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Clinton calls for Michigan & Florida delegates to be counted
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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.
"I know other campaigns have tried to downplay the significance of these two states," Clinton told reporters in South Carolina Friday. "I think that is not a good strategy for Democrats or any of us who cares about the outcome of this election."
In an earlier statement, Clinton said, "I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan," she said.
Clinton, a New York senator, called on the other candidates to join her. Instead, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign manager accused Clinton of pandering.
"No one is more disappointed that Florida Democrats will have no role in selecting delegates for the nomination of the party's standard-bearer than Senator Obama," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said in a statement.
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Should the Michigan and Florida Democratic delegates be counted?
Yes, you're disenfranchising voters
No, these states broke party rules
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2427 days ago
The only question that one should answer is who does it hurt ultimately and not who does it help. The answer to that question is the people who can't have their vote count. Besides this is only going to hurt the Democrats as a whole in states that ultimately are toss up states between the Republicans and the Democrats.
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