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. Sexy

    An American in Canada for David, I can tell you have that polygamist mentallity where you can't think for yourself. Your comment made no sense at all. Everybody who has a brain know what kind of woman Hillary is. She is the most polarizing figure in politics. She was fired from the White House when work there during wategate for lying and unethical behavior. It is so much information out there about her that disqualify her for being the leader of the USA. I can list them all but this posting would be way too long.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. MD

    Clinton is the most divisive figure in the history of this nation. All these efforts are self-serving. If she were ahead of Obama, she wouldn't give a rat's a– about Florida and Michigan. She agreed to the rules at the beginning, confident that she would have the nomination wrapped up in New Hampshire. When things started hitting the fan, she suddenly became the advocate for those states.

    Also, if Obama had won those states, I promise you, Hillary Clinton would be singing a totally different tune.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Adam

    It is fundamentally idiotic how you could write off a candidate because of the people who support him. GB you are the true idiot.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Do you people really believe that the citizens of Florida and Michigan votes should not count? I thought every vote was to count. It was a rotten deal that the politicians voted to rob them of their votes. The fair thing to do was to have a revote and the candiate with the most votes would be the winner. But as you know that idea was shot down by some people. I am a Clinton supporter, but If Obama wins the nomination I will vote for him. I would have to be crazy to vote for McCain as he is just an extention of George W (worthless) Bush.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Some sort of deal will be reached with the Florida and Michigan the rules their should be no deals. It doesn't make any difference for Hillary.........even if she was to be awarded all the delegates........and that is not going to happen....she's out. If she were leading, this would be a moot point for her.........and it still is.

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

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

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Scot C.

    To An American in Canada for David:

    You are delusional. Hillary will get creamed in the general election by the Republicans.

    If you are a true Democrat, you will vote for the nominee, no matter who it is. WHAT KIND OF CRACKPOT DEMOCRAT ARE YOU?

    I find it amazing that the Clinton supporters feel they are entitled to the Obama supporters votes – WHY SHOULD WE VOTE FOR HER WHEN YOUR CAMP WON'T VOTE FOR HIM?

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. E CT

    This is non-sense. Where was these protesters when Hillary and Obama camps agree to the rules to strip Michigan and Florida delegates?

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Audrey Marie


    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. JA Cook

    This Michigan Democrat would like to be counted too.

    My preferred candidate wasn't on the ballot,s o like many others I didn't go to the polls that day. Why would I expect it to matter when we were told it wouldn't? Hillary was among those who told us our votes wouldn't and shouldn't be counted.

    Others I know of chose to vote in the Republican primary instead.

    How can the votes be fairly evaluated in Michigan?

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Jessica in IL

    Hmm. Why did she (and Edwards and Obama) agree to the rules at the beginning?? Oh, and now that she's losing, AAAAALL the votes must count (!). She came out a week or so later and said that pledged delegates (OUR delegates– the ones that represent who we vote for) should be allowed to vote how they want to, not necessarily how the people voted. I thought all the votes should count? She can't have it both ways. What about the voters in MI and FL who did not vote because they knew it wouldn't be counted?? And how fair is it to claim victory in those states when the other major person running wasn't even on the ballot in MI???
    I say seat those states' delegates 50/50 so that neither canidate has an unfair advantage. The people in those states should be yelling at their state govenments who decided to break the rules and hold their primaries early, not the DNC. If we don't "punish" them in some way (ie: the DNC keeps with the rules THAT EVERYONE AGREED TO), what's to stop 12 other states from doing the same thing 4 years from now?? The primaries are in the order they are because the states allowed to have primaries before super Tuesday are a sampling of the nation (ie: all kinds of different people live there, not just "white voters" or religous voters, or whatever). Oh, and I WOULD SAY THE SAME THING TO OBAMA IF HE WANTED TO CHANGE THE RULES, TOO!! I'm not a Hillary hater, but I think it's time for her to face the music.

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Paleo-conservative–been voting Dem for a while. If the Dems can't figure this out in an equitable way, I may just have to start voting 3rd party.

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Obama supporter

    Let's not forget, Clinton voted for this rule – now she wants it changed? What's next, she will want Canada and Mexico to be able to vote? Enough is enough – it's over!!

