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. Heidi

    For Jay January 29, 2008 11:07 pm ET

    Two words for the Obama supporters: Sour Grapes.
    One question Barack fans. If Barack had won by the same margin, would you still feel the 1.5 million voters in Florida didn't matter?

    I am an Obama supporter and I can tell you in my own opinion...Florida is being punished for something they did wrong (much like we were as children). It does not matter who won the state or by how much. What matters is that the DNC needs to be strong and not give in or else they will not have respect in any of the states.

    January 30, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. S. Herd

    The decision of the Democratic Party to deny seats to all of its Florida delegates was unfortunate. But to try and change that decision and reinstate them now, after none of the candidates campaigned there (which by the way they all agreed with at the start), is simply wrong. I respect both Obama and Hillary a great deal, but her decision to call this a win and push for the seating of the delegates taints her as manipulative and unfair. I would like nothing more than to see a female President, but her decisions and tactics of late have soured me to this particular female as President. Play fair!

    January 30, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Amanda

    It's funny how people still keep taking swipes at Hillary about "the sunb" that she hasn't even commented on. The media started all the hoopla yesterday about the snub and Obama is the one who has had to defend himself, so get your facts straight before you start slamming Hillary and saying that she had anything to do with it!

    I also can't believe Obama would say that Floridians didn't know what was going on with the candidates because they hadn't been allowed to campaign there. What a slap in the face to the people of Florida! They do have TV and computers in the Sunshine state and know how to use them!

    Go Hillary '08!

    January 30, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Joseph, LA, CA

    I wonder:
    – how CNN would report this if Obama had won capturing close to 900,000 votes from a crucial state, beating even McCain's Republican figures
    – how the Democratic Party rules would disenfranchise the state where they lost the Presidential election in 2000
    – how the Democratic Party Establishment may have to correct the party rules to allow for these delegates to be seated so that the people will be heard.

    Every article, there is a mention that the candidates were not allowed to campaign in Florida, but then there is a line that Clinton came to Florida for fundraising. There is always an inference that she is doing something wrong.

    Why is it when there is a positive event for Clinton, CNN has to put it down, and no matter how small a news for Obama, it is the best thing that ever happened?

    Bill Schneider did a good Q&A about the Florida primary, indicating that the Democratic Party would have a hard time not seating delegates from a state as signficant as Florida. Why don't you quote that piece here?

    January 30, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Bill

    Please tell me Americans are not so stupid as to fall for more years of Clinton drama and slime?

    January 30, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    American beware ..hillary is already breaking the rules ..she cant be trusted just like her husband...Vote Obama if not Vote McCain!!

    January 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Unbelievable

    I must congratulate Wolf Blitzer, you caught HIllary Clinton off-guard with your question of whether she was prepared to do a law suit to seat the Florida Delegates. Two very noticeable things came out in her answer: 1) she stuttered before she caught herself – she wanted to say yes – but stuttered, realizing that saying yes would give a lot of ammunition to the DNC and the other campaigns. 2) she did not say "NO" – so by default, it means that she is considering a law suit. She won't be blatant about it, but believe me, they will try it if she believes that is the only way she can get elected. I am sure that her legal team has already prepared a brief, and has shared it with both the Florida and Michigan Democratic Parties (those in it that support her). That way the parties can do the law suits, and then her team can just file a brief as "Friends of the Courts". Hillary and Bill have proven in the last two Primaries that they are willing to do anything to get her the nomination, no matter what it does to the Democratic Party and its people.
    This is a simple issue, the Parties did not have to move their Primaries forward. They could have left them where they were. When they did move them forward, the DNC placed reacted, maybe too harshly, but within their right to strip them of their delegates. Was that the right thing to do? That is not the debate here – however, the wrong thing for Hillary Clinton to do is to drag the Democratic Process through her ego drenched mud. She is not doing anyone, especially the Democratic Party nor the people in Florida or Michigan any good by putting her ego before the process. The process was defined by the DNC – and all personnel need to abide by it – fairly, honestly, and with integrity (though it appears that those three words have no meaning to the Clintons).

