March 18th, 2008
09:01 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton will visit Michigan to press for re-vote

MILLERSVILLE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hillary Clinton has scheduled a last-minute campaign stop in Detroit for Wednesday morning, a move the campaign says will spotlight Michigan's efforts at a primary re-vote and keep the pressure on Barack Obama to consent to another election in the state.

The Wednesday morning event is billed as a routine "Solutions for America" campaign rally, but Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said the trip is intended to put the focus squarely on Obama, who has resisted agreeing to re-votes in Florida and Michigan.

"The ball is in Obama's court," Elleithee said. "Senator Obama is in the way, so she's going to go to Michigan to press the case personally." In a conference call held earlier in the day, Clinton aide Phil Singer also said the ball was in Obama's court.

"Why doesn't he go ahead and say, 'Let's do this'?" said Singer.

A draft proposal currently under consideration in Michigan calls for a new Democratic primary to be held on June 3, to be paid for with private money. That plan would have to be approved by the state legislature. The state Senate Majority Leader, a Republican, has said he will not give his support to any plan that does not have the consent of all the parties involved, including both presidential campaigns.

The Obama campaign on Tuesday again accused the Clinton campaign of attempting to change the rules late in the electoral game to garner delegates, saying it continued to harbor "valid concerns about the proposal" to hold another primary in June.

"We have raised these concerns, as legislators in Michigan did today, and we're waiting to see if these issues can be resolved by the legislature," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. hawk

    its so amusing to see how the hillary campaign team operate. There were rules set, she agreed to the rules, she had a big lead before a single vote was cast, thanks to the help of the media and super delegates. Now she is losing, and if not for super delegates she will be losing by an additional 30 delegates, possibly an additional 60 if the obviously support barak. Although she agreed to the rules at the onset, now that she is losing, she is looking to use underhand tactics by getting delegates out of michigan. seems she failed in florida. I understand the importance of everyones right to vote and i feel for florida and michigan voters, but if they think hilary cares about them, then it's not just the democratic party officials in those states that are a bit simple. Surely if she was losing in the polls in those states, she would no tbe pressing this hard for them to be reinstated.

    March 19, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  2. albino

    consider the man's speech where he courted the continued support of blacks by NOT acknowledging the ignorance of a man he considers a mentor?....
    no, i think there's a fly in the ointment....i smell racism at the core of a man who sat in the church of a hater for 20 years for what?....political advantage?......and if it wasn't for the black political connections, does it mean he endorsed the words of a true racist?
    Michigan counts,as does Florida,,,,,,,,,Obama doesn't care to do the math now. (and all of you Obama Rooters?.....if Hillary and Bill were all for winning at any cost, don't you think they'd have thrown this out there from the start? attention and think instead of feel.)
    I think Mr.Obama's war chest is sufficiently full to bank this with Oprah in the wings?......

    March 19, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  3. jude

    This is foolish....give it up!!!!

    March 19, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |

    Obama is standed in the way of democracy and wants to disenfranchise the voters of Michigan and Florida. He says that it is unfortunate that these voters will be disenfranchised but that is the rules. Slavery was once the law of the land but that did not make it right. Obama needs to step up to the plate and compete, show the country that he is not afraid of a revote.

    March 19, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  5. yvonne ward

    At the ripe age of 55, I am saddened to admit that I have been brought to tears by this modern day lynching/witchhunt of Barack Obama.
    In this Great USA that everyone is fighting so hard to protect, right in front of our very eyes in year 2008, I am witnessing a man being nailed to the cross for sins that are not even his own.
    Then we have the audacity to look around and wonder " where have all the good guys gone"

    March 19, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  6. Angelo

    Hillary, please answer this question for America. Why did you, Hillary, agree to not include both Michigan & Florida when they asked you before the game started?

    Why do you expect America to take you seriously now that you want to change the rules of the game in the middle of the game? America knows that the ONLY REASON you want to include them is NOT because of what you said but its because you are loosing and hoping that these 2 states will give you that lead.

    If you REALLY care to have delegates from these 2 states, why not allow them to join but without it affecting the score?

    What if the roles were reversed? Would you still give your opponent another opportunity or would you say, the rules we agreed to are the rules I am playing by. I played by the rules now can my opponent respectfully abide by the rules we BOTH agreed to. Fair is fair.

    March 19, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  7. KAREN

    please God let them vote again .....Hillary deserves those delegates
    also the florida delegates. I am so sorry that an unknown can come along and cause so much trouble for a person ( Hillary) that has helped people all of her life...both black and white.

    March 19, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  8. Becky Montgomery

    For heaven's sake, Hillary, let it go. Why should all of that money be spent on a vanity project for your ego?

    You can't catch up to Obama's delegate count. You can't get the nomination without tearing the party apart. How long are you going to hang on?

    Remember "Weekend at Bernie's?" The guy was dead, but they kept carrying him around. Your campaign is done; please quit carrying it around and destroying the Dems chances in the fall.

    You are only destroying your credibility and future political career in the process. Surely you care about THAT.

    March 19, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
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