Friday, April 25, 2008

The Florida and Michigan Debate - Hillary wants both

So, this has become quite a topic over the past couple of days. Hillary Clinton is claiming the lead in the popular vote because she is counting Florida and Michigan. The Obama campaign is basically saying "Whoa there! You can't count those." And they do have a point. Michigan and Florida both are being punished by the Democratic National Committee because they broke the rules. (I believe it's because they moved up their election dates, no?) Both Hillary and Barack (and also the other democratic candidates) agreed not to campaign in Florida since the delegates and votes wouldn't be counted in the Primary. Well, now Hillary wants to count them. Now the funny thing is, she also wants to count Michigan, where Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot.
Last night on MSNBC, there were people discussing that Obama should make an offer to Clinton. "We both campaign in Michigan and in Florida, and whoever wins there by votes, not by delegates, gets the nomination." I'm not sure if this would really help Obama. Florida has a lot of retired, older people - and Clinton does well with that age group. (I'm not sure about the demographics of Michigan)
I also want to touch base over the superdelegate debate. So, we know that Hillary most likely won't be able to get more delegates than Obama. In every article, newspaper and on every station they are talking about how if Clinton possibly wins because of superdelegates and takes the nomination away from Obama, who has the lead in delegates and the popular vote, that this would cause an uproar. (One station, not sure which, was making the comparison of them taking the rightful nomination away from a Black candidate.)
Would you approach Clinton with this if you were Obama? Do you think that the votes and delegates in Michigan and Florida should count in the election? What do you think will happen if the superdelegates all side with Hillary?

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