The day after losing badly in Mississippi, Hillary Clinton’s team is back to an aggressive push on seating Michigan and Florida delegates, with or without a revote.
Not only did Maggie Williams write a letter to David Plouffe this morning, but the Clinton campaign just sent out a release with remarks Clinton made at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. this morning. According to the release, she said both that “[t]he results of those primaries [in Michigan and Florida] were fair and they should be honored,” and that “there are two options: Honor the results or hold new primary elections.”
The first statement is highly arguable. There is more consensus about the second statement, and the Obama campaign has expressed some willingness to seat delegates from those states, and even hold a revote.
Over the weekend there was a great deal of discussion about a mail-in primary, but the Obama campaign said yesterday that they didn’t like the idea, and last night the Florida congressional delegation issued a statement saying they are opposed to any re-do of any kind. That leaves Senator Bill Nelson of Florida as one of the few politicians within the state to be vocally supporting a revote.
Here’s the full release of Clinton’s remarks:
“If you are a voter from Florida or Michigan, you know that we should count your vote. The nearly two and a half million Americans in those two states who participated in the primary elections are in danger of being excluded from our democratic process and I think that’s wrong. The results of those primaries were fair and they should be honored. Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about what we should do to ensure that the voters in Florida and Michigan are counted.
“In my view there are two options: Honor the results or hold new primary elections. I don’t see any other solutions that are fair and honor the commitment that two and a half million voters made in the Democratic primaries in those two states. Whether voters are clamoring for solutions to the challenges that we face or not, or whether people are coming out in droves to be heard, we have a basic obligation to make sure that every vote in America counts.
I hope that Senator Obama’s campaign will join me in working to make that happen. I think that that is a non-partisan solution to make sure that we do count these votes.”