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. Belle

    Everyone should realize that this is not about Clinton or Obama. This is about what is right. The real question is why did the DNC choose to allow certain states to move their primaries up and not others. No matter, what the reasons were, the DNC rules were idiotic and should never have been installed. It is ignorant to believe that either candidate had a real choice. What would the DNC have done if either candidate disagreed? There were eight Democratic candidates in the beginning. If the DNC continues to be adamant about the rules, the Democrats can concede Florida (and probably Michigan) in November. If they change the rules now, Obama's supporters will continue their hate mongering (as depicted by the comments on this site). There is no way to fix this mess; clearly, Obama doesn't care about the voters or he would have insisted on a revote (which would have been within the DNC rules). Instead, he hired lawyers to ensure there was no revote; he does not deserve any votes of either Florida or Michigan. Still I realize that allotting the votes in any way will ostracize some voters. The voters deserve better treatment; but, some of them did not vote because they knew about the DNC rules. The DNC messed up and there is no way to fix this mess. Just concede Florida and Michigan to the Republicans, fire Howard Dean and all members of the DNC; then hope for a better outcome in 2012.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Donkeys On Parade

    Something Else, you hit it!

    It's time to end the circus. What a farce!

    H, did you run out of Kool Aid?

    Clinton=Gone Goose

    McCain=One Happy Camper

    Obama=Maybe I should have been a Republican

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. People are you listening

    All HIllary and Obama supporters. If you like your candidate you need to start supporting one another. Because the bottom line is if Obama does not win the Presidency, Clinton will never see the white house and vice versa. But more so for Obama.

    Regardless of what anyone says Obama is winning tbecause he ran a better campaign. If the nomination is given to Hillary you know she does not have enough support to put her in the whitehouse. There was not enough support for her win the nomination. And if Obama loses because HIllary supporters vote for McCain this will be remembered in 2012.

    If you really want Hillary to see the White House, you need to take this into consideration.

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Bobby Brown

    The DNC did it to itself. Anytime you place a person higher than her party, there are consequences. But one thing, I can say that the person which they chose at begining appear not be who she claim to be. It is amazing how time reveals things. After all those things said by her, I find me rejoicing that she will not be the nominee. This country would be in a worst state if she was. This party deserves better and more importantly this nation.

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. debbie

    Who the heck is paying to bus in Clinton supporters? She has NO money and has 20 million dollars in unpaid bills already.

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. NoMcSame

    Are the Clinton backers really having a bake sale outside of the DNC meeting?

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Carl29

    It's over and the Clintons know it. This look like my daugther having a tantrum, throwing herself on the floor whenever I'm not doing what she wants. It is shameful that this come from adults, especially one that wanted to be the head of the most powerful country in the world.

    Thank God McCain is gonna give us the first female vice president on her way to become the first female president. Sorry Hillary you are not going to make history 🙁

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Amy

    I voted uncommitted for Obama in Michigan...WHY IS HILLARY NOT COUNTING MY VOTE???

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. V Independent

    Are some of counting your eggs before you even have chickens?
    We are a looooonnnnngggg way before such a statement as:
    President Obama. Ego's running wild follow your leader be HUMBLE.

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

    When Hillary agreed not to campaign there because she knew the votes were not going to count, Where were her protest of every vote counts. She thought this thing would be wrapped up in February and she did not care who she trampled on the way there. Her battle cry sure has changed, AGAIN!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Janet WV for Obama

    I have a suggestion for T-shirts for the Clinton supporters to wear during the rally- It ain't Eazy being Sleazy!

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. AZM

    Am I reading this right... the Obama campaign is organizing a rally against peoples votes... and this is the unity and change he speaks of? Sick... just Sick!

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Tim in NC


    They agreed to the rules... they broke the rules... now they'e complaining about the consequences....

    Hmmm, and we as Americans wonder why our country and culture has no sense of taking responsibility for our own actions.

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. jason

    while i am an obama supporter, i do not understand why the voters are being punished. They are not the ones who decided to move their primary dates. It isn't fair, and I think both candidates should acknowledge this, rather than dancing around the issue with slogans like 'every vote should count,' or whatever.

    Skip to "Why is this happening to you?", "Why were you powerless to stop it?" and "What I will do to ensure you are never this powerless in the future."

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Tx4HILLARY

    Hillary ego-driven?
    More votes have been cast for her than anyone in any election, anywhere!

    Its the Obamabots who will push the Clinton supporters away from voting in the fall.

    Its only a matter of time before we have a President McCain.

    Why are the BO supporters so ridiculously arrogant?

