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. Stamford

    Hey, Florida voted for the two nominees and is a view of the upcoming election. Delgates counting or not, it is important to see how people are voting. On to Super Tuesday

    January 29, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. DirtyPoliticsAgainforClinton

    Ummmm Hillary, you might want to look at those percentages again. They weren't that bad considering Obama and Edwards weren't even in Flordia campaigning...uuuhhh "fund raising". All the press about saving Florida and Michigan got a lot of free press. Smart move but dirty pool.

    Just wait for a "fair" election like South Carolina. Florida is made up of a lot of old folks that just seem to love you. You know the kind that don't think for themselves.

    Let's get a fair representation then we'll see who wins.

    January 29, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. copeman

    This may be the most honest primary results of any. Florida Democrats were not subject to crazy in-state campaign tactics, negative and dishonest advertisements, etc., and had to vote for which candidate they like from the outside looking in. All candidates were on the ballot and had a fair chance. It is an important win, and I think speaks volumes about how Democrats will vote on Super Tuesday.

    January 29, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |

    NObama would be calling to seat those delegates if he won it. Sour grapes indeed.


    Hillary Clinton's? NOPE

    John Edwards'? NOPE

    Obama's? YES HE DID! THAT breaks the pledge, NOT fundraisers!


    January 29, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. a human being

    Obama is good actor, he should go to the movie business, leave politics to right ones.

    January 29, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Deb

    Stay on message Democrats – we are running against Republicans! Leave emotion out of this and learn and demand more from the candidates. What do you really know they can achieve? This is too important to turn the race into a fan club. Give credit where and when it is due. In other words,
    GROW UP!

    January 29, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. Dan, Minneapolis, MN

    Steven and Veronica, thank you for setting the record straight. This was an important political omen, one to be repeated next Tuesday. As to the Obama supporters, your good natured disposition changes when your candidate is not the center of focus. The fact is that nearly 900,000 Floridians took their time to vote for their candidate. Instead of remaining seated in their couches to make sniffling snipes, they walked out of their homes and voted. By the logic offered by the Obama supporters, the 543,000 voters, who casted votes for him must be in same league as Senator Clinton's voters. 900,000 votes is not a figment of one's imagination. This is actuality and get real! And lara you are right. As an Asian American, I was incensed by the speech made by the mayor of Atlanta last week. Her remarks, at the expense of President Clinton, has catapulted this election based on race!

    January 29, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. bob






    January 29, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. a little sad

    Tyran January 29, 2008 11:28 pm ET

    "Concerned Voter, I disagree. If Obama had won Florida, I would still think it is a non-issue because no one from the Democratic party campaigned there."

    Why did so many more people vote for Hillary than for Obama or Edwards? Even without 'campaigning' (Although, Obama did run ads) Hillary collected many more votes.

    This ain't spin, it's the truth. Maybe you don't like it, but it's the truth.

    Got lots of people still to vote that will see this.

    January 29, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Oh, she promises to get their delegates seated, does she? When did Hillary become president of the DNC? Someone clue me in. This woman is pathetic.

    January 29, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. mommyof3inGA

    RE: Obama and the S.C. "black vote":

    1. Obama won ALL but two counties in S.C. - only three of the counties were predominantly black. The rest were predominantly white. Beaufort county, an affluent white area (Hilton Head) voted for Obama HEAVILY.

    2. S.C. is 67% white and 29% black according to census records, so don't think for a minute that the media isn't trying to "spin" this into a racial issue. Even if Obama had lost HALF of the black vote, he still would have won the state.

    January 29, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. John in Columbus, OH

    The Clintons seem to be relying on racism (mostly among Hispanics. whites are voting overwhelmingly for Obama that's why his is such a threat) and gender-loyalty to get votes. So much for substance. So much for a vision of the future of this country.

    January 29, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. Hugo M., Ithaca, NY

    Those Democrats that are so extremely focused on their PARTY returning to power rather than choosing a candidate based on his/her merits would do well to choose Obama and not Hillary. Hillary is too polarizing and hated by too many people to beat John McCain. Conservatives like Obama, some love him. I admit, as a Republican, the choice between McCain and Obama is a very difficult one, while Hillary, with her very cheap smear tactics and win-at all-costs campaign, is a clear loser.

    January 29, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. BO

    The DNC should be grateful that Hillary is keeping the Democratic base in Florida energized. Florida is a key swing state in the general election.

