May 30th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton lawyer makes Florida, Michigan case

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton's campaign is making it's Florida and Michigan case."](CNN) - A day before the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee is set to determine how to seat the delegations of Florida and Michigan, the Clinton campaign's chief lawyer said the committee is compelled to seat both delegations fully and not award Barack Obama any delegates from Michigan.

In a letter addressed to the co-chairs of the RBC, Clinton lawyer Lyn Utrecht said both states have already been sufficiently punished because of lack of campaign activity.

"It is a bedrock principle of our Party that every vote must be counted, and thereby every elected delegate should be seated," Utrecht wrote. "The States have already been punished because no campaign activity was conducted in Florida or Michigan. There is no requirement or need to punish their duly elected delegates who represent the 2.3 million voters in Michigan and Florida who participated in the nominating process."

Utrecht also made clear the campaign will not accept a resolution in Michigan that awards Obama any delegates, since the Illinois senator took his name off the ballot there.

"Neither the DNC Rules nor the Michigan Delegate Selection Plan allow arbitrary reallocation of Uncommitted delegates to a candidate or arbitrary reallocation of delegates from one candidate to another," he wrote.

The Clinton campaign also said Friday that former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard and Florida State Senator Arthenia Joyner will make the case for the campaign at the hearing Saturday.

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soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. RB TX

    We agree 100%. No one told Obama to take his name off the ballot in Michigan. All delegates Hillary won in Michigan should be seated and none for Obama.
    Obama is a believer in Black Liberation Theology and supports anti American comments against the so called oppressors(White America).
    Stop playing the blame game.

    Go Hillary, Go Hillary

    May 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. KateLynn

    Samantha Powers was right. Hillary is a monster!

    May 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. CPL

    Florida and Michigan should have their delegates halved as per the DNC rules. But if they follow the DNC rules, IOWA, NH, and SC should do the same. The waiver that was granted to those three states was as "against the rules" as Fl. & Mi. moving their dates up. Half delegates, and no supers for all 5

    May 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Del

    who does this woman think she is ? ? why does she think everyone has to bow down to her no matter what she does? are these people that scard of her and billy? have they all been bought, bribed or blackmailed by the clintons. there is no one on this so called committy that has not said or thought the same thing the peacher said, he is right and everyone knows it. please someone send her home , , where ever that is she seems to be "from" every state she's been in. no one wants the clintons and surely not our Country. I'm not an Obama fan either and not at all happy with McCain.
    Obama would do better with roseie O'donald or rose ann barr for Vp then hillary.

    May 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. buckeye in GA

    Stop the Spin:

    Obamabots don't want the votes counted in FL and MI. End of story PERIOD!

    I'm sorry, but that's just not true. I am an Obama supporter, and I, like Sen. Obama, *do* want the delegates seated. But the method that Sen. Clinton is propsing is unfair. I say, seat both states 50/50, or at least give the uncommitted MI votes to Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton can have FL and her MI votes. Either way, though, she can't overtake his lead.

    By the way, I find the term "Obamabot" offensive. I am not a robot and I am not "blinded" by anything Sen. Obama says. I am making an intelligent choice to support him.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Johnny Birchfield

    The Democrats are done. Stick a fork in us and give us the award for shooting yourself in the foot. Democrats are DELUSIONAL if they think Obama is going to win the national election. Obama is a strawman and each day more and more dirt comes out on him.
    As a Democrat I am also fed up with all the election hanky panky. I'm fed up with Pelosi, Dean, Reid and all the others who took impeachment off the table and didn't accomplish anything over the past couple of years in congress other than to give us more of the same.
    Not only are the Democrats not going to win the Presidential election, they are also going to loose their majority in Congress. Yep, you saw it here first from one of the best political analyists not in the business. John Q. Public. News you really can trust.
    Fear not...Jack Cafferty will be leading the charge of "Blame Hillary!!!" Obamanites when the Dems suffer a miserable loss in November.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. ken

    All the Uncommitted are caste their vote for Obama .... Ask them.... Eventhough I don't support Obama...... They are going to vote for Obama ..


    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. MC, Pa

    Where is the sense of fairness for those Clinton supporters? Will it make you feel better by punishing the one who follow the fules and play by the rules and award the one who cheats? How would you want to teach your children about following rules? I am so sick, sick of the "win by all means" Clinton tactics.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Ralph

    Venus May 30th, 2008 1:42 pm ET

    I wonder how much her total $-bill will be with all these people who work for her?

