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. Henry

    It's really incredible to see how desperate Clinton is now, in searching of the least delegate, even with a torch.
    That's just stupid, how many times are we gonna say the same thing Clinton ? This state broke the party's rules, from the beginning you agreed not to campaigning there and not to count the state just like all the other candidates who've dropped now, but now that you're loosing slowly but surely, you're lobbying for a revote in this state, how can we trust you when you cant' respect your word ? And you wanna be president of this country...
    sadness Clinton, really sadness...

    March 18, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Kathy

    This really was a great speech. What started as a review of character...uncovers a lapse in judgement – choice of mentor/church membership...highlights the radical opinion of Wright...Obama denies hearing any such comments...provides some distance to Wright...makes a speech highlighting his enduring relationship...subtlely admits hearing the comments...turns the lapse of judgement and controversy into national racism.

    March 18, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. prakash chand

    CNN where you get your polls regarding the quality of candidates?

    With all this racial scandal Obama has ,Americans are switching to Hillary Clinton.

    Obama will have a free fall today onwards,we can see inside Obamas heart now. the skelotons start to work out of his closet now;

    where yo ugot 56 % that Obama can bring change when he is racist.

    March 18, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Denise

    Give it up Hillary you need to play by the rules set in place by the DNC.
    You knew the rules when you were twenty points ahead in the polls and you were not concerned then. You said the election meant nothing. So guess what. NOTHING IS WHAT YOU GET!

    March 18, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Sean, Detroit

    Sorry Hillary, we already have a corrupt politician in Detroit lying to us on a daily basis (Google: Kwame perjury)

    Funny how Hillary apparently thinks she'll win a MI redo. Fat chance. I don't know if you knew this, Hillary, but last time you "won" MI, a certain opponent wasn't on the ballot.

    Don't insult our intelligence by thinking that MI will vote for you. We may be struggling economically, but we're still plenty astute enough to avoid being swayed by your inconsistencies, maudlin theatrics, and dirty campaign tactics.

    GO AWAY.

    March 18, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. Sue

    If Obama wants to leave the citizens of Michigan out of choosing a nominee, how can he ask for their votes in November...should he be the nominee.
    So, in effect, he must believe he can win the general election without Florida or Michigan.
    I think that is nearly impossible.
    Hopefully, the DNC Credentials Committee with have more sense, and seat the delegates, per the states primaries. Giving the delegates to Hillary.
    She has proven she can win the major states, California, NY, Florida, Texas, Ohio, and she is on track for winning Pennsylvania.
    She has done well in traditionally GOP areas.
    She can beat McCain, because she can stand up to the GOP attack machine.
    Senator Obama can not stand up to the mild criticism of his own party.
    Lets get real. We need those states in November, so we need to recognize them now.

    March 18, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. John, Las Vegas, NV

    To paraphrase an old saying, "The squeeky weasel gets the grease," and Hillary is squeeking pretty loud. Methinks she is doing her best to steal this election at any cost.

    March 18, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. JC

    Why would Obama agree to push a re-vote with Hillary?

    It is not the re-vote at issue rather than the rules that were agreed to in the beginning. If Obama changed his mind now, Hillary suppoters would say he flip-flops on issues.

    It is unfair for Hillary to try and drag Obama to her level of deception and changing the rules mid-game.

    Shame on you Hillary!

    March 18, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Anyone But Hillary

    Good grief, the "monster" just won't quit trying to change the rules, will she?

    Hillary initially agreed to not count Florida and Michigan. Now, SHE'S SO DESPERATE to win at any cost, she going AGAINST HER OWN PROMISE.


    Yep. It appears she DID learn a lot from her husband.


    March 18, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. secretly me too

    Just keep us more $ and $ and $, then we will be Do eat More Dems.

    March 18, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. Brian

    So when it might not benefit Obama, he doesn't want all the votes to be counted? Disenfranchising Michigan and Florida to win a primary, won't get you the Presidency!! The state party for these two states made the decision to move the primary date, not the voters.


    March 18, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. DB

    Give Michigan their voice!
    if Barack Obama and David Axelrod believe in their own message of hope for the people, they should agree to the primary revote.

    It is about America and the people you will be serving as President, it is Michigan (and Florida's) "right" to have their vote count.

    March 18, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  13. Tally ho Ironhanded criminal

    Clinton's campaign said the New York senator will remain on the ballot. Chris Dodd also plans to stay on the ballot. "We're honoring the pledge and we won't campaign or spend money in states that aren't in compliance with the DNC calendar," Clinton spokesman Jay Carson said.

    I would think that this might be an outlook of what her presidency would entail. She cannot even keep a promise for 6 months, what is to say she will keep her campaign promises for 4 years?

