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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  1. Obama = Carter the 2nd


    August 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. She is the winner

    Shoe is on the other foot now.

    He can't lose the nomination so gee, let's go ahead and count them now that they do not matter any longer.

    Who cares now?

    WE WANT HILLARY- not her delegates to vote for YOU at 100% vs 50% weight.

    Will make you appear to have more support if they now vote at 100%.

    August 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Robert

    What a two faced guy Senator Obama is. This is just for votes people of Michigan and Florida. It was only Clinton who actually stood up for your rights as a voter. Senator Obama may flip-flop on this so be careful. His words are not worth the teleprompter they are conveyed on!

    August 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Deb, Allentown, PA

    You people are incredibly bitter. How can you so conveniently forget the fact that both the Clinton and Obama camps agreed, in writing, that the votes in Michigan and Florida would not count as a penalty for the states' committees' decisions to hold their primaries early?

    I don't agree with the DNC's position on that disenfranchisement, but the point is that both camps DID indeed agree. Obama did not campaign in either of those states at all, and in fact his name was removed from the ballot in Michigan. How true and fair do you think the results of those two "primaries" really were? The only legitimately fair thing to do would have been to hold new primaries, but that wasn't possible.

    Only when it served her purposes did Hillary change her mind and demand those states' primaries count. It was a ridiculous position to take and is indicative of the sort of behavior we're now seeing from PUMA. The PUMA apple apparently doesn't fall far from the Hillary tree.

    You people need to grow up. If the situation were reversed, you'd be howling at Obama not playing fair. Instead, you'll go ahead and possibly open the door for the ridiculous John McCain to win this election. Please stay home on November 3 and allow the rest of us to have a chance at turning this country around.

    August 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Just Curious

    Looks like another Obama flip flop pandering for votes. "Change we can believe in" means being able to count on his positions changing daily.

    August 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. david

    The Obvious Choice August 3rd, 2008 4:55 pm ET

    Get your facts Straight! Obama played by the Rules Clinton didn't! When will you Hillbots ever learn!
    Dont go blaiming Obama for everything he is not your Scapegoat!!!
    Do your research if you want to know what his Agenda is everyone else with a brain knows what say you!?!
    Obama is the clear choice
    Yes we can!
    I think you better get off the high horse and come to reality and Obama needs to do the same.

    August 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Jake

    Keep digging Obama – that hole you're in just keeps getting deeper and deeper. Can't wait for the next round of polls. I'm guessing between this and the drilling for oil flip-flop we're looking at about a 4 point drop in the polls. The "awakening" has begun. The followers are actually stopping and questioning what they've been following.

    August 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Laura

    What is Obama thinking? With all the talk about flip flopping? I am a democrat looking for a reason to vote for the democratic nominee...and now he pulls this. Such a disappointing year for most democrats. This was suppose to be a sure fire election year for our Party, and the DNC blew it by selecting the weaker candidate.

    August 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. independent now

    Florida and Michigan do count... They will vote in november and its not going to be for Obama! I have never seen anyone in my lifetime, claw his way to the top, more than this guy.The DNC should be ashamed of themselves for backing him up.

    August 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Obama = Carter the 2nd

    I want to see the O backer still yell that since the 3 states broke the rules it should not count. If they change the tune now then he has them FLIP FLOPPING too.

    Stop my sides are hurting. This is funny!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. emvee

    I hope that Democrats and Republicans in Michigan and Florida will unite and vote Mccain to show their outrage at Obama's "flip-flopping' attitude. I hope all Americans will wake up and see that this guy is a complete idiot that will do anything to try and make his arrogant african/white american (no ties to slavery in this guys blood) butt look good.

    August 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. NG in DC

    Just when I thought I might hold my nose and vote Obama....the stink is just too much for me.

    Hillary will get my hand written vote.

    August 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Jim Browne

    Funny how he didn't feel so magnanimous when it would have cost him the nomination! I hope they all vote for Clinton. What a scam!

    Just when I think I could almost vote for him the real Obama comes out.

    August 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Joe

    I can see how Obama haters would see this as a negative thing, but the fact of the matter is he's running for President and during the primaries it would have hurt his chances if he pushed the DNC to count both FL and MI. Why would he try to help the other side win??? It's smart politics. He and HRC were both competing for the same title and he came out on top. Again, smart politics.

    August 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. dominick speziale

    Better watch what you wish for Obama! Wouldn't it be interesting if Florida and Michigan get their full delegates and lo and behold the convention gets turned upside down when someone nominates Hillary-–and the battle begins again-hey , she can rightfully argue that the addition of delegates could have easily put her ahead so its only right her 1800 or so delegates have a say at the convention.And I wouldn;t bet that it wasn't the plan all along–this could gety interesting with her once again drumbeating his inexperience,he her imperial right to the nomination. Don't doubt a Clinton would take the party down in flames if when done stomping her feat she loses her tantrum

    August 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. PUMA 4 HILL

    ENOUGH with the lies and the sleazy politics Obama. Just a green puppet and he deserves to lose big time.

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    August 3, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. norml

    i didnt think about this.he's ahead of me ,again.if you dont like obama,there's something seriously wrong with you.

    August 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. yankeegirl15

    Yippee PUMAs are going to write in HRC's name. Which name you using, Hillary RODHAM Clinton or Hillary Clinton, or queen of Scranton, Empress of Illinois, The real Statue of Liberty in NY, or the McGovern honey from Texas, Marie Antoinette of Arkansas? There are SO MANY to choose from-Your Majesty of Yale? Goddess of Cattle Investments. Wonderful Woman of Whitewater, Tantalizing Toots from Travelgate. Hillary the SUPREME FAILURE of HEALTHCARE. Yeah, that's it.

    August 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    What a creep obama is. Why didn't he come up on line in April or May.

    I am shocked at this flip flopper. It is always him. c'est moi, moi et moi

    He has a funny name and is risky. I just don't trust the guy.

    He is inexperienced as the green tomatoes on the vine. Nice to look at but bitter on the taste buds.

    August 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Alice in Florida

    Too little, too late, Bam Bam

    You STOLE my vote when it would have made a difference – you can stick it where the sun don't shine now

    I WILL remember in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Susan

    They should have been able to count their votes in the primary,,,,,,that is democratic.

    August 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. ANGIE

    Maybe this is a way of telling us she may be vp!!!

    August 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Idiotic Puma

    you guys are idiots

    Obama is trying for party unity and you PUMA people want nothing of it

    If McCain wins in NOV Obama people will be mad at Hillary people she will never win the whitehouse

    August 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. norml

    he's leading both states in the polls,so ,sthu,hillarys and mccains.

    August 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Angel

    McCain/Clinton 08!! COUNTRY FIRST!

    August 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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