August 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
15 years ago

GOP will seat full Florida delegation

(CNN) - The Republican Party will seat a full delegation from the state of Florida, the state party said Friday.

The GOP had stripped Florida and Michigan of half their delegates last year for moving up their 2008 presidential primary, in violation of party rules. The Democratic Party had barred both states' entire delegations from being seated at the party's Denver delegation.

All of the major Democratic candidates had pledged not to advertise or campaign in either state in advance of their January primaries, a step that was not taken by Republicans.

Earlier this week, the Democratic Party voted to seat their own delegations from Florida and Michigan, and give those states full voting rights and privileges.

Under a compromise reached with the Republican National Committee and John McCain's campaign, the state’s 114 delegates and 111 delegates will be seated when the party meets next week in St. Paul. Half the 114 delegates will have full voting rights. Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer said the other half will be “’honored guests’ with full delegate rights and privileges” – that do not include traditional voting rights.

John McCain won the Florida primary January 29, a result that helped lead to Rudy Giuliani's exit from the presidential race.

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  1. Elizabeth From Tucson Arizona

    Yes, I want a woman in the White House. No, not just any woman. The woman I wanted in the White House was Hillary Clinton. Palin doesn't come close to Hillary Clinton and there is no way I will vote for her just because she is a woman. Get Real, Wake Up, How stupid do you think we are?

    August 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Sue

    Trying to get more votes? And they have the fall to diss the democratic party? HYPOCRITES!!!

    August 29, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Mad elder

    What a slap in the face of American Women. John Mc Cain acting as of he was ordering a secretary. Says she had executive skills. That sounds terrible and then he just stand there surking. Right! I don't think so.

    August 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Carl from MI

    LAME!!! COPYCATS!!!!

    They don't even have an original idea of their own. The GOP is just flailing around in the throes of death. Can they possibly do anything more stupid this election?? Glad to see them implode... it is well-earned by the Bush Administration.


    August 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Tiffany Scavella

    What a joke. .. Foreign Policy? For Bay Buchanan to suggest that this woman having a son in the military constitutes foreign policy knowledge, you may as well elect me. My younger brother is 25 years old and is currently overseas serving our country, so I guess Im just as qualified as she is. This is a clear attempt to disturb the momentum and hope that has been instilled in the American public by Obama and the democratic party. I HOPE it backfires on them with full force. This move is an insult to women voters and it is a clear and strong indication of just how insecure and desperate the republican party is. ...YES we can.

    August 29, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    I want Hillary in the white house in 2012
    Because of that I will vote for Mc Cain

    Life long democrat and Hillary strong supporter will vote for Mc Cain
    Hillary 2012 /Mc Cain/Palin2008

    August 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. mary pagnucco

    Question? wasn't Geraldine Ferrara the first woman to run for vice president? Campbell Brown just mentioned that Sarah Palin is the first woman to run for vice president. Did Ferrara drop out?

    Could you clarify for me?

    Thanks much,

    August 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Pat from Cali

    Does it matter. America is in hock to Communist China. Republicans have sold our country to China.

    Now they throw in a token female VP.

    August 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. sharon

    why are we listening to Bay Buchanan? Is this the best the Rep's can offer to promote Palin? OMG she can't support one argument with any intelligence.She didn't even know that Palin is not the first VP nominee in election history .She should take a civics lesson 101and brush up on her history.

    August 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. vic nashville,Tn

    How democratic party talk about former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience when they have community organizer top of the ticket

    Plain approval rate as a governor 80%
    9 % approval rate for congress

    Obama long time experience is 20 years with Jeremiah Wright

    Life long democrat and Hillary strong supporter will vote for Mc Cain
    Hillary 2012 /Mc Cain/Palin2008

    August 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    .Yes, we can.'

    August 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. nick mentis

    Mcain you should stick to improving your crapy french fries,find a retirement home,and as far as your VP choice goes by the time they get through investigating her it will all be one big Republican joke!!!what an oportunist plan,you realy think American women are as dumb as you!!!! I can immagine how you got to be as rich as they say you are!!!!!America should be so ashamed to have both of you on the ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. thenewscoverage

    IMHO, the Republican really needs to be an uplifting event to help McCain/Palin.

    August 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Yvette

    From the beginning of John McCain’s campaign, he has made himself out to be the man with all the experience. He has wanted America to believe that experience equals understanding, and understanding equals success. As the result of this, one of John McCain’s central arguments against Senator Barack Obama is that he lacks experience. He wants us to believe, that as a nation we would be gambling our security on an amateur. Therefore, with this point pushed across for so long; shouldn’t his running mate reflect the amount of experience he has? Which brings me to this question, does experience really matter to John McCain? And if experience doesn’t really matter to him, why should his experience really matter to us?

