March 18th, 2008
09:01 PM ET
13 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. Elder

    Dnc rules shouldn't matter anyway. Is the Constitution that really matter. Obama should be practice what he preaches. But he does not.
    After all all states should count, every vote should be count. It's a constitutional right.

    March 18, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. ross

    This is not rocket science, the rules were VERY clear. This is the Clinton machine attempting to strong-arm the system to their own favor. They know they will not win within the rules, so they are desperately trying anything the can grasp.

    March 18, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. ross

    This is not rocket science, the rules were VERY clear. This is the Clinton machine attempting to strong-arm the system to their own favor. They know they will not win within the rules, so they are desperately trying anything they can grasp.

    March 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. ChrisD

    Come on up Hillary, we would love to have you be our next president; and I wouldn't miss giving you my vote for the Democratic nomination.

    March 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Political Jonze

    Hillary is really shameless. The current re-vote proposal is obviously biased for Hillary in it's current set-up. So now she is trying to force Obama to accept the rigged set-up or look like he is scared to run against her.

    The current plan is to not allow voters who cast a ballot in the GOP Michigan primary to revote knowing that large numbers of non-Hillary supporters and independents decided to cast their vote in the Republican primary because A]Their candidate wasn't on the Dem ballot and B]They wanted their vote to be counted and the Dem's were supposedly disqualified. Many have said that if the Dems weren't disqualified and all were on the ballot they would have never voted in the GOP Primary.

    She's already gaining with the fact that the State colleges will be out for summer break, and all of the old timer "Snowbirds" will be back in Mi from Florida.

    So she's trying to pull a fast one here, and then will champion it as a big momentum win if she pulled out a rigged win. And if there isn't a vote she will frame it like Obama was blocking a re-vote.

    She is desperate and dangerous right now. Even if she doesn't get a re-vote, she's giving John McCain more ammo come the General Election. That could be her plan as well, if she can't win, she'd rather McCain win so she could run again in four years.

    March 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Ted

    a re-vote in Michigan and a seating of the Florida delegation are probably the only way that Hillary has a chance to take the delegate lead.

    So, it is understandable that she would be pushing for the re-votes. I wish her well in these efforts.

    BTW – considering that Florida cannot get their act together to do a re-vote and all the election problems that they had in the past, does this mean that they are "election challenged"?

    March 18, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Tom

    She's going down in flames I tellz ya...

    March 18, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Just Words...

    If Obama thinks that trying to shut Michigan and Florida out of the picture completely is not going to come back and haunt him, then he is as delusional as his minister. He can't win the General Election without these folks, not to mention a few other big states that he's lost. And this ain't basketball, Barack. The 25 second shot clock is up. You can't hold the ball forever you know.

    March 18, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Ross

    She will stop at nothing, no matter how racist, dishonest, or manipulative. It is all about her thinking she's entitled to this office.

    March 18, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. tdo

    If obama can't say "let's go ahead and do this" then how can he expect these 2 states to vote for him in november.

    My personal feeling is he isn't going to have to worry about november.

    March 18, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. fair tax in la.


    March 18, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Tyler

    Because it's her only remote hope.

    March 18, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. jeremy

    FLIP FLOP true to form Hillary. You signed the document banning any delegates from states that bumped up their primaries. It is amazing how now all of a sudden Hillary thinks the votes should count. Can it be that is because she is losing the race???????? Shallow politicians are not hard to point out.

    March 18, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Roland

    H. Cinton proves time and time again the only thing she brings to the conversation is confusion

    March 18, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Nando

    a wonderful little thing call Democracy is getting in QUEEN HILLARYS" WAY

    March 18, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Ken Austin, TX

    I cannot believe that they are attempting to blame this on Obama. What a conniving political move. I hope people, rather a Clinton supporter or not actually believes that it is Barack's fault for Florida and Michigan not being able to form a resolution on a re-vote, because that notion is absolutely ludacris. The rules were set forth, Florida and Michigan broke those rules, and as a consequence, they lost their delegates. Is it fair? In some people's eyes it may be, and in other's not. Nonetheless, the rules were the rules, and Barack shouldn't be forced to compromise the FL&MI breaking those rules.

    March 18, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. ObamaSupporters

    Let it go Hillary, you will not win the nomination no matter what.
    Simply let it go! loser!

    Go Obama!

    March 18, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. bill






    March 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. O My!

    Split the delegates evenly so the delegates can be seated at the convention. If her [Hillary] true concern is for the voters in both states [MI & FL] to be heard then a split would accomplish that. But that isn't the method to her madness. She thinks she would benefit from a re-do, she's not concerned with the voters of these states, and that is why she wants to change the rules during the game. Everything she says and does oozes gamesmanship and that is why I don't trust her.

    Yes We Can!!

    By the way...Thank you for speaking candidly today on the issue of race in this country. It's about time we had a politician who doesn't dance around the issue but takes it head-on even though some would say it's not the popular thing to do. You will united this country.

    March 18, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. cubs fan

    This has been said before but if Hillary was ahead in popular vote, delgates and states won do you REALLY think she would be doing this?? I doubt it. I don't think Obama would stoop to beg like we are seeing with her campaign, just a little different spin beings it's a Clinton.... Go Figure.......

    March 18, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Decided

    Nuts. Come on people – let these people vote!

    March 18, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Ratgurl

    Hillary, be careful what you wish for....!

    March 18, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Jay

    Hillary is our only HOPE!!

    March 18, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Tim

    No revote. It is not about the people, it's about being behind in the delegate race. All candidates agreed in the beginning with the rules. How in the world can anyone now say the rules are unfair. Divide the delegates down the middle to allow the delegates to be seated. Keep the no revote stance to let other states know that this will not be tollerated in future elections. Bottom line FL & MI broke the rules and all candidates knew up front. Let's move on.

    March 18, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. Eith

    Hillary continues dragging down the entire Democratic party while the Republicans are meeting world leaders on global security and arming wall street heavyweights and major banks with all the tools they need to loan heavy bags to the Repubcalin party in the Nov elections.

    And since Hillary won't bow-out gracefully, she shall have no room nor grace to retain her Senate seat the first opening we get. This is hardball politics, if the Clintons understand.

    March 18, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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