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John Kerry: Florida doesn't matter; and Obama won't talk about seating Florida delegates

Former prez contender Sen. John Kerry, who has endorsed Barack Obama, urged reporters on a conference call to reject what he says is a Clinton campaign effort to make Florida count.

"The bottom line is: Florida does not offer any delegates," Kerry said. "It's not a legitimate race, it should not become a fabricated race, it should not become a spin race."

He cast Hillary Clinton's visit to Broward today after the polls close as an "effort to create something out of something that isn't supposed to be something."

(It might have mattered to Kerry: he lost Florida in 2004 to President Bush)

He was followed by campaign manager David Plouffe, who, responding to a question, wouldn't say whether the campaign would give Florida its delegates back.

"That's obviously a long way down the road," Plouffe said. Clinton, in a bid to woo Florida from afar, last week pledged to restore Florida's delegates. But the Obama campaign maintains Florida does not yet matter.

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Kim Jones Richmond Va

Are the Clintons gonna make up or break up the rules as they go along? When does fair play and following rules represent American change.

The rules were set biparticianly, everyone else suffered the penalty, why is it Hillary gets a pass. I thought this was what party was about, when states disobey election primary rules.

Oh that's right, the "status quo, silver spooners" don't have to follow laws like Paris Hilton.

It's breaking from the party clearly and now I see why Kennedy endorsed Obama. He plays by the rules like (constitution)Fair trade, Workers rights.

Man this is traitorous and sneaky.

cindy

Right Kim Jones, Obama 'plays by the rules'!! Can you offer an explanation that is plausible as to why Obama has been airing ad's in Florida for well over a week now which in fact is against the rules you claim he doesn't break?

FreakyBeaky

Senator Kerry, love ya bro - but you don't know how to fight. This is going to tell voters, not only in Florida but nationwide, that there is one candidate who will fight for them and one who won't - and the latter is Barack Obama. He'd rather voters in Michigan and Florida be punished for mistakes and game-playing of their crummy politicians and not be heard. As for John Kerry ... well ... let's just say that if you're looking for a candidate that will not take B.S. lying down, his endorsement is an UNdorsement. Can you say 'wimp?'

Jacob

Hillary's word: It's worth nothing


15 hours, 52 minutes ago

COURTING VOTERS in Iowa and New Hampshire, last August Sen. Hillary Clinton signed a pledge not to "campaign or participate" in the Michigan or Florida Democratic primaries. She participated in both primaries and is campaigning in Florida. Which proves, again, that Hillary Clinton is a liar.

Clinton kept her name on the Michigan ballot when others removed theirs, she campaigned this past weekend in Florida, and she is pushing to seat Michigan and Florida delegates at the Democratic National Convention. The party stripped those states of delegates as punishment for moving up their primary dates.

"I will try to persuade my delegates to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida," Clinton said last week, after the New Hampshire primaries and Iowa caucuses were safely over.

Clinton coldly and knowingly lied to New Hampshire and Iowa. Her promise was not a vague statement. It was a signed pledge with a clear and unequivocal meaning.

She signed it thinking that keeping the other candidates out of Michigan and Florida was to her advantage, but knowing she would break it if that proved beneficial later on. It did, and she did.

New Hampshire voters, you were played for suckers.

Mee too

Someone telling me my vote does not matter certainly does not get my vote whether it counts or not.

If Obama had Hillarys numbers in the local polls he would think differently.

Deb Hulbert

My God, you Obamabots are insufferable! You get nasty when someone says the least little negative thing about your Annointed One. He can't take any criticism either...he is petty and childish when he gets in a huff (the same qualities displayed by the moron in the Oval Office). Those are great qualities for a President of the U.S.to have.

Stop idol worshipping, for God's sake! The man does not walk on water. He Who Can Do No Wrong is so unqualified to be President of the U.S., it's pathetic. And you make such fools of yourselves over him...you act like a bunch of teenage girls at a Frank Sinatra concert in 1938.

Grow up and smell the coffee. The only reason Obama is running at this time is that he doesn't want to build up a record in the Senate he'd later have to run away from. When asked by Tim Russert of NBC, where his records were from his Illinois Senate days he said...."well, Tim we just didn't keep those records". He pretended not to hear a talking head who asked him why he was making conflicting remarks about the Iraq war. He votes present or doesn't show up for votes on tough issues he might have to answer for later.

Obama is just like every other sleazy pol who's come from Chicago. Don't pretend otherwise.

VOTER

It is WRONG to punish the voters of Florida for the party's actions. Especially after the pain caused by 2000.

Clinton has not campaigned in FL, she has fundraised, which Obama has done as well, and is within the terms of the pledge. All she has done is raise her voice in respect for Florida voters, and say they should be seated in the end by whoever wins the nomination, and she will do so if its her.

The DNC will seat the delegates of FL in the end, or rue the day. They are NOT winning the general election without Florida.

Mee Too

I've seen Obama campaign commercials airing on MSNBC. That's CAMPAIGNING! He's breaking the rules, not Hillary!

Edna

I have posted and commented myself blue in the keyboard on this topic today, so luckily for y'all I'm pooped out and I'll spare you the bulk of my red-hot rage at Kerry and Obama, and I'll just say the following:

It's okay Obama, if you want to exclude four million Florida voters from your politics of inclusion. We will remember this in November and then maybe you will realize that we are real, we matter and we are not a "fabrication".

Howard

THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD REPLACE OBAMA
WITH HILLARY AT THE CONVENTION ...

and while they're at it ... they should dump
Pelosi and Reid.

1. Contrary to what Obamabots say ...
Obama and Hillary were in a dead heat,
when the DNC pressured Hillary into not
only conceding, but campaigning for Obama.
2. Obama is once again in a dead heat, but now
with McCain, even though Obamabots act like
Obama has already won (like they did in the
primaries against Hillary). So, this means that
half of the Democrats, and all the Republicans
(3/4 of America) dIdn't want Obama. Plus, he
didn't even win the popular vote, and refused a
revote in Michigan and Florida.
3. Obama has the thinnest resume in politics, and
he won state legislature and Senator by
disqualifications of his opponents, not by earned
experience, or votes.
4. Obama's one claim to fame is being a community
organizer, where he boasts of registering voters.
Then he took their votes away from them, by
disqualifying his opponents on technicalities, prior
to the election.
5. Obama's mentor of 20 years, was an anti-American
racist ... not to mention other unsavory associations.
6. Obama is simply buying the election, since he's
good at fund raising ... hardly a qualification to be
President of the United States.
7. The media never vetted Obama, and they are
giving him a free ride, plus more than twice the
print and air time as McCain, as they did against
Hillary.
8. 90% of blacks are voting for Obama, because he is
black, while the campaign gained ground by
accusing most opponents of racism.
9. Obamabots were, and are extremely nasty and sarcastic
towards Hillary supporters, as well as McCain supporters.
10. Pumas should be applauded for putting country before party ...
especially a party that did not represent them, and a party
which highjacked the nomination for Obama.

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