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. Angela

    Tyran – here in the UK we had a leader who talked about Education, Education, Education.

    His names was Tony Blair – and I see similarities with him and Obama.

    Both very good orators,

    Both big on style.

    Both lacking in real substance when it comes to the detail.

    January 30, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. David-Paul Niner, Jax, Florida

    Oops. I meant the punishment will come during the candidate election process.

    The regular and super delegates communicate regularly. Pushing to have Florida's delegates seated will be a positive move on Clinton's part.

    January 30, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. Michael Guthrie

    Martin, Redwood City, CA,

    Ok, it's funny how you try to paint Obama supporters as divisive when most of us are simply trying to get the ignorant Clinton supporters that lap up every word she says and buy into every one of her transparent strategies to WAKE up. It's disheartening to see her feeding on the ignorant as a base of supporters. Very few that argue her case on here have any real reason that they're voting for her other than what she has said. They point back to what Bill did and use that as a point of reference. They say she is more experienced (a lie or stretch in the least), they say she is a better unifying figure (are you kidding? Already 49-51% of the population said they will never vote for her; the single most UNELECTABLE figure running). She says Barack is all talk and has no plans... (they've been listed on his website in incredible detail, again, she depends on ignorant people that won't go look at them).

    Her tactics are disgusting. It really is a remarkable ballet, but one of distasteful tactics an manipulation. It's infuriating that she is able to get away with it and that so many don't even seem to recognize it. She says "I listened to your voices and found my own"... It actually floored me when she said that. Freudian slip? If that doesn't read that I am just saying what you want to hear, I don't know what does. She is FAKE. What qualities of leadership does she have? She's a liar, a cheat, she's horribly dividing, she's not motivating and she's very authoritarian. Since when does that define a good leader? Sounds more like Putin's successor.

    There's enough scandal to be dug up on the Clintons' to get them both thrown in jail... it'll never happen, but that doesn't make them not guilty. If she actually wins the nomination, expect to see at least some of it surface. She's never going to win the general. She'll drive Independents and even some DEMOCRATS to the Republicans. The Republican party lines will galvanize and you'll see them come out of the wood work to vote against the person they loathe most.

    All that being said... you're RIGHT, no candidate can truly fix this country. This society is too fractured. Too much in-fighting and divisiveness everywhere. The political election system needs to be modified to create more accountability. You shouldn't be able to do and say things that wouldn't fly in a prom queen contest. If this wasn't the Presidential election all of the candidates would be suing eachother for slander and libel.

    January 30, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Aubrey

    I can see a Obama/Edwards ticket... It's almost a no-brainer. If both are smart people and really want to beat the Clinton duo, they'd better wake up and see who they are really challenging. While Bill will only be the "First Man" he cannot be the VP... So who is out there as a running mate for Hillary? This I wonder??? Obama's 2nd place finishing (30-33%) and Edwards third place (15%) everywhere really shows that if them two get together they can/will route the Clinton duo... As a team and the right focus on the political issues to heal this country. They could lock up the White House for 16 Years easily. To fix the problems of this Country right now, it will at least take that long to right-side and balance this Country to it's former centrist state.

    January 30, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  5. s.positive

    YET another spinning from nothing...

    January 30, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. Bill, Tx

    Brilliant move Billary –

    Break your word, win a state.

    Could she have won if she did not announce just before the vote and just after her loss in South Carolina that she would have her delegates vote to seat Florida delegates.

    If she did not wish to go along with the DNC as far as seating Mi and Fl delegates she should not have pledged in the first place.

    Makes you wonder about an oath of office sworn on a bible doesn't it.

    January 30, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  7. chad

    The DNC and RNC have no governmental power. I think both of them trying to control when state run elections are held is simply overstepping constitutional rights of each state. Those state tax payers foot the bill for their voting machines, the public places where the polls are held, the roads they travel to get to the polls and every other aspect of their own states election. I don't think anyone should stand behind the idea that someone's vote does not count, no matter who was the eventual "winner".

    This article was about the Florida votes and Hillary thanking supporters for their votes, I did not read anywhere that Obama or Clinton bashed each other. What is with these comments, can we stay on topic? Don't drag me into the "he said, she said" contest because I am armed and ready to fight 🙂 Like did anyone notice 2 months ago Obama was speaking to a crowed and told them we needed to shove Ted Kennedy out of the way because he was too old? Now they are best friends. Or what is being called as a "snub" at the State of the Union was first explained by Obama that he wanted to let Hillary and Kennedy speak without making her feel uncomfortable. Now he says he did not really even notice her because he was talking to some other blond bimbo. Anyone who had concerns that Obama will speak to our enemies, there is no need to be concerned because we now see he will not be doing that. We can also see he is not the uniter he claims to be because he can not even acknowledge someone in his own party, much less a Republican.

    Don't get all caught up in the media hype of Obama, CNN is guilty of this too. They follow Bill Clinton around the campaign stump trying to make it look like Hillary and Bill are both running for president, but we never see the coverage of other spouses on the road while they are campaigning for their other half.

