Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has addressed the dilemma in regards to Michigan and Florida. Back in January, both Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates by violating rules set by the DNC. The two states had violated rules by holding their primaries too early.
Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Barack Obama removed his name from the ballot in Michigan as a show that he was playing by the DNC rules. Also, Obama did not campaign in Florida. But, Clinton’s name was on the Michigan ballot and she attended two private events in Florida. The victories would have helped Clinton. However, neither Florida nor Michigan counted.
Then Clinton tried to get victories in both states counted. So far, the issues regarding Michigan and Florida still remain unresolved and remained at a stalemate. In addressing this situation, Dean put for principles that he thinks should be the main governing factor for Michigan in Florida.
On the first principle, Dean says the DNC wants to respect the voters. He said that it was not their fault for the problem. Dean had blamed the politicians that were responsible for the problems in the first place.
On the second principle, Dean said that they have to respect both Clinton and Obama. He said that the rules cannot be changed at the end and change the outcome of the contest as a result.
On the final principle, Dean said the other forty-eight states need to be respected because they followed the rules.
In that regard, Dean said that there will be a compromised reach at the end of May. But, he said it is unknown what that compromise will look like at this moment. In regards to Clinton and Obama, the two of them are still fighting it out for the Democratic nomination.
Recently, Dean said that the remaining undecided superdelegates must reach a decision on which candidate they will back by the end of June.
Also, Dean took this chance to take a swipe at presumed GOP nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona. Dean criticized McCain on the courts, Iraq, the economy, and on healthcare.
Recently, McCain had unveiled his healthcare plan in the form of tax credits. Under McCain’s healthcare plan, individuals would get a $2500 tax credit and families would get a $5000 tax credit. But, that plan has come under fire from many critics.
Earlier today, McCain as an attempt to garner support from the conservative bloc of the GOP said that he will nominate more conservative judges.
Iraq has been the main platform for McCain’s candidacy. He said that Iraq will either make or break his run for the presidency. A recent CNN News/Opinion Research Corp. poll has revealed that the economy is the top issue on the mind of most Americans. Iraq came in at a very distant second.