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)
  1. MB, Louisiana

    You people need to pay closer attention. As Steven and Veronica said above:


    (1) Barack ran television ads (as late as today) in Florida in defiance of the DNC's rules. Clinton did not do this. They both had fundraisers they attended in Florida.

    (2) Hillary asked the DNC to allow FL delegates at the convention long before the primary season started. AFTER the nominee is chosen, people. SHE ASKED FOR THEM TO BE SEATED ONLY AFTER THE NOMINEE WAS CHOSEN so they could participate in the political process AFTERWARDS. SHE HAS NOT ASKED FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE!!! "

    So Hillary isn't doing anything underhanded or illegal. She's just asking the DNC to set the delegates AFTER THE NOMINEE IS CHOSEN. I'm sure if Obama wins the nomination, he'll be asking for the same thing. Where will your outrage be then?

    January 30, 2008 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Jhon A.

    I find it offensive that Sen. Obama would call the FL primaries a "just a beauty contest." Being a proud Floridian, I find it extremely rude for the senator to say something of the sort. In so many words he is telling voters their votes don't count since he will not get any delegates. How does he expect to get support in the general election (if he does achieve the party nomination) from these voters he has alienated in the state? It is common knowledge that a state like Florida, with it's huge number of delegates in the Electoral College, could tip the scale in the general election. Think before you speak in the future senator.

    January 30, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  3. Susan

    How unethical to go against your own parties decision...OH please Hillary
    The Clintons think they are above the law anyway
    Now is that any surprise to anyone ???
    and if super Tuesday comes and Hillary for "some reason" wins the nomination
    I will be not be going to the polls on Nov 4
    I will not in good conscience vote for ANY Clinton

    January 30, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  4. Carrie

    By now, Hillary's problem is that she expected to have the nomination wrapped up. When she signed on to not campaign in Florida six months ago, Hillary thought that Florida wouldn't be a factor. With Obama running well against her, Hillary is getting scared. I see the results in Florida that 50% of the voters will never vote for her. With McCain winning tonight fairly, there is noway that Hillary could beat him with just the Democratic Base. Obama is the only Democrat that can get votes from both sides and Independents. Most importantly, unite Americans for change and hope to stop all this anger.

    Obama 08

    January 30, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  5. Kate

    I am a Floridian and we have a Republican Governor who remarkedly signed the papers to have our primary early to "put us on the map" and say Florida counts! Now the Democratic delegates don't count, yet the Republican candidates get 50% of their delegates. Amazing! Or was this planned by Republican strategists all along.

    The most amazing/nauseating thing is Karl Rove has told Obama he will give him hints of how to beat Clinton. I believe that Obama has done just that.

    January 10, 2008: Karl Rove's comment on that Clinton's win in Michigan is just a "beauty contest" and that it will have little impact.

    January 29, 2008: Obama states Clinton's win in Florida is nothing but a "beauty contest" and it will not affect delegate count.

    Obama stated almost verbatim Karl Rove's comment!
    Do we actually want a candidate that can be manipulated by Republican Strategists?
    One more thing: Listen to Obama speak. He adjusts his accent and wordage for the crowds that he speaks to. If he is one that speaks the truth, why does he change and flow to do anything to win the votes?

    January 30, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  6. D Yardie

    Wait a minute. She downplays S. Carolina when she campaigned and attributes Obama's win to race, doesn't stay around to thank us....but goes to Florida where Obama didn't campaign, where half the people voted on name recognition back in December, where Obama's ads were national ads, not local Florida tv, and all of a sudden Florida has to get seated?

    And you want this person for president? Would she be demanding the delegates be seated if Obama had won? Would she have stayed there to thank her supporters if he had won?

    And the National Organization of Women supports the candidates who called nurses glorified maids?

    It is more significant that some of her own friends endorsed the opposition than a few transplants to Florida. Play fair Hillary. Stop spinning nothing.

    I'd rather see McCain as president if Obama/Richardson or Obama/Edwards doesn't win.

    January 30, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  7. david in fl

    why dosnt cnn tell the truth obamma has been running tv ads in fl i am in fl and they have been on my tv hillary didnt run any ads she came here after the polls and still beat him im a rep but im going to vote for hillary if obamma gets it my wife and i will have to vote rep

    January 30, 2008 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  8. Reggie, Germany

    No matter who you're for I find it hard to understand how anyone looking at what Hillary has done here can view it in a positive light.

    Hillary first proclaims very forcefully while campaigning for Iowa that the elections in Florida and Michigan didn't count for anything and that this is a race for delegates. Then suddenly after a very embarrasing loss in S.C. Hillary FLIPS and starts hitting every opportunity possible to say that now all eyes now turn to Florida. huh???

    No eyes were turning to Florida on the democratic side. This was simply a Hillary campaign gambit to change the focus. Can one understand it yes, should one view such minipulation positively no!!!

    Let us remember this is the same candidate who didn't have the decency to stay in S.C. long enough to thank the people of that state who voted and worked so hard for her in a sincere way. A candidate who when she finally got around to it (After letting her husband take the lead) didn't even donate a complete sentence to the subject.

