January 27th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Scenes from the trail: Sen. Clinton arrives in Florida


Sen. Hillary Clinton arrived in Sarasota, Florida Sunday for a fundraiser. Democratic presidential candidates have pledged not to campaign in Florida this primary season because of national party penalties on the state for its early primary date, but they are allowed to attend fundraisers there.(Photo Credit: Mike Roselli/CNN)

Related: Sen. Clinton to be in Florida Tuesday for primary results

Filed under: Florida • Hillary Clinton
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  1. checkthisout

    It shows that Unlike Obama, Hillary will not abandon the people of Florida.

    Plain and simple.
    If you do not like it, just too bad !!!

    January 28, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. margie

    Obama had ads in Florida. Besides whoever wins the democratic nomination HAS to win Florida to become president in the general election. Heeelllooooo. Remember Bush/Gore. Hillary is a smart woman. IF she wins the nomination at least Floridians will not punish her for ignoring the sunshine state.
    Go Hillary.

    January 28, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. sirkka lehtonen

    Hillary,we are proud of you.You will the best President we have had since Bill Clinton.Good Luck,Go for it!

    January 28, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Beth

    I thought the Obama supporter were supposed to be the intellegant ones...READ!!!!!!
    All of them can do fund raisers in Florida..The only one campaining here is Obama with Tv adds....Please tell me how she cheated??????Why are you scared becasue when the results come out her winning the momentum goes to her super tuesday..
    wahhhhwahhhhwahhh cry babies!!You guys act like Obama himself

    January 28, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. Ean

    Let's review...

    IA- Obama won more delegates
    NH – Obama and Clinton tie in delegates
    NV – Obama won more delegates
    MI – Clinton beat nobody, no delegates awarded
    SC – Obama won more delegates

    Overall, Obama is winning the vote total by a land slide....

    When do we get to the part where Clinton is leading or is the front runner?

    Now Clinton is going to Florida in the hope to stop the momentum Obama has gained off of SC. The people of Florida deserve to be heard, but not at the cost of dividing the Democratic party even further. The party decided (INCLUDING CLINTON) to not count the delegates in Florida.

    Crazy...why would anyone vote for her? I just don't get it.

    January 28, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. dee

    Florida will get recognized at the convention.

    The stunts that Hillary is pulling will divide the party at the convention.

    GOP will have a easy way as president.

    1960 many minorities switched to the DEM party.

    Hillary is now pimping the latino Vote

    Hillary O8, Nominee as the Divider

    Howard Dean has weakened the Dem. Party.

    As I predicted in SC Edwards was Hillay's spoiler

    Go Hillary!

    GOP wins in November

    January 28, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Bukky

    desperation... now that she's loosing she wants to go to florida AFTER she said she would'nt. Then she's gonna try to fight for delegates. IF the DNC gives her any delegates it will show that the republicans arent the only corrupt ones

    January 28, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Kate

    I think it's ridiculous that they've stripped Florida of delegates. The people of Florida have a right to choose the Democratic candidate.

    January 28, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. dee

    Hillary Voted for War with Iraq
    Hillary Voted to authorize the war with Iran 2007.

    Running against herself in florida because of Howard Dean. Save face

    Howard Dean needs to be removed

    Go Hillary! the Nominee, the divider

    Party split

    GOP 08

    January 28, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Jim in Orlando, FL

    The DNC handled both Michigan and Florida very poorly. At least the RNC made a better effort.

    January 28, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Jim

    In his 1996 memoir, "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," Obama wrote candidly about his high school-era drug use: "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though."

    You don't think the repubs are going to be all over that if he wins the primary?

    or this...?

    The Harvard Law School graduate sometimes playfully breaks into vernacular, which seems to amuse him and his audiences greatly.

    "I need you to grab Cousin Pookie to vote," he told a crowd in Kingstree on Thursday. "I need you to get Ray-Ray to vote."

