Clinton U-Turns on Michigan, Florida Ban

Says delegates should count after all; most would be hers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 4:46 PM CST
James Roosevelt, Jr., left, and Alexis M. Herman, right, co-chairs of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee start their hearing in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007. Democrats...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Dems punished Michigan and Florida for slating their primaries early, but yesterday Hillary Clinton said she wants their delegates to count after all, Reuters reports. As the only Dem on last week's Michigan ballot and the front-runner in Tuesday's Florida's primary, she would reap nearly all 350 delegates at stake.

"I think it's important we send a message to the people of Michigan and Florida that Democrats care about their lives and their futures," said Clinton, who denied she was breaking a party accord to stay out of those states. Barack Obama's camp sees her move differently: "It seems like Hillary Clinton will do or say anything to win an election," an Obama rep said.