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. chuck

    have john mccain just got out of prison in the last 5yr to make a comment like the longest place I stayed was in prison.

    August 29, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama

    Let the obvious ploys for support begin!!!

    August 29, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. That's No Maverick, that's ANOTHER sidekick!

    This is the candidate who called Hillary Clinton a "whiner" in Newsweek!!! I thought all of you Hill supporters were on the same page with Hillary Clinton? She asked a very vital question at the DNC, "were you just voting for me, or for the issues I ran on?" A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote against Hillary Clinton and ALL WOMEN, who by the way, Senator Clinton and President Clinton are fully supporting Senator Obama.

    For those who continue to think "Hillary 2012", if by some EXTEME STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION that McCain/Palin were to win, how much of a chance do you think Hillary will have with the LOST VOTE of the Obama supporters and the attacks of the GOP smear machine? Obama/Biden – Change we can Believe in – with Hillary as Secretary of State or Health Care Reform!!!

    August 29, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. RJ

    Superb choice - absolutely superb. McCain and Palin. I was so hoping he'd pick Sarah - and aren't her children darling! On to victory in November!

    August 29, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Will in California

    Now there is finally a person with governing experience on any ticket. A youthful, gun-toting, former beauty queen, and successful soccer mom-type who leads an entire state, not to mention being a conservative who believes in the core, wholesome values that has helped build America, yet still is tough enough to stand up against big government and special interest groups. Is she the modern-day Annie Oakley of government who, with Maverick McCain, will help reform the government and establish fiscal responsibility in the government finally? At the DNC convention, speakers stated about working from the top up, instead from working from the top down. Why then, is the Illinois senator, with no governing experience, a presidential nominee, when Sarah Palin has successfully lead an important state, fought against the bullies of special interest and reduced wasteful spending? Being governor is more credible and qualified to be president than a single term senator. Just look at how many governors and senators were president. Whites who vote for a black man for president due to some sense of white guilt, while blacks vote for people of the same color, is more insulting to intellectuals than women voting for a woman for president.
    Some Democratic presidential nominee, why is he afraid to debate with McCain? After loosing to Hillary in debate and dropping in the polls and loosing important states to her, the Illinois senator then avoided debates with the better reasoner to cowardly win his presidential nomination, can you say CHICKEN? It reminds me of Rocky chasing that chicken around a pen. Don’t forget that Hillary was robbed of delegates in Michigan.

    August 29, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. And another thing

    A woman should not be picked because you want female votes but because she is qualified. Out of all the qualified women in the republican party, he picked the least qualified by a LARGE margin.
    Was it because of her looks?

    As a woman, I am insulted because his choice was shallow and opportunistic. He didn't really even know her- he met her only once before.

    This is a cheap, random, and chauvinistic of John McCain.

    August 29, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Democrat for McCain

    Can Campbell Brown be any more bias against Palen?? CNN is the new MSNBC. She has experience governing a state? Whate does Obama have experience governing?

    August 29, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Dolshay

    Sarah, Who? What a Hot Mess!!! Who's advising these people? Why would McMain shred his greatest weapon against Obama, 'experience'? This is such an obscure choice. It's so obscure that I'm lead to side with the conspiracy theorist about the Government. They believe that the next President has already been selected and that the elections are just another way to distract the people from the OffensiveTruth of our Government really works. I say this because, it's like McMain's V.P pick over a Mitt R. was to throw the election to Obama.

    Dolshea, confused Independent

    August 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Franky

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

    True, true, LOL!!!

    August 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. S. Boatman

    Its Amazing How The Pundits Are Trying To Spin This Woman As A Good Choice For Mccain! There Is Not That Much Spin In The World To Do That! Mccain Just Lost The Election With This Choice! No One Believes This Woman Can Step Up And Be President In The Case Of An Emergency! She Is No Hillary Clinton By Far! We Need A Leader With Foreign Policy Experience Or At Least A Number Two With Some! This Woman Is The Most Under Qualified For The Number Two Spot In Our History! Republicans All Over Are Unhappy About This Choice! The Democrats Just Won! Thanks Mccain!

    August 29, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Sara

    Imagine when McCain puts us into another war – WITH NO CONSULTATIONS –

    Mavericks are hot-tempered and unpredictable. That button?

    If he wants to play russian roulette with his own personal life, or make unconventional stands in the senate – fine.

