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. Former Obama supporter

    Way to go Hillary. Obama is doing nothing to get a re-vote for Michigan and Florida. That just shows that he believes their vote shouldn't count. If he wins the nomination then he will not win both of those states.

    March 18, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. NY voter

    I will add that trickle down ecnomics is not the answer (it doesn't work), nor is bigger government (socialism). The invasion of special interests in our country has allowed this to happen. Not capitalism per say but this idea of globalization. As Bellamy wrote a truck full of gold can't buy bread, and it shouldn't be able too. Nor should a barrel of oil. I think that The song by Sting, "Russians" put it best when he sang, "There is no monopoly of common sense on either side of the political fence. We share the same biology regardless of ideology."

    March 18, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Kris

    Now everyone is going to reward Michigan a re-vote and allow them to have a decisive role in deciding the next Democratic candidate. This is EXACTLY the reason Michigan and Florida lost their votes.

    In four years I would love to see each and every state, one after the other, move their primaries up earlier and earlier as they compete to be the one with the edge in picking the next party candidate. Heck, we should just have all the 2012 primaries and caucuses on the Wednesday after this November's election. That way we'll not only save hundreds of millions of dollars, but will be spared the non-stop dribble and sensationalism coming out of the MSM every night.

    March 18, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Kirk in NY

    What seems to be at odds with common sense is that both Obama and Clinton agreed to specific terms prior to the election. The Obama campaign has consistently said, "What ever the DNC decides we will honor." Why can't Clinton take the same Presidential tone and let the decision come down through proper channels instead of trying to CONTROL things. This seems to be a theme for Clinton, if it's not to her liking attack, attack, attack and not come up for air until everyone else is left in the Democratic party.

    March 18, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Concerned in Michigan

    Welcome to Detroit senator Clinton. Now we have you, the fine very text message capable mayor, and our governor who, according to her, hasn't made a mistake in her life. Hilary can take Kwame's possee and gorgeous Jen for cabinet positions in her mythical presidency.

    I'm sick of her proclaiming how she 'won' Michigan. But then again what is 'is'?

    March 18, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Jbuck

    I am a 47 year old African American Woman. I have watched Cnn faithfully over the last 5 years. I have watched and listen more frequently since the presidential race. I am a democrat and I try to be open and understanding to most of the political comments and programs you all have regarding the presidential campaign. I am not one that ever writes or call about my opinion on what I see and hear on most news channels. But tonight I was compelled to send an email to you all regarding your coverage of the Obama Barack speech. Did you guys here anything that was said in his speech?
    Your covering of this has been negative, overbearing and out right wrong. It seems that the media is intentionally tryin to put a negative spin on this campaign and the African American church and it's preachers. What about Hillary Clinton Church? Have you been to her church to find out what her Preacher is preaching about? You are wrong to judge the black church and the black preacher. If you going to keep taking about his preacher maybe you should talk about all the candidates religion beliefs and the constiution on their religion.

    March 18, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. GG

    There is no reason to hold another primary. Play by the rules. Ofcourse the Clintons have never done that!!!

    March 18, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Gail

    Is Hillary going to pay for the re-vote with her "private money" that of course wlll not be disclosed for decades. Is it legal for a "democratic" election to be paid for with private funds?

    March 18, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. bond

    Billary is D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E and its getting comical and sad at the same time.

    Scoreboard Obama

    March 18, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. korn




    March 18, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Sean G.

    I am a Clinton supporter, but I respect Barack Obama as well. Let them revote, Obama has nothing to lose and it isn't like he doesn't have a great chance of winning. Wayne County voted for 'Uncommitted' over Clinton...

    March 18, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. O man in the middle

    Michigan and Florida violated the rules of the democratic party about holding primaries before their time. Singer says the ball is in Obama's court. Why should Obama play that game. Clinton wants to play foul ball. Wasn't there an agreement the canidates would not campaign in those states, and Clinton did anyway? While the other canidates did not.. Florida realized; and now should Michigan, that it is too late. Those states should be punished. It is too bad for those state voters whom can't have their votes count. The only fair way for this matter to be resolved is to split those votes down the middle or let the punishment stand. Time for change. The ball in the american people's count. Don't fumble the ball.

