January 29th, 2008
10:19 PM ET
9 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)


    January 30, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  2. The Observer

    Alabama – Clinton leads 43% to Obama's 28%

    January 30, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  3. The Observer

    And the biggest lead till last – Clinton leads Obama 59% to 22% in Senator Kennedy's home state.

    January 30, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  4. wrensis

    By the time the convention is seated the number of voters disenfranchised in Michigan and Florida will not matter since the trend is now becoming clear. Hillary Clinton will be the Nominee. As a former NY State resident and beneficiary of the Senator Clinton's hard work I would have been disappointed in her not acknowledging the people who took the time to come out to vote for her and the right to be part of Democratic party. Congratulations Senator Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  5. Marc, The Netherlands

    To me it is only respectfull to thank the Florida voters for their support. The voters after all clearly spoke out and they are not to blame that their vote did not count.
    Not paying attention to a certain state because it does not provide you with any delegates is far worse in my opinion.

    January 30, 2008 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  6. liberal leaning middle age female

    I think the number of floridians Democrats who cast there votes knowing the DNC ruling on delegates is the real story. I think it is OK for Senator Clinton to thank voters.

    Headline should be about the numbers of Democrat voting in Florida vs Clinton Trumpets win.

    January 30, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  7. cyrille

    Please read TOM´s comment!!!

    I would like to know why for GOD´s sake the Clintons never play by the rules?

    Do they think they are truly over the laws of the Democratic Party even of the U.S?

    Bill looked into our eyes,laid his hand over the Bible and lied..,,I DIDN´T HAVE SEX WITH THIS WOMAN,,

    If it was me i will surely be in Jail by now.

    So double Standards hein?

    Welcome to the United Kingdom of America, to the land of Beauty Queen Clinton and Prince Bill.

    I am a woman,independant and confident to vote for OBAMA. HE IS THE MAN that America and the world needs.

    He is experienced enough to get the job done and then shut it down.


    January 30, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  8. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal

    Ah, so everyone agreed that no delegates would be elected.

    Now that the race is tight....everything is allowed....such a pile of manure

    January 30, 2008 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  9. Kimberly

    How can any Democratic candidate claim a victory in Florida? There has to be a chance for fair representation by ALL candidates.

    Therefore, any claim of a "victory" is a hollow claim...Hillary Clinton. Again, another example of how the rules do not apply to the Clintons and that they will both do or say anything to win.

    Also, I think ALL the candidates feel that every vote should count and that ALL voters should be heard. But Florida knew the rules and broke them...and it would not be fair to the other 48 states and their voters, of which played by the rules!

    No more Clintons!

    January 30, 2008 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  10. joe-oregon

    CNN censored all my postings. let's see if this got posted.

    Yes, both sides are a bunch of hypocrites. I am sure Obama will put a positive spin on it too if he won Florida. Well, he did not. Get back to the issues.

    January 30, 2008 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  11. Jamie

    I just read this one:

    "I have never seen clearer acts of desperation than the HRC campain.

    1.) Smear tactics, distortions & lies.

    2.) Crying on public TV for sympathy votes.

    3.) Disenfranchising voters

    4.) Race-baiting

    5.) Claiming victory in non-delegate states (FL/MI)

    Has her campaign no shame? Of course not! Her 'win-at-all-costs' campaign must be stopped."

    you forgot this

    6) Planted faked questions at events in order to make Hillary look more polished on the stump. Don't forget what they did at the student event. True signal of HRC's lack of ethics.

    Also, way to go Florida. Haven't you messed up enough elections. Seriously, your state has to learn how to follow rules in an election.

    January 30, 2008 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  12. Joyce

    Please clarify something publicly for those of us who wonder what the role of your "Best Political Team' is. Jack Cafferty has consistently smeared Hillary and Bill Clinton, even stooping to quoting, with a smirk, a nasty joke about them. Jack has called Barack Obama "wonderful". An older political analyst, on last night's FL results broadcast, said that, while Obama has proved himself a great candidate, that he needs to stand tough against the hard-ball playing Clintons. Is this responsible journalism? Is your role to choose your favorite candidate and publicly prod him to do what you consider best for his campaign? I have to take a walk around the block after listening to this for a while.

    January 30, 2008 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  13. johnson

    I promise that if Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, she will not win in the general election. Vote for Obama

    January 30, 2008 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  14. Sarah-Jane

    disgusting shrillary

    you've lost my vote – now and forever.

    January 30, 2008 05:29 am at 5:29 am |

    Bill's impeachment brought same to America and he openly lied "...I did not have sexual relations with" and it was seen worldwide!! Bill cant be trusted and his influence on Hillary cant be good.

