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. Obama

    To Jay: If Obama won by 50% of course they wouldn't count and no, we wouldn't complain. How insulting that you would compare our values to those of Sen. Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  2. Rob

    Hillary might have won 0 delegates for her victory in Florida,but this victory is not unimpressive. She won a higher percentage of Black Voters than Obama won of White Voters. (something that absolutely no one expected)

    The excuses given by the Obama camp, that Hillary won on name recognition alone is absurd. Voters came out to vote in a PRIMARY Election in a race that did not count for any delegates in record numbers, they were uneducated voters, voting on "name recognition." They knew what they were doing, and they overwhelmingly chose Hillary.

    Winning by such a margin in a state without campaigning is a huge accomplishment as well.

    Hillary 08!

    January 30, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Nik T, Houston, TX

    Looks like the OBama supporters are more hate-filled than the Republicans, my goodness!

    They ignore all the Obama violations (campaigning) yet attribute all of those to Hillary. These are the people that give the Democratic party a bad name. Please change parties.

    January 30, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. vickiigou

    How many candidates in the past fifty years got elected because they talked about change...Many...has anything happened...No..why it takes more than one person..... wake up America...you are being Bamboozled!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. Leah DiMarco, TX

    People who payed close attention to the election are aware of the following:

    1. Obama won the vote of FL democrates who voted today as per CNN, FOX, and MSNBC
    2. Obama won the votes of FL democrates who voted in the last month
    3. Clinton overall lead comes from the 1/2 million absentee votes cast over a month ago

    The playing field is even and wide open on Super Tuesday

    January 30, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Joe

    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?

    January 30, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  7. Chad

    Over 1.7 million Florida Democrats voted today without anyone campaigning in their state and with the news media saying it was just a "beauty contest" Obviously they've been watching the news, listening to the debates, and made a choice. All candidates honored their pledges (except for national tv ads). Obama called an 80% African American vote and 25% white vote a "coalition." If you support a candidate of change, then stop being so bitter when you loose.

    January 30, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  8. Brian, Bloomington, IN

    The only reason Hillary went down there to campaign was because wanted people to forget the whoppin she took in SC. She did a fine job in a state in which OBama or Edwards never fought for.

    OBama or this moderate is crossing the line.

    January 30, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  9. George

    Wow, you've got to be impressed by all the sour grapes from Obama supporters!!! The fact is Obama cannot win a big state with small black population like Florida (except maybe his home state).

    January 30, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. NV

    Hillary took FL by 50% because no one else campaigned in FL. Since she is the one with the name recognition, most definitely she got their votes. TThis is a non-contest! But if Obama, got 33% without campaigning in FL-just think what will be the margin between him and HC had he been allowed to compete and campaign in the state?

    Anyhow, Hillary's statements about seating the delegates is very troubling. She is manipulating the delegates. It would appear that she does not have any credibility and she is someone who will not follow party rules. Rules are rules. They were set down before the primary started–and it says no delegates will be seated.

    I am sure all of you are aware of what happened in Michigan when Hillary did not remove her name on the ballot–another clear example of her not following party rules–which she also won, because no other candidates were allowed to campaign.

    So if one will look closely, in the states where Obama's campaign is competing with Hillary, he is within striking distance with her based on these results:

    HC% BO%
    IA – 29.7 37.6
    NH – 39.1 36.5
    MI – 55.3 (name is not on ballot, but Uncommitted is 40%)
    NV – 50.7 45.2
    SC – 26.5 55.4
    FL – 49.7 33.0 (did not campaign)

    (source: New York Times Election Guide 2008)

    Based on the above, Hillary get huge wins, when she has no competition!!!! .... just a food for thought everyone.

    January 30, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. KPO'M

    Something to remember is that Floridians DO vote early. 1/3 of the votes came in BEFORE the South Carolina primary and the endorsements by the influential Kennedys, Senator McCaskill, and Governor Sebelius. Apparently the vote in the last 3 days was pretty evenly split. It's interesting how Clinton didn't seem to care much about Florida (and was even planning on attending a $2,400/plate fundraiser in Chicago today, where Bill was) until she got trounced in South Carolina and decided she needed a "victory" for momentum.

    January 30, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  12. The Decider

    Just curious but why is this such a big win for Clinton?? She gets beat in SC by 27% and wins in FL by 17% (with no campaigning) supposedly from any candidate. Do the math folks (duh) Her campaign also stated before the IA and NH primaries that the MI and FL primaries weren't going to mean anything until she got beat badly in SC.... All three candidates agreed that this was agreeable with the DNC beings these states set up their primaries. Sad for the democratic party but the rules were made and as usual they meant absolutely nothing to the Clintons. She will probably WHINE enough and get the delegates seated at the convention but that is sad... Not out of disrespect for MI and FL but we have been doing this forever in this nation and if it needs to be changed with states moving their primaries and such than vote or make some ruling on it before the election year. This is really getting to be a drag as long as it has been going on, and I personally don't think Super Tuesday is going to resolve anything. This is going to the convention where Edwards will screw everything up.

    January 30, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. greg

    tyran , u must be either a rep.or an instigator ,,,, try and sway my vote,, with your expert advice,,,, mine are always awaiting some one to see if its offensive,, i happen to see , i spoke of hillary,,,, so i guess, silly rabbit ,, i wil not be seen,, go SENATOR MRS. HILLARY CLINTON, ,,,, silly rabbits also see the future........ make peace

    January 30, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. LR, Houston

    I am a woman who will fight for women's rights. I would love to see a woman in the White House one day. But not Hillary.

