Clinton to NPR: Seat the Michigan and Florida Delegates
In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Sen. Hillary Clinton said that the results of Michigan's Democratic presidential primary should count, even if Barack Obama's name did not appear on the ballot.
"That was his choice," she says. "There was no rule or requirement that he take his name off the ballot. His supporters ran a very aggressive campaign to try to get people to vote uncommitted."
It's unlikely that she'll get satisfaction on this issue - Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean has said that a decision about the fate of the Florida and Michigan delegates has to be "fair to both sides" and the Obama campaign has already said that Clinton's demand is a no-go.
And so Clinton also told Inskeep that if the delegates from the January primaries can't be seated, then the two states must be allowed do-overs.
"If there is to be any difference between my proposal that we count these votes and any other course of action, it should be a complete re-do of the primary and nothing else is fair," she says.
Clinton also repeated her campaign's theme that she and Obama should run as a ticket, with her as the presidential candidate, because she sees herself as the more experienced of the two to take on Republican nominee Sen. John McCain.
"People talk to me all the time as I travel around the country about how they wish they didn't have to choose between us," Clinton says. "I think we're just going to proceed through these next contests and see who ends up with the nomination, probably in June that will be resolved. Then, one of us will have the duty and the responsibility of picking a running mate."
10:28 AM ET | 03-13-2008 | permalink