May 31st, 2008
07:23 PM ET
14 years ago

Full Michigan delegation with half-vote to be seated by Dems

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws
Committee on Saturday voted to seat all Michigan delegates to its convention, giving each a half-vote and dividing them to give Hillary Clinton a slight edge over Barack Obama.

The 19-8 vote gives 69 pledged delegates to Clinton and 59 to frontrunner Obama - each with half a vote because Michigan was penalized, like Florida, for moving its primary ahead in the campaign season.

Clinton adviser and RBC member Harold Ickes said, "Mrs. Clinton has instructed me to reserve her rights to take this to the Credentials Committee."

Filed under: DNC • Michigan
soundoff (760 Responses)
  1. peter dc transplant

    Yes! Clinton, the champion of the little-guy, the hard-workers, the American oppressed, will fight beyond the legitimate majority decision reached by the party she claims to fight for. Thank you Clinton, for standing up for reason, honor, respect, and dignitiy by encouraging your supports towards disorderly and disrespectful conduct during this campaign and the committee meetings. Thank you for stamping out reason, deliberation, and compromise as you pursue your personal and political interests. Thank you Clinton, for bringing the party together by threatening continued litigation and through your continued attacks on the legitimate primary leader while he absorbs hits from republicans on the other hand, and continually lauds your credentials and campaign efforts. Thank you Clinton, for showing the American public through your political actions, attitudes, tactics, and your campaign-finance management prowess, exactly why you are not a smart presidential choice. Obama-anyonebutclinton 08

    May 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    I live in Michigan. This is more than fair. I pray this all will be resolved by next week. I tell you many Obama supporters I know didn't vote because we were told it wouldn't count. Others I know voted for Romney but would have voted for Obama had he been on the ballot.

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Brett from Austin, TX

    Although a compromise is good, the allocation was not proper. Hillary has every right to go with this to Denver. People don't count as half a vote...this is a sad, dark day for Democrats.

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Jay

    There goes the party kissing Obama's butt. We have just lost the general election. I hope Obama an his cult are happy!!

    McCain 08!

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Republican Hillary Supporter

    Unfreakinbelievable!!!! The Rules Committee has given Obama delegates from votes he never nor could have received. How do they justify giving delegates to someone whose name wasn't even on the ballott????

    Unfreakinbelievable!!!! Talk about hi-jacking the Michigan VOTE!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Kate

    As a Democrat, I am saddened and disgusted that in 2000, the Republicans stole our votes and now in 2008, our own party has stolen our votes from us. This is a sad day in American history!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. FreshAir

    Can CNN bother to do its job and explain the reapportionment in Michigan, which was part of what got Ickes so wound up about.

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. NoHitwomanHillaryOnVpTicket


    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Jason

    Do you know what? Popular vote argument is KILLED!
    There's no way popular vote can be calculated for Michigan. This is just fantastic!

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. aware

    McCain wins!

    The foolish Dems have anointed the fatally flawed far left fringe candidate. They had the opportunity to chose the best and fell in love with the worst! 🙁

    No unity for the Dems – on to Denver!

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    Harold Ickes was instrumental in stripping them of their delegates. Hillary Clinton supported the decision UNTIL SHE NEEDED THE VOTES- only then did she care about their right to "have their voices heard" She obviously doesn't care about the voters who did not participate because, as she herself said, it "wouldn't count for anything." This is pathetic, almost as sad as the Clinton supporters who are buying into her sad, political posturing and politics of personal expedience.

    May 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. leebee1963

    Enough Said! It's time to unite and take this party to a win in the general electionin November!

    OBAMA 08 & 12...

    May 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. No McSame

    Great day for justice. No more cheating for Clinton is TOAST.

    May 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Haneefah of Georgia

    It is funny to me that people are still not pleased with what happened with this. The DNC or this debate could have gone to its ugliest stage of not giving Florida or Michigan anything. They could not have been able to be seated at the convention at all. They would not have been able to vote nor go to the convention. I think that Florida and Michigan should be happy that they are going to be there. I believe that this committee made the best decision and hopefully we can move on. If Hillary Clinton protest this then I hope that the majority of the Super Delegates and Delegates RUN to Senator Obama and endorse him!

    May 31, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Sistah

    Allright Hillary....

    Will you take your ball and go home now?

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Alvin

    It was the right thing to do. Clinton should be ashame of herself. She is political ruined.

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Obama's team is being shockingly fair about all of this. Perhaps he wil be able to get stuff done as President after all! I sincerely hope the Clinton supporters are able to remember that both sides are Democrats with nearly identical platforms, as just accept this like adults and move on to the real fight in November

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. BayouBoy

    Denver! Denver! Denver! Denver!...................................................

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Registered Independent

    I am happy to see that has been decided, of course Hillary will still continue her crusade and destroy the party, but now people will begin to see her for what she is really doing. If she continues to the convention, she is deliberately trying to destroy the party and any chance of the Dems to win the presidency.

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Marshall

    The Hillary supporters did her no favor with their jeering from the sidelines. What a sour and bitter group of people. Time to concede Hillary.

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Tracy

    What a disgrace Hillary supporters are. They have shown just how uncivilized they and their candidate is. No respect for the rules, no respect for the process, no respect for the American people. Thank God it is OVER. GO HOME BILLARY!

    May 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. NoHitwomanHillaryOnVpTicket


    May 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. carl jefferson

    hey im comfused when is these delegates going to the total delegats. also if obama is in the lead he should be the democratic nominee today. can somebody help

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Fredddd

    If Mrs. Clinton chooses to take this on, that's all Republicans want as Democrats will be divided. It's time for unity of the party.

    Should Republicans carry the general elections because Democrats are divided, we will all thank Mrs. Clinton!

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Wil


    CLAINTON IS EITHER WITH US OR WITH MCBUSH. Either way I don't care for her and her silly and fuzzy supporters.

    OBAMA 08.

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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