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. Caroline

    What a complete political stunt! The desperate Clinton campaign decided to put on a faux victory party that, it hoped, would erase memories of Obama's actual victory Saturday night in South Carolina's Democratic primary.

    January 30, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. AJ, IL

    Hmmm...Interesting. Hillary made it a point to fly into Florida to specifically celebrate her "beauty contest" win. However, she fly out of SC before the polls closed, and Bill Clinton was first on TV giving Hillary's less concession/more campaign speech in Missouri. Then later, Hillary gave a less concession/more campaign from Tennessee. That was very tacky of Sen. Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  3. Bill

    The Democratic Primary in Florida is the largest poll ever taken.

    This is to those who think the Florida win for Hillary Clinton did not hurt Obama. A vote without campaigning by any of the candidates is more telling about pure voter sentiment, like a poll with a much larger sample. The democratic primary voters did not have to vote (since hey their votes don't count) but they made a choice to show who they support. The exit polls then count because it breaks down this large poll into who voted for which candidate. The Obama staff would have us think that Hillary somehow campaigned in Florida, she did not. The only thing that was allowed was fundraising and they all did that. Obama technically was the only one who did campaign in Florida by running ads on CNN he knew would be seen there. Also, If Obama or Edwards had won the poll (democratic primary) in Florida they would have been there in a nanosecond doing the same thing Clinton did thanking Florida for their votes. Hillary Clinton is now the only democratic candidate who if she is the nominee will have some real loyalty in Florida for going there after the primary was over. Florida is an important swing state in the general and if anyone noticed (pundits ignored it) Clinton received many more votes than McCain.

    January 30, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  4. Margaret in MS

    Do 1.5 million people count? Last I heard they did. Barrack has ads running on all of the 24hrs news channel, so does that count as campaigning? I would think so. It's nice of everyone to think that Sen Clinton has ESP now to know she would get all those votes, she was planning a trip down there before the primary, so I say thank you FL for the votes, and with the other numbers up there I'm sure the voters knew who Barrack was. Thank you very much. Now chew on this, if the republicans are so sure they can beat Sen. Clinton then why are the thrilled to death that Barrack is doing so good. Go watch MSNBC to see all the hoopla over there. It is sickening to the point of disgust. Now that is why I am looking for a fair and balanced network to get my politics. (and to the obamanites- we feel the same way-the republicans will get our vote before we vote for him) As far as Kennedy backing Barrack, that's calling the kettle black (no pun intended) a man touting change and to end the status quo and the old way of politics getting this endorsment lol, to good to be true. He is more than welcome to the baggage of that family, murder, mafia, mistresses, booze. They make the Clintons look tame. Hillary 08!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  5. Aidyn

    Hillary you rock!

    January 30, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  6. judge

    "Facts:(1) Barack ran television ads (as late as today) in Florida in defiance of the DNC's rules. Clinton did not do this. They both had fundraisers they attended in Florida.(2) Hillary asked the DNC to allow FL delegates at the convention long before the primary season started. AFTER the nominee is chosen"

    I can't agree more. Obama lovers,check facts please. btw,who can check about Obama's Iraq record clinton mentioned in the last debate?

    "This country has not seen TRUE HOPE since Dr. Martin Luther King and the Kennedy's." Oh my god. Ted Kennedy included? speechless...

    "Obama won most of the vote cast in the last 2 weeks including today" This is wrong!! CNN and MSNBC both reported tonight that Clinton and Obama won tied votes cast in the past week (especially last three days). So what? People waited until the last three days to decide tend Not to have a great preference for either of them, so "tied " do NOT mean in the past three days, people are changing their minds completely....

    "Obama gives wonderful speeches about change but just doesn't seem to have any real substance." Can not agree more.He did really bad in the past debates.

    " CNN is full of Obama's butt" Yes, CNN comments are becoming strongly biase in the past two weeks.

    January 30, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  7. San Francisco

    Hey CNN:

    How about some demographic analysis similar to what you plastered all over the news of South Carolina? Of course she's trumpeting this win.

    40% of the voters in the Florida primary were OVER 65. That's the only demographic group she wins consistently. Florida could not be more perfect for her. And, when nobody competes, it's an automatic win.

    She's a joke for trying to make this into a big deal. Of course she will be whining from here to Denver that "we should not disenfranchise the great citizens of Florida." She should have told the state party that when they wanted to move up to Jan 29.

    Stop whining Hillary (and all your supporters). It's not becoming of a future leader of the free world.

    January 30, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. Neo

    Delegates or no delegates, the People of Florida have spoken! Obama may face a backlash by voters for his hands off approach in states such as Florida if he is the guy in Nov!

    January 30, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  9. teletoni, palm beach, fl

    True, no delegates for the dems in florida, but such a huge landslide win for hillary in florida cannot bode well for obama.

    January 30, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  10. San Francisco

    Frank in San Diego,

    Are you serious? Hillary Clinton has been running a campaign the past 4 weeks that is straight out of Karl Rove's handbook and you say "let's not be like the Republicans"?

