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In an interview following the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws meeting on Saturday, former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman said it was still possible to restore full voting rights to the Florida and Michigan delegations. (Hamil Harris / The Washington Post)

By Hamil Harris
Hillary Clinton's vow tonight in Puerto Rico to keep on fighting may or may not have signaled a commitment to staying in the Democratic nominating contest, which ends its five-month long voting phase with primaries in South Dakota and Montana Tuesday.

But if Clinton does choose to continue it could be in hopes of an outcome outlined by former secretary of labor Alexis Herman at the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws meeting in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

In an interview after the proceedings, Herman suggested that the Clinton campaign might push to restore full voting rights to the Florida and Michigan delegations before the nominee is selected in Denver.

"I was glad that the committee agreed to to seat the delegations," Herman said after the rules committee agreed to seat both delegations with half a vote per person. "I want to remind everyone that there is always the opportunity in the Credentials Committee to restore the rest of the vote. That is the work of the Credentials Committee, and I have every confidence that that is going to happen."

"We have friends in both of these campaigns and that is what has made both of these campaigns so exciting," Herman added. "I have the utmost respect for both of these candidates."

Clinton said in an interview with The Washington Post today that she had "no idea" whether she would continue to press the issue of fully seating Michigan and Florida's delegations, prolonging the nominating contest past the voting months. "We reserve the right to do it. But I haven't made a decision yet," she told The Post's Anne E. Kornblut.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 1, 2008; 7:08 PM ET
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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