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. v.ananthan



    Thats the important thing.


    January 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. What win??

    How can Senator Clinton tout a win in Florida when there was absolutely no campaigning from the Democrats? If there were, I believe the outcome would have been much different. She started as the "inevitable" candidate but is now vulnerable to a much deeper and sincere message delivered by Senator Obama. She agreed, as well as the other candidates, to not campaign in Florida and to strip their delegates.

    Truth is, the leaders in Florida failed their citizens by allowing them to lose their delegation. A win?? I don't think so.

    January 30, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. ia voter

    To everyone who thinks otherwise: They are going to seat Michigan and Florida's delegates. I am willing to put a large sum of money on it. Come August, we will need to display party unity and refusing to seat delegates won't accomplish that. The DNC is just avoiding the realization that they need to fix the ENTIRE primary schedule.

    January 30, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Vince, Los Angeles

    Tom January 29, 2008 11:07 pm ET


    Tom...I am African American/Hispanic. I appreciate your honesty. I appreciate your effort to look within yourself and acknowledge the fact that racisim exists. I don't think we can ask for anything more than that. I hope you'll be able to reach a decision you can live with.

    Obama '08

    January 30, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. ia voter

    And by the way JohnS, Florida didn't violate national laws or even party laws. The FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY violated DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE RULES. Please try to keep it straight.

    January 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Independent

    Clintons: Desperation in Action.

    She turned her back on her SC supporters and left without a thank you speech because she lost the election there.

    She avoided all attempts by reporters to contact her after her loss is SC

    Then she went to Florida to put on a show like it means something.

    Despicable! Despicable! Despicable! Even if it kills America the Clintons want to be president.

    January 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Interested in Feb 5

    If Hillary is so great, then why did the FL voters swing dramatically in their voting from Dec to late January away from Hillary and towards Obama?

    Frankly, I think it is stupid that FL folks have several weeks to cast their votes. Voting shouldn't be a matter of "do it when I feel like it" .. Why don't we all just mail in our votes "when we get around to it" and someone will tell us next November who won.
    So much happened between Dec and late Jan that it borders on irresponsible for FL folks to have voted so early on before debates, issues and so much information was available.

    Come on FL. If you wanted a seat at the table, all you had to do was follow the rules. You lose..........all the way around. And so does Hillary for keeping her name on the ballot and pretending there was actually a real vote there. I wonder how she would have fared if folks couldn't have cast their votes until Tues. My guess is she would have lost albeit by a slim margain....but she would have lost.

    January 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. David

    What a dork. They weern't even supposed to campaign there and she acts like it's an awesome win. Lady, get a clue. No more Bush/Clinton rule/regime. 20 years of these two families is enough.

    January 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Jay

    Hillary, Hillary.......why did you not stay in South Carolina long enough to personally thank all the supporters and votors that worked so hard for you. Then show up at a staged victory in Florida to speak for "the people". You can acknowled the votors & still stick to your word instead of trying to change rules you agreed to. You blurred and crossed that line (the real meaning of campaign is).....in the union we call that a SCAB

    January 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Seattle Sue Seattle, Wa.

    Still, Hillary beat Barack by about 300,000 votes in Florida.

    January 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. keep your dogma off my government

    OK, dems and independants. I am not a fan of Obama, but if he wins the nomination I will vote for him in the general election. Do you really hate Clinton so much that you would vote republican? Isn't that cutting off your nose to spite your face? Do you REALLY want another 4 years of republican mismanagement of our government??? Think about it.

    January 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Brian

    I'm a big Obama supporter, but if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, I switch to McCain (Who I have always admired) faster than anything. I think most "swing" , Independents, and "soft Democrats" would vote for McCain over Clinton. I also think the same thing for Obama over McCain/Romney, if he wins.

    If all we have is Romney vs Clinton, then I'm moving to Canada. Dirty Politics, like racism, is something that will hopefully be destroyed with the younger generations.

    January 30, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Cliff CA

    A huge win for Hillary in Florida! Obama and CNN have attempted to dismiss it. CNN saying "Tuesday night's results are virtually meaningless to the Democratic presidential race." and Obama declaring it a "beauty contest" and "a tie: Zero for Obama, Zero for Clinton". They wish!

    Hillary won by a huge margin and it was a meaningful win. Even knowing that they had been denied their delegates, Florida voters poured out in droves to show their support of Hillary: a testament to a strong candidate who speaks to the real issues they care about. She won fair and square, playing by the rules, and it gives her bragging rights and momentum going into Super Tuesday. The results show how strong her support is among Democratic voters. The delegates are a different matter. But there is a strong possiblity of them being seated at the convention after all. For Obama to call it "a tie" is simply an attempt to further diminish Clinton's victory and a great example of sour grapes.

    January 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Bryce

    I don't think Florida is meaningless. How can anyone look a Floridian in the eyes and say, "I'm sorry, you state screwed up. So you don't count! Ha Ha Ha" You all realize that's basically what everyone but Clinton has said.

