May 28th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Democrats mull Florida, Michigan compromise

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton paid a visit to Mt. Rushmore Wednesday. (Sasha Johnson/CNN)"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Party is likely to meet rule-breaking Florida and Michigan halfway when it comes to seating their delegates at the national convention, two members of the rules committee said Wednesday.

Such a move may help Sen. Hillary Clinton close the delegate gap with front-runner Sen. Barack Obama but not overtake him, said sources familiar with party deliberations.

The sources did not want to be identified because the full committee has not yet discussed the problem or ruled on it.

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    May 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Nike

    Who remember how CNN was so pro Hillary before even the campaign begun. I wish she launched a honest campaign.

    She couldn't even have a permanent campaign slogan leave alone message.
    We have no place for loosers in America!

    May 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. D

    The states did not obey the rules, so they have to be punished somehow. What makes me laugh is even if she gets what she wants, she still won't be ahead.Usually when you cheat, you win. But imagine, she wants to cheat....and she'll still LOSE! Now that's brainy...

    May 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. I have a goldfish

    Does anyone else think she looks a lot like Christopher Walken in the movie "Sleepy Hollow" in a lot of these pictures?

    May 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. EY, caglary

    that woman is insane! she never cared about those states until she realized that she is losing!! she is so fake! she would do everything to become a president! Please just get rid of her!

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. west

    Some day there will be a woman president in America, but not this woman. Amen!

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. J from Detroit

    I posted on the last article, i sat and read all of the comments made about Obama not being electable and it makes me sick that some people think Clinton is more electable than Obama. Second of all for those of you who say you would rather vote for Mccain or stay home are either lieing or just plain STUPID, there is know way in this world that people in thier right mind will vote for Mccain after what or Georgy has done to our country. We are in a war for what Nothing we couldve at least taken the gas from Iraq, but in my driveway sits my SUV because it cost more to put gas in it than it does for the payment. I repeat when i say this if Obama was a different skin color we would have no problems or he would have no problems being electable. Can someone please tell me what HRC has done in the past to make he ready for that phone call when she cant even keep her own house in order. All black americans use to say how Bill was the first black president and how well he has done for the Black americans not African we were or majority were born in the USA. To tell you the truth this is getting old, once again I dare CNN to create a poll to see the reason why they wont vote for Obama, dont balme Wright Mccain had a sponser to, only difference is Mccain was left alone after a day or so. The real reason will be is because of his skin color no matter how you look at it, add Florida and Michigan split give her 60 and give him 40 she still cant win, so guess what in 2010 we will still be in Iraq paying 12-13$ a gallon for gas living on the streets than what will we say, H&B will still be wealthy and the Mr.Bush will still be the oil guy he is, On and by that time Mrs.Mccain Will be riding the horses in the Bud commercials, Get it together people we all bleed the same blood, we all live in this country, vote with your heart and not with your eyes, Vote for the best candidate Obama,Mccain but dont let BILLHIL scare you.

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Ann

    The Clinton camp wouldn't be fighting this if Hillary were in the lead. And she claims she wants to unite the Democratic party, yet she contradicts herself every day. She should bow out gracefully with the shards of dignity she has left.

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Jean, South Carolina

    I break the mold and start over in the middle of the race? When a race car driver is losing to his opponent and their is a lot at stake, do we ask the drivers to come back an start all over again? Now this is a bad solution to this race. We are asking the American People to forgive the voters who was in their right mind to vote and now that it didn't count why? When it all boils down to the fact the some people can't stand the fact that no party rules were broken and Obama is ahead, but look at all the negative and bad things Hillary has done and she is behind. Why should she come up top? Because she is a women. If this is true then who is being sexist here the DNC? Think about it and very hard because this is what you are telling the American People that you want a women who is behind and a man who has done everyting that as ask to be in this race. Ickes and Flournoy think about your values and what it means to the American People who are not Hillary women voters or supporters. We should all be equal and not separate.

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Al Gore

    May 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. lexel

    Florida and Michigan delegates should not be seated. They know the rules and they still went ahead to hold their primary earlier. It doesn't make sense. It feels like law-breakers gets rewarded and it also gives the impression that some people are above the law and get away with anything. Filing for lawsuits has been the be-all and end-all method for people who need an excuse. Pretty disgusting!!!!

    **But again, if I am paranoid enough, I would say this is a political strategy for the Clintons. The Clintons were OK with excluding Florida and Michigan when they were ahead. However, now that they are behind, they are pushing for Florida and Michigan to be counted. This puts a huge question mark on HRC's true motives. Was Florida and Michigan excluded earlier for the "just in case" fallback if she loses????

    **And for the superdelegates:: It is OK if you cannot come out and endorse any candidate at this time. I just hope you are doing it for the right reasons. The decision is tough but I have full respect for those who are trying to discern what the American people wants. Delaying your endorsements out of respect for the Clintons is NOT a right reason. Government service (even for presidents) was a job that the person has chosen to serve. They should not expect a payback or gratitude from the American people (who put them in office on the first place) or the people they choose to appoint in office. On my opinion, you are in your respective positions because of your merits and ability to serve your country and not because Clintons can put a noose on your neck when the need arises.

    May 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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