    January 28, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Mike (Republican voter)

    As a republican, it is nice to see democrats self destruct themselves. In Nov, even if they win 90% of swing states, they will still need to win atleast one southern state to win the white house. Do they believe they have better shot at wining any southern state than Florida? Even an energized dem base fell short in 2000 by less than 300 votes. And excluding them in Primary is really going to energize them for November? May be they believe they can win Texas on their way to the White House. 🙂

    January 28, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Carol O'Connor

    Hilary is not campaigning. There are no public events. She is attending a private fundraiser. all of hte candidates agreed to this. Obama's problem is htast no one wnats him in Florida. Also he has been very loud abt how it shdn't count. Yeah, guy, because you can't win there.

    January 28, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. dee

    Go Hillary!


    Bloomberg Joins the race because of the Clinton Divider.

    Same old experience of playing race card is irrelevant today, SC sent you a clear message Hillary

    I would of thought this to be true about the GOP.

    More than ever we need a change.

    When Obama is not on the ticket this fall, watch the turnout drop.

    The young people see very little connection with her as the polls have indicated.

    Oh Yes, She allows her daughter to speak now.

    A little too late

    GOP are already measuring the windows of the W.H.

    So, Go Hillary!

    January 28, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. dave

    Are we surprised that Clinton is trying to change the rules mid stream? The good news is that we can now see through such ploys. Florida is a great state. I lived there for 14 years. I just wish that it did not move up their primary date. But they did and everyone what would happen. So, the next states happen on super Tuesday. End of story. Its going to be a good race.

    January 28, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Jess

    Will people get off that "republicans are posting here"? Just because many of us think Clinton is trying to change the rules does not make us republicans. That's just silly. REALLY SILLY. I am so sick of this vast right wing conspiracy line of reasoning. Just one more reason we need to move beyond Clinton. Besides, most polls show McCain beating her, not Obama. Those are facts. Grow up.

    January 28, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Terry, El Paso, TX

    It was very foolish of the DNC to disenfranchise the voters of Michigan and Florida. First, Democrats should never discount anyone's vote. Second, if the leadership of Florida and Michigan want to have a voice in the selection process instead of ceding the decision to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, then that is their business. I am tired of those states having a disproportionately loud voice in the process.

    At the convention, I predict that both the Michigan and Florida delegations will be seated on a voice vote.

    I think all the candidates should have campaigned there in defiance of the DNC.

    January 28, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Sherry

    We run our households. When we have a problem we turn to each other. The words we are using are the words of men. We’re repeating their words. Why is Hillary so reviled? We as women are the fabric that holds this country together. Men just take the credit. Men in general have deserted us, our children and our parents. We raised those men. We’ve coddled those men. We have stood behind them. It’s time to equal the playing field. Hillary has put up with all of their ribald jokes, attacks on her credibility, and their boiler room approach to the issues that this country faces. I see all the men who have worked in the senate coming out against Hillary and I have to ask myself why? I see men who have ran for president and lost, are against her and I have to ask myself why? I see great women of our time that have always been supported by women coming out against Hillary and I ask why? I see Democrats who have never declared for one candidate or the other, but waited until the primary was done and supported whatever man won, against Hillary. We as women are afraid to even say these things and I ask myself why. Men have no respect for us and some women have bought into their agenda. Of course this is a very sexist thing to say. They have thrown so much male sexism our way they have us living by it and considering it the gospel. Never before in the history of a presidential race has the way someone looked had so much more import, than the way that person thinks. I am tired of hearing about how Hillary’s Campaign keeps attacking those poor men. I am tired of hearing that former president Clinton will be serving four terms if Hillary wins. How dare anyone dismiss her right to have a chance because he was the president? I am tired of the mere suggestion that because he dares to give her what she gave him (loyalty) he is tainting his legacy as a president. She has put forth real solutions to the economy, the war in Iraq, healthcare etc. She knows the nuances of her solutions and she gives details. This race is no longer about the issues our country faces because the men have no comprehensive answer to Hillary’s real solutions, her intellect and her ability to stay on point, in the face of such adversity scares the hell out of men and some women. We have got to elect a woman for president. Why not now? If men do not think this woman is qualified then they think no women will ever be. She has all the goods. She is well known throughout the world. She will take a lot of power to Washington because we will be standing proudly behind her. No I do not agree with everything she says. I have voted for men that I did not agree with on all the issues but I guess that’s ok. She has to be twice as good as all the other candidates and she is.

