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Obama and Clinton react to FL Dems



...And Bill Nelson dubs the looming situation, you guessed it, A TRAIN WRECK

CLINTON campaign “Today’s announcement brings us no closer to counting the votes of the nearly 1.7 million people who voted in January. We hope the Obama campaign shares our belief that Florida’s voters must be counted and cannot be disenfranchised.”

OBAMA campaign on FL and MI: MICHIGAN: “Considering the fact that Senator Clinton is currently trying to prevent and delay votes in Texasfrom being counted because she didn't like the outcome, it's pretty apparent that the Clintoncampaign’s views on voting are dependent on their own political interest. Hillary Clinton herself said in January that the Michiganprimary ‘didn’t count for anything.’ Now, she is cynically trying to change the rules at the eleventh hour for her own benefit. We received a very complex proposal for Michiganre-vote legislation today and are reviewing it to make sure that any solution for Michiganis fair and practical. We continue to believe a fair seating of the delegation deserves strong consideration."

FLORIDA: “We hope that all parties can agree on a fair seating of the Floridadelegates so that Floridacan participate in the Democratic Convention, and we look forward to working with the Florida Democratic Party and competing vigorously in the state so that Barack Obama can put Floridaback into the Democratic column in November.”

Bill Nelson: "For months I have been pushing for the National Democratic Party to count Florida's primary and seat the state's delegates. My fight has been based on the simple premise that in Americaevery citizen has an equal right to vote -- and to have that vote count. One way or another, Florida's voice must be heard in the decision-making process. It's imperative that national party leaders participate in finding a solution. Otherwise Democrats appear headed for a political train wreck that could involve a floor fight at the convention over recognizing Florida's delegates. That runs the risk of alienating a key battleground state in the run-up to the November elections. "

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:18pm]


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