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. Heidi

    ROAD TRIP.......................GOING TO WASHINGTON

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. martin

    hahahaha!mccain just got heckled.get used to it!this will be constant!

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Hillary Supporters

    Sherrie50? Don't you mean that you've seen the hatred from Hillary Supporters on the blogs? Are you that blind to think that Hillary or her supporters have been so sweet and innocent during this whole process? hillary spills out divisiveness and it's evident from your comments and other Hillary Supporters on this blog. You are so caught up in your candidate that you can't see the forest from the trees or can't even discern her lies. I bet you believe every word that comes out of her mouth: that she really cares about the voters of FL & MI. Yeah right if she really cared about disenfranchising voters in FL & MI she would've protested this thing before the primaries even began. Now all of a sudden she's concerned because she's LOSING! Some of you hillary supporters are really on some type of crazy drug.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Democrat

    Hillary, if you love the party, please accept that you have lost and let us unite the party. I was your supporter at the beginning (not Obama's) but have accepted that the democrats want him. I cannot tolerate desperation you have displayed. You have spoiled my image of Bill Clinton. He now sounds so pathetic. What do you two have to hide that you need to get to the White House so much. You are thinking of yourself, not the party. We winning in November is bigger than you. Please for the sake of the party, be gracious. History will be kind to you. Let us get the republicans out. Pleaaase!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. marika from texas

    I am sick and tired of this so called "honest" Clinton"s , they would do anything or everything for POWER, right or wrong, it is discusting.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Michael

    What I don't understand is why the Obama Camp thinks that the ONLY people that voted for , or support Clinton, were racist or poor and uneducated. I am not racist, not wealthy but not poor, and with a college degree. Statistics may show that a majority are, but when you are being condecending or attacking, you include us all.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Moxie

    It was Obama that changed the rules – not Hillary. She did not campaign in either state, nor did she run any tv or radio ads. Obama is the one who took his name off of the ballot in Michigan. And he is the one who ran tv and radio ads in Florida prior to their primary. So all of you Obamabots – get your facts right and stop trying to screw Hillary out of any chance at a fair nomination process.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. ann, houston

    In a democracy each and every vote should be counted – end of story-no party and no candidate should ever establish or agree to rules that disenfranchise voters. What are the Obama supporters going to chant, "Don't count the vote." Jimmy Carter goes all over the world to make sure that elections are legitimate because votes are counted. Maybe he should make a trip to Fl and Mich. The votes should be counted as they are or new elections should be held. Anything else is undemocratic.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Smitty Gee

    When I was young... I was told to play by the rules....anything else is cheating.....rules are rules....Mrs. Clinton if you want to hold the highest office known to man but you can't play by the can the American public trust someone who will not play by the I said last week...go home and learn how to bake some cookies...stay in your place....barefeet and in the kitchen...

    May 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    i am AMAZED at the name calling and spoild brat attitudes by Hillary supporters. You spout EVERY SINGLE talking point you read and hear. YOU call Obama supporters nasty WHILE BEING NASTY. You claim they play the race card WHILE PLAYING THE RACE CARD. You claim they play the gender card WHILE PLAYING THE GENDEER CARD.....

    and now.... YOU ARE THREATING, THREATENING, THREATENING TO TEAR THE PARTY APART SHOULD YOU GIRL LOSE, OR "NOT" BE OFFERED THE V.P. SPOT.... (we won't vote for Obama... "whaaaa" .... we will work to make sure he loses the G.E. "whaaaaa" ... hillary is treated poorly ... "whaaaaa" What about rev wright... "WHAAAAAA" freaking – whaaa!"

    I cannot WAIT for you guys to be SILENCED! GEEZ!

    May 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Caleb Calhoun

    Okay, I was a die-hard Hillary supporter, but since it is clear Obama is going to win the nomination, I am beginning to support him, because I am all about party unity. However, Obama supporters, you guys have to stop bad-mouthing Hillary and her supporters. What you don't understand is that she has had a very strong base for a longer time than Obama has had his, and Obama needs her supporters to beat McCain. I have no problem with Obama and I think he would be an excellent president, but speaking as a Hillary supporter, I must admit that Obama supporters are so rude and ugly to Hillary supporters that if Obama loses in November I will feel a really sick pleasure because it would shut up the arrogance of all the Obama people. So keep bad-mouthing Hillary if you want to, but you have to understand that people doing that will be the reason Obama loses to McCain, and it is currently the reason so many Hillary supporters do not want to vote for Obama.

