May 31st, 2008
04:00 AM ET
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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. Jaun

    In this case Clinton supporters are as dishonest as her...they all need to just go away...FADE OUT YOU FAILURES.
    OBAMA 08

    May 31, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Zion

    I'm sorry, let me include this. Now, she wants to back out of her originally agreement seating FL and MI delegates. FL and MI, do not be puppets. She was not interested in disenfranchising you when she thought you were winning. Obama removed his name because they all agreed to not campaign there. Therefore, Hillary can only "claim" FL. Because our Democrats are spineless and are afraid of the Clintons they will try to unfairly divide the delegates between the two candidates. Again, lets do a Hillary, back out.

    May 31, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. KateLynn

    Karen Feldman: "in Florida that was the purest election we’ve ever had."

    That's pretty sad if this botched up primary is the purest election FL ever had.

    May 31, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. Umpire

    Obviously, the protestors have a right to be there. It's true, however, that whatever can be done should not always be done. In this instance, Hillary's handlers are perfectly willing to make the DNC look bad in her take-no-prisoners attempt to stay in the race. It won't work, serving largely to lower the esteem in which she is generally held among her colleagues in Congress. She has lost the nomination. Now she is losing position in Congress. The latter is a pity because she showed some promise of emerging as an important member of the Senate, in time.

    May 31, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. Willy

    This is going to be good. After all the whining the democrats did in 2000 about counting all votes they are going to show their true colors and disenfranchise voters again and like they do every election but this time they can’t use the old play book blame it on a "Vast right-wing conspiracy". Go ahead make my day!

    May 31, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Scott, Charlotte

    The 2008 Dem campaign exposed one great thing :
    That Hillary Clinton is a liar, a cheater, and a foul politician.
    She has proven she values her own personal ambitions above party and country.
    WE WILL REMEMBER, Hillary, should you ever attempt to run for any public office in the future. WE will make sure you NEVER get elected.

    May 31, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Barbara Querrie

    We know that Obama will be the dem nomine,but if he does wn the presidential election, we shall know the Clinton caused this.Ofcourse she is the one insighting this FL and MI and she knows that it wont make her the nomine but she saying atleast let us all fail.Does she love the party? NO NO NO

    May 31, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. praying for you

    I can't understand how people feel this would be fair. Because someone insist on having things their way, with no validation, they take steps to do things that make them look spoiled and childish. What kind of message are you demonstrators showing your children? I pray that this does not backfire in your faces in the future. You reap what you sow, you sow discord you get discord, you sow integrity and honesty that is what you get, you sow wrong thinking and wrong actions and guess what that is what you get. Hillary and her supporters are wrong and they know it but payday is coming. Remember your actions when something happens in your life that should not have happened and you feel you were done unfair. IT WILL BE PAYDAY!

    May 31, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. Chris

    If the DNC gives 100% of the delegations back to MI/FL – it will signal lack of party control/discipline... precidence needs to be set, otherwise every state will just hold votes whenever they want to and that's not what we need.

    Voters should blame their local governments, not the DNC

    May 31, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. s.boatman warrensburg mo.

    As Long As They Dont Give Her Everything And Him Nothing Their Decision Can Be Somewhat Fair. You Cant Break The Rules And Expect Not To Be Penalized.

    May 31, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. Elisabeth

    Demographically Florida as well as Michigan are "Clinton"-states. When it was decided that the votes from those two states would not be counted she started to lose her "momentum" in favor of Obama. This is unworthy a fair election in a democratical party – don´t you agree? Rigid and meaningless rules and technicalities should not be allowed to settle the nomination.

    May 31, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. Schaefer Germany

    The rule is the rule. How can president candidate is allowed to brakes the rule, and in THE middle of campaign, in America. All the people around the world watching. SHAME ON YOU HILLARRY!!!!

    May 31, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. David

    This will be little not les than Castro election in Cuba.

