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. Perk

    Hillary supporters: Count all the votes!
    Obama fans: Dont count all the votes!

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

    Hillary supporters are spouting the SAME tired, exhausted mantras over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over.......

    ok... by now.... we get it...... you will not vote for Obama under any circumstances because blah-blah-blah... and Obama's supporters are blah-blah-blah-blah.....

    ok... we get it... stfu already.

    You haven't added ONE "CREDIBLE" or LOGICAL argument in MONTHS.

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. bridget

    Rules are rules. All the candidates agreed to take their name off the ballot in Michigan because Michigan went against the rules. Hillary left hers on after Edwards and Obama took theirs off. I personally know dozens of people in Michigan who did not vote in the primary simply because they were told it wouldn't count, and only one candidate was on the ticket, one they didn't want to vote for. Does anyone care about their votes? How can Michigan possibly count when Hillary supporters were the only ones who voted? I think she showed her true colors back then, when she said she would take her name off the ballot, but because of her hubris she kept it on, and now she wants it to count!

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. John

    Why don't we just stick with the facts and the truth. It was not the Obama campaign that said Michigan and Florida should be stripped of their delgates. It was the DNC and Hillary and all the other candidates agreed to stick with the rules. It is unfair to try to change the rules at this time because it suits you. How can Hillary even suggest that these "delagates" be seated to her advantage when she knows that Obama's name was not even on the ballot in Michigan? Hillary said it many many times that Michigan and Florida will not count. It is this type of dishonesty on her part that turns people like me, who were otherwise Clintons' fans off. If Hillary wants Florida and Michigan delegates to be seated, let her agree that they be split equally between her and Obama or have a revote paid for by her campign, Obama campaign and the DNC. Obama did not have the name recognition that the Clintons have going into the election. He did not campaign in any of those two states. So Clinton went into the Florida polls with an undue advantage. Imagine for one moment if Obama did not comapign in Iowa. Clinton and Edwards would have swept it. But see what happened where Obama got a chance to campaign. Look at the poll numbers in Texas back in December 2007. Clinton had a double digit lead over Obama. But look at the final votes after Obama had a chance to introduce himself to the voters. It was an even split. I dare say that if Obama had campaigned in Florida, Clinton may not have had the easy ride she had. Please let us be fair to all. Where have honesty and intergrity gone, Hillary?

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. bshult

    Obama people: you show your naivete here. Do not go like robots to DC and just because Daily Koz says so. To show up looks like this is important and makes you look like you are against seating MI and FL.

    Let it go. The nomination is done. There is no upside to your making this a big deal. How stupid you novices are that you cannot think this through. Just like you jumped at the smell of red meat regarding Bush's statements about appeasement. Your reaction makes something news and gives people impression that this is something you are vulnerable about.

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. American Party

    There is an efford under way the get Hillary's name on the ballot in all 50 states, please join us. With elite left wingers on the left, and elite right wingers on the right we need Hillary for us here in the middle.

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. dk

    I must hope that the DNC rules committee will be fair to BOTH candidates –as fair to Obama as to Clinton. What Clinton advocates is unfair to Obama. Split the delegates down down the middle –with no advantage to the state party pols who let it happen. The delegates WILL be seated that way. Let the Dem party do what's right for the future –this mess can't be encouraged to be repeated.

    I'm SO tired of hearing about how Clinton will "win" when all the Florida and Michigan delegates are seated. Not true.

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Typical bitter white person

    The bias of the media knows no bounds. As evidenced by the number of hate-filled Obama supporter's messages that have been "reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting" by CNN.

    Where was the 13 paragraph article on Clinton supporters protesting the rules committee meeting a few days ago? Nowhere. But CNN's "get out the Obama vote" campaign is all over a posting on a pro-Obama web site and can't wait to give it national headlines.

    Bill Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro were right. The people who are railing at them the most for saying it out loud are the ones who are the worst offenders when it comes to blindly ignoring Obama's total lack of qualifications in favor of his skin color. The truth is that the man has done NOTHING in his career but talk about doing something. He hasn't had an original thought or strategy in his life. And yet, the media is in LOVE with him because he is the first black man they can embrace for president and not vomit from the overt racism of the Jacksons and Sharptons. So we have covert racism instead being perpetrated by the supposedly impartial media.

    It is pathetic! History is going to look back at this election and rightly charactorize the media as being biased and trying to influence the election of a president of the United States. Last time I checked, the American press was supposed to be impartial and REPORT, not SHAPE, the news. Maybe some Universities will be able to salvage something from this debacle ... a new course entitled "Journalistic Meddling and How It Ruined a Nation".

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. HD


    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Doug P

    HI DNC,

    I am a registered Republican in the state of NH. If Barrack Obama wins the DNC nomination, I will vote for him. If the wife of the an impeached president wins the nomination, I will vote for John McCain. Its' that simple. I think if you spend some time polling Republicans, you'll find the same story.

