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. Michael

    Lets see if CNN Obama Central has the courage to post this.

    Obama said, and I quote," Florida is a beauty contest". Now, I ask all of you – doesn't that sound sexist to you? Beauty Contest? Is this another example of the latitude given to Obama because of his skin color? CNN and MSNBC are rooting for Obama because of the news coverage his candidacy would create. Hillary Clinton, as a woman, should also be considered a "news maker" as well. But I am calling for this double-standard to stop. If you are not going to call Obama and his campaign manager on the sexist remark – "Beauty Contest", then you should just start blatantly campaigning for Obama. Oh, I forgot, you already are. 1.7 million people can't all be wrong.

    Very digusting and dishonest! Where is the justice, or doesn't Hillary Rodham Clinton deserve any?
    HRC for President!

    January 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Brian

    Who watched the video of the State of the Union and saw Obama snub Clinton? He is so pompous. Obama's true colors are starting to show more and more.. All the Obama supporters who had never even HEARD of Barack Obama 4 months ago will slowly learn that he is as much a politician as anyone else, including the Clintons. This man wants the White House and will also do anything to get there. Note for instance his "present" votes in the IL legislature, he low-down digs at Clinton for innocuous comments on Martin Luther King Jr, etc. I imagine we will all learn many more negative things about Obama in the coming months. I am just shocked at all these people jumping on Obama when they didn't know anything about him and still don't.

    January 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. JC

    Well seesh! I decided that I will vote McCain if Obama is nominated!
    America! You have to love us! I think! Watch for that hanging thingie!

    January 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Senkump

    Clinton Supporters…. why are you getting frustrated…. everyone knows Clinton can win only in no mans land. She has so many disabilities… why are you all back of Obama … first fix your own problems then talk about others. Every American is pissed off with her… she can now run for actress post in Hollywood. She is very good in acting… watch her face her eyes her smile all so artificial… her campaign will be featured in the next Academy Winner for best acting award.

    Wake up Clinton supporters … you are so valuable … don't fall down for a stupid lady. Support Hope & believe in change…. Vote for Obama'08.

    January 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Graduate Student

    The votes in Florida have lots of meaning. How would you feel if the votes in your state did not count and one of the candidates felt like your vote does not matter because you have no delegates? The Obama camp feels like the people in Florida do not need to be heard. At least Clinton had the dignity to address the people of Florida even without delegates. That win means a lot Burton. It shows that Florida would rather have Hillary than Obama for president. This is a low blow to the people of Florida to say that their votes have no meaning. The only thing that the Obama cares about is winning delegates. The Obama camp and his followers will be very disappointed come Super Tuesday when Hillary Clinton and her supporters win the democratic nomination. HILLARY 08'!!!!

    January 30, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. senkump

    Clinton Supporters…. why are you getting frustrated…. everyone knows Clinton can win only in no mans land. She has so many disabilities… why are you all back of Obama … first fix your own problems then talk about others. She can now run for actress post in Hollywood. She is very good in acting… watch her face her eyes her smile all so artificial… her campaign shows will be featured in the next Academy Winner for best acting award.

    Wake up Clinton supporters … you are so valuable … don't fall down for a stupid lady. Support Hope & believe in change…. Vote for Obama'08.

    January 30, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. MJinOHIO

    Obama folks just need to get over the fact that most white Americans are not going to vote for him. Florida showed that! Stop trying to convince us he is the 'Man'...get over it and realize the only solid candidate that we have to put a democrat in the office is Hillary. Republicans will crush Obama! GO HILLARY!

    January 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Michelle, AL

    I'll try this again, since I got moderated out the last time I posted it.

    Remember in Election 2000, when Bush got more delegates but Gore won the popular vote? And how everyone claimed Bush stole the election, since more people actually voted for Gore?

    Why, in Election 2000, were votes more important than delegates, but now, delegates mean something but popular votes do not?

    Give me your logic, Obama supporters.