    August 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Mauri

    Hey, Elizabeth from Tuscon. Nobody ever said Sarah Palin was supposed to be "another Clinton." To have Governor Palin run with McCain for that reason would be something he'd never approve, although I've often heard Senator McCain speak of his fondness for Hillary Clinton. I applaud his good sense in finding someone acceptable to run with him, then having the guts to not veto that person because she is a woman. But then, that's the feature I've always liked in McCain. To be sure, I supported Hillary for both positions, but she was treated shabbily by Obama and the Democratic party gurus. But my vote for McCain/Palin is not for revenge, but for a presidential candidate who does not feel threatened by a female partner. If Obama felt welcome in Germany, just wait until Germany's woman president greets American Vice President Sarah Palin. Talk about restoring goodwill!

    August 29, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Johanna

    My husband was in the Marine Corps for four years and he has more foreign policy than Sarah Palin.

    I would never want her to be the next president. I even heard (though I have not verified) that she is being investigated for awarding a contract to an oil company where her husband works and that she tried to use her power to have her brother-in-law fired. Of course, abuse of power is the republicans’ calling card, so that should not bother them. Of course a first term governor and former mayor has more experience in national security than a senator (right, LOL). And McCain thinks she would be good to replace him.

    August 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Thinking more about it..

    What I don't understand is why aren't we talking about qualification?
    McCain chose her only to be a trophy.

    Experience is one thing and folks are debating about it now, but what about education? After all, education level is considered for every day Americans when we job hunt, so one would think that the highest office in the land would also have preferences when it comes to education.

    In terms of education, Barack Obama is the most qualified. Yes she has life experience, but so does he. AND even though McCain is known best for his foreign experience, has she ever gone overseas?
    She is not experienced or qualified for this position-McCain could've chosen a more qualified and respected woman for the job.

    August 29, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |


    August 29, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. A

    Gov. Palin, though not the best choice, is far better than Obama. She has accomplished more than him, and although inexperienced, she will have John McCain to learn from.

    Who will Obama learn from? Joe Biden? He (Obama) only won the primaries because of the Oprah endorsement, and all the people stupid enough to watch her are stupid enough to vote for someone to be COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE FREE WORLD with less than 3 years major political experience. He can't even remember what senate committees he is on (remember him calling the Senate Banking committee "my committee" when he was not even on it? ).

    On election day the choice will be clear, vote for the inexperienced junior Senator from Illinois or the experienced senior senator with a political record stretching a quater-century with a record of change.

    To quote Hillary, "Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experiance to the White House and Senator Obama will bring a speech he made in 2002."

    August 29, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. robert simpson

    The Palin pick was a political gimmick; nothing more, nothing less. That lady from the Puma organization just seemed a bitter lady that can't accept what is.

    August 29, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. T-M

    Sara Palin only has a Bachelors is easy basket weaving journalism from the University of Idaho!!!

    As an educated woman, she needs more than that to impress me!

    August 29, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. What?

    vic nashville,Tn August 29th, 2008 7:36 pm ET
    I want Hillary in the white house in 2012
    Because of that I will vote for Mc Cain
    Life long democrat and Hillary strong supporter will vote for Mc Cain
    Hillary 2012 /Mc Cain/Palin2008
    O.K., BUT LET ME GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.......Do you HONESTLY think that GOP is going to let Hillary beat their bait for VP, this is not only about Clinton supporters, it's about her getting VP credentials and beating Clinton in 2012 to become President. Say you want Clinton, you are the one who will cause her to lose a second time....just because of another woman as bait!

    August 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. anonymouys

    what about romney supporters who will they vote for now that romney not on the ticket

    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Tom in CA

    If a PUMA voters still votes for the McCain-Palin ticket, then they've totally rejected and disrespected Hillary. No Hillary supporter would consider Palin as a like-kind-exchange that is an equal to Hillary.

    McCain is pandering big time! What a sexist – using women to troll for votes!

    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Eve, NY

    DONT BE FOOLED by false REPUBLICAN bloggers saying we clinton supporters arent insulted by this… WE ARE!!

    My friends an I have been EXTREMELY INSULTED by McCains' vp choice!!

    Even more so because we were going to vote for him come Novemeber! But this is OUTRAGEOUS..selecting Palin simply because of her anatomy, and expecting intelligent american women to vote for him because of this!!

    We have set up a group, consisting of 42 women already, who have commited to voting for OBAMA because of McCains decision.. which shows that he really IS OUT OF TOUCH with women in America!! There is only one choice this year.. OBAMA!!!

    Eve Watson, New York

    August 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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