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. Ginny

    This issue has been very confusing to me. Clinton has portrayed Obama as the bad guy here when it was the leadership inside their own states who thought this was a good idea. A way to get their thoughts on the map ahead of super Tues.

    I'm pretty sure they knew the rules back then, why did they think this action would not negatively impact the voters in these states? Seems to me MI & FL should focus their anger on those folks and not the candidates. Especially when the Clinton campaign makes it seem as if the only obstacle is Obama.

    March 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Bob from Rome NY

    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!!

    Rome NY

    March 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Ron

    cya Hillary, it's time to go!!! Your style along with Bill is the past, I have to look to the future. I'm a diehard Dem that will never ever vote for a Clinton again. While he was good he also brought shame and Hillary will do the same, she already is.

    And that is what is is.

    March 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Lwanyaga

    He (Obama) is always ahead , with common sense.

    March 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Barbara Gray

    Michigan was aware of the consequences of moving their primary to an earlier date. Why blame Sen. Obama? It was agreed by Clinton, Obama and Edwards that due that they would not campaign in Michigan and Florida due to the Democratic Party in the respective states. Both states, again, knew the consequences of their actions. Sen. Obama has never said to disenfranchise the delegates; but, to come to an equitable decisions on what to due. Clinton now is pressing this issue because she feels it would be in her favor. Is that the democratic process. The irony of all of this, is that if the delegate count were reversed, this would not be an issue for the Clinton campaign. She can't flip flop at will to get her way. I believe every one has a right to vote, but it was not the fault of Sen. Obama.

    March 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. PhillyinKY

    I can't wait until Obama wins the nomination and flops against John McCain so I can tell all his zombie-like followers that, "I told you so"...How can someone be president of the united states if he has only help a political office for a little over a year? Vote for obama now and you will wish you wouldn't have down the road.....

    March 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Mack

    If I am not mistaken it was Obama that would not negoiate or corparate for a re-vote in FL and MI...... And the lies from the Obama camp continues. This sounds to much like the Bush administration. The Obamites think the american people are just dumb and stupid.

    March 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Obama Pelosi

    Hillary only cares about your vote if it is for her only – and then only if it gives her lots of delegates.

    Remember folks:

    Hillary said MI and FL don't count early on when she thought the nomination was her birth right. Then she changed her mind when she realized she couldn't win democratically. Hillary also said the little states don't matter either – only the big states! But yet the big states that she has won she has only won by a few delegates.

    Hillary has not been negotiating. She has been dictating and laying blame. She wanted re-votes, but only on terms that favored her. She wanted to exclude people from re-voting. She wanted mail-in which has no chance of being done accurately and fairly.

    If anything, if Hillary wants a re-vote, then you either do things by the book or you give in to the demands of the 1st place candidate.

    Hillary only cares about herself.

    March 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. JR

    Fair would be to seat them as they voted. It is the fault of the Obama campaign for removing his name in MI. If he and Edwards were on the ballot, Clinton would still have recieved 50+ percent.
    They are just trying to keep the overall delegate count in Obama's favor. If they seated them the FAIR way and the other 10 contests play out, Obama would have a pledge lead of less than 40 delegates. Time for Obama to guide himself by his words and not flipflop so much from what he says he believes in.

    March 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. simon

    So why is the media keep downplaying Obama's misspoken words aka "LIES"? When asked initially if he was at church when Rev Wright gave those hateful sermons, his response was no. However, he changed his words during his speech and confessed that was he was aware of Rev Wright's inflamatory words. Months ago, Obama told the press that he does not know Rezko very well and he said Rezko donated only $150K; however, he later changed his words again and said he and Rezko are friends and they hanged out together a lot and he told the press that Rezko actually had donated $250K. I think the public has the rights to know that this man does not represent hope and change. I think more will surface about this guy as time goes on. And while people are bashing Hillary, we need to ask ourselves why there is a double standard here?

    March 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Tampa Man

    Exactly split them 50-50 and get it over with...they get their searting and Clinton does not get to "change the rules to her benefits"

    March 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Truth Spoken

    I live in Philadelphia and I feel that HRC's shameless attempts to divide Democrats by placing her own ambition above the good of the party will only continue to hurt her. I think that the delegates from each state should be divieded 50-50 between Obama and Clinton. That is the only fair solution which allows the delegates to be seated at the DNC.

