March 15th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton wants Michigan resolution by the end of the week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton said she wants a speedy solution in Michigan. "]SCRANTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hillary Clinton hopes Michigan Democrats will resolve their 2008 primary limbo by the end of the week, she told reporters during a press availability aboard her plane while campaigning here.

“Michigan is trying very hard to work this out,” she said. “I think that they’re moving in the appropriate direction to have a revote. Otherwise they should just count the votes and if they’re not going to do that they should give people the opportunity to once again express their opinions about this race.”

The New York senator was asked how she would respond to voters who felt that allowing Michigan and Florida a chance to hold new contests after being punished for violating party rules was like moving the goal posts at the end of the game.

“The rules were changed for a lot of things. We saw New Hampshire and South Carolina change their dates, no penalties. That was in violation of the rules. So the rules have been kind of difficult for people to really understand and follow,” she said. “It’s important that everybody help Michigan and Florida figure out how best to meet their obligations to their voters and I think that should be the principle concern.”

Clinton said it was up to officials in Michigan and Florida to decide how these possible “revote” contests will be paid for. Some Clinton supporters like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell have offered to help raise money to pay for the new contests.

When asked whether she was frustrated with the leadership of the Democratic National Committee for either not reaching a speedy end to this problem or for penalizing the two states to begin with, she smiled and answered: “Well, we are where we are right now so I don’t think it’s useful to sort of look back and figure out what might have been done differently.”

Clinton is scheduled to give a speech about Iraq on Monday in Washington, DC and was unwilling to preview any details.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. gail

    It's amazing that Chelsea appears to have turned out to be such a nice young lady considering that fact that her mother must have raised her without applying an consequences to breaking rules.

    March 15, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Ardnuas

    This is NOT fair to the states that obeyed the rules.....Next time obey the rules and your votes will count..... they should NOT count this time

    March 15, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Willy

    Oh please allow the votes to be counted in MI & FL. It's fune watching the dimwitscrats go up in their own smoke.

    March 15, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Tacoma, Washington

    Michigan and Florida broke party rules before this primary process started. The consequences, which the candidates agreed to, was that Democratic votes in these two states would not count in the Democratic primary. Its too bad, but that is what was agreed to. Now, the Clinton campaign wants to change the rules. I believe the Democratic party should hold fast and stick to the rules that were originally agreed to. If we change these rules, what other rules are then also open to change. The term "cherry picking" comes to mind. It could get ridiculous very quickly.

    March 15, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Vig

    Clinton will have Michigan, Clinton will have Florida, Clinton will have Pennyslvania, Clinton will have the nomination! Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Barb

    Come on Hillary. You know the NH law just as well as I do. The state law says that NH will vote one week prior to any other contest. Do you really want us to break the law?

    I agree that it is unfortunate for people in Michigan and Florida not to be able to vote in the primary but are we in other states at fault because they ignored the will of the party?

    This is why I am an Independent. No party is going to tell me what rules, what platform. The person can try to tell me what the rules are and what their platform is and i will go with the person.

    March 15, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Towhappy

    Would some one PLEASE ask Mrs. Clinton a direct question about Michigans delegates! Ask her how on earth she thinks its fair to seat the delegates of this great state when SHE WAS THE ONLY PERSON ON THE BALLOT?! I have yet to read anything on CNN, MSNBC, ABC or any other news org. that clearly can get a direct answer on this from this woman! Even a 10 year old can see that you CANNOT seat the results of such a one sided against the rules election due to the fact that she was the only one on the ballot.

    Every time I see this womans campaign say just "seat them as they are because it was a fair election" just further tells me that this woman does'nt care about any form of a process, but only cares the way she wants them to be. Even better, will someone please just answer this with a logical answer.....

    Guess no one can because there isnt one!

    March 15, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Pete

    Open yer eyes folks...this woman is sooooooooo slimey but very very transparent!!!!
    If you are supporting this THING its because you just refuse to accept what your eyes do see and your ears do hear, I've heard of this kind of "suspension of belief" but I just can't understand it!

