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. Jennifer

    Florida is still part of america right? Because as a Democrat voter in florida I feel that I am being silenced now just like all those votes that were not counted eight years ago! Oh sure let us vote then silence our voice when we have spoken! GO HILARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The media has been so bias in the tank cheering Barack Obama, it will be interesting to see if they make an equal big deal out of Hillary Clinton's victory in Florida and the fact that California Rep. Maxine Waters has endorsed Hillary.

    January 29, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. peter

    On what ticket is Senator Clinton running? OR which party is supporting Senator Clinton's candidacy? Why is it so difficult for her to obey the orders of the party that she is trying to be the flagbearer? Her attitude is questionable. How can she prove to the whole world that she will not be a dictator or she will not do things like the current president of US (George Bush)

    January 29, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. CaliMom

    That's not fair to Californians! We already don't really matter.

    How dare you, Hillary Clinton, have the nerve to try to circumvent DNC punishment for Florida disenfranchising other smaller states in their decision to move ahead of everybody else, for YOUR OWN PERSONAL GAIN so you can in turn disenfranchise THE 22 SUPER TUESDAY STATES!!!


    TAKING AWAY THEIR PRIMARY DELEGATES was the only punishment the DNC could bestow on Florida. They were WARNED, but did it anyway. THEIR votes in November WILL ALREADY COUNT!

    What a crock. I voted for Bill twice, but I would rather eat worms than vote for you. You power hungry, insensitive, self serving cowardly liar!

    January 29, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |

    Bush is againt American interests... Obama will listen to Americans

    January 29, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. vickiigou

    Barack is inspiring when he talks and what he says we all want to believe...But he hasn't told us how he is going to accomplish this change....he is too naive, and does not have enough experience to run our country, people really need to look at the facts...don't vote for someone that has no experience...we did that in the last two elections, and it really has messed us up... I recommend to look at the two frontrunners websites... Pull up Obamas website see what he has done...then pull up Hillaryclinton.com see what she has done, I suggest to do more research, but I know most won't even do this... People have only known Barack for a few months...Hillary has been in the public's eye for over 15 years, and more years in Arkansa...with that said, we know her....unfortunately, people might not know all the work she has done because they focus on negative publicity... I urge you to see what changes she has made for the past 35 years... This is a woman that has helped the average person a lot...she's helped the bore ... and even the rich..don't you think we should all be helped in one way or another?

    January 29, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. florida

    Dolce, stop the lies. Hillary was not campaigning in Florida last week. The people that call Clinton a liar, need to take a serious look in the mirror, then actually go research their facts.

    January 29, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. Mark, Minneapolis, MN

    Over 2 million Democrats troop to the polls to express their opinions and the Obama campaign calls it meaningless.

    The fact that huge numbers of voters turned out to express their opinion when none of the candidates campaigned in the state makes Clinton's win even more compelling, not less.

    January 29, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Anne

    Why are you giving Obama millions of dollars of free publicity? He has admitted to using illegal drugs. Is this his reward for such misconduct? Stop misusing the American people's public airways in this manner.

    January 29, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Big Will

    Tyran you are hilarious.....but believe me many independents are watching and she actually could have done more harm than good today. So way to go Billary-keep up the good work and make sure you screw this up for everyone.

    Funny thing. Republican aren't fans of Mccain and Democrats are fond of Hillary...feels like 2004 all over again.

    Thank God I am independent and pick and choose unlike the Repubs and crying democrats.

    January 29, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. vickiigou

    I find it quite interesting how in two of the States that Hillary has won the delegate votes are not allowed...um...um.. But she still leads with the most delegate votes....talk about obstacles...this is a strong woman to stand up to all that has flown her way....we need a strong woman!!!

    January 29, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. Mark

    Clinton and Obama or Obama and Clinton. We will need them both to beat old man McCain and Chuckabee! Stop the in-fighting. They will. One will be President and the other VP. Vote Dem!

    January 29, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |

    Hillary TELLS us what our needs are... Obama LISTENS to what our needs are... which way works better?

    January 29, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. greg

    obama osama, dang, oops i did it again ,,,

    January 29, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. CaliMom

    By the way, this is NOT about a candidate, this is about right and wrong.

    Florida and Michigan broke the rules as set forth by the DNC for oh let's say about 60 years successfully followed until now.

    They were warned against taking this action. They knew they would lose their primary delegates IF they moved this date ahead. Take your medicine and shut up so the rest of us can get our chance to vote when its our turn.

    **FLORIDA voters moving ahead of smaller states disinfranchised other American voters. **

    Don't forget that either when you whine about poor Florida voters.

    January 29, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  16. Linda

    It is "We the People", not we the delegates. I congradulate the Democratic voters of Florida for a record breaking turnout in spite of the DNC robbing you of your delegates.

    To the fool that claims most of the votes came in during December, BS. Early voting started on January 12th. Hillary did not campaign in Florida and it was a contested contest since all of the candidates were on the ballot.

