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POLITICS: 5-30-08 To Seat or Not to Seat? Dems in Dilemma Saturday Over Fla & Mich Delegates
Friday, May 30, 2008 9:33am

WASHINGTON, DC  From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) POLITICS: ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE 12:30am  5-30-08  Just what will they do about the delegates, those Democrats?  "To seat, or not to seat, that is the question.  Whether 'tis nobler to abide by the rules, or cast them aside for the sake of appeasing some...ah, there's the rub."
Ed: My apologies to Shakespeare, but if the verse fits...oh, you know. TP] 
 
It's no laughing matter, when the Democratic Rules Committee comes to grapple with the task at hand. At issue according to CNN: Will Clinton's wins in the disputed Florida & Michigan primaries count at the convention?

On Saturday, the Democratic Party has to make two big choices: The first is how many delegates from Florida and Michigan to seat.

www.cnn.com/Live will stream live coverage of the meeting from start to finish on Saturday, May 31st.

Right now the number of delegates is zero, because those states were penalized for holding their primaries too early.

The Florida and Michigan parties are appealing that decision, with encouragement from Clinton.

"So Florida, let's keep going. Let's make sure your votes are counted. Let's make sure your delegates are seated," Clinton has recently said.

Sen. Barack Obama supports seating some disputed delegates.

"Rest assured that when we meet in Denver for the Democratic Convention in August, Florida Democrats will be seated ... they will be participating ... your voices will be heard," Obama has said.

So what's the choice?

"Obviously there are some that would like to see it reinstated to 100 percent ... there are some who say that a 50 percent sanction was automatic and therefore perhaps they could reinstate to 50 percent," said DNC Communications Director Karen Finney.

Once the committee decides how many delegates to seat, it has to make a second decision.

"If you then agree to seat delegates, how do you then apportion those delegates to the candidates?" Finney said.

With no campaign, Florida Democrats voted 50 percent for Clinton and 33 percent for Obama. So that's one option.

In Michigan, however, Obama's name was not on the ballot. Clinton got 55 percent of the vote, and 40 percent of Michigan Democrats voted for an uncommitted slate.




 


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