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. BJ

    Obama's campaign is running scared, trying to declare victory, because they know there is a certain tape lurking that could be released about Michelle.

    Nonetheless, it makes him unelectable for November, even if he wins the nomination!

    Poor Dems have been sucker punched again! They deserve it.

    May 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Chuks

    I cannot believe the straight face Clinton democrats have when they twist the truth. It sure ain't easy being sleazy!

    1) Popular Vote: Please define popular vote for me you wicked people. Does that include the caucus states and if doesn't why? And if it does how did you come up with the tortured math to count people individually? Aren't we supposed to fair to everybody? We all want to sit MI and FL thats fine with everyone, but talk about counting popular votes? Are you guys that gullible? The only POPULAR VOTE THAT COUNTS MUST INCLUDE CAUCUS STATES!

    2) ELECTORAL Votes: Can any one here show me any current poll that has Obama losing any of the popular democratic states to McCain say CA? NO! So look at the swing states in play that Obama has opened. Get ready for a new MAP.

    3) FL & MI : How can HILLARY so openly and shamelessly FLIP FLOP by SAYING "Those States don't Count", making a 360 degrees turn around and make the guy playing by the rules look so bad. Only Hillary can pull it off and her ignorant supporters follow like a blind sheep still dreaming of the 1990s that was good by dot.coms and not any specific Clinton Policy because that was when they started to ship our jobs outside unfairly without strong rules.


    Maybe its good Obama came on the scene so your blind hate for a black man will make you press the wrong button and regret your actions years later. The truth is that if Obama does not win the Presidency it means this country will go down under another republican administration. What a concept!

    May 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. steve, San Diego, CA

    All of the clinton supporters need to educate themselves and not just listen to the clinton propaganda. Where were all of you who are shouting for every vote to count when she lost Iowa? All of you were screaming at Edwards to get out because he was "stealing votes from hillary!" and "costing her the election." You had no care for counting the votes of the Edwards supporters. You even used the same old line that he was "unelectable." Now you all are saying the same thing about Obama. There was a plan to recount Florida, but your girl hillary opposed it. Why? Because it would have allowed for a statewide revote. However, she did not want that, she only wanted to allow the people who had originally voted to revote, thus insuring she had a better chance to win again. What about the votes of those people who had stated home and did not vote because they thought their vote would not count? What about their voices? Why does she, and you, oppose letting them revote? She is the one who opposed a revote. Think about that. Remember, you are counting on her winning WV and KY, but those states have not voted for a democrat in the GE for over 20 years. Why do you think she can win them now? What has changed to make her suddenly acceptable in those states that they will vote for her in the GE? Do not claim that she will win CA and TX because Obama won TX, and CA has continuously gone democratic, NY and NJ and most of the northeastern states also. The dems have lost Florida twice now, so why do you think she will win it back? Ohio went rethuglican also last election, so why will it change now? The rethug party is very dissatisfied with their candidate and many say they will stay home, but if hillary does get the nomination, their hatred of everything clinton will bring them out again. Remember the old lady at the mcsame event who asked him"How do we stop the B***h? Please realize they do not love her like you do and would rather hold their noses and vote for mcsame than allow the clintons back in the white house. So much for your electability argument . Think of what you are saying and writing before it is too late.

    May 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Fred

    The Clintons will Lie Cheat and Steal to get what they want. Not what I am looking for in a President.

    May 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. MI voter here

    hey GB... don't you look silly now!

    May 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Fitz

    Well if they don't come to a compromise to seat FL and MI, then that proves it's all part of a grand conspiracy as devised by Bill Clinton.

    Remember when all else fails, blame the media and everyone else.

    May 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. LifeLongDemocrat

    I am always amazed at the lack of factual information that the Obama supporters have. They keep spreading untruths via blogs. Hillary will be a major part of Obama's administration whether as VP or in another role. That's how it is. Learn to live with it or get out of politics!!

