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. John

    The Republicans keep trying to do what the Democrats do, a week after the Democrats do it.

    Maybe we could get the Republicans to go vote a week after the rest of us?

    In other news, Barr's stock just went up as McCain made the Republican ticket look wackier then Perot/Stockdale.

    August 29, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Ella

    Sara who?

    August 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Sara

    They just replayed John McCain today. It's interesting to note he said:

    She knows who she works for ......

    Does that mean she will be his puppet?

    August 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. What?

    To all who claim they will vote for McCain because of his woman VP, JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING TO TO THINK ABOUT…….Do you HONESTLY think that McCain and the GOP is going to let Hillary beat their bait for VP, they want you to think it's about helping Clinton supporters, when it's about her supporters getting voted into the VP position and the GOP using her credentials against Clinton in 2012 to become President.

    Say you want Clinton to win in 2012, just think you will be the one who caused her to lose a second time….just because you wanted any woman to be used as GOP ( bait!).

    if you DON't want to vote Obama, at least vote for the other canidates, Hillary might have a chance in 2012............Think hard about this........

    August 29, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Wake up

    The bottom line, we need a change. The last eight years has been terrible. Any person or employee would be fired for doing a such terrible job. No one especially goverment, should be different or above being FIRED!!!! But voting for a party with a record of non-performance because you dislike Obama is totally irresponsible. I don't agree all the Dems views. But I'm not going reward, eight years of terrible judgement and performance with my vote. What kind of message does this send to our children?

    August 29, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Willa-PA

    Just saw a PUMA person on Chris Matthews, forgot her name already…looked like a real bitter sour puss, if her face looked any more stearn she would have broken the camara lenses…pathetic! Voting for McCain and his VP is everything against what Hillary Clinton is for...

    August 29, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. aware

    More DNC Corruption! 🙁

    The Republicans will win again! 🙂

    I am a Hillary Clinton Supporter who will vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. 🙂

    Barack didn't have the wisdom or the intestinal fortitude to choose Hillary Clinton. He chose a good old boy for his VP! He is an arrogant phony, an obfuscator, a prevaricator, an equivocator and a wimp!

    Obama is toast! His stand on abortion is so far left even democrats cringe! Biden/Obama is the ticket of babble and rhetoric!

    McCain/Palin is the ticket of authenticity, integrity, action, reform and real change Americans can believe in! 🙂

    August 29, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Chris

    This is news? Elsewhere in the world of "Duh!" McCain picks unqualified running mate because she's a woman . . .film at 11,

    August 29, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. Michael

    As a Governer, Palin has more political experience than Obama. Being a governer is more demanding than being a Senator. A governer actually has to understand the economy and budgets as part of their pay grade. Obama on the other hand has demonstrated that he does not understand the struggle of America trying to position itself in the ever evolving dynamic global economy. McCain and Palin get it and will demonstrate this in the debates.

    Nice speech scaring your uneducated, ignorant voter base about how the economy is much worse than it really is Obama. What you did not tell them is that you don't get it and will just make it worse not better.

    America IS Great! McCain/Palin 08!

    August 29, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. The Offensive Truth

    How can you flush a long standing and respected career in the Senate down the toilet in less than a New York minute? Pick Sarah Palin as your Vice Presidential candidate.

    August 29, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Bondo

    Amazing! The Dems throw the ultimate "hail Mary" by choosing an untested Senator with barely two years in the senate as their nominee and then go ballistic when McCain does the same. Unfortunately for them every remark made about Palin's inexperience is equally applicable to Obama and more so due to the office he seeks.

    August 29, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Palin is George Dubya in a dress

    What a manly woman. Almost slick. McCain should've picked Mid Romney. All of a sudden, Governor Palin is on the ticket? What a joke. Who's next? Heidi Fleiss?

    Palin is George Dubya in a dress.


    Obama/Biden 2008 for America's future.

    August 29, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. pulling the wool

    Just watching Larry King right now and I've noticed for the i millionth time that the Republican commentators are trying to convince everyone that she has significant experinece on the executive level.

    STOP LYING TO US and manipulating the American people.

    This lying is the same old washington politics that makes me so angry, because they think Americans are so stupid that we would believe what they tell us if they say it enough.

    Barack Obama has much more experience with the country/with the world, and is MUCH more qualified than Sarah Palin.

