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. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    Bad Boy Johnny McSame is catching up to this arrogant pompous no nothing do nothing candidate so now he's sweating beneath his shellac his nose growing? You know like Pinnochio when he told all those lies...has this guy turned to wood yet? Better yet stone? He's a joke...

    August 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    Pretty soon the only votes you will get in this country are from the 90% black people who don't know or care what you do. The rest of us see you for what you are. A liar and a joke.

    August 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. For my children I vote for the least worthy.

    Sorry, Oh great ONE... can not unring that bell.

    The adults let their children and grandchildren convince them that you were different. They KNEW better but decided to go along with the enthusiasm of the young.

    YOU silenced the chimes of freedom ringing.


    We are not ALL sheep. The intelligent TRUE democrats see what you did and continue to do: manipulate the electipn by controlling perception via propaganda.


    August 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Obama spins again

    I am speechless at this man's lack of decency, conscience, integrity and shame.

    THE consumate dirty politician- will do any rotten thing just to win.

    August 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Informed Voter

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary ... can you Hillarites give it a rest ... If you're no longer part of the Democratic Party/DNC & not voting for him .. what's with the uproar????

    August 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. easy

    obama 08

    August 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Patrick

    How stupid does this guy think we are?

    August 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Hitler youth for Obama

    Oh that will do it....

    We will all jump on the bandwagon to hell now.

    That is all it took: "should" is the Obama word.

    I am tired of this man pontificating on what should or should NOT be done.

    What a despot and tyrant he is.

    August 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Jay, NY

    He's got to be kidding. All you idiots who voted for Obama in the primaries are now beginning to see what kind of shady character he is. All I have to say is where the heck is Hillary Clinton? I'll be writing her name in on the ballot in November and I suggest any loyal democrat do the same. This guy is nothing, he stands for nothing and he has done nothing. If we elect him to office our country will continue on the road to becoming nothing.

    August 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Obama is not a good human being!!!!

    I am so ashamed of this person. Anyone who is interested in seeing this man for what hs is should go into the back issues of the Chicago newspaper to see how many lives he destroyed to get his very first nomination. Anyone who voted for him (and I was one of them) is an idot!! How could we be so stupid?????

    August 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Democracy itself over loyalty to democratic party

    Obama is good at bossing people around and twisting things at his personal whim.

    Hire lawyers to force the FULL seating of the delegates- like you did to oppose the RIGHT to vote.

    August 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Obama Doubter

    BO is more of a hypocrite than I ever contemplated. I am extremely disappointed, if not totally troubled and dismayed, by his repeated altering of positions strictly to suit his own political gain. Since 1968, I have always voted for the Democratic nominee. This year I will not.

    August 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. wam

    hey all you republicans that are whinning that Obama has changed his postion, or he should have done this 3 months ago; just remember, all he is saying is that instead of a half vote, the delegates should be given a full vote. it does not change the vote count, for every half vote for hillary that is now a full vote.....the same happens to obama's half vote. he neither gains, or loses anthing.

    August 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. STACEY

    I am sorry Sen. Obama but you should of fought for all delegates to be seated in the first place...I remember you were against having a revote, having all of them restore...and counting according to the results...and now you want to restore them... since he gots the total number 2,209 he feels secure...oh well like the saying goes LIFE IS NOT FAIR.. and i am sure getting used to this feeling when it comes to politics

    August 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Alice in Florida


    August 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. mark

    hillary is the chosen one for vice president. obama starts talking like hillary now.

    August 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Kyle in San Diego

    It's clear that many people don't understand what Obama means when he says we need to change our politics in this country. Giving the two states a full vote doesn't DO anything, but it's a moral gesture. Obama did not stand in the way of votes being counted or recounted in FL or MI, he simply stood aside and abided by the Primary rules. Just because Hillary tried to change the game and come off as if she were fighting for voter rights, does not mean that what Obama did (or didn't do) was wrong. Obama always stated that he had no doubt that these two states would be properly represented at the convention. Now he's delivering on his statement, and doing it at the appropriate time: when it is a completely neutral decision, not benefitting or hurting any one person over the other, and when it's safe to say that the 2 states have accepted and suffered the consequences of their actions in violation of the rules 48 other states followed.

    This is not flip-flopping, backtracking, cheating, or any other term some way want to cry out just for the sake of finding something negative to say. This is a small, almost meaningless gesture; but one that serves as a moral sign of unity as our party goes forward to win the White House. Stop grasping for straws people.

    August 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. kelly WI

    Bush/Cheney/McCain are Honorable men, unlike this wimp, fraud and liar.
    Take away a speech writers speech and you are left with a 47 year old 8th grader.

    August 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Jackson

    You know something, Hillary has been more than gracious to an undeserving Obama. Just, you wait. I think Americans are not that dumb, not to see through Obama's facade and would vote for McSame or someelse. Then what are you going to do, eh Obama fan's. You demented knuckleheads insulted the bejesus out of Hillary and villified her family. When Obama, played the race card, you said she did. Don't blame his future loss on her, when he like i know loses November, because it would be his arrogance and not Hillary that made him lose. God knows i would not talk to him, if it were me

    August 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Connie

    Does it really matter the repubs. will try to buy or steal this election like in the past. OBAMA 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. S. Denice

    Why, pray tell, can't a politician change his/her mind without it being sinister, a flip-flop, lies, manipulation, political, or anything else? Why can't Senator Obama just simply be able to rethink an issue and "alter" his position? If I recall correctly, he was for a resolution to the whole Florida/MIchigan debacle. He was not responsible for what happened. The delegates of these two states were.

    Having said that, I am so baffled by the attitudes of some of you. It seems that this site attracts some of the most bitter, divisive people I've ever seen. Hillary lost fair and square. She lost according to the rules and regulations of the DNC. Don't you think for one minute that she didn't resort to politics and manipulation herself during the primaries. What a sad time...

    August 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    The sheople who voted for Obama- you are getting what you deserve.

    The people who voted for Hillary- we voted for the BEST candidate- and we are NOT getting what we deserve.

    We did not fall for star appeal. We did not hate. We did not play race games.

    WE are the losers... you Obamabots are getting the empty suit you voted for and deserve.

    August 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. David Newport, OR

    this is a terrible idea. The states broke the rules and rightfully so, they were punished. Maybe in the future, they will follow the rules? If they are carrying a grudge and they are willing to cut off their nose in spite of themselves...let them. 4 more yrs of Republican rule will hurt them far more in the pocket book than anything else that can be done. If that is their choice...let it happen.

    August 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. marianna

    It's about time to decide they (FL,MI) get fully seated. The only possibility Dems can win in November is Clinton/Obama ticket.

    Otherwise it's McCain

    August 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Phyllis/ PA

    Ok give Fl and Mi the delegates back and then give them back to Hillary. Next, the super delegates need to wake up and nominate Hillary or see the great orator go down the tubes.

    August 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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