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.

1 comment:

Clyde said...

Again, your getting your news from either the Obama campaign or somewhere leaving out a few details. After Iowa, Clinton went to both Obama and Edwards and suggested that both Florida and Michigan should be re-instated BEFORE THE PRIMARIES IN EITHER OF THOSE STATES (a detail that is continually left out of this story). This was before there had been a primary in Michigan.

Her reasoning was that by disenfranchising the voters in those states, the DNC was and probably is leaving hard feelings toward the Democratic Party in the fall election. She said it would be better to re-institute their delegates.

But, both Obama and Edwards failed to take a stance at that time, before the primaries when they had the opportunity to do so. The bottom line is that because of this idiotic ruling by the DNC, and failure by Obama and Edwards BEFORE THE PRIMARIES to help rectify the situtation, any candidate is going to lose a lot of support in those states in the general election in the fall. So despite what some may wish you to believe, this is not a new stance by her at all and since both Edwards and Obama didn't want to get involved before hand....tough. I thought it was a stupid thing for the DNC to do then and still do. And I'm an Edwards supporter.


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