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. D Jessup

    Obamacans = Republicans - they just want to win at any cost.

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Jennifer, VA

    "All you HC haters, please tell me what have you done for humanity and your society. How much have you given as a servant of mankind to make this a better place to live. "
    Sherrie50 and all of the other HC supporters:

    I was wondering if you could answer that same question...? And is there anyone in the great state of New York who can answer that same question for Sen. Hillary Clinton?

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. NO OBAMA5

    Imagine a commander in chief that doesn't know where the great lakes are located! thinks Canada has a president! kentucky is next to arkansas! Pennsylvania is in the midwest! the U.S HAS 57 STATES!!!!


    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    Don't forget desperate Hill initiated this with that petition urging people to count Michigan and FL. Hopefully the document she signed before all this supporting the rules will hold up in court. Also remember millions didn't vote cause their vote wouldn't count.

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Generation X

    MI Voters- Please email MI DNC Committeewoman Debbie Dingell and her husband and YOUR MI15th District Congressman John Dingell (HRC supporter), they are the reason why your VOTES won't count!

    FL Voters- Please email Rep. Ellyn Boganoff (R) and Rep. David Rivera (R), they are the reason why your VOTES won't count!

    I can not post email address on this messageboard so you will have to google it.

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Jerry

    Hillary is trying her best to win the demoncratic nonimee and Hillary should be worry if state of Ny would vote her out of the senate seat because she is so negative against the demoncratic party

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. fred

    It isn't going to matter...Obama is NEVER going to win!!

    All the way to the convention Hillary!!

    Millions of Hillary supporters will WRITE IN HILLARY or VOTE FOR McCain!!

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Abdul

    It's great to see my fellow Americans protesting. Public protest is a wonderful thing, it shows people care about the world around them.

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Martha, Florida

    Senator Obama voters should not waste their time counter-protesting.
    Hillary reminds me of the middle-school bully who rallies students who
    cannot think for themselves to fight against each other. Then she
    stands in the background like she's innocent, and laughs at the gullible
    idiots and pretends that she had nothing to do with it. The DNC rules
    committe will handle Hillary and her dreadful attempts to cheat.

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I am glad to hear that both sides will be represented at the hearing. Personally, I wish that both sides would leave it up to the DNCand their appointed representatives at the hearing to make their case. However, since Clinton has been actively encouraging this group to go down there, it is only fair to have a counter-group making Obama's case.

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. T.T. Jones

    Is Axelrod Obama's Rove?

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. James Carville

    She has destroyed the party with this lunacy.

    She agreed to play by the rules – until she started losing. Then she wanted the rules changed, and started this "let's count EVERY vote" nonsense.

    Can e TRUST a President who won't play by the rules?

    The latest "word of the day" is that she is the "only candidate" who can "defeat McCain" in the fall.

    This, despite her horrendously high negative ratings – 55% or more.

    This, despite the polls and any logical use of math which show her behind Obama.

    In order to believe Hillary's claims, you have to believe that "the popular vote" doesn't count all the caucus States, and that winning a Democratic Primary in a State is the same as winning the State in the Fall election. Sorry, but I am not that dumb.

    She had divided the party, and through her negative attacks on Obama, has created a legion of Obama-haters – within the Democratic Party!

    McCain just has to sit back and watch the party self-destruct.

    At least we now know who the "Ralph Nader" of this election is – Hillary Clinton!

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Tim in Ohio

    If Obama wins the Dem Nomination:

    All of the uneduacated simple white Democrats that you, Howard Dean took for granted, will be voting for John McCain for President.

    So chalk up another loss for Deans Dozen. I would rather die than vote for Obama. All of my Democrat friends say the same. In reality I am glad, because Dean you turned your back on us, shoved Obama down our throats, now we're throwing up.

    Seems like you old school Dems, Dean, Kennedy, Dodd, Kerry really pissed us off this time. You turned your back on the Democrat's most viable candidate, Hillary. Now we are going to return the favor. I am going to turn my back on YOUR CHOICE Howard Dean, and will be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

    At least I know McCain is a patriot, has pride, and shows and has shown his loyalty to his country. Therefore I will vote for McCain with a smile on my face.

