Bonior: Split Michigan 50-50
INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Former Michigan Congressman David Bonior, a surrogate for Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) campaign, told the Rules and Bylaws Committee that the only fair way to allocate his home state's delegates is to split them evenly between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).
In doing so, Bonior rejected the proposal put forward by Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer and Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.) that would give Clinton 69 delegates and Obama 59 delegates.
"We do not think this outcome is appropriate given the serious flaws in Michigan's primary," said Bonior. He noted that Clinton told a New Hampshire radio station earlier this year that Michigan's primary "would not count" and said she was staying on the ballot only to ensure that the party did not prematurely forfeit its chances in the fall.
Obama's decision to take his name off of the Michigan ballot, according to Bonior, had nothing to do with positioning himself for the Iowa caucuses but rather was done "out of respect for the decision of this committee to enforce its rules."
Bonior's proposal to split the votes -- in essence arguing that no attempt to allocate the delegates because of the flaws in the Michigan primary -- was met with a mixture of cheers and boos (and even a few hisses). His proposal to reinstate all of the Michigan superdelegates was far more well received.
May 31, 2008; 1:52 PM ET
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