March 27th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp reaching out to Florida, Michigan Democrats

(CNN) - Representatives with Barack Obama's presidential campaign have reached out to Michigan and Florida Democrats to begin a "dialogue" about how to seat the delegations at the nominating convention that will be held in Denver later this summer.

“As we’ve said consistently, we think there should be a fair seating of the Michigan and Florida delegates. The Clinton campaign has stubbornly said they see no need to negotiate, but we believe that their Washington, my-way-or-the-highway approach is something voters are tired of,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. MR

    Obama, I love you man....... Just keep doing the right things....

    March 27, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Rick in Florida

    SPLIT THEM 50-50 AND BE DONE WITH IT. THE VOTES WERE MEANINGLESS AS NO ONE CAMPAIGNED IN EITHER STATE,
    SO JUST DIVIDE UP THE DELEGATES 50-50 AND MOVE ON.

    THE REAL LOSER IN ALL THIS IS JOHN EDWARDS, WHO MIGHT HAVE GAINED MOMENTUM WITH A GOOD SHOWING IN FL AND MI
    BUT SADLY ITS TOO LATE FOR HIM.

    ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT EDWARDS COMES OUT/ENDORSES OBAMA WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE PA. PRIMARY AND HELPS TO PUT AN END TO THE HILLARY NIGHTMARE.

    (AN INDEPENDENT FOR OBAMA, OR IF NOT HIM, MCCAIN)

    March 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Kathy in Michigan

    I live in Michigan and I was fine with the rules being followed. This concession should be considered just that a concession. I am thankful that the rules were followed.

    March 27, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Rich

    Sure, now that he sabotoged a revote, Obama wants to find a way to "fairly" seat the delegates. What's fair to him, a 50-50 split? He lost all opportunity for fairness when he stopped Michigan and Florida voters from having their say. That's not change. That's politics as usual. Obama is nothing but a hypocrite.

    March 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. aware

    Give it up Obama. You are not electable! 🙁

    Jeremiah Wright with his view from the past is wrong for you and wrong for America. But, he will haunt you unless and until you muster up the guts to tell the truth! You cannot talk about the future while you hang on to the past!

    Hillary or McCain 08! 🙂

    March 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Freedom Lawrence

    I am thankful too that the rules are followed

    March 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Gloria in Texas

    I think Michigan and Florida should both be seated at the convention, and the delegates & super delegates should make the decision about how to count their votes. You cannot exclude two very important states from the process.

    March 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Oh! The Irony

    Wait a minute? According to the Obama haters and Hillary, I thought the Obama campaign was trying to "disenfranchise" [<==== insert trigger word here] MI and FL voters.

    Not at all, this is the same approach Obama has always had. Take for instance Michigan's open primary. Under previously proposed plans, those Democrats that cast votes in the Republican primary because they knew the Democratic primary wouldn't count would not be allowed to re-vote. How fair is that?

    March 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. isaac

    March 27th, 2008 3:12 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    i say no revote because there was no cocern before so now whats the big issue obviously hilary didnt care before why care now? if she was ahead would she still care..i think not accrding to past statment a couple moths ago

    March 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Cindy,CA

    I think he should have done this last month when it really mattered. Too little, too late?

    March 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Mark in Florida

    Obama's plan is too little too late! His effort to deprive Hillary of delegates she rightfully won, and would likely win again in a revote, is transparant and down right un-American!!! This is just the latest example of the Senator who spouts empty promises about change practicing politics as usual!

    March 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Black N White Cookie

    There will be no clear winner if you do not let FL. and MI votes count because millions of peoples voices will not be heard. I do find it funny now since Obama has taken a hit in the polls with the Rev.Wright situation that now he wants to "reach out" to these voters where as before he was "rules are rules". Now who is double talking Mr. Obama? MI should be allowed to revote let FL stay as is only because MI did not have Obama's name on the ballot.

