May 31st, 2008
04:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Pro-Clinton protestors make their way to Washington

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of planning by unions, women’s rights groups and others supporting Hillary Clinton's push to seat Florida and Michigan delegates at the Democratic convention this summer, supporters of the New York senator's presidential bid arrived in the nation’s capital by the busload Friday in advance of rallies outside Saturday's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting.

“I’m hoping we restore 100 percent of the delegates from both Michigan and Florida and the popular vote will also be restored,” said Karen Feldman, an organizer of the “Count Every Vote” rally. “...I firmly believe that in Florida that was the purest election we’ve ever had, and I think that those votes should stand where they are and should be counted the way they are.”

Florida Demands Representation, another sponsoring group pushing for the January 29 vote to be recognized by the national party, said Friday it was expecting 400 to 500 supporters to arrive by Saturday. “The Democratic party is in danger in Florida,” said organizer James Hannagan.

The seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations is a priority for Clinton, who won both unsanctioned contests and is currently trailing frontrunner Barack Obama by 202 delegates in the latest CNN count.

Hannagan said that if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee, some members of his forum will vote for McCain, write in Hillary’s name or not vote at all.

The Clinton campaign has tacitly encouraged pressure on RBC members meeting to resolve the controversy, but has denied any role in protests planned for Saturday.

Filed under: DNC • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. 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 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. EBC

    This is downright silly. Clinton supporters are just set on destroying their own candidate's last chance. These demonstrations just prove that the Clintons are playing the "victim" role while injecting their supporters to cause such chaos and divisiveness. It's NO wonder why Sen. Clinton is the LOSER. It's these types of "gutter" tactics that has destroyed all of Hillary's chances at the Presidency.

    When you play the "spoil rotten child tantrum" people start turning you OFF and ignoring you all together.

    Have you noticed that both Sen. McSHAME and Sen. Obama have NOT mentioned Sen. Clinton in any of their speeches? They have completed discounted her for the past 3 weeks. She is NO longer an issue for them, and they consider her the LOSER that she is., So they don't even give her any attention whatsoever. That should tell Bill and Hillary something.

    AND the fact that Sen. Clinton's support has heavily dwindle down to nothing. Her last Mt. Rushmore media event was a total waste. She had half of her staff with her AND half of the Secret Service. There was only about 20-30 people following her and the camera men had to keep a close up as to NOT show just how little a crowd she had.

    Sen. Clinton is NOT going to be the Presidential nominee. The sooner we get a grip, the sooner we can fully focus and concentrate on Sen. John McSHAME!! Bottom line.

    May 31, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  3. C Spurgeon

    I am in Florida and want my vote counted. I was asked by the democratic party id I wanted to go to Washington. It had nothing to do with Hillary as far as I know just support for getting our votes counted.

    The Hillary angle is just some more media blitz.

    May 31, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  4. RangeRover

    What a setback for the radical womens movement.

    May 31, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  5. Saif (Minnesota)

    Shouldn't it be simple. Player A and Player B agreed to play a game called Game C with the rules of the game described to both A and B. Changing the rules in the middle of the game would be not only UNFAIR but HIGHLY UNETHICAL, dont you think so?

    May 31, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  6. TERRI

    I can't help but wonder if BO had been on the Michigan ticket...if he would have won? And, what if in Florida he would have campaigned, would HRC even be challenging her own signature on the DNC agreement that stated they would agree and abide by no delegates?


    May 31, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. Katrina M. Desoto, TX

    This is crazy. Hillary had NO problem not seating these delegates last year when it was voted to leave them out. Why didn't they just follow the rules?

    NOW, since she needs the votes, all of a sudden, she wants them to count?? No, NOT buying it AT ALL.

    She is truly showing me the depths at which she will go to win and it's sad. And while she claims to not be participating directly in the protest, she has no problem encouraging supporters to protest? She is watching her dirty work get done, while not getting her pretty hands soiled!

    Give me a freaking break!

    May 31, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Generation X

    Has anyone noticed how quite black Americans have been? The new Revelation will not be televised!!!

    May 31, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. Dave

    "The Democratic Party is in danger in Florida." Why does HRC attract supporters who make such infantile statements? They think that if they thretaen and bully they will get their way. They've already succeeded in getting this meeting of the Rules & Bylaws Committee. If the tables were turned, there would be no meeting today.

    May 31, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. NKilf

    For Michigan: Give Hillary all the votes she got, give Obama none, but then SUBTRACT the number of "Uncommitteds" from Hillary's total.

    May 31, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. Obama Supporter

    For Hannigan and other Clinton supporters, even if she was awarded Michigan and Florida, she is still behind Obama in pledged delegates. Therefore, why should she be the nominee?

    How could some Clinton supporters vote for McCain if they were against the Iraq war? If some Hillary supporters had said we willl write her name in or just sit home that understandable.

    Hypothetically, if Clinton was given the Democratic nimination, do you really think that blacks, college-educated whites, young people, Independents, Republicans for Obama would support Clinton. The only way she could get the nomination would be to take it away from Obama. You would alienate most of the voters from that group. I am an Independent and if that happened I would rather stay home.

