February 14th, 2008
06:06 PM ET

What should Dems do about Michigan & Florida delegates?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democratic Party is already under pressure from the Clinton campaign to seat the delegates from Florida and Michigan.

Last summer, the party stripped both states of all of their delegates for breaking the rules by moving up the dates of their primaries. At the time, all of the major candidates agreed to boycott the two states.

Fast forward 6 months and 8 consecutive losses for Hillary Clinton, and her campaign now wants the votes in Florida and Michigan to count toward delegates that would help her gain on Barack Obama.

Obama's campaign says this is a blatant attempt by Clinton to ignore the ground rules set last summer, adding that there's not a lot of appetite for this kind of stuff in the country or at the DNC.

Clinton didn't say a word last August when the party punished Florida. When it came to Michigan, Clinton chose to leave her name on the ballot while Obama removed his. She said at the time, "It's clear, this election they're having is not going to count for anything."

But once Clinton won in Michigan, she suddenly changed her tune: Now she's saying, "The people of Michigan and Florida have just as much of a right to have their voices heard as anyone else." I wonder if she would be saying that if Obama had won.

Some Democratic activists are also worried the party is alienating voters in some of the country's biggest battleground states, and some civil rights leaders say it amounts to disenfranchising voters in Florida and Michigan.

One option still out there for both states is to organize party-run elections that would count toward delegates.

Here’s my question to you: What should the Democratic Party do about the Michigan and Florida delegates?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Florida Delegates