    Next week – Hillary will be out of the news!


    Dream as an Independent Hillary...if they GIVE the nomination to Obama!!

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Gloria

    In this case I suggest you get ZERO delegates from Mich, hon!

    HRC, you are so disgusting and DISHONEST! Shame on you!

    4 more days and you will be history.. Can't wait to see that!

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Dmitriy

    Go Hillary.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Laidetea

    If the DNC decides not to reward anything to neither candidate and continue with the rules set forward, than its nothing HRC, Lyn Ultrecht, Bill Clinton, or the Federal Supreme Court can do. It's their ruling and their decision. Lyn Ultrecht can not tell the DNC what to do or do this or that. She doesn't make the rules. The DNC makes the rules.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. no edge is enuff

    Is there no end to what the media and the DNC will do to install Obama as the nominee, against the will of the people?

    Stop handicapping Clinton. Stop adoring the puppet Obama. She has done good work for Americans...Obama has done nothing. Give us fair unbiased reporting...not blacks yelling that Obama is entitled.

    Stop bashing Clinton.

    She has every right to run and to take it to the convention...just like every other WHITE MALE candidate has had up to now.

    Why advantage Obama by knocking Hillary out of the race. Haven't you sabotaged her, attacked her, denigrated her, and swiftboated her enough to give Obama the edge?

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. CT voter

    So Obama won't get ANY delegate's from Michigan because he followed the rule's??? This is downright dirty...unbelievable...what a disgrace the Clinton name has become....

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Sandy from Ohio

    With what Clinton has pulled through this hole primary season if the DNC gives in to Hillary and Lets her cheat just like Bush in 2000 I will find another country to live in because this is not living in a fair country built on the premise that rules are rules. Why do the politician feel they are above the law Please show are children that even the adults have to follow the rules Please let that cry baby go cry some where else I'm sure the republicans would be glad to have her she is as crocked as they are

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Jay Jones

    Waaait a minute...they've been punished enough already by lack of campaigning in their states?? That sounds like a reward to me, not a punishment.

    One thing that never seems to get mentioned is that the pledge signed by all the candidates included a pledge not to "campaign or participate." This would seem to include keeping your name on the ballot. So Sen. Clinton's argument that "we had a choice whether to participate in MI, and Sen. Obama chose not to" doesn't make sense to me. If a pledge was made not to participate, then there is no choice anymore, and she should have removed her name from the ballot.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Northern Canadian

    When will it stop ?????? I guess they enjoy in their circus for other purposes....Hillary is SELFISH and CHILDISH....GROW UP....

    I am glad that we found the ONE...Hey, OBAMA..I know you are strong and positive..ande also very intelligent. Hurrah!! Look forward to general election after June 3rd.. Good Bye, Hillary and her hillbillies and rednecks..

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Kaylee

    It is a question of FAIRNESS...
    How not giving even one vote to Obama is reflective of MI people's will or FAIR?

    DNC should try their hardest to be FAIR. And, yes it is easy. Use commonsense to be FAIR. Everybody knows in their guts what is FAIR and what isn't.

    BE FAIR...

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. David from Bremen,Germany



    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. jonny

    She has no case. All her arguments are lies.

    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    Nobody cares what hillary is willing to accept. DNC do the right thing because if you bend to this idiocy you will have a lot more than hillary to worry about.

    Michigan, if i was you all, i would petition for all or none. i will be darn if hillary receives one single delegate, than to receive them all illegally.
    get your marching shoes ready. it's about to be ON!

    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Erin

    "Utrecht also made clear the campaign will not accept a resolution in Michigan that awards Obama any delegates, since the Illinois senator took his name off the ballot there."

    Are you serious? That's an all-time low for Hillary this campaign! While I've consistently said I will vote for whoever gets nominated by the DNC, Hillary is losing me. I cannot believe these die-hard Hillary supporters are still falling for these low-brow tactics.

    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Jumping Cholla

    All this wailing and gnashing of teeth is just for show. The result is a forgone conclusion...Obama wins. The facesaving device will be Hillary exclaiming (with wide-eyed enthusiasm and exaggerated head nodding) that she was able to accomplish her goal - she got the delegations from FL and MI seated at the Convention. Isn't she grand.

    May 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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