    It is just all too silly. Even when Obama was questioned by Wolf in the debate about clearing up his relationship with Rezko, Wolf allowed the answer that Obama only did 5 hours of work for a church who happened to be in a land deal with Rezko and that was the extent of his relationship. Wolf and every other person knows that was not the extent of their relationship. Obama himself says they were friends for 20 years and even had land deals together. Why was Obama not pushed for the truth, they always double question the other candidates about their record.

    So I digress, bring it on CNN start reporting the whole truth and not just the parts that make your stations endorsement look good. Let's face it, CNN does not need to use the word endorse, it is obvious in their reporting. Let's see more of the other candidates spouses campaigning and see the nasty things they are saying. Let's ask Obama by his "snub" excuse changed over night, let's ask the real questions so American's can get the real truths.

    None of these candidates are angels but if you are going to slam one let us slam them all.

    Lou Dobbs for Pres!

    January 30, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. intellegant voter

    democratic canidates all had an agreement to not campaign there.....you know what....democrats have been accused by republicans for a long time that we are not as smart and inferior to the republican party.....sadly I to am starting to believe that as it is becoming clear that we cant see past the rhetoric of the clinton party. I hold a high position in my cooperation, and constantly here jokes about the dem party and there support for hillary....some even say they would vote for obama insted of mccain......NO WAY IM VOTING FOR CLINTON.....OBAMA 08

    January 30, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  9. Michael in Pittsburgh

    Last I checked, Florida is one of the United States. Florida hasn't seceded from the U.S. has it?

    I am not certain why Obama is seeking to DISENFRANCHISE the 17+ million voter's voices in Florida, but, the vast majority of Americans(80% of those polled) regardless of party affiliation are AGAINST the sanctions being placed on FL and MI.

    Please Reference CNN's very own Lou Dobb's recent poll:

    Do you believe it is appropriate that both the Republican and Democratic parties have disenfranchised primary voters in both Michigan and Florida?
    Yes 20% 1790
    No 80% 6958
    Total Votes: 8748

    January 30, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. brad

    I am sure that if FL was game, both Obama and Edwards would be in the state as would Clinton. The difference is the the first two stuck by the rules agreed. I agree that the state should count but it doesn't. Clinton's action along with her husband the last two weeks have made me take a look at them two again. Not sure if I can even vote if she is the nominee as much as I think the Republicans need to go. Just can't put my vote in good faith to her.

    January 30, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. American Woman

    Tom January 29, 2008 11:07 pm ET

    During the course of our lives, at various junctions, with introspection we all have epiphanies.

    I am certain that such candid, honest admissions were quite difficult for you to disclose. Although you obviously have some unhealthy racist views, to a certain extent everyone has some preconceived notions stemming from perceived differences amongst ethnic groups (though most are not as brave or honest as you and hence will never admit to those sentiments).

    Certainly, any and all forms of prejudice should be thoroughly and forcibly condemned. However, your candour and sincerity is extraordinary.

    By the way, many have attempted to detract from the marvellous credentials of Sen Obama due to deeply rooted racism as well. For some it might not be intentional since bigotry can cuts so deeply, but nonetheless it is never justified.

    If only we were colorsblind...

    God bless you.

    January 30, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. Nick, NY

    Sad how bitter all this is.

    For what it's worth, I prefer Hillary because she's accomplished more in her years in the Senate, and is simply better qualified right now than Obama or Edwards. I want this election to be about competence–something we've been sorely lacking the last 7 years. Obama MAY be competent...there's really no way to know right now. Maybe another term in the Senate will tell the tale (JFK, by the way, was in the House for 14 years before he ran for the Senate).

    But one thing's for sure: Obama is an attractive candidate, and I DEFINITELY would support him in the general election. On the other hand, if Hillary happens to win, I really hope that Obama supporters give her the same consideration. There are bigger issues at stake here than personalities.

    January 30, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  13. Brian

    ok seriously, everyone is over reading the democratic votes in Florida. for most of the state like where I live we had two things only on the ballot to vote for. 1.. the presidential race which would lead to 0 delegates (making it useless) and 2. the property tax amendment. A lot of Dems did not show up due to not caring about either one or being angry about #1 being useless.

    January 30, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  14. Connie

    Only, the Charisma of Obama can destroy McCain in November. But the bad reputation of the Clintons will cause McCain to destroy Hillary Clinton in November.
    McCain will win if Hillary win the primary. Another term for the REPUBLICAN.

    MCCain Will Win...He is a war hero!!

