From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
re-vote in Michigan is likely dead on arrival after Michigan Democratic
Party leaders conceded "it is not practical to conduct" a primary or
caucus re-vote. The Obama campaign has now called for a 50-50 split of the Michigan delegates. The Clinton
campaign, however, says Michigan "votes cannot be ignored" and is
circulating a petition to still count votes and delegates from Michigan
Clinton trails in pledged delegates, popular
vote and states won and was hoping for a re-vote in Michigan and
Florida, states which had their delegates to the national convention
stripped for violating party rules by moving up their primary dates.
Here are the statements out on the topic today:
From the Michigan Democratic Party's executive committee:
"The Michigan Democratic Party has carefully reviewed several proposals for a Party-run primary or caucus as a means of resolving the dispute over the seating of the Michigan delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. We have concluded that it is not practical to conduct such a primary or caucus. We will continue to work with the Working Group, the DNC and the candidates to resolve this matter in a manner which is respectful of the views of Democrats in Michigan, and which is fair to those who voted in the January 15th Democratic primary."
From DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Sen. Carl Levin:
"We are united in our commitment to doing everything we can to ensure that a Michigan delegation is seated in Denver this summer. We also know that any solution needs to be acceptable to both Democratic presidential campaigns. While there may be differences of opinion in how we get there, we will continue to work together to ensure that a Michigan delegation is seated and that the logistics are in place for a Michigan delegation in Denver. We have every expectation that we will succeed in that endeavor, and then go on to win in November."
From the Clinton campaign:
"The issues and voters of Michigan are too important to be dismissed. Close to 600,000 Michiganians cast ballots in January and these votes cannot be ignored. We urge the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee to take all necessary steps to ensure the voices of the people of Michigan are heard and its delegates are seated at the Democratic convention this summer. Already, over 100,000 people have signed our petition calling on the DNC to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida. We urge Senator Obama to join our efforts to ensure that the votes of the people of Michigan and Florida are counted."
From the Obama campaign:
"Senator Obama firmly believes that the Michigan delegation should be seated in Denver. A 50/50 split of the delegates is an eminently fair solution, especially since originally Senator Clinton herself said the Michigan primary wouldn't 'count for anything.' It's now up to the Clinton campaign: they can agree to a fair resolution or they can continue trying to score political points and change the rules. It's time to move forward. Senator Clinton should accept an equitable solution that allows Michigan to participate fully in the convention," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.