Dems Jockey on Florida and Michigan Votes

Clinton wants outlaws seated; Obama would go 'more than halfway'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 5:10 PM CDT
Dems Jockey on Florida and Michigan Votes
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., walks to her motorcade on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

With primary voting in its final stretch, the long-simmering argument about outlaw Florida and Michigan balloting is heating up. Hillary Clinton's camp is still arguing that all delegates should be seated, while Barack Obama said seating half the Florida delegates would be “a very reasonable solution”—though he discounted the vote's legitimacy, calling it “essentially a referendum on name recognition.”

He said it was even harder to sanction the Michigan results (he was not on the ballot), while a Clintonite offered that most or all “uncommitted” votes could end up his column.  Still, one day after Clinton compared the fight to the civil-rights struggle, her rep was careful to say that Obama's victory would not be “counterfeit” or “tainted” if the results went uncounted. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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