March 27th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
15 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. Nicki, MI

    The candidate of change is practicing politics as usual in Michigan. This state may have broken DNC rules in its first primary, but attempts to change legislation that would allow a revote within DNC rules were blocked by Obama supporters in the Michigan legislature. Clinton won the first primary, and he knew he’d lose a revote. Even if he wins the nomination, people here will feel that he suppressed their votes.

    March 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. RR

    Without rules, you have chaos....This thing will sort itself out. If we circumvent the system and don't follow the rules, the chaos will never stop. Rules are just boundaries....

    March 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Manuel TX

    This is too hypocritical.

    The Obama campaign doesn't want to negotiate...they just want to suppress the will of the voters in those two states.

    What a joke. 🙂

    March 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Marjorie G - Orlando, FL

    Rules were NOT made to be broken. Can you imagine a United States of America WITHOUT RULES???!!!
    Obama '08 – '16!!!

    March 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. isaac

    nancy pelosi is speaking the truth...those supporters need to feel shamed for they obviously arnt democratic....the democratic party is founded for the voice of the majority not the minority..hilary and her fundriser friends need to figure what party they are in-they shoudk

    March 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. barry

    not to count the vote of 2 of the most critical states in a democratic presidential election is beyond belief....yes lets play by the rules and not count the votes..get real.....that is not a democracy....Howard Dean, Nancy Palosi and Harry Reid need to go. I am calling for their stepping down as they are unable to lead...

    March 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Terry

    I believe delegates should have a voice in both Michigan and Florida but am highly opposed to the Clinton attitude that they can dictate the rules; there isd no of the peopl or by the people when it comes to Clinton philosophy. In addition as a member of blue collar America, I am very much aware of big money trying to buy its way into the White House with the Clintons.

    March 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Marc

    Please remember that Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan. Even after that, he is willing to open the doors to figure out how to seat the delegates. What more can we ask of him. He is doing the right thing and not trying to bully those delegates like the Clinton Campaign. Once again Florida and Michigan, look at the bigger picture here.

    March 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Rick in Florida

    Split them 50-50 and be done with all this crap. Then maybe Hillary can stop whining and crying, and we can get on to the issues.

    March 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Swiss

    I'd say let sleeping dogs lie. Why go back on the rules just because the Clinton campaign is complaining?

    The Obama camp should move on and talk about issues and concentrate on their campaign.

    Or you want to keep dancing to the CLinton's tunes?

    March 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Ed Russell


    to quote One Republic, "its too late to apologize"

    You successfully took chose to take your name off the ballot in MI. Tried and failed in Florida.

    I can only speak for Florida but Obama, YOU WILL NEVER WIN FLORIDA. So many people are upset about your turning your back on us

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Karen P

    What happened to Michigan and Florida was their own leaders' doing. I feel sorry for the voters, but they also knew the rules, so why did they go vote?

    Obama is being fair and I agree...I'm tired of Hillary trying to dictate to the DNC and trying to get people in those two states angrier.

    This country doesn't need what Hillary's been displaying

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Alonzo Demetrius, FL, USA

    Why does Obama think he needs to interject himself into the Michigan rules? After all, he agreed with them up front. Now stay out of it and let the process follow the agreed-to rules. Same for Hillary...

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    And the Obama campaign twists and misrepresents the facts again. Obama went to court to stop the states from having another primary. Sounds a lot like GW going to court to stop the recount. Both are afraid of the outcome. Politics as usual. NOT CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. ao

    what a lier, how about telling Michigan voters that when the primary revote deal was ready and money for it were found (DNC, State of Michigan, and Hillary Campaign expressed consent), Obama's campaign played little spin politics and told NO to the agreed deal, because of some "legal concerns" THAT NOBODY ELSE REALLY SO THERE, INCLUDING THE LAWYERS WHO CRAFTED THE DEAL. This is a pathetic lier who is SCARED OF PEOPLE VOTING IN A PRIMARY!!! And now he accuses Clinton campaign, what a shameless person. I hope people say no to him in these states during the general election – NOTHING WORSE THAN TURNING BACK ON 2.7 MILLION PEOPLE, OR 8% OF TOTAL PLEDGED DELEGATES TO DISTRIBUTE.

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Pete

    Hillary is shameless. She lied disgracefully on several occasions about her trip to Bosnia and that is adversely affecting every democrat, making us a laughing stock yet she feels pledged democrats would also be as shameless as she is to switch to her camp after all her lies and desperation. Hillary, please, accept the bitter truth, OBAMA is more electable, stop destroying the democratic party, bow out of the race and lets have enough time to plan for the big battle in November.

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. aikins from ghana


    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Independant minded

    "Two Michigan state senators, who just happen to be co-chairman of the state’s Obama campaign, led the effort to convince fellow legislators the plan wouldn’t work."

    This quote came from Anderson 360 website today – Obama is a liar and a fraud

    March 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Veronica

    So Clinton lied again! Obama is the one who is really trying to figure out this mess (behind the scenes) and Clinton is going on every TV station to say that it's Obama's fault that there was no revote. That woman is a LIAR, just like her husband.

    March 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. fred

    Obama wasn't on the ballot in Michigan,....because he took his name off. He is an IDIOT!!!

    March 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Rules are made to be followed and not broken or changed to suit anyone's personal needs. I do however believe the states of Michigan and Florida should have a voice at the convention. A compromise needs to be worked out between Clinton and Obama. I think a 55/45 split would not be out of the question. That is approximately what a revote would bring anyhow. I would not give an unfair advantage to either party. Really getting tired of the mud slinging!!

    March 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Cindy

    And now, Obama's gotta do damage control, and bring the party back together. See the mess you left behind, Hillary?

    March 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Alex H

    barry –

    Thinking that one (or in your case 2) state is more important than any other state in these UNITED states is not democracy. That's why they were punished for breaking the rules; they thought they were and wanted to make their votes reflect their importance. So the DNC said "You're not above the rules, now go sit in the corner facing the wall". Maybe now Michigan and Florida will understand what it's like to be treated the way the 'big states' treat the 'little states'... not important. But Michigan and (more so) Florida are acting like bratty first graders that were denied their cookie at snack time for misbehaving! Would you give them their cookie back? Would that actually teach the first grader anything? Nah, it means he can misbehave and still get his cookie.

    March 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Lucyna

    People, can't you see that Obama is a peace maker. He want every state be part of at the convention. Hillary, on the other hand...oh no no no....She wants her way or no other way. She is so pathetic!

    March 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Tired of the BS

    This is the United States of America, isn't it? Since when do we not count everybody's vote?????

    March 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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