June 26th, 2009
04:53 PM ET
6 years ago

Work on 2012 primary calendars already underway

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It may be the last thing anyone wants to talk about, thanks to lasting memories from the very long, historic and contentious 2008 presidential campaign, but committees from both the Democratic and Republican parties already looking into revamping the way they pick their presidential nominees.

2012 may be years away, but the Democratic National Committee's Democratic Change Commission holds its first meeting this Saturday. The commission's looking at three issues that dogged last year's marathon primary battle between then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Their goals: changing the window of time during which primaries and caucuses may be held, reducing the number of unpledged delegates, and improving the caucus system.

A number of states moved up their contest dates and two of them, Florida and Michigan, were penalized by the national parties. There was also a controversy over the clout of superdelegates in the Democratic nomination battle between Obama and Clinton. Obama won a majority of pledged delegates, but needed the support of superdelegates to clinch the nomination. Superdelegates are party officials, members of Congress and state office holders. They are unpledged delegates who are free to support the candidate of their choice

Work on the Republican side is already underway. The Republican National Committee's primary committee met on Monday, beginning a fact-finding process that could result in some alterations to the primary calendar in the next presidential campaign.

Democrats have always been able to make changes to party rules between conventions, a luxury now afforded to Republicans, thanks to a rule change that was approved at last year's Republican Party convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Among the issues the Republicans are dealing with is the front-loading of the primary calendar. Between the two parties, contests were held in 24 states on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Glennis

    I can hardly bear the thought of more television campaign ads. I am so thoroughly sick of endless campaigns. If these bloody politicians spent half as much doing "the people's business" as they do campaigning and feathering their own nests, we wouldn't have so many problems.

    June 26, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Gary Stuart

    Oh, there's going to still be a Federal government operating then? Will China allow it after our bankruptcy is declared?

    June 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Dee, 1 Vote

    It was Bush, Hillary, and Obama. The DMC is and will be Obama/Biden.

    June 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Fla.

    The primary system needs to be completely reformed to a national day or rotating regions MUCH later in the year.

    At the rate it's currently going, primaries could almost end up on Christmas if changes are not made. Enough.

    June 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Nick - Arlington, VA

    wheres the PUMAs to complain....??....

    June 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Aaron

    The hell with planning 2012, give Romney the nomination and then write his concession speech to President Obama and call it a day.

    June 26, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Free Willy

    This article is irrelevant because Obama will find a way to keep himself in office for life.

    ... And we're worried about "dictators" from other countries. The problem lies within, folks! I'm curious as to when the right to speak freely will be taken away from us too.

    June 26, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. HJA

    This is out of control. These idiots on both sides need to get a life. 6 months to pick a candidate and 4 to campaign. That would be enough time. With all the money these dirt bags spend on BS ads we should cut their salaries in half. Hey! They work for us. Lets put it to a vote! Earn your pay! Now that's funny.

    June 26, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Zero.

    Lack of Proteins killed Jackson. He had no energy left...

    June 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. artigiano

    Those winner take all GOP primaries are not going to work to get a really good nominee either moderate or conservative. The long battle of Hillary and Obama made each one tougher to beat in the general.

    Republicans would do well to study Obama 2008. But frankly they aren't that bright, and probably will run Dole 1996 all over again.

    June 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Emma

    It can be safely predicted that a Republican will not be our next President. After Obama ends his presidency in 2016, Hillary has a good shot at it.

    June 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    Had enough of that Hope and Change crap? Time to vote Carter II and his ilk out of congress.

    June 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Donald Gordon, Ontario, CA

    My goodness, the primaries are being held earlier and earlier with each passing election.

    In other news, the Iowa caucuses for the 2012 election have been moved to next week.

    June 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Zero.

    In that speach Jackson was crying for help. He hoped he could live long enough. Pain killers! Kill the pain, when you need it to survive.

    June 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Larry

    In 2008 Bush and Cheney brought the Republicans down, and the best they could do for a candidate was McCain.

    I don't know about you guys but I'm starting to feel good again about being an American.

    Watch Obama slug it out every day. I feel like the normal joe is getting a voice back in this country again.

    June 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. annie against biased news

    What are the demoncrats doing – hiring extra acorn to have them well trained by 2012? With the way the demmies are running (ruining) the country so early in this term, there won't be a country here by 2012.

    June 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Claudia in Houson

    Neither party needs to change anything for me, my made is already made up. OBAMA 2012 and we will take Texas, if they don't try some funny stuff.

    June 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Lesley

    If Obama keeps caving to Repubs in an effort at bipartisanship and giving away the store, he can run as the Republican candidate in 2012 as far as I'm concerned. I thought we were getting Teddy Roosevelt! Instead we're getting a watered down version of what was promised on the campaign trail. Stand up to the Republicans for crying out loud!

    June 26, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Expat American

    Beware of a woman scorned....or women scorned.

    Sarah Palin is the next president or better put the next co-president of the United States.

    Sarah Palin/OctoMom/Kate Gosselin for Co-Presidents in 2012.

    June 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    The DNC is getting an earily start because they are going to have a real hard time getting America to believe their campaign lies this time. Especially in light of the whoopers Obama told.

    Zero new taxes
    Complete withdrawal from Iraq
    Balance the budget
    Pay Go
    Millions of green jobs
    etc, etc..

    June 26, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Hugo

    Too bad we have only a two party system, it is one party better than what China or Iran have. I have had the opportunity to be on this planet for a while now and have seen and done some pretty outrageous things in my life. I lived through the Civil rights movement, Vietnam, the fall of the Iron curtain and have seen politicians come and go. I do not think I have ever seen our country so torn apart by opposing ideological views, not even during the days of rage. What is transpiring now in our country is totally different that anything I've ever seen, people seem to have become "brainwashed" by what they are told by the media, believing what they are told even when everything they see and hear tell them differently. Society just seems to have digressed to a level that is now beyond what I can comprehend, God help us. It is still okay to say that isn't it?

    June 26, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. RealityKing

    Talking down the economy was part of the DNC's plan for taking over Congress four years ago.., hows that working out for everyone??

    June 26, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. bob in LA

    Hopefully they can get it right this time- cancel the bias caucuses, schedule three super days with equal weight and put us out of this nonsensical marathon of wasted money

    June 26, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. RSB

    Give us a break! Shouldn't we get through 2009 first?

    June 26, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. David

    Hey DNC – prepare for no Gay dollars. Figure that into your 2012 loosing agenda!

    June 26, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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