    I am also a democrate. But it will be a cold day in H before I will vote in a manipulative liar. I will vote for the Republican candidate if HRC wins the nomination in an attempt to vote her out. I have a feeling alot of other democrats will do the same.

    January 30, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. Amy


    January 30, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. Pier Giacalone, NYC, NY

    Same old garbage from the anti-Hillary camp:

    1. Attending fundraisers in FLA was allowed and any candidate was welcome to do it and that's all she did prior to the vote.

    2. She wasn't showing special treatment for Floridians over South Carolinians. In SC she lost so she had to move on quickly, but that has nothing to do with the Florida situation. In Florida she wasn't allowed to have a rally until after the vote so she respectfully waited. End of story.

    3. Hillary received over 800,000 votes today without even campaigning. 200,000 more than McCain and 300,000 more than Obama.

    Sorry Obama sheep. 800,000 Floridians had a vision of real change starting on day 1 and that kind of support in such a pivotal state is going bring the dems back into the White House with Hillary in 2009.

    Go Hillary 08!

    January 30, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  17. JohnS

    The people in NH are very upset; they feel like the Clintons have played them for "suckers." Watch Lou at CNN. Somehow, Hillary promised the VOTERS out there that she would NOT leave her name on the FL ballot!!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  18. Ryan

    Congratulation Hillary. I didn't know it was a good thing to try and win the uncontested states...but now I'm thinking it might be your only hope. I think New York is looking good for you too!

    This is so underhanded, so pathetic...how can Clinton supporters rationalize this? I'm sure they will...but I can't believe many Americans will fall for it.

    You've won Florida, at what cost?

    January 30, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  19. Patty

    She should be happy. She had a party without any drinks and they all still came. She got more votes than Ma Cain and the voters still wanted to be heard. I would like to remind John King that Obama and Edwards not going to Florida isn't why she won. Most people only get to know the canidates through TV and the internet. MOST people and voters do not meet them.

    January 30, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. joe

    obama is very rude.

    VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON FEBRUARY 5TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Lady Eagle

    My thanks to sen. Clinton for respecting the voters of Florida. My husband was so upset that none of the candidates made an effort even to say our votes mattered, he was thinking of voting Republican in November. Sen. Clinton did not say thanks for the primary win. She said thanks for the vote of confidence.

    Sen. Obama has been advertising here for two weeks. His excuse was it was a national ad buy and could not be excluded. However, Sen. Edwards and Sen. Clinton did not have any ads here. As a matter of fact if you look at the exit polls, they tell a big story. He is going to have problems going into the Super Tuesday states. Check the demographics.

    He would have won if folks decided three days ago, but Hillary regained her lead among those who decided today.

    January 30, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. Nina

    All the republicans that say they are voting for Obana has an agenda. They think that if Obama is the nominee, they have won the election. They will vote republican in the general electgion. I am amazed that the Obama supporters have not seen through this.

    January 30, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    All three candidates remained on the ballot no one campaigned, in Florida but the day before the election Ted Kennedy and Caroline endorsed Obama and the coverage was on the front page of every newspaper and led all the news broadcasts, and on Cable News it was wall to wall coverage. Was mention non stop during cables extended coverage of the State of the Union speech.
    Yet even with all that free coverage by the media did not help Obama, in Florida.
    If Obama would have won the Florida primary even by one vote or even came within a few per centage points of Hillary all you Obama supporters would be struting around proclaiming Obama Won.

    January 30, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. CaliMom

    All these happy Hillary supporters must have been on vacation when Bill was in office or they'd remember what a HUGE distraction his behavior in and out of the oval office was for our country,

    our foreign and domestic policy suffered (that's why there was a 9/11- He was offered Bin Laden on a plate by the Sudanese Govt. but declined to take him to try him for 93' Twin Tower Attack because he felt in his genius legal opinion that he could not charge him...

    Boy, didn't that go right for America a few months later... How quickly we forget )

    I still remember how he lost the entire congress by revolt across the united states.

    to the REPUBLICAN REVOLUTION of all those great hypocritical moral high rollers which we all had to live through after that... I thought we were going to have our own Sharia law for a while there...

    It seemed like the 90's would never end there for a while.

    It really sucked when Bill was president. I know things seem nicer after time pases, but it was no picnic.

    If Hillary couldn't even control him last week on the campaign trail, what do you think will happen if they go back to the White House, simply put, we all know the reputation Lil' Bush has given America to the world, how will Bill and Hillary improve on that image when Bill chases skirts again on our dime.

    I'm not ready to go back to that one. I suppose too that Hillary's Presidency is already being cast to set up Lil Chelsea for the next Presidency.

    When will America get a chance for more than 2 of the over 300,000,000 families here to try to rule.


    January 30, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. Question for Chicago Residents

    Wasn't there a big riot in Chicago when Obama was runnng for office and gang members started trying to threaten communities stating that they would hurt them if they didn't vote for Obama and Obama did nothing to stop the violence?

    Just wondering if someone knows about this, because my family there says this occurred when Obama was running for the Senate.

    January 30, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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