May 31st, 2008
07:23 PM ET
12 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. A Combat Vet's Observation

    The worst decision ever

    Outrageous

    Obombus doesn't deserve any michigan votes

    A Disgruntled Democrat

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Louisville

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

    For those supporting Clinton, I would be appalled.

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Gorefan

    The idea that Clinton had delegates taken away from her is wrong. The reality is that she was given a large number of delegates since before Florida and Michigan were stripped of all of their delegates. Therefore giving any delegates to Senator Clinton is an increase from zero delegates to 69 delegates in Michigan alone.

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Thry suppose to give them a quater (1/4) vote each.

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. dana, portland oregon

    this is ridiculous- would they stop the superbowl and say a touchdown is now worth 1/2 the points??? she is unbelievable if they continues this march- the party will lose more than just a few members...

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. MY MONEY AND VOTE FOR OBAMA 08

    So Clinton was not able to pull a fast one on the DNC. Thank God, some one was smart enough to see beyond her lies. She should be happy and quit, it is only fair. The FAT LADY has sung, it is time for Hillary to step out. She will not win, unless she is plotting to harm or put a hit on Obama. I would not be surprise, after her Bobby Kennedy comment. I expect the worst from Queen Evil.

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Brian from Michigan

    In true Clintonesque form , BIllary and her legions of supporters have decided, if we can't have things our way , we will just take the ball and run with it.
    Everyone in Michigan knew this election was not going to count. As a Obama supporter and he not being on the ballot , I jumped ship and Voted for McCain in the Republican Primary.
    Its time for all the poor sports to realize Obama will be the nominee and GET OVER IT .

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Della

    If I were Hillary I would pull out and go INDEPENDENT!

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. go home hillary

    time to say good bye billary you are history

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. KE

    Just because the Republican cut their vote in two doesn't mean it's the right thing to do.

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Jim, Indiana

    Obama deserves nothing from Michigan!!! This is scandalous!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Mark

    Hillary was ripped off on these votes. If Hillary is not on the Democratic ticket, dump the Democrats and vote McCain. That's what I'm doing!

    May 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. CLiff Westwood

    As an Independent, Hillary Clinton should take it to the convention, and possibly become an Independent Candidate for President. The democrats will not win with Obama.

    The Committee today, has not learned from the debacle in Florida 2000, and have taken insider positioning to make the decision. They will pay a heavy price, and Howard Dean along with Ted Kennedy and others shall pay the price.

    It is clear that the party has put more priority of elite members of the party and not the voters and will be punished.

    Thank you.

    May 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Jazz

    The decision to seat the delegates and allocation of delegates was fair to both states and to the two candidates. I felt sorry for the Rules committee members, with so much pressure coming from other members and the audience. I was appalled by the disrespectful behavior of Hillary supporters who booed and hissed speakers who supported Obama. Even when Joyner of Florida asked them to accept the decisions of the committee, they continued to shout down the members. They appeared to be more concerned about the impact of the decisions on HRC than on the voters in Fl and MI. I hope our energies can now be focused on the General Elections.

    May 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    Go all the way! Obalegerwright is not going to win in November. I will write Hillary Clinton on My ballot in November.

    May 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Lana, California

    Read the tea leaves and weep Hillary. The DNC is no longer yours and Billy's private playground. And Mr. Ickes can go pound sand for all I care. My sincere thanks to those Clinton supporters on the RBC who are true patriots and have voted for what is better for the country, compromise in the seating of delegations when by the rules, they should have gotten squat. This is in direct opposition to what the Ickster was trying to accomplish which was to put one person's greed and ambition above the needs of the party.

    I pray we can come together to expunge from our country the real threat to our democracy, which is 4 more years of Bush that McSame and the Repugnants are trying to scare us into voting for.

    Women for Obama.

    May 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Jerry in Fresno

    Have you ever seen anyone so pathetic as Icky Harold.

    He and the Clintons represent what we don't need in the next government.

    May 31, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Fran Says

    The decision by Hillary Clinton, reserving the right to take the decision of the DNC to the convention floor provides a clear disregard for the established rules and an unquestionable statement to her character and her unwillingness to serve our party according the rules and bylaws that were accepted before this fight began.

    It is a very sad and disappointing footnote to a woman that had the respect of America and all women in particular. I have respected, cared for and defended the Clintons with a vigor and conviction that rivals the love and affection my parents felt for John F. Kennedy.

    I am dismayed that all the good the Clintons have done for our country, economy and the Democratic Party, what we will remember most is the caricature they have become.

    When we are called to remember this historic campaign, we will remember the negativity, pettiness and the divisive nature of the Clintons and their fight to subvert the rules they agreed to abide by and their continued attempt to force their way back into the White House.

    Their footnote will be . . . what a shame!

    May 31, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Obama's November Loss

    Hillary Dems Unite..................Down with Obama in 08

    May 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Marty Ohio

    Wow what a joke. Hey I'm a new McCain Democrat anyone else ?

    May 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. fred

    Take it all the way to the convention Hillary!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Wow...why bother following any rules.....amazing...

    May 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. annie

    So now all voters votes don't count in the great United States of America?

    May 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. M

    This is end of democratic party and start of Independent Clinton candidacy , you are soo soo stupid democrats

    May 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. give it up..please

    These people on the DNC should get 'real' jobs! Clinton agreed to the rules, All of the democratic candidates agreed to the rules as stipulated preventing the Mich and Fla delegations from being seated if they hold unauthorized primaries. OOPS. ...That was when Clinton was preparing to be crowned before that pesky Obama entered the scene and, surprises of surprises...actually beat her..Now, they're wasting a whole weekend changing the rules to placate the clinton crowd...the DNC is a shame..they are legends only in their own minds! and, as an aside...if clinton can't get anyone less stupid than Ickes, when he emerged from under whatever rock he was hiding, to make her faulty case...if she does manage to hijack this nomination from Obama, everyone in this country should cringe..

    May 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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