    March 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Jdona

    Why is it Obama's campaign only decides to negotiate after Hillary Clinton appears on Fox news and states the obvious? That the DNC can't afford to not seat the delegates at the convention 3 months before the general election? And Plouffe is wrong. Clinton has been trying to get his camp to open a dialogue on seating the delegates and to do a revote for months. Now he wants to discuss it? Obama, you won't do a blasted thing until someone forces your hand. And that is pathetic.

    March 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. BJ

    rules were set by DNC and should be followed,they wont be reversed so that to benefit someone because she is really desperate of going to white house,these is america and the law is the law and rules are rules they cant be adjusted to benefit other people,thats not democracy.when someone break the law does he/she go to jail,or do the police adjust the law to the him free? hell no..come on people,let have democracy,both states knew the law and because clinton she is loosing now she want to break the rule she created by voting for it,NO WAY.
    ALL RULES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED AS SET,NO REVOTE.

    March 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. rj

    Florida and Michigan should have thought it out before they changed the dates. Can't change the rules in the middle of the ball game.

    March 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Eugene

    I used to support Clinton but she has shown her true colors in this last months. Clinton should follow the rules. I am tired of her always trying to do something that benefits her only and call it "helping people". Now she is suggesting that the pledged delegates should not vote for their constituency in the other states, but say that voter’s voices should be heard in Michigan and Florida. What happens if she loses in Florida and Michigan if there was a re-vote? Should the Florida and Michigan pledge delegates not listen to their constituency too? Then would the Florida and Michigan delegates be “free” to change their minds as well? Talk about disenfranchisement. I have switched to Obama. He took a hit and kept his dignity. I see now that she will do anything to win.

    Obama 08’ formally Clinton 08’

    March 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. When do you leave

    Obama,

    When do you stop playing this drama? When do stop being so negative on Hilary?? We know the whole story on MI.

    March 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Bill from Oklahoma

    After they derailed any chance of having another primary, they are trying to smooth things over. I guess this is the change we are getting, same ol' politics. I don't think Florida and Michigan will fall for his shallow words.

    March 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Art Gelven

    I have been a registered and dedicated Democrat ever since I have been old enough to vote. Now at age 63, the fact that neither Senator Clinton nor Senator Obama can find a way to reach a mutual compromise on who will be seated as the Democartic nominee is of concern. If neither one has the ability nor willingness to work together to reach a compromise on this issue, how can either one be expected to be able to negotiate any compromise with the Republicans, other fellow Democarts, or any of the world leaders? I for one am now considering whether we all would be better off with John McCain running this country.

    March 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. mj

    MI, Fl and the candidates should abide by the rules as originally agreed. To change them to favor one candidate is an invitation to public outcry. Of course the voters should have had the same rights that other states had but their own representatives ruined that for them.

    March 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. john

    i live in michigan and hillary was supporting for a re vote and everything else, obama i cant remeber ever being here and now he say she didnt want to negotiate?

    i swear she tried her best, and people say its all michigans fault, no it was the demacratic party fault, not the peoples. ooh the agony!

    March 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. LAV

    I don't like OBAMA'S ECONOMIC PLANS. Higher tax rate is very very hurtful in my pocket.

    March 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Rick in Oregon

    Are you kidding me? Is this a joke by the Obama camp? They block Michigan from having a re-vote, and do nothing to help Florida have a re-vote and then when all of that fair way of seating the delagates falls through, THEN they say they want to try to seat the delagates?

    Clinton was negotiating the whole time in trying to find a way to seat these delegates and now Obama has the nerve to say that their approach is what we are tired of? Give me a break.

    This comes from the guy that sent in his lawyers to the election center in his first campaign for Illinois senate and challenged every signature of his challengers sponsors, until they could not run against him. This man doesn't care about fair voting.

    More of the same from Obama.

    March 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    Go Obama!!!!! very presidential, and playing by the rules.....Clinton has consistently showed she will bend the rules to her likening (Michigan/florida, telling pledged delegates they can swtich sides, lying about her Bosnia trip...)

    BE THE ADULT IN THIS CAMPAIGN, AND PLAY BY THE RULES!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Brian

    Give me a break, anyone with a brain knows it was the Obama camp that fought and prevented a re-vote in these 2 states.

    March 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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