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Barack Obama backs full voting rights for Michigan and Florida (finally)

Now that he's just over three weeks away from formal acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama has come around to a position long advocated by his erstwhile rival, Hillary Clinton: Michigan and Florida should have full voting representation at the party's national convention in Denver.

You'll recall that the Democrats had initially said the presidential primary results in Florida and Michigan would not be counted and those delegates would not be seated, since the two states had ignored the party's carefully constructed primary schedule and set their voting day ahead of their assigned dates. That irked Clinton, who finished first in both primaries (Obama removed his name from the Michigan ballot, and no Democrats campaigned actively in either state). In May, demonstrators called for restoration of full voting rights for the Michigan and Florida delegations.

As the primary season progressed and Obama pulled ahead in the delegate count, Clinton urged that the Michigan and Florida delegations be seated at full strength -- for fairness, she emphasized (and also because receiving those delegates could give her enough votes to stage a credible floor fight in Denver). On May 31, though, the party's rules and bylaws committee backed a compromise proposed by the Obama campaign, agreeing to seat the delegations but giving each delegate only half a vote. Three days later, on the final day of the primary season, the Illinois senator clinched the nomination.

Obama recently wrote the convention's credentials committee about the two delegations, and today the committee issued this reply:

"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."

Hmm. Wonder what they'll decide.

-- Leslie Hoffecker

Photo: Demonstrators outside the May 31 meeting of the Democrats' rules and bylaws committee; credit: Mannie Garcia/Bloomberg News

 
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would somebody please stop this guy,nobody got the mcain commerical about the dangers of popular culture,as if it realy had something to do with those talenless freaks ,the dems had to leave there jobs rather than step on him for the gas bill,that would have ended it right there for his diminisihng chances,not to mention his inchomprensible speak about somekind of unknown event called the anbar awaking,what desrespect to our troops,and now this stuff about delegets,no hillary no chance,dems better get ready for there house to be cleaned

Will the DNC reaffirm its sexist bias by saying YES to "the man" after having spent months forcefully saying NO to the Woman-American candidate? Double standards indeed!!! But what do you expect from a country that doesn't even pay Women-Americans the same money for the same work completed by men? Its Hillary or no Democrat for me!!!

It's about time. Now that O has the nomination, he is being magnanimous. If his poll numbers continue down and his disapproval numbers keep going up, he may not be as presumptious a nominee as he thinks.

get ready for the profesional liberal blogger attacks,bring it on euro commies

This makes my vote for McCain just that much easier. I've always voted the democratic ticket, but this decision just makes it a breeze to vote Republican this year. Obama fought counting those delegates by saying "the rules are the rules." And, his supporters kept repeating that line. At the Rules Committee meeting, Obama's reps fought hard against seating a full delegation from both states. Now, that he has the nomination, he wants them to count "in full" and calls it "unity." This will only tip the disenchanted Hillary supporters like me to McCain more. My vote for McCain is solid. Obama is an arrogant "politiican."

The radical Barack Hussein Obama needs to be stopped. When he thinks he don't need Michigan and Florida he says, stick by the rules and he won't agree to a recount. Now he says give them voting representation. Why, because he wants Michigan and Florida votes in the november election. I think people are beginning to see Obama for the slick lying fraud he is. I'm a Hillary supporter who will never vote for Obama.

Oh sure! Now that the so called "rules committee" of the corrupt, soon to be defunct, dnc gave ALL THE UNDECIDEDS' PLUS FOUR OF HILLARY'S DELAGATES TO BARRY THE FAUX AF AM(WHO USES HIS SKIN COLOR LIKE JUSTANOTHER POLITICAL PLOY).....AND FURTHER...WHO PUT HIM IN CHARGE? YEAH...SURE..."PUMA" TO BARRY AND THE DNC....Y'ALL KNOW BY NOW WHAT "PUMA" STANDS FOR....MY EX -DEMO VOTE GOES TO MCCAIN BARRY BABY!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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