April 29th, 2008
02:01 PM ET
14 years ago

New compromise proposed on Michigan delegation

(CNN) - Michigan’s Democrats have released another new proposal yesterday in their quest to ensure their state will be represented at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Sen. Carl Levin, Democratic National Committee Member Debbie Dingell and United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger – the working group that has been meeting to try to end the impasse - sent a letter to state party chair Mark Brewer Tuesday in which they urged the Democratic National Committee to seat the Michigan delegation under a formula that would give a 10-delegate edge to Hillary Clinton.

Clinton was the only major candidate to appear on the ballot in the state’s January contest, which she won with 55 percent of the vote. No delegates were awarded because of national party penalties on Michigan Democrats for moving up their primary date. Forty percent of January’s primary voters chose the “uncommitted” option on the ballot; a majority of those “uncommitted” delegates are backing Barack Obama.

Clinton’s campaign has said that the results of the January vote – which would give her an 18-delegate edge, 73-55 – should count. Obama’s campaign had said the delegates should be split evenly, 64-64.

DNC member Joel Ferguson has called for a plan that would give half a vote to each pledged delegate and a full vote to each superdelegate. The committee said Tuesday they opposed this plan. Under their proposal, which splits the difference between the Obama and Clinton proposals, the state’s 128 pledged delegates would be split 69-59, with the majority going to Hillary Clinton.

If both campaigns do not agree on a compromise, the issue will head to the DNC’s Credentials Committee for a resolution.

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. joel

    This would be called cheating, Hillary. Lieing, cheating and fear mongering. Why don't we just re-elect Bush for another term. We wouldn't even have to repaint the white house.

    April 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. KATHY1

    Why would he do something soooo foolish as to give her the upperhand? His name was not on the ballot and he did not get a chance to campaign there. No!!! Sen. Obama, don't do it...

    Thank you......

    April 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Warren Richart

    A 50-50 split and seat delegates is the only fair solution, as everyone knew that there would be no delegates. Clinton does not need any help as her campaign signed.

    Warren Richart


    April 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Marks

    C'mon Michigan officials, wake up to realities!

    Accept the punishment for the foolishness moving up the primary date and the DNC will split delegates accordingly.

    Hillary won against nobody. Count those votes?

    Be glad the process has a resolution, end the discussion already. Split the delegates and move on. Other states have the advantage from having correct date primaries and caucus events, they get to choose.

    Michigan did it to themselves. Florida Democratic party at the whims of Republican legislators ruined their primary.

    Both states didn't think DNC had the "stones" to punishment them.

    This voting process demands rules and acceptance. Accept the punishment Michigan, you blew it for both Hillary and Obama.

    April 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Manuel TX

    Hillary clearly won Michigan.

    Obama supporters were encouraged to vote uncommitted as were John Edwards supporters. If you give Obama all the uncommitted votes and attendant delegates...that's probably fair.


    April 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. SCOTT

    All we need to do is check out Terry McAuliffe's (sp) book about how to handle states that step out of line.... Right Terry? No closer than Boston?

    April 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Eric

    Why exactly should their superdelegates get a full vote? If anyone should be punished it's them.

    April 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Please Report The News.....North Carolina Robocalls Giving False Info To Blacks! ........This is important news, so please warn the people of North Carolina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Shame....

    That's great news for Hillary.

    I want Obama to explain how he's going to keep those black people in their place. Since the media dubbed him as the spokesperson for black america I wanna know, how will he keep that group in order if elected!

    Go Hillary!

    April 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. hawkeyy

    obama in 08..he is what he says he is...and hilary is not...it's that simple

    April 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    What about doing a real election and let Hillary pay for it....

    April 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Give It Up

    The only way for Michigan Democrats to be represented would be hold another primary. That isn't happening.

    April 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. George, Los Angeles

    Give Clinton her votes, and Obama the ones that say "uncommitted", and then seat the Michigan Delegates. As for Florida, both names appeared on the ballot, so appropriate delegates accordingly.

    April 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Grif

    A New Compro/Fix???

    April 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Bridgette- PA

    What is the problem here? Hillary should have obeyed the rules that she signed in agreement. Now that she needs those delegates, she's trying to change the rules. Delegates should be split 50/50. Honestly, as a punishment, she should get the lower of the delegates. That will teach her to follow the rules!

    April 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Nora, FLORIDA

    Hmmm try to seat MI and not FL they will still have a huge uproar on their hands. Many people voted for Hillary based upon name recognition of that her husband, therefore the only true way to resolve this is either to split the votes 50/50 and seat the delegates or just stand firm and tell FL and MI NO DEAL!!!

    April 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Marques

    Clinton's Response: Hell No! The vote counted as is I want my 73-55 win!

    Obama's Response: "My name was not on the ballot!"

    Committee's Response: Okay lets think of a new plan.

    Simple as that.

    April 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Mr. C

    I'm sorry but there are obama supporters who voted for clinton bcos Obama's name wasn't on the ballot.

    April 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. dorothy

    What about the Florida Delegates, are they going to be divided in half also? Because CNN, only mention Michigan.


    April 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Obama Supporter From England

    The new proposal to seat the Michigan delegates doesn't work because Obama's name wasn't even on the Ballot so how can they suggest giving Clinton a 10-point edge?

    April 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Tom

    No I want 72 -56...............What's that bad joke's punchline – "We're not arguing about if you will, just how much you'll charge?". Split them as they voted.

    April 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. rostant

    Hey guys,
    If those people who are trying to solve th Michigan and Florida problem think they are unbiased and impartial, how can they penalise a candidate whose only fault is respecting the rule set up by his party (his name wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan).
    The last time I check, neither Obama nor Clinton said anything about those rules (Florida & Michigan penalty by the democrat party).
    The last time I check too the rules were go out there and prove yourself and if the democrat party were now to decide/cook behind close doors who is the democrat nominee, believe me, that will shunt out more voters that what you guys think might happen if Michigan/Florida were left out.
    Take my e-mail as proof in Nov, the democrat party will be crying after loosing badly if voters even suspect the nomination was biased thus any of the remaing canditate.

    April 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. James

    Are you kidding me? Clinton breaks the spirit of the rules and get rewarded. Geeeeez!!

    April 29, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Cameron

    I am speechless. What country am I living in??? "Give her an edge?" because she won 55% when she was the only one on the ballot?? WHY IS THIS EVEN BEING DISCUSSED!?!??!

    April 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. David in San Francisco

    Sounds like more fuzzy math to me.

    "If" MI's delegates were to be counted, then at the very least they should have some penalty for breaking the DNC rules. I hate to say this, but why not adopt the Republican strategy for having only half the delegates count? Then figure out a way to apportion them fairly that takes into account the fact that one candidate wasn't even on the ballot. Otherwise, wouldn't the DNC ultimately be rewarding MI for their behavior? Sort of like rewarding the kid that gets caught with his/her hands in the cookie jar?

    Sorry folks, but rules are rules. If you're upset about not getting your votes counted, get angry at your stage legislature and governor, not the DNC or the individual presidential candidates.

    April 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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