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. vince

    Take it to the convention Hillary. Obama people seem to forget that not a single delegate has been awarded. Look up the word "PLEDGED" Bring all the delegates and superdelegates to Colorado and make them vote. Televise the whole thing and let the people see. A lot has changed in the last few months. How many people have buyers remorse over Obama? Looking at recent numbers I would say a lot. This election has been a farce. The only way to have closure is for the convention to decide. Obama since March has lost 8 of 11 contests by over a half million votes. Talk about limping to the finish line. No wonder he wants her to drop out. If she don't he may not make the finish line.

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. nasty comments

    Wow, what a bunch of nasty comments by hopefully not nasty people. There is nothing fair in politics. Seems to me HRC got out-campaigned and hates to lose. Change the rules, blame others, say stupid things, whatever.

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Hillary supporters....all six of them....I think I saw the same people recently on a highway holding signs that a furniture store was "closing its doors for good" – baffling....who continues to support Hillary? – and the funny ones are the "if not Hillary ...then McCain"....they don't even stand for the same things...yet....I doubt Hillarys ever changing positions are why you voted for her were decieved...

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. rachel

    hmm so much for his kindness, again his camp is copying. Its so funny. His supporters are just evil. If he wants the votes counted why are they doing a counter protest. If he will win no matter what in a matter of a week whats with the counter protest?. They are doing it just to spite Hillary's supporters and it wont help him in November.

    May 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. fred

    Bob Texas, we will NOT UNITE behind Obama...kiss your boy goodbye!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. TC

    This is how McCain will win the election.
    HRC = The monster the ate the Democratic party.

    She obviously does not care about the future of this country.
    All she cares about is her narcissistic ambitions.

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Swiss in Canada

    Noooooo! don't do this. Let's not go that far. You are not Clinton supporters!!! They need cheap stuff like this....

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Dillia

    The problem is, that when you get individuals that are used to bullying and getting their way, it's hard to hear the word "NO". Unfortunately, Hillary and Bill never dreamed it could turn out any other way. So since, they are losing, change the rules..They shouldn't redo anything, MI and FL decided to move up the primary, knowing full well, what the DNC rules state. Obama doesn't have to always be the one to concede graciously to Billary. Once he secures the nomination, I hope they (Hillary and Bill), will completely support Barack for the Dem Nominee. I doubt it, but I hope they do.

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Robert in Toronto,ON

    All I can say is.... GOOD! I love to see some Obama supporters gather to counter the Clinton supporters.

    Like I predicted before and I will least 10 people are getting arrested for disorderly conduct (aka a fight will break out)

    I just don't understand – you can't bully the DNC into doing what you want, and taking the nomination away from the guy who's winning! If you care that much not losing, then just stay home! Nobody's forcing you to vote. Stay home and stop all this McCain threats already!

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Delay tactics all over again.
    We all know Hillary has lost the nomination except for her, Bill and their supporters. At this point the argument is about the DNC rules of nomination and how they pale against the GE rules. By the way it’s the Terry McCauliffe’s of the DNC days gone by who put together the percentage rules for pledged delegates and the caucus rules as well. You have clearly lost based on the agreed rules. We can change them after the nominations. There is no point in destructing us with GE polls for a handful of states that are soooo relevant now just because Hillary won in those states. This whole June thing is also another way for Billary to buy more time before they decide to crush and burn the DEM party at the convention. It’s sad to say that in their divisive ways the argument is that Obama will lose those states by thinking that anyone who voted for Hillary will not vote for Obama. What more of a subliminal divisive message do we need?

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Steve

    Never mind the convention, this is going to the Supreme Court!

    May 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Wayne

    How Pathetic. Clinton want to count FL and MI only because she is losing. Obama didn't even campaign in Florida nor was his name on the ballot in Michigan so how would it be fair to count those?

    May 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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