    You Obama people cry as much as he does. You better hope he does not win the nomination because the Republicans will eat him for lunch. What a fraud he is. You people need to come down off that magic carpet ride you are taking with him before you fall. Read the speech he gave on his internet site announcing he was running for the nomination. He states in his opening paragraph that he is tired of the same old fights of the 60's. When he was not seeing any movement in the polls however, he morphed himself into JFK and MLK and you suckers fell for it. Most of you probably aren't even old enough to have witnessed these two iconic figures in action. GROW UP

    January 30, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. January

    Sure, Hillary – you can do whatever you want – who cares about the DNC rules?! What's next?! I've got an idea for you. How about asking the DNC at the end of the primaries to multiply the number of delegates that you'll get in states that loose to Obama or Edwards by the number of years of your "experience" in the White House (8)? I think that should work for you just fine 🙂

    January 30, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Monie

    I am a Democrat from Florida, I was disappointed that my vote was not going to count. So, I was totally surprised as were many voters when I went to the polls and discovered I could actually cast my vote. I have been amazed that the media thinks that the candidates have not campaigned in Fl. What do you call the 24 hours on 5 cable channels of Decision 2008. I believe Fl voters had an opportunity to listen and evaluate without all of the rheteroric experienced in the earlier primaries. We could vote our own thoughts and values with out having the candidates on the ground making a fool of themselves, we can deal with just the issues. CNN exit polls themselves show that democratic voters did think through their votes. voters were on blogs all week end to get people out to vote and make their voices heard. So please don't discount our voice, as being a beauty contest. and Lou, the spectical is being fueled bu the media. Could we stick to the facts, like the voters in Fl apparently decided to do.

    January 30, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. ken

    It is so funny to see Obama supporters making excuses and spouting sour grapes remarks because Hillary won in Florida. I guess that her win there removes the excuses that Obama and Edwards were not on the ballot. Face it folks – Hillary won – delegates or not. It is Obama that violated the DNC rules in Florida by airing ads (yes relative of mine saw them). You Obama supporters need to stop spouting nonsense and be fair.
    Go Hillary!! California will also hand you a win as big as in Florida next week. My family of 8 (yes all 8 of us and all eligible to vote for you) will definitely be voting for you on Feb 5 in the California primary. We are sick of the biased media reporting, the Obama rethoric (as well his supporters) and all the negative comments about you in blogs.
    We know how you have received results and have weathered all the unfair media and right wing attacks all these years and we will support you. We are a well educated family (3 of us have Phds) and we are all educated on what you have done.
    We will also be donating to your campaign.
    HILLARY 08!

    January 30, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  20. vickiigou

    Hillary didn't do anything wrong...many of these comments are fantasy...Must be part of the fantasy vote...

    January 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. John

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary,

    I always new Bill was terrible at telling the truth, but you take the cake. YOU AGREED NOT TO CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA aaaaand of course, as your last name infamously suggests, YOU BOLDY LIED IN FRONT OF EVERYONE WHO CARED TO WATCH YOU TODAY IN FLORIDA.

    HELLOOO, supporters of Hillary, she's not even in the White House yet and she's already began a gate, "The Floridagate." sad sad sad 😦

    January 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. tomdavie

    A lot of people voted tonight. A LOT.

    To say that doesnt mean anything is total SPIN by the Obama campaign.

    It means quite clearly that they are EXPOSED to the fact they cant win an election they cant VIGOURSLY campaign in. They dont have the ground support or Obama making speeches or the MEDIA POUNDING EVER SINGLE POSITIVE about Obama possible.

    Look at the exit polls. The youth voters were not lopsided on Obama's side. Every other demographic is exactly what we have seen.

    Obama 70% african american vote

    Clinton 2-1 Latino vote

    Clinton white vote and white women vote.

    So the difference was clearly Obamas ability to campaign and mobilize the youth vote.

    This is why the youth vote never makes a difference in the general election. Nobody can MOBILIZE the entire countrys youth to go vote. You would need the entire US army to do that.

    January 30, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. John

    Jay I will answer your question...

    As an Obama supporter, I honestly think had the votes been reversed say, he would have done a nice camera shot from Kansas city or wherever and said thank you to the people of Florida for their support and he looks forward to working with them come november to win the election. He would have been rousing and inspiring at the end talking about their importance. I don't think he would have gone there on Tuesday night. And I know he would not have been there on Sunday as she was.

    And again that is why I support him.
    I feel I can trust his word.
    I cant trust Hillary's.
    She has shown this over and over.
    I wish I could
    But I cant.

    Does that help Jay?
    I think alot of us feel this way.

    All the best-

    January 30, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. Bryce K. Dixon

    Lets Note:

    Hillary won more votes than Edwards and Obama combined

    More votes than Obama won in South Carolina

    Plus Hillary Won even if no delegates are awarded

    Get over it, sour grapes are bad for you

    Go Hillary, Who want some... lol

    January 30, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  25. BO

    "I probably think it's a snapshot. It's a beauty contest that's similar to a poll of where people currently are at in Florida," Obama said. "But none of us has campaigned there, so people have no idea what the respective candidates stand for, haven't had a chance to look them over, kick the tires."

    Doesn't Obama realize that we live in the information age with the Internet and 24 hour news channels? Florida was more than adequately informed about the candidates, especially after the multitude of nationally televised debates. In fact, I doubt that most citizens in Super Tuesday states will have any more opportunity to "kick the tires" with the candidates than Florida voters did.

    Hillary '08
    Illinois voter

    January 30, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
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