August 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls for giving 'full vote' to Michigan, Florida delegates

Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that Michigan and Florida delegates should get a full vote.
Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that Michigan and Florida delegates should get a full vote.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that the delegates from Florida and Michigan should get a “full vote” at the Democratic convention this month.

“I believe party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories,” he said in a letter to the co-chairs of the Democratic National Convention’s Credentials Committee.

Obama asked the committee to pass a resolution when it meets on August 24 to give each delegate a full vote.

Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates as a penalty for holding their primaries too early. During the primary season, there were growing calls to seat the delegations as Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton were locked in a tight race for their party’s nomination. Obama and Clinton were about 100 delegates apart in March, and Florida and Michigan's cache of 366 delegates had the potential to shake up the race.

The battle over the states’ delegates became a key issue on the campaign trail. Clinton had long advocated for seating both states’ delegations. She won both primaries, but the Democratic candidates had agreed to not campaign in the two states and she was the only top-tier candidate on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton’s message that “every vote should count” became a key theme in her stump speeches. She accused Obama of being "un-American" for not backing plans to hold a revote in the two states.

The Illinois senator denied claims that he was standing in the way of revotes.

"I want the Michigan delegation and the Florida delegation to be seated. And however the Democratic National Committee determines we can get that done, I'm happy to abide by those rules," he told CNN in March.

After months of wrangling over what to do, the DNC’s rules and bylaws committee voted in late May to reinstate all of Florida and Michigan's delegates, with each getting a half-vote.

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  1. SZ

    Post some comments to this important development, CNN. Why are you so slow to respond to events that put your candidate in a bad light?

    August 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Jason

    This is ridiculous! He has not stopped amazing me with his two faced flip flopping values. I am disgusted that he even has the chance to run in the primary.

    August 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. No Way

    How can we believe in him now? With Hillary out of the picture he does this to us all. We are in such trouble in the US, I wanted to hope that we had someone who would help us and our SOLDIERS, the world. This is not change he promised. What are we to believe now?

    August 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. LETS BE HONEST

    OBAMA

    HOW STUPID DO YOU THINK WE ARE?

    YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME OF YOURSELF

    NOW YOU WANT THEM TO COUNT THE VOTES...

    NOW THAT YOU HAVE THE NOMINATION

    YOUR ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

    "JUST WORDS" AS Y OU SAY

    NO OBAMA THIS IS NOT UNITY

    I AM A DEMOCRAT ALL MY LIFE AND NOW FOR FIRST TIME

    VOTING REPUBLICAN...THANKS TO YOU..

    YOU ARE JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER POLITICIANS

    SO MUCH FOR THE "NEW POLITICS"

    August 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Denise Groves

    why is my comment still pending? i was the first to post. I wonder why he wants them to count now? ooh yeah, he is in the general election! obama i support you, but this is too little too late.

    August 3, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Ok...

    "Get your facts Straight! Obama played by the Rules Clinton didn't!"

    No buddy, get your facts straight. She played by the rules, she didn't campaign in Fl or MI, he campaigned in FL when he bought CNN ads! She played by the DEMOCRATIC rules... you know, the ones that include ALL people, not just dumb white rich people in the midwest who can afford to go stand around for two hours and vote.

    Obama wants change... change to a non-democratic political system. The democratic party should be called the Dictatorship Party... they only count votes when it doesn't change the outcome they want! What a sham of a party this is!

    August 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Annie

    How hypocritical can you get. He refused to even consider the idea when Hillary would have come out ahead, remember Wexler talking at the meeting? Sure he wants them now when he is already the chosen one thanks to his previous stance, otherwise he might be vying to get Hillary to choose him for VP at this moment.

    August 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. BJGT

    It is a brilliant political move – call for party unity after HRC's campaign has been defused – no woman in her right mind would vote for such a misogynistic, sexist, dimwit as McCraven.

    August 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Bob Bell

    Democrat Pelosi is promoting Edwards as a future successor to Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutcheson, not as VP. Senator Hutcheson seems inclined to return to Texas at the conclusion of her current turm. Nancy Pelosi's influence and support for Edwards is not likely to be seen as a plus for Edwards in his home district.

    August 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Xavierism

    Enough of Oprahama! If Hillary isn't on the ticket, McCain will get my vote.

    August 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. David

    What a pathetic attempt to try and placate Clinton supporters. I imagine that with Clinton supporters (such as me), this will further turn them off to Obama.

    August 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Lim

    Ha ha ha... This is too funny. Obama is playing the DNC for what
    they really are.

    If the American electorate was gullible enough to elect the current
    Republican POTUS for two terms then they just might possess sufficient gullibility do it again for this Democratic nominee.

    Obama 08 & 12: YES, WE SCAM!

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    In a statement issued Sunday, the DNC and the Credentials Committee said they "deeply appreciate and value Sen. Obama's perspective."