    August 29, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. RB

    Great news for FL. Now, they can join the party to reject John McCain as the nominee and pick someone a little more stable. Repubs prayed for rain...not during the dem convention, but during their own so that they wouldn't have to attend. Now, with Gustav, they had a legitimate reason to stay home in order to support the recovery efforts for the gulf coast. BUT, whatever you do, DO NOT postpone the convention! It will be exciting to see who actually shows considering his slight of Huckabee, Romney, and Pawlenty. Do any republicans really support this guy? We tried to tell you not to pick him! I'm so glad I left the party before this hit the street!! I'm voting for Obama. Repubs can try to spin it if they want to, but this selection is an insult to qualified women.

    August 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. laurie

    why dont they ever say Barack's middle name ??? is it because it is the same name of former Saddeim Hussein ???

    August 29, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. America is NOT fooled with this imposter (read on)

    Palin wants to be the New Hillary Rodham Clinton SO BAD. Truth is, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is very much alive and will not be fooled or duplicated. America isn't fooled with this Palin imposter. America is tired and has had enough.

    We are ready for Change.

    August 29, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. Patricia

    Is McCain at 72 years old, like Reagan, looking Alzheimers in the face. I think the man must be losing his mind. A "pretty woman" who has not even proven herself as a governor of a state with the population smaller than most big cities on the mainland. All she has going for her is that she is against abortion. I am offended and even insulted that she is using Hillary to make her case. McCain has gone too far. The old maverick needs to be put out to pasture where he belongs.

    McCain – McSame thinks a hockey mom who is so far to the Right that she would not only revoke roe v. wade, but enjoy banning books to a bond fire on the Whitehouse lawn. She is a Right wing radical like Buchanan. We teachers are cringing at the thought of having someone in the office of VP who would ban any kind of real science and teach creationism in our schools!

    God Bless America, save us from the Republican Party. Obama is the only man for this job now. No matter what anyone thought before, they must know this now.

    I'm in shock.............. "pardon me, I think I might throw up in my mouth!"

    August 29, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. John


    August 29, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. McCain / Pailin

    Go get us our energy and keep our money here.
    The right people for the right job.

    August 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |

    VOTE FOR MCCAIN FLORIDIANS! I hope you do not have a
    son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter who will be eligible
    (18 years and older) for the DRAFT. McCain said, I think today
    that the war in Iraq is going well. Suicide bombers are killing
    people everyday. The Iraqi Government has Billions of Dollars
    and Billions adding up while American money is being spent
    to "re-Build."
    Cheney has made an unknown amount of money on no bid
    contracts from Haliburton and God knows what other Company
    the Bush Administration let go in under NO BID CONTRACTS.
    know, but it doesn't sound legal or ethical to me.
    Vote McCain and bid farewell to your S.S., Medicare, Medicaid,
    Unemployment, and be sure to tell your children that drilling
    for oil in America will cost a lot of money for little return. Make
    America a country that our children can breathe in and believe
    that RENEWABLE, Reusable energy is the way of the future
    and our childrens future.
    Bush, Cheney, McCain want us dependent on Oil because the
    Oil companies want it too!!!!! Alaska-drilling for oil is not the answer,
    Sarah Palin........... No to Sara Palin

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Rielle Hunta

    Palin is a waste of spurm.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Patricia

    My understanding is that Palin has a degree in journalism.

    That surely qualifies her to move into the White House if McCain cannot.

    She's a hockey mom whose husband is an OIL MAN. Doesn't that give one pause for thought? All things can be bought if you have enough money.

    Seems like we had a scandal just recently from the state of Alaska. And is choosing another Republican from that State to run for VP?

    When you have a small population spread all over the place, it is easy for corruption to have full reign just like any small town. It's all good ole boys.... you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

    People better wake up. This outrageous!

    August 29, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Rielle Hunta

    When my cousin was stationed in Alaska, he once got a chance to "tour" Palin's "White House". I think he redecorated her walls.

    August 29, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. independent for obama

    that's ok florida! you should vote for obama ,anyway. he cares about all americans. even republicans. just not bush.

    August 29, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |

    McCain is using Padin for show. Do you think a quick tempered,
    snap decision maker, without placing thought on the consequences,
    is going to for one minute, listen to the advice of a woman that knows
    nothing (and admits it) about national security or foreign policies.
    She is a pawn for McCain games he plays with the great minds of
    the American People Only he thinks we are really STUPID? Are we?

    August 29, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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