    How can you seat a delegate without someone's name on it?

    Are we in third world country?
    Delegate should be devided into 2 so that it doesn't have any impact just as it was meant for by breaking the rules.

    Millions stayed at home not voting knowing there vote won't count. What about that?

    May 31, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. ariel

    I live in here in South Florida and I think Feldman's statement is ludicrous. Our primary was a non-event,and everyone here basically regarded it that way.And we Democrats in Florida are not "in danger'.Thousands here are geared up to organize for Obama in the coming election.There are e-mail campaigns here and special events taking place that are keeping the level of enthusiasm high . We're going to "Count Every Vote" in November,and this 56 year old white Jewish voter can't wait to vote for Barack Obama.

    May 31, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. A Combat Vet's Observation

    There is no question in the minds of great men and women that the vote in Florida and Michigan should be counted as voted.

    Why not?

    If it is not counted here and accurately why should the states votes count in November? That is the line the Republicans will and should use.

    So to blunt that attack, I suggest the all votes be counted as voted.
    and let the chips fall as they may

    It is the AMERICAN WAY to count all the Votes.

    May 31, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. sylvia

    I hope to God they will do the fair thing and count all the votes and seat all the delegates. Hillary did not campaign in these two states wither. Obama always says he didn't but neither did she..she has won this thing fair and square and is being cheated in my opinion..
    Barack has no experience, and seems in love with the radical preachers who spew hate. That is not what we need!!!

    May 31, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. s.boatman warrensburg mo.

    Obama Is Going To Be The Next President Of The United States. Americans Have Voted For Change. Change They Can Believe In! Out With The Old And In With The New!

    May 31, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. Susan

    Fl & Michigan votes should count!

    It is only fair.

    May 31, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I'm really amazed at the arrogance of the Florida and Michigan's voters's demand that ALL of their votes be counted. First of all, they broke the rules. Second of all, all of the candidates agreed not to count these two states for breachingthe rules. Now, they demand that ALL of their votes be counted. What a hipocrisy in the land that preaches to the whole world what democracy and the law!! Senator Clinton and her side has no values in life and she should be ashamed of her posture on this matter.
    Barack Obama has played a very fair and honarable play in this otherwise shameful attitude and arrogance by Senator Clinton and her troops! The world should deplore this kind of behaviour.

    May 31, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    If her supporters are that ignorant and elect not to support the process and the party, then they deserve everything they will get if McCain gets elected. All those women for Hillary who are also sisters, mothers, grandmothers, etc may regret helping McCain get elected when members of their family end up dying in Iraq, Iran, Afganistan, or wherever in one of John McCain's personal wars. He is just like Bush. He wants to be remembered by history as a wartime President. And if he is elected, a lot of our soldiers will die giving him his legacy.

    May 31, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. vote

    A democrat voting McCain is everything but not a democrat.

    May 31, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  22. Mike

    If Clinton was winning
    Michigan and Florida would not be mentioned
    If Obama was losing and
    Michigan and Florida had voted for Obama then
    Clinton would be arguing that rules are rules and they should not
    be counted
    You know it is funny but last year she agreed to the rules but that was when she anointed herself as the Democratic nominee since she had 35% lead. What a difference a year makes.

    May 31, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  23. katie

    Tell you what, lets do a do-over and take Obama's name off all the ballots and have a revote. Then when Obama wins the primary, let's take his name off the general ballot. Do you think Hillary will be satisfied then? How ridiculous!


    May 31, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. katie

    Tell you what, lets do a do-over and take Obama's name off all the ballots and have a revote. Then when Obama wins the primary, let's take his name off the general ballot. Do you think Hillary will be satisfied then? How ridiculous!


    May 31, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Connie

    The blame here belongs to to republican, which is responsible for moving up the Florida primary. For you who say you will vote republican is just plan ludicrous. You should be so upset with the republicans that you come out in great numbers to support your democrat nominee.

    May 31, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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