Saturday, January 26, 2008

Obama: Get Florida Delegates Back on Board

Don't ignore Florida. Though the national Democratic Party decertified Florida's delegates, voters will still show up at the polls to vote for presidential candidates.

Obama should get Florida on board with his agenda and make an appearance there before January 29 Primary. He shouldn't let Hillary Clinton have the edge in an effort to reinstitute Florida's Democratic party delegates - later - after the election - and before the Democratic Party's national convention in August.

Senator Obama should press now for those delegates to be reinstated.

Somebody doesn't have the story straight in Michigan. Clinton did win a majority of the votes, but she actually took away one less delegate to Obama's 13.

What's at Stake in the Florida Primary?
by Nancy Cook

Clinton: Give states their delegates By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 25, 5:33 PM ET
WASHINGTON - In a bit of political theater, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Florida Democratic Party clamored to restore convention delegates that had been stripped by the national party.

At stake: 185 delegates in a state where Clinton leads almost 2-to-1.

The presidential candidate said Friday — just four days before Florida's primary — that she wants the convention delegates from Florida and Michigan reinstated. The national party eliminated all the delegates from those states — more than 350 in all — because they broke party rules against holding their primaries before Feb. 5. All the major Democratic candidates also made pledges not to campaign in those states before their primaries.

Clinton could claim most of the Michigan delegates because she won that state's primary after the other major candidates pulled their names from the ballot.

DNC Strips Florida Of 2008 Delegates
No Convention Slots Unless Later Primary Is Set

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 26, 2007; Page A01

The Democratic National Committee sought to seize control of its unraveling nominating process yesterday, rejecting pleas from state party leaders and cracking down on Florida for scheduling a Jan. 29 presidential primary.

The DNC's rules and bylaws committee, which enforces party rules, voted yesterday morning to strip Florida of all its delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver -- the harshest penalty at its disposal.

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