March 20th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Would a re-vote be that difficult?

 Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely.

Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely.

(CNN) - It’s too bad that Michigan and Florida don’t seem to be able to get their acts together to have Democratic presidential primary re-votes in early June.

For those of us who cover politics, it would have been very exciting to see two more fiercely fought primaries in two critically important states.

But more importantly, it will be a pity for all those millions of Democratic voters in those states if their delegates wind up having no say in the selection of their party’s presidential nominee at the party convention in Denver at the end of the summer. And the ramifications for the party from that could be very significant in November.

The Democrats in Michigan and Florida lost their delegates because they moved up their primaries to January against Democratic Party rules.

Some of those frustrated Democratic voters will walk away from this process with an awful taste in their mouths. And it’s possible that could convince some of them to actually vote for John McCain or Ralph Nader in the fall or simply stay home and not vote at all. At least, that’s what some of those voters are telling reporters and pollsters now.

There is still time for the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaigns to work out some other compromise that allows the delegates to be seated without having make-over primaries. Indeed, I still suspect something along these lines will occur.

But I still don’t understand why it became so complicated to organize these make-over primaries. The actual ballot would have been rather simple – you could vote for Clinton or Obama. Put an X in front of your candidate. How difficult is that?

- Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. FreeRide

    The only people who want revotes in Florida and Michigan are political journalists and Hillary supporters. The average Joe on the street doesn't give a hoot about this. The campaigns don't need to spend $20 million and throwing more mud for 30-40 net delegates.

    I'm glad they don't get a revote. I live in NC and we stuck by the rules and left our primary in May. Guess what? It's going to matter!

    March 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Lawrence

    The problem is identifying legitimate voters, particularly in Florida where voting lists cannot be transferred.

    March 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Fred

    My family have been democrats as far back as I can remember.
    We are all so disenchanted with the election this year, many of us are planning to declare our objection by voting republican.

    Perhaps it is time for a new political party!

    March 20, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. obama supporter

    obviously it is wolf, because neither florida nor michigan could come up with one!!!

    March 20, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Grif

    Hillary do anything to WIN????

    Obama already did that, by holding back his past...

    No way would he have won 12 straight... IF! IF!

    The Average Joe had known this... Now they hold back on Hillary..

    I call that Cheating...............

    March 20, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Betty Simpkins

    It was soooooo important for Iraq people to be able to hold elections and vote. Why is it so different for Florida and Michigan? The people of these two states didn't make the decision to change the election, their elected officials did. Their officials tried to pull a fast one and it back fired. It is time they took ownership of their blunder and hold new elections in time for them to count. It is their fault these two states are being cheated not the people of the states or the candidates. It is sad when we are more fair to the Iraq people than we are our own.

    March 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Brenda F Thomas

    Hi Wolf:

    I agree with you. From my vantage point, a primary or caucus would be the same at this point because there are only 2 choices – Clinton or Obama. If a primary is too costly, what about a caucus? Have to say I have reservations about private funding; one could be accused of being "beholden" to the funders afterwards. Just a thought.

    Also, listening to AC360 last night, what I heard Senator Obama say was that in his view, Senator Clinton was being "disingenuous" in suggesting that his campaign is holding up the Michigan or Florida re-votes. I don't think he was suggesting that she is disingenuous in general.

    March 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Jorge Garcia

    CNN needs to be fair about this election. You guys have been supporting Obama too much. I used to watch CNN everytime we had elections. I think I change to Foxnews. You are not been fair to Hillary. You real disapoinment me.

    March 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Let's get it right

    It's not that difficult..but it is expensive and unnecessary....Wolfe, if you want it so bad why don't you quit your CNN job and go organize it...We would all be better off.

    March 20, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. jp/michigan

    The DNC stated that the re-vote in Michigan folowed the rules, but Obama campaign does not NWT a re-vote and is against any thing other than splitting the votes 50/50. Obama is just afraid of Clinton, and he will do what ever to make sure no re-votes take place that can fairly reposition her place, with popular vote or delegates. He is always crying about some thing.

