Clinton and Obama In Florida, Same Ambitions, Different Missions
Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Hillary Clinton of New York has returned to the state of Florida after winning big in Kentucky. At the same time, Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is too visiting Florida. Both Democratic co-frontrunners have two completely different missions in Florida.
Clinton’s mission is to get the delegates from Florida seated at the Democratic National Convention this August in Denver, Colorado. Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates for holding their primaries too early in violation of rules set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Obama’s campaign did have ads launched in Florida; however, he did not campaign there. Clinton did not campaign; but, she attended a few private fundraiser events.
Obama removed himself from the ballot in the Michigan primary as a sign of playing by the rules. Clinton ended up winning both Florida and Michigan. But, those victories did not count. Clinton has been trying to get those victories to count. After a few weeks, the issue of Florida and Michigan popped up as it showed that Clinton’s chance of getting the Democratic nomination was very grim.
DNC Chair Howard Dean said that a compromise will be reached by the end of May.
In Obama’s case, Florida will play a vital role in the general election as it is a swing state. On the GOP side, Florida was a very important victory for McCain. Former GOP hopeful and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani staked it all on Florida while forsaking the previous contests. However, it did not serve Giuliani well.
While in Florida, Obama went on the offensive against McCain. Obama accused McCain of bringing forth a third Bush term. Also, Obama attacked McCain’s stance on lobbyists.
But, McCain’s campaign had fired back. Both campaigns have called each other hypocritical in their own words.
So far, the delegate math is in Obama’s favor. But, Clinton brought the argument to the remaining undecided superdelegates that they should back the candidate who leads in the popular vote. Obama brought the argument that they should back the candidate with the most pledged delegates. Clinton insists that she maintains the popular vote; however, that is still up for debate.
Many are prepared to acknowledge that Obama will be the likely Democratic nominee. But, Obama said that the race is not over yet.
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