    March 18, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. Hank in PA

    Obama doesn't want these states to get a vote because he would lose FLorida and might lose Michigan. By omitting concerns about this type of disenfranchisement in his speech today, he proved that the only "race" he is concerned about is the one for the democratic primary.

    Senator Clinton is right to support a revote in Michigan, and both candidates should insist that Florida be counted. If Obama were ahead in Florida and Clinton had more delegates at thsi point in time, you can bet your rear that this would be a different game.

    I am proud to support a candidate who wants all American votes to count, and hardly enthralled with a candidate who picks and chooses what he considers to be divisive and what he considers to be fair politics.

    Howard Dean - step up to the plate and live by the standards that have made me a Democrat.

    Barack Obama - if you beleive in unity, prove it by not trying to win on a 48 state delegate count.

    March 18, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. Carol Myers

    Obama, the uniter, doesn't want Michigan and Florida to hold do over primaries. Why? This is not a leader of all 50 states. Obama and Howard Dean and the DNC will have no one but themselves to blame if Obama gets the nomination and loses in Nov. If the DNC and their RULES decides that millions of peoples votes aren't counted, they will see an exodus of democrates becoming independents or worse republicans. If they want to win in Nov. they had better quit saying rules are rules and try to fix this. The DNC made this mess with their RULES and if they want to keep the party together they better do something and fast. The liberals golden boy isn't golden any more and not electable. This is one democrate who is getting fed up with the whole mess.
    Carol Scio Oh.

    March 18, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Roland

    Has it never occurred to Hillary to be unable to acquire something she longs for? How can she stoop herself to such a point of openly asking that rules be changed in order to favor her? It is far better for one to lose an election but keep one's dignity than to stoop oneself in an attempt to win. In every election, there are always a winner and losers. Else, the concept of election would be self-contradicting and meaningless. By the way, what is Hillary's definition of the word "election"?

    March 18, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. John

    I imagine he doesn't say "Let's do this" because it shouldn't be done.

    If these states revote, then the 2012 election schedule will be pure chaos. Any state could schedule itself ahead of any other, and if the DNC protests, the states can just point and laugh and mention the precedent set in 2008.

    Obama followed the rules set forth and agreed to BY ALL.

    To paint him as the villain now for advocating continuing to adhere to them is utterly beyond the pale.

    March 18, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. deidre

    So the Obama campaign is against the Clinton Camp for asking the votes to count in FL and MI and they're against HRC in asking for a re-vote. Hmmmm, what would make them happy, allowing the voices of close to 2.5 million democratic voters go away???

    March 18, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Lynn D

    Actually the vote should be counted as it stands now since Senator Obama campaigned against Senator Clinton as "uncommitted". If the delegates cannot be seated as they should be, then let's have a redo. What are you afraid of Senator Obama? Are you afraid of a revote because you did not tell the truth on Anderson Cooper's 360 show on Friday when you said you were never present during one of your minister's hateful sermons? Either agree to let the delegates be seated as earned by Senator Clinton fair and square or agree to a revote. Howard Dean: This message is for you. Release the delegates in Florida and Michigan according to the January vote. Punish Michigan and Florida by making them vote last in 2012. Don't punish the states or the people that already voted. The Democrats won't win in the Fall if we turn our banks on the voters of these two states. Senator Clinton did not campaign in either state. She still won. I will never vote for Senator Obama without a fair solution to the Michigan and Florida delegate problem. Release the delegates Howard Dean. Save these two states and the people of this country the millions needed to revote. You are being unfair to Senator Clinton.

    March 18, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. ariel

    Whatever it takes, right Hillary?

    March 18, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Mervin

    Michigan MUST have a revote and Florida should count the existing delegates. All states should have an opportunity to pick the candidate and they should not be penalized for wanting to have their voices heard.

    March 18, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. stuart

    Yeah! Go get those votes. You earned them.

    March 18, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. ed7874

    Why won't he say let's do this?

    Michigan voters were told their votes would not count, as were the candidates, thus why they did not campaign and why all (except Clinton) took their names off the ballot.

    Since many independent Obama supporters knew their vote would not count, and since they couldn't vote for Obama anyway since his name was not on the ballot, they opted to vote in the Republican campaign.

    Now, under the current proposal, since they voted Republican only because their choice was not an option, they are not allowed to participate in the re-vote.

    Awfully convenient for Clinton, who in October said Michigan wouldn't count, to suddenly push for Michigan since she won and is guaranteed to win because a large segment of Obama supporters are shut out.

    March 18, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Gideon

    Wouldn't be fair and wouldn't matter anyway – Hillary has lost.

    March 18, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. debra

    let them revote its there right to be counted what is obama afraid of i thought he was for unity and change if he is he will agree for the revote if not just empty words and more lies from him

    March 18, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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