May 22nd, 2008
01:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton supporters to swarm DC over Florida and Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Protestors picketed the DNC last month to push for full delegate slates for Florida and Michigan."] (CNN) - Supporters of Hillary Clinton are planning to swarm the capital in a little over a week to pressure Democratic Party leaders as they gather to decide the fate of the Florida and Michigan delegations.

The Committee to Count Every Vote – a project of Hillary Responders – said Thursday it was organizing a day-long May 31 rally outside the hotel where members of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee are planning to meet that day.

“It is essential that everyone who can meets in Washington that day to rally for our cherished democratic principles, help enfranchise MI and FL and to show that Hillary has equal numbers of passionate, devoted supporters who believe fervently, notwithstanding any math, that she will the better general election candidate and best president,” they wrote in a message posted on the group’s Web site.

“Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama. Michigan and Florida, however, in addition to Hillary's strong support nationwide, cannot and must not be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party.”

The group said it was organizing buses to carry protestors to the meeting site, and could offer some overnight housing for those who could not afford to pay for accommodations.

Over the weekend, Clinton told a group of bloggers who support her candidacy that she encouraged efforts to lobby the committee on that day.

“I thank you for zeroing in on the May 31 meeting. There will be a lot of activity around that meeting,” she said on a conference call, adding that it was “important your voices are heard” by DNC members.

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Amal Gabriel

    Please don't punish the Florida and Michigan voters by not counting their votes. The MI and FL voters had nothing to do with changing the rules, they did not vote for these rules.

    We strongly believe that all votes must be counted in FL and MI.

    Also, we can't also believe that the super delegtes are supporting Obama.

    Obama is a great speaker but he does not have the experience to handle the toughest job in the world. This position is a very critical job to all Americans.

    Please talk to the remaining super delegates and hopefully they will come to their senses and make the right decision for the American people. This position is not about how good you speak but what kind of actions you can take to improve the mess that Bush left for all of us.

    If Obama had Hillary' s experiences we will have no problem voting for him. At this point we rather vote for McCain than vote for Obama.

    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The devisiveness is hurting the party. Reach a compromise of MI and FL and end this thing ASAP. The party needs to pull itself together behind our nominee for the fight against John McCain.

    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Mark Arnone

    The voters in Michigan and Florida have the American right to be heard! Has the Democratic Party forgot how to win a Presidential election?

    Count the votes! People voted!

    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |


    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. FEDUP

    Mike D.. Are you threating to riot if Obama is not the nominee? Either way, there will be riots. Look at the Cowboy celebration that turned to looting. It is to be expected. Why does it always turn to breaking windows and looting? Please explain that to me?

    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. QuietStormX

    Sounds like sore losers to me. Hillary Clinton is losing the race because she ran a dysfunctional campaign. There are rules Hillary agreed to. Now she is begging hook & crook for Michigan and Florida that were disqualified. There are DNC Rules to follow not Hillary Clinton rules and math.... I will never think of the Clinton's fondly again after this nomination.

    I don't care what Hillary supports want. She better not be on Barack's ticket for the General Election. Plus some Hillary supporter is out of the question!

    Just get out and go away....

    Washington, D.C.

    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Bag Lady

    I'll be so happy when the superdelegates get off their bums and end this madness!! They keep pacifying Hillary and I'm not understanding it. It's so obvious and sickening!

    FL/MI shouldn't have broken the rules. In 2012, if other states decide to move their dates, then what? You cannot reward breaking the rules. That's what's wrong with our society now. Goodness!

    May 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. John Doe

    I don't think Hillary and her supporters are true Democrats they are behaving like a third world country electing a president.SHAME SHAME SHAME.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Dayzed and Confused for you

    Will you people just give up. The only way she will win is if she pulls a GWB and steals this election. I am tired of the white voters denouncing Barack as the frontrunner. You are all pathetic. We are still living in the days of 20th century where whites believed they were better then blacks and it is proof that it still goes on. Hillary and Bill were very important in the 90's with civil rights but now they are seeking the otherside because they have that luxury to be white. Look at W.V. How can you still be a bigot in this day and age. You white Americans need to figure out who you are and live with it instead of plaguing us all with your hatred.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's called the "Million White Women March."

    That's OK. Obama is ready to play "Let's Make A Deal."