    Obama is on the losing side of this deal. How can anyone argue that citizens are not allowed to vote in a Democracy? The DNC ruling is simply too harsh. The Democrats will most likely lose Florida in the national election if Obama were to edge out Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

    Florida also has significantly more electoral votes than South Carolina in the national election. If Hillary and Obama end up close in delegates, the DNC would be much better off nominating a candidate that can carry Florida over South Carolina. Even worse for Obama, South Carolina has historically been a tougher state for the Democrats to win in the national election.

    Hillary '08

    January 29, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Concerned Voter

    Obama supporters, you are kidding yourself if you really think he is better than either of the other 2 democrats. He will be run over by the Republicans if he is our nominee. They will beat him into the ground on his inexperience, especially in foreign policy.

    January 29, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Joshua

    Thank you, Tom, for your honesty regarding racism. We have been fed and bought into so many stereotypes about different races and we all have seeped in the effects of racism. It is good to see someone being honest, I would rather here blunt honesty and real dialogue over pandering and denial any day.

    January 29, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. Kat

    I am waiting for a Hillary supporter to answer my question.....why didn't her "concern" for the "voice of the people in Florida" develop until AFTER she lost Iowa and South Carolina? Why didn't she stand up and refuse to agree not to campaign in the state EARLY ON if she is such a stand up human being?

    I do have to thank her though. Watching her "victory" speech in a primary where no one campaigned against her was hysterical. Now, as another poster said, maybe she can get her butt on a plane back to South Carolina to thank all of her supporters who worked so hard for her there.

    I also have noticed that Bill has dropped off the face of the earth. Good move.

    January 29, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. rick

    oh come on now,, it was a rout,, and understand it for what it is,, the makeup of todays florida voters depict what we will most likely see on super tuesday,, and it is obvious that just as the blacks voted along racial lines in s.c., the white and latio's appear to be doing the same thing

    January 29, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. Ann Aloha Independent Thinker,PA

    This will nip CNN and Obama right in the butt during the DNC. These delegates will count and you'll see the whining from the Obama campaign and CNN, MSNBC and FOX can't change that.

    January 29, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. Pat M

    Amy in Iowa:

    Where did Hillary say that Obama snubbed her? Could you back that statement with proof? Florida has become a spin race for Hillary? I think that statement is a spin.

    You Obama Supporters have no room to talk about Hillary being vicious and taking cheap shots. Listen to yourselves and then tell me who is vicious and taking shots! And who the sore losers are.

    Congratulations Hillary! Although knowing there would be no delegates in Florida you still honoured Floridians as citizens who count. I can't imagine why that is being perceived by some as undemocratic. It was your time to give and your choice to make and apparently Floridians appreciated both.

    January 29, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. RealB.G., Sacramento, California

    Once again the Clinton's throw the baby out with the bath water. The candidates made a pledge in Iowa and New Hampshire not to participate in Florida and Michigan. She refused to remove her name from the ballot in Michigan and went to Florida and celebrated her lack of delegates. Does anyone honestly believe that the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are going to forgive and forget during the general election? If Hillary is the nominee New Hampshire and Iowa will punish her during the general election. We need to make the most of every state. This selfish, win at all cost, think about tomorrow later is going to cost the Democrats the White House.

    January 29, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. Anne

    The media needs to be more objective and stop trying to brain wash the people into voting for Obama. No matter who his relatives are, he is not qualified to be President! Unfortunately, the American people's wealth has already been stolen and they are already slaves of the financial elites of the world, so it want matter much who wins the Presidency.

    January 29, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Martin, Redwood City, CA

    Are you people actually thinking before you type? Let me get this straight...Obama supporters love him because he inspires and brings hope about uniting this country...oh and also because most of his supporters have come to detest Bill and Hillary of course because they are so divisive. Fair enough. So back to the facts, ... more than 800,000 people voted for Hillary in a meaningless primary. By which standard is that not significant, according to which measure are those voters ignorant? I don't care which candidate you support but don't trivialize the fact that all these people bothered to come out and vote. Heck, more people voted for Hillary than for McCain! So back to your superior philosophy...tell us how this country is going to come together and tackle the challenges of our time, when whining, finger-pointing Obama cheerleaders (like YOU!) are as divisive as the very people they detest. The fact is that it is neither change, nor cynicism that's in the air...it's hypocrisy. Mark my words, even Obama does not have the cure for that. People in this country need to start thinking about the true meaning of JFK's words "Ask what you can do for your country".

    January 29, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. C


    No. And why can't Hillary explain her 35 years of experience? Please answer that.

    January 29, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  25. douadavid

    Hello Floridans !
    Thank you for the lesson that you gave us. We should not and will not vote for a drug addict ed, woman chaser , and crooked candidate like Barack Obama.
    Congratulation Hillary !

    January 29, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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