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. A DEM for 50 years

    I will vote for Sen. Mccain over obams every day of the week, and twice on sunday. Down with obamanation

    May 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Finally Decided

    The DNC rules need be followed. Hillary should stop trying to force the DNC to rule in her favor. Superdelegates have a responsibility and that is to the Party and not a Candidate. Hillary does not have the foresight and that is why she underestimated Barack by thinking the race will be over on Super Tuesday. She is paying for her misjudgement and instead of being gracious about it she becomes obsessed with this notion that she is entitled to be the nominee.
    This notion of Electability by Hillary is BS. If the nominee is chosen by Electability then why are we campaigning and voting? Does Hillary think that the nominee will be chosen like the Catholics choose the POPE? All she is doing is manipulating her suppporters into thinking that the process is unfair to her. I hope she is honest to accept that she helped set the rules that she is flip-flopping on today.
    So far Obama is getting the Votes and the rules will be respected.
    How can Hillary defend our constitution when she does not respect the rules?

    May 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. MC, Pa

    THE CLINTONS – The Most disgraceful, disgusting names in politics.

    May 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Marie

    They should protest. How can you count the votes in those States when Senator Obama was not even on the ballot in one of them? The only fair way is to hold a revote. I'm sure thousands of Obama voters did not even come out to vote for him because they thought it would not count. It just shows you what the Clintons are capable of.

    May 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Maggie VT

    How can people say Obama does not want the FL and MI votes to count? He will win anyway. The reason as I have read that his campaign did want the re-vote was because the people who were donating their money for this so called re-vote are all of the Clintons supporters. Does anyone think this might be a problem? Considering what is being said now, I, for one think it would not have been the correct way. If outsiders donated the money, maybe it might have worked

    May 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. K

    Florida should stay counted as is since neither campaigned there. Michigan should be split 50/50. End of story. I support either Democrat b/c their policies are basically the same. However, you Obama folks are quite nasty with the personal attacks on Hillary. Who cares. Obama will win so shut up.

    May 27, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. George, MA

    Those 17 million votes that Clinton is touting are bogus. If there is a re-vote now she will loose every blue state including CA, MA and probably even NY. Everyone has seen her now and knows how lowly the Clinton politik machine is.

    May 27, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. owen

    well H. Clinton is having problem gaining the hearts of the people especially places she thought she could, and why in this world is she asking for a vote in Florida, when she was against it initially? also here racial strategy of campaign, is a mess and who does she think would vote her, only the whites? she really needs to give it up, and stop dividing the democrats.

    May 27, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. JMK-Florida

    I don't blame the candidates for FL's delegates not being seated. I blame our state party leaders who never took the DNC's threat seriously and can be seen on YouTube laughing on the floor of the FL House at the threat of not having our delegates count.
    What I DO oppose is Hillary first agreeing to abide by the DNC rules and then changing her mind when she started losing. That shows a real lack of character.

    May 27, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Laura

    I was told that the Obama campaign did not want people counter-protesting. I was lucky enough to get a spot in the meeting, but I was told the Obama campaign did not want people outside counter-protesting. Can anyone confirm whether or not this is true?

    May 27, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. captain

    I am an Obama supporter who would vote for Hillary without hesitation if she were the nominee and deplores the ugly name-calling she has had to face on the campaign trail. I can't believe that some Clinton supporters would vote for four more years of Republican rule (Roe v. Wade, health care, Iraq) simply to stick it to Obama. Say it aint so.

    May 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. kristina

    To The DNC, please stand by the first ruling, I understand that the people in flordia want their votes to count and it is not their fault, however once an agreement has been made, it should stick, and if anything occurs again I will say, split the votes between the two, and every delegate or super delegate from those states need to support the candiate to which they are chosen to support in the split, It is not enough just to split the vote if the delegates don't support that person, this way everyone can make their votes count

    May 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Linda R. in Virginia

    This country cannot afford another President wearing training wheels. Have we not learned our lessons from Bush II?

    Wake up America!!!!!!! This country needs a strong leader and she is Hillary Clinton.

    .......a message to the Obama nuts........if the DNC hands over the nomination to BO because Dean, Kerry and Pelosi know they can control BO's puppet strings............

    my write in vote will be for Hillary Clinton!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Jim

    Afraid of the results in Florida and Michigan! Anyone so stupid as to withdraw his name from the ballot deserves nothing more than defeat!