    January 30, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  15. pat

    good for you hillary, a win is a win , the people of florida new there was no delagates but they still voted. thats the american way, there voices were not to be silenced , hillary is a strong women an we need her to lead this country back from the dead, obama is a wimp, he cant lead us back he ll just be lead by the nose from the big guns in washington like the kennedy an that liberal group. there going to want something for there indorsements you can count on that. she wont cave in to there demans ,she didnt do it as a senator, she wont do as president. an as for the news media when are you going to start playing fair an give her the credit she deservers. you always paint a dark picture of her an bill your so bias thats just wrong you have a lot of power start playing fair. im from california an were voting clinton all the way. go go hillary

    January 30, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  16. BobW Rochester, NY

    I refuse to believe that the rest of America is buying what Hillary is trying to sell. She might think her supporters are hungry but will they eat stone soup? It was almost pathectic to see her on national TV last night celebrating a non-win. Could she really be that delusional?

    January 30, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. CanNotVoteButCanThink

    I have some very basic comments here for the Obama and Clinton followers. Be honest and answer them:

    1) The fact that candidates could not campaign in the state renders the outcome invalid. Whether campaining would have benefited Clinton or Obama is irrelevant but it is hard to argue that the results would have been different. True or False?

    2) Can CNN do us a favor here, or anyone else for that matter. If the votes would have counted, could you tell us how many delegates each candidate would have received? I think everyone here may be arguing about ~40 or so delegates (the difference between what Clinton and Obama would have received).

    3) Reinstating the delegates will be a political move. If the difference in delegates between the party winner and runner-up is significant enough that it would not have mattered they will be reinstated. If the difference is so small that it in fact will have a bearing on the candidate selection...well get ready for a Florida repeat.

    4) If the DNC were to decide that Florida (and Michigan) for that matter will count, a revote should be in order. So candidates can campaign. Isn't that the fair thing to do?

    January 30, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. Nik, Houston, TX

    Wow, this was a huge win for Hillary 50 – 33 despite the fact that Obama violated ruled and put ads on (shh, don't tell anyone, you'll be called a "racist"). And she's leading by equal margins in 20 of the 22 super tuesday states... I say we'll have something to celebrate on the 6th.

    January 30, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. Donna, CT

    Whatever your take on Hilary's promise to seat the Florida delegates at the Convention (and they WILL be seated if the nomination is in doubt at that point, as will MI's), you cannot lay the voter turnout at her feet. The voters of Florida wanted to be heard in spite of the DNC's promise to withhold their delegates. The voters don't care about party politics or party policy. And the voters of Florida, who are a better mirror of the nation than the voters of any other state that has held a primary thus far, overwhelmingly support Hilary Clinton. She will need to do something to encourage the support of undecideds and those under 30, but it's apparent that the base still prefers Hilary Clinton to Barack Obama in spite of Kennedy's endoresement. The endorsement from Ted Kennedy has as much to do with the senator's desire to remain politically relevant as it has to do with his confidence in Obama. Ted's star is waning, and jumping on the Obama bandwagon brings him into th spotlight. I will support whoever the democratic nominee is, and I'm hoping for a Clinton-Obama ticket, but based on performance, competance and leadership, Hilary Clinton is the clear choice.

    January 30, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. Dana in Maryland

    I wonder how many Obama and Edwards supporters didn't bother to go to the polls just to vote against Hillary with no delegates at stake. I don't think I would have. I wouldn't mint the party deciding to re seat the delegates in Florida IF they ran the primary election again! It is nothing to brag about when you win where no one else's name is on the ballot. I'm one of those independents ( who don't get to vote in the primaries in my state either ) who prefers Obama to everybody and McCain to Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Michael in Pittsburgh

    To California lady:

    Are you kidding me? NO politician in history has been "completely trustworthy"! That includes JFK, Obama, FDR, Ted Kennedy, etc, etc, etc..

    Honesty and politics are not good bedfellows!

    January 30, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  22. TERRI


    January 30, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. d

    Washington Post: Obama Gives Contributions From Developer to Charity
    Sen. Barack Obama's political campaign said Tuesday that it has given to charity $72,650 linked to Illinois real estate developer Antoin Rezko, on the same day that a judge ordered Rezko to jail ahead of his scheduled trial on extortion charges.

    NY Times: Outside Groups Aid Obama, Critic of Their Influence
    After months of denouncing the influence of special-interest money in politics, Senator Barack Obama is nonetheless entering a critical phase of the presidential campaign benefiting from millions of dollars being spent outside campaign finance rules.

    January 30, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. NObama

    Obama supporters are sad. A win is a win. Face it, More people showed up for a vote that did not count. Whats going to happen on Super Tuesday when they do count? I guess we will see what cry baby Obama has to say then.

    And how sad of the Obama campain to release a statement after the votes came in sayin "Beaking News, Obama and Clinton tie with no delegates in Florida"
    GROW UP OBAMA. GROW UP OBAMA! GROW UP OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. AdamFromCanada

    Hillary is so totally hypocritical - victory speeches should be made after only after a real campaign. Gee, I wonder if the Clinton machine got the vote out in Florida? Gee, isn't that campaigning? Gee, isn't a victory speech campaigning? Gee didn't everyone agree to not campaign?

    Shame on CNN for its Hillary bias, and shame shame shame for covering her ridiculous beauty contest acceptance speech.

    January 30, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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