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. JH

    Obamanation people, you are so crasy..................................... Who wants that in the white house?

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. RRO

    I do not know how Obama and his supporters can talk about a different kind of politics, of change and bring the country together and than deny the voters of florida their vote. Obama and Clinton were both on the ballot in Florida, neither of them campaigned to any major extent there and the results are the results. Every poll shows Obama doing poorly in Flordia, so Clintons win their was not a fluke.

    The other thing to consider is, if Flordia and Michigan are not counted people can make the argument that Obama stole this primary. That his message of change will be tainted by a dirty poltical manuver to win Flordia.

    If Flordia is not seated, than I say no votes for Obama and hello President McCain.

    Clinton 2012

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Sal fron NY

    Obama about to declare victory? What a joke. Does't the woos appeaser know Hillary is going to run as an Independent and clean his clock? Dumb and dumber.

    PS–undefined change is no change at all.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. mt

    these Obama supporters are becoming a nuisance. cannot let things to be fair to all? All this forcing, pushing, screaming, complaining, attacking, whining..............what kind of species are they?

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Fair & Square Politics..That is what it's about!

    I think some people may be taking this Obama guy as a joke. Millions and millions of Americans want this man as our President.

    He worked hard and played fair. That is what our country is desperate for in our politics. Hillary needs to face the music.

    Get on the Obama train, or stay home and stay out of the way.


    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Claudette Keller

    First I thought that Hillary really cared about the democratic party and the issues of the American people. Now it's evident she and Bill only want what THEY want. Since she's so much in debt, do you think she's being paid by the Republican party to sabotage this election?

    The people have spoken, we are ready for a change. Not politics as usual. Bill you had your chance and you "MESSED" up. Not, just LET GO!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Tiachi

    why isn't the media bringing to light the fact that Hillary Clinton did not care about FL / MI until she was losing? Talk about fair press. Everytime they bring this issue up, they should be forced to mention that Obama wasn't on the Ballot in Michigan, that he was a virtual unknown when Florida votes were cast, and that she also agreed to disinfranchise the voters there until she saw that as her only chance. Even if they were counted, she would still LOSE. So I hope they just seat them and we can move on. This is so silly!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Calimari Caty

    Somebody tell Clinton that she is not a dog and Obama is not a lamp-post! capisce?

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Good! Enough already. Yes, they should be seated, but not in a way that would change the outcome of the primaries. They broke the rules. That's all I have to say about that!!!


    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    I guess we'll see if that 75,000 people was a one time thing.

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. sacto joe

    Senator Clinton, you no longer have my support for VP.

    We are not Republicans – we do not eat our own.

    If it means losing the general election, then so be it: You are simply not fit to be VP.

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Odem

    Does Sen Obama want to win with just 48 states, i am shocked that i once supported him.

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Mark

    funny to see that the HILLARY-posts are becoming fewer and fewer

    Democrats should finally accept that a majority voted for Obama – and they should unite behind him.

    Otherwise the same happens as twice with bush: People vote republican out of a bad mood just to realize shortly after the election that they got another 4 years of bad politics.

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Concerned

    This is a shame for all the Democrats!

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. peggyledbetter

    Come Saturday Hillary won't have a leg to stand on!!! She will be finished!!

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. american in canada

    why did she agree to these rules in the first place?
    why do people not understand that HER advisor was part of the team that made these rules, not obama?
    OBAMA 08!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Jon

    If Obama is the nonma. he and she had better be prepared for a long fight from the people with common sense.

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Just another Canuck

    As an outsider looking on, this is what I see:

    You want to have the delegates seated. You want to count the voters, but you can't count them on the basis of how they voted because a) the primary was illegal; b) all of the delegates were not on the ballot; c) to find a compromise satisfactory to both remaining delegates, the vote ratio will have to be applied from outside the states involved. All this to appease people who knowingly broke the rules, including the only major candidate who appeared on those ballots, who was also a signatory to the rules she broke. I don't envy you.

    Glad I'm a Canuck.

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Eric

    Good.... let’s have a "peaceful" protest. Obama and Clinton both have vigorous supporter. Remember, both campaigns want the same thing; but in different ways. Remember, Obama just as much as Hillary wants to see Michigan and Florida’s delegates seated.

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |

    “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.”

    Well I guess Obama supporters can say the same thing,but it looks like the party will unify this way and people will become fearful of a sure defeat in November. I must day to seat the delagates without some penalty is not fair.

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Sam Padayachee

    It seems like the Clintons are trying to bully their way into the Whitehouse.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Big Shutdown

    We are wasting time with this. If it was so important to Hillary, she should have never agreed to invalidate the Michigan and Florida results. She does not care at all about the people from these two fine states, and is only interested in furthering her political career.
    This is just another case of Hillary doing and saying whatever it takes to get the nomination. She never dreamed she would be in such a hopeless situation, but she has been in it for some time now and it would be refreshing to see some grace and dignity for a change.

    Sadly, we will see little of it from her part.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. LA

    Hillary is a joke. And this woman has been completely ashamed of her candidacy. She had made the road hard for the next woman to seek office.

    She didn't care a thing about FL and MI until she needed them, even Ickes (who voted to strip FL and MI) admitted that the other day,

    Rules are the rules. Republicans have been telling us about the Clintons for years, now we see exactly what they have been saying.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. jackiezac72

    This story should not even exist. No one should be protesting this issue. I guess you make and agree on rules only to go back and disregard them? Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of herself. I am a Democrat that only wants a Democrat president. I did vote for Obama but if she would have been the nominee then I would have voted for her against Mccain. Thank God Obama will be running against McCain because all the stunts and crap she has been pulling goes against what I believe a true leader should do. Going gracefully sure is not an option for her. Her backers that say that they will vote for McCain or not at all if she does not win need to realize they are not true Democrats! Shame on them too! I really wish the Obama camp would not go protest and just let the Hillary people protest and look stupid.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. M

    This should be the most entertaining meeting the rules committee has ever had.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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