Stabenow May Change Her Mind

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

With a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Senator Debbie Stabenow hasn't ruled out casting her super delegate vote for Obama.

"It's very important that we look at the popular vote," she said. "We have to look at who's gotten the majority of the votes around the country and it's important to respect that."

Those votes could be for Obama, who won his tenth straight contest on Tuesday. Stabenow had pledged to vote for Clinton but she may not have a chance to vote for anyone.

She's one of Michigan's 28 super delegates who were stripped by the Democratic National Committee...a punishment for Michigan holding its primary too early. Still, Stabenow believes they will be seated by this summer's convention.

"I think something will be worked out."

Governor Granholm agrees and believes those delegates will be seated. Michigan's Democratic Party is working to make sure that happens. A democratic party spokesman told us by phone, all options are being explored at this point, including the possibility of a new caucus.

But Stabenow fears that would cost too much money and may not even make a a difference in who's nominated.

"I think it's going to move in a way that will become clear who has the majority of pledged delegates and i personally don't think it's going to go to the convention."

But if Senator Clinton has her way, those votes will go to her.

"I think that the people of Michigan and Florida spoke in a very convincing way that they want their voices and their votes to be heard."

When and if those voices will be heard may not be known for another few months.

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  • by Brian Location: Jackson County on Feb 21, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    I agree Mark, the choice should be clear to all Democrats and Republicans alike. Vote Republican! Any person considered for the office of the President should at the VERY least respect & protect the constitution. That includes all the amendments thereof. Neither of the Democrat candidate's do. As a matter of fact, Obama's allegiance is 100% first & foremost to Africa (according to his church's website-check it out yourself). It seems to me he's running for office in the wrong country!
  • by Mark Location: Albion on Feb 21, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    Hillary is showing her "True Colors" with her insistence that the delegates be seated. She was the only one on the ballot for the Democrats. A "win" in Michigan is bunk - many did not even go vote in the Democratic Primary because they knew it would not matter or they crossed over and voted in the GOP primary because at least the results counted. In the end, the politics between Obama and Clinton are pretty close, but the character difference is huge. I think that is why the choice is clear for Democrats this time.
  • by James Location: Stockbridge on Feb 21, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    Flip Flop = Democrat politician. Is it too much to ask that they do not change their mind?
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