January 29th, 2008
10:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton thanks Floridians, promises to get delegates seated

Watch Sen. Hillary Clinton thanks supporters in Florida Tuesday night.

Watch Sen. Hillary Clinton thanks supporters in Florida Tuesday night.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton held a victory rally in Davie, Florida Tuesday night - even though the Democratic National Committee has stripped Florida of all of its delegates to the nominating convention, and no Democratic presidential candidate campaigned in the state.

“I could not come here to ask in person for your votes, but I am here to thank you for your votes today,” Clinton told her supporters. The New York senator also promised the crowd that she would do everything she could to get Florida’s delegation seated at the Democratic convention.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday night that Clinton was “trying to assign meaning to a contest that awards zero delegates” after her recent loss to Obama in South Carolina. “Sen. Obama is disappointed that Florida will have no role in selecting delegates for the Democratic nominee, but looks forward to competing and winning in Florida during the general election,” he said.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Florida • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (581 Responses)
  1. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    The only people who decided that Florida doesn't matter are the Florida party leaders. If you don't like it, then complain to them. Florida should have waited until February 5th like the rest of us.

    Floridians should be offended by Clinton's manipulation.

    January 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. carol

    Hillary – just 5 more days – then they can all shut up!

    January 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Al, Sacramento Ca

    Come on!! they have both split campaigned states. If they had counted in Michigan and Florida, Hillary would have probably won.

    I support the fact that she showed greatfulness for the people who voted for her and 1.5 million is no joke. This is a strategic move come November. Floridans will remember how she tried to fight for their vote to be counted in the primary. The delegates probably won't count for her now but it was a smart, strategic move.

    It was only the right thing to do. Thank a state who voted for you. Can't hate her for being smart.

    January 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Mark

    I' m sick and tired of people calling this a "beauty contest". It's insulting to the almost 2 million people who came out, knowing full well their delegates would not be seated, and voted. The Obama campaign and the media should be ashamed of themselves. As for someone who preaches a new way of doing things that is different than the politics of the past, he sure is showing many "old school political" colors with his comments refering to this primary and yesterdays flattering speech about John Edwards in an attempt to grab his supporters before Edwards himself had a chance to publically forfeit his campaign. The fact that no one campaigned is irrelevant. The people of Florida have just as much access to a tv or computer that the rest of us do, and know full well the character of each of the candidates. Being there in person wouldn't change that save for maybe a very very small percentage of voters. Hilary won very convincingly in a state that mirrors very accurately most of the super tuesday states yet the media seem to be counting her out of this race. I think the media should start thinking about what's best for this country and not what's best for the next days headlines.

    January 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. edward

    As long time D. I will be voting for a r for thr first time if... Hillary and Bill don't put these people in their place.All these people coming out for Obama,have they forgotten what the Clinton did for us.

    January 31, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    I think it would be complete unfair for the FL delagates to count at this stage. None of the candidates were suppose to campaign there. I don't think Hillary Clinton would have won if Barack Obama would have campaigned there. Hillary knows this that is why she is trying to get these delagates. Florida is always in the middle of an election scandle. And this time it is Hillary Bush, I mean Hillary Clinton. Sometime it is hard to tell a Bush from a Clinton.

    I think Obama should be and will be the next president of the United States. It would stand to reason that anyone voting against him is just a racist. Because clearly race aside he is the best candidate of the job. This will be the first year I will vote and be happy and proud to cast my vote for Barack Obama. Every other time I have ever voted I felt like I was forced to pick the lesser of two evils. If people can’t see that Hillary is just as dirty as her husband, they are sadly mistaken. Bill Clinton has all but call Barack Obama the N word. Calling his bid for the White House a fairy tail. Come on Bill what are you implying exactly. And people lets face it if (and the operative word being IF), some how John McCain manages to steal the election like his last lying, conniving predecessor, he will be 72 years old. If we had to endure the same misery of eight year of McCain because America wont wake up. He will be 80 when he leaves office. McCain and Hillary Clinton are more of the same nonsense, inhumane, big business baking politics we have endured from President Can't Form a Sentence or Intelligent Thought Bush. Why do this to America again. Is the country not suffering enough?

    WAKE UP AMERICA, Stop sleeping like you have for the past 8 years. We are in enough trouble. Electing Hillary Clinton or John McCain is just asking for more problems. Voting for either one of them is saying you want to lose your job and everything you have if you are not in the wealthiest block of Americans.

    Also, to the Latinos out there, you are fighting the same fight as all minorities. Stop letting Hillary Clinton divide the minority vote. IF she becomes the next president, Latinos will be in her rear view mirror, where they will stay. She is no more interested in your concerns than the Republicans. Obama is the only candidate willing to fight for all and bring us all together.

    OBAMA 08

    Let us work together. I know we can.

    January 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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