRESENT THE PARTY.? I GUESS THE CANDIDATE WITH THE MAJORITY OF THE VOTES. DNC SHOULD LEARN FRON THIS EXPERIRNCE AND SCRAP THIS DELEGATE NON-SENSE AND HAVE A STRAIGHT VOTE WHERE THE CANDIDATE THAT HAS THE MAJORITY OF THE VOTES WINS THE NOMINATION.
Stupid. Follow the rules.
They SHOULD count. I think it's about time we modernized our voting process anyway. Why can't all states vote at the same time? I don't think this creeping election is truly fair. People should vote for a candidate because they believe in their abilities and they have mutual opinions on key issues, not because they are currently ahead or behind or ahem, motivational speakers.
This is one of the dumber protests ever. The only way to make it "fair" would have been to have another election since not everyone voted and Obama wasn't on the ballot not to mention the pledge both Obama and Clinton made.
If somehow this gives Hillary the election, you will have a bigger protest on your hand and McCain in office next term.
Breaking the rule! How can Hillary gain the good credibility from her own people and another nations in the way to get ellected. Common America you as the great nation, you should believe and faithfull to the rule you made.
I do agree that something should be done to have Fl. and MI. represented BUT I also feel some form of punishment is mandated. If these states get away with this then every state will feel they can break rules and get away with it. It's not the voter's fault that that the legislatures screwed things up.
At the same time though, why does Hillary feel it necessary to bus demonstrators in to support her cause? And why on Earth do we keep hearing the same threat that if she is not the nominee, we'll vote for McCain? Talk about trying to steal the nomination!!! If Clinton had any decency, she would speak up and tell her supporters to stop with this nonsense and let the process work. She should also say that if she's not the nominee or even on the ticket, they have a moral duty to support the Democratic nominee. This has really turned into a sad state of affairs.
Great for Clinton and her supporters but I don't think that it will influence what the Rules and Bylaws Committee does. They will seat this in a manner that is fair to both candidates.
THE DEMOCRATIC POWER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS PUT TO TEST!
Look at the Hillary supporters in these pics...can you say "unemployed" by day and raging alcoholic by night.
These clintonistas are too funny. They purport to want representation for MI and FL but they would have been more than happy to disenfranchise tens of states of voters if they' had had the nomination sewed up by Super Tuesday. It's obvious that the reason they want these rogue states counted now is because they've lost the primary and they are desperate. If Clinton can't win they'll do all they can to mortally wound Obama. Get a life!
Frankly, I disagree with Sen. Clinton's demands that Florida delegates be represented 100%, as wpould any fair-minded individual.
Just as there are penalties for violating the law, there are penalties for breaking established rules, otherwise, Laws and Rules mean nothing...
These yahoos...they broke the rules. Deal with it.
Florida and elections...enough said. Michigan is disappointing but the Dem parties in those states KNEW the consequences.
Deal with it. This is all Hillary created anyhow.
Ironically, if they kept their primaries when they were originally scheduled, they would have been huge! Yahoos
SORE LOSERS , BUT WE HAVE A COMPLEMENTARY PRIZE FOR YOU . OBAMA AS PRESIDENT.
Apparently these protesters can neither count nor do they care to abide by the rules.. Sure hope the children of America do not take their actions to heart.. will some one please explain to the children of America that this is a country of Rules and Laws...
Sad very sad. This group is truly delusional if they think it's fair to seat the delegates according to the illegitimate primaries in Michigan and Florida, especially Michigan. This group is reacting on high levels of emotion rather than intellect and rationality. We all know that when emotions run high, especially in women but men too, we all do things we normally would not do. If you give all of these people some vellum they wouldn't act so irrational.
I just want to know why the Clinton supporters keep forgetting the fact that Hillary SIGNED the pledge saying that she KNEW the votes would not count! There are tapes of her saying that she agreeded to the decision. She is using these supporters because she now needs their votes! These women are so blinded by the fact that they want a woman president that they are not even looking at this situation rationally. Talk about "drinking the kook-aid!"
DNC needs to remember November of 2000.If the do believe in true Democracy they should count every vote as they were cast in Michigan and Florida.If they do not they will loose at least 126 life long conservative demomocrats to Senator John Mcain regardless who the Democratic nominee will be.Those 126 will be Mcains Democrats
not Reagan Democrats.
From Golden Triangle Of Texas.
"Hannagan said that if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee, some members of his forum will vote for McCain, write in Hillary’s name or not vote at all." So, in the end, this is what all the red-faced, finger-pointing, strong-armed Clinton tactics have succeeded in doing. Anyone who refuses to recognize the value that Obama clearly brings to the Democratic ticket as the nominee has been the victim of a deliberate and calculated brainwashing campaign orchestrated by Bill, Hillary, Chelsea and all their surrogates. How un-American. We've suffered through it long enough!