    January 30, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Michael

    Hillary Clinton won a primary and gave a victory speech in a campaign (disguised as fund raisers) that she pledged not to campaign in and now is asking for the votes to count ; how shameless can you get????
    How can I honestly vote for her?? when she is showing us that she will do anything to win. My gut feeling is that she wants the white house so bad that she will do and say anything to get a win and that makes me nervous because that type of zeal can be dangerous to us as a nation.
    Therefore, my advice to you Hillary shameless is to go home to your Husband and shut the back door on your way out……………

    January 30, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. George from Minneapolis

    How can anyone outside of her family vote for this woman who is the queen of spin. Every mentally functioning person knows that michigan and florida was not even a contest this year.

    How she can claim victory when she agreed along with the rest of the candidates that michigan and florida would not count is ridiculous. she is looking more and more desperate as the days go on.

    this lady is not honest nor credible that is why the intelligent people are flocking to obama.

    January 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. tamara

    Extremely disappointed in CNN's coverage of Florida primary, allowed Hillary Clinton to be posted as the winner throughout the entire primary coverage with very little real analysis as to the democratic pledge of no campaigning, how her name recognition and early voting would surely work to her advantage in this environment. How could Wolf Blitzer not ask her even one question about the ethics of going back on her written word by now demanding that Florida be counted? You allowed her to make a victory speech and gave her free publicity air-time, very unfair, and I speak as a former fervent defender of the Clinton's.
    She had no time to stay in South Carolina after her defeat and personally thank those thousands of supporters and workers who showed up and voted for her, but of course had time to fly down to Florida and glorify a lowly win for her candidacy...and you gave her great coverage every step of the way. I watch CNN often, not just in election years, but I think this was very disappointing coverage.

    January 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Unbelievable

    People, you act like the only reason the Democrats went to vote was for the Presidential Primary. There were lots of other measures and local primary votes on those ballots – so people had a lot of reason to go vote – not just for the Democratic Nominee. These issues needed the Democrats votes on them – they were important to the state and the people there.

    January 30, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    I think this just removed the last shred of respect I had for Hillary.

    What a pathetic way to try and gain fake momentum going into Super Tuesday. Only the uninformed will buy into that. But sadly, Clintonian politics prey on the manipulation of the uninformed.

    January 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Nora, FL

    Our Country will die slowly if Hill is elected. Many countries that US has ties with look at women as property. They will down play her as being serious because they don't respect the women in their own countries, what makes you Hill supporters feel that they will respect her.

    January 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. newra

    As an independent, I have been watching very carefully to see what's goinig on with both side. I think the republicans have a long way to go, none of the lot wholely represents what I want in the White house. Neither do the Democrats, but I can tell you this, mine would definately be an anybody but Billary vote if it comes down to it.

    As for the Florida Primary, I think, Hillary should not have thrown a "victory" party.

    And for Obama, I think he has some good idea's and it would be nice to have someone in Washington that hasn't been there forever, but I' still not exactly sure about his positon on a lot of things. Change is good, sometimes, but I want to know what kind of change he wants to initiate.

    January 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Sherri

    Tom, you have nothing to feel guilty about. Vote with your mind, not your guilt.
    Obama has no guilt over how he feels about you.
    In his book, Dreams of My Father, Obama writes, "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

    January 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Bev

    Are you all from the Springer Show or what? You know this and you know that. You know JACK. No one knows! Cast your vote and pay attention in the coming months. Talk about being brain washed......................whew!!

    January 30, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Patrick Downey

    CNN reporters and commentators could not emphasize enough the make-up of Obama, Clinton, Edwards supporters according to race, sex, and age. Following the Florida primary there is a conspicuous absence of those numbers.

    What's the problem? Do they not support your presumptuous analysis?