    Hillary should not be punished for Obama's actions in Michigan nor should millions of voters be punished and humiliated because the DNC made a big deal out of changing dates! This is not the role of the DNC, alienating voters and not respecting Americans right to vote and have their votes counted.

    Obama lost Florida and Michigan and the numbers are there! Let them be counted or let's take away two of his biggest wins and see where that puts him in the race!!!

    Hillary 2008, 2012.

    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. michael daniel

    i pray for obama to win and aftre he win let him take clinton as a deputy sothat they win the election


    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Lisa

    De ja vu(circa election 2000) - people protesting outside when votes are being counted inside. Why are we letting Hillary bring down the party to the Republican low that brought us the worst American presidency in history? Thank you, Hillary, for giving fuel to every person who ways a woman can only win when the rules are changed. As a white woman who once supported Hillary, I can only vote for Mr. Obama due to the respect, integrity and forthrightness that his campaign has brought him to the brink of his well-deserved and fair fought victory. Let us move into the 21st century (finally) with hope and our democratic dignity as AMERICANS first, in tact.

    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. oneway

    Anyone have information on when and where? I'm coming to support Obama and all I can say is:


    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Nancy

    I began this political season with a great deal of respect for Hillary as a trail-blazer for women. However, as she has increasingly run as an appendage of her husband and employed strategies that have given the Republicans their fall campaign ads (such as she and McCain are ready to lead while Obama has a speech, etc) and shown a dark, selfish, dishonest side, I feel totally disappointed. It is sad to see the depths to which she has stooped to further her own ambition at the expense of the Democratic party, not just Obama but the down-ticket candidates as well. This harm is what the Obama supporters and ALL offended Democrats should demonstrate against on May 31. This is about the good of the party, not Hillary.

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Dave in Albuquerque

    Dear "Great," who wrote, "Putting your so called "rules" aside for a minute please, ..." No, that's the point. One candidate is winning by the rules, and the other is clearly losing - so she wants to change the rules. If I can't trust HIllary Clinton to play by the rules during the primaries, how can I trust her to play by the rules when she's the president? The answer is, I can't. We already have a president who makes up new rules whenever it suits him, and look where it has gotten us.

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Alex in San Diego

    Wow! I’m at loss for words.

    I must say I am truly disappointed in my former President. It’s one thing for a weirdo talk show personality to make these suggestions, but the person who is still the most popular living\former American President, this just blows me away! The Clintons have been the face of the Democratic Party as long as I a 35 year old can remember, and are arguably the most powerful political couple in the world. Just being a Clinton comes with connections and loyalties that no other politician could muster. So how does the Democratic Party, or the majority of it as Bill suggest just turn on them. At this point I believe they may be crossing the line of damaging the inevitable nominee, the Democratic Party as well as the Clinton legacy. At some point, it must be Good of the Country over Good of the Clintons!

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Dandelion.

    This has gotten completely out of control. Someone needs to step in and stop this!

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. ATLian

    Hillary got 50% of the vote in Fl and 55% in Mi. Give them to her and give Obama the rest. She still will be behind!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. White woman in MI.

    sherri50, you are delusional. Obama has been kind and generous when speaking of HRC... Obama supporters haven't been the ones saying they'll vote McCain rather than vote for the actual winner of the Democratic primary.

    When someone says HRC has changed her mind about who, what or when a vote is important or doesn't count, that's not a lie. It's the truth. It's a fact. It's not hating HRC, it's stating the truth.

    When someone says HRC lied about sniper fire in Bosnia, that's the truth. She even (finally) admitted to lying. It's a fact.

    When someone says she agreed to not campaign in FL or MI and that the delegates and votes there wouldn't count, THAT is a fact. That she later decided to change her mind (flip-flopping) doesn't make any difference about what it the truth.

    None of that is mean. None of that is a lie. None of that is Hillary-bashing. She panders to the "woman" vote, then crys "sexism" when she loses. You don't get to have it both ways.

    Be bigger than yourself, all of you. No one wants another 4 years of Bush - how the hell could you EVER vote for that just because your candidate didn't win the Dem. primary?

    Are you crazy?

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. momo


    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hillary is a nut case. She really is. Go hang out with Rupert Murdoch Hillary, go hangout with Richard Mellon Scaife Hillary, get out of town already. Nut case.

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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