February 20th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton campaign launches new offensive on delegate counting


Delegates cheer at the 2004 Democratic convention. This year their official role is under heavy scrutiny. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign launched a new Web site Wednesday designed to convey its argument about how delegates should be counted - the campaign’s latest offensive against Barack Obama's contention that the candidate with the most pledged delegates should win the party's nomination.

The new Web site lists five of the Clinton team’s disputed views on delegates, including the ideas that Florida and Michigan's delegates should be seated at the convention despite party sanctions and that there is a "clear path" for Clinton to finish the race with more delegates than Obama.

The Web site also argues that superdelegates - or what the Clinton campaign is now calling “automatic delegates” - should not look to the primary season vote when deciding which candidate to support, stating, "The fact is: no automatic delegate is required to cast a vote on the basis of anything other than his or her best judgment about who is the most qualified to be president."

According to CNN's latest estimate, Obama has earned 143 more pledged delegates than Clinton. But Clinton currently has the support of 73 more superdelegates – which translates into an overall deficit of 70 delegates.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday morning, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe repeated the campaign's contention that the candidate with the most pledged delegates should win the nomination, and said it is nearly impossible for Clinton to catch up in that count.

“This is a wide, wide lead right now,” he said. “I am amused when the Clinton campaign continues to say, 'Well, it’s essentially a tie.' I mean, that’s just lunacy. We have opened up a big and meaningful pledged delegate lead. They are going to have to win landslides from here on out to erase it.”

Plouffe also said the Clinton campaign keeps "offering alternative theories for why they can win the nomination that have nothing to do with the votes that are happening in these contests.”

Related video: Watch CNN's Abbi Tatton take a look at Clinton's new Web site

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Dean

    It seems that the majority want Obama to win. If the "super delegates" go against the people and make Hillary the winner the "super delegates" will soon find themselves looking for another job.

    February 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Majority Rule Moral Majority

    Yea! The last time we got cought up in feel-good speeches it wound up costing us trillions in welfare monies for all kinds of government programs started in the 60s that have not and could not be stopped once the socialists created them! Wake Up America!

    February 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Kshama

    The issue of seating and counting the Michigan and Florida delegates needs to be decided soon, well before the March 4th primary. Why? Two scenarios 1. Is it democracy if there is a revote by a caucus? 2. Is it democracy, if the votes are not counted based on the original primary results? If I recall no one told Obama or Edwards to take their name of the ballot in Michigan. Both of them actually chose to tell people to vote uncommitted to go against Hillary Clinton if that was their choice. This action on their parts was voluntary.
    If the Democratic Committee did not intend for the votes to be counted than they should have requested these 2 states to not even allow people to vote and explain why. It is the Democratic Party who created this mess in the 1st place not Senator Obama or Clinton. And again by not allowing the delgation to have any votes at the Democratic convention or even be seated would be a grave mistake on their part. I strongly think, the Republican party will take Washington again regardless of how great Senator Obama is doing. What a shame.

    February 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Kshama

    To all Obama Supporters. I agree Senator Obama has run a magnificent campaign but there will come a time when he will have to put up the numbers and substantiate his policies and explain them to the American people. Unfortunately, I do not believe Senator Obama can do this effectively yet as well as Senator Clinton can. Only time will tell, but it is looking more and more like Obama will be the Democratic nominee.

    February 20, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Omama Supporter

    how petty can she get?

    all votes are EQUAL and obviously this means nothing to her if she cant face that she is losing and needs the elevated vote of the superdelegate to accomplish anything.

    February 20, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. andy

    Once again, Hillary wants to change the rules. After agreeing with the
    sanctions imposed, her name was the only one on the ballot. How can she possibly declare herself a winner when everyone else did not campaign in those two states? And why didn't she try to change the party's position earlier, if she was so concerned, instead of waiting until
    now. It reeks of desperate tactics.

    The Obama train is about to run over the Clintons. It is time for change
    and Barack Obama can deliver.

    February 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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