    I know she's using the situation to her advantage. But, to be honest, that's what she should be doing. This is a presidential primary, not a vote for your favorite flavor of Cool Aid.

    ALL VOTES MATTER!!!!!!!!! Is this is a democracy or a selective democracy? Here's a clue..... One is an oxymoron.

    January 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Amy

    ***Nancy January 29, 2008 11:39 pm ET***

    Nancy, I agree with you 100%! CNN is truly full of Obama's butt for sure. The only CNN people who don't talk crap are Jeff Toobin and Bill Schneider. Anderson Cooper, I used to think you were something. You have disgraced yourself and your network by your obvious contempt for Hillary, WHENEVER the topic is about her. She is a Senator and a former First Lady of the United States, so show some respect. But of course the likes of you and Obama are not even capable of the least manners. And that Hillary hater Bill Bennett needs to be sent back to retirement, NOW. CNN, yeah you put all these anti-Hillary people on but banned Jim Carville because he supports Hillary. Fair and balanced, what a joke!

    January 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. John Smith,GA

    you all are wrong. the tickect will be Hillary/Edwards. Hillary is the best chance we have against MCcain.

    January 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. AJ, IL

    The democratic voters of Florida matter, but it was their Governor and State Democratic Party that moved up the primary without the permission of the DNC. All the candidates agreed with the DNC on the punishment for Florida and promised not to campaign there.

    Rules are put into place for a reason. If the DNC allows any Florida "shadow" delegates to be seated at the convention shows poor leadership and not much conviction. Plus in the future primaries other states could follow suit (moving up their primaries) knowing that their primary delegates would be seated at future conventions.

    If Hillary had lost Michigan and Florida, Hillary would be screaming that the DNC should not seat these delegates.

    Obama in 08

    January 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Barbara

    Tom (way back at the beginning)....good for you. You sound like a thoughtful person who isn't afraid to look inward at your real being. You also seem willing to examine the records of the past, and hopefully of the current, candidates. Would that all voters were more like you. Our choice might then be legitimized in the eyes of the world, and we might begin to regain some of the respect that this great country once held.

    Here's to thoughtful voters!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Tommy, Sarasota, FL

    Paul, i think you're right to some extent. I am an Obama supporter and I WILL NOT support Hillary clinton in the general if she were to be the nominee. I will either stay home or if McCain picks a moderate running mate like Charlie Crist i'll vote for him. Its that simple.

    There are so many others like me too. Hillary is the democrat who has the best chance to lose to the republican. The republicans are reluctantly choosing between what they see as the least of the evils. No candidate truly personified what they saw as the true conservative they desired. To them, McCain is great on defense, but he's a softie on immigration and has a history of *gasp* moderate social positions. Romney is a fiscal conservative, but loses the evangelicals and has a history of lookinga lot like John Kerry. Huckabee has the evangelicals, but absolutely nothing else.

    The turnout at each of the republican primaries is considerably lower than the corresponding democrat one, which i think is an indication of that ambivalence.

    The one thing that can galvanize the party and motivate them to unite behind a common purpose is going up against Hillary. The hatred for her, whether its fair or not, is unprecedented. She will not get any significant republican support, independents aren't particularly her strong suit, and she will lose a significant portion of democrats like myself who would rather shoot themselves in the face than support her candidacy in any way, shape, or form – including and especially voting for her.

    January 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. carol

    It is laughable that Obama's camp said they did not Campaign – he ran ads all week in Florida. Also, do they not have TV and radio in Florida – Obama camp keeps telling us he is an unknown there. What a joke!

    Hillary '08 and '12

    January 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Jim Kentucky

    Hey folks,
    Take a deep breath and listen to the silence for just a minute. This moment of silence was brought to you by the Clinton campaign. Billy was put in the corner with duck tape on his mouth for awhile. Its a good thing for hillary. however she doesn't no what to do or say without him!

    January 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. kevin from alaska

    Hillary if you had lost Florida would you still be asking for it to count?

    No. You are a hypocrite.

    January 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Daniel

    It is all name recognition...If the 850000 people who voted for Hillary had heard Obama speak to them, I bet you 30% would vote for him. There goes the equation. Most of this folks who voted are absentees and did not see or hear the kind of people the Clinton's were. But, the revelation has been very obvious now and the result per the exit poll shows that they have the majority of the votes on those that decided the last week or so. So, good bye Mrs. Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Judith, Ridgewood, NJ

    How can the Clintons have the moral authority to ask anyone to play by the rules. We are back to parsing the meaning of the work "is". The only rule for the Clintons is ME ME ME ME MATTERS MOST.

    January 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. checkthisout

    She showed gratitude to those people who voted for her.

    Obama has NO GRATITUDE because there was nothing in it for him.
    People actually voted for him. His name was on the ballot in Florida.
    Unlike Michigan where Obama turned his back on the people there.
    He has NO COMMITMENT to the people of Michigan.

    No Thank You, Obama !!!

    January 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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