November 26th, 2007
03:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Why aren't the Democrats in Florida?

Why aren't the Democrats campaigning in Florida?

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - In the wake of Florida’s decision to move up its primary, and the national Democratic party’s decision to harshly punish the state for that choice, Democratic presidential candidates have so far honored a boycott on campaigning in the state. Republican hopefuls have been more hesitant to punish the important state, with several major candidates campaigning there and all agreeing to appear at the upcoming CNN YouTube debate in St. Petersburg. CNN deputy political director Paul Steinhauser explains.

Filed under: Florida • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Danny Casolaro Martinsburg, WV

    Why bother campaigning when the
    (s)election has already taken place? Jeb and the Clintons already struck their deals decades ago, back when the Bushes and Clintons ran a little drugs for arms operation together called Iran/Contra.

    November 26, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    If the States ran an individual-for-president nomination process and replaced the party: this would not be a problem.

    November 26, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Walt, Belton, TX

    Gee, I sure hope that doesn't backfire on those liberal left and the die hard followers of "doofus".

    November 26, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Steve in SC

    What is most important, the party or the people?

    November 26, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. J Houston, TX

    Yeah, punish a state because they aren't New Hampshire and Iowa. What a bunch of bull. The whole primary system is bogus.

    November 26, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Thanks to our GOP controlled State House...and the DNC...we don't get to participate in the political process I guess. Really angers me. I was an Independent..but when I moved to Florida I couldn't vote in any primaries. So I changed to Democrat–and I still am disenfranchised by a Republican controlled houses actions and the actions of the DNC. Thanks guys.

    November 26, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. therealist

    Because they are more concerned about politics than voters..

    November 26, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Martin, Clarksville, Tn

    Hopefully Florida remembers this and ignores the democrats next fall.

    November 26, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Jed in Texas

    Because their votes wont be counted by anyone other than a Diebold Machine without a paper trail?

    November 26, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Maryann - Orlando, FL

    CNN why are you asking this question when you know the answer?

    You have been reporting on the fact that the Florida Democratic Party has set the primary for Jan. 29, when it was not supposed to happen until after February according to the DNC.

    Why don't you help folks make a proper decision in this very important election? How about allowing more airtime for the non-front running candidates like Biden and Paul?

    So, I'll give you a sarcastic and silly answer your 'silly question':

    Remember 2000?

    November 26, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Bob, Seattle

    Candidates that are running for the Presidency of a country with a government 'of the people, by the people, and FOR the people'? Doesn't sound like it to me. Just more 'Domocratic – Power Politics'. The heck with the people.

    November 26, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Lou, Miami Florida

    I am a Democrat until now but I am planning to go independent and I plan to even vote for a GOP candidate depending on who it is (if is Rudy NO WAY) ... I am not the only one down in Florida feeling this way. WE WANT ALL OUR VOTES TO COUNT!!!!

    I was upset with what’s going on and called the HILLARY CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS and the Democratic Party headquarters in DC trying to explain how frustrating this was and BOTH dismissed it.

    I wish someone explained to me why…is there something I missed. All we trying to do in Florida is to be part is selecting the leader of the free world. It seems undemocratic that in 2008 that only New Hampshire or Iowa have to be first. I think maybe divide the country in 4 sections and rotate every 4 years will be fare.

    It’s so last century when our country had different needs… for GOD’s sake it’s a new age. We need desperately an over-haul of the way we select the President of the USA. The whole college is an antiquated system that met the needs of the times (last century).

    November 26, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. EE

    When Novak,said The Clinton campaigns have dirts on Obama, the Clinton fired back saying Novak was trying to pit Democrats among themselves, here now comes the dirts from the Clintons.

    Wonders shall never end with this lady!

    November 26, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. MS Johnson City, TN

    I hope Florida Democrats will remember in November and vote for Ron Paul in the general election.

    November 26, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Why aren't the Democrats in Florida? Because they pledged not to cmapaign there.

    Wow ... politicians keep their word and CNN considers it newsworthy.

    November 26, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Ben

    Well Hillary was campaigning for the first few weeks after the candidates signed the DNC pledge. Took a play out of Bill's book about legalese. I didn't think it was illegal intil "after" Florida was out of compliance. I'm soooo fed up with their politics. I'm sure Bill has spent a lot of time down just volunteering his time to talk to the good people of Florida...

    November 26, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |

    Why aren't the Democrats in Florida?

    DUH? I guess they're not looking for Caucus votes that won't count?

    November 26, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Tony Motzenbacker, Los Angeles, Calfironia

    By the time Governor Jeb Bush and the rest of the Republican legislature get "the fix" in - as they have in the last two general elections - it really won't matter whether the Democrats show up or not.

    November 26, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    here it is again, republicans are cheating. you need to campaign there. the dnc must realize that this election is the election of all time. we MUST not let them win

    November 26, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Markie Bee, Sacramento, Calif.

    Of course the rules don't mean anything to Repugnantcans. If the Constitution doesn't mean anything to Bush and Cheney, what a RNC directive going to mean to Giuliani and Romney et al, when bending the rules suits them just fine. No morals, no ethics. That's your field of Republican candidates folks.

    November 26, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. karen nj

    I don't think dem candidates are in Fla. because the republican candidates are there. I think they want to avoid each other whenveer possible !

    November 26, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. LOL,LA.


    November 26, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. Jaik , chicago, IL

    More evidence the Democrats don't even want to win. They seem to be afraid to lose the title of the party of sideline complainers. Gore threw up his hands when he won 2000, Dean threw up his hands when the press owned by GOP billionaires mocked him for an event they concocted in a sound edit. Pelosi won't investigate towards impeachment. Why would we vote for these people except for that the GOP is so patently evil ?

    November 26, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  24. Arnez, Culver City, CA

    This article is quite funny. Its no wonder Florida voted Republican in the important election that put Bush into office. And it'd be suprising if the Republicans carry Florida again. By boycotting Florida, they must realize that they are giving Republicans a golden opportunity to connect to the people without interference.

    November 26, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. EJS Dallas, Texas

    Maybe i'm wrong, but wasn't NEW the Democrats primary date set by a Republican controlled florida legislature ? just to cause trouble!!

    November 27, 2007 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
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