May 23rd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama pledges to make up 'lost time' in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama is looking to claim the crucial swing state of Florida this fall."]
SUNRISE, Florida (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama said Friday that he wishes he could have spent more time in Florida over the past few months when DNC rules prevented Democrats from campaigning in the Sunshine State.

"We've had a great three days here in Florida," the Illinois senator said, "and I regret that we couldn't have campaigned here earlier, but I promise you we're gonna make up for some lost time."

Speaking at his last event on his first campaign swing through the state since long before the Iowa caucuses, Obama told the Florida crowd that "Florida Democrats will be seated" at the Democratic convention in August.

"Your voices will be heard," said Obama, "and most importantly we will work together to make sure that Florida goes Democrat in November, and so does the rest of the country."

On Saturday the White House hopeful will campaign in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that holds one of the final contests of the primary season.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Bill, Covington

    It would be nice if the obama would tell us where he found those extra seven states he visited. He did say "I HAVE VISITED ALL 57 STATES"
    It would also be exciting to hear in what capacity he is going to utilise
    the talent of the grand and glorious MAXINE WATERS who is going socialist and ig going to tahe over all the oil companys to be government operated. And the Gov. of Kansas, who jusy vetoed a new refinery, on his short list for VP. They will do whatever is necessary to bring the country down. They have not yet learned, SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK.
    Thomas Jefferson was right when he said that "what this country needs is a Revolution every 20 years" We are way overdue and this is as good a time as any for a correction.

    May 23, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. tell the truth

    put every state in play Obama. Just like you did in the primary. Obama knows how to win. He has be fighting Bush,GOP,McCain,Bill,Hilliary, and their daughter and he is win. One person is winning.

    May 23, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. yns

    What a hypocit? He has done all he can to not seat their delegates! Now he wants them to support him! LOL, and still LOL

    May 23, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Vero Beach Resident

    What the WORLD needs to know is that Clinton would have NEVER 'won' Florida had there been a REAL and COUNTED primary election there!

    So many of my friends and family didn't even bother to vote in the 'primary' that was held because they were told that those votes would NOT be counted toward the nomination process!

    Obama has a GREAT deal of support in Florida! And he will carry that state in November – let there be NO mistake!

    Florida For Obama!!! '08

    May 23, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. David D Kollie

    Go at head Obama.
    Make the people of Florida understand that you are law abiding. Your words are true. You taught the constitution and you abide by the laws in it. You alsoe know that the DNC Bylaws should be honored and respected regardless what the circumstances might. Explain yourself that you were not against anybody in particular. But you were following the rules of the DNC.

    May 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    Hillary I voted twice for Bill, I had in mind to vote for you. but when people such as yourself stay in a race that you lost already just for spite, I have no respect fo them. You're not in for the people you're in it for yourself, and you alone; because for some crazy reason you think this election belongs to you. I think you are selfish and disrespectful and if people that vote for you don't see this they are either blind, prejudice, or just plain insane. You lose my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Andrea in Miami

    I attended the rally in Sunrise. It was a packed house!!

    I wish there would be more coverage about Obama's ideas about a youth service corps/college scholarship idea, the idea of cuitting off the lobbyists and special interests, his ideas on diplomatic negotations, and more.

    It was pouring rain, on a Friday afternoon 4pm Memorial Day weekend.. and the arena was quite full. We were in the nosebleed seats (a bunch of teachers who had to wait for school to let out so we could rush over to hear Obama speak)

    May 23, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |

    Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Lourdes

    This was a great rally. The arena was packed with people of all ages, races, and faiths. It was beautiful. Florida will pull for our democratic nominee!!

    May 23, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. All American

    There is nothing Obama can say to change my mind. I will not vote for the lier. I am from Michigan and he would not let my vote be counted no matter what was propsed ,he objected. Well guess what ! I will never vote for him in November, Never! And I do not want to hear this s- about breaking up the party. The Democrate party has been broken up and a big mess for the last twenty years. and it is thier own doing. So don't lay any bull on me. And if the people of Flordia is smart they will stand firm against him and send the Democrates a message. And if Obama can't get elected it's becouse people don't like him.

    May 23, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. AoA

    This November, we will elect the last American President. The new age will begin shortly after the '12 election and that president elect will serve as regional representative for North America in the New World Council.

    May 23, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Allison Marie

    Wow, I thought he had issues with pledges.! Yes, and I have heard ways to seat them, as to count them, but not! Waiting till the convention to seat them, give the notion, that they don't really matter at all.

    Count ALL the votes!!!!!!!!!!!

    ****************Florida Demands Representation**********************

    *********Go Hillary Go**********************************************

    Uncounted in Florida

    May 23, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Boston for OBAMA

    We applaud you Senator Obama for you high moral values. Florida voters will welcome you once they get to see and hear your powerful voice. You make us proud.

    May 23, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Cindy, FL

    Barack, we do not need you here in Florida. Go away.

    May 23, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. Carl

    Have you democrats figured out that none of your votes are really heard at the convention... sure you vote, but the superdelegates will swing your vote 20%...

    May 23, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. KE

    The Hillary News - don't be shocked the media decides the tone and everybody kind of have to follow. Hillary people are too sensitive. One thing we can learn from the Obama people they are tough (although they know how to play victim too).

    May 23, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. Noemi in Los Angeles, CA

    Thank you Obama!!

    Thank you for being the only politician in the face of this nation to actually fight against old Washington in the name of change! We do need change in the way our government runs our country and only YOU can accomplish this. When we hear you Obama, and we know that everything is possible. Through you, we have once again faith in our government and our country.

    God Bless you!!

    May 23, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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