Re-doing the Florida and Michigan primaries is a necessary step towards resolving the Democratic nomination. These voters voices should be heard. Fortunately, it looks like Clinton's folks and the officials in Florida and Michigan are setting the wheels in motion to make this happen.
Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interest in holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes will count in the epic Democratic campaign.
The Michigan governor, along with top officials in Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign and Florida's state party chair, are now saying they would consider holding a sort of do-over contest by June. That's a change from their previous insistence that the primaries their states held in January should determine how the their delegates are allocated.
Obama's camp seems willing to go along with whatever plans are drawn up by the DNC and Florida and Michigan officials:
Obama's campaign says whether to have a repeat contest is up to the national committee, but has signaled a willingness to participate. "We're going to abide by their rules as they exist now and whatever happens in the future," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters Wednesday.
"I don't think it's for our campaign or her campaign -- we're in a heated contest here -- to have to be the facilitators here," Plouffe said. "This is between the DNC and those state parties."
Hopefully these two races will provide the delegates needed for one of the candidates to secure the nomination. Howard Dean, Democratic National Party chairman, issued the following statement:
"We're glad to hear that the Governors of Michigan and Florida are willing to lend their weight to help resolve this issue. As we've said all along, we strongly encourage the Michigan and Florida state parties to follow the rules, so today's public overtures are good news."[...]
"As we head towards November, our nominee must have the united support of a strong Democratic Party that's ready to fight and ready to beat John McCain. After seven years of Republican rule, I am confident that we will elect a Democratic president who will fight for America's families in the White House. Now we must hear from the voters in twelve states and territories who have yet to make their voices heard."
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