    March 18, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Indiana Bob

    I hope Hillary gets a re-vote in Michigan. She is the best person for the job of President. McCain has my vote if Obama is the democratic nominee. It was bad enough that the Hillary campaign was accused of being racist for daring to be critical of Obama. Now he is playing the slavery card. I've had enough. As a white male, I have never been racist. But now I see what racism is. And it is blacks who are being racist, not whites. But they call it "black pride". We have had "white pride" groups too and they have been properly labeled as racist. "Black pride" is just as racist. After this primary, I might have to give the "white pride" groups a second look. If Obama wins, I better join. McCain will probably start another war overseas, but Obama will start a war right here at home.

    March 18, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. JS

    Well of course she will, Hill can't help but do everything she can to change the rules. She's an anything goes kinda girl!

    March 18, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. MCNEIL


    March 18, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Independent

    Gov. Jennifer Granholm moved MI state primary up in order to give Clinton a name brand advantage and it 's back firing on her now.

    Somehow, Clinton and Granholm think that they can blame Obama for this mess. Amazing.

    March 18, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. A realist

    It is unfortunate that Obama took his name off in Michigan. Oh, Clinton left her name on! Seems like Clinton has exhibited better judgment. In my opinion, Clinton has the knowledge and understanding of politics needed. Let us not forget that Obama is applying for the job of President which does require a comprehensive understanding of Washington,this country, and the world. Clinton will make changes and has NEVER said things would remain the same. Instead of professing change,change,and more change, Clinton speaks of issues and how to resolve (change) them. Lastly, I would like to know if Obama is a uniter, and if he is, why not include the voters in Michigan and Florida?

    March 18, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Independent Texas Voter

    Uhhh if Hillary is so concerned with the voter being heard, why in the world did she try to stop the Texas Caucuses? Why did she threaten lawsuits in our state? Why is she still trying to get the county caucus voting delayed or overturned?

    No Michigan...No isn't about the average voter being heard at all...It is all about power to Hillary.

    March 18, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Mary from Michigan

    It irks me that my vote and all of Michigan may not be counted in the Presidential Primary! We deserve to be counted just as the rest of the country is counted. It was not our fault the date was changed, we did not ask for it to be changed. We deserve for our vote to be counted!

    March 18, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. Bearcats

    Desperate times call for desperate measures... would you be so worried about the delegates being seated in these states if you were winning? Of course not and please spare us the talk about seating the delegates as they were from the initial primary in Florida. Thank you in advance.

    March 18, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. June (California Voter)

    Michigan has a right to have a say but she should wait till they both can campaign there and if she wins so be it.
    I voted for her I'm just beginning to know Obama and likes the fact that he can bring the party together.

    March 18, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. Anybody but Clinton

    Stamp your foot and pout until you get your own way again. Cafferty asked if you would do anything to be president-what wouldn't you do. You signed an agreement to abide by Michingan NOT counting. Your word means about as much as your husbands you grasping, lying shrew.

    Obama took that race card and shreded it for you and your wax-works cohorts. Your like a bully on the playground. I give you an N for plays nicely with others. And an N for being a spoiled brat. You can't win. Leave with a little DIGNITY. Your husband has none, you have repeatedly shown your lack of it by staying. JUST GO.

    March 18, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Gail

    Goal Post Hillary...where do you draw the line?

    March 18, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. Peter M.

    Same old, same old. The same old guard thinks the nation will simply continue to follow lock step behind a failed and doomed policy in the middle east. Just because you and Dubya say it's so, John, doesn't mean it's right...and, you and Dubya have lost this one man's vote.

    March 18, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Joyce in Florida

    Well this should be no surprise that Obama cannot make a commitment to resolve the issue of a re-vote either in Michigan or Florida. It appears that he is always leaving the decision for others to make. Let's not forget how many "present" votes he made instead of an up or down vote.

    I firmly believe he does not want a re-vote because he knows that the results would probably be the same (if not better) and Hillary Clinton would finally be in the lead. That is what he is afraid of.

    If Senator Obama cannot even make a decision on these two States, how can anyone trust him to make very important decisions at the White House? Wake up people. We know that Hillary is more qualified.

    GO HILLARY 08.

    March 18, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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