    Obvisouly integrity means nothing to HRC. After all of the Democratic candidates agreed not to campaign in Florida or Michigan, Hillary campaigned and called it fund rasing. She then argued for the delegates to be awarded only after it became apparent that she could not win with out them. Barack has released his tax returns from 2000 through 2006 and Hillary called that a good first step but chanllenged him to greater transparency with regard to campaing financing while refusing to release any of her income tax returns.

    As we all know Hillary was just caught lying again. First she said that she was always against NAFTA although she was quoted saying that on balance NAFTA was good for New York and the US. Now she lyed about her trip to Bosnia. I place no stock in anything Hillary has to say. I think that she should just step aside now to avoid further damage to the Democratic party.

    March 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. jr.

    The so call family tree about the candidates it's a scam .They must think Americans believe anything. It's esie money they just want you to try it out.

    March 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. KM

    Michigan and Florida knew the rules prior to their perspective primaries and the outcome if they voted early. Rules are there to be followed and now since this is a close race doesn't mean that we should go back and change the rules after the fact.

    I once got a ticket for speeding that ended up costing me over $200, I would have slowed down in the part where the officer was to avoid that ticket and just speeded back further down the road. We would all like some kind of do-over if it's possible but usually it's just to benefit you.

    March 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Steve

    is this a joke. they are just now looking to talk about it now that is past the deadline to have any kind of revote. where is jesse jackson to complain of all the disenfranchised voters in fla?

    March 27, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Maryland

    Rules are rules let us not get caught up in the silly season...Even the people whom one would expect to have some kind of common sense are acting stupid. None of these politicans will remember you when they get to office in washington. It appears most of the democrates rules are old and outdated, and needs to be revised before for the next election.
    For one, I think the winner of a state should take all the pledged delegates like the Republicans. It is simply and straight forward instead of the even allocation pledged delegates nonsense.

    March 27, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. stew

    Most of the respondents seem to see this for what it is the same ole politics. So much for the so called candidate of change. He had a chance to let MI and FL count last month. While HRC was pushing for representation he stayed quiet. Now that it is all over (or so he thinks) he comes out with this insult. Either that or the sun fried a few brain cells while he was vacationing in the Virgin Islands this week. BTW: During one of the biggest, longest and most important elections in a long, long, long, long time! Great judgement!

    This race is not over by a longshot. Not a chance in hell. If FL and MI don't get a revote forget Dean and his August convention.

    Like Aware says: Clinton or McCain 08!

    March 27, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Beverly

    Put the blame on your governors citizens of FL & MI. They knew the rules and they are the ones who should be blamed for you guys not voting. Stop blaming Obama for this. You people are a bunch of idiots who can't see what Hillary is up to. WAKE UP! and REALIZE that Barack Obama is the BEST you will ever get as President in your lifetime, not Clinton & certainly not McSame. WAKE UP WHY DON'T YA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama's diplomacy can make unexpected friends that come from Hillary's my way or the highway approach.

    March 27, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. suzanne

    This is a joke right? Obama did everything he could to disenfranchise the voters from Michigan and Florida. He doesn't want a revote because he's afraid he would lose. I find it hard to believe that the voters in those two states would believe that he really wants their votes to count.

    March 27, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Louie - Ohio

    Hillary Clinton stated that she definitely would pick a Pastor for herself other than Rev. Jeremiah Wright. O.K., that certainly is her right!

    However, Who did she pick and considers as her Pastor? In addition, how many times in the last four years did she attend services at that particular church?

    March 27, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Slap Stick, Florida

    Some folks need to get the facts STRAIGHT. Obama did not derail the MI and FL do overs. He was not going to stand by and let Hillary pay her way and strong arm her way to how and what she wanted. Some of you need to get a clue. I do not need or want Hillary as a leader because the her way or the highway attitude SUCKS SUCKS. The fear tactic that she uses amazingly is working on a many weak minded individuals. It is not Obama's fault. I AM A FLORIDIAN AND BLAME OUR GOVERNORS AND OTHER POLITICAL LEADERS FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES!!!

    March 27, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. jr.

    I whatch fox tv last night an Carld Rove say Obama has told more lies than Hillary . But I don't concider the trip to Bosnia a big lie because soilgers were there in a large number to protec Hillary.

    March 27, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Percy

    More spin and lies from Obama.

    March 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Very Concerned American

    Obama should just step down. Do all of you bloggers really be friends with Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Reverend Wright?
    He is conning the media and everyone else that's blogging.

    March 27, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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