Clinton not willing to compromise on Florida delegates listen05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A day after Hillary Clinton reiterated her call for having all of the delegates count in Florida, comparing it to the fight to free the slaves and the current situation in Zimbabwe, her campaign kept the pressure up on a conference call with political reporters.
The Clinton campaign today argued that their candidate would be better in a head to head match up against John McCain in the fall, using new polls released today by Quinnipiac University that show Clinton beating McCain in three critical battleground states next fall, while Barack Obama bests McCain only in Pennsylvania.
The Clinton camp eagerly anticipates a meeting next weekend in Washington where the question about what to do with Florida and Michigan’s delegates may be ultimately decided.
Clinton won both states, but those results were considered non-binding because of penalties imposed by the Democratic National Committee. Clinton abided by that penalty, but has been furiously arguing for months that those results should be counted.
But one of her chief strategists’s - Harold Ickes – was on the Rules and Bylaws Committee last year that voted to penalize Florida and Michigan. He was asked today how he could justify his vote in support of the penalty last year, and now turn around and say it shouldn’t count.
Barack Obama is indicating that he’s willing to compromise on the delegate situation. In an interview in today’s St. Petersburg Times, Obama said splitting Florida’s delegation in half based on the Jan. 29 result "would be a very reasonable solution.”
But would that work for the Clinton campaign? Strategists Harold Ickes says their plan is to argue forcefully at next week’s meeting on the issue for all of the delegates to be counted.
The Clinton camp refused to say what they would do if they do not get their way next week at the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee.