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. Election Judge

    The DNC has the right to penalize a state that chooses not to follow the rules.

    Billary doesn't have the right to insist that the delegates from Michigan be counted. Of course that would be in Billary's favor!

    January 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. ed

    Billary does not have self respect and integrity even her husband got a bj in the oval office.
    she is mean, nasty, wciked and would do anything to get what she wants
    obama has been steadily getting votes from educated people who know the stakes.
    Most of her support is not well educated and wat would you expect eldrlies in fl..obviously an elderly form ny

    January 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Hillarious

    Correction for Mark....both Obama and Edwards will be on the ballot in Fl

    January 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Matthew Sutton

    Those Obama ads are nationwide cable ads that are not specifically targetted to Florida. He cleared this with a DNC official before going forward. The point is, he is not campainging there. There is no contest in Florida. Nothing is at stake.

    January 27, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Maria, Miami

    MM and Adam,
    You're covering old ground. Hillary is running those ads too. ALL candidates agreed that not only would they not campaign in Florida, but that Florida wouldn't county.

    Surprise, surprise, the Clintons think the rules apply to everyone but them. They're like the kid that says, "fight me after school, you punk. Be outside at 4pm. Then, they show up at 3, wait for 10 minutes, and run back inside yelling, "Bobby is gutless, he wouldn't even show up for the fight. I win, I win, I win..."

    All you stooges that are fooled by this are a joke. And yes, we know the line "but the great state of Florida should be respected in our democracy." They broke the rules. They knew they were breaking the rules. And now, in concert with the Clintons, they're whining about it.

    January 27, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. PW Va

    Is She going down there to get things all stirred up as she and her hubby did in SC?

    Let me ask all you "Hillary lovers" this: how in the world could she become the leader of the free world, having to deal with people such as Musharraf, Ahmadinejad, Kim Il-sung, etc. when she can't even keep her own husband in check on the campaign trail???

    January 27, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Larry


    January 27, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Mike

    Loose or lose?

    January 27, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. d.a.

    we live in a country where we all have a right to vote.....go HILLARY... show Florida that you care.

    January 27, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. mr.fair tax


    January 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Cliff Baker

    To Mark,

    All three candidates - Clinton, Obama and Edwards names are on the Florida ballot. Per the DNC, all three will not be allowed to campaign there (They can go to Florida for fund raising but not campaigning).

    For the record, Senator Clinton upcoming trip to Florida is for a fund raising event, and for thanking her supporters (but not campaigning).

    January 27, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Tyler in Raleigh

    So is or is she not campaigning? Dont ask the Clintons, remember they do not know the meaning of "is".

    Just like the Clintons, a "liberal" view of the rules and how they apply to them. Her supporters complain about Obama ads on CNN but they seem fine with her going to FL and asking to let their "voices be heard".

    What a hypocrite!!

    January 27, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |

    Hillary is doing the right thing by going to Florida. People of Florida are part of America. Their voices need to be heard and their votes counted. Don't punish people of Florida, but leaders who have changed the primary date. Will it be good for Democrats if Florida people vote for Republicans in November? I don't think so

    January 27, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Nikole

    Adam- Obama bought cable TV ads and ASKED that they not be shown in FL. The company says that was not possible. If Mrs. Clinton has the money she may also buy time on cable networks, and they will be played everywhere.

    January 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. BobW

    National ads are just that-national. They are placed with a given network and they run everywhere, including states not in play.

    Hillary, the presumptive candidates is just looking for presumptive deligates. Besides, we know they Clintons are above the rules.

    January 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Tom4

    The Clinton machine was not supporting Florida until about five minutes after they realized SC was going to be a butt whipping experience, now they have no choice but to pretend Florida is more important. Time is closing in on them it may be Obama that nails it down, but it will definately be over in November for this disgraceful duo. If voter rights were important how come they waited until it looks like they are toast to stand up for the great state of Florida? The DNC is the reason that Florida is being cheated, Obama, had he campaigned there might have give the old people a run for their money by turning out the youth vote. Give Obama a shot in Nov. and see what happens.

    January 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Henry

    Obama haters please stick to the facts you are just as bad as the Clintons. Need to verify anything Clintons say before you react. Be smart.....

    January 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Nestor in Miami

    So the DNC disenfranchises florida voters but they sure like our money. That party sure is corrupt, not that the GOP isnt. It is a crying shame that we dont have a choice outside of this legal two party dictatorship. Floridians, The Dems do not want our votes, but they sure like our money. Do not sponsor any of them.

    January 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Nestor in Miami

    ...and Hillary, Please dont come to Miami.

    January 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. cecil

    The Democratic candidates ALL agreed not to campaign in Florida.
    Look at HILLARY "moon walk", Her word means nothing.
    After South Carolina Primary, the only thing thats been on her mind and lips is Forida. Sounds like campaigning to me.

    January 27, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Don, Rochester, NY

    Mark, ALL THREE are on the Florida ballot. She's in Florida and will win Florida...big time. Why? Because she respects their voice and she feels strongly that their votes should count. She will be EVERYONE'S President. The reason Obama is staying away and refuses to fight for the Florida votes to count is because he knows she will win there and if their votes count eventually, he believes it could cost him the nomination. Personally, I don't think he'll be that close. (and WHO exactly is playing dirty politics!?)


    January 27, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Asad

    Oh it's so wonderful and sweet of Mrs. Clinton to all-of-a-sudden want Florida to count. Forget the fact that the rules have been in place for many months. I think we definitely need a president just like her! So inspiring!

    January 27, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. James

    As expected, Hillary is attempting to walk away from her original campaign promises that she signed to in an attempt to win the nomination. Glad to see that she is living up to the expectation to win by any means necessary. It is unfortunate that some Floridians are buying her sudden change of heart.

    After all, if Hillary really thought Florida's votes and for the matter Michigan's should truly be counted, why did she not say so from the offset months ago? Why did she choose not to sign the petition that she signed? Why now does she change her tune? Is it because she truly thinks these votes should count or is it because she truly needs these votes to count.

    OBAMA '08


    January 27, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Debbie Miller

    Glad that Hillary is going to Florida. She is attending a fundraiser, not campaigning. Obama is running ads, i.e., campaigning. Why is the
    media not covering this turn of events? Go Hillary!!!

    January 27, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. cecil

    Hillary is doing the right thing by going to Florida,
    The Democratic candidates "ALL" agreed not to campaign in Florida.
    You can't trust Her word on a simply matter as this.

    January 27, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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