August 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama calls for giving 'full vote' to Michigan, Florida delegates

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that the delegates from Florida and Michigan should get a “full vote” at the Democratic convention this month.

“I believe party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories,” he said in a letter to the co-chairs of the Democratic National Convention’s Credentials Committee.

Obama asked the committee to pass a resolution when it meets on August 24 to give each delegate a full vote.

Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates as a penalty for holding their primaries too early. During the primary season, there were growing calls to seat the delegations as Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton were locked in a tight race for their party’s nomination. Obama and Clinton were about 100 delegates apart in March, and Florida and Michigan's cache of 366 delegates had the potential to shake up the race.

The battle over the states’ delegates became a key issue on the campaign trail. Clinton had long advocated for seating both states’ delegations. She won both primaries, but the Democratic candidates had agreed to not campaign in the two states and she was the only top-tier candidate on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton’s message that “every vote should count” became a key theme in her stump speeches. She accused Obama of being "un-American" for not backing plans to hold a revote in the two states.

The Illinois senator denied claims that he was standing in the way of revotes.

"I want the Michigan delegation and the Florida delegation to be seated. And however the Democratic National Committee determines we can get that done, I'm happy to abide by those rules," he told CNN in March.

After months of wrangling over what to do, the DNC’s rules and bylaws committee voted in late May to reinstate all of Florida and Michigan's delegates, with each getting a half-vote.

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soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. Illinois 2


    August 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Jan Illinois

    What a shock!! How generous can one man be.

    August 3, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. The Shepherd

    I can't help but getting this disgusted feeling to hear these words coming from Obama's mouth NOW.

    August 3, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Too bad he didn't say this when it really mattered during the primaries. Pandering is in full gear.

    August 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    He is a scoundral.

    August 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Sherry, Atlanta

    'Party Unity' is the Key, in this up-coming election

    August 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Kevin,FL

    Well they all should vote against him, I want a 1932 election year to repeat its self!

    August 3, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    It's up to the DNC now, just as it was in the primaries.

    Barack and Hillary both signed on to follow the rules of the DNC.

    August 3, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. patriot4usa

    It is no surprise that Obama is calling for this now. He knows now this can't hurt him so he wants to look like the nice guy. For a candidate who claims to want a new way of politics, he can't go a day without just being a regular politician who will pull any trick in th old way of politics handbook.

    August 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. The Shepherd

    That's about three months too late.

    August 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. linda hemmingsen canada

    Now obama wants them to have a full vote? what a slime, he went out of his way to rob hillary of her delegates and her win in floridaq and michigan and now he wants it all to look better at the convention.The race is tied because people are opening their eyes that he is not a uniter never was, and he has promised everything to everyone and he won't deliver anything he is just another skilled politicition who can do great speeches but he just doesn't have the heart of hillary to reach out to people in need and want to help them it is all about his ego and using the race card when it gets close in the polls he is just a flip flopper who can't take and keep a stand anytime.

    August 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Judy, NY

    It doesn't matter if Obama and McCain play the race card or don't play it. What counts is whether the electorate is playing it. And right now Obama has lost his lead and it's a virtual tie-what's the message?????

    August 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Al

    What a weasel!!!! This isn't how he campaigned during the primary. Obama is NOT getting the vote of this ex dem.

    August 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Desiree

    I think that this is one sleeping dog he should just let lay. This election was decided by the superdelegates because neither person was going to have enough elected delegates to get to the magic number. Taking out Florida & Michigan just created bad feelings. The party is not going to be untified by November if we keep bringing up bad feelings. If Obama wants to heal the party, this is not the way to do it. He should have allowed a re-vote when it was offered.

    August 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. John from South Florida

    Too little too late. If he pushed for our votes to count before he locked up the nomination I would have thought him to be sincere and given him my vote. I have now decided to vote for McCain unless by some miracle he selects Clinton as his running mate.

    August 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Jackson

    I would never vote for this guy.

    August 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Carey, TX


    I will vote for you, but why didn't you push for this while Clinton was still in the primary race. All Americans deserve a leader who has a belief and sticks with it. If I were looking for a leader who changed his mind only when it fits his needs, I WOULD VOTE REPUBLICAN. Please be the leader of change that you profess to be, because after 8 years for Bush America deserves one.

    August 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Latina

    Why now Obama? Is it because you feel you have secured the nomination? You are a joke sir–a joke to our Democracy . I have news for you; people are not naive and bamboozled by your Hope-meant Hype rethoric any longer. Your flip-flops are countless now....You have no respect for your base of followers: "Politics as Usual" right? you are not a transparent candidate–you shift on positions for your political expediency–not for the sake of this country. DNC please get the real candidate back.

    August 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. anyvic

    Obama, you a such a rat! Now you want them seated. Get a life, please.

    August 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Denise Groves

    Isn't it rather late in the day to make this request?

    August 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Democrat

    If he really wants party unity then he will make Hillary his VP. If not he doesn't deserve the Hillary supporters votes.

    August 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Tom B.

    The master flip flopper

    August 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Monica, Texas

    Brillant move....

    August 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. seah

    What a slime ball

    Obama is the biggest Hypocrite in the world.

    Have you ever seen anyone so evil and vile.

    August 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Marc PDX

    LOL! Quick, somebody call Hillary!

    I thought Barack was a new kind of politician? But this is just an old fashioned political ploy to garner support in those two states after alienating them during the primaries when Obama did not support counting their votes. Now that Hillary has conceded the nomination Obama is willing to count their votes. What a laugh. But really, this is an insult to Hillary and her campaign...coming now.

    Not exactly change I can believe in. In fact this kind of carpetbagging politics isn't any change at all!

    NObama N'08

    August 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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