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
soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. justin

    talk about breaking the rules. she thinks they don't apply to her.

    and clinton supporters, don't try to spin it by saying obama had ads playing in florida.
    u can't get a national ad buy and then get florida somehow omitted.

    what a joke she is becoming.

    January 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. charlee

    I'm Glad she's standing up for Floridians and Michigan's regardless if they are for Obama, Edwards, or her. The fact that the states officials made a major decision and did not listen to the peoples votes is ridiculous, and for the democratic party to penalize them rather than grant them the opportunity is just as ridiculous. A TRUE president will listen an respect ALL the people, no just the POLITICAL party. Yes, yes, if she were still ahead she wouldn't be doing this, but she isn't and she is. The other two should jump on board and let the people know, they stand for them, not the politicians. Besides in the end, should they be granted a seat, whom ever gets the nomination will benefit from this choice! As a democrat who likes to exercise their right to vote, GO Hillary, and Obama and Edward, Do the right thing, stand up for YOUR people and JOIN her! (Make your FIRST real CHANGE Here!)

    January 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Kyle

    Thank you Hillary for going back on your promises to campaign for those 0 delegates. I'm sure we can expect more of the same once she's elected president.

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!1111

    January 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Marie,San Diego

    I'm confused here. I thought she is not supposedly campaigning in Florida. Did DNC changed the rules?

    January 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Rima

    I am in Florida, and I hope I get a chance to meet the next President of the United States of America- HILLARY R-CLINTON!!

    MY vote counts, and here she is very loved without injecting disproportionate race issues into this race. Hillary is up by about 20%. However, keep in mind that Obama (Mr. Honest and Priniciples) has been blasting non stop commerials on CNN and MSNBC in clear violation of his SIGNED PLEDGE. Oops that was a mistake like the 5 acciental votes I pushed in the ILL Senate. Gee, what a faker to anyone smart enough to see through him and investigate who he REALLY is.
    GO HILLARY!!! We in Miami love YOU!!!

    January 27, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. v.ananthan

    People of Florida needs to be heard.


    January 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Arnold, FL

    AND Everyone is on the ballot in FL! Senators Clinton, Edwards, and Obama are all on the ballots but none of them are allowed to campaign but they can hold fundraisers here as all of them have.

    January 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Don

    Big deal. Florida should count. They are part of America. Their voices need to be heard, regardless of what the DNC says and regardless of who wins the vote. Clinton is not breaking the rules anymore than Obama running TV ads there is breaking the rules. How as a nation can we penalize part's of ur country and have their votes not matter, is that not how we got Bush???

    Hillaryhaters have too much time on their hands.

    January 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Dave

    Imagine that, a Clinton going against her word.

    January 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Tyler

    Gary you are an idiot. She is winning Florida because the other two canidates are actually following the rules and not campaigning there. Winnning Florida means nothing, she gets NO delegates, and all the other canidates have to say in response to her "landslide" win is "I actually followed the rules and took my name off the ballot," This is the same thing that happened in Michigan. Are you really proud of Hillary's win in Michigan? She beat "uncommitted" by 15%, congratulations. Maybe when the race is over you can go to the DNC congregation and watch Edwards and Obama eclipse Hillary and Bill out of the Democratic Party, and out of politics.

    If the current polls hold up Hillary needs to capture about 75% of the remaining uncommitted super delegates to meet the majority threshold, but guess what, Obama and Edwards ARE sticking around and WILL get superdelegates from Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina to go on top of the delegates they will likely win on Super Tuesday. Nobody can tell me Obama loses in MN, AL or GA based on the "ROUT" he layed out on Hillary in the previous primaries.

    Edwards WILL get delegates in those 3 states as well as Missouri and Tennesse where he is currently running 2nd.

    And if you think Obama gets ruined in your hometown, you are sadly mistaken. There are an enourmous amount of college kids in CA, and none of them like Hillary. Look at the polls, ask anybody in college. Hillary is barely hanging on by controlling the over 65 audience which refuses to vote for Obama because he is black. There I said it. The over 65 crowd that is voting for Hillary Clinton is racist, not all of them, but an important segment.

    January 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    Where was the outrage when the rules were decided on? Now that delegates count and Clinton knows she is no longer the "anointed", she once agian wants the rules changed.

    This woman lacks morals and it is a wonder to me why anyone would want her to lead this country!

