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. Nina

    To9 Mark:
    Hillary posts are fewer b ecause CNN is in the tank for Obama and will not print any of Hillary posts. Go McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Jane

    I don't know why it should surprise me that Obama's people will picket the DNC because counting every vote would be the right thing to do and obviously he doesn't want what is right and fair. The DNC is punishing the voters of MI & FL but it was not who picked the day to vote. Since when is it the American way to punish the wrong people. I am so tired of hearimng about them breaking the rules THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRIMARY DAY. Obama did run ads in both MI & FL which is much more than Hillary did and she won by overwhelming majority. The DNC refers to being fair to the states that obeyed the rules but the voters didn't make the rules in those states either. I don't know anyone in any state that believees FL & MI should not be counted. THIS ALONE SHOULD SHOW THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY THAT OBAMA IS OUT FOR OBAMA AND NOT WHAT IS FAIR FOR THE VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY. Obama should want win fair and square but instead he wants to win any way he can. He is afraid of a real vote. McCain will chew him up and spit him out. If he felt the Clinton machine was hard on him he has no idea what hre is really in for

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Stan Lee

    She's very desperate, That's all I 've got to say!
    I had lot of respect for Bill, her husband, but now, she's dragg him in this stupid nonsense race, and he's bitting it....He should know better that this is wrong, he was president.
    Anyway this will destroy the democratic party,
    Wake up Hillary!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. stephanie

    Seat them! Obama, along with Edwards and Richardson, VOLUNTARILY took his name off the MI ballot. It was political manuevering to prevent the seating of those delegates because everyone knew she was going to win MI. Otherwise there was no reason to take his name off the ballot–what could it hurt??? he would've had some votes because many voted uncommitted.

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Flaws of Humanity

    I would like to also quickly acknowledge the elephant sitting in Americas living room.....RACISM represents more of why Hillary would have a stronger chance in the general. However, remember, Hillary can only compete for those more Republican "racist sector" states that she won. She does not have the appeal to turn as many states or the turnout as Obama. Operation Chaos also helped her with some of her victories.Hillary should have done what John Edwards did during a debate when asked if people voted for him if they would not Hillary because she's a woman, or Barack because he's black. John Edwards immediately said "I wouldn't want their vote" "..and I would tell them that" ...Did Hillary take such a strong presidential stand when she had the chance?......Keep in mind, there are a lot more people whom do not vote in the primaries, but will in the general. With Hillaries highest negative rating for a politician in history....She really, is not better suited to win the general.

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Heidi

    An American in Canada for David May 27th, 2008 11:56 am ET

    Give me a break...Clinton is so "DONE" the fork came out on its own.

    I understand why Hillary keeps going on in the campaign. She has fools like yourself supporting the ideal that she can still pull this thing off.

    Practice this: Yes, President Obama Sir.

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. 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 either empty mind or full of bad intentions

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. So-called "rules" notwithstanding

    One of the earlier posters had it exactly right: not a single Hillary Clinton supporter has ever been able to reconcile HRC's sudden "count-every-vote" protest with her previous stance on the MI/FL sanctions, or with her aides' previous actions and statements with re: breaking the DNC's rules. Just admit that you want your candidate to win at any cost and move on. How come we never hear Bill Clinton's old campaign line about standing up for people who "work hard and play by the rules"? It would be too hypocritical, that's why.

    Anyone who thinks that Obama cannot win over McCain in the GE has not been paying any attention to McCain and the Republicans over the last few weeks. The Repugs are collectively and individually in such disarray I would feel sorry for them if I didn't understand all too well what a Republican White House, and possible Republican majority has done to this country!

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Dee, Tx

    The Clintons thought they wrap this nomination up in Iowa. When they didn't there was not real plan B. The old style politics are out of style. You can wear white after labor day. Its time for a new generation of leaders.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Karen from Texas

    Can someone from the Hillary camp tell me why we as Obama supporters are being viewed negative because we played by the rules? Hillary herself stated that the votes will not count until she started to lose. Define for me the phrase, "stealing the nomination" means?

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Gbenga

    I'm no Obama supporter, but for the love of God, someone should sit this woman down and explain to her in the clearest of terms: IT IS OVER AND FINISHED. SHE'S OUT!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. jt the Best Choice!

    Clinton is the better candidate for November.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Andrew from Miami

    This effort is not solely organized by the Clinton Campaign. (a nonpartisan group) is sending bus loads of people from Florida (obama and CLinton people) to protest our right to vote.

