May 30th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

DNC faces big challenge Saturday

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Protesters voice their concerns outside the DNC headquarters on Capitol Hill in April."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - With just three contests left in the Democratic primary season, Sen. Hillary Clinton is making a big push for votes. But her presidential hopes may now hinge on a meeting of a Democratic Party panel.

At issue: Will Clinton's wins in the disputed Florida and Michigan primaries count at the convention?

On Saturday, the Democratic Party has to make two big choices: The first is how many delegates from Florida and Michigan to seat.

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  1. MP-Pennsylvania

    Hillary supporters,

    some times it is popular votes
    Some times its electoral college
    Sometimes its super delegates
    Some times it is pledged delegates

    For Bill
    Sometimes it is Hillary
    Sometimes it is Monica

    same way for Clintons

    sometimes it is USA
    Sometimes it is Dubai
    Sometimes it is walmart
    Sometimes it is blue collar workers

    Go Figure

    May 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Tired of the Clintons

    Hillary really doesn't care what the DNC says, her mind is made up to create as much chaos as possible. If she could put down the bottle for once and actually have a clear thought – she would know that if she steals this nomination.....WHO IS GOING TO VOTE FOR HER???? The so called Clinton Legacy is done....stick a fork in it and call it a day. Maybe you can go to some island far, far away and be the local dog catcher!!! P.S. Take Bill with you!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Marc has it correct.

    I love the clips they are playing over and over again from last fall with Hillary saying "It's clear that these primaries are not going to count". She raised no huge objection then.

    Why? Well of course she didn't think she was going to need them. A truly principled candidate would have been on the record pushing for resolution so as not to disenfranchise the voters in these key states. Had she done that, she could now be referring back to those statements in an "I told you so" type of voice.

    But, as per typical Hillary, she is now just using them for political means. Why do people trust this woman?

    May 30, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. What if?

    Sherree and others, We understand they BROKE the rules and Clinton who made this an issue late in the primaries signed away their right for their vote to count.

    Those two states need to protest against their State representees or who every the person(s) who agreed by excepting this to be the outcome. DNC Leader or Obama was not the people that told them to agree to this rule, those are the people you should be angry about and hold them accountable for their actions.

    May 30, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. mike (houston)

    Hillary Supporters should urge her to run as an independent and say goodbye to The democratic party that has been taken over by left wing nuts

    May 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. aware

    There will be no unity for Dems if the fatally flawed, arrogant Obama is the nominee!

    It will be the Independent's time to gain momentum for 2012!

    Hillary Clinton is the best choice for 2008 but McCain will do. 🙂

    May 30, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Linda Esen

    An American in Canada for David : I hope with comments like that when McCain is in office as you would like – then World War 3 is goign on then you shall be happy. Lets face it – HOW MANY TIMES MUST THIS BE SAID: The FL and Michigan DNC party are to BLAME when THEY BROKE the rules!!! Simple Simple simple – now that she is losing – the rules dont count anymore right ????
    The next president of the USA HAS to be a democrat – Obama or Clinton – this is a governemtn for the people by the people – i dont understand what the negativity is about acccording to the way this are HE has WON!!! Period !!!

    May 30, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. paul

    The DNC leadership is what is ruining and dividing the party!!! Both Pelosi and Reid should shut up and sit down. They should be screaming from the rafters how 2 people ... a man of mixed race (please remember Barack is 1/2 black and 1/2 white and should be as proud to be one as the other) and a woman ... have lit a fire under the party!

    They have increased the party number. They have excited their followers. Thye have brought new optimism to this country and to the world that anyone can do anything, whether you are white, black, man, woman! We should be proud of it!

    The DNC needs to open their eyes and stop looking at the smaller picture and look at what this does for the spirit of the country!

    May 30, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Ryan

    I find it interesting that the anger the voters have over Florida and Michigan being penalized for breaking the rules is not being directed towards the real culprits of this mess. The Govenors of Florida and Michigan signed the law moving the primaries up and breaking the rules of the Democratic Party. They and they alone are to blame! They gambled with the their constituents votes, without even going to the voters to see if it would be ok to make the change. Why more has not been made of this is hard to understand. If the voters of Florida and Michigan are upset, and feel disenfranchised the correct place to take up their concerns is at the govenors mansion.

    May 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Hillary is crazy and I would not vote for her even if she wins the nomination. She is not even a women of her word – now she is going all the way. How can anyone trust anything she says; I don't. She scares me more than McCain. At least we know where he is coming from!

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

    The news is reporting that all those who have said they would not vote for Obama will do so in November when the DNC comes together.

    I will be casting my vote for "NONE OF THE ABOVE"!

    These elections need to be decided by popular vote. I am sick of the electoral, pledge delegates, superdelegates and caucuses deciding the elections. These are antiquated systems best suited for a time and country without communication. In this day of high tech instant communication, we need to listen to the will of the people.

    May 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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