    January 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. brandie tampa


    Actually, we would care if Obama got more votes and came here sniffing around to get the delegates put back in AFTER many Floridians made the decision NOT to vote BECAUSE the whole delegate situation stripped them of their rights.

    WE, Obama supporters, would NOT support HIM doing that, NOR do we support any other CHEATER!!!!!!!! THAT is WHY we support OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE wouldn't do that!!!!!!!!!!!! HE honored his SIGNED PLEDGE not to campaign here!!! More than I can say for Hillary. HE is HONORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. suzy

    What is scary to me is some of these comments are not based on the truth.
    There are ways to double check yourself before you comment.
    One example – Hillary did not, has not, and will not state that Obama snubbed her.
    That would be the media that started that.

    I see so many comments that are based on false information.

    I personally think that Hillary DID have a victory last night.
    As a matter of fact it was a huge victory.
    She did not campaign there – she and Obama both had ads running, and had fund raisers but that's it.
    If that had been a general election in FL, she owuld have won – she had mores votes than McCain! I respect her for going to FL and thanking ALL of the people who voted for her. Don't fool yourself that Obama would not have done the same thing. Come on – they would have been all over it.
    And Hillary started discussions about the DNC delegate issues some time ago, not after she won last night. So, let's be fair.
    This is a tight contest – and face it – they are ALL in it to win.
    For me – the debate Thursday night will be the tell all – I only hope the the questions are geared towards letting the whole country see exactly what each candidate is really all about. Isn't that the most important thing? It should not be about who gives the best speech..........there is much more at stake here.....

    January 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. cautious about candidate

    You all need to calm down and take time to consider every candidate's qualification, experienced on many issues, etc. instead of speaking ugly unthinkable things about the candidates. Their desires to new changes are similiar but maybe slightly few different ones. Very immature to see many of you talk ugly about Hillary but it's a fact - she truly cares about people just like Obama and Edwards. It's not necessary to talk foul or ugly things about any of the candidates because they all are human beings just like we are.
    Indeed, I am supporting Hillary!

    January 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Charles

    After watching the primaries in the first few weeks it show how fragmented this process is, it show be a standard followed by all states and to insure that all all counted. It seems the more intelligent that we have become we turn it into a disaster.

    January 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. kay

    Will be fun to see who gets the white male vote now that John is gone.
    Take a peek at the Obama rally today in Denver. Huge! Not many delegates in CO tho.

    January 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Sue

    This should really tell you who is really for the American people and not just talking about it. As a follower of Senator Obama, it was very disappointing to hear the feedback regarding the vote in Florida. I guess, it he is not going to get and delegates out of the state he does not care. At least Senator Clinton thanked the people of Florida who voted; Obama's camp laughed it off and said it didn't count. If Senator Obama is the Democratic candidate, I hope the deciding votes do not come down to the state of Florida, (oh wait, didn't that happen already) I have a feeling the voters will not easily forget the responses from Obama's camp.

    Change-ing to Clinton

    January 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Trece

    To answer you Jay, we do not feel that Hillary's win does not count because of sour grapes. We are saying because it was determined before the counting took place. Ages 18-29 did not even vote because they knew it did not count. Hillary won in Nevada but Obama won the delegate votes and recent polls show Obama ahead in the delegate vote.let us see what happens since Edwards has dropped out GO OBAMA

    January 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Mike

    The Florida votes don't count – period. That was agreed to by all parties involved, including Clinton and Obama. Don't blame either campaign – blame the powers that be inFlorida who decided to move up their primary anyway, even after being told their votes would not count if they did.

    If the rules are not enforced, then why couldn't any state vote whenever they wanted to? I live in PA, which is a huge state with alot of people, and I'm sick of voting last and having no say in these elections, while much smaller states like Iowa vote first and determine the directionof the campaigns. How about if my state moves its date up and votes whenever it wants to? Would that be fair? I'd like ot have some say, too. Why should Florida be allowed to do it and get away with it, but nobody else?

    January 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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