    Sign up today and join the busloads of people.
    Shame on both the CLinton and Obama people for making this a partisan effort!!

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Ehsanul Haque

    Protesting for what? To break the established law just to get back in to the White House? I think DNC must be asked to create a by law to support accomodate candidates who loses in the primaries.
    I do not think in a lawful country like America Hilary will be allowed to break the law.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Charlie

    The sad thing is not just about seeing the once revered Clintons sink to such low depths of desperations but the fact that the rest of their supporters fail so see them now for what they are; arrongant and single minded in persuit of political power.

    Really Mrs Clinton !

    You think the stripping of Florida's and Michigan's delegates is like Mugabe's contempt for and attempts to circumnevigate the will of the voters. Mugabe at least had the decency of pretending he is following pre-laid down rules and not making up new ones because he was losing !

    The DNC stand ashame too; they are wusses. They should declare that win or lose the White House, they would do it by the book. If Florida and Michigan want McCain in Nov' 08 let them have him. The DNc should have stated clearly that under no circumstances would they change rules for expediency of an easy White House. The Democratic Party should take the high road and cement the moral superiority that has always attracted more neutrals to them than to the GOP.

    The Rules and Bylaws Committe never need have been converned if the DNC had stood firm and clearly on their position. All the so called undecided superdelegates are just milking the moment, gaining a relevance that will render a well meaning selection system a joke.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Thus far the DNC has done the right thing. It has stuck to its guns on rules that all of the presidential candidates agreed to beforehand by signature in order to enter the race as Democratic Party candidates. When Florida and Michigan broke the rules, Obama, not the Clintons, has lived up to rules as a team playing Democratic Party candidate. Because they will lose the nomination if the rules are followed, the Clintons propose to break the rules. This is the nature of the Clintons-dishonest, cheats, and, with baggage like this, the Clintons are less likely to win the general election.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. bernie

    why is the american idol afraid to have a revote in michigan and florida?he was all excited to say he was ahead in the popular vote now he dosen't say anything about it question why do you not see his name on any of his signs at all his big rallys?dosen't it seem strange that you don't see it anywhere?unless his name is real change.

    May 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. steveda - poconos

    Sherrie ... support Clinton if you will, I don't. I despise her, not because of her campaign, but because I always did. I have always seen her as a manipulative megalomaniac who will do anything for power.

    BUT.. my hatred of the candidate is not an indication of my feelings for her supporters, so please don't tkae it that way. I am sure I speak for a lot of the Obama crowd. Why do you – and other Hillary supporters and yes Obama supporters as well- take it so personally when someone doesnt agree with you on a candidate. In a democracy we are all entitled to our opinion – and it only works if we each respect the others' opinions.

    May 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Justin

    Get over it Hillary, even the media knows you are finished.

    May 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. JB Cal

    Momo, perhaps you can enlighten the rest of us as to how Obama's supporters blackmailed the superdelagetes into voting for him. I read about all kinds of claim against Obama, but I have yet to see the proof. As Dandy Don use to sing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over".

    May 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. jr

    To everyone who keeps blabbering on about electoral votes, please be advised that none are at stake in the primaries, nor are the primaries a true reflection of how the actual vote will go in the general election. There are to many variables this early in the process. It's good to be excited but keep in mind that the real battle only begins once each party nominates their individual candidates.

    May 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Susan - Florida

    GO HILLARY! If DNC does not cooperate, Florida will go to McKain. Simple as that.

    May 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Michael, an independent Canadian

    To Eric: Well stated. Obama has been the victim of false accusations from those who support Clinton, whom is the one guilty of those accusations!! Its about time the Clinton supporters let go of their emotions and see the truth.

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. ???

    Breaking News!!!!

    Hillary Clinton has won the Michigan primary in the biggest landslide victory in all of American history!!!! She won by 100% of the vote!!!!! Oddly enough there are no Clinton supporters dancing in the streets celebrating the blowout victory, isn't that weird? At least they are proclaiming the great victory through their popular vote argument and they should be, their uncontested victory which they are just now realizing is important shows the values that all Americans care about!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Betsy

    It's so frickin' obvious. Clinton and her wealthy backers would rather see McCain win than Obama. And then she'll run again in 2012. The media won't say it but it's the truth. To all Democrats who think she's going to stand up for the "little guy" – it's a lie! Please stop supporting her – she's not what she seems! She's a closet Republican with a few socially liberal viewpoints. But when it hits our pockets – she's with the big rich boys! As a woman, I know she doesn't really stand for women's rights, especially not poor women. Did she speak up when her husband stopped welfare? NO!

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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