Thursday, May 22, 2008

Clinton and the Florida Primary: Against It Before She Was For It



In 2007 Hillary Clinton signed the DNC pledge saying that she would not campaign in Florida; nor would she participate in the Florida primary. She issued this press release on September 1, 2007:


Clinton Campaign Statement on the Four State Pledge

The following is a statement by Clinton Campaign Manager Patti Solis Doyle.

"We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process.

And we believe the DNC’s rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role.

Thus, we will be signing the pledge to adhere to the DNC approved nominating calendar.

Many Democrats elected not to participate in the Florida primary, as they knew that under DNC rules the primary would not count.

Neither Clinton nor Obama campaigned in Florida, and Clinton won the state overwhelmingly. Now that she is behind in the delegate count, she wants those delegates counted based on the primary she agreed that she would not participate in -- last year, when she thought the nomination would be hers after Super Tuesday.

Yesterday Clinton, who originally was in favor of stripping Florida of its delegates, argued that not seating the Florida delegation based on the primary she promised not to participate in, was like the struggles against: women's suffrage, civil rights, Florida 2000, and Zimbabwe.

Since no one has died during the Florida delegation fight, these claims are patently absurd. I wish Clinton would just drop out. She lost. She hired a poor team to run her campaign, and they ran her into the ground. I don't like the way the DNC handled Florida and Michigan, but that doesn't mean that her way is correct either.

I want the Democrats to stop spending money on primary foolishness and move on to the general election.

Surrender Hillary. For the good of the party; for the good of the country.

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