March 10th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Sen. Nelson: Florida and Michigan deserve a do-over


Watch Nelson's comments Monday.

(CNN)—Florida Sen. Bill Nelson warned the Democratic National Committee Monday that denying Florida and Michigan rights to a do-over would be a terrible mistake for the states and the Democratic Party.

“It would be a tragedy for America and especially for Florida,” Nelson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer adding that his state still feels the effects of the controversial 2000 presidential election.

In an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Nelson praised the 3.6 million Floridians who headed to the polls Jan. 29, and pushed for a speedy resolve by the DNC.

“With so much at stake, and the race so close, it's apparent to me that a new election in Florida is a fair way to provide both candidates with another chance to win needed delegates in a state that is certain to be pivotal in November,” Nelson wrote.

The Florida Senator’s proposed plan: a mail-in ballot which he says worked in Oregon for years. However, Nelson explained, one challenge would be signature fraud on voter registration cards.

–CNN’s Emily Sherman

Filed under: Florida • Michigan
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The knew the consequences of "going early" – the Democratic party is the governing body they stripped them of their delegates if they went early.....and thats that

    March 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Billy

    This Florida Senator is as wacky as his state's record for voting integrity. Florida is a Republican state, let the Republicans have it. Nelson is a big to do about nothing and a real dufus.

    March 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. linda gray

    Why does everyone think rules and laws are only for others, but never for them. I want someone to prove that those involved in this mess were somehow victims, then and only then would it ever be considered to have a re-vote. This is ridiculous to waste such time, energy, and money on something that was their choice. Remember you cannot please all of the people all of the time. I find it difficult to explain this mess to children as they know rules are rules, and laws are laws. Simple fact they knew the rules and knew the consequences, so now they must live with it!

    March 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. marla

    If the DNC decided to disenfranchise my vote like the election of 2000, Iwill change party,so will the rest of my family.

    March 10, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Max

    if the votes in Florida and Michigan were so important for the Democratic party, why did they go against the DNC and push for a primary ahead of Super Tuesday?

    March 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. No re-do......

    Just let the votes stand – simple.

    Senator Obama on his own took his name off in Michigan and then when his camp figured that may be a mistake had campaigners there urging people to vote again Clinton. Well, guess he made a strategic mistake and should NOT BE REWARDED for it. Let the votes stand and be seated.

    For Florida – everyones names were there and Obama had his ads on the airwaves in Florida. Sooo? Let the votes stand and be seated!

    Let's just move forward. I am sure Senator Obama does not want this because he lost. It would change the dynamics of the race because Senator Clinton would be in the lead but I do not see why these millions of voters should be counted OUT for his benefit alone?

    They all voted – let it be. His campaign made a poor decision in Michigan and deserted the voters.....he campaigned there anyway before the votes were cast. Just because he couldn't outspend Clinton doesn't mean he would have won anyway.

    A new SurveyUSA poll has Hillary up by 37 over Sen. McCain among Latinos in Florida (67-30). The poll has Sen. Obama down by 7 to Sen. McCain among Latinos in the general election swing state (42-49).

    March 10, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Jose Card - Independent

    It's better to stick with the rules agreed by all involved than getting caught up in an ugly recount fight later if a new untested method or rule is used.

    Isn't it safer to get only FL and MI angry than the whole Dem party?
    Senator McCain is waiting for a challenger and this problem really hurts the credibility of DNC.

    March 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Texan

    Nelson supports Hillary. Why are we not hearing from the DNC rather than her supporters. I'm sick of dirty politics.

    March 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. James

    Ok, how is a "mail-in" ballot going to be approved? The Florida law does not permit such an election. With the Republicans controlling the Florida legislature, how are the Dem's going to get this change through? I'm sure Florida legislature will stop the business of the day to push this change through.

    Seriously, this idea is not going to fly. It is prone to corruption and illegality. It is not approved to be utilized in Florida. So how is it going to happen?

    The dirty secret no one is reporting is that Hillary Clinton wants these re-elections not to get the votes of the people, she wants the Super Delegates (25 in all) that would be seated if the Florida and Michigan delegations are seated. That's right, 25 super delegates currently won't be seated if the elections are not held. Now if the elections are held, these 25 super delegates who already endorsed Clinton will be included.

    March 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Matt S


    March 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Earl LeBow

    Oh so NOW that the race is tight Hillary and Obama want to un-re-disenfranchise the democrats of Michigan and Florida. And Howard Dean is now dying to do this – after he ensured the delgates wouldn't be seated. Keep voting until you get the result you want. Hey, why not revote in the other states since the field has narrowed from 6 to 2. What about all of the votes that went to the now non-candidates? This is nuts! The decision was made to not seat Michigan and Florida. Time to suck it up and stick with it.

    March 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. vl

    Well, I have one thing to say.... if, and I mean IF Michigan has a "do-over" I will make sure everyone I know votes, even if I have to spend the entire day driving people. And this time, I WON'T vote uncommitted......I'll vote for CLINTON, as will almost everyone I know. Obama has scoffed the people of Michigan and Florida one too many times.

    And, in case you're wondering.... WE THE PEOPLE of this state DID NOT MAKE THE RULES!!!

    March 10, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Peter in Canada

    Maybe a dumb question...but...why is everyone blaming the DNC and Obama and Clinton and Edwards, but NOT the States in question and their Government representatives???

    March 10, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Brian

    I live and Florida and know that Chad's will be an issue for Obama votes counting!

    March 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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