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Obama moves to give full votes to Michigan, Florida delegations, punished for early primaries.


Getting things in order before the Denver convention later this month, presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) sent a letter Sunday to the Democratic National Committee Credentials Committee urging them to give a full vote to the Michigan and Florida delegations.

This move is symbolic and having to do with party unity--Obama will be the nominee whether Michigan and Florida Obama delegates have a full vote--or the half vote they now hold. Delegates from those two states were stripped of their full vote because their states held primaries in January, violating party rules.

Democrats decided to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates after a long and sometimes stormy session on May 31, with supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) charging at the time the settlement shortchanged Clinton. Obama and Clinton appeared on the Florida ballot though neither campaigned; Obama took his name off the Michigan ballot.

CHICAGO - Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, today sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Democratic National Convention's Credentials Committee and urged them to pass a resolution granting a "full vote" to the delegations from Florida and Michigan.

The text of today's letter is pasted below:

August 3, 2008

Hon. Alexis Herman, Co-Chair
James Roosevelt, Jr., Co-Chair
Eliseo Roques-Arroyo, Co-Chair

Dear Credentials Committee Chairs:

In just a few weeks, our Party will convene in Denver for our National Convention. This will be an historic event that will showcase our vision for changing the direction of our country.

The delegates and alternates who gather on Monday, August 25 will reflect the talent, energy and rich diversity of our Democratic Party. The delegates will come from all 56 states and territories. As these delegates go about the important business of the Convention, I believe Party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories. Accordingly, I ask that the Credentials Committee, when it meets on August 24 to approve the delegates for the National Convention, pass a resolution that would entitle each delegate from Florida and Michigan to cast a full vote.

As a candidate for the nomination, I supported the DNC's efforts to establish and enforce a schedule for primaries and caucuses that would broaden the opportunity for Democrats from all regions of the country and all backgrounds and walks of life to have a meaningful voice. An unprecedented number of voters participated in our Democratic nominating process. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Governor Dean for his principled leadership during this long and challenging process.

As we prepare to come together in Denver, however, we must be - and will be - united in our determination to change the course of our nation. To that end, Democrats in Florida and Michigan must know that they are full partners and colleagues in our historic mission to reshape Washington and lead our country in a new direction.

With warmest personal regards,

Barack Obama
DNC, DNCC Statement on Letter Received by the Convention's Credentials Committee from Senator Obama Regarding the Florida and Michigan Delegations

Washington, DC - The DNC and the DNCC released the following statement from the co-chairs of the convention's Credentials Committee, Hon. Alexis Herman, James Roosevelt Jr. and Eliseo Roques-Arroyo:

"Today we received a letter from Senator Obama requesting that the Convention's Credentials Committee grant each delegate from Florida and Michigan a full vote. We deeply appreciate and value Senator Obama's perspective on this important issue. This matter will be the top priority for the Credentials Committee when we meet on August 24th. As always our goal is to ensure a fair process and a unified Democratic Party so that we can win in November."!



Another slap in the face to all Democrats. Obama was against seating MI and FL completely, when it worked for him. He is an opportunist and will do and say ANYTHING to get elected.

Recently the House Armed Services Committee met and discussed a planned attack involving Iran and an "EMP" weapon. If this "EMP" attack is carried out, the testimony revealed that millions would die of starvation, and lack of medical attention. The people who testified indicated that the attacked country would be set back over 200 years, and would lose almost 90% of their population.

The attack would involve "EMP" weapons according to the people called to testify. Hopefully members of the House of Representatives will be able to put a stop to these plans as well as the people who were discovered to be planning the attack.

Read more about the planned attack it here:

I wonder why American people love the word "Flip-Flop". What you call flip-flop is called common sense. But you can't blame Senator Obama for everything in the world. As the Berbere of Algeria say, "To criticize for criticizing other people is a proof of idlenees."
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Way too little, way too late! The fact is, no matter how much $$$$$$$$ he spends, nor how he adjusts his positions on the issues, nor whom he chooses as his VP, there simply is not enough time for Obama to EARN THE TRUST OF THE VOTERS. And there is too much at stake to just hand this election to the republicans! Our COURTS, ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, INTERNATIONAL STANDING, WOMEN'S RIGHTS.... are at stake! THIS CALLS FOR A CREATIVE SOLUTION. OBAMA MUST NOMINATE HILLARY AT THE CONVENTION. If he serves two terms as HER VP, perhaps he can then be elected to the awesome position of President of the United States. Think what an exciting convention that will be! Think of the media coverage! Think how wise and courageous Obama will appear. The republicans will not be able to adjust their strategy and Dems will win the White House! yeah!

Isn't it enough that Mr. Obama garnered delegate votes he was not entitled to in Michigan as he was not on the primary ballot after removing his name? Apparently not, as now he wants both Florida and Michigan to have full votes now that Mrs. Clinton is out of the race... I guess that good ol' democratic misogyny continues... Real smooth Barack, like sandpaper! If the party is so principled, it should stick to its decision in May no matter how inequitable and ludicrous.


What a Hypocrite!

I think that was the evilest flip-flop he has made yet.

The utimate hypocricy. I have lost my faith in the Democratic Party. McCain may win my vote because I think of him as the lesser of 2 evils.

Will he return the stolen 4 delegates from Michigan to Hillary? can the others he hogged vote "uncommitted"?

Democrats can't even run their own party.

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