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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.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 1:52 PM ET
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i am very upset about michigan votes. i am a clinton supporter.she should get all are votes in michigan,other states have moved up the elections,but because these votes are so important for clinton,and obama has become the new " american idiol "no one wants to step up and do what RIGHT thing//// give her the votes that she got from michigan no one told obama to take his name off. i just want you to no that i believe clinton can turn this country around and im not so sure about him. i remember when the clintons were in office we had a BALANCED budget our DOLLAR was worth something and people had jobs. I feel experiance is needed to get us out of this mess and she the one to do it........if my vote is not counted i will have to re-think my vote and go to an independent...................

Posted by: kathy bielecki | June 1, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If the type of back-and-forth decision making is what Clinton does best; we don't need any more of this same type in office. I wouldn't vote for her for senator now, much less president. She probably currently in the midst of another one of her hallicinations.

Posted by: Jim | May 31, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA RESIGNS HIS MEMBERSHIP AT TUCC

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

i love it, obama and his crew don't want to count the votes of Americans,
Just like he sued to get other people off the state senate ballot. he could care less about democracy or the democratic party.. it's all about him, and his nasty vile campaign

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

i love it, obama and his crew don't want to count the votes of Americans,
Just like he sued to get other people off the state senate ballot. he could care less about democracy or the democratic party.. it's all about him, and his nasty vile campaign

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Posturing 101, Ask for the moon, settle on a fair split (based on exit polls) either way, Clinton loses.

Posted by: Mike in Poughkeesie | May 31, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What everyone seems to forget or ignore is that these contests are NOT elections. Thye are expressions of preference for who should be the party's nominee. No one obtains an office as a result of primary contests. No one is sworn in to office. They merely accumulate delegates based on the expressed interests of those who who cast a ballot. Thus, all of the posturing by Hillary and her supporters that "every VOTE must count" or that people in FL and MI are being "disenfranchised" is nonsense. It is a NOMINATING process. If it wasn't , caucuses wouldn't be allowed. The party could select its nominee in any of several different manners. The Democratic party selects its candidate through a delegate convention process. How states choose their representatives is up to them WITHIN the PARTY's RULES.
She lost-- bad stratgey, poor planning and even worse execution. Get over it ---and yourselves.

Posted by: jmsbh | May 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"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."

BS-if that was the case how come he LEFT his name on the ballot in Florida?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Put this in your favorites and check frequently.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The only fair thing is to abide by what had already been decided - neither state is seated, neither vote counts. They knew, they were told what the consequences would be if they moved their primary dates up. They went ahead and did it anyway. This total disregard for the rules and the rules committee should not be allowed to proceed.

Posted by: Liz | May 31, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

There's no way to guess what voters would choose if the election would count. Some people stay home when it is a beauty contest. 50 percent is the only fair thing. Fl and MI shouldn't change the outcome of the nomination under these circumstances.

Posted by: SandraK | May 31, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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