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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Seat the Florida delegates

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM

NAACP Chair Julian Bond has written the Democratic National Committee in support of seating delegations from Michigan and Florida. The rules say they can't vote because primaries were held earlier than party rules allowed.

In an interview, Bond said the NAACP had taken no position in the race between Clinton and Obama and would not endorse either candidate. He sent the letter on behalf of the voters in Michigan and especially Florida, where the Republican-controlled legislature and governor changed the state's primary date.

"It struck me as making the voters, including minority voters in Florida particularly, victims of the Republican legislature in Florida. I wanted to get Chairman Dean to  find some way to rectify the situation," Bond said.

Since we're on the subject, Mike Huckabee was quoted today as saying Barack Obama would be the stronger Democratic candidate. And he downplayed the importance of John McCain's wide lead in delegates because ...

...the Arizona senator has won states that are not going to be important to Republicans in November whereas his victories have come in places that a Republican will need.

“Republicans are not going to win because they carry Delaware, Connecticut, New York and California” — all states McCain won — “because Republicans aren’t going to carry those states,” Huckabee said. “And if they do it’s going to be a remarkable landslide for the Republicans. But let’s face it, that’s not how it happens. It happens when you carry West Virginia and Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee and Arkansas and Kansas and Iowa and Louisiana” — all states that Huckabee has won — “and hopefully places like Ohio and Texas,” which vote March 4.


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