    Unfortunately, Hillary will be hiding behind door number 1.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. golden boy

    Obama even can't speak English properly. For instance, he keeps saying " John McCain don't vote for that" , and what is wrong with this sentence? The proper English should state like this" John McCain DOESN'T vote for that".
    The black people always use the race card for their advantage in any scenario. Therefore, all people in USA should kowtow to them. For instance, if Mr. NOTHING SENATOR OBAMA isn't elected as President of USA, every stupid American will be saying that he is discreminated. So, why should we have the election to seek for the best candidate? Just make Mr. OBAMA the President of USA. He is qualified or not. It doesn't matter because if he is not elected everybody will be blamed for discrimination. Such idiot country and idiot citizens.
    USA is a sinful country.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Everett Alexander

    Michigan and Florida defied the DNC and held their primaries earlier than allowed. They have to accept the consequences. Other than Clinton, the other candidates did not include their names on the ballot in deference to the DNC's ruling. For Clinton to claim victory in a race where she was the only horse running is ridiculous.

    To Michigan, Florida and Clinton: suck it up! You thumbed the DNC and now want to be rewarded for it. Grow up and move on.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. SayNOtoHillary

    The DNC should kick out this Evil woman from the Democratic Party Karl Rove is working for her why does's she switch to the Republican party we sure don't want her. She is Evil and cursed by God.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Ron, LV

    This sounds just like what the Republicans did in FL. to stop the recount. This just sends the message that rules people agree to do not matter when it comes to political ambition. How can you count votes where only one candidate was on the ballot and that candidate stated publicly that the votes in that state would not count? This is the same old politics and smacks of dictatorship.Hillary and some of her supporters will bring the party down to try and meet their own needs instead of that of the nation.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. GW

    Parental sage wisdom comes to mind, "Figures Don't Lie But
    Liars Do Figure." Agreed upon rules must stay in place.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Hawaii Bob

    As usual, Hillary thinks that she is so entitled that the rules only apply to other people.

    I'm sorry, but I am just so sick of this egotistic, self-involved woman who really doesn't give a rat's behind about the democratic party. It's her or nothing.

    It's enough to make me want to lose my lunch.

    Go anybody BUT Hillary.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Zoey

    I just can't believe Clinton is bringing down the entire democratic party. She is going to cry, kick, and scream until she gets her way. I'm sure if the roles were reversed, she wouldn't care about Florida.

    Oh I forgot, that already happened. Last year when she was well in the lead, she didn't even care about MI and Florida. She is a liar and a flip-flopping nutcase. I would NEVER vote for Hiliary. If she steals this election, I swear I will vote for Ralph Nader.

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Francesca

    To every super delegate of the Democratic Party,

    Please think long and hard about the simple choice you now have to make:

    1) Choose to endorse Hillary Clinton as the Party’s nominee and watch her become the first woman to be elected President of the United States.


    2) Choose to endorse Barack Obama and watch the first African American nominee of the Democratic Party lose in the general election.

    Hillary Clinton will win against John McCain in the states that the Democratic Party needs to win in order to reach 270 electoral votes in the general election.

    Obama won’t.

    It’s that simple.

    Hillary Clinton has been the best candidate in this long primary election, is by far more competent to run against the Republicans in the general election, and is infinitely more qualified to be President of the United States than is Barack Obama.

    Endorsing Barack Obama, a relatively unknown candidate with a thin resume who has lost nearly every large state and swing state to Hillary Clinton in the primaries by large margins, is a huge gamble at best.

    Please don’t gamble with our futures.


    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. libby

    Ok where do I get on the bus??? Orlando, FL??

    May 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Debby

    Did you ever think Clinton didn't think so many voters were going to turn out to vote. She isn't fighting for thousands she is fighting for millions. She still loses because Dean wants Obama in and he is pressing and swaying the stupids for his nomination. Dean is the reason for the division not Clinton. The diehard Clinton supporters aren't going to vote Obama in Nov. anyway so let them swarm Washington to make 50 states count. In this case rules should be broken when you had millions of voters at the polls.

    May 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. CW in DC

    The DNC needs to release the paperwork that has Hillary Clinton's signature on it saying that Michigan and Florida would not be seated. That will kill all this noise real quick!!

    May 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. bill in pa

    With any luck this will successfully run the Clintons out of national politics forever. I rarely agree with Republicans but it seems they had it right with these two egomaniacs.

    May 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. KiloWhiskey

    Get it out of your mind that she's willing to be vice-president, not a chance. She wants it all, and in true Clinton fashion she doesn't care what it take to get it!

    May 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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