    Obama took himself off the ballot in Michigan as part of hi Iowa strategy. Neither one campaigned in Florida although Obama did run ads which he purchased as part of a national campaign. So he did violate that part of the agreement.

    Did you watch "Recount" on HBO? That's the real world of politics, unfortunately. Get with the program or get out!!!

    As Harry Truman said, "if you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen!"

    May 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Dennis

    If Hillary has proven anything in this campaign it's that she is DISHONEST!! No matter what anybody on her side believes or how they think she will be the best candidate. Think about this one point...She has demonstrated her ability to spin and deflect obvious mistakes in her campaign for the past two years. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE ARE GOING TO GET FOR A PRESIDENT. SHE WILL LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO COVER HER @SS.SHE WILL JUST BE A DEMOCRATIC VERSION OF THE CURRENT BUSH ADMINISTRATION. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT AMERICA???

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Rave

    Hillary is nothing but DESPERATE.
    Desperate person lies, cheats, fakes and does anything to achieve a goal and she tried it all.
    We dont need an other 4 years of Lies and Deception.. Go away Hillary
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |

    CORRUPTION, thy name is American politics

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Pat in Cali

    Florida Republicans were the only ones with power to change the election date.

    You so called Democrats would rather fight with each other than the real culprits. It's called divide and conquer. McCain is counting on this. That's how Bush stole the election from Gore: Florida Republicans. If anything, Florida voter rights should be the issue on a federal level.

    Democrats unite!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    SHUT HILLARY UP..... she agreed to the FL and MI deals UNTIL she started losing. Now all she yaps about is POPULAR VOTE... that's not the way it works, you MORON

    god what a whiny sore loser.... Hillary is all about changing the rules to favor HER.... what nerve

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Peter Damoah-Afari

    This is a good thing to do. If Hillary and Bill Clinton think that the Democratic Party is their property, and that they can do anything they want. What makes it so difficult for them to accept defeat?

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Carrie

    Trust me MI will go to Obama not Hillary. Too many people stayed out because we were told it would not count.......should have figured....if its not going the Clinton way......change the rules until they fit them.

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Michael, an independent Canadian

    There is absolutely nothing wrong for both Clinton and Obama supporters to voice their views......isn't that what democracy is all about.

    It is so unfortunate that so many Clinton supporters are turning their backs to the Democrat party. Obama has been respectful to Clinton. He has not pandered. He has maintained a "straight talk" approach. He has always wanted to see the Florida and Michigan delegates get seated (in a fair manner). Yet, there is so much spite in trying to somehow blame him for things that he is not guilty for.

    For someone watching these primaries from an objective viewpoint, it is truly amazing to see so much emotion cloud the truth. Obama has stayed on the high road and don't punish him (or yourselves) for him winning the Democrat nomination!!

    And to Anne from Canada

    You are in the minority in Canada (take a look at the most recent polls). Most Canadians want Obama as the US President. Do your homework and don't misrepresent Canada!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Terry in New York

    Talk about drowning, grasping at straws and crying for any kind of help. What a bunch of loosers! What are bus loads of more loosers going to proove?
    The DNC knows very well that counting Fl. and MI would give Hillary an unfair advantage. The only fair thing to do is ackowledge them but don't consider them. Count them if you want but they can mean nothing in the grand scheme. There was no active campaign ran in those states because of the sanctions against them, at least not by one of the canidates who thought he was playing by the rules. So who knows how they would have turned out given a full blown campaign for their votes. END OF STORY

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Finally Decided

    great May 27th, 2008 11:43 am ET

    I want to remind GREAT and his Republican allies on this forum that in November we will be voting as Democrats and not as Obama and Hillary Supporters. For now we just want our candidate to be the nominee.
    John McSame is not a monster. He just has it all WRONG when it comes to the issues. Remember when Joe Libermann had to rescue him when he did not know the difference between Hamas and Herzbollah? We cannot afford another Pres who does not understand the cultures of the middle east and has as a favorite song bomb, bomb, bomb Ir.. And who thinks our men and women in uniforms should get old before getting a bachelors degree? These are genuine concerns coupled by the fact that he does not understand macro economics and will have a hard time getting us out of this economic mess.

