January 29th, 2008
10:19 PM ET
8 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. Joanne in Indy

    Of all the leading candidates of both parties, Hillary is the only candidate I cannot and will not vote for and I used to love the Clintons and voted for Bill twice. Over time my opinion of the both of them changed, and what I see is not what I like or want in a president . Personally I'm not all that ga-ga over the Democratic party that just because someone's a Democrat that somehow it makes that person the better candidate. I vote candidate over party every time. I think most people do. As as example, here in Indiana, we have 2 very popular senators, one Democrat and one Republican. Seems like a lot of people crossing party lines to vote for the best candidate. And that's the way it should be. If that makes me a "sore loser" to a Hillary-ite, I'm proud to be one!

    January 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. maryland

    obama is a game, he talks about bringing people together, what happened to being a good sportsman, he should have spoken and be very diplomatic with Hillary at the State of union , HE IS A PHONY !
    I hope Hillary wins and all these same old boys club of ganging up against her and the media back-up. give the woman a chance.

    January 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. To a voter

    And the same goes for me a voter if little obama wins!

    McCain b/c he is not insane...sounds like a ryhmy little obama speech...

    January 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    people are so ignorant…all the candidates were listed in the ballot and no one campaign except Obama even though it was through cnn he found a loop hole…what a president..and to those people saying Florida doesn't count are you saying that 1.6 million people don't count. And let me make something clear Obama won in South carolina with 260,000 votest against hillarys 167,00 a different of about 100,000….but in Florida were no one campaign that includes hillary she won 860,000 against Obama's 460,000 a different of about 300,000 votes. So people are saying these votes don't count…Next yes I have to admit that Obama is inspirational when he speaks but he lacks substance and the only reason Ted Kennedy, Kerry and other Top senators went for Obama is because they know politically it is much easier to manipulate a person like Obama in the white hose rather than have someone as strong as hillary…So think about that Obama supporters…BTW Hitler was a great inspirational speaker….we need someone who doesn't need to be trained or use the white house as training ground…and the miliary deserves better than a new guy…its like putting a 2LT in charge of an Army it doesn't work because you need more experience like 35 more years….so and if you people are saying im stupid and ingorant you better have a B.S. degree from West Point, a Masters in Internatinal Relations from Georgetown, and a Ph.D in political science from Georgetown and also served in army fro 10 years including 2 years in IRAQ….

    Maj. T

    United States Marine Corp

    Thank you for your service and for defending my freedom. However your "book smart" degrees do nothing for me. Especially when it's obvious you're lacking in common sense.

    January 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Michael, we're really going to miss you. Please don't go.

    I don't know who you support, but I'm hoping it's Hillary, cause you come across as a real a$#



    January 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Marie

    If Florida's votes are allowed to count, the DNC will be opening a can of worms. They will lose control of the election process from here out. Any state will pick whatever date it wants to, and vote whenever they please – and they will be able to use this as a precedent.

    January 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. AJ

    newra – people like you are dispicable blow hards. You are either too stupid or too lazy to be able to say what you believe in, yet can do nothing but spew on about your hatred for Bill and Hillary who, unlike you, have been fighting for what they believe in for years.
    As for what you think about the victory party after the Florida primary, we dont really care what someone as spineless and gutless as you thinks. When you can come up with some sort of coherent idiology, let us know. Otherwise, just slither back under that hillbilly rock where you came from.

    A Voter – The real complete moron is you. If you're going to spew hate, at least get your facts straight. Hillary, loke the other candidates did not campaign in Florida. Speaking of sleazy, what do you call trashing someone with lies like you just did? Go to school, get an education and try and do something worthwhile with your life. Why do they let such idiots vote?

    January 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Harold

    Can anyone tell me where I can find detailed information on Hillary's 35 years of experience which she touts as the basis for her being the best candidate for President. Besides being a Senator what has she done which is significantly different than others. Please don't tell me meeting Heads of State as the First Lady counts. Hillary needs to change the impression of what folks think about her. Downplaying a shallow victory in Florida would have been a nice start. It is a shame to say but most folks outside of Florida could care less about how and who they vote for because this is another instant where they simply can't get it right when it comes to elections.

    January 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. KC In ARK

    The bottom line here, folks, is Hillary won nada! No matter how you dissect last nght in FL – she won nothing, nada, zilch, zero – It didn't count and won't count – a hollow victory with no crown or trophy. But, aren't those Clinton backers happy campers over this "type of victory". Makes one wonder just what type of president she/he Clinton would be since the truth and reality escapes them and Bill as First Mate – no way! Also, note: why the heck, if I lived in FL, would I go out and vote for something that doesnt count – which is probably what the majority of the dem. voters did – and that, folks – would be the TRUE yardstick.

    January 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Jack

    Sue – Give me a break. If you have been alive more than 15 years, you have to know Hillary Clinton's history. Clinton is in this for herself. She could care less about "the people". She wants to collectthese delegates and win "at any cost."

