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. Tom Swift, Shopton

    The Democrat National Commitee will "flip-flop" and let Rodham-Clinton have her way.



    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Mary

    I am amazed on a daily basis at people who keep acting like Obama does not want the votes in FLA and MI to he is somehow against their right to vote.....the reality (which I know is hard to see, when you are too busy drinking the kool aid), is that all of the candidates signed up to the idea and FLA and MI would not count since they violated existing rules (by the way, rules put in place by Clinton supporter Terry McAuliffe). Obama's name was not on the ballot in MI, and they agreed not to campaign in FLA. Now, all of a sudden, when Hillary is behind...she panics and starts talking about disenfranchised voters? what about all of the Obama (and Hillary) supporters who stayed home because there were told the vote would not count...what about them....and what about all the rest of us here in the other 48? are we not important? our voice has been heard...we want Obama...get used to it.

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Joe Regis

    The alternative is clear.

    Obama will prevail.

    Obama/Webb 08/12

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Lazarito

    CAN WE CHANGE THE RULES OF A BASEBALL GAME IN THE 9TH INNINING,BECAUSE WE'RE LOSING???That's exactly what Hillary is doing!!I was first for her,but now I feel really upset for the things she's been doing!!!If she were winning she wouldn't speak about it!!!NOW I LOVE OBAMA 2008 !!He is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. "sherrie50" -- what have you done lately?

    I doubt that you could rub shoulders with Hillary Clinton, who has served YOUR country for more than 35 years. And, yes, it was SHE who first battled for universal healthcare - decades ago! Who has fought for women and children around the world. And those of us who support her remember that! Your candidate doesn't even come close!

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Kate from Michigan

    Obama wasn't on the ticket in Michigan – and he didn't campaign here (or in Florida for that matter...)

    The Michigan primary was farcical, and so are HRC's crazed ranting about us being disenfranchised. We were screwed by our Democratic reps when they decided to move the primary up. HRC didn't care then, she just wants to claw her way to power any way she can: including defrauding the caucus states, and saying MI's primary was fair/we want her to win when there was no choice!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Veteran in Kansas

    At one time,long, long ago in a different time I supported Obama. Today, I do not like his supporters, I do not like the tone he has taken with voters, I do not like the politics that he has adopted for his most vocal supporters. What I dislike the most however, is the leadership of the DNC in John Dean who is about to show us how to lose back to back elections, neither of which should have been lost.

    Go Obama 08 and watch McCain win.

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Zoey

    I understand the Clinton supporters want to include MI and FL, but their arguement is baseless. I do hope the DNC comes to a resolution soon, however, I wouldn't be mad if nothing happens at all. Plain and simple, the rules are the rules.

    May 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. AJ

    this just shows you how greedy the clintons are! If they don't get their way they whine. Gee when the rules were laid out they all agreed to them When Michigan and Florida decided to break the rules then their votes don't count plain and simple. Who should complain should be the democrated voters in thoses two states for breaking the rules. You don't win the popular vote in the primaries you win it in the national election. I think America is tired of the BUshes and the clintons and these two families should let someone else play.

    May 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Erick, Seattle


    Instead of being so upset at Obama and his supporters perhaps you and your fellow Floridians should direct their anger at your State goverment which for the 2nd straight Presidential Election has managed to botch your voting process. Perhaps you may even want to direct whatever is left over at yourself for voting these people into office. I know taking responsiblity for ones actions can be a bitter pill to swallow but take it with water, I've found the truth goes down much easier that way.

    May 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. An American in Canada for David

    All the way to the Convention H.R. Clinton and then all the way to the White House.

    If, the DNC gives Obama the nomination, he will never win the General Election.

    W,e the Clinton supporters suport her and only her, we will never vote for Obama, the incompetent and inexperienced upstart from South Side Chicago.

    H.R. Clinton, she will be President, she is a woman of substance, intellect, savoir faire and solutions.

    Over 20 million citizens support H.R. Clinton as the nomoniee for the Democratic leadership and she will win the General Election.

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. JMK-Florida


    No one needs to "paint McCain as monster." He's doing that all by himself. Have you been paying attention to what he says and does? Have you read his Issues Platform? We are on the cusp of sending this country reeling back in time and stature versus moving forward as a great world leader once again. McCain and Hillary are both "the past.

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Alyn, Pennsylvania


    WHY EVEN MAKE RULES?!! If you go back on them, how will you be taken seriously the next time you TRY to impose them? It's like dealing with children....and Hillary is the whiniest and most spoiled.
    How you handle this will set a BIG example to the party.

