May 27th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama supporters planning DNC counter-protest

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Both Clinton and Obama supporters are planning to protest outside Saturday's RBC meeting in Washington."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supporters of Barack Obama’s presidential bid are planning to demonstrate outside the Saturday meeting in Washington where Democratic officials are slated to debate the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations at the party’s summer convention.

The move comes days after backers of Hillary Clinton’s White House run announced plans to converge on the Washington, D.C. hotel where members of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee are meeting.

“Hillary Clinton's supporters are going to be bussing in protestors for the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting, so it's critical that we show up for the counter-protest,” wrote on organizer in a post on the Daily Kos Web site Tuesday morning.

Last week, the pro-Clinton Committee to Count Every Vote said it was organizing a day-long May 31 rally outside the RBC meeting.

“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.

Earlier this month, Clinton told a group of bloggers who support her candidacy that she encouraged efforts to lobby the committee.

“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.

A limited number of seats inside Saturday’s meeting were scheduled to be made available by the DNC at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday – but as of 10 minutes after the hour, all those seats had been claimed. Limited same-day registration will be available as space permits, according to the party’s Web site.

Those who make it inside will have to abide by strict guidelines banning “banners, posters, signs, handouts, and noisemakers of any kind” – and they won’t have a chance to weigh in, since there is no allowance for public comment.

Clinton’s campaign has pushed for both the Florida and Michigan delegations to be seated in full in accordance with the results of their January primaries, which were not sanctioned by the DNC because they were scheduled early in defiance of party instructions. Clinton was the only major candidate to appear on the ballot in Michigan, and won both contests.

The DNC, state Democratic parties and both presidential campaigns have said that they are eager for a compromise that would allow both Florida and Michigan to send delegations to the party’s nominating convention in Denver – but all sides stress that the solution would have to be acceptable to both campaigns.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod signaled in an interview last week that the Illinois senator might be willing to consider a compromise that would give a slight advantage to Clinton.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (530 Responses)
  1. Arthur

    The only fair way is for a primary re-vote in Michigan and Forida. Then there can be no argument as to a just resolution to this problem. Obviously, Obama would not want this as he would handily lose both states. If this does not occur, the DEM's will be fractured, which will result in John McCain becoming the next President.

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Another American in Canada

    Is it so hard for the world to see who has integrity between the two...Right now , who is acting presidential......
    For Hilary supporters who have a difficulty understanding this..Hilary can never win, even if she was given the nomination........Obama nation cannot support Hilary because of her character..who have to remeber mos of Obama nation ( The Blacks ) actaully supported her before, she made comment sto be litle them...the same way she will do the same for the spanish becaus eof Richardson...
    Its all about Hilary...and even if she won...those bitter women cannot make her POTUS without the youth vote, the intelligent americans vote, the educated vote

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Marie-Lynn

    Hillary will say anything to win. Even denied her husband 'bio'. He says that he won the democratic nomination on april 1992 and june like Hillary try to make you believ. She is just a liar, don't you see it ....How peoples can support this fat lady ...

    May 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. crawf

    I'm beginning to wonder, if Obama wasn't running and if there was another candidate running against Hillary and she was losing, would she still be squawking about counting the votes from FL or MI ?

    May 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Justice

    Hillary, I love and admire you but let it go. Fair is fair. If you were in Obama's position, you would have declared the race over ages ago and look how he has not insisted that you leave. Let the love of the party not yourself be your guide. Chelsea will make a good candidate. Let it go. Democrats unite, the republicans are laughing!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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