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. Shame on Obama

    Tell me it isn't true.

    August 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The hypocrisy from the critics is incredible here. John McCain did the same thing and you aren't attacking him for it.

    August 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. bk

    I am from Florida and I for one will never forget Obama sending Al Sharpton down here to make sure our votes didn't count and now Obama wants everything to count. The lying cheat will never get my vote. Thanks DNC, Super delegates, and Pelosi for the inexperienced empty suit. We will vote McCain.

    August 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    So, why didn't he talk about full delegation when Hillary was still in the running?
    I favor the Democrats, but I am curious.

    August 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Shame on Obama

    Tell me it isn't true!

    August 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+

    Now all that Obama has to do is call for Hillary Rodham Clintons' name to be placed in...Nomination in the First Poll Call ........

    And with all of Michigan and Florida plus many many delegates and superdelegates Clinton will win the Democratic Nomination and the Presidency.

    August 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. The Independent One

    well....uh.....what if those full degates vote for clinton....and what if the superdelegates change their minds.......after caving on fisa obama went from someone i was voting for to merely voting against mccain....i might like hillary to come back to the fray.

    August 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Rob indetroit

    Obama along with HRC can get Michigan , Florida Fully seated in time for the convention.

    August 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Alex

    The hypocriscy of the critics here is incredible. John McCain did the the same thing and no one attacks him for it. Sheesh. I support Bob Barr but the outright unwarranted and illogical hatred towards Barack Obama is really...shameful. It's hard to think that it isn't racism when y'all jump on him every chance you get for doing the same thing as McCain and you leave McCain untouched.

    August 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Everybody, if it were the other way around and Hillary was way ahead, she wouldn't have been fighting so hard for Michigan and Florida to count. She didn't think they should count when she and her campaign agreed with the decision of the DNC. She didn't think they should count back in January when it still looked like she would have it locked up by Super Tuesday or when she thought the Super Delegates would put it over the top. If Obama had won either state, she wouldn't have fought so hard. It was only because she won both states and after she realized she needed them that she fought so hard for them.

    So say what you will about Obama, he did exactly what she would have done. He stood back and let the DNC decide. The fact that he is now trying to get them fully seated makes sense...yes for political reasons. OMG – He's a politician!

    I would like to see the party come together. See Hillary as VP. And make sure we don't let McCain into office.

    August 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Mart

    I have no intention of forgetting what Obama and his crooked Axelrod have done in their DIRTY campaign to Win Win Win !
    What does he really win , if we all vote for the other party ??

    He can always say he ran a campaign , Chicago style , and we all know what that is .

    August 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Joe Reg

    That is a splendid ides.

    Full vote for FI & MI.

    Obama 08/12.

    August 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. AH

    Obama, please do not insult us – Hillary's suppotors. We all know it is too late now.

    August 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Joe Reg

    That is a splendid idea.

    Full vote for FI & MI.

    Obama 08/12.

    August 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Rebuplican for Obama!

    GO OBAMA! 2008 + 20012~!

    I will bet anyone on here $1000 that Obama will be the next president!

    August 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Oliver

    That man really is nothing but scum. Part unity only if it favors him...

    August 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Dena

    What a tool.

    August 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Earl, Manchester, Wa

    Your bet your bippy they should get a full vote Senator Obama. And while your at it you should step aside, allowing Hillary to take the seat for the presidency as the people of this country voted. So far you've proven yourself to be nothing more than an articulate voice attached to a new face. I'm looking for the beef. Where is your beef?

    August 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Chipster

    Who cares now? I'll tell you who cares – the voters in FL & MI who went to the polls to vote at the only time that was an option for them. Howard Dean created this mess and he should be fired. Democrats should NEVER stand for allowing voters to be disenfranchised. The Democratic Party constitution doesn't provide any option for the Party to deny delegates their option to vote so those arbitrary rules were illegal from the start. Dean allowed SC to move its primary TWICE without penalty because Dean supported Sen. Obama. Well, Sen. Obama is the nominee so Dean can afford to be gracious – if he knows how.

    August 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Dex

    Wow, now this is disappointing. You know, I still hope he beats McCain, but this is clearly just playing politics. Go back, Obama. Stop focusing on being the uniter at all costs, and instead focus on not being that type of politician.

    August 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Dear Hillary Clinton

    I know you want us to vote for Obama. I will never ever vote for this man I don't care what you Bill, the DNC, his stupid supporters has to say about that. I will write your name on the ballot and that's it. If my vote don't count so be it.

    Thank you,


    August 3, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Phantom of the Oprah

    To the Obvious choice: bleat for yourself, please.


    Obvious choice had to be carried over the finish line even after cheating and strong-arming his way to tiny caucus wins.

    The obvious choice of the following bleating herd.

    The people know better.

    August 3, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. joe m

    what became of 'we are a party with rules'? this change of position is a mistake. it makes him look like he is trying to win over support from the voters of these states by allowing them to get a full vote, despite the fact that both states knowingly and willingly went against party rules. this is matter that was best left to what it was and not brought up again.

    August 3, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Why

    It could have been clinton, but no. you vote in this guy in cause he gives good speeches I am finally sick of this guy. Good job.

    now McCain 08

    August 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. D.

    The media said he would do this.

    August 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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