    January 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Tom in MA

    I cannot believe the DNC would disenfranchise the voters of Florida and Michigan because their pols decided to move up their primaries. Seems contradictory to the values of the Democratic party. Don't be surprised if the states go Republican.

    January 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Erick in Fort Lauderdale

    Florida has been a crucial state to win in order to win the presidency. This has been so in the last two elections. Rather that bickering we should remember as Democrats that this decision not to campaign in Florida will only make it harder for Democrats to win the White House. My god people read, I'm a Hillary supporter but I would implore all the candidates to at least visit Florida and for the record, they are allowed to fund raise in the state. Don't forget us Democrats in FL. Remember that this country was founded by people that did not believe in taxation without representation, this is exactly what is happening in Florida. Punish the state party if you must but how are we, the day to day people responsible for them? If anything fine the people responsible for the decision.

    Howard Dean shame on you!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Basquale

    The DNC has rules for the primaries and caucauses. If the Florida Democratic Party changes its dates against the rules they can blame theirselves! It's not the first time that Florida puts a shame on election process! Yes Billary wants change. Changing the rules so thei fit for her. Shame!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. MM


    January 27, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Bill

    The press is once again underestimating Hillary Clinton and overestimating Obama. While Obama goes for the easy wins in Georgia and Alabama. Clinton went to Tennessee a much harder state for her to win. Clinton pays attention to Floridians by going to Florida (a state that may be necessary to win in the general election). Hillary Clinton seems to be able to adapt to the campaign of the moment while at the same time thinking long-term. Both qualities I want in a president.

    January 27, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. d

    Obama was running TV ads... he broke the rules. People must realize what Obama stands for and what he is actually going to do, not just listening to speeches. We need more debates to find out who he is!

    Until then, GO HILIARY

    January 27, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. adam

    just like to point out that Obama is running national ads in Florida, which would go against the 'non-campaigning' rule in my opinion. so all those Obama supporters that are criticizing her for going to Florida, please tell me how this is different?

    January 27, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Africa 2

    Hillary is doing the right thing by going to Florida. The DNC can not deprive a state of their cnstitutional right because of what the republicans did in Florida. Obama and his team does not want the people of Florida to vote because he is going to loose by wider margin.

    Clinton 08

    January 27, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Greg

    If Hillary was so concerned with disenfranchising the Florida and Michigan voters, why didn't she stand up to the DNC when it made its decision earlier?

    There's a reason she only came out in support for them after all the early states had voted (or in the case of SC after it was clear she was going to lose).

    January 27, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Let's see-Kennedy endorsements–3-2 for Hillary-heha.
    (like it matters anyway????)
    It is all uphill for you now babe-NY,CA,NJ,TN, FL and a whole whopping more-well, maybe not Alabama or Mississippi, but they are generally Republican anyway.

    January 27, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Jack

    You people are completely uninformed about everything. Every Democratic candidate (Barack, Hillary, John) have all held fundraisers, in which they appeared, in Florida. They are not violating the DNC rules or their pledge. This seems a little suspicious CNN, why show this picture? It seems you are insinuating that she is breaking her pledge and I have not seen any "Scenes from the Trail" pictures of John Edwards or Barack Obama getting off a plane in Florida for their fundraisers, which they both have done. As an Edwards supporter, I am really turned off by Obama supporters and their total disregard for facts. All they seem to do is bash anything Clinton no matter what the story is. If Edwards drops out, I am leaning towards Clinton right now, but it is not a sure thing.

    January 27, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Nick

    Here is why Florida should not count:

    I was against the DNC taking away their votes in the first place but no matter how much you like Clinton you have to see that it isn't fair to say it at this point when Edwards and Obama have not been there and are barely using ads.

    In all four states so far Obama started out in the polls far behind and has closed that gap (even in the two he lost).

    How is it fair to count if Edwards and Obama didn't have to opportunity to go there and change peoples minds if they could??????

    One other thing- if Clinton is so concerned about the people of Florida getting their votes why didn't she take this up with the DNC months and months ago??????

    January 27, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Leah

    The Obama ad is NATIONAL and it was ok'd by the DNC BEFORE it was ran. The DNC approved it! It is impossible to run a national ad and have the networks exclude one state. There are NO rules being broken!

    January 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Mike

    This is another example on why Hillary Clinton cares about the people instead of just politics. Even though the DNC have stripped off Florida's delegates, she still cares enough to visit the state. Good for her.

    January 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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