August 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
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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. Terry

    Flip... Flop... Now he wants a full vote for the states he didn't want a full vote for when he was running against Hillary. So not voting for this half it his way or no way fake.

    August 3, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Ron democrat turned independent

    is there no end to this man's hypocrisy. what a joke

    August 3, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Proud American

    "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," Obama told CNN in March.

    August 3, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Larry and Barry

    This is funny!

    August 3, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Chris11

    How convenient, now that he feels "safe." But in the end, when Hillary has her name placed in nomination and this brings the total that much closer together, the writing he thinks he is reading on the wall might be saying that she is our nominee afterall!

    August 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. sad for party unity

    Party Unity?

    He means so that he can pretend that their vote matters.

    Their votes truly mattered- when voters cast them – to HILLARY during the primary.

    Who the hell cares now?

    1/2 = 1 vote when you only have Obama to vote for. All the delegates will vote for Obama so even counting all delegate as 1% of a vote- he still gets the votes.

    Another self-serving ploy by the manipulative hypocrit who stole the nomination.

    August 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Fella from Chicago

    Knowing he's out of harms way now the sleezeball wants the delegates to have a full seat each. This guy is becoming more and more a run-of-the-mill politician we've all too accustomed. Where's the change? It's business as usual with the freshman Senator.

    August 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Diamond

    What will be the difference between a full vote and half a vote? They will still count as a vote.But It wasnt the people of FL and Mi fault, we deserve to have full votes like everyone else. But I just dont see the big deal about having full vote and half a vote.

    August 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Hillary For Attorney General

    Really a non issue, but if they give them a full vote, just as in March, would have no effect on the ultimate outcome; however, Here come the PUMA's in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.........

    August 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. shame on the DNC

    You mean in the interest of Obama.

    Who cares now... the damage to unity has been done... those delegates will not vote for Hillary now... and even if they DID... too late to benefit her.

    Obama gets the nomination now EVEN if Fl and Mi do not get seated at all- or any other two states? Who else willit benefit now?

    August 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Bryan

    So now he cares, whatever you had your chance Obama, now its time for change, change to Obama

    August 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Dot

    This is insane.For Obama to call for a full vote for Michigan and Florida is pathetic. He refused a revote he didn't call for a full vote when the race was still going on now he pretends to be in love with those voters, un believable. What you are saying now makes you a real politician. People of Florida and Michigan, please vote the way you want in November, this man cannot be trusted

    August 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Obama is following

    A little late to see the light, very late to provide leadership
    What a huckster!

    PUMBA!

    Vote for McCain

    August 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. fair campaigns or lose the GE

    Does Obama think we are stupid?

    It mattered in March-Hillary would have won the nomination-

    Why not worry THEN about party unity?

    Why hire lawyers to block the revote when it could have made the difference and kept the party united?

    Why refuse then but NOW be able to break the rules?

    It no longer matters so he can afford to appear to be generous and a uniter.

    August 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Jase in VA

    What a flip-flopping skeez! NOW that he has the nomination all neatly tied up in a bow he wants to give FL and MI a full vote. It is funny that a few months back – when a full vote could have made a difference for Hillary – he wanted no vote and then half a vote. Maybe by the convention he'll want double votes!

    August 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. dollorbil

    That's a good idea what more can you say for party unity.

    August 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Hitler youth for Obama

    Why no longer abide by the DNC decision?

    That was his whole lying argument back in March- he hired lawyers to block a revote and then claimed he wasn't blocking a revote and would accept the DNC decision- and then refused to accept the decision to hold a revote.

    Now he no longer believes in the rules and no longer feels he needs to abide by the DNC decision.

    HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT HILLARY?

    oH iT dOesn't... it helps Obama.

    I understand the change now... I mean the refinement.

    August 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. C from Texas

    Guess he's trying to get these votes now. What a job this guy is, why didn't he stand up for these people when he had a chance to lose? Now he thinks this is going to come back and hurt him so he's changing his stance on it. Obama the flip-flopper. This guy likes to change the rules so they suit him the best. I sure hope the people in these states don't fall for this.

    McCain'08

    August 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Liar Obama

    CNN do your JOB–
    report that Obama hired lawyers to block a revote that the DNC had approved.

    Report that Obama was the ONLY candidate to "campaign" in Florida via expensive TV ads.

    Report that Obama instructed his CULT to vote for him in MI as uncommited- and later pretended his people (the smart ones) were too stupid to know to get out and vote for him.

    August 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Puff

    OK, the DNC must have come to their senses and told the Messiah that the gig is up. Now if they count Michigan and Florida the way it should have been counted inthe first place, our girl Hillary wins and the DNC is saved from having egg on it's face from backing this charlatan.
    About time... see you Denver
    PUMA

    August 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Felines for Freedom

    What an, ahem, generous gesture at this point in time. Had Obama adopted this pose when it counted, I HIGHLY doubt all the super-delegates would've coronated him. As a person who generally aligns myself with democratic values, I will vote for Obama and against McCain on principal. However, this "gesture" at this point in time, particularly as a Florida resident, irks me more than appeases me. I do not think more highly of Obama as a result; his standing in my estimation has decreased.

    August 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. RufusVonDufus

    Obama had better watch his back as this might not be over yet. It would be absolutely hilarious if the Dems find a way to take it away from him. Funnier things have happened. Also, I think the Dems are finding out that their candidate isn't looking all that good. It is going to be a very interesting convention. I might just watch it for a while.

    August 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. David Smock

    I would love to see Obama become president, but he'd better stop with the "old politics" he has always talked about fighting. He's only wanting to give Florida and Michigan full votes to win their votes in the future. The fact is Florida and Michigan broke party rules and they suffered the consequences, and you can't back off on those consequences. Obama, straighten up or I will vote McCain. I'm an Independent and not tied to party lines, so it would be very easy for me to do so if I think you're playing the same old game.

    August 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. OLD NEWS

    "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.

    August 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. souza

    Why isa Obama saying this now that Hillary is not activly seeking the Office of Comander and Chief?
    Who is this guy anyway. Changing his mind when it benifits him.
    Go Hillary I will write in your name!!!

    August 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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