    January 28, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Joanne from Florida

    I can see why the candidates argue and bicker so much; because everytime I read the blogs individuals comments are essentially doing the same thing. Most may say its healthy debate, but if you truly read some of the comments that is not what their language suggests. And, for those who think that Hilary was campaigning, you are wrong. The pledge that all three candiates signed said they wouldn't campaign, but they were allowed to host fundraisers; which is what Hilary did. She had a private fundraiser that was no even open to the public.

    This election bothers me because people on both the Democratice and Republican side are voting for individulas they "like", even though they have never met them, without even knowing what their stance is on the issues.

    I urge everyone to look at the websites for all candidates, Democratic and Republican, and then vote your conscience!

    January 28, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Shelea, FL

    I am so torn between Obama and Hillary. As a woman, I think it's time for a woman president and I believe Hillary is a strong, "takem by the cajones" kind of woman. I think she could hold her own with any leader from any country. I also like Obama. When I heard him speak four years ago at the Democratic national convention, I was moved because I believed he would be "big" in the Democratic party. So, I will listen more intently in the next months to the both of them. You who are blasting Hillary must be Republicans, or at least many of you probably are. If you are not, it is you who are not listening to what Obama is saying about all the division in this country and about change. I agree with Mary above, if this is change, I want no part of it. George Bush and the Republicans have done a good job tearing this country apart. Sure, you have a right to your opinions, but many are so hateful and off target. Those of you who would vote Republican if Hillary is the nominee must have a short memory and don't really care about what has taken place the last eight years. This country has suffered greatly at the hands of this administration and cannot continue under Republicans "rule".

    January 28, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. RJ

    Of course it's about race and gender! But mostly and sadly, its still about gender. If a woman is tough, she's called all sorts of nasty names. As a woman, I'm proud of Hillary's toughness. Politics and messy world events are tough business. Ya think Oprah made it because she's a softy? Or Madeleine Albright? Or the female Supreme Court justices? Or any female corporate CEO? Or any mom who successfully raised her children? Hardly. Go, Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Patty

    She just believes that Floridians should have the right to vote.

    January 28, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Taylor

    I don't care who won Michigan or who is ahead in Florida, I think it's really unfair to the voters there that they are basically being told they don't matter. It's not their fault the primaries were moved up. They have as much right to have their vote count as anyone else.

    January 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. J. R.

    Residents of Florida and Michigan, if you want your votes to count in the primary, than demand that the state party follow the rules. And this demand that "all" votes should count is ridiculous. If Billary really wanted everyone's votes to matter in the primaries, she would have fought for Florida and Michigan to be reinstated last year, and that all primaries/caucuses be held on the same day, so that no one is disenfranshised because their primary is late, and their choice of candidates has dropped out, or isn't doing well.

    January 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Poli

    Florida Democrats:

    The Florida primary is not the General Election. It is for the Democratic Party to select a nominee. All state and local parties must abide by the party regulations if they want to remain a member of the national party. The party bosses in FL decided to move up the states primary in violation of the party rules.

    If FL democrats feel disenfranchised, why didn't they take it up with their state party officials? It was well published that if the state insisted in moving its primary, its delegates wouldn't count.

    Apparently, once again, FL Democrat voters are either too dumb to realize what happened or don't think the party rules should apply to them. Either way, you look ridiculous!

    Either way, the 800+ super delegates outnumber the 210 FL delegates, so your vote really doesn't matter any way this year. (It's like having 4 Florida's worth of loose cannons rolling around at the convention.)

    You break the rules, pay the price. Get over it!

    January 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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