August 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
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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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  1. Maggie

    Obama is a hypocrite. When the primaries were on and Clinton was trying to get Florida and Mchigan a revote and full representation of their delegates he refused but because he thinks it will benefit him now he wants to make that change. We are not fools Obama so take your dishonesty and take a hike. Obama knew that Hillary would have won if what he wants to do now had taken place in the primaries, he would definiytely not be the selected nominee because Hillary would have won those two states and would have had more votes than him and therefore would have been the nominee. Get this man out of the democratic party before he destroys it. He is making the democratic party look like a sham and I know for sure if this continues, we are not going to win in November.

    I hope the democrats come to their senses at the convention and vote Hillary in as their nominee. He is making our party look like a joke now so its time to get rid of him. Its time for the real candidate to be elected and that is Hillary Clinton. Come on your fellow democrats please wake up and get rid of this empty shell of man and bring a real candidate in to replace him and thats Clinton.

    August 3, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Kimberly

    Obama makes me sick!

    August 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Michael

    It escapes me as to why some of you still do not have the facts concerning the voting process and why some of you still continue to believe rumor and innuendo. Here are a few facts to chew on, 1. It was the state legislators of Florida and Michigan who started this mess by not following the rules. 2. It was the democrats in those legislatures, not Obama, who blocked the revote, check the legislative records. 3. The half votes were well within the rights of the DNC, however Michigan was a no win situation. 4. Almost all of the Clinton supporters on the rules committee voted for the resolution.

    Now all of you nay sayers out there failed to read what Hillary Clinton said, she applauded his position. He is trying to be fair, he is trying to bring the party together anyway he can, he also knows this could very well cost him the nomination. All of you need to remember one thing, he is the presumptive nominee, it is not final until the convention. Common sense tells us the Democrats are not going to change ships in the middle of a cruise, however it says a lot for Obama in risking it all for party unity.

    Some of you cannot see the forest for the trees and so wrapped up in hate and anger you cannot see any positives about anything in this election. This is really very simple, it all boils down to what you want for this country. If you are happy with the way things are going then vote for McCain, if you are not then vote for Obama. Do not insult the general electorate by trying to wrap this election in some veiled attempt at political discourse. You are real quick to back a candidate but once they do something you don't like you turn your back, just like a lot of you are doing to Hillary Clinton. She has ask for her supporters to back Obama and not to vote for McCain. Nothing new right, it's not about the country or the candidate it is about you, it is a sad commentary but true. We are truly self-centered, egotistical and hypocritical and worse most are proud of that fact.

    August 3, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Andy

    Why is everyone blaming Obama for what happened in Mich and FL? If you watched an ounce of news during the primaries, it was the fault of the two states for breaking the rules. I live in FL. and I was upset that my vote then wouldn't count, so I didn't vote. For all the Hillary supporters, what about my vote? Both of the states messed up, blame the elected officials, not Obama. I feel he should have just left this issue alone because it might upset some hillary supporters. I love the Clinton brand, but face it, no matter how the votes are counted, with or without these two states, Obama won. You really want Mccain in the white house? Go ahead. I would really hope that some of you all that "dislike" Obama do it for his policies and not for any prejudice that might have. Really, how different were his views from Hillary's?

    August 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Robert

    The man is shameless. Bring us back Hillary and dump this man whose word means nothing and who is breaking every promise he ever made.

    Democrats, a divided government is better than a Obama presidency. Vote McCain and show Howard Dean and Nancy the gutless that we will not let them force a nominee on us.

    August 3, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Chuck, Tennessee


    August 3, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    This guy is truly unbelievable.

    August 3, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Jody Monroe

    Remind me again, why are still using this antiquated voting system??? Our presidential elections should not be determined by a state's vote, it should be a popular vote. That's the REAL democratic way of doing things.

    August 3, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. paul



    August 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. paul



    August 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Critical View

    He is the biggest hypocrite I have ever known. Why say it now, not before June? Yes, change we can. He is changing constantly. Should we trust him?

