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. Scot

    Smart move, Obama!
    To all the people on this blob who blame Obama for this mess, look to the Florida and Michigan for creating this mess in first place. If they would have followed the rules set down by the DNC in the beginning, none of this would have happened. Even if Obama would have supported the full delegations at the meeting, the committe was still going to follow their own rules and impose the penalty.

    August 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. mountain man

    Obama really is the change candidate because he changes his position on everything. Now that their votes don't count Obama wants to count FL & MI. I hope the american people can see through his bull.

    August 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    Whatever it takes to keep that nasty and cynical McCain guy out of the White House I am for.

    August 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Mike H.

    Obama's duplicity and arrogance are boundless. First, he and his henchmen fight tooth and nail to deny the voters of Florida and Michigan a revote. Now, having denied Hillary the revotes that might have won her the nomination, he is sudenly all about party unity. This man is an old school politician who will do anything to win.

    August 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. WOW

    Was thinking about voting for him.

    Not after today.

    Change and change and change...

    And why won't he do the town halls?

    August 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Phantom of the Oprah

    They should ONLY have FULL seating if they vote for HRC- the candidate the voters of those states voted for.

    A full seating would break the rules- Oh the rules MUST be obeyed- even if voters have their votes thrown out.

    Now a full seating would only create the ILLUSION that you have MORE delegate support than you actually have.

    What a master manipulator.

    If you steal HILL's delegates, I prefer that they only count for 1/2. IF they vote for HER- well then, give them full seating.

    August 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Sherry, Atlanta

    Sorry, but you have to hold the Florida and Michigan 'Controlling Politican's' responsible for the action's of the DNC. They were voted into Office 'By-The-People'.


    August 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Still the same old lame, tired, delusional comments from the extreme radical Hillary fundamentalists. It wouldn't have mattered if FL and MI counted in full, she still LOST. SHE LOST!!! She lost because her campaign did the same thing that McCain is doing now, dirty politics with no clear message on policies. She and her adoring 'fans' are a bunch of losers. Get over it, you're making it a lot harder to ever consider another woman for the position of President.

    August 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Vig

    Obama calls for this, Obama calls for that. Let's get real here. Obama is about Obama. He's no more competent to lead this country then any other high horse.

    August 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. mending the bridges he burned

    Oh yeah... that will do it. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The delegates don't vote in NOV – the people do.

    Have Richardson vote for HRC... and all the supers vote for Her in the states she won the popular vote in.

    That will mean more.

    August 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Wow- what a guy!!!!

    And that will help HOW?

    In March it would have prevented you from stealing and thugging and threatening and cheating and stron-arming and race-baiting your way to usurping the nomination.

    August 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Sally on Cape Cod

    Oh I get it. Now that he's the nominee he wants everyone to participate in the process! What happened to that opinion when Hillary was saying the exact same thing and Obama was opposed to it?

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

    david – did Hillary stand up for what she believed in before or after she signed a statement saying that she agreed to not count the votes in MI or FL? It was definitely before. so get your facts straight before you start talking about them on the internet.

    August 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Fools for Obama

    To Dollarbil...

    What are you TALKING about?

    How will this help party unity?

    Will it UNINSTALL Obama?

    Will it give the nomination to the woman who won it?

    STFU if you don't understand the Obama manipulation.

    August 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. johnjo

    let me guess , all u people would have done differently ?

    August 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Marc PDX

    This will help Obama (or so he expects), but it will undermine the DNC. It was their rules that were broken. Obama's playing with the DNC rules to help himself to some extra votes. But Obama will be gone in a few years and the DNC will have to live with it forever. Sad case of pandering on Obama's part.

    August 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Marie

    Unbelievable. He didn't want that back in March when he knew it would benefit Hillary. Now that he is the candidate, he wants them fully seated...something Hillary always wanted, and should have gotten back then. What difference does it even make now, other than to now try and appease the voters in those states? Especially now that Mccain is closing in on him in Florida...what better way to make it look like he was always on their side? He cannot fool me.

    August 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Pandora's box


    Obama did not advocate for the right to vote back in March- it would have cost him the nomination right then and there-

    So he took a stance in opposition to the people, the RIGHT to vote, COUNTING the ballots cast.

    Now it benefits him to get those delegates and the voters they represent, on his side.


    We see the ploy: this is political expediency- in March it would have been the ethical thing to do and it would have cost you the nomination that you stole.

    August 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. NO B.O.

    IF he had this stance in the primaries then Hillary would be the nominee! Ugh. Now he changes his mind so that he doesn't lose these states in the general election. Yet another reason why I hope he loses in November. No B.O.!

    August 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. amy

    Yeah, I guess he does want all the votes to count NOW. He makes
    me sick of his flipflopping. I still don't think he can win this election
    without Hillary. I for one will have a really hard time voting for him if
    Hillary is not on the ticket. Everyday he says or does something that
    show's his arrorgance and poor judgement. I think he's in trouble without Hillary.

    August 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Emma, San Jose, CA

    How hostile can you folks get about Obama being nominated fairly and squarely?

    August 3, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Marc PDX

    Obama stole votes from Hillary in these two states. Now, can he steal them for himself? Yes he can!

    August 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Propaganda IS Obama

    The ONE should have realized that the time for standing up for the people and counting their votes was back when he had the nomination to lose by doing so.

    HE cheated to win... HE blocked a revote...HE refused to count ballots cast by democrats...

    The Messiah should have better vision and judgement than that.


    August 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Alex

    FlIp-Flop FlIp-Flop FlIp-Flop FlIp-Flop FlIp-Flop FlIp-Flop FlIp-Flop

    August 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    What a lowlife you keep proving yourself to be. You are not good enough OR honest enough to clean the streets of America let alone be the president. You really think people are stupid don't you. I think you really do believe you can walk on water. You worthless scumbag.

    August 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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