    "This matter will be the top priority for the Credentials Committee when we meet on August 24. As always our goal is to ensure a fair process and a unified Democratic Party so that we can win in November."

    August 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. aam

    this is soooo sickening. i'm definitely not voting for him.

    August 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Christie of Phlly

    This is why so many folks need to stay in school and really learn to not only READ, but to comprehend what they are reading. Senator Obama is merely making a suggestion to the Credentials Committee. He has NO POWER WHATSOEVER to MAKE THE CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE REVERSE THEIR DECISION. I would like to add that at the time the Credentials Committee made their decision, it was widely stated by the head and other members of the Committee, that the presumptive Democratic nominee had the right to make such a request at a later time. Apparently, there is something to be gained not only by Senator Obama and the Democratic party, but have you considered the fact that there is something to be gained from this move by Hillary Clinton as well. Everyone knows, and based on Hillary's concession speech, she will NOT AGREE to anything that does not benefit her!

    Instead of all of you getting "your shorts in a knot", why not wait and see what the response will be from the Credentials Committee, as well as listen to what Senator Hillary Clinton has said about the situation. She doesn't seem to have a problem with it and has done what many of you cannot do, SHE HAD MOVED ON!! TRY IT, YOU WILL FIND THAT MOVING ON WILL ALLEVIATE THE STRESSORS OVER A SITUATION YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT! Trust me, there is some benefit to Senator Hillary Clinton.

    August 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Chipo

    Boooo! Very Slick. Now go ahead and dis Hillary with your VP pick. You aren't going to win this way.

    August 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Terry

    Did anyone ever think that maybe Hillary asked Barack to bring up this issue on her behalf?

    August 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. s.b.

    What a hypocrite! Perhaps Hillary can reinstate her campaign now as she won the most votes and its a tie with Michigan and Flrida at full strength. She's clearly the stronger candidate. Obama has done nothing but underperform since the DNC handed him the nomination.

    August 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Larry-Minn.

    Just another way to get credit for more delegates that he deserves in the first place. Must be finally starting to worry that he is going to lose in November. Bring back Hilary so we have a chance to take the white house back.

    August 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Sabreen60

    Some of you need to grow and learn politics 101. He's doing what's best for the Democratic Party and the nation. McCain supporters – stop whining. Hillary supporters – she lost. And would have still lost with or without MI and FL. She didn't have the numbers. I know some of you can't count, but that is beside the point. Math is Math.

    Go Obama.

    August 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Iowa Dem

    Outrageous, disingenuos and manipulative! Obama opposed seating the Florida and Michigan delegates and said so numerous times. I believe the quote in this story... "I want the Michigan delegation and the Florida delegation to be seated. And however the Democratic National Committee determines we can get that done, I'm happy to abide by those rules," he told CNN in March." to be a complete work of fiction. Proving once again that the major media outlets are trying to manipulate the electorate. I am absolutely disgusted. I think the poster "The Obvious Choice" needs to get their facts straight and keep their vulgar cult worship to themselves.

    August 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Eric

    I can't believe that Obama now has the "audacity" to call for full votes for MI and FL now that the votes will benefit his flip-flopping butt! When Hillary Clinton called for MI and FL to be seated he did everything he could to make sure that the votes would not count to keep her from gaining in the delegate count. Barack is now showing all of America that he is nothing more than a wolf in sheeps clothing. He is nothing more than "Old Politics" wrapped in a brand new suit.

    August 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. mitch in the big easy

    yet another example of obama thinking ONLY of winning and HIMSELF, not of the michigan or florida voters, but of winning. i cannot believe that so many americans have fallen for his line of BULL!!! how many times will it take before people realise what this person is all about!!! it doesn't matter now, obama! when their votes counted they did not want you!!! get over it! not every american is as gullible as your followers, and i mean followers! i hope you get buried during the election because i'd prefer to live in another country than in one with you as a leader!

    August 3, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. GERRY

    COME ON BARACK. I AM A REAL SUPPORTER OF YOURS BUT DON'T THINK A WISE DECISION. BACK WHEN FLORDIA AND MICHIGAN WANTED ALL THEIR DELEGATES TO BE SEATED I DON'T BELIEVE YOU WERE IN FAVOR. NOW YOU ARE. I THINK YOU ARE JUST ASKING FOR TROUBLE AND THIS MAY BACKFIRE.

    August 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. GO MCCAIN

    Hey "Obvious Choice"–Yes, Obama played by the rules orignally by stating he would support whatever the DNC decided .Well, they decided for 1/2 votes. Why can't he continue to play by the rules then? This man sounds like my sandals-flip-flop, flip-flop, ...

    August 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. The Patriot

    Obama thinks people from MI and FL are retards. He's just an arrogant, lying manipulative politician from Chicago.

    Substance over Hype.

    McCain '08

    August 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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