    August 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Timothy - Orlando

    As an African American and staunch Obama support, I am angry that he now wants to seat the Delegates. He fought Hillary for wanting them seated which would have met she would have won the nomination. At this point, I know i wont vote for McCain, however I am so angry at Obama for playing dirty same ole politics, I might not vote at all.

    Obama is a fake and typical politician, I'm so angry!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. CE

    Obama is a pathetic excuse for a leader. The people of Michigan and Florida are too smart to fall for his political games.

    He does not deserve even one vote from the people of Michigan or Florida. They can help the rest of us elect Mcain this year and Hillary in 2012.

    August 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |

    once again...................Obama won fair and square, it was close but he won. thats what happens, one person wins and the rest lose, they get over it and support the nomine. Its what sane people do. yes, there was sexism......and there was racism, both have no place in our elections. Some in the GOP are resorting to racism as we speak, if Clinton had won, those same people would now be resorting to sexism, they have been since Bill took his oath of office.
    Go ahead and count Florida and Michigan. They won't change the outcome and they shouldn't. they new the rules and it didn't become an issue until it was evident the race was going to go to the finish.

    Obama and Clinton fought hard, and both are better for it.

    Oh, and CNN, it appears there are alot of replies originating from insane asylums.........I thought there were moderators?

    August 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Evelyn

    I truly do not understand the hate here. First, you wanted them to change the rules and give the delegates a full vote, even thought the primaries broke the rules. Now you want them only if it is for Hillary. I was a Hillary supporter too so I understand how good she is. However, I feel that we are trying our hardest to win the ELECTION!!! This sort of division only fuels the Republicans. How can you vote McCain when he talks about women as he does? He even dated his current wife while still married. He applied for a marriage license to Cindy before his divorce was finalized. I do not see how we can let Hate split our party. Please think and do not act out of anger.

    August 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Art, San Diego

    This is typical hyprocrisy from Senator Obama. He fought against holding the votes over again in both states, for purely political reasons. Now, he wants them "all counted," for purely political reasons. He is not a "New" politician. He is a skilled, old-style, Chicago politico...nothing more, nothing less.

    August 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Prophet of the ghost lion

    This place reeeeeekkkksss of Repubs......

    August 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. sue

    the audacity of hypocracy

    August 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. How People Forget

    So Clintion wins the pledge vote now, since Obama wasn’t on the Michigan ballot, and the Super delegates said they would vote for who ever won the pledge count. So now what?

    August 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. eam


    August 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. susie

    I have a great idea! Seeing as Hillary won Michigan and Florida, she would have more delegates, does this mean she is the Presidential nominee for the Democrats?

    Hillary 08

    August 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Obama said he will bring change to Washington. The only change Obama is bringing is that there will be a Black President, instead of a White President.

    August 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Jason

    She broke the rules, and even if the delegates were seated in the primary she would have still lost the campaign. And to all u McCain supports why do u care which democrat is on the ballot, if McCain has all of the experience that he claims then this should be an easy win, NOT! He just happens to be BETTER then McCain. HA HA HA

    August 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Barbara Campbell

    There are obviously many McCain bloggers pretending to be either Clinton supporters or Democrats who plan to vote for McCain. You can always tell the true neocons by the hostility and name-calling, as opposed to any substantive discussion of the issues.

    Senator Obama will be the Democratic nominee, and he has a better chance of getting elected if more Democrats in Michigan and Florida support him. End of story.

    August 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. McEmtol

    I am avid Barack Obama supporter but i think this call is not appropriate. If we are going to go by principle.......we should go by it all the way.

    It was in the interest of party unity that both states were awarded half delegates each. What happen to rules when there will always be an excuse to refuse negate its effect. The best that could be done had been done and it should stay that way.

    I think this request does not say much good about Barack Obama.

    August 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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