May 31st, 2008
07:03 PM ET
15 years ago

Florida compromise seats delegation, gives each half vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rules and Bylaws Committee narrowly voted Saturday against a motion by panel member Alice Huffman to fully seat Florida's delegation, sparking chaos in the ballroom where the panel was meeting, before voting almost unanimously to seat the full delegation but halve its voting strength.

The crowd grew increasingly vocal during the vote over Huffman's motion, as many in the audience began shouting at the members of the committee, hissing and chanting "Denver! Denver!" the site of the Democratic National Convention this summer.

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Helen, GA

    DNC has moved to the left so much that I have no place in this party. Howard Dean is giving lecture to the DNC Bylaws committee. Harry reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are int he same boat. Vote Jophn McCain.

    June 1, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. mark in virginia

    first of all i am a republican, a republican that is very divided on the candidates...... but i was very impressed with the courage the committe showed today and how they pulled together and made the right decision.... one of the committee members.... simply put it out there so easily..... her momma said, play by the rules.... it is time for mr. ickes to give it up, take his ball and go home, maybe along the way bill and hillary will go to, and on june 3rd, the part will hopefully settle it all down..... and give obama his place in history.. as for me
    whoever that lady was, that had to be removed from the meeting and threatened to vote for McCain.......
    maybe i can take her place and support the democratic party for change.....

    any democrats out there that would welcome my interest in the party

    June 1, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. lamont austin

    4 weeks ago I said to friends, how could hilliary clinton argue a side that she agreed to and signed off on and then try to dispute they should be seated. I also said, my mother always taught me to play by the rules and if you change the rules in the middle of the game , thats cheating.. (a speaker today on the panel said the same thing) Didnt we as americans all learn the same thing? and the only way to solve the problem is to give equal votes to each candidate. (wich they did, why was that so hard)

    I also feel like hilliary clinton is a liar and a cheat, i cant believe people would vote for somebody who bold faced lied 3-4 times befor telling the truth, how could anybody vote for someone who said"i voted for the war but didnt want to vote for the war",

    June 1, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Fair is Fair - POST MY COMMENT!!!

    I think democracy was carried out today in the best possible way for each of the candidates as well as the voters and non voters in the states of Florida and Michigan. As an Internet onlooker of the process, it was good to be able to witness "transparency" (to the extent that it was) in the political process by elected/appointed officials. In this sense, everybody won today although some may not want to concede to that (pardon the pun Hillary supporters). I would be interested to know how many people watched the entire process as I did either on television or via Internet. I do hope others around the world will post here to let us know if they were watching and what they thought of todays proceedings and results. Democrats Unite 08/2012!

    June 1, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. James Lewis

    I hear a great deal of controversy and talk that it is unfair not to seat the delegates and votes in Florida and Michigan, and I understand it to a degree, my only argument is that why didn't anyone from the Clinton campaign contest before she was losing the democratic nomination? If it is unfair now, why wasn't it when they initially made the decision.

    June 1, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. PSmith

    There should be a new rule. Get rid of the DNC for creating such a rule. How can a bunch of incompetent people make a rule to disinfranchise a whole state.

    What a bunch of hipocrites!

    Denver or Write Hillary's name on the ballot!

    June 1, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Nicolas Smith

    Great lets move on and give credit to the clintons for getting the FL and Mi delegates seated. Now the math is still very difficult for her and her husband to succeed. She has proven she is a fighter but a poor leader because the management of her campaign was poor. Obama out foxed her again. I hope she is not going to show that she is a power hunger individual hiding behind older women and blue colar voters. Life is hard in America because of the RNC and Bush don't reinvent the wheel mrs clinton. Be wise..... unite do not divide.

    June 1, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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