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Laura

    I would feel betrayed by my party if my vote was not counted. The DNC will alienate alot of voters, those needed to win the general election. Alot of us have already been alienated by the DNC pushing to nominate the weaker candidate. Superdelegates, please rethink your votes or it's 4 more years of a republican whitehouse

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. LifeLongDemocrat

    Tony from Minnesota: I am wealthy, highly educated and am a Clinton supporter. Don't paint us all as uneducated with incomes under $50,000.

    P.S. I'm from MInnesota, too!

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. momo

    The Democratic Party shot itself in the foot when it allowed a woman & a Black man to compete against each other. They should have talked to Obama & told him his time would come, after he had more of a resume to present, & could back that up with some accomplishments. Hillary could easily have beat McCain, as we now know. The media has jumped on Obama's bandwagon because they mistakenly think this is the way to make up for any wrongs committed by America to Blacks. Blacks are voting for Obama because he's Black, period. No politician has the guts to say that, but it's so. Hillary is the most qualified person in the race, & if she's not on the ballot, half of the Democratic party will either stay home or vote for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. MemeForObama

    If the DNC allows the Clintons to steal this primaries, i can bet you that clinton won't win the general election-she's got too much baggage on her records dating way back from Arkansa-This two will lie by all means to futher their political goals.

    Americans should think about this and make good and sound decission based on moral principles. Voting for Mrs Clinton based on emotions alone is deadly.

    May 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. mish

    the super delegates are either delusional or enjoy negativity
    This could very well turn NASTY down there in florida and then where will your party united will it look!!
    these so called intelligent people need to take their heads out of the sand and step forward and end this NOW
    Geesh I cant bear to watch another night where Queen EGO
    comes out and declares victory for another useless primary that doesnt change the scenario one iota
    She and Bill desperately need to get over themselves!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Larry of Boston

    Dumbest move yet by the Obamabots – picket the DNC and protest against the voters in Florida and Michigan. This move will accomplish three (3) things

    1 It will alienate Florida and Michigan voters against Obama and ensure McCain wins both of these swing sates

    2 It will galvanize the Clinto supporters against Obama with many more going over to McCain or staying home

    3 It will give the White House to McCain if Obama is the nominee

    And as a bonus 4th result: It guarantees a fractured Democratic Convention with warring campaigns and delegates and hopefully will cause Hillary to stay in.

    Here is a thought – If Obama gets the nomination, Hillary should just adopt the Joe Lieberman strategy and run as an Independent.

    May 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    You know what, this isnt the first time the Clintons have discarded something they didnt need, just like Fl and MI they didnt need them then so they swept them under the rug, reminds me of socks, everyone remembers socks right? the pretty little black and white cat they addopted during Bills presidency, is everyone aware that once they no longer "needed" socks to soften Hillarys image with the people, they gave her away when they left the Wh! And that pretty chocolate lab buddy that they had, he was killed by a car shortly after they left the WH, TO DATE NEITHER "PET" HAS BEEN REPLACED. Why? Like FL and MI they dont need them, If they suddenly "needed" another "pet" like they suddenly "need" FL and MI, I bet they would be making a beeline to the nearest animal shelter. If you dont believe me google socks and buddy white house pets.

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Steve D, Irving TX

    I'm so disgusted with Hilary's unscrupulous efforts to win...against everything she claimed to stand for a few months ago. Everyone knows those "votes" can't count, although the delegates MUST be seated. Barack's way of winning has been to campaign hard for his votes. He did not get that chance in FL or MI. Back in January neither states knew much about him, while the Clintons are practically household names. It's totally unfair to simply count those votes as FL and MI's will. Let them vote again, now...I bet it'd be a whole different outcome.

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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