    May 31, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  12. pauline

    All votes need to count! Every organization, government, business, school, hospital, and family have rules for stability, and fairness. The important point that needs to be noted is all rules at times are altered, revised, bent, or ignored, because of special circumstances. This is done everyday all over the word by people that have the ability to critically think issues. There is not one person that has not experienced a rule changed for them. If every vote and delegate from Florida & Michigan is not seated as the voters stated, then the world will know that American democracy is hypocritical and meaningless. Voters will not bother to vote,,,because why should they some backroom major player in the party already has who he wants in office, the process will be a sham! The Jimmy Carters of the world can stay home, and not oversea fair elections in developing countries because there is no intergrity hear, no one will want to emulate our corupt process. All votes need to count!! DNC & Superdelegates need to do the right thing,, is there any intergrity or courage left in this country or is Hillary the only one with courage and the character to represent all Americans! Stand up and be counted or do away with the system forever....because a corupt system is no system. Sad and Dissappointed in the DNC and Superdelegates.

    May 31, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. Virgil

    Wow. Putting the rabid Clinton supporters in close proximity to rabid Obama supporters may be very entertaining. The conservative Clintons demanding that the DNC break the rules and count the Florida votes, and the elites and AAs demanding adherence to the rules and not counting any Florida votes. Never thought I'd see it. The Democratic Party is splitting apart.

    May 31, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    More of the same old politics we're trying to escape.

    If she can't win, she'll cry, stomp her feet, and pout.

    The protesters are her pawns.

    Bless their hearts – cough cough cough

    May 31, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. Anne from Canada

    If the DNC does not do the right thing, Hillary should run as Independent. Hillary Clinton, The first woman President of the United States of America and the first Independent President of the United States of America. How's that for change!!!! The people's president! Doesn't the constitution's first 3 words 'We The People'

    Please Superdelegates, there is a lot you don't know about Obama that will come out after Tuesday and your decision to join him will bite you in the butt.

    May 31, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. j.smith

    Hillary is a shame trying to change the rules

    May 31, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Dia Akin

    Give it a rest. They broke the rules....PERIOD! If you tell your kids not to do something, and they do it ANYWAY, you don't give them a reward for it.

    If the DNC bends and seats them as is, they're gonna throw away the election BIG time.

    Clinton is unliked by more people than those who like her. The Democratic Party's record turnouts wasn't because of her. It was because of Obama. A LOT of the states Hillary claimed victory in, were won by Republicans voting for her to keep this thing going. SEVERAL state's exit polls showed almost the EXACT percentage she won by was the amount of votes from Republicans that she had received. Dems dont like her. And she'd get slaughtered in November. So I don't understand your logic of "SHE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER" when she cant even win her own primary.

    Don't seat them or seat them at 50% for each candidate. That's the only fair way to deal with it.

    And do you REALLY think if she DOES steal the election, she'll get the black or Republican votes? Please...there's WAAAAY too much dirt on her. She'd lose a landslide victory and knowing her, will probably argue and spin the entire term of McCain on how she was robbed.

    May 31, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. Tony, Miami

    How could the Clinton campaign deny any role in protests? They really take the DNC, the Obama campaign and everybody else for idiots.

    May 31, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  19. Tim Raymond

    OH yea, Hillary has no role in the protests. She signed off on Michigan & Fla. they should NOT count. I'm sure her campaign paid to bus these idiots to Washington. With the gas so high they didn't pay to drive themselves. Especially since they are poor "white" uneducated people.Now she will be "more" in debt. Who does she think is going to pay her debt's? NOT ME !!!!! DNC grow a pair & tell this lying witch where to go. I don't think she should even get her job back in the senate. She is unstable & shouldn't have have anything to do with running this country.

    Mad gramma
    white/ Obama

    May 31, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  20. Rob, Boca Raton, FL

    Disenfranchised voters? Give me a break! This is ONLY about Clinton trying to scare up some delegates. Voters from MI and FL who followed the campaigns NEW the votes would not count. If they decide now, after the fact, to count these votes the real disenfranchised voters are the ones from MI and FL who did not vote in the Dem primary because they were told by the DNC that the elections did not count. It is disengenuous for anyone to argue that these elections represent the will of the voters.

    May 31, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  21. seah

    America Supporters!

    Those who support Hillary, Support this Country 100%

    Since Obama is the biggest National Security Risk this nation has ever faced.

    The people do not want him as the Nominee.

    May 31, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. Terry in Fl

    I wish I could go but I have other obligations. I wish every Florida and Michigan voter could go. It was a record turnout election and Obama got beat! And yes, he did have ads on television! he DID advertise to the people of Florida because the first I had ever seen him was the day before the election on my TV! He's desperate and crooked.

    May 31, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Zion

    When I back my car out of the yard, I now call it doing a Hillary. She has backed down from taking credit for certain perceived successes during her husband's administration (NAFTA). She has backed down from supporting a disastrous war (IRAQ). She has backed down from the gasoline holiday tax. She has backed down from her JFK comment. She has backed down from her hard working white voter comments. She has a long history of backing down. Is this the woman I want handling the country? She will back down and back up just like my car.

    May 31, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. Tom, Boston MA

    Karl Rove's neo-con-hired footsoldiers descended in DC! whoopdeedoo!

    May 31, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. Bruce

    Can't the Democratic Party get anything right? This is an awful spectacle. One side wanting to break the agreed upon rules to give voice to people in Florida and Michigan. The other side supporting rules that deny a voice to people in two states in one of the closest primaries in history. Can this be resolved in a way that makes everybody happy? Will anybody be happy? And how many voters will this cost the Democratic nominee. That may not matter today, but come November a fes votes may matter. Remember Florida 2000.

    May 31, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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