Sunday, January 27, 2008
Hillary Clinton Campaigns For Meaningless Primary Votes. Or Are They?
Hillary Clinton will try to rebound from her defeat Saturday by barnstorming a number of states that will vote Feb. 5 before traveling to Florida on Tuesday night to attend what her campaign expects will be a victory party after that state's primary. The Democratic contest is not being recognized by national party officials, and the candidates pledged not to campaign there, but Clinton's campaign is still hoping for a public relations bump from the results in the state.
"I'm running to be the president of our entire country, and hundreds of thousands of people have already voted in Florida, and I want them to know that I will be there on Tuesday to be part of what they have tried to do, to make sure their voices are heard," Clinton said Sunday.
The Democratic National Committee has said it will not seat Florida's delegates to the national convention this summer because the state moved up its primary in violation of party rules, which were established to prevent a mad scramble among states to move up the nominating calendar. Clinton is seeking to have those delegates recognized, along with those of Michigan, which also ignored DNC rules by holding an early primary. She traveled to Sarasota and Miami on Sunday, although for fundraisers, not technically the kind of campaign appearances that all the candidates have promised not to hold.
Clinton's last-minute play for Florida was an audacious move, and one that Obama chose not to answer.
"I know that all the candidates made a pledge that we would campaign in the early states and not campaign in Florida and Michigan," Obama told reporters aboard his campaign plane Sunday en route from Macon, Ga., to Birmingham. "I will abide by the promise I made earlier that I will not campaign in Florida."
It seems that making a pledge must mean nothing to Hillary Clinton. Clinton believes that ultimately, the delegates from Florida wil be allowed at the Democratic Convention.
In other campaign news, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will receive the endorsement of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) in Washington on Monday.The Kennedy stamp of approval was one of the most sought-after prizes of the Democratic nomination battle, and it represents a coup for the Illinois senator.
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