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Sandy from Ohio

    you know that they had a high school on about improper dancing and high school students breaking the rules and teacher and head personal just watching WEAK_UP PEOPLE WHAT ARE TEACHING OUR KIDS RULES DON"T MATTER CHEATING IS OK IF YOU HAVE A BIG ENOUGH NAME NO VOTES FOR MICHIGAN OR FLOEDIA NEXT TIME THEY WIIL WOLLOW THE RULES AND HRC NEEDS TO STOP CRYING GROW UP HRC

    HRC supporters you guys don't care what HRC does cry cheat steal to win you people are sick you and HRC need to go away

    OBAMA 08

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. ber6964

    You Go Obama Supporters, I Wish I could be there. But I urge all Obama Supporters that can make it to Go. Show the Clinton Machine/Manipulators that they can't BULLY the Obama Camp!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. bash

    One of Clinton's early jobs after getting her law degree was as a lawyer on the panel that was putting together a case against Nixon.She was fired from this job for lying and unethical conduct and the person who fired her said he could never recommend her for a government job again. among her lapses at this job were ignoring the established rules of the committee and trying to change them after they had been in place. it is time for the superdelegates to grow a spine and endorse . It sounds like Saturday could become a small scale Grant Park. Of course Hillary's Hounds from Hell will just blame that on Obama too.

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Susan

    Tit for Tat. What is fair for Hillary is fair for Obama. go Obama!!

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Rich

    One of the things that strikes me most about this campaign is the fact that the Clinton campaign along the way has discounted the caucuses and the "small" states while counting the "big" states that she won. She somehow figures that her votes in Michigan count, even though she earlier said that primary would not count along with Florida (where many voters stayed home due to the DNC sanctins). Throw in her continuous claims of being the "underdog"(after 20 years in the spotlight of Washington politics), the object of sexist attitudes, being "bullied by the boys" comments, etc. WHO would want a President who always has an excuse for something ? What is more pathethic is that her avid followers believe all this. SAD

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    By the way, just because a few p.o.'d Hillary supporters say Obama will lose Florida and Michigan, doesn't make it so. November is a long ways away. He has support in both states and can gain more and more yet with time.

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. red, yellow, black and white

    Erick, Seattle,
    Wholeheartedly agree.
    It is their state officials that they should have been protesting against.
    They should have challenged this ruling from day one. Instead they thought Hillary was the nominee and did nothing.
    Poor planning, now leaving Obama with a mess to clean up in Fl.

    May 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Divider Obama

    Barack Obama will divide DNC.

    Barack Obama will divide America.

    May 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    This is great. Hillary Clinton, in an effort to improve her own chances, is basically turning two states away from Barack Obama, thus damaging not only his chances, but the chances of the Democratic Party.

    To all Michigan and Florida voters: understand that Barack Obama is on your side. He will stand up for the rules, and protect you from those who try to exploit, twist, and break the rules for their own personal gain.

    May 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Rhonda

    Here's a thought for the Hillary supporters. Start your own party so you can make or break any rule you choose without having to explain. Maybe the "Clintocratic party"

    May 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Math Teacher, Texas

    Even if they count Fl and Mi, she can not win. As for fact, she may need more superdelegates if the delegate count is raised because FL and MI are included.

    I just believe it's over, and I wish this in house fighting amongst Democrats would STOP!!

    May 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Duane,WA

    Hillary Dillary doc
    the mouse ran up the clock
    the clock struck 12
    Time for you to bail
    Hillary Dillary doc

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Rick in Florida


    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. james from brooklyn

    those hillary supporters that are protesting were paid to do it. ANYone who actually go out there prostesting for FL and MI are clear cut idiots. the lady you are campaigning or protesting for agreed with the rule last year when she thought was hier to the white house and now that she got knockout by the windy city storm, she wants you to go out there and protest. hillary has shown us that she don't care about anything, not you, not me and not even the great law of the USA.
    AND to the ppl out there protest for OBAMA, way to stand up for what you believe, i wish it was here in nyc, i would be out there with you guys.
    Hillary, your political career is over, the clinton dinasty is chelsea don't even think about it, i say NO to you too.
    FL, MI, i know how you feel but don't be fool cause ya don't want to to make history for the wrong reason. Granting hillary's wish will set us back.
    PUT your egos aside and let's ride with OBAMA/SEBELIUS. Kathleen is better suited than hillary, do some research women is you are so pro hillary, SEBELIUS brings MORE to the table than her husband achievement which include a CIGAR and a STAIN blue dress.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. 1926

    Shannon, you are so right about the hate filled Obama supporters. They are rabid, and are capable of anything, I believe. And they are supposed to be young, educated people. They may be young, but educated, NO. They are ignorant. Okay, modify, CNN

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