May 27th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
14 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. Ann

    Couple of my friends are Clinton supporters, they have to support her , to push her to stay in the race, because they put the bet on her, if Clinton lose, they will lost their bet, their money.

    May 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Cynthia

    Plain and simple – what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    May 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Think

    Lets be clear on one thing. Obama did not cause this mess with FL and MI. Ms. Clinton and her "It's all about me" syndrome is at it again. She is creating so much friction and making it seem like she deserves their votes now, EVEN THOUGH SHE DISCOUNTED THEM BEFORE. Her conniving tactics disgust me. THINK.

    May 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Karen from Charlottesville

    I'll be there. I want to see Terry McAuliffe lie in person.

    May 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. SlimSista




    OBAMA '08

    May 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Independent for Obama

    Good. Both sides want a fair and just resolution, and both sides deserve one. While the Clinton and Obama camps differ on what the resolution will be – both camps should feel that they have had their say.

    May 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |

    Should the DNC change the rules in the 4th quarter, HILLARY STILL LOSES.

    Say it Hillary lovers: President Barack Obama!

    May 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. i am not dump

    hillary signed to not campain in fl and mi. she is the dishonest candidate that I ve ever seen.

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Susan

    Obama's supporters & campaign are afraid that Florida & Michigan may get to vote.

    What does this say about them?

    We strongely feel Florida & Michigan should be able to vote. It is only fair to the people of these states.


    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. lol

    obama should get the magic number of delegates needed to win. the magic number will go up once FL and MI are seated. the rules don't say who has more delegates. the superdelegates factor in who can beat john mccain. hillary has more electoral votes than mccain, and obama. she will have more of the popular vote. obama can't even beat hillary, he'll never beat mccain. hillary 08!

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Cammi317

    Did anyone watch Recount this weekend? LOL. Sounds like another great movie in the making.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. People are you listening

    The will of the people, The will of the people, the will of the people, nope. the will of Hillary. How is it the will of the people when so many were told their votes would not count. And other were not given the chance to vote for their candidate. Because it is not fairness that counts is Hillariness.

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Mary Sue

    I will be in the area on Saturday, so I guess the time has come for me to stand up for Democracy by lying down in the street for the cause of fairness. The DNC must stop letting Hillary move the goal posts on Obama. He's followed the rules, and the DNC should not entertain any more of the Clinton spin.

    The party is already hopelessly divided. Enough is enough. This primary season needs to end.

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. enoch needles

    “Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama"

    How can they keep a straight face while saying that?


    May 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Bob Texas

    When will the Hillary supporters unite behind Obama? This race is really destroying the Democratic Party. Hillary and her supporters are just what we do not need! They will stop at nothing to win. If by some miracle they did win now who would support them? Certainly not me!!

    May 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. paul

    They should have a protest in front of Supreme Court, on one is above the law, Clinton scandal should not be allowed to escape US justice.

    May 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. No Way

    Please let's just end this. Will this drag out until January when President McCain is being sworn into office? End this before that happens.

    May 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. taylor richmond virginia

    its over. the fat lady has sung. Elvis has left the building. etc. etc. etc.
    My advice to both sides is to stay home and not waste gas.

    May 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Kenneth M

    I would love to be there. Does anyone know what hotel this will take place in?

    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. John from Orlando

    Howcome if hillary is sdo much for the blue collar worker she doesn't want to count OUR vote in Florida? I am not a wealthy person who owns a house in Orlando, I rent because I cannot afford $200000 for a house. I did not vote because there was no reason for me to go out, the Democratic Primary was not supposed to count (or so I was told) and I could care less if the wealthy have to pay more in property taxes so I sytayed home/. I support Barack as do a lot of my friends, but because we are not rich and do not own a house we are told we should be disenfrancised how unfair and WRONG! If I had known the rules were going to change me and my buddies would have gone out and voted for Barack and HE would have the populkar vote in FL!! COUNT MY VOTE TO NOT JUST THE WEALTHY OF FLORIDA!


    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. James

    WHAT ARE THEY DOING? Do the Democrats want to create their own little Florida-2000, with all the bitterness that brings?

    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. EC

    THAT'S RIGHT.... if Sen. Clinton sits by and allows her own supporters to carry on in such a dishonorable manner THEN let the battle begin.

    It's so clear that the Sen. Clinton plays the "victim" so well by allowing her goonies to do her dirty work for her. Her supporters continue to become more and more like Republicans in their outright bitterness and simple-minded hatred.

    Sen. Clinton talks about "uniting" the party, but her actions speak another message. WIN at ALL COST!!! They say "actions speak louder than words"....and her supporters are truly acting out in full spectrum.

    Sen. Clinton and Bill Clinton have the never to talk about being "disrespected". They have been nothing but disrespectful themselves by trying to bully and cheat their way at every turn.

    AND you wonder why she's LOSING big time.


    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Chalice Davenport

    Great example for our children. Rules don't matter, just violate them. Why abide by any rules or laws? Just let criminals, liars and thieves free.

    May 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Kuilor2k

    Foolish people doing foolish things. The more the Obama camp tries to disenfranchise these two 'bit states' the faster they guarantee themselves defeat in November.

    May 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Marta K-Florida

    We are? That's not the word coming down from our team leaders. We've been instructed to behave as Obama has throughout this campaign, with the utmost character and respect for the proceedings. I think you mean the harpy-brigade in support of Hillary. There are news articles everywhere about their plans to attend and whine as loud as possible. They were even instructed by the campaign to flood the ticket requests for the hearings to try to keep Obama supporters out.

    May 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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