March 1st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton supporter rips Texas caucus system

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Cisneros made calls on Clinton's behalf from her campaign office in Laredo, Texas last month."]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CNN) – Former HUD secretary and Hillary Clinton supporter Henry Cisneros excoriated Texas’ arcane electoral process as “a great burden on voters” and said that losing the delegate count on Tuesday because of the state caucuses would be “exceedingly unfair.”

Cisneros was speaking to a group of Clinton volunteers who had gathered on Saturday morning at Fox Tech High School to train for Tuesday evening’s state caucuses, which follow a day of primary voting. One-third of the state’s pledged delegates are allocated through the caucuses, while the rest are determined by the day's primary vote.

Clinton herself rallied the troops after Cisneros, formerly a mayor of San Antonio, spoke.

“This is not the ideal way,” he told an audience made up of Clinton volunteers from 20 or so area counties. “Ideally it would just be a straight out vote, and that would determine who gets the delegates, but they created this intricate system in Texas, which frankly is a great burden on voters.”

Cisneros said a scenario in which Clinton wins the primary vote, but loses the evening caucuses, would be “exceedingly unfair” and warned against being “outpowered” by Barack Obama precinct teams, who have overwhelmed their Clinton counterparts in earlier caucus-based contests, outcomes he described as “tragic.”

As volunteers leafed through instructions on recruiting 25-member precinct teams, Cisneros told them, “we cannot throw away our hard work and our win by not being there at the caucuses.”

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Texas
soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. Leah DiMarco, TX

    CHANGING THE RULES – that's change that the Clintons can believe in!

    Obama '08

    March 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. B from GA

    Shame on You HILLARY! Shame on YOU! for crying foul with the Texas system (which is not new), media coverage, etc., when the numbers are not looking exactly like you thought they would be a few months ago.

    Hillary is sending women movement back 25-30 years with all her whinning about this and that. When Hillary hollers "35 years of experience" let us not forget that she has 14 years headstart on Obama by way of birth thereby giving her a headstart in life with or without experience which is only 8 years as an elected official. He has seven I guess she does have more experience...ONE WHOLE YEAR.

    If Barack had a problem with his middle name he should have changed it when he became of age. And since he did not, then everybody including him and his campaign need to stop whining, nitpicking and trying to make it seem as if it's something negative to throw to us unsupecting voters. It is just a name.

    Now that we are in this "because you tried to kill my daddy" war, we can't take the days, money or give lives back, so lets move forward to what can be done to bring about an end and bring the majority of our troops home. I am quite tired of hearing "he voted-she voted-I opposed" and move on to today and hopes for tomorrow.

    I think McCain's group sent out the negative info regarding the 2 democrats sending a message to Canada and Mexico so that he can appear to be the one riding in on the white horse to maintain NAFTA. Looking kind of shady there John boy.

    Listening to all this bickering and negative talk, I sometime think !! GO HUCKABEE! He is not full of himself. Whew

    March 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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