May 31st, 2008
07:03 PM ET
12 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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  1. julie

    Even this "compromise" is pretty outrageous after Hillary and all involved agreed Florida and Michigan would be disqualified. Is it over? No. The Clintons want to win "whatever it takes." Forget the cost to the party and the country. Obsessive ambition is dangerous.

    May 31, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Elegua

    hilarious or hatelarius has managed to destroy our party, she acts more republican than McBush, even Bush and McCain are somewhat more decent than this evil creature...........

    should something happen to our next president you know who to look for, as the planner, enabler and overall evil creature..

    this woman has no name, no soul, may the universe give her what she deserves...............NO SOUL

    May 31, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. MP-pennsylvania

    I hope those who did not vote will not be desfranchised and stay with the party

    May 31, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. malia

    This is all part of the game played by Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and the rest of the Democrats in order to crush Hillary, I can guarantee you, you will pay for it in November.

    May 31, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. jack

    Anyone who follows Hillary in a fight all the way to Denver is just asking for a McBush victory. And what about the Supreme Court??? Do we really need more GOP judges sitting on that bench??? Think about Roe v Wade?? Think about how the GOP controled bench took away the Fla. vote and gave it to the loser of that race. Can we all stand by and watch America go down the toliet by letting another Republican into the White House?
    It is not about Obama or Hillary, it is all about the DONKEY or the ELEPHANT.


    May 31, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Tom Lites

    I imagine there wouldn't be all this talk about breaking the rules had obama not taken his name off the ballot in michigan. If he is so firmly convicted about not counting the votes if his name was on the ballot in florida but not in michigan? Sounds more like a poor political decision. Also this church problem of his isn't going away. How will American's identify with someone who left his church of 20+ years due to political pressure? I think thats probably worse than staying in the church. It does seem elitist, Hillary will win the popular vote and it is political suicide for superdelegates to not support her. If she is not nominated the democrats will destroy their chances.

    May 31, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. Adam

    OK, so since the rules apparently don't mean anything, is the first primary for the next presidential election going to be January 27, 2009?

    May 31, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. David King

    OBAMA '08 Baby!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. silas

    Yea, it's time for us to come together. I hope Bill and Hilary will bring the party together now. Pls Guys, Pls this is the time

    May 31, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    At least it was a compromise.....come on Hillary supporters....come back to reality.........and join once again the Democratic Party and Support Obama. It's it's time to unite and defeat the real evil.........McCain.

    Don't be sore makes you look worse. Go out with dignity. Realize that you put up a good fight, created history, and opened the doors for a more diverse selection for President in the years to come.

    May 31, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. Tina

    good job! now lets move forward to the general election. Hillary you are great but its time to give in. Obama will win the nomination

    Obama 08

    May 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. El Máximo Gutierrez

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!


    OBAMA '08 & '12

    Si Se PuEdE jEs We CaN sI sE pUeDe JeS wE cAN!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. colene

    I second. Things are working out very well on to November!

    May 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Chris

    I'm a Floridian and it's comical to me that back when the Florida Democratic Party was told not to move their primary or the votes would not be counted there simply was no uproar by democrats in Florida. ONLY when it became apparent that Hillary Clinton was not going to win the nomination did the Florida votes become important and these Clinton supporters in Florida came out of the woodwork complaining that their votes should count. Talk about adults acting like children.

    I hope all of the crying and whining was still worth it Clinton supporters.
    Well Hillary Clinton still is not going to win.

    May 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Jonathan

    I hope people understand that the Democratic Party doesn't have to give anyone a say. Parties don't exist under the constitution. They're just a good way of organizing people. There's no way anyone could force the DNC to give ANY state a vote, since they don't actually exist under the constitution. So when the DNC elects whoever, the people had a say, but it's the party leaders who really allow it. If they want to completely toss out all the votes and nominate Al Gore, they can. There's nothing that the law can do to stop them.

    May 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Agree. They were told they'd get zero, and they got half. Not bad at all. Seems everyone was fairly okay with this so let's move forward and get on with the General Election campaigning.

    May 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. adam



    May 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Chris from Michigan

    Agree with Dave in Maryland. Same goes for both Florida and Michigan. As a Michigander I should be thankful that the DNC decided to bend the rules just so Hillary could get her way. I find it disgusting though that they'll appeal all the way to the convention if need be on Michigan...quite sad.

    May 31, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. Lynn Gayton

    Rules are to be played by which they are set up and agreed to. Not changed in the middle of the game.

    June 1, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. fred

    I think that Sen. Clinton will make a grave mistake if she takes her campaign to the convention. I honestly believe that by going all the way to the convention she will fan the flames of disunity and leave many of her followers bitter and likely not to vote for Sen. Obama when he is in all likelihood to be the nominee. I think she will ruin her chances for a 2012 run for the presidency and maybe even damage her entire political career. I realize the race is close, but I think it's just too much of a stretch at this point for her to make the numbers work. I think she feels like in the end she is going to win the political lottery and be vindicated, but at what cost?

    June 1, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Carrington Houndstooth III

    Go Hillary!

    You are our only chance to win the whitehouse!

    June 1, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. Tina

    "Denver, Denver" - are these people for real. We will never win the general election if we keep fighting among each other. Howard Dean said it well in his opening statement today:
    "It's about the party – not the candidate" !
    It is in the Clinton's hands to finally be concede and be reasonable here for the greater good instead of stirring up all this hatred and feeding the fire.

    June 1, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. Lee in Fort Worth

    Right on Dave.......

    June 1, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  24. Franki

    Let's come together

    June 1, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  25. Obedience is better than Sacrifice

    Is Cnn afraid of the Clintons too ? why not post my comment after hours……… Is the Presidency the birth right of some people? This decision is not fair. But we are keenly watching

    June 1, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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