    May 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. jp/michigan

    If, Obam does any thing to disenfranchize Michigan and Florida voters, he can not depend on those sates in the fall elections. He has already did what he could to prevent a re-vote in those states. HILLARY COULD END UP BEING A WRITE IN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT!

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Independent for Obama, then McCain never Clinton

    She will ruin her party before she would check her ego.

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

    What is wrong with Obama and his supporters??? Not count the votes of Florida and Michigan??? We can then dismiss these two states in November!!! They will go Republican. Popular vote counts. Most Democrats want HILLARY!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. MK

    If pro-Obama folks plan to be there, I hope they will put out a POSITIVE message that does NOT play into the Hillary-camp's spin that Obama is indifferent to the voters of MI and FL. The last thing we need is a counter-demo that ratchets up ill feelings within the Dem Party even more. Stay positive, like our candidate.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Lizman

    Some Americans are not mature nor ready for strong mind – BO – They are obiously ready for Liars as usual HRC, racism and other idiots thing…Now I don't care about who you are as I know you are ether empty mind or full of bad intentions...

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Mikey

    Didn't Bill Clinton just disparage the Obama campaign for lobbying superdelegates? What am I missing here?

    Hillary is encouraging bloggers to lobby the DNC and its Rules Committee. As far as Superdelegates go, the Clintons are lobbying the Supers – David Hardt, President of Young Democrats of America "plans to vote for Mrs. Clinton after fielding calls from her, Mr. Clinton and Chelsea, who also visited him in Nevada. "It's always shocking when you get a call from someone like that." according to the NY Times website. So, is President Clinton criticizing his own wife's campaign?????

    Based on all the angry verbal abuse (some racial) I got in Philly from Hillary supporters, I expect it is going to be a tense situation in DC.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Charles

    Here is a statement by Terry McAuliffe when he was head of the DNC (2004) when Senator Levin of Michigan threatened to move the Michigan primary ahead of schedule against DNC rules:

    "The head of the Democratic National Committee was having it out with Sen. Carl Levin because Michigan wanted to crash the rarefied club of early presidential primary states.

    Move your primary too early, Terry McAuliffe warned, and Michigan will lose half its delegates to the 2004 Democratic convention.

    "The closest they'll get to Boston will be watching it on television," McAuliffe vowed. "I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the rules."

    Bob Schieffer reminded him of this when McAuliffe was interviewed this past Sunday. McAuliffe did not answer by simply saying that the most the DNC could do is strip half of a delegation from a state. The DNC rules (which McAuliffe drew up) state that the DNC can take all of the delegates.

    HIs candidate did not adhere to the rules, so now he is using those wonderful legal skills to uphold the rule of law......

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Sleepless in Florida

    To all so-called democrats who are saying "Hillary or McCain", guess what? YOUR CHOICE/VOTE HAVE VERY LONG TERM REPERCUTIONS... AND NONE OF THEM WILL BE TO YOUR FAVOR:

    – When gas prices continue to rise.
    – When jobs continue to disappear because of off-shoring
    – When the number of killed or seriously injured soldiers continue to increase.
    – When universal healthcare and global warming continue to be just a subject in some documentaries
    – When the economy continues to benefit big business while the "hard working, white americans" continues to struggle


    Btw, why don't you ask Hillary. "Why did you sign an agreeement that Michigan and Florida WOULD NOT COUNT?" She refuses to answer that question...

    Janet Napolitano or Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President!

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Michael

    Let them burn themselves into oblivion. We would all be better off without a Democratic Party.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Obama do us all a favor and drop out. Your family needs you, let the professionals handle the dirty politics. You should be at home baking cookies.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Lizman

    Some Americans are not mature nor ready for strong mind – BO – They are obviously ready for Liars as usual HRC, racism and other idiots thing…Now I don't care about who you are as I know you are ether empty mind or full of bad intentions

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Unlike most of you I am from Florida. I and many of my friends did not vote because it was made clear that it would not count. The Republicans, DNC, Hillary and all of the nominees agreed thats the way it would be. Why the sudden change?! Hillary did not stand up for me and my fellow Floridians before she started to lose. I find this to be extremely hipocritical. NOT WHAT I WANT IN MY LEADER!

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Dee

    The Democratic party of Florida says that they had no control and that it was their Governor and Congress that created this mess. What is overlooked is that these people were voted in office with the help of Democrats to represent them. They cannot now say they were not at all responsible for this mess. If this argument is used, then how can one say that the issue of gay rights should be left to the states- because the representatives of the state would be carrying out the wishes of its constituency.

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Just wish I could be there with them! Go Obama!

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