    But the USA should NOT be controlled by the likes of McCain

    Obama/Biden '08 (or Barr or Nader if you don't like Obama)

    August 29, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. John Smith

    McCain LOVES beautiful, rich, and ... women. I hope McCain does not DIVORCE Cindy for the Beauty Queen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The world has already started to laugh at American, thanks to John McCain, what a great and wise judgement!!

    August 29, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. daniel

    Do you found this VP Palin little extrange. she has 5 kids, the younges four month old with down syndrome, I mean how bad she want this vp nomination. Mc Cain meet her twice and choice her as his partner with no experience over a more popular choices is the republican party, besides she is pro drilling in Alaska. I wonder if the big oil corp. want this woman as VP and they set a deal with republicans . this is very fishy, something is behind all this circus

    August 29, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Unbelievable!

    That's No Maverick, that's ANOTHER Bush sidekick! A vote for McCain/Palin is a slap in Hillary Clinton's and ALL women's faces!! Palin represents everything Hillary Clinton is opposed to, is the least experienced of all the viable female republican choices, and Palin called Hillary Clinton a "whiner". McCain is counting on the low-intelligence female voters to fall for this ploy. McCain at his best in vote pandering and gender manipulation!

    August 29, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Victoria

    How can she contribute to Troop withdrawls from Iraq??? With NO foreign affairs experience...and what if McCain got us into another war?? which is likely, she would be useless!!
    She cant even pronounce it Iraq!!

    August 29, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Franky

    "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."

    Uh-Oh!!! Somebody's mad!! LOL!!!! I LOVE it!!! LOL!!!!

    August 29, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Rick

    Amazing move, brilliant to say the least.
    took the hot air right out of the democrats
    Mccain has my vote.
    The democrats snubbed women and the republicans bring a woman in the race.
    The democrats are the same old politics of two men running the country, about time we have a woman in the race.

    August 29, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Stepehen

    Obama/Biden = The Safe Choice

    August 29, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Jim Gonzales

    I thought the media was suposed to keep there oppions to there selfes. Whats cambell browns problem, she sounds like a woman scorned. The other moderator was right, its up to the american people to decide. Also you people treat obama like he's GOD Your news is very onesided, are everyone of you Demercrates?

    August 29, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. kel

    Lame decision which is noting more than a copy cat move

    August 29, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Bob

    As a Christian I make this plea to the Christian Bretheren. We voted for Bush and he led us into foolish war a Trillion Dollar debt and economic decline. Now McBush, a bitter adulturer athiest who attends a Baptist Church and yet refuses to be Baptized, picks a Christian VP to get our vote. A Christian VP will not stop McWar from starting WW3. A Christian VP will not prevent McBush from putting America into the next great Depression. Abortion is an important issue but not the ONLY issue to consider at this critical time in America. Please Pray before being led blindly to vote for four more years of Bush incompetence.

    August 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |

    The GOP watched each and every one of the Democratic Party's mistakes over the last 8 months and has been playing this all masterfully.

    The Rules and Bylaws Committee damaged Obama in its efforts to secure the nomination for him. Now the Republicans have picked up that ball.

    Obama was the novelty and used it for all it was worth. Then came his totally uninspired choice of Biden and McCain's entirely inspired choice of Palin. As George Will said, "you only get to be a novelty for a short time, and only once."

    Obama is being reduced to running on personality and to playing the race card.

    August 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. RJ

    Superb choice — absolutely superb — McCain and Palin. I was so hoping he'd pick Sarah — and aren't her children darling, Michelle?! We're back to sanity instead of a Las Vegas Greek-columned spectacle, crowning Obama, the emperor with no clothes. On to victory in November — REAL change and REAL solutions for America — the BEST country on earth!

    August 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Arctic wildlife

    Sarah Palin said in an article she wrote for the NY times this past January:
    "there is insufficient evidence that polar bears are in danger of becoming extinct within the foreseeable future"

    She seems like a decent person, but I have a problem with someone who does not care that the animals unique to her part of the world are dying off. This is not a person who should be in power.

    Oh and btw, she doesn't believe global warming is man-made. Look it up for yourself.

    August 29, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. S. Boatman

    Mccains Choice For V P Shows He Doesnt Have The Judgement To Lead This Country! He Would Put This Country In Harms Way To Pander For A Vote!

    August 29, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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