    How a person who handled their supporters so callously in S.C. could then turn around fly into a state to hold a celebration rally, declare a major victory and basically become the champion of voters in a process she agreed not to acknowedge is striking in it's obvious calculation. "When you make me win you are important to me. When you don't I could care less about you" is the message I get.

    59% of the vote for the primary candidates were absentee!!! Which means that theses votes were cast months before yesterdays vote at a time when Obama certainly was not very well known if at all. So when people argue that the large turn out yesterday was a turn out for Hillary they are completely wrong. There happened to be 2 or 3 major amendments of the Florida ballot that turn those numbers out.

    Hillary's votes were in large part already counted and she knew this and knew that she would in all likelyhood win based of polls. This is what motivated her sudden epiphany with regard to Florida.

    Now don't get me wrong I too feel that the people of Florida and Michigan should have their voices heard, what I am objecting too is the art and manner that Hillary and her campaign are attempting at every turn, in a way that shows that no mittel or method is to strong, to win this nomination.

    When I look at these manuvers from Hillary and all her campaign I become disgusted at what I am witnessing ........ Does it really make any of you feel good?

    Is this the example you would use to show your children how to reach their goals?

    January 30, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  9. Nando

    You won ))))))))))))))) 0 Delegates!!!!

    Obama 08,12

    We will see ya in Denver!!

    January 30, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  10. JPB, KY

    AMEN, Ray, Jay and Carolinian...doubtless of the other comments...Hillary got the votes in Florida...and the rest is just sour grapes...And CNN needs to get off their high horse and quit showing favoritism...it is disgusting!!

    January 30, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  11. Jimenez

    I really can't believe the Obama supporters. How can you disregard the millions of people in Florida who went out to vote. Well we thank you Florida. We thank you for showing that you care about the future of our country and we thank you for support the strongest and most capable candidate. She even had more votes than McCain. Oh by the well Obama didn't even beat our Romney and McCain. So what was that again that Obama had a better chance. The media is just playing games with the weak minded. Watch them closely one day they say something the next the say something else. Truth of the matter most people who chose their candidate early on in the campaign have their mind set already. Campaigning, advertising and all that is a waste of your money. Clinton 08

    January 30, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  12. Bob, DC

    Florida and Michigan delegates will not count towards the determination of the Dem nominee. That has been recently confirmed by Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and other officals at the DNC. Once a nominee is determined then the nominee has the option to seat the delegates. Those are the facts no matter what Ms Clinton says or wants.

    January 30, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  13. Sean

    It is a significant win for Senator Clinton. It is disingenuous for the Obama team to discount her win since they would have a similar spin if the results were reversed. A large number of Floridians took the time to go out and vote, so stop whining! All the Opra's, Kennedy's and Kerry's can't alter the reality of the situation. Senator Clinton is going to win the nomination..and if they really do have the country's best interests at heart they will support her in the general election

    January 30, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  14. BobW

    Congratulations to Hillary for winning the Ms. Florida competition. Send Ms Florida her tiara!

    I seriously think Hillary has lost it. Doesn't she realize how pathetic she looks claiming a win when the game was never played?

    January 30, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  15. Mike N Louisiana


    January 30, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  16. Jersey_Blues

    Hillary is so lost. I am a democract and i truley hate Hillary more than anything else.

    How can you declare victory in a meanningless vote? Slick Willy and Hillary as well as the typical Hillary supporters are at it agian.


    Hilary screwed up the Health care system in the 90's, and now she is going to fix it?

    She is expereinced? Why cause she was the first lady? She never sat in on any security mettings or any other mettings, that is not expereinced.

    We need Brack.

    If Hillary is the choice by dumb democrats all across America I am voting for McCain.

    January 30, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  17. bruce patras new york ny

    hrc will do anything to win ,
    anything .

    and she cannot control mr bill.
    scary if she doe win it .

    January 30, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  18. YesWeCan

    Did you idiots look at the Exit Polling? Did you see that small percentage of Latino Turnout? Do you know how many Latinos are in Florida ? Hmmm? Maybe you should be asking yourselves why there was such a low turnout among Latino voters instead of ask yourself who has that voting block.

    Another thing.

    Barack Obama doesn't do demographics. He does Americans and in every election , he wins because young Americans , who don't have a stick up their azzez about his race are turning out whether they are Black , White , Latino , Aisian, Native American , Male , Female, Jew , Muslim or Christian. That's how he's gonna win. With people who are not stuck on stupid shet .

    So, keep talking about Race and keep slicing and dicing the different demographics. Meanwhile , we will be sending out our text messages and our e-mails to our DIVERSE BASE of Americans who are mature enough to see past all the stupidity and just vote our conscience instead of color or gender or religion.

    P.S. Anyone who thinks that if Hillary steals the nomination, we are just going to up and anoint her queen with our votes just so we can have a Democrat in the White House , is out of their friggen minds ! We have been told over a year that there are no red or blue states. We want Barack Obama or else the deals off Howard Dean. Then , there goes your record breaking turnout !