    Your comments would be noble, if only they weren't hypocritical. Sure, let's let everyone vote...unless we think they're going to vote against us and then we'll try to disenfranchise them (Nevada anyone?).

    I can't believe self-respecting people are forwarding this fodderol.

    January 30, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  11. Bonnie

    Hillary won Florida, like Obama lost Florida: no campaigning. Obama ignores the Hillary win because there are, at this time, no delegates. What will Obama do should that change(and that is very possible!)? How will Obama
    explain that Florida's voters mean nothing to him? Is he all about himself, and delegates? What an arrogant attitude this man has! The more he talks, the more he pushes me away. His arrogance is similiar to Bush's.

    I do not see Obama for change. I see Obama as very status quo-and the Ted Kennedy endorsement confirms this. I think Obama has shook alot of hands, smiled into many faces, and pulled the wool over many eyes. For Obama this IS only about delegates, only about HIM, only about making History, which is not quite as historic as he would like to make it seem....afterall, Obama's mother was white....or does that not count either?

    Hillary for Change in '08

    January 30, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  12. Joan

    I watched Hillary's interview in CNN recently and for the first time, she caught my attention.... I like Obama, he is an inspirational speaker but Hillary is an iron lady who delivers straight answers to specific issues. In sum, Hilary will become a formidable president of America. I was never a fan of hers but the way she answers questions and explain her agenda in her campaign and interviews is really convincing. She improved a lot. She talks and acts as if she not as a simple former first lady of America or current Senator but as future President of US.... wow, you definitely got my vote

    January 30, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  13. Ken in Western NY

    The headline reads "Clinton thanks Floridians, promises to get delegates seated". Since she won't be able to get the delegates from Florida seated (unless the DNC somehow caves into the Clinton Machine), then I guess it's politics as usual for Hillary – making promises that she just doesn't keep. Just like when she ran for the Senate in New York in 2000 – promising hundreds of thousands of jobs to Upstate New York. Yeah right....and us suckers in New York fell for that !! TWICE !!!

    January 30, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  14. John

    Obama is a very very bad choice. Have you seen the picture today morning? How a childish and arrogant, silly person.

    January 30, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  15. J.C.T.


    January 30, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  16. mack

    If Obama had got the 50% of the Florida Dem vote, he would be saying the same thing as Clinton...that we Floridians matter!!

    So much for Obama getting the so-called late votes...Clinton matched him 1 for 1 in this respect so lets cut out that argument that this is very his own baliwick.

    We saw in her a more electable and the more experienced leader...someone who could carry Florida in Nov 08....and this is going to be pretty much the same flow in othe other diverse states..rheotric and poetry only goes so far.

    No one's hands are clean in this nomination process and its Obama's turn to be the sour grape!

    As for Teddy, does anyone actually listen to him apart from his own family??

    January 30, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. John

    Obama's change will change himself as a gentle and polite first.

    January 30, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  18. john

    The way things are going in both parties, maybe they should cancel
    the November election and start over again?

    January 30, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  19. Gold Canyon Gal, AZ

    Go, Hillary Baby!

    January 30, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  20. Bob

    I am a male voter, I will vote for Hallary, and Hillary deserve to win, she is a strong candidate and she will do well for America.

    January 30, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  21. Georgianne

    As a registered republican, past life since I have been inspired by Obama, I would think that all of the Dems in FL should be outraged by the no delgates issue, but I ask how exactly did that happen? And in "fairness" Clinton was in Fl to plead the voters, make them look like 'she' was the only dem candidate to care enough for them, I think she is using them to climb to her higher agenda, to be the power of the USA. I think it feels good to be inspired, I like to be inspired and I believe that it is a feeling that can make things happens. Feelings that can make people change this America around. I am still open to all candidates, but I am open to hearing more about this young man from Illinois! I heard enough from the Clintons!

    January 30, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  22. Tony

    Is it possible to go lower? And how is she planning to get delegates seated, maybe ask Bill. These two guys are disgrace for the Democratic party. If the Democrats make this ordinary person the nominee I may never vote Democrat.

    January 30, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. localboy

    it sickens me to think of a Clinton back in the whitehouse. Not that their time there was bad for the country but to think our country will go 32 years with either a bush or a clinton either as a vp or a president.

    Its just not good for our government. not even China have dynastys this long, jk

    seriously how can we move forward as a society if we cant even move on with a fresh new face. I dont care if its Obama or Edwards Mcain or Romney. Heck I will even vote for Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul but not Hillary. Its just not good for the country!!!

    I will not even mention her other deplorable attributes and scandals, eh hem Bill.

    January 30, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  24. Patch

    Actually, Obama supporters are not really paying attention to commentary statements like those before mine here.

    I just wanted to head the CNN stories and got curious about what people were writing.

    Nothing new here. Just trolling statements that cannot be justified nor commended.

    Off to campaign again.

    January 30, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  25. Sue (Seattle, WA)

    Jonathan in Chicago – I couldn't have said it better! And to answer your question, if the DNC folds, I know of two Dems here in the NW that either won't be voting or will be voting for McCain.

    January 30, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
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