    January 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Renee

    Florida needs to hold a caucus or new primary election in order to get their delegates seated.
    If the legislature weren't so arrogant (yes, I live in Florida) we would not be in this position in the first place.
    The only equitable solution is to hold a caucus or another election where everyone follows the same rules.
    Of course, we can't do that, because we just voted ourselves a stupid little $240 property tax reduction and we have no money!

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Cameron

    It was really sickening to watch the GANG BANG last night on Hillary Clinton from all the gas bag men not just only from CNN but also the ones from MSNBC.

    It was so unfair.... but quite very familiar to those of us women who has to endure that kind of belittling and mocking treatment that we get every day in our lives at work places all across the country as well as around the world.

    Sexism is all live and well in American Media.

    Change change change we all want change but some things will never change!
    The double standard and the witch hunt continues....

    Hillary Rodham Clinton won Florida despite not campaigning and running ads there by a huge margin, where as Barack Hussein Obama campaigned by running ads there breaking the dems pact by cheating and still lost there. But CNN and MSNBC all very conveniently left this part of the reporting out last night ...why????
    As a citizen I demand an explanation

    January 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Karen from Minnesota

    Why don't we have national primaries or caucuses on the same day for everyone. This will streamline the process and keep states such as Iowa from using the process for their ecomonic gain.

    A primary in Minnesota costs $500,000; caucuses cost the state nothing as they are run by the parties.

    Then we do not have to worry about states such as Michigan and Florida from trying to get ahead of Super Tuesday and/or disenfranchising their delegates.

    We all make threats about who we will vote for or not vote for if our candidate does not get the nomination but somehow we manage to come together at the last minute.

    For Sandra: not every elderly person has dementia. Most of us are intelligent, experienced, informed and wise.

    January 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Tim, Seattle

    Joseph wrote: "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"

    Inference Joe?...or observation?
    If you fly down and appear in Florida, fundraise, talk to the media at every turn and pander to their voters with a campaign promise of 'seating them at the convention' after signing on to the rules and before they go to the polls...then
    Isnt that campaigning? What else could you call it?

    January 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Chiman

    SHAME on the Media for INSULTING the 1.5 million plus Democratic AMERICANS in Florida who went carried out their right to VOTE but later found out that the media ignored their VOICE. The elections are about PEOPLE and Floridians have SPOKEN but their voices are NOT being heard by the nation as Media bolted out on them. Is this what Dr. King would have wanted – to ignore VOICE of Americans living in a specific state(s)? This is so unfair for the people of Florida as their voice is ignored by the MEDIA!

    The Florida primary was a fair contest as NONE of the candidates campaigned. Why are the Obama supporters blaming Hilary for winning the contest fair and square and INSULTING the 1.5 million plus Democratic Americans in Florida for their judgment? I bet if Obama would have who won the Florida primary then the same Media would have made it a ‘TOP STORY’ and the same Obama supporters would have been preaching ‘democracy, equality’. Shame on Obama on using Dr. King’s name for political reasons when he can not follow one of the most important teaching of his – ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL.

    GO HILARY!! This WIN will count and Media can not fool the Americans. Americans do not want Media to ‘force feed’ Obama to us!!

    January 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Jose Card - Independent

    I guess if crying twice would seem funny, Hillary would have to find other ways of outdoing other candidates. She knew clearly she will not have the large base of support in her own party so she is charging ahead with everything "not illegal" in the book. This is her strength as well as her weakness.

    If the Obama vs. Hillary soap opera continues, our next president won't be a Democrat.

    January 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. gladys

    Reading most of the comments, it seems like to a lot of people race is an issue. They keep mentioning Obama's race. People forget that he is as much black as he is white. He was raised by a 'white' mother and from write ups about his personal life, his 'black' father was no more than a sperm donor. He's probably more 'white' than 'black'! Race should not matter.

    I also see nothing wrong in senator Clinton thanking those who voted for her in Florida. But I think it's wrong to try to bend the rules after the results came out. If she did not agree with it, she should have objected to it before yesterday. It's a bit too late now.