    January 30, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  19. HILLARY 2008

    A Significant Victory in Florida
    Hillary Clinton won a significant victory today in the Florida primary with biggest turnout in Florida Democratic primary history. She will end up with more votes than John McCain, the winner of the Republican primary. And Floridians cast more votes than were cast in Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, and New Hampshire combined.
    A large, broad, and diverse group of voters came out and voted for Hillary in Florida. She won women, men, and just about every age category. She won nearly 6 in 10 Latinos and nearly 3 in 10 African American voters.
    The vote turned out to be far more than symbolic. Well over 1.5 million Democrats cast their ballots, more than twice the number of voters who came out to vote in the 2004 primary.
    Most of the voters in Florida fully expect that their votes will not be wasted again - they too have a voice at the convention, and Hillary has asked her delegates to support their being seated.
    This result comes after Senator Obama ran TV commercials that reached Florida homes and after the enormous publicity he received for South Carolina and for the Ted Kennedy endorsement. But any momentum seemed to run out today - among those who decided on Election Day, a plurality of those chose Hillary.

    January 30, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. Duncan

    When are the senior members of the Democratic Party going to wake up to the fact that Hillary CANNOT win the General Election. Have they listened to the average Republican-leaning floating voter? They despise Hillary, and influence a lot of people.

    In order for a Democrat to become president s/he needs to win a couple of states that Bush won in 2004. Are people who voted for Bush last time REALLY going to vote for Hillary in November? Absolutely not. But some WOULD vote for Obama. The Democrats have an open goal before them. They simply need to roll the ball into the net to win. If they choose Hillary they will miss it.

    January 30, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  21. Dr Roy

    Folks, whether actions are fair or unfair is not the issue. It is a part of politics, and if one cannot stomach the attacks then one should find another line of work. John McCain cried "foul" 8 years ago with the spread of false rumors before the S.C. primary – obviously, it did not change the outcome.

    Most agree that Bill Clinton is the greatest politician since F.D.R. Note that I did not say "President," but "politician." So, Bill's actions over the past 2 weeks were not the result of an inflated ego or defending his wife's honor. No, it was all part of a simple, brilliant plan. Let me explain.

    First, a little history. In 1992 (when Bill was first elected), the African-American population was the largest minority in the U.S., just slightly ahead of the Latino population. From the 2000 census, Latinos became the largest minority and since then the gap between first and second has increased. In other words, the number of Latino voters is increasing at a faster rate than the number of African-American voters.

    However, as reported by several news channels, there is some ethnic tension between Latinos and African-Americans, especially in poor communities. According to several polls, Hillary commands at least a 2-1 support over Obama within the Latino community (in CA, it is 3-1). Since Bill had deep ties with the African-American community, he needed to cut some of those ties in order to boost Hillary's favor in the Latino community.

    So, Florida was the test case for this "experiment" and it worked. According to exit polls, Latino voters in FL supported Hillary by a 2-1 margin over Obama, and that group made up over 20% of the voters. Of the small percentage who switched votes/decided within the past 2 weeks, the advantage went to Obama, but not the majority. Over 50% of the voters in FL made their decision more than 2 weeks ago, with the majority of those voters supporting Hillary. The overwhelming majority of "transplants" from the North supported Hillary; that indicates strong support for Hillary in New York.

    Look for Hillary to take states with a large Latino population, such as CA, NC, TN, TX, LA, AL, AZ and NM.

    January 30, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  22. Angela

    Leah – that's rubbish – as the latest polls (that CNN won't publish) show.

    Obama is only ahead in two of the Super Tuesday states – his own Illinois and Georgia. he is subatntially behind in the other 18 states except Colorado where it is neck and neck.

    But then CNN has it's own Obama agenda – it's a pity so many people are being fooled in to thinking things are otherwise.

    January 30, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  23. Angela

    redwoods – latest California poll has Clinton leading 49% to 33%

    January 30, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  24. David-Paul Niner, Jax, Florida

    This "agreement" was not put before the people of Florida. Therefor, it is null-and-void. The "process" does not have the right to remove my fundamental right to representation via vote, and as such needs revamping.

    Where are the other Democratic candidates on this issue? How many others have stood up and spoken out against this? What does this say about their willingness to listen to all people? Here's a perfect example of system badly in need of repair, and where does the man running on a platform of change stand on this issue? Do the will of the voters in two states suddenly become irrelevant?

    If there's any punishment to dolled out in the general election, it won't come from the other 48 states, all of whom are receiving fair representation. The backlash will come from Michigan and Florida against the other candidates for not fighting for their rights.

    January 30, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  25. Independent Voter

    Even though the delegates don't count right now, Hillary Clinton won the primary. For all of you Obama supporters to say 'It doesn't count', you're full of it! So you're saying that the 1.5 million people who came out to vote don't count? What a joke! Give the woman a little credit already! She won by a landslide even with all the negative press she's gotten over the last several months. Obama has had a free ride all along on the media train, hopefully he derails on February 5th.

    January 30, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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