    January 30, 2008 05:31 am at 5:31 am |

    Am very happy for what Senator Hilary Clinton has achieved so far and i know that when she will be president she will not only be a great American President but a World President so as to help us poor Africans... God Bless us all

    January 30, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  17. Victory of False Hope

    First of all Hillary is promising false hope to those Florida voters to think that the DNC would somehow change their minds after the fact having known that the candidates were not permitted to campaign there or what might the outcome may have been if they had.
    Secondly I would like to congratulate all of the Democratic candidates for their win seeing is how they all finished in first place based on the DNC ruling that no delegates would be awarded, so they all finished in a dead heat for “0”.
    And lastly I am sure Hillary and her supporters will try to spin this as a great victory having it been know for months that this as with the Michigan primary were not even being considered. So as the DNC had labeled this primary as merely a “Beauty Contest”, congratulations to Hillary on here Beauty contest win and just so you can say that you actually won something maybe Florida can get you a years supply of hair spray for your amazing landslide victory.

    January 30, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  18. Tom

    when the general election comes if Obama wins the nomination will he want my vote then? I will be glad to give it to McCain. Since I don't matter

    January 30, 2008 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  19. Andrew K

    I'm truly sorry to our Floridians that their Democratic leaders acted in ways that caused their vote to not count. That is a travesty. Really. And I'm furious for you.

    That being said, I don't think the election results were fair because the candidates didn't campaign there - under the rules.

    The rules are the rules, the Floridian Democratic leaders broke them, and HIllary is trying to overturn them. That is not fair. We need to play by the rules.

    January 30, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  20. Judy, FL

    I was really having a hard time choosing between Hillary or Obama yesterday. My daughters pushed me to vote for Obama. I was happy with that choice until I heard the statement the Obama camp came up with after Hillary won.
    Are you Obama supporters so stiffed neck that you cannot appreciate Hillary being there just because she was more inclined to win. Yes the Obama camp may say that this win doesnt mean anything, but it does to us. It gave us a chance to have our voices heard, no matter who you voted for.
    For the Obama camp to say it does not count for anything really tells me that they don't care about the people of this nation. Isn't this what the USA is all about, its people and the right to choose (vote).

    So before the Obama camp down plays this win, we wont. You are not insulting Hillary, you are insulting each and every Democratic Floridian that voted.

    Obama and his camp are a disgrace.


    January 30, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  21. henkie clicque

    I'm from Belgium, following the U.S.A. elections from here.
    There is someting I can't understand? That more than 1 million votes are stolen.... If that happens in a African country or elsewhere.....
    Americans will be the first to take steps or to make an intervention...
    I think that democrats will lose the elections if they let more than 1 million votes unanswered.
    No matter who won. If you want to be the leader of the democratic world...accept the votes in Florida. That's the only thing that you can do.
    Henkie Clicque

    January 30, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  22. rusty

    Just another example of Hillary saying anything to get elected. Lets see if she follows up on her promise to get the delegates seated. It is interesting to note that of the people that actually voted yesterday, Obama WON. Hillary was no doubt aware of this, and knew that a vast majority of those early absentee votes went for her. Those Clinton's need to go home, they are so dishonest, so many skeletons in the closet, the republicans will smoke them royal in the general election. Obama, when you think of it, has shown remarkable restraint.

    January 30, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  23. Jusu A. Gow

    Democrats are Democrats. Floridians and those from Michigan should be allowed to be seated as delegates like any other democrat.

    January 30, 2008 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Hillary wins Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where is Hillary's supporter on CNN to brag about her to the public about how important it was for her to win Florida.

    Instead she has won Florida and that doesn't count? That sounds familiar.

    That's why Bush became president. How soon we forget that battle.

    Where is CNN's personal Hillary Cllinton supporter. We certainly have Mc Cain supporters available, Obama is certainly covered. Forget Edwards and Gulliani.
    Romney has itty bitty coverage.

    CNN has to stop spinning opinions around their roundtables and talk about issues. PLEASE!!!

    January 30, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  25. Alecki

    Has there been a report on the Resko ties with Obama. He said something about being a "bonehead" related to the matter?

    Did he or didn't he return the money's allotted to him from Resko or just a portion.
    What about the house that he bought from him. Did he give that back.

    Is there an investigation going on about his involment?

    I would like to know about Borak Hussein Obama's ties with this man and where he lived as a child. What his beliefs were for the first 30 years of his life.

    I am concerned that there should be more investigation into both matters.

    Thank you.

    January 30, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
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