    Why do they continue to want to disenfranchise the Florida and Michigan voters.

    If they would educate themselves on the rules and what was agreed upon, they would know that there is nothing against counting those votes with a recount.

    Do you honestly think that those voters will support BO in the fall when their votes weren't counted in the primary?

    WAKE UP!

    BARACK OBAMA has purchased this nomination with more donations to SUPER-DELEGATES than any other candidate through his PACs.

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Mama for Obama

    Isn't she just a grand leader? She wouldn't be saying this unless it benefited her. I feel sorry for her "victims" who have been so easily misled.

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Harry C

    What else is new, the Clinton's are at it again. Neither of them can count and their EGOS wont let them do what is the right thing...Now they want to change the rules THE RULES BY THE WAY THAT ALL CANDIDATES AGREED TO BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN STARTED; Now that she is having her butt handed to her on a plate she wants to change the game.. Problem is to OBAMA this Campaign is NOT A GAME it is SERIOUS BUSINESS and the sooner the Clinton's understand this the sooner this nation can move on.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Charlotte

    Copy, copy! Is there anything about him that he has not copied from Hillary??

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. evan in Canada

    How about the DNC gives Clinton all her delegates and then in Michigan she may as well have all the uncommitted as there was no ones else on the ballot.

    In Florida, how about she gets all her delegates and then all the non- obama votes as well based on the same logic as above.

    And maybe she should just get 100 extra delegates for all the trouble this has caused her. Maybe that would be "fair"

    I love watching American politics where the rules only apply until they don't work for the candidate.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Not to say it hasn't happened because I don't have time to read hundreds of comments in every single thread, but I have yet to see a Hillary supporter here who doesn't deliberately ignore the fact that Hillary and her Harold Ickes agreed to, and were in on, Florida and Michigan's "punishment," and only started to care about the FL and MI voters being "disenfranchised" (how lightly we throw that heretofore serious word around) when she started losing to Obama. You call Obama supporters "Obamabots" and say they are crazy and on kool-aid, but I'd just once like to see one of your group rationally acknowledge that this is how it happened and therefore, that Hillary is being self-serving by making an issue out of this now.

    I'd like to hear these Hillary supporters, who try to make us think their hearts are so big and soft and golden because they want to "count ALL the votes," explain how counting the results of the screwed-up FL and MI primaries is fair to people in those states who were eligible to vote but did not, or who voted in the other party's primary, because they were told in advance that their Democratic Party primary vote wouldn't count for squat. I'd like to hear these Hillary supporters explain exactly why the FL and MI primaries should count as they stand, as distorted as they were, but fair and square caucus states shouldn't count for anything. I'm talking about *good* reasons for these two things, not blind and hateful lashing out at "Obama and his thugs," whatever that means. I think I'll be waiting for a long, long time.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. judith

    Clinton reminds me of the kid who is playing a game with agreed upon rules, begins losing the game and so wants to change the rules in her favor. I am sure is Obama were in her position now, Clinton would be strident in her enforcement of all the rules agreed upon..And she'd make Obama look like a sore loser.
    Sen. Clinton...You are fooling no one !

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Gerry

    What will be the next rule the Clinton campaign tries to change to try to steal the nomination. The voters have decided Hillary-you lose and Obama wins.

    Deal iwth it.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. trellskig

    Why wont Hillary let the delagates of FL and MI be seated evenly (50/50)? What is the problem? They voted out-of-turn and now it's a big deal with Hillary and her supporters? Give me a break and good for Obama supporters, "fight fire with fire". Hillary is not as authentic person as I once thought she was. (Not by a long shot)

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Sheila

    apparently Hillary Clinton and her supporters must think this thing only works one way. This women is cutting off her political foot, she has alienated people who had supported the Clinton's for years, the AA voters. Are they too stupid to realize that if she were to end up the nominee that the AA voters would no longer support her because of how she and her Husband have run her campaign and she can't win without their vote either, so this thing swings both way. Had they not turned out to be the nasty hateful race bating whinning, blaming everyone but her terrible camp for her running a bad campaign, she may have gotten the AA vote because they had the advantange with AA voters in the beginning, we will not forget how she has run this race and made it about race, so if she returned to the Senate, I live in NY state, she will not be getting the AA vote if she runs again when her time is up in the Senate. I also was born and raised up until my adult life in Florida and she wouldn't get my vote again, regardless of which state I am in.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Peggy

    Ron Paul's supporters, and Obama's supporters are cut from the cloth. They are some of the most foul mouth people i have ever seen.

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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