    Best option, split each state's the delegates in half for both Obama and they're seated.

    It's just ridiculous that she's promoting and even getting away with a protest after AGREEING to the terms. I would say the same about Obama if the situation were reversed, but i know that he's not the type of human being that would act like this. It's strictly a Clinton thing. It's their warped, high-minded, sense-of-entitlement and mega egos that are gonna make this party look like a joke and ruin the chances of another woman ever running for president again in our generation.


    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    Google Paul vs. Clinton, find out what liars and cheaters this woman and her husband really are. They're going to try and cheat their way into the Whitehouse. First she agrees that the votes won't count because she thought she had it in the bag, when she found out that not everyone loves her like she thought they did, well now she wants those votes.

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Dealt

    Florida and Michigan CHOSE to hold their primaries before the agreed date. Hillary Clinton agreed to it, signed a document, and went through all the motions. The only reason she's fighting for Florida and Michigan to be seated is because she wants to prolong this fight as long as she possibly can. She wouldn't care a hoot for those voters if she was not losing.

    She's so desperate she's talking about changing the rules on the worst possible occasion. She's doing all she can to upset the GE, adn, probably, try to do all she can to make sure McCain wins (one term only, and then she will be able to charge into the white house again). Also, first she was all for the superdelegates, now she's all for the popular vote.

    Is this what America wants for president? Somebody who'll say anything, regardless of what she's said before just to get her way? That's scorched earth policy...

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. john



    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. otis

    This is getting pretty silly. The next thing you know the Clinton's will want the Constitution changed so we can have two presidents at one time, which we will have if she wins. Please, Please, Please, Senator Obama, do not pick her as your running mate because we will then have THREE presidents.

    It is so curious that they were not talking about seating delegates or storming the Bastille when she was behind but now that she is losing the rules are being changed. I am starting to believe the things Republicans say about the Clintons: they are drunk with power and will stop at nothing to get and keep it. I bet you if she wins Chelsea will be in the cabinet. Probably Secretary of keeping Bill's door locked.

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Michael

    How is it possible that everyone (Obama supporters, Clinton supporters, the media, etc.) does not agree that counting the votes of a state where one candidate wasn't on the ballot is absurd. I can't believe Clinton supporters aren't telling her what a stupid argument this is. I don't care how desperate you are. He wasn't on the ballot. He wasn't on the ballot. He wasn't on the ballot. How many times do you need to hear it.

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Sue

    Someone explain how throwing a day long protest against the DNC can bring the party together? I think Hillary and her supporters need to take a step back and look at what they are doing. How can you fight to include Florida and Michigan's votes but not include the votes of the caucus states. So it's okay if she wins without the caucus state's votes? How does her winning the popular vote include their right to have their votes heard? I can't believe people actually go along with this?

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. NC voter

    I will be there for CLINTON

    I am CERTAIN that OBAMABOTS will try to bully us, as always

    I am tired of OBama supporters' rudeness!

    They will not bully me!

    I have a feeling this could get ugly

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. frank fato

    I am a republican . I have learned to respect Hillary Clinton for her tenacity and courage.

    She has been a victim of her own invention -p olitical correctness,

    I believe she has not been treated fairly by the Obama backers , our society disallows speaking some truths this is unhealthy in determing the true characters of the candidates or issues facing the future of our republic.

    We need bold leadership in today's world environment not APPEASERS.

    I propose a Mc cain /Hillary ticket!!!!
    frank fato

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. JMK-Florida

    All the world's a stage....and America is about to fall off of it if this election doesn't turn the tide.

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Phil

    In Michigan, Obama's name was not on the ballot. That is simply unacceptable and everyone knows it. It is not democracy, it does not represent fairness.

    Florida is negotiable, though they may lack effort to do anything about Florida because of the simple fact that Hillary didn't care at all until it was clear she wasn't winning. It is also an issue that her campaign advisor made the rules that they not count before he joined her campaign, and now is not willing to follow his own rules.

    Sorry guys, it's waay too much fuzzy math and way too little ethics in order for you to get what you want.

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Billy from Florida

    UMMMMM....I wonder why Obama, his campaign and his supporters

    are so afraid to have Mi. and Fl. votes counted?

    Could it be that they know they will loose?????

    Your all blaming Hillary because you don't want to admit the truth.

    Who cares who agreed to what back then. This is now and of course
    Obama was happy that Fl and Mi wouldn't count, this way no
    egg on his face.

    Hillary or McCain 08

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. JM

    RE: Natasha/Supporter of Democrats


    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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