    March 20, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Micheal

    It will be as difficult as it is for you to let the idea of a revote in Florida and Michigan go Mr. Blitzer.

    March 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Paul, Northern Ireland, UK

    How many times must it be said?! Florida and Michigan BROKE THE RULES! Do we now tell our children that disobedience will not be punished? Do criminals get off scot free for the crimes they have committed?

    Rewarding these states for breaking the rules sets a dangerous precedent. By the way, is it just me, or is Hillary Clinton trying every desperate trick in the book to change the rules to suit her?

    March 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Special elections happen all the time.

    They should have them, and they should come out of the DNC treasury, since the DNC could not get its act together.

    Do you realize that they decided before a single vote was cast that the nominee could be determined w/o any votes from Michigan or Florida, representing about 26million people?

    The DNC blamed the 2 states, but it did nothing until it was obvious that neither candidate could reach 2024 delegates w/o MI & FL.

    March 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Waymon Carter

    The delegates should just be divided down the middle; this way all the democratic delegates will be able to be seated. This is the only fair way to do this considering they were not supposed to count anyway. This will be fair to everyone involved , Even the Clintons, though they will not want this because it will not give them an advantage.

    March 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Paul Hughes

    Why would these people in Florida be upset with the Democrats? THe Republican legislature and Governor are the ones that moved the primary up illegally!THey knew their votes wouldn't count thanks to the Repugnants/

    March 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I think that they should have a re-vote in Michigan and Florida, It isn't the voters fault.

    March 20, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. TJP

    Thank you Obama for disenfranchising voters. You believe in bringing together RED states and BLUE states. I guess Michigan and Florida must be purple to you. Your campaign did not agree with the Michigan proposal and was asked for an alternative proposal and you went SILENT. Just like you did when you sat in church and Reverend Wright preached his hatred.

    March 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Mick

    Why can't the government just set up a secure website for voting and stop making it so darn complicated? We can do everything else online with acceptable security – banking, stock trading, taxes, etc. What's so difficult about simplifying one of the most important privileges of a so called democratic society?

    March 20, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. russell

    from what i heard michigan had figured out away and were just waiting to hear from obama that they too agreed i quess dnc and clinton had already agreed now i hear him on tv saying hillary is trying to buy votes because her backers offered to pay for a re vote. why didn t he just say go ahead when they asked him

    March 20, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. George

    I agree with Wolf Blitzer when he says that "some of those frustrated Democratic voters will walk away from this process with an awful taste in their mouths". And more serious the reputation around the World of the Union as a good example of democracy will also be dealt a hard blow.

    March 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Shirley

    Can someone ask Hilliary Clinton that if she was winning would she be pushing for revotes in Michigan and Florida because rumor has it she thought she had it in the bag.

    March 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Bette Rice

    I am disgusted with Obama's constant red herring that "the Clintons will do anything to win," when his refusal to allow a revote in Michigan and Florida disenfranchises millions of Democrats in those states which will be badly needed to win in November. This is short sighted and the real "dirty trick."

    March 20, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Allen

    Give it up already.... There will not be a recount.... Your crooked ways wont get you into the whitehouse.... Hurts to cheat and still not be able to win don't it?...... Get out of the picture Hillbilly your done....

    March 20, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Petra Rinaldi

    Wolf, maybe you start following the news a bit.

    There has quite a lot of information about what the actual obstacles are. And no, your Hillary is not a reliable source of info here.

    March 20, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. "Keeping it real"

    We already know the democrats in Florida haven't got it all, but Michigan I just don't get. Is your governor that incompetent? I would laugn myself silly if Obama choose to run as an independent candidate with an irrefuttable running-mate. 38-40 % would win the general and it sure wouldn't be Hillary! Everybody and their mother knows that if Obama were behind as is Hillary and pressing to get a re-vote she would probably be having hissy fit saying he wants to change the rules in the middle of the game.

    March 20, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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