    I come from a country where during election time all the candidates' dirt come out. I thought it only happens in other countries but not America. Now I see politics is just as dirty here as everywhere else.

    January 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. v.ananthan


    HILLARY IS A FIGHTER !!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Oliver

    Other than in Michigan, Obama left his name on the ballot, and despite violating his promise not to campaign in Florida, he ran ads (which none of the other candidates did) and despite all that, he LOST by a substantial margin in a key state – too bad – Florida voters may not have had compaigning candidates to watch up close, but they had media and debates like the rest of the country, and despite the SC results decided to go with the more experienced and qualified candidate, who had more votes than any other candidate (Democrat or Republican) in the primary

    If Obama had won and the delegates not seated, the outcry over alleged racism could be heard far and wide, as his skin color is really all he has to offer

    January 30, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Mercedes Rodriguez

    Hillary will be interview in (Univision) tonight and promises to legalise all those illegals within her first year in the presidency. Well isn't this amnesty? Such a liar and hispanics are taken for a fool. Can not believe that people can take her for real. Now that they want to use the hispanic votes in exchange for false promises. Just like the republicans do to the Cuban-Americans in South Florida with the promise to help a free Cuban that hasn't happen yet!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. KM

    I voted for Hillary despite the mess in Florida. I have always wanted to vote for her but when the opportunity comes my vote did not count. What incompetent Florida Democratic leaders are! I am very disappointed and ashamed.

    January 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. CN

    Quick word to everyone who thinks that Hillary campaigned in FL. She didn't. In fact, the only democrat candidate who had a commercial shown in Flordia was Obama and his so-called "national" commercial. "it was aired on CNN and MSNBC and even they said they could not pull it in just Florida." Funny maybe that is why Clinton and Edwards did not have a "national" commercial. The other funny thing, Obama supporters like to claim that CNN is the Clinton News Network; why then are they only airing a commercial for Obama and not Clinton? I am not saying that they are for or against either canidate; just some food for thought.

    January 30, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Alright then. Lets face it. Both Dem front runners suck, period.

    January 30, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. ABB

    I'm not a repub, and not really a Dem, but one reason I would not vote for Obama is the nasty, childish, and rude name-calling happening here regarding Hillary Clinton, by Obama "supporters". Not sure that I want to be a member of that club....some even speak of voting Repub if their candidate doesn't get the nomination...now, that's pathetic!

    January 30, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Julia

    Chiman i TOTALLY agree with you.
    I want to express my FRASTRATION with media especially CNN the way they covering democratic rase. Hillary is not represented in media, but Obama is. Media is watching Hillary very closely to present any word she says in twisted unflattering way. NO ONE critizises Obama ever… WHY?
    Is it because he is black and more than anything people afraid to be called RASIST for critisizing black candidate? Can you amaging what we are getting ourselfs into if he does become president?
    Obama accused Hillary of being attack dog although he was the one along with Edwards attacking Hillary in initial debates. After she fought back, he suddenly became a crybaby that cannot handle critizism. Just wait what republicans will do to him if he gets nominated… He is all talk and smiles and no foundation or backbone.

    January 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    Every American Citizens vote should be counted and that includes Michigan and Florida. I am a Democrat but do not agree with the DNC...they have no right to take away a citizens right to have their vote counted. I am glad Hillary went to Florida to thank them for their support. The voters of Florida who supposed her, deserve to see and hear her. And remember, Senator Clinton DID NOT CAMPAIGN OR ADVERTISE IN FLORIDA....obama did advertise and that was against the DNC rules.
    Lets be fair and honest. Senator Clinton was the fair and honest candidate.


    January 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    By the way, had obama won, it would have been headlines :"OBAMA WON BY A LANDSLIDE" but since Senator Clinton won, it just doesn't count....get real. This story is just what the media chooses to make it.

    January 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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