    January 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Jimbo

    Florida's votes should not count. They didn't follow the rules.

    January 30, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Kathy

    People who talk about voting for the other party if their candidate (Obama or Clinton) doesn't win might want to remember the importance of the Supreme Court. We have some elderly justices, and we don't want them chosen by a Republican president. With Bush's help, the Supreme Court is already leaning WAY to the right.

    I am a Florida voter. None of the more than a million Democratic voters who voted yesterday asked to be disenfranchised, and I'm shocked that others don't find this appalling. Unfortunately, voters cannot control the actions of legislators, especially when the Republican governor says he will veto any change in the date demanded by the DNC.

    January 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Junior, Tampa, FL

    Does Obama really think that buy showing us this statement now, if he is the nominee and comes to FL, Repubs will have their linefor it already.
    This coming statement is hypothetical – "Obama did not care about the 1.5 million voters in early '08, because they were in favor of Clinton, now thats he is the DEM nominee he says he cares about the people in FL. Where was that care just early this year, how do you know if he really cares about anyone!"

    January 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Bryce

    Re-posting after 3 hours of moderation.

    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 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. JC

    I am very pleased that Clinton took time to thank Florida for coming out and voting. This is one reason I have changed from Obama to Clinton. Obama should be shamed for not thinking of the people of Florida first. The DNC is trying to push too much weight around. Who cares when people vote as long as it's organized. This was a very organized primary.
    Was it not the Dems in 2000 that said all votes must count! Hanging chad, pregnant chad and dimples! What a double standard.

    January 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Bryce

    @ A voter January 30, 2008 12:39 pm ET

    Actually no one campaigned in Florida. The closest you could come to saying that someone campaigned in Florida is the national ad that Obama has on CNN.
    Hmmmm Obama and CNN. Yeah, they certainly didn't mind campaigning in Florida.

    And lost big!

    January 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Sean Chong

    Hey guys, what's wrong with Clinton winning Florida? It shows somehow Democrats are going to kill themselves and lose the November election for not paying attention to the two of the biggest states, Michigan and Florida! What do you think Independents might think? I'm glad Clinton even bother to go to Florida and Michigan. At least, she's trying to say that Americans above party! Show your guts Obama!

    January 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Mike

    Okay weird did she "promise to get the votes reinstated" or did she promise to do all she could to get them reinstated. semanitcs I know but shouldn't top rate journalists see the difference?

    January 30, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Mike

    Why in the world would Clinton not thank FL. If she wins doesnt she still need those votes? Seems silly to ignore one of the largest states doesnt it? If it wasn't a real victory then why did CNN spend hald the night talking about it and puting the results up? Weird.

    January 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. mamamia

    As a one-time Clinton supporter, I see her decline as pathetic. This Florida rally smacked of Desperation as she sees her base slip away from her. It is her own fault. She represents the past. Her husband wants to re-build his legacy through her accomplishments. They built their "bridge to the 21st century", now let us stay on this side of it and move forward with new leadership. As a lifelong independent, I will vote McCain if she is the nom.

    January 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Ted, IL

    cannot understand why some of you persist in saying this election was uncontested. Although none of the results matter, Hillary had competition on the Florida Ballot. She received (with 99% of the precints reporting) 857,208 votes compared to 569,041 for Obama and 248,604 for Edwards. Surprisingly enough, Clinton earned more than McCain (693,508) who was awarded 57 delegates for his party. I think this only serves to marginalize our democratic votes in FL who never feel like they matter. They voted in the 2000 general election and their votes were not counted. They voted in the 2008 primary held on January 29 (a date that the voters themselves did not pick) and their votes will not be counted. How fitting it will be when Florida is glaring RED this November.

    January 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. joy

    here goes divisive Hillary, causing a stir with Florida and the DNC what a loser

    January 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. BM

    Hillary to me is not someone who I believe will strongly lead this country. I don't want to vote for a corporated manager, but a real leader. Sorry if this offends, but this country will be so divided if she and Bill are elected again.

    January 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. RENEA


    January 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Brian

    Come on CNN! Not a SINGLE story about Obama's late-night decision to return tens of thousands of additional dollars from the Chicago slumlord Renko, who was THIS WEEK arrested for illegal activities? Give me a break; let's be fair and report negative press on both sides. CNN is increasingly biased toward Obama. Obama admitted on national TV this week that he should not have bought property from Renko while he was under federal investigation, but he did. Why? Political support from Renko that goes back decades, and to make a few bucks. Wake up, folks. Obama is shady. Those of you on the Obama bandwagon that had never even HEARD of him 4 months ago should take a closer look; you might be surprised at what you find out. Not to mention what an arrogant person; the snub of Hillary at the State of the Union address shows his true colors. And don't be fooled, he will also do anything to get elected–his regular criticism of Clinton–look at all his "present" votes in the IL legislature for more on that. Nobama in 2008, it is a mistake...

    January 30, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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