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For Clinton, Michigan Revote a Voting Rights Issue

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York holds a "Solutions for America" event at American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25 March 19, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.(AP.)

By Anne E. Kornblut
DETROIT -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton flew here on Wednesday to demand that the state hold another primary vote or count the earlier disqualified one, challenging Sen. Barack Obama to live up to his claim that he cares about making sure people's votes count.

"This is a crucial test: does he mean what he says or not?" Clinton said. Adopting an indignant tone, she described the voting controversy in both Michigan and Florida as part of a question of democracy and civil rights -- one that just happens to coincide with her need for more pledged delegates and an argument to persuade superdelegates to swing her way. Without a revote or a new plan for counting the old, disqualified ones, Clinton will likely continue to trail Obama, who has so far not said whether he would approve a proposal for Michigan now up for debate.

"That is why generations of brave men and women marched and protested, risked and gave their lives for this right and it is because of them that Sen. Obama I stand before you as candidates for the Democratic nomination," Clinton said. The hastily planned trip pushed back her stops in West Virginia by a few hours; she heads there this afternoon, and on to Indiana on Thursday.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 19, 2008; 12:39 PM ET
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