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. s.b.

    Obama's only issue is that he won't win. The same reason why he pulled his name the first time.

    He should not be able to block this vote and disenfranchise Michigan's voters.

    March 18, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. steve o barstow ca

    I wonder if her campaign theme song is Pistol Packing Mama, because she seems to start a fire fight with her NY thugs against democracy.
    With very few states left and time running on the clock how stupid are these people they can't win! So Billary go away like Spitzer your a clown.

    March 18, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. NY voter

    I am sooooo tired of the Clinton-Obama Obama-Clinton debate. I will be hard presseed to vote for either. I wouldn't vote for Clinton because she represents old school politics and any woman that can support and use her husband after what he did, there is something wrong with that, like they are tied together because of lies. I don't know how but it does make me think. Obama, I like. I really think he is genuine and does represent a real change from older people in politics to a new generation waiting to get in. But I am so sick of the media coverage of both, I will vote for Mcain. Plus McCain knows we spent over a trillion dollars (which is unfathomble), but what is a few more billion if we win.

    It takes 8 years for political economics to take place, so that means it isn't Bush that got us in this economic crisis, but Clinton.

    March 18, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Trev

    I think this is a great idea. If Obama is so sure he will win Michigan (as his supporters suggest) than why not do it? It is hard to imagine Obama winning MI in the general with him telling the voters that they don't matter. Sounds like somone is willing to hurt the Democratic Party in order to secure the nomination. Hint: That someone is not Hillary Clinton. To prempt the tired arguments that will follow, the voters in Michigan did not do anything wrong. Democratic Party elites did. If you want to punish someone for breaking the rules, punish them!

    Hillary 08

    March 18, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. sw

    Win by any means necessary!

    March 18, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. ellie wallace

    I don't feel that the people of Michigan should lose thier vote becouse of any agreement our representives made without our consent. I feel like I have been stripped of my right to vote as an American, And I promise you this if Obama stands in the way of my vote or if the Democrat Party keeps my vote from counting I will vote Republician in November. I am tired of the Democrats messing up in the party and more worried about what state votes first ,then they are about repesenting my vote. Ellie

    March 18, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. soberone

    As a lawyer, Hillary should know what signing a paper means and what it says. Stop trying to change what you agreed too and just carry on or are you that pigheaded and stupid.

    March 18, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. andrea, Illinois

    Of course she is pushing it. She needs these delegates so badly...... forgetting that she as well agree to the terns of not counting Michigan and Florida...... Just never thought that she could even be in such a losing position... Winning at all costs. This leaves a very bad taste in my mouth!!!

    March 18, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. gene

    Obama must live in a dream world. If he blocks the Michigan re-run, any chance that he have would have to win the general election is lost. Michigan will go Republican. He is going to lose all of the southern and border states, all the normal red states and with Michigan, Game over!

    March 18, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Sam-kabba


    March 18, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Mat

    I hope Obama agrees to re-vote and stand up for what he claims his campaign is about (voters) .. let's see if he can give arousing speech to convence Michiganders that it's for their own good not to vote !

    I can expect him to claim anything he wants as long as the media is aplauding .

    March 18, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Bayou Joe

    Michigan cannot afford to pay for a private election for delegates. The DNC should make that decision at the convention and award the delgates as decided in the first primary election. Barak chose to remove his name and that was his choice. Clinton kept her name on the ballot and that was her choice. We all have to live with the choices we make good or bad. Don't put the State of Michigan in a ;position to spend money for your private organization the Democratic Party. It is your problem you find the solutions within your parties rules.

    March 18, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. dave

    Sounds like the same old politics, Chicago style, from the Obama camp. A lot of rhetoric and inspired speechmaking but where's the action. great judgment call Obama!

    March 18, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Elizabeth

    No revote . Stop wasting time. Who is raising this private money? Hillary's pals want to buy the election. I get it. She has a whole lot of credibility!

    March 18, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Joe Texas

    What? Isn't this the guy that said he consults Wright before bold political moves? The same one who holds hand with Rezko and Farrakhan? What will come to light next is my question?

    March 18, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. keith leadhead

    So we are waiting on Obama to say sure, lets let Michigan have a say. Why hasn't he already done so, what is he waiting for. If he thinks he is the nopminee you think he would be ready to help everyone vote. I think we all need to remember that the Republicans in these 2 states decided for Demacrats. These are two really important states who deserve a their voices heard. Florida was completely under Republican control as well, but all the canidates were on the ballot. Nobody campaigned in florida althouth Barack ate up some major air time on t.v. the day before the primary. Great for Michigan to get it right by june 3rd. Florida on the other hand needs to be counted since it was a fair primary.

    March 18, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. norvef

    I am not surprised by the desperation of the Clinton's to win at all cost including bending the rules whenever it is (or not) convenient for her.

    March 18, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. simple thought ?

    obama knows that he will get a trouncing in these states if he agrees to let them revote.
    his image is done, and his refusal to be a part of the solution in these two states is a clear sign that he wants forgiveness for being in the pew's of a controversial church.
    but cant extend that forgiveness to Florida and michigan

    bowling green, mo.

    March 18, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. joe

    gallup tracking tuesday

    clinton vs. obama +3

    clinton vs. mccain +5

    enough said

    March 18, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Obama preaches a different kind of politics! With him standing in the way of this potential re-vote he is no different than the republicans. After this last week...this dem is going to vote McCain in the general election if BO is on the ballot!

    March 18, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. Gracia A

    Hillary should really be lighting a flame under Howard Dean. It was his comittee and the DNC's rules that put Michigan (and Florida) out of bounds. The real problem is why not have 're-do's' everywhere – why stop with Michigan or Florida? This darn party of ours has had this issue with votes since the 2000 election. I wish they'd get over it alrady and realize you can't keep on voting over and over again until you get the result you want. I am more 'disenfranchised' now than I ever was after the 2000 elections.

    March 18, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Ken

    Man.....that woman has no shame.

    Face it Hillbilly.....Obama has won. The fat woman is singing loudly, and Bill has his arm around her already.

    March 18, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. NickSP

    Obama always says he wants to include everyone. I guess Michigan and Florida aren't part of that plan.
    What a surprise.

    March 18, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Closely Watching

    Give it up Hillary. The rules were laid down. You agreed to the rules. Now you want to change them because you are unexpectedly in the fight of your political life. Typical Clinton underhanded tricks to get your, and only your, way. Phew, the bitter smell of politics as usual in the Oval Office.

    Obama '08~Real change we can believe in.

    March 18, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. Marty CA

    Typical Obama strategy. Win at all costs, even if you have to be instrumental in disenfranchising voters in two large states. Come on out, Obama, and fight like a man! Go there, campaign, and let the votes fall where they will. Just because the states in question hold primaries instead of caucuses doesn't necessarily mean you'll lose.

    March 18, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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