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Tom

    All Hillary's supporters just simply make a contribution to her campaign and show you sincere support. Making a lot of noise is not helping her.
    She is so desperateand is doing all she can to steal the nomination.
    She is not the person I can trust and I will not vote for her even is she gets nominated.

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Brett

    This is a tragedy. Why are Obama supporters going to protest? Are they going to protest that 2 states SHOULD NOT have their voices heard? Haha. This is the most ironic twist of fate I have ever heard in my life...


    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Alison B

    How can these votes be considered since the majority of people did not vote because they were told not to only some did. Yes I agree to count the delegates but the votes to me would be unfair as not everyone got a chance to speak

    May 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Independent Voter

    The "count every vote" argument is flawed. What about the millions who stayed home because they knew their states delegates wouldn't be seated? If you're fighting to "count every vote" the only way to do that is to re-vote, which will not happend at this point in the game.

    I didn't get to vote in the primary because i didn't register my party affiliation in time. My vote doesn't count. Neither should the states who knowingly disregarded the rules laid out for them.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. ted

    This really isn't an issue of Obama or Clinton – its an issue of Howard Dean and the DNC not having any foresight over their decision to unseat the Mich and Fla delegates from the convention. That penalty just made the overcomplicated system of the Democratic nomination process just more complicated. If the penalty was not made we'd have a nominee now and all this discussion over fracturing of the party would be moot. The clinton camp is riding the contoversy of "popular vote" but if the delgates counted – Obama would have campaigned, more people would have voted and he'd be the nominee.

    Dean should be fired. The DNC should either go to an all primary system or copy the Republican's system.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. jess

    I would have voted for Biden (my top choice), Dodd, Clinton, Kucinich, Edwards or Gravel – But there is no way in h=ll i will ever vote for obama. And yes, i will vote mccain in order to vote against obama. Dems, you do NOT have to fall in line.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. GO OBAMA

    The whole

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Wayne

    Clinton would not be able to change the rules in the General. Her conduct in this primary election have driven her negatives even higher. She even suggested killing the Democratic front runner.

    I think the Obama campaign should forcefully say the rules are the rules. DEAL WITH IT. Instead they say..oh..we want the delegates to be seated too. This is BS.

    Do you know the Clinton campaign insists that Obama get ZERO delegates and ZERO votes out of MI even though both Clinton and Obama signed a pledge acknowledging that MI would not count?

    Seems like a back door way to keep Obama from campaigning in those states. We all know that when he campaigns he wins or narrows the gap.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Greg

    I do not understand how Hillary Clinton is going to be able to live with herself after allowing this thing to get so out of hand.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Linda

    I am pretty tired of the Omama supporters making their man out to be a saint and above politics as usual. He is a politician just like any other and has used manipulative and deceptive tricks to mesmerize his youthful and naieve supporters and to criticize Senator Clinton. He has used the race card to make it "racist" to criticize him and used the gender card to dusmiss and downplay Senator Clinton. He and his supporters totally blew her innocent remarks about Reobert Kennedy and California way out of proportion in something reminiscent to the Swift Boat attacks on Kerry. With the exception of abortion rights and the war (admittedly 2 very big exceptions) Obama is as morally bankrupt as the Republicans. I feel very sorry for myself and all the other Democrats of integrity who will be left with the choice of voting for Obama or not voting. Wise up and give Hillary the nomination she deserves.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Out in Left Field


    It would seem to me that you need to go to school and get educated enough to read and follow the facts which are that HRC is purposely trying to change the rules just to suit her. If Obama was behind and even suggested the same thing I could only imagine what HRC would come up with to ensure that didn't happen. After all the garbage she threw at him I could only imagine!! HRC and her cronies are the biggest hypocrits there are, they had the gall to say that Obama took her comments about RFK and twisted them out of context – LOOK at how she did it to Obama with the bitter comment! Didn't HRC say she was so experienced in Politics that she would be the best person to lead and if you can't take the heat then stay out of the kitchen???? She wines more than a spoiled brat child and I've seen plenty of those. All I can say is that I am so glad that the majority of the people on these blogs are not as gullible as you.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Deb

    17 million voted for her during her primary run that much is true, however recent polls show that almost 3/4 of them no longer want her as the Dem Nominee and have stated that if their primaries held today they would have voted for Sen. Obama. The longer she campaigns the more support she loses.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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