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. California voter

    Frankly, I don't see why both Florida and Michigan are being punished by the DNC. Who is the DNC really punishing – – looks like the primary voters to me.

    January 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. IndependentCA

    Clinton had ads done and made sure they did NOT run in Florida.
    Obama has run nationa ads without the proviso they not run in Florida.
    Clinton is going to fundraisers. (Gasp)
    Obama has already been in Florida for fundraising.

    Clinton made Judicial Watch list for 2007.
    Obama made Judicial Watch list for 2007.

    Judicial Watch 10 Most Corrupt Politicians 2007.. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): A "Dishonorable Mention" last year, Senator Obama moves onto the "ten most wanted" list in 2007. In 2006, it was discovered that Obama was involved in a suspicious real estate deal with an indicted political fundraiser, Antoin "Tony" Rezko. In 2007, more reports surfaced of deeper and suspicious business and political connections It was reported that just two months after he joined the Senate, Obama purchased $50,000 worth of stock in speculative companies whose major investors were his biggest campaign contributors. One of the companies was a biotech concern that benefited from legislation Obama pushed just two weeks after the senator purchased $5,000 of the company's shares. Obama was also nabbed conducting campaign business in his Senate office, a violation of federal law.

    January 27, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Ida Lula

    If she's on the ballot, why shouldn't she campaign? Just because others didn't get their names on the ballot, and she did, she's wrong to pursue this campaign? I'm sick of both Obama and Edward whining about everything Clinton. It's pathetic.

    January 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Erick in Fort Lauderdale

    Basquale- the person that should be ashamed is you, no one has the right to refuse an individual their right to vote, what a few people decided should not be held against millions of Democrats and as I mentioned before, Florida is a pivotal state to win and you are being short sighted, whether Obama or Clinton it will be hard to win the presidency (not impossible) without winning Florida because we are a high population states which a lot of electoral college votes, read up and don't be ignorant.

    For the record, I have a master's degree and 29 years old and I am one 100 percent behind HIllary Clinton!

    January 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Jason

    It is hard for me to believe that Hillary is "cheating" in Florida. There are cameras on her 24 hours a day. She is raising money to campaign against media driven voters. If people would look at the track record of the candidates, what their positions are on important topics, and how they plan to pay for their plans, then everyone would see that there is only 1 good choice for this election.


    January 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I think Hillary has a dog in this fight that democrats don't know about. Hill and Bill's decision to campaign in Florida can only result in something negative for the party. If it does, I say if voters haven't kicked them to the curve the DNC should and this might be what Hillary is hedging on. Get ready for the worst to come.

    January 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. mgleaso3

    I would think it would be hard NOT to be leading in Florida, since Hillary is the only Democratic candidate not honoring their agreement not to campaign there.

    Of course, would we expect anything less from her? Typical that the Clintons would think the agreed to rules don't apply to them. It would be patently unfair to the other candidates to seat the delegates from Michigan (where she was the only name on the ballot) or Florida (where they agreed not to campaign).

    OBAMA '08

    Yes we can!

    January 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. maynard

    hillary hold on to your pants its going to be the run of your life now
    remember that fla. is the state know as the rigger of the election for the bushs



    January 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. GO Hillary!

    All the way Hillary! 08!

    January 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    The Democratic National Committee has no rules against fund raisers in Florida and that is what Hillary is doing. The people of Florida want to hear from her and that is her right. She has not advertised there at all which would be against the DNC but she is allowed to raise money there. I don't understand why the DNC will let SC and NV vote earlier then usual but not Florida and Michigan. Seems to me they pick and choose and all candidates should be able to campaign anyplace and receive Delegates in those states. I'm proud of her for going to Florida and I know the Democrats there are too.

    January 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. RAFi68

    south carolina was obama last stop , everyone new he was going to win there , but new york, california florida , new jersey , and many other stated that have a brain , will be all hillary , people vote for obama because he talks about hope , but what he is going to do for this country i dont yet , if you ask him he will tell just have hope , how stupid can we be ..but if he where to win that he is not , m cain will beat him so bad i am a democract but i will vote republican . is this happend hillary 2008 .....

    January 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Anna, SW Missouri

    For all of the people that say that what the DNC is "doing" to the people of Florida and Michigan is not "fair," are being very selfish. The rest of the states abided by the rules. The Florida and Michigan STATE parties are the ones that decided to break the rules. The state parties are the ones that knew that if they did it that their voters would be penalized for their state parties actions. They broke the rules anyway. Why should the rest of the states that abided by the rules now be punished for what Florida's and Michigan's STATE parties did. All states would like to be the first in the nation and get the attention that Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina got, but rules are rules, and most adults know that following rules are necessary in this free USA.

    January 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Betsy

    Hey illiterate folks, she is NOT campaigning there as it plainly states in the caption underneath the photograph. She is attending a fundraiser, which is explicitly ALLOWED by the DNC. Also, there is absolutely nothing unfair or dishonest about her paying attention to Florida. To Mark - Obama and Edwards are BOTH on the ballot in Florida as are all the Dems. This is not the same situation as Michigan. I hope that doesn't make your head hurt.

    I agree with Don: Hillary haters have WAY too much time on their hands. They also apparently cannot read.

    January 27, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Obama is running a national ad that airs in Florida and has been in Florida for fundraisers also.

    January 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Gold Canyon Gal, AZ

    The last time I looked, FL hadn't succeeded from the Union! Obama's been airing cable ads there for 2 weeks, not on the OK of the DNC, but on the advice and OK of the SC Dems...Go Hillary!

    January 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. ap

    I guess no one questions why Barack jump started the race issue well before the clintons arrived in south carolina. I mean really folks stop making him look so wonderful and innocent. Who recruited the Oprah, the most popular african american woman in the world, to fill a stadium and rally for him in south carolina. He did not use her in Iowa, New Hamsphire or Nevada just south carolina. Is this just coincidence?
    I may not like some of the things the clintons have done but never have I doubted their committments to civil rights or the african american community.
    How about all the candidates get back to the issues and unite so we can win the election in November?

    January 27, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Keith

    The DNC can certainly deprive Florida of its primary delegates. The constitution does NOT garuntee the right to vote in a primary – for hundreds of years primaries and caucauses never existed = and if America wants someone to become president they don't need that person to be nominee of either party, he or she can run as an independant or third party.

    January 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Cathy, NY

    Hillary is about to embark on a major WINNING streak, from Florida right on through to Super Tuesday! There will be NO WAY for you Obama zealots to spin it after that. Also, OBAMA is the one who broke the rules by running commercials in Florida, NOT Hillary! Where are your excuses for him NOW???? HILLARY '08!!!!

    January 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. D in Florida

    Come here, don't come here, whatever. We'll save a fortune in police and security overtime. Floridians have always gone their own way and will continue to do so. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have 'sanctioned' the state; both party committees are acting like whiney-babies because of the date of our primary? Buy a clue. We have very long memories and you'll need us soon enough. When the elections are over, come down for vacation. Bring money.

    January 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    Go Hillary! As usual they are ignoring what Obama did first!

    January 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Ray

    SHE IS DOING A FUNDRAISER!!!! NOT CAMPAINING!!! That is allowed. If you don't know the rules, don't post something stupid!!

    and YES..Obama has commercials playing down there, national or not, they are still airing in Florida!!

    January 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I love the way these self-described "intelligent" Obamans display their hatred and lack of education. They really do a dis-service to the guy. Even if he was smart enough not to lie in a debate, these "supporters" would drag him down.

    January 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Dan, NJ

    Timing, people, timing. HRC was fine with Mich and Fla not counting when she thought that she would win a corontation. Now that she has to battle for a nomination, she wants to change the rules bc she perceives an adavantage.

    If she can't follow the rules now, who's to say she will follow the Constitution later?

    January 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Nell

    GOLLLEEE GEEZ Don't you Democrats get it yet... The Clintons have NEVER had to follow the rules... they make them up as they go along to fit THEIR needs. Are ya starting to see why most Republicans didn't trust them?

    January 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Antonio, San Antonio TX

    Wow! What a cheater! Obama you suck. GO Hillary support the Florida voters!!!

    January 27, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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