    March 15, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. BV

    'Hey, I know committed a crime, but since I really don't want to go to Jail, can I get another shot at NOT robbing that bank? Now that I know the cops were actually SERIOUS about me going to Jail and not just joking with me–which I thought they were, completely!–I really just want to go in and withdraw what I have in my account and not rob the bank.'
    If you allow Michigan and Florida to vote, THIS is what you are saying to every state: Our DNC rules don't really matter, as long as you threaten us with not voting. DNC Punishments don't have teeth, because as long as you whine enough, the DNC will cave like a weak mommy and let you have your toys back.
    Michigan and Florida, you did this to yourselves. You wanted to be more important by moving up your primaries. The DNC told you what would happen if you did. You DID IT ANYWAY. Don't be mad at Howard Dean or the DNC, YOU and your elected officials are the ones to blame. Does anyone think the Republicans WON'T jump all over this in the General Election?
    "Democrats make rules, but they don't matter–even to OTHER Democrats!" "How will Democrats really be able to intimidate our enemies when they can't even punish members of their own party?"
    NO REVOTE. MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA can sit, but they will be split, 50-50 for Obama and Clinton. End of story.

    March 15, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Mac Ibrahim

    This primary democrat's election has failed the voters misrably. Not reaching a compromise with Michigan and Florida from the beginning was a huge mistake. Not reaching a rosolution to count their votes until now is outragous. The rules of running open primaries and coucuse that allowed the republicans to participate in the democrat's process to choose their nominee is rediculous. The present DNC has failed in evey step of the way and they must step aside.

    March 15, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Mk

    Why is Hillary telling Michigan and the country what to do when.
    This is part of her problem. She is continues to behave as though she is somehow in charge and continues to make demands instead of asking. It might benefit her to keep quiet once in awhile.

    March 15, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. maynard

    clinton wants................ THE VOTERS -WANT

    March 15, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Spirit of America

    Every vote needs to be counted. And every voter needs to count. No matter what the state, and no matter when they voted. The vote in Florida and Michigan was official, fair and legal. Just because the loser does not like the outcome is no reason to change it. Or has democracy left the Democratic Party?

    March 15, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Maria

    By any means neccessary, right lol

    March 15, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Richard


    Close observers of yesterday's reports on the efforts of McCain and Obama to get Sen. Clinton to disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001 may have noticed a strange thing about the statement her office issued at the end of the day.

    It said all manner of things about earmarks, and moratoriums, and funding, and accountability. But it never said whether she would disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001.

    We spent today back-and-forthing a few more times by e-mail with her press office, and the exchanges made it pretty clear that the oversight was intentional. The plan seems to be that since the NY press has never obsessed over Hillary's earmark requests, she can safely not release them as long as she doesn't say she won't and doesn't say why she won't.

    March 15, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. larry

    who cares what she wants. She is not calling the shots eventhough she wants to look like she is. The Democratic Comittee is calling the shots.

    March 15, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. SAM - CommonSense

    I wonder how divisive this woman could continue to be... Florida and MIchigan both agreed to not let their delegates count. The rest of the country did not, so they obeyed the set rules. Its pathetic how a whole political party should suck in to one person's ever changing wishes!

    March 15, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. maynard




    March 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Mary in Al

    So what! I want to see your tax returns by the end of the week.

    March 15, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Jay

    New Hampshire and South Carolina, though really having no business voting ahead of everyone else cycle after cycle, did not violate the rules by doing so.

    How can she just blatantly lie and say they did?

    Wait...I forgot who we were talking about here.

    March 15, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Interesting

    I wonder if she was winning, would she still be so vocal on this? I mean, I can't blame her for trying, but it seems she's still not going to win the popular vote. And I understand not quiting, but she's going to push so far that her supporters will feel cheated when she doesn't win. I believe she thinks she can still fight for a place on the ticket.

    March 15, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. Adam

    Here's a resolution: neither Michigan or Florida get any delegates.

    They knew the rules going in and voted for the rules, then felt they could get around them.

    I'm a Florida independent, so I'm disenfranchised either way, but my opinion is that rules are rules.

    March 15, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Here's your solution:

    They need to vote again with an ACTUAL CAMPAIGN taking place there, and Hillary will lose just like she would have the first time.

    March 15, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Mark in Kansas City

    Once again we see the arrogance of HRC.

    "She" wants Michigan to resolve the problem by the end of the week. Sounds like someone's giving an ultimatum to me & I don't believe she's "in charge" of this issue.

    March 15, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Darryl Atlanta,GA

    This is a funny situation. As if we did not have enough voting scandal with missing ballots in Florida. It really makes you wonder. What were they thinking? The people who violated the rules now cry they dont want to endure the punishment. Let me put it this way if I hit your car I dont just say sorry and say its fixed I have to pay for it to get fixed. The answer is simple redo the vote. Besides I have a hard time believing the state of Florida does not have 16 million dollars lying around to pay for this revote. Furthermore if they dont have the moneyto pay for the vote,I think some serious hard questions needs to be answered directed to the leadership of Florida and those entrusted to handling the finances of that state.

    March 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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