June 1st, 2008
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Angry Clinton supporters tell party leaders: 'Let's go McCain!'

Some Clinton backers said Saturday they're voting for McCain.

Some Clinton backers said Saturday they're voting for McCain.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic leaders hopeful that a deal to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan would mark an end to the deep division the controversy has brought to the party got some instant – and less than encouraging – feedback as they finalized the measure Saturday evening.

As members of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws panel voted in favor of the measures, some supporters of Hillary Clinton's White House bid rose from their seats and began to shout “Don’t steal my vote!” and “Let’s go, McCain!”

Several paced the back of the ballroom, yelling at the committee members and chanting “Denver! Denver!” – the site of this summer's Democratic presidential nominating convention.

When Barack Obama’s name was mentioned, boos filled the room.

"This motion will hijack, hijack, remove four delegates won by Hillary Clinton and most importantly reflect the preferences of 600,000 Michigan voters,” said Clinton senior adviser and RBC member Harold Ickes, who added that the White House hopeful reserved her right to bring an appeal before the DNC's Credentials Committee later this summer.

The delegate allocations were a blow to Clinton, who comes away with an advantage of just 24 delegates.

She is favored in Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary. But Obama is thought to hold an edge going into next Tuesday’s contests in Montana and South Dakota – meaning Clinton’s chances of pushing Obama’s delegate lead down into the double digits before the Democratic convention have virtually disappeared.

After the vote, as knots of Clinton and Obama supporters circled each other and faced off in the lobby outside the ballroom, uncommitted Florida superdelegate Mitch Caesar – who said he would weigh in soon after the last primary Tuesday - praised the party for “taking the first step toward unity.”

Nearby, Obama supporter Laura Mitchell wasn’t so sure the party had started down the path to comity. “I think it’s going to be a disaster if this goes past Tuesday,” said the Maryland resident. “Every day it gets a little harder to imagine we will be able to come together.”

Boston native and Clinton backer Jenny Doggett, an organizer of grassroots group Count the Votes Cast, called the DNC “spineless.”

“I think what they’ve done is divisive, destroying the party. I’m disgusted,” said Doggett, who expressed hope that the popular vote in Puerto Rico and a shift in superdelegates might still be able to deliver the nomination to Hillary Clinton. “I’m done with the Democratic Party,” she added. “I’m an independent voter now.”

The Rules committee ultimately adopted modified versions of a Florida delegate proposal presented by Jon Ausman, and the Michigan Leadership Plan developed by Democratic officials in that state.

All delegates from both states, both pledged and superdelegates, will be seated – but each will only be able to cast half a vote. Florida’s delegates were split The decision adds 313 new delegates, but only 156.5 votes, to the summer convention, and raises the number of delegates required to win the nomination to 2,118.

The Florida proposal was passed unanimously by the panel – but faced a rockier reception on the Michigan plan, which employed a complicated and controversial delegate allocation formula that awarded a 10 delegate, 5 vote edge to Clinton.

The Clinton campaign later released a statement from Ickes and fellow Clinton adviser and RBC member Tina Flournoy that said the Michigan decision “violates the bedrock principles of our democracy and our Party,” and repeated their willingness to challenge the decision before the delegation is seated at the Democratic National Convention.

The Obama campaign released a statement from campaign manager David Plouffe praising the RBC decision. “We're extremely gratified that the commission agreed on a fair solution that will allow Michigan and Florida to participate in the Convention,” said Plouffe.

At a press conference at the hotel following the final vote, a skeptical reporter pressed Alexis Herman on her claim that the panel’s decision would unite the party. As Herman responded, chants of “Denver! Denver!” could be heard from the lobby outside.

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  1. Mike

    I love Bill and Hillary and feel that Hilliary is entitled to be Pres this time because it is her turn and becuase she is a women. I also feel should should have gotton all of the votes in Mi because Obama took his name off the list. Bill and Hllary are very honest and just want to help our country do better. I think the supports of Clinton were angry because it is not fair that Hillary is behind so much because of the sexist votes. Hillary loves our country and is a woman and it is a woman's turn to be Pres, and I don't care if Obama has won more states, more delegates, more popolar vote, can unite our country better, becasue I fell Bill and Hillary should be Pres becauce they are entitled to it because of the good job Bill did.

    June 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |

    Listen Fools.....Hillary supporters agreed to pay the entire amount to re-do the michigan vote. They could start all over and just re-vote again. But obama said NO. The little whinning liar was so afraid that he would loose Michigan he wouldn't have any part of it. So now he wants some of Michigan's votes??? BS.
    By the way, I just read this....regarding Wright, obama said "I didn't see this one coming". If you are stupid enough to believe this then you deserve what you're going to get from this nitwit.

    June 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. julie mickelson

    I also will vote for mccain if hillary doesn't get the nominiation. I live in CA and it seems we out here haven't had the chance to participaate in the recent faceoffl–I'd like to be heard as a voice from ca that even thougoh we haven't been on this news, we still support Hillary1

    June 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Kate

    Let's see what Hillary tells her followers. She should be telling them not to hurt the Democratic Party no matter what. If she doesn't, she
    may hurt her political career forever.

    June 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. John

    Stop pretending this was about democracy. If this was about democracy, Hillary would have spoken up long before. This is about doing anything to win, even if it means bending the rules and dividing the party.

    June 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Christi-CA

    “Denver! Denver!” is an ancient indigenous phrase meaning, “Obama is the nominee.”

    June 1, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. jz

    if clinton loses.. i'm voting mccain... i can't stand the spine-less obama!

    June 1, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Mike in Calgary

    Hillary LIED about Bosnia. She DIDN'T DO HOMEWORK reading the Intelligence Report on her desk before VOTING TO INITIATE WAR IN IRAQ (rather than focus on Afghanistan), she IGNORED ECONOMISTS and BRIDGE SAFETY concerns (I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota) with her GAS TAX HOLIDAY and she wants to INITIATE WAR WITH THE DNC to count the results of controverted "elections' that she said did not count! She misled voters is Michigan in Florida with her statements and now RENEGES on her agreement and pledge to the DNC re the illegal unsanctioned contests.

    YUPP ... she sound like a real Clinton! Bill taught her well!


    June 1, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Vote McCain 2008!

    The more I hear about BO...my convection to vote for J McCain is growing stronger and stronger.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Howard

    It's amazing how the Obama supporters continue to use nasty insults towards Clinton supporters, who are dissatisfied with the DNC's decision to blow off Hillary. This ongoing disrespect and arrogance is part of the reason why many, many Clinton supporters will either move over towards McCain, or stay home in November.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Ohio Citizen

    Those HIllary Clinton supporters were acting out the same nasty disposition Hillary has displayed. Losing reveals character. These people lack the kind of character needed to be winners.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. David

    If Obama loses don't blame Hillary. Even if she had quite months ago many of us Clinton supporters would not support Obama. The party is pretty much evenly split. We want Clinton. We DO NOT want Obama. He is NOT change. I vote for the person, not the party. Dean has pretty much screwed up the Democrat party and I hope he is ousted when the election is over and the moderates take back the party. The Democrats have lost the last 3 elections which should have been won handily but they messed up and they have messed up again with their support of Obama.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. marty

    yes i am a lifelong democrat...veteran of the Mcgovern campain and I will NOT vote for the Obama phony. It is a npathetic reality that the party "leadership" doesnt have the stones to say what MUST be said; that the country needs Clinton and the people who voted for the phony were mislead.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. 24 white male Louisville Ky

    Obama is the most likeable presidential candidate in years. You people screaming about voting for McCain are truly bizarre. I guess that is the uneducated response to be expected at this point.

    I had always liked Hillary just fine, but if she doesn't accept defeat now and rally around her fellow democrat, then she needs to take a long look in the mirror. So do the rest of you Obama bashers.

    Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Fordy

    Makes no sense to comment...

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. DL

    I can't believe some people are saying this is fair. It's the DNC that messed up - not the people of the states of Florida and Michigan. Why should their vote only count 1/2 the full value. They should be treated like equal citizens - not half citizens. A revote, at least, should have taken place long ago. Shame on the DNC for allowing this mess to continue and for taking so long to address it. I don't blame people for being upset. It IS enough to make people want to switch votes and to switch parties because of the DNC has handled this issue. I am very disappointed as well.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. D. Ireland

    Please go to McCain. Just don't complain when you are faced with the same issues we have been dealing with for the past 8 years. I think it is sad these people are so caught up with the Clinton's they don't see that it her campaign has NOTHING to do with you or the American people. It is all about what the Clinton's want and feel they are entitled to. So by all means back McCain.

    June 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. itdoesntmatter


    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Lisa

    I think that all the votes should count. The voters made there choice and just because a select few chose to change the date where the election would take place is no reason that the people of those states should get shafted. I have to agree that voting for McCain may not be the best idea, but then again I can't bring myself to cast a vote for Obama. I am don't think that big speeches and no experience would be good for our country either.... Maybe if Hillary doesnt get a chance we should wish for other choices..... not that this is a reality though.

    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. BHO

    The supporters of Mrs. Clinton lost their balance of their minds. If Hillary not crowned, they are for McCain. What is this logic?

    They must know the party rules and all the candidates agreed. On that basis other candidates withdrew their names from the ballot except Hillary. DNC must punish Hillary for not following the party line.

    DNC awarded half vote to the Fl and MI delegates. Hillary supporters in the DNC rule comitee too agreed. Party is important than the candidates. The worst is the Hillary's agent harold Icky who agreed to punish Fl and Mi at the start. Now he play a different tune. Opportunism has no place to determine the candiadate for a party fo a great country.

    My doubt is how Hillary people respect the laws of the nation or world bodies if they cannot respect the rule of their own party? I see a shadow of Bush....who refused to accept the Geneva Convention.

    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |

    Hillary will not become an independent so I'm voting for John McCain. This country is alot more safe in this man's hands than liar obama.

    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Maria

    By the way. I think Hillary should drop out at this point. It is time for her to go home and let the Dems and the media try to work their magic with the Chosen one. I am hoping she just goes quietly back to NYC and stays out of this election. It is obvious that she is not wanted by the Dems in power Her and Bill need to go home. It is over Hillary. You did your best and you did it with honor.

    Here is a thought, has anyone asked Michele Obama if she was "proud" of how her husband got his Senate seat? Or is the Chicago politics the "new" politics Obama is bringing to DC? What he did is similar to Bush vs. Gore in 2000.

    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Brian

    It is their American right to as low and selfish as they want to be... I'm glad that Obama is above this and was willing to give a little to make sure people in both states are represented...... too bad Hillary and her supporters only want to take..... perhaps this why she lost the election.

    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. mary

    What's the difference between the Supreme Court hijacking votes and the Dnc doing the same thing?I have stopped voting,we the people make no difference anymore.

    June 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Gloria

    I hope that Bill & Hillary and all of their supporters are proud of themselves!!! I don't believe for one moment that this campaign wasn't behind the behavior of their supporters yesterday!! that was definitely the example to set for our young people....when you don't get what you want, scream and shout & hope you get your way or be disrespecful to others...after all that is the Clinton way. While you are voting republican, do us all a favor a join that party!!!

    If those Clinton supporters want to vote republican, DO SO. And while you are at it, just remember that your sons and daughters will be going off to war.

    June 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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