Dems Hashing Out Delegates

Daylong meeting seeks compromise on Florida and Michigan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 12:33 PM CDT
Dems Hashing Out Delegates
Matthew NcNey of Laurel, Md., left, a supporter of Barack Obama, argues with Jennifer Zambernard of Silver Spring, Md. near the DNC meeting.   (AP)

Democratic party leaders continue to wrangle over the disputed delegates of Florida and Michigan today, hearing impassioned pleas from representatives of both states and campaigns. Hundreds of protesters are gathered outside the Washington meeting as the party's rules committee seeks a compromise, the AP reports. “We are strong enough to struggle and disagree and to even be angry and disappointed and still come together at the end of the day and be united,” said party chief Howard Dean.

Florida congressman Robert Wexler, an Obama supporter, said his camp backed a plan to seat Florida's delagates with half a vote each, which would give Clinton a 19-delegate pickup. He called it an "extraordinary concession." Clinton backer Harold Ickes disagreed it was a concession, sparking the most tension of the day. (More Democratic National Committee stories.)

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