In an attempt to throw a wrench in the momentum of US Democratic candidate Barack Obama, fellow US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is making a visit to Florida ahead of the primary even with no delegates up for grabs.
Like the other Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton had also agreed to a pledge that was imposed by the Democratic Party not to publicly campaign in the state of Florida. However after her loss in South Carolina, Clinton decided to push the envelope in that agreement and trying to lend credibility to the outcome on January 29.
Clinton had arrived in Florida to attend two events which were both closed fundraisers while keeping the pledge not to campaign in Florida. She explained that there’s a major interest in Florida where early voting his heavy.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have already voted in Florida and I want them to know I will be thee to be part of what they have tried to do to make sure their voices are heard,” Hillary Clinton said. In addition, she said that she will campaign in Florida on Tuesday, only after the polls have closed.
However, the Democratic National Convention had refused to seat Florida’s delegation as it chose to move its primary up to Tuesday in order to play a bigger role in choosing the nominees for US president.
It should be expected that whoever is nominated will try to reverse that decision due to the vital role that Florida plays.
“I will try to persuade my delegates to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida,” Hillary said. She added: “Democrats have to win Michigan and have to try to win Florida and I intend to do that. The people of Florida deserve to be represented in the process of picking a candidate for president of the United States.”
Like Florida, Michigan had also violated party rules by moving its primary on January 15. As punishment, the party leaders stripped the state of its delegates.
Clinton’s new focus was strongly defended by her aides.
“I think it’s a mistake for any party, for any candidate to tell the voters in Florida they don’t matter,” said Jay Carson, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign. Carson added: “It’s wrong for any Democrat to send a message that the voters of any state don’t matter.”
On Monday, Clinton had